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Imagination QUOTES

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The child awakens to a universe.
The mind of the child to a world of meaning.
Imagination to a world of beauty.
Emotions to a world of intimacy.
It takes a universe to make a child
both in outer form and inner spirit.
It takes a universe to educate a child.
A universe to fulfill a child.
~ Thomas Berry

* How are we going to make our livings in a society becoming increasingly jobless because of hi-tech and outsourcing? Where will we get the imagination to recognize that for most of human history the concept of Jobs didn’t even exist? Work, as distinguished from Labor, was done to produce needed goods and services, develop skills and artistry, and nurture cooperation.
-- Grace Lee Boggs

As long as man was small in numbers and limited in technology, he could realistically regard the earth as an infinite reservoir, an infinite source of inputs and an infinite cesspool for outputs. Today we can no longer make this assumption. Earth has become a space ship, not only in our imagination but also in the hard realities of the social, biological, and physical system in which man is enmeshed.
-- Kenneth E. Boulding

We are the miracle of force and matter making itself over into imagination and will.
Incredible. The Life Force experimenting with forms.
You for one. Me for another. The Universe has shouted itself alive.
We are one of the shouts.
-- Ray Bradbury

I don't hold animals superior or even equal to humans. The whole case for behaving decently to animals rests on the fact that we are the superior species. We are the species uniquely capable of imagination, rationality, and moral choice - and that is precisely why we are under an obligation to recognize and respect the rights of animals.
-- Brigid Brophy

There is a boundary to men's passions when they act from feelings;
but none when they are under the influence of imagination.
-- Edmund Burke

* In our imaginations we believe that love is apart from us. Actually there is nothing but love, once we are ready to accept it. When you truly find love, you find yourself.
-- Deepak Chopra

“Live out of your imagination, not your history.” - Stephen Covey

Every great advance in science
has issued from a new audacity of imagination.
-- John Dewey

* Imagination is more important than knowledge.
-- Albert Einstein

* "Your imagination is your preview of life's coming attractions."
-- Albert Einstein

* That which dominates our imaginations and our thoughts will determine our lives, and our character.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

That which dominates our imaginations and our thoughts will determine our lives, and our character. Therefore, it behooves us to be careful what we worship, for what we are worshipping we are becoming.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

There are no days in life so memorable as those which vibrated to some stroke of the imagination.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Forgiveness is an act of the imagination. It dares you to imagine a better future, one that is based on the blessed possibility that your hurt will not be the final word on the matter. It challenges you to give up your destructive thoughts about the situation and to believe in the possibility of a better future. It builds confidence that you can survive the pain and grow from it. "
-- Larry James

* "This world demands the qualities of youth: not a time of life but a state of mind, a temper of the will, a quality of imagination, a predominance of courage over timidity, of the appetite for adventure over the love of ease."
-- Robert F. Kennedy

It is above all by the imagination that we achieve perception and compassion and hope.
-- Ursula K. Le Guin

* "Democracy is the most demanding of all forms of government in terms of the energy, imagination, and public spirit required of the individual."
-- George C. Marshall (1880-1959)

"Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy. Formulate and stamp indelibly on your mind a mental picture of yourself as succeeding. Hold this picture tenaciously. Never permit it to fade. Your mind will seek to develop the picture. Do not build obstacles in your imagination. Do not be awestruck by other people and try to copy them. Nobody can be you as efficiently as you can."
-- Norman Vincent Peale

War comes a the end of the twentieth century as absolute failure of imagination, scientific and political.
That a war can be represented as helping a people to "feel good" about themselves,
their country, is a measure of that failure.
-- Adrienne Rich

Your family and your love must be cultivated like a garden.
Time, effort, and imagination must be summoned constantly to keep any relationship flourishing and growing.
-- Jim Rohn

But remember that if the struggle were to resort to violence, it will lose vision, beauty and imagination. Most dangerous of all, it will marginalize and eventually victimize women. And a political struggle that does not have women at the heart of it, above it, below it, and within it is no struggle at all.
-- Arundhati Roy

* "Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were. But without it we go nowhere." Carl Sagan
Carl Sagan

* "When you start to develop your powers of empathy and imagination, the whole world opens up to you."
-- Susan Sarandon

I think I'm an actor because I have very strong imagination and empathy. I never studied acting, but those two qualities are exactly the qualities that make for an activist.
-- Susan Sarandon

"Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine and at last you create what you will."
-- George Bernard Shaw

"The arts can open the door to the imagination, pushing the envelope of how peace can be created.
It takes courage to take this kind of risk, and courage is what we all need to create a better world."
-- Wanye Shorter

* Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning."
-- Gloria Steinem

This world is but a canvas to our imagination.
-- Henry David Thoreau

It is the marriage of the soul with Nature that makes the intellect fruitful, and gives birth to imagination.
-- Henry David Thoreau

* "To finish building the free society dreamed of by Washington, Franklin, and Jefferson, we must draw upon the resources of the enlightened imagination, which can be systematically developed by the spiritual sciences of India and Tibet. We have not yet tamed our own demons of racism, nationalism, sexism, and materialism. We have not yet made peace with a land we took by force and have only partly paid for. We are a teeming conglomeration of people from different tribes who have yet to embrace fully the humanness in one another. And none of us can be really free until all of us are."
-- Robert Thurman
"The secret message communicated to most young people today by the society around them is that they are not needed, that the society will run itself quite nicely until they - at some distant point in the future - will take over the reigns. Yet the fact is that the society is not running itself nicely... because the rest of us need all the energy, brains, imagination and talent that young people can bring to bear down on our difficulties. For society to attempt to solve its desperate problems without the full participation of even very young people is imbecile."
-- Alvin Toffler

Artistic creativity is a whirlpool of imagination that swirls in the depths of the mind.
-- Robert Toth

You can't depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.
-- Mark Twain

"The imagination imitates. It is the critical spirit that creates."
-- Oscar Wilde

* Despair shows us the limit of our imagination. Imaginations shared create collaboration, collaboration creates community, and community inspires social change.
~ Terry Tempest Williams

I feel like we are at a time of great creativity if we choose to embrace it as such, if we choose to engage the will of our imaginations and imagine another way of being in the world.
~ Terry Tempest Williams

An idea is salvation by imagination
-- Frank Lloyd Wright

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