A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery
All men who have achieved great things have been great dreamers.
Orison Swett Marden
Everything that is new or uncommon raises a pleasure in the imagination, because it fills the soul with an agreeable surprise, gratifies its curiosity, and gives it an idea of which it was not before possessed.
Fiction reveals truths that reality obscures.
I am imagination. I can see what the eyes cannot see. I can hear what the ears cannot hear. I can feel what the heart cannot feel.
Peter Nivio Zarlenga
I believe in the imagination. What I cannot see is infinitely more important than what I can see.
I doubt that the imagination can be suppressed. If you truly eradicated it in a child, he would grow up to be an eggplant.
Ursula K. Le Guin
I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it's a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, and that enables you to laugh at life's realities.
I never did very well in math - I could never seem to persuade the teacher that I hadn't meant my answers literally.
I paint objects as I think them, not as I see them.
I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.
If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn't thinking.
George S. Patton
Imagination and fiction make up more than three quarters of our real life.
Imagination has brought mankind through the dark ages to its present state of civilization. Imagination led Columbus to discover America. Imagination led Franklin to discover electricity.
L. Frank Baum
Imagination rules the world.
Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were. But without it we go nowhere.
It is the eye of ignorance that assigns a fixed and unchangeable color to every object; beware of this stumbling block.
It's a poor sort of memory that only works backwards.
It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see.
Henry David Thoreau
Live out of your imagination, not your history.
Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.
George S. Patton
People who lean on logic and philosophy and rational exposition end by starving the best part of the mind.
William Butler Yeats
Personally, I would sooner have written Alice in Wonderland than the whole Encyclopedia Britannica.
Some stories are true that never happened.
The lunatic, the lover, and the poet, are of imagination all compact.
The man who has no imagination has no wings.
There are no rules of architecture for a castle in the clouds.
Gilbert K. Chesterton
There is a boundary to men's passions when they act from feelings; but none when they are under the influence of imagination.
They are ill discoverers that think there is no land, when they can see nothing but sea.
Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try!
Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things that escape those who dream only at night.
Edgar Allan Poe
To imagine is everything, to know is nothing at all.
Trust that little voice in your head that says "Wouldn't it be interesting if..."; And then do it.
You can't depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.
You can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.