— Alan Turing British mathematician, logician, cryptanalyst, and computer scientist 1912 - 1954
„You're joining a group of people who can do incredible things. They can make the computer do anything they can imagine.“
— Tim Berners-Lee British computer scientist, inventor of the World Wide Web 1955
Context: When somebody has learned how to program a computer … You're joining a group of people who can do incredible things. They can make the computer do anything they can imagine. From An Insight, An Idea with Tim Berners-Lee http://www.weforum.org/sessions/summary/insight-idea-tim-berners-lee at 27:27 (25 January 2013)
„But in the imagination anything goes that can be imagined, and the limit of the imagination is a totally human world.“
— Northrop Frye Canadian literary critic and literary theorist 1912 - 1991
"Quotes", The Educated Imagination (1963), Talk 1: The Motive For Metaphor http://northropfrye-theeducatedimagination.blogspot.ca/2009/08/1-motive-for-metaphor.html, Context: At the level of ordinary consciousness the individual man is the centre of everything, surrounded on all sides by what he isn't. At the level of practical sense, or civilization, there's a human circumference, a little cultivated world with a human shape, fenced off from the jungle and inside the sea and the sky. But in the imagination anything goes that can be imagined, and the limit of the imagination is a totally human world.
— Julia Child, Particular Passions: Talks With Women Who Have Shaped Our Times
— Nas American rapper, record producer and entrepreneur 1973
On Albums, God's Son (2002), Thugz Mansion (N.Y.)
— William James American philosopher, psychologist, and pragmatist 1842 - 1910
„In general, when the imagination is at all noble, it is irresistible, and therefore those who can at all resist it ought to resist it. Be a plain topographer if you possibly can; if Nature meant you to be anything else, she will force you to it; but never try to be a prophet.“
— John Ruskin, book Modern Painters
Modern Painters (1843-1860), Volume III, part V, chapter II (1856).
„I can imagine anything! That's the trouble with me. I can imagine things now — this minute. I could even make them sound all right, but of course none of them would be true.“
— Agatha Christie, Dead Man's Folly
Dead Man's Folly (1956), Ariadne Oliver
„It is not because of anything that can be seen or heard or handled, but because of something that is imagined. The place is not good for imagination, and does not bring restful dreams at night.“
— H.P. Lovecraft American author 1890 - 1937
Fiction, The Colour Out of Space (1927), Context: West of Arkham the hills rise wild, and there are valleys with deep woods that no axe has ever cut. There are dark narrow glens where the trees slope fantastically, and where thin brooklets trickle without ever having caught the glint of sunlight. On the gentle slopes there are farms, ancient and rocky, with squat, moss-coated cottages brooding eternally over old New England secrets in the lee of great ledges; but these are all vacant now, the wide chimneys crumbling and the shingled sides bulging perilously beneath low gambrel roofs. The old folk have gone away, and foreigners do not like to live there. French-Canadians have tried it, Italians have tried it, and the Poles have come and departed. It is not because of anything that can be seen or heard or handled, but because of something that is imagined. The place is not good for imagination, and does not bring restful dreams at night.
— Oprah Winfrey American businesswoman, talk show host, actress, producer, and philanthropist 1954
„I'm not sure anyone's life turns out exactly the way they imagine. All we can do is to try to make the best of it. Even when it seems impossible.“
— Nicholas Sparks, book Safe Haven
2009, Safe Haven (2010), Alex Wheatley, Chapter 25, p. 208
— James Thomson (poet), The Seasons
The Seasons (1726-1730), Spring (1728), l. 465.
— Jonathan Safran Foer, book Everything Is Illuminated
„They are the possessed men who do much of the running of the world, and theirs is the most frightening story that can be imagined. But those who watch the great men do not know that they are shells inhabited by ghosts.“
— R. A. Lafferty American writer 1914 - 2002
Archipelago (1979), Context: "The perfect ghost story is the story of Possession," he said, "and that is hypnotism from beyond the grave. This is possible since hypnotism is by the will, and the will is immortal. A number of notable men have been possessed, and all of their lives seem to fit a pattern: the inconsequential early years, the hiatus when they stood where Faust stood, and the decision. And then the rise to power and influence and almost universal honor after they have made the deal. But it is not themselves, it is the devils within them that gain these things. They are the possessed men who do much of the running of the world, and theirs is the most frightening story that can be imagined. But those who watch the great men do not know that they are shells inhabited by ghosts." Chapter Three, Pt. 5, A "ghost story" as narrated in its entirety by a character in the novel in a small ward gathering.