Quotes of Imagining

“ Present fears are less than horrible imaginings. ”

- William Shakespeare

“ Pornographers subvert this last, vital privacy; they do our imagining for us. They take away the words that were of the night and shout them over the roof-tops, making them hollow. ”

- George Steiner

“ We have no higher life that is really apart from other people. It is by imagining them that our personality is built up; to be without the power of imagining them is to be a low-grade idiot. ”

- Charles Horton Cooley

“ We will by conscious command evolve cerebral centers which will permit us to use powers that we now are not even capable of imagining. ”

- Dr. Frederick Tilney

“ Your imaginings can have as much power over you as your reality, or even more. ”

- Charles T. Tart

“ In seeking wisdom thou art wise; in imagining that thou hast attained it - thou art a fool. ”

- Lord Chesterfield

“ Our environmental problems originate in the hubris of imagining ourselves as the central nervous system or the brain of nature. We're not the brain, we are a cancer on nature. ”

- Dave Foreman

“ Imagining playing the guitar is a slightly looser thing than playing it. You can hear more things sometimes. The fingers of your imagination aren't quite as hidebound as your real fingers. ”

- Richard Thompson

“ I am prisoner of a gaudy and unlivable present, where all forms of human society have reached an extreme of their cycle and there is no imagining what new forms they may assume. ”

- Italo Calvino

“ There are so many unpleasant things in the world already that there is no use in imagining any more. ”

- Lucy Maud Montgomery

“ Doing is a quantum leap from imagining. ”

- Barbara Sher

“ In seeking wisdom thou are wise; in imagining that thou hast attained it thou are a fool. ”

- Rabbi Ben Azai

“ Man is an imagining being. ”

- Gaston Bachelard

“ Many deceive themselves, imagining they'll find happiness in change. ”

- Thomas a Kempis

“ Men of genius are not quick judges of character. Deep thinking and high imagining blunt that trivial instinct by which you and I size people up. ”

- Max Beerbohm

“ The man whose whole activity is diverted to inner meditation becomes insensible to all his surroundings. If he loves, it is not to give himself, to blend in fecund union with another being, but to meditate on his love. His passions are mere appearances, being sterile… ”

- Emile Durkheim

“ There will never be a really free and enlightened State until the State comes to recognize the individual as a higher and independent power, from which all its own power and authority are derived, and treats him accordingly. I please myself with imagining a State at last which can afford to be just to all men, and to treat the individual with respect as a neighbor; which even would not think it inconsistent with its own repose if a few went to live aloof from it, not meddling with it, nor embraced by it, who fulfilled all the duties of neighbors and fellow-men… ”

- Henry David Thoreau

“ True revolutionaries are like God — they create the world in their own image. Our awesome responsibility to ourselves, to our children, and to the future is to create ourselves in the image of goodness because the future depends on the nobility of our imaginings. ”

- Barbara Grizzuti Harrison

“ We are ashamed to seem evasive in the presence of a straightforward man, cowardly in the presence of a brave one, gross in the eyes of a refined one, and so on. We always imagine, and in imagining share, the judgments of the other mind. ”

- Charles Horton Cooley

“ What a devil art thou, Poverty! How many desires — how many aspirations after goodness and truth — how many noble thoughts, loving wishes toward our fellows, beautiful imaginings thou hast crushed under thy heel, without remorse or pause! ”

- Walt Whitman

“ You are outside life, you are above life, you have miseries which the ordinary man does not know, you exceed the normal level, and it is for this that men refuse to forgive you, you poison their peace of mind, you undermine their stability. You have irrepressible pains whose essence is to be inadaptable to any known state, indescribable in words… ”

- Antonin Artaud

“ Condoleezza Rice insists that all she wants be is the best secretary of state she can be, and can't imagine running for president. Perhaps. But a lot of other people have no trouble imagining it. Four years is an eternity in politics, and the secretary of state has a lot of heavy lifting ahead. ”

- Suzanne Fields

“ Let us change our traditional attitude to the construction of programs. Instead of imagining that our main task is to instruct a computer what to do, let us concentrate rather on explaining to human beings what we want a computer to do. ”

- Donald Knuth

“ A wonderful fact to reflect upon, that every human creature is constituted to be that profound secret and mystery to every other. A solemn consideration, when I enter a great city by night, that every one of those darkly clustered houses encloses its own secret; that every room in every one of them encloses its own secret; that every beating heart in the hundreds of thousands of breasts there, is, in some of its imaginings, a secret to the heart nearest it! ”

- Charles Dickens

“ You carry away with you a reflection of me, a part of me. I dreamed you; I wished for your existence. You will always be a part of my life. If I love you, it must be because we shared, at some moment, the same imaginings, the same madness, the same stage. ”

- Anais Nin

“ A man should conceive of a legitimate purpose in his heart, and set out to accomplish it. He should make this purpose the centralizing point of his thoughts. It may take the form of a spiritual ideal, or it may be a worldly object, according to his nature at the time being; but whichever it is, he should steadily focus his thought forces upon the object which he has set before him… ”

- James Allen

“ Children seldom have a proper sense of their own tragedy, discounting and keeping hidden the true horrors of their short lives, humbly imagining real calamity to be some prestigious drama of the grown-up world. ”

- Shirley Hazzard

“ Fiction is not imagination. It is what anticipates imagination by giving it the form of reality. This is quite opposite to our own natural tendency which is to anticipate reality by imagining it, or to flee from it by idealizing it. That is why we shall never inhabit true fiction; we are condemned to the imaginary and nostalgia for the future. ”

- Jean Baudrillard

“ Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender, be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly, and listen to others, even the dull and ignorant; they too have their story… Be yourself… ”

- Max Ehrmann

“ It is not enough that one surrenders oneself. Surrender is to give oneself up to the original cause of one's being. Do not delude yourself by imagining such a source to be some God outside you. One's source is within oneself. Give yourself up to it. That means that you should seek the source and merge in it. ”

- Ramana Maharshi
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