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A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral.  ~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Flight to Arras, 1942

I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.  ~Michelangelo

I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells.  Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it's a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope.  Which is what I do, and that enables you to laugh at life's realities.  ~Theodore Geisel

Nothing encourages creativity like the chance to fall flat on one's face.  ~James D. Finley

Some stories are true that never happened.  ~Elie Weisel

It's a poor sort of memory that only works backwards.  ~Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

My alphabet starts with this letter called yuzz.  It's the letter I use to spell yuzz-a-ma-tuzz.  You'll be sort of surprised what there is to be found once you go beyond 'Z' and start poking around!  ~Dr. Seuss

The lunatic, the lover, and the poet, are of imagination all compact.  ~William Shakespeare, Mid-Summer Night's Dream, 1595

They are ill discoverers that think there is no land, when they can see nothing but sea.  ~Francis Bacon

Think left and think right and think low and think high.  Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try!  ~Dr. Seuss, Oh, the Thinks You Can Think!

A fool-proof method for sculpting an elephant:  first, get a huge block of marble; then you chip away everything that doesn't look like an elephant.  ~Author Unknown

The Possible's slow fuse is lit
By the Imagination.
~Emily Dickinson

Never tell people how to do things.  Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.  ~George Smith Patton, War as I Knew It, 1947

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, Think, November-December 1962

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

Don't expect anything original from an echo.  ~Author Unknown

I paint objects as I think them, not as I see them.  ~Pablo Picasso

You can't wait for inspiration.  You have to go after it with a club.  ~Jack London

There are no rules of architecture for a castle in the clouds.  ~G.K. Chesterton

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

Personally, I would sooner have written Alice in Wonderland than the whole Encyclopedia Britannica.  ~Stephen Leacock

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

Creativity represents a miraculous coming together of the uninhibited energy of the child with its apparent opposite and enemy, the sense of order imposed on the disciplined adult intelligence.  ~Norman Podhoretz

They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.  ~Edgar Allan Poe, "Eleonora"

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

Sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.  ~Lewis Carroll

There is nothing worse than a sharp image of a fuzzy concept.  ~Ansel Adams

I admit to having an imagination feverish enough to melt good judgment. ~Dean R. Koontz, Seize the Night

Things are only impossible until they're not.  ~Jean-Luc Picard, Star Trek: The Next Generation

When I have a terrible need of - shall I say the word - religion.  Then I go out and paint the stars.  ~Vincent Van Gogh

In the realist you have the sorry sight of the five senses deprived of their imagination.  ~Robert Brault, 

When you are describing,
A shape, or sound, or tint;
Don't state the matter plainly,
But put it in a hint;
And learn to look at all things,
With a sort of mental squint.
~Lewis Carroll

The theoretician believes in logic and believes that he despises dreams, intuition, and poetry.  He does not recognize that these three fairies have only disguised themselves in order to dazzle him.... He does not know that he owes his greatest discoveries to them.  ~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Wartime Writings 1939-1944, translated from French by Norah Purcell

Trust that little voice in your head that says "Wouldn't it be interesting if..."  And then do it.  ~Duane Michals, "More Joy of Photography"

Perhaps imagination is only intelligence having fun.  ~George Scialabba

It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see.  ~Henry David Thoreau

To make a prairie it takes a clover and one bee,
One clover, and a bee,
And revery.
The revery alone will do,
If bees are few.
~Emily Dickinson, Poems