Quotations About / On:
I can imagine living without food. I cannot imagine living without books.
(Alice Foote MacDougall (1867-1945), U.S. businesswoman. The Autobiography of a Business Woman, ch. 2 (1928).
Recalling her childhood self-education in her grandfather's library, where she read works by Lewis Carroll, Edward Lear, Louisa May Alcott, Shakespeare, Smollett, Shelley, Spenser, Browning, Emerson, and George Eliot, among other writers.)
Man is an imagining being.
(Gaston Bachelard (1884-1962), French scientist, philosopher, literary theorist. The Poetics of Reverie, ch. 2, sct. 10 (1960, trans. 1969).)
I can imagine many things, but few clearly.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Fourth Selection, New York (1987).)
the power of words - they can take you anywhere you can imagine.
(JOHN TIONG CHUNGHOO)
Yes life can be a simple thing if we let it
or if we just get our hands dirty
It could be what we never imagined
Life wouldn't be so beautiful if everything would happen as we imagined in our dreams.
No one is more dangerous than he who imagines himself pure in heart: for his purity, by definition, is unassailable.
(James Baldwin (1924-1987), U.S. author. repr. In Nobody Knows My Name (1961). "The Black Boy Looks at the White Boy," Esquire (New York, May 1961).)
War was then no longer this noble and unified outburst of souls in love with glory that he had imagined from Napoleon's proclamations.
(Stendhal [Marie Henri Beyle] (1783-1842), French novelist. The Charterhouse of Parma, ch. III, Dupont (1839) (trans. by Jeri King).)
True kindness presupposes the faculty of imagining as one's own the suffering and joys of others.
(André Gide (1869-1951), French author. "Portraits and Aphorisms," Pretexts (1903).)
I can't imagine going on when there are no more expectations.
(Dame Edith Evans (1888-1976), British actor. As quoted in Dame Edith Evans, ch. 5, by Bryan Forbes (1977).
Evans had had a brilliantly successful stage career.)