- The use of the brain to produce a mental image
of something that is neither perceived as real nor present to
the senses. May also refer to the site in the brain where this
production occurs, or to the creative
powers of the mind in general; resourcefulness.
"Imagination is the eye of the soul."
Joseph Joubert (1754-1824), French philosopher.
"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 (1857-1924), Polish-born English novelist. A
Personal Record, chapter 1 (1912).
"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 (1879-1955), German mathematician and physicist.
"No amount of skillful invention
can replace the essential element of imagination."
Edward Hopper (1882-1967), American painter.
"Man consists of body, mind and imagination.
His body is faulty, his mind untrustworthy, but his imagination
has made him remarkable."
John Masefield (1874-1967), English writer.
"The future belongs to those who
believe in the beauty of their dreams."
Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962) American diplomat, writer, and First
Lady of the United States from 1933-45.
"For us artists there waits the joyous compromise through art, with all that has wounded or defeated us in daily life . . . not to evade destiny, as the ordinary people try to do, but to fulfil it in its true potential — the imagination."
Lawrence Durrell (1912-1990), Indian-born English writer.
"We must teach our children to dream
with their eyes wide open."
Harry Edwards, contemporary American authority on issues of race
and sports. He formed San Jose State University's first black
student organization, instigated the famous demonstration at
the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City in which two African-American
medallists raised gloved fists in symbolic gesture of the struggle
for black power and equality, is now a professor of sociology
at U.C. Berkeley and a consultant for various athletes on issues
of racial diversity within professional sports.
"I used my imagination . . . to make
the grass whatever color I wanted it to be."
Whoopi Goldberg, contemporary American comedian.