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Quotes of the Day for 9 September 2004 – Imagination

It was on this day in 1971 that John Lennon released his Imagine album. Lennon knew a thing or two about imagination, and these quotes all seem worth thinking about for a moment or two.

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The quotes:

There is a boundary to men's passions when they act from feelings; but none when they are under the influence of imagination.
     - Edmund Burke, 1728 - 1797

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, 1856 - 1950

It is the spirit of the age to believe that any fact, no matter how suspect, is superior to any imaginative exercise, no matter how true.
     - Gore Vidal

I am certain of nothing but the holiness of the heart's affections and the truth of the imagination. What the imagination seizes as beauty must be truth.
     - John Keats, 1795 - 1821

There is no connection between the political ideas of our educated class and the deep places of the imagination.
     - Lionel Trilling

Falling in love consists merely in uncorking the imagination and bottling the common-sense.
     - Helen Rowland, 1876 - 1950

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