"The imagination of nature is far, far greater than the imagination of man."
Richard P. Feynman (1918–1988), US physicist
Source: The Meaning of it All (1998)
"We are what and where we are because we have first imagined it."
Donald Curtis (1915–1997), US actor, minister, and writer
Source: Quoted in Awaken the Giant Within (Anthony Robbins, 1992)
"My imagination makes me human and makes me a fool; it gives me all the world and exiles me from it."
Ursula K. Le Guin (1929–), US author
Source: “Winged the Adventures on My Mind,” Harper’s (August 1990)
"Live out of your imagination, not your history."
Sir Arthur Bryan (1923–2011), British chairman of Wedgwood
Source: Seven Habits of Highly-Effective People (1990)
"Skill without imagination is craftsmanship and gives us many useful objects such as wickerwork picnic baskets. Imagination without skill gives us modern art."
Sir Tom Stoppard (1937–), Czechoslovakian-born British playwright and screenwriter
Source: Artist Descending a Staircase (1988)
"Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he is not. A sense of humour was provided to console him for what he is."
Horace Walpole (Earl of Orford) (1717–1797), British writer
Source: Quoted in “The Artist,” A Kick in the Seat of the Pants (Roger von Oech, 1986)
Steven Spielberg (1946–), US movie director
Source: Time (July 1985)
"The life of nations no less than that of men is lived largely in the imagination."
Enoch Powell (1912–1998), British politician
Source: Quoted in English Culture and the Decline of the Industrial Spirit, 1850–1980 (Martin J. Weiner, 1981)
"For people who live in the imagination, there is no lack of subjects. To seek for the exact moment at which inspiration comes is false. Imagination floods us with suggestions all the time, from all directions."
Federico Fellini (1920–1993), Italian movie director
Source: Autobiography (1974)
"Imagination and fiction make up more than three quarters of our real life."
Simone Weil (1909–1943), French philosopher and activist
Source: Gravity and Grace (1952)
"His imagination resembled the wings of an ostrich. It enabled him to run, though not to soar."
Thomas Babington, Lord Macaulay (1800–1859), British politician and historian
Referring to John Dryden.
Source: “John Dryden,” Essays and Biographies (1828)
"If a man carefully examine his thoughts he will be surprised to find out how much he lives in the future."
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882), US essayist, lecturer, and poet
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