Quotations About
imagination

What fine weather this is! Not very becoming perhaps early in the morning, but very pleasant out of doors at noon, and very wholesome-at least everybody fancies so, and imagination is everything. To Edward, however, I really think dry weather of importance. I have not taken to fires yet.

Letter, November 17, 1798, to her sister, Cassandra. Jane Austen
Posted in: Jane Austen

So vast, so limitless in capacity is man’s imagination to disperse and burn away the rubble-dross of fact and probability, leaving only truth and dream.

Requiem for a Nun (1951)
Posted in: William Faulkner

What difference do it make if the thing you scared of is real or not?

Song of Solomon (1977)
Posted in: Toni Morrison

Jimmy: If I believed in fairy tales I never would have dropped out of kindergarten.

Posted in: NewsRadio

“Lord!” he said, “when you sell a man a book you don’t sell him just twelve ounces of paper and ink and glue — you sell him a whole new life. Love and friendship and humour and ships at sea by night — there’s all heaven and earth in a book, a real book I mean. Jiminy! If I were the baker or the butcher or the broom huckster, people would run to the gate when I came by — just waiting for my stuff. And here I go loaded with everlasting salvation — yes, ma’am, salvation for their little, stunted minds — and it’s hard to make ’em see it. That’s what makes it worth while — I’m doing something that nobody else from Nazareth, Maine, to Walla Walla, Washington, has ever thought of. It’s a new field, but by the bones of Whitman, it’s worth while. That’s what this country needs — more books!”

Parnassus on Wheels (1917)

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

Cosmos (1980)
Posted in: Carl Sagan