Imagination Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old imagination quotes, imagination sayings, and imagination proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


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

You can't depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.     

Mark Twain

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

Carl Sagan

Everything you can imagine is real.     

Pablo Picasso

I imagine that yes is the only living thing.     

E. E. Cummings

To treat your facts with imagination is one thing, to imagine your facts is another.     

John Burroughs

Imagination grows by exercise, and contrary to common belief, is more powerful in the mature than in the young.     

W. Somerset Maugham

I imagine, therefore I belong and am free.     

Lawrence Durrell

Logic will get you from A to Z; imagination will get you everywhere.     

Albert Einstein

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

Maria Montessori

Imagination is the golden-eyed monster that never sleeps. It must be fed; it cannot be ignored.     

Patricia A. Mckillip

Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life's coming attractions.     

Albert Einstein

Reason is intelligence taking exercise. Imagination is intelligence with an erection.     

Victor Hugo

Because when you are imagining, you might as well imagine something worth while.     

L.M. Montgomery

Imagination means nothing without doing.     

Charles Chaplin

The imagination is a palette of bright colors. You can use it to touch up memories ? or you can use it to paint dreams.     

Robert Brault

Nothing encourages creativity like the chance to fall flat on one's face.     

James D. Finley

The creative person is both more primitive and more cultivated, more destructive, a lot madder and a lot saner, than the average person.     

Frank Barron

Sometimes imagination pounces; mostly it sleeps soundly in the corner, purring.     

Terri Guillemets

He who has imagination without learning has wings but no feet.     

Joseph Joubert

Imagination is the highest kite one can fly.     

Lauren Bacall

Perhaps imagination is only intelligence having fun.     

George Scialabba

I believe in the imagination. What I cannot see is infinitely more important than what I can see.     

Duane Michals

Those who do not think outside the box are easily contained.     

Nicolas Manetta

Creative minds have always been known to survive any kind of bad training.     

Anna Freud

To think creatively, we must be able to look afresh at what we normally take for granted.     

George Kneller

Imagination governs the world.     

Napolon Bonaparte

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

Sir Francis Bacon

The imagination is man's power over nature.     

Wallace Stevens

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

The imagination, give it the least license, dives deeper and soars higher than Nature goes.     

Henery David Thoreau

Imagination is an inner resource. That's why it takes stopping, slowing, silencing, reassuring, embracing to allow it to speak.     

Suzanne Beth Stinnett

Imagination is actually a form of computation. Imagination gives calculated and instinctive solutions for the future.     

L. Ron Hubbard

It is better to have enough ideas for some of them to be wrong, than to be always right by having no ideas at all.     

Edward de Bono

Imagination is the voice of daring. If there is anything godlike about God, it is that. He dared to imagine everything     

Henry Miller

Fantasy was always only a reality waiting to be switched on.     

Joe Hill

The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.     

Albert Einstein

The power of imagination makes us infinite.     

John Muir

All the works of man have their origin in creative fantasy. What right have we then to depreciate imagination.     

Carl Gustav Jung

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

Blaise Pascal

The quality of the imagination is to flow and not to freeze.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Imagination is not a talent of some people but is the health of everyone.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Imagination is a poor matter when it has to part company with understanding.     

Thomas Carlyle

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

Imagination is always the fabric of social life and the dynamic of history. The influence of real needs and compulsions, of real interests and materials, is indirect because the crowd is never conscious of it.     

Simone Weil

The imagination is never governed, it is always the ruling and divine power.     

John Ruskin

A strong imagination begetteth opportunity.     

Michel de Montaigne

The imagination is the secret and marrow of civilization.      

Henry Ward Beecher

Imagination allows you to see things in a non-traditional, non-restrictive manner. Your imagination is your picture of what tomorrow may bring.     

Catherine Pulsifer

Imagination is the only key to the future. Without it none exists - with it all things are possible.     

Ida Tarbell