Imagination Quotes


  • For me, reason is the natural organ of truth; but imagination is the organ of meaning. Imagination, producing new metaphors or revivifying old, is not the cause of truth, but its condition.
    o C.S. Lewis, “Selected Literary Essays”, 1969

  • Nothing is more dangerous to reason than the flights of the imagination and nothing has been the occasion of more mistakes among philosophers. Men of bright fancies may in this respect be compared to those angels whom the scripture represents as covering their eyes with their wings.
    o David Hume, “A Treatise of Human Nature”, Book 1, Section 4, p.225

  • Philosophy makes progress not by becoming more rigorous but by becoming more imaginative.
    o Richard Rorty, Introduction to Truth and Progress: Philosophical Papers, Volume 3 (1998)

  • The conception of the necessary unit of all that is resolves itself into the poverty of the imagination, and a freer logic emancipates us from the straitwaistcoated benevolent institution, which idealism palms off as the totality of being.
    o Our Knowledge of the External World by Bertrand Russell

  • The true function of logic,… as applied to matters of experience,… is analytic rather than constructive; taken a priori, it shows the possibility of hitherto unsuspected alternatives more often than the impossibility of alternatives which seemed prima facie possible. Thus, while it liberates imagination as to what the world may be, it refuses to legislate as to what the world is.
    o Our Knowledge of the External World by Bertrand Russell

  • Science does not know its debt to imagination.
    o Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Poetry and Imagination”, 1872


  • I believe imagination is our greatest asset, as human beings, and I believe it is our best, perhaps our only weapon against despair. I believe imagination is our best, our ultimate means of survival, all of us together — each of us apart.
    o Timothy Findley

  • Imagination is more important than knowledge.
    o Albert Einstein

  • Imagination is your key to unlock the hidden wonders of our world.
    o Dreamfinder, original Journey Into Imagination ride at Epcot

  • It is not that the child lives in a world of imagination, but that the child within us survives and starts into life only at rare moments of recollection, which makes us believe, and it is not true, that, as children, we were imaginative?
    o Cesare Pavese

  • Mon incompréhension est ta plus grande qualité car elle laisse une place a l’imagination.
    o Carréric Benjamin (Jabamin) 27/06/2006

  • Nothing is impossible – not if you can imagine it!
    o Hubert Farnsworth, Futurama

  • You cannot imagine infinity but your imagination is infinite.
    o Michael Grasso, 1990

  • Imagine.
    o John Lennon

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

  • Every child is born blessed with a vivid imagination. But just as a muscle grows flabby with disuse, so the bright imagination of a child pales in later years if he ceases to exercise it.
    o Walt Disney

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