Mind, mind alone, bear witness, earth and heaven! The living fountains in itself contains Of beauteous and sublime.
Mark Akenside 1721-70 ‘The Pleasures of Imagination’ (1744) bk. 1, l. 48
Vision or Imagination is a Representation of what Eternally Exists, Really and Unchangeably.
William Blake 1757-1827 ‘A Vision of the Last Judgement’ (1810) in ‘MS Note-Book’ p. 68
But oh! each visitation
Suspends what nature gave me at my birth,
My shaping spirit of imagination.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge 1772-1834 ‘Dejection: an Ode’ (1802) st. 6.
The primary imagination I hold to be the living Power and prime Agent of all human Perception, and as a repetition in the finite mind of the eternal act of creation in the infinite I am.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge 1772-1834 ‘Biographia Literaria’ (1817) ch. 13
Only in men’s imagination does every truth find an effective and undeniable existence. Imagination, not invention, is the supreme master of art, as of life.
Joseph Conrad (Teodor Josef Konrad Korzeniowski) 1857-1924
In ‘Some Reminiscences’ (1912) ch. 1
Where there is no imagination there is no horror.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 1859-1930 ‘A Study in Scarlet’ (1888) ch. 5
Great abilities are not requisite for an historian…imagination is not required in any high degree.
Samuel Johnson 1709-84 In James Boswell ‘The Life of Samuel Johnson’ (1791) vol. 1, p. 424 (6 July 1763)
Happiness is not an ideal of reason but of imagination.
Immanuel Kant 1724-1804 ‘Fundamental Principles of the Metaphysics of Ethics’ (1785, translation by T. K. Abbott) sect. 2
Limitations live only in our minds. But if we use our imaginations, our possibilities become limitless.
Sometimes questions are more important than answers.
I reject your reality and substitute it for my own.
Conversation about the weather is the last refuge of the unimaginative.
I can believe anything provided it is incredible.
Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.
Imagination is more important than knowledge.