Quotes about Thinking

"Reality can be beaten with enough imagination."

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"Imagination rules the world."

Napoleon Bonaparte (15 August 1769 – 5 May 1821) was a military and political leader of France and Emperor of the French as Napoleon I, whose actions shaped European politics in the early 19th century.


"Live out of your imagination, not your history."

Stephen R. Covey (born October 24, 1932) wrote the best-selling book, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.


"To imagine is everything, to know is nothing at all."

Anatole France (16 April 1844—12 October 1924) born François-Anatole Thibault, was a French poet, journalist, and novelist. He was a successful novelist, with several best-sellers. Ironic and skeptical, he was considered in his day the ideal French man of letters. He won the Nobel Prize for Literature.


"The eyes are not responsible when the mind does the seeing."

Publilius Syrus (-) a Latin writer of maxims, flourished in the 1st century BC. He was a Syrian who was brought as a slave to Italy, but by his wit and talent he won the favor of his master, who freed and educated him.


"You cannot depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus."

Mark Twain, born:Samuel Langhorne Clemens (November 30, 1835 – April 21, 1910) was an American author and humorist. Twain is noted for his novels Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884), which has been called "the Great American Novel", and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876). Twain was a friend to presidents, artists, industrialists, and European royalty.


"Our imagination is the only limit to what we can hope to have in the future."

Charles Franklin Kettering (August 29, 1876 – November 24 or November 25, 1958) was an American inventor and the holder of 140 patents. He was a founder of Delco, and was head of research for General Motors for 27 years from 1920 to 1947. Among his most widely used automotive inventions were the electrical starting motor and leaded gasoline.


"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 (26 July 1856 – 2 November 1950) was an Irish playwright and a co-founder of the London School of Economics. Although his first profitable writing was music and literary criticism, in which capacity he wrote many highly articulate pieces of journalism, his main talent was for drama and he wrote more than 60 plays.


"There is nothing more dreadful than imagination without taste."

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (28 August 1749 – 22 March 1832) was a German writer and polymath. Goethe is considered by many to be the most important writer in the German language and one of the most important thinkers in Western culture. Goethe's works span the fields of poetry, drama, literature, theology, philosophy, and science. His magnum opus, lauded as one of the peaks of world literature, is the two-part drama Faust.


"Imagination is the only weapon in the war against reality."

Jules de Gaultier (born in 1858 in Paris, died in 1942 in Boulogne-sur-Mer) born Jules Achille de Gaultier de Laguionie, was a French philosopher and essayist.