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These imagination quotes will have you thinking about the power of imagination and all the good things it has done for civilization.

Great feats, powerful books, creative art, and tall building were once all just a figment of someone’s imagination. From imagination, great things come to be.

So, we hope these quotations and insights will inspire you to do some great things. Enjoy!

10 Best Imagination Quotes

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

2.) What is now proved was once only imagined.
William Blake

3.) Imagine all the people livin’ life in peace…
John Lennon

Inspirational imagination quotes.

4.) Those who do not want to imitate anything produce nothing.
Salvador Dali

5.) The visionary starts with a clean sheet of paper and re-imagines the world.
Malcolm Gladwell

6.) Imagination has given us the steam engine, the telephone, the talking machine, and the automobile, for these things had to be dreamed of before they became realities.
L. Frank Baum

7.) Doubt is the father of invention.
Ambrose Bierce

8.) The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.
Albert Einstein

9.) Nothing limits achievement like small thinking; nothing expands possibilities like unleashed imagination.
William Arthur Ward

10.) It is the marriage of the soul with nature that makes the intellect fruitful and gives birth to imagination.
Henry David Thoreau

Inspirational Quotes About Imagination

11.) You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.
Mark Twain

12.) 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

13.) If you can imagine it, you can achieve it. If you can dream it, you can become it.
William Arthur Ward

14.) The only limit to your impact is your imagination and commitment.
Tony Robbins

15.) To bring anything into your life, imagine that it’s already there.
Richard Bach

16.) All men who have achieved great things have been great dreamers.
Orison Swett Marden

17.) Imagination is the only weapon in the war against reality.
Lewis Carroll

18.) You have all the reasons in the world to achieve your grandest dreams. Imagination plus innovation equals realization.
Denis Waitley

19.) The imagination is the golden pathway to everywhere.
Terence McKenn

20.) Imagination disposes of everything; it creates beauty, justice, and happiness, which is everything in this world.

Quotes about imagination.

21.) Nature is imagination itself.
William Blake

22.) Fools act on imagination without knowledge; pedants act on knowledge without imagination.
Alfred North Whitehead

23.) The world of reality has its limits; the world of imagination is boundless.
Jean-Jacques Rousseau

24.) If you fall in love with the imagination, you understand that it is a& free spirit. It will go anywhere, and it can do anything.
Alice Walker

25.) Happiness is not an ideal of reason but of imagination.
Immanuel Kant

26.) The human race is governed by its imagination.

27.) Imagination frames events unknown, in wild, fantastic shapes of hideouts ruin, and what it fears.
Hannah Moore

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Imagine Sayings

28.) Saddle your dreams before you ride ‘em.
Mary Webb

29.) ‘Ever let the fancy roam; pleasure never is at home.
John Keats

30.) I have too much imagination to be a housewife.
Marilyn Monroe

31.) Imagination grows by exercise and, contrary to common belief, is more powerful in the mature than in the young.
W. Somerset Maugham

32.) The sky is the daily bread of the eyes.
Ralp Waldo Emerson

33.) Men are mortal. So are ideas. An idea needs propagation as much as a plant needs watering. Otherwise, both will wither and die.
B. R. Ambedkar

34.) Trust that little voice in your head that says, ‘Wouldn’t it be interesting if…’; And then do it.
Duane Michals

35.) Imagination is a poor substitute for experience.
Havelock Ellis

36.) Bring ideas in and entertain them royally, for one of them may be the king.
Mark Van Doren

37.) If I create from the heart, nearly everything works; if from the head, almost nothing.
Marc Chagall

38.) The mightiest lever known to the moral world is imagination.
William Wordsworth

39.) Imagine for yourself a character, a model personality, whose example you determine to follow, in private as well as in public.

40.) Imagination is the soil that brings dreams to life.

Imagination is the soil that brings dreams to life.

Short Imagination Quotes

41.) Imagination is the eye of the soul.
Joseph Joubert

42.) Stories of imagination tend to upset those without one.
Terry Pratchett

43.) Imagination should be used not to escape reality but to create it.
Colin Wilson

44.) Imagination rules the world.
Napoleon Bonaparte

45.) I begin with an idea, and then it becomes something else.
Pablo Picasso

46.) Imagination creates reality.
Richard Wagner

47.) Imagination decides everything.
Blaise Pascal

48.) An idea is salvation by imagination.
Frank Lloyd Wright

49.) A blank piece of paper is God’s way of telling us how hard it is to be God.
Sidney Sheldon

50.) A book is a device to ignite the imagination.
Alan Bennett

51.) Everything you can imagine is real.
Pablo Picasso

52.) Live out of your imagination, not your history.
Stephen Covey

53.) Imagination and fiction make up more than three-quarters of our real life.
Simone Weil

54.) Vision is the art of seeing things invisible.
Jonathan Swift

55.) Hate is a lack of imagination.
Graham Greene

56.) Imagination is the only weapon in the war against reality.
Jules de Gaultier

57.) To imagine is everything; to know is nothing at all.
Anatole France

58.) Our imagination flies… we are its shadow on the earth.
Vladimir Nabokov

59.) A man who has no imagination has no wings.
Muhammad Ali, quoted in Newsweek, September 29, 1975

60.) The imagination is man’s power over nature.
Wallace Stevens

61.) He who has imagination without learning has wings but no feet.
Joseph Joubert

62.) When one paints an ideal, one does not need to limit one’s imagination.
Ellen Key

To the Point

63.) The saddest thing I can imagine is to get used to luxury.
Charlie Chaplin

64.) Everyone is in love with their own ideas.
Carl Jung

65.) Imagination continually frustrates tradition; that is its function.
John Pfeiffer

66.) Fiction reveals truths that reality obscures.
Jessamyn West

67.) I imagine, therefore, I belong and am free.
Lawrence Durrell

68.) Reality leaves a lot to the imagination.
John Lennon

69.) The best use of imagination is creativity.
Deepak Chopra

70.) One can live in the shadow of an idea without grasping it.
Elizabeth Bowen

71.) Worry is a waste of imagination.
Walt Disney

Sayings about Imagination

72.) Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.
Albert Einstein

73.) Imagination is the real and eternal world of which this vegetable universe is but a faint shadow.
William Blake

74.) 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, Some Reminiscences (1912)

75.) My imagination makes me human and makes me a fool; it gives me all the world and exiles me from it.
Ursula K. Le Guin

76.) Imagination is the golden-eyed monster that never sleeps. It must be fed; it cannot be ignored.
Patricia A. McKillip

77.) We are what we think. All that we are arises from our thoughts. With our thoughts, we create the world.
The Buddha

78.) Truth is a matter of the imagination.
Ursula K. Le Guin

79.) Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were. But without it, we go nowhere.
Carl Sagan

80.) The great instrument of moral good is the imagination.
P. B. Shelley

81.) Limitations live only in our minds. But if we use our imaginations, our possibilities become limitless.
Jamie Paolinetti

82.) The artist must bow to the monster of his own imagination.
Richard Wright

83.) To write a song, you must have an imagination; to have an imagination, you must be free.
Bruno Mars

84.) Read more: Imagination is like a muscle. I found out that the more I wrote, the bigger it got.
Philip José Farmer

85.) So not only can you not imagine dying, you can’t really imagine existence before you were born.
David Cronenberg

Imagination Love Quotes

86.) The lunatic, the lover, and the poet are of imagination, all compact.
William Shakespeare

87.) I am certain of nothing but the holiness of the Heart’s affections and the truth of the Imagination.
John Keats

88.) Love is a canvas furnished by nature and embroidered by imagination.

89.) Love doesn’t grow on trees like apples in Eden – it’s something you have to make. And you must use your imagination too.
Joyce Cary

90.) Love is the triumph of imagination over intelligence.
H. L. Mencken

91.) The woman who appeals to a man’s vanity may stimulate him, the woman who appeals to his heart may attract him, but it is the woman who appeals to his imagination who gets him.
Helen Rowland

92.) Love requires imagination more than experience.
Simon Van Booy

93.) Lovers and madmen have such seething brains. Such shaping fantasies that apprehend. More than cool reason ever comprehends.
William Shakespeare

94.) Can you imagine if everyone on the planet turned off their TV to stop the intake of fear from the news channels and just concentrated on love? The whole planet would instantly propel itself into the ascension process and turn into a heavenly state in a higher vibratory dimension!
DJ QBert

95.) Fantasy love is much better than reality love. Never doing it is very exciting. The most exciting attractions are between two opposites that never meet.
Andy Warhol

Quotations about Dreaming

96.) A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world.
Oscar Wilde

97.) To accomplish great things, we must first dream, then visualize, then plan… believe… act!
Alfred A. Montapert

98.) All successful people, men and women, are big dreamers. They imagine what their future could be, ideal in every respect, and then they work every day toward their distant vision, that goal, or purpose.
Brian Tracy

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

100.) We are such stuff as dreams are made on, and our little life is rounded with a sleep.
William Shakespeare

101.) There are certain half-dreaming moods of mind in which we naturally steal away from noise and glare and seek some quiet haunt where we may indulge our reveries and build our air castles undisturbed.
Washington Irving

102.) They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.
Edgar Allan Poe

103.) The cost of oblivious daydreaming was always this moment of return; the realignment with what had been before and now seemed a little worse.
Ian McEwan

Keen Imagination Insights

104.) Fear kills everything. Your mind, your heart, your imagination.
Cornelia Funke

105.) Fortunately, somewhere between chance and mystery lies imagination, the only thing that protects our freedom, despite the fact that people keep trying to reduce it or kill it off altogether.
Luis Bunuel

106.) Imagination does not become great until human beings, given the courage and the strength, use it to create.
Maria Montessori

107.) A book is a device to ignite the imagination.
Alan Bennett

108.) Do not quench your inspiration and your imagination; do not become the slave of your model.
Vincent Van Gogh

109.) Never limit yourself because of others’ limited imagination; never limit others because of your own limited imagination.
Mae Jemison

110.) We are more often frightened than hurt, and we suffer more from imagination than from reality.

111.) Because when you are imagining, you might as well imagine something worthwhile.
Lucy Maud Montgomery

112.) You have to imagine it possible before you can see something. You can have the evidence right in front of you, but if you can’t imagine something that has never existed before, it’s impossible.
Rita Dove

113.) My head’ll explode if I continue with this escapism.
Jess C Scott

114.) Imagination means nothing without doing.
Charlie Chaplin

115.) And by the way, everything in life is writable if you have the outgoing guts to do it and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy of creativity is self-doubt.
Sylvia Plath

Famous Imagining Quotes

116.) Logic will get you from A to Z; imagination will get you everywhere.
Albert Einstein

117.) The man who has no imagination has no wings.
Muhammad Ali

118.) People who lean on logic and philosophy and rational exposition end by starving the best part of the mind.
William Butler Yeats

119.) To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk.
Thomas Edison

120.) Laughter is timeless, imagination has no age, and dreams are forever.
Walt Disney

121.) Imagination is usually regarded as a synonym for the unreal… Indeed, the power of imagination makes us infinite.
John Muir

122.) Some might think that the creativity, imagination, and flights of fancy that give my life meaning are insanity.
Vladimir Nabokov

123.) A pile of rocks ceases to be a rock when somebody contemplates it with the idea of a cathedral in mind.
Antoine St. Exupery


124.) Love what you do and do what you love. Don’t listen to anyone else who tells you not to do it. You do what you want, what you love. Imagination should be the center of your life.
Ray Bradbury

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

126.) To raise new questions and new possibilities and to regard old problems from a new angle requires creative imagination and marks real advances in science.
Albert Einstein

127.) Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination.
Oscar Wilde

Good Imagination Quotes

128.) I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.
Albert Einstein

129.) The power of imagination created the illusion that my vision went much farther than the naked eye could actually see.
Nelson Mandela

130.) It is a blessed thing to have an imagination that can always make you satisfied, no matter how you are fixed.
Mark Twain

131.) Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he is not; a sense of humor to console him for what he is.
Francis Bacon

132.) Closed in a room, my imagination becomes the universe, and the rest of the world is missing out.
Criss Jami

133.) What I fear most, I think, is the death of the imagination.
Sylvia Plath

134.) Everything that is new or uncommon raises a pleasure in the imagination because it fills the soul with an agreeable surprise, gratifies its curiosity, and gives it an idea of which it was not before possessed.
Joseph Addison

135.) Disneyland will never be completed. It will continue to grow as long as there is imagination left in the world.
Walt Disney

136.) The writer’s curse is that even in solitude, no matter its duration, he never grows lonely or bored.
Criss Jami

137.) Hope lies in dreams, in imagination, and in the courage of those who dare to make dreams into reality.
Jonas Salk

Funny Imagination Quotes

138.) My imagination will get me a passport to hell one day.
John Steinbeck

139.) Imagination has brought mankind through the dark ages to its present state of civilization. Imagination led Columbus to discover America. And imagination led Franklin to discover electricity.
L. Frank Baum

140.) What’s that thing called where your crush likes you back? Oh yes, your imagination!

141.) Can you imagine a world without men? No crime and lots of happy women.
Nicole Hollander

142.) Your families are extremely proud of you. You can’t imagine the sense of relief they are experiencing. This would be a most opportune time to ask for money.
Gary Bolden

143.) Life is only a dream, and we are the imagination.
Bill Hicks

Imagination Quotes FAQ

Here are some frequently asked questions about imagination quotes.

What is Oscar Wilde’s quote on imagination?

Oscar Wilde wrote, “Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination.”

What is Einstein’s imagination quote?

Perhaps Einstein’s most famous quote on imagination is, “Logic will get you from A to Z; imagination will get you everywhere.”

What is Mark Twain’s quote about imagination?

Mark Twain wrote, “It is a blessed thing to have an imagination that can always make you satisfied, no matter how you are fixed.”

I hope you enjoyed this collection of inspirational imagination quotes.

Compiled by Mike O’Halloran

Mike is the founder and editor of Greeting Card Poet.


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