Imaginary Quotes

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Louisa May Alcott
“She preferred imaginary heroes to real ones, because when tired of them, the former could be shut up in the tin kitchen till called for, and the latter were less manageable.”
Louisa May Alcott, Little Women

Norton Juster
“if something is there, you can only see it with your eyes open, but if it isn't there, you can see it just as well with your eyes closed. That's why imaginary things are often easier to see than real ones.”
Norton Juster, The Phantom Tollbooth

André Breton
“The imaginary is what tends to become real.”
André Breton

Neil Gaiman
“Gods, religions and national boundaries are absolutely imaginary. They don't tend to exist. As soon as you pull back half a mile and look down at the Earth there are no national boundaries. There aren't even national boundaries when you get down and walk around. They're just imaginary lines we draw on maps. I just get fascinated by people who assume that things that are imaginary have no relevance to their lives.”
Neil Gaiman

Slavoj Žižek
“as soon as we renounce fiction and illusion, we lose reality itself; the moment we subtract fictions from reality, reality itself loses its discursive-logical consistency.”
Slavoj Žižek, Tarrying with the Negative: Kant, Hegel, and the Critique of Ideology

J.M. Barrie
“Of all the delectable islands the Neverland is the snuggest and most compact, not large and sprawly, you know, with tedious distances between one adventure and another, but nicely crammed. When you play at it by day with the chairs and table-cloth, it is not in the least alarming, but in the two minutes before you go to sleep it becomes very nearly real. That is why there are night-lights. ”
J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan

“At a certain point, we have to stop ‘play time,’ start ‘construction time’ and get things going, instead of getting mired down in the quicksand of wishful thinking, clutching desperately to imaginary ‘dei ex machina.’ (" Swim or sink")”
Erik Pevernagie

“Let us not ruminate on lost cases, creating imaginary scenarios of spite and revenge. Let us honor our valuable mental time, follow a positive road instead, and dump barren and gnawing resentments and destructive anger. ("The umbrella")”
Erik Pevernagie

Richard  Bell
“Everyone has things they are afraid of, real and imaginary.”
Richard Bell, Life Seemed Good, But...

Meg Rosoff
“I can't even trust my own imaginary dog. How much lower can a person get?”
Meg Rosoff

“In this stillness that is at the same time movement, in this darkness that is at the same time light, change is found not in the realm of ideas but in the energizing desire that is realized through precipitation. Desire tends towards its own realization and change takes place when the desire for it shatters the bounds of the possible, breaking the dialectical equilibrium holding together the framework of what is existent. It is at such moments that the imaginary flows into the real and overwhelms it, inundating it until it has been absorbed.”
Michael Richardson, Dedalus Book of Surrealism 2: The Myth of the World

Ralph Hodgson
“Some things have to be believed in to be seen.”
Ralph Hodgson

Craig D. Lounsbrough
“I spend my life constantly calling in ‘imaginary’ debts that aren’t owed to me in order to avoid the ‘real’ debts that I owe to others, and so everybody ends up bankrupt.”
Craig D. Lounsbrough

Meg Rosoff
“Where's your dog?" Peter's voice came from within the gushing stream of water. Justin thought he must have misheard.
"Pardon?"
"Your dog."
"Yes?"
"Isn't he with you today?" Justin looked at Peter.
"Ha bloody ha." Peter stuck his head out of the stream of water, features dripping. He smiled shyly.
"I love greyhounds." Justin stared.
"My dog is imaginary."
"Oh." Peter looked interested. "That's unusual." Justin put his head under the water. When he emerged, Peter was still looking at him.
"Less work," Peter offered, cheerily. "If the dog's imaginary, I mean. Not so much grooming, feeding, et cetera.”
Meg Rosoff, Just in Case

Vera Nazarian
“A long time ago people believed that the world is flat and the moon is made of green cheese. Some still do, to this day. The man on the moon is looking down and laughing.”
Vera Nazarian, The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration

Will Advise
“The way to be invisible - is to truly be imaginary. But since you cannot imagine yourself, you have to clone your imagination into being an image of yourself. Imagine that.”
Will Advise, Nothing is here...

“It is only through fiction and the dimension of the imaginary that we can learn something real about individual experience. Any other approach is bound to be general and abstract.

Nicola Chiaromonte

Will Advise
“I fake fake to have a fake life. Does that make me a real horse? Buy now for $777, wooden saddle sold separately. Real horseshoes not included. Imaginary ones – neither.”
Will Advise, Nothing is here...

Nitya Prakash
“Never forget we live in a reality where someone can be having an ongoing imaginary conflict with you in their mind. The whole time it’s completely one-sided and you are utterly oblivious to it.”
Nitya Prakash

“Given how little contact Ted had now with actual Anna, it was like he was in a relationship with an imaginary friend.”
Kristen Roupenian, You Know You Want This

Jean-Paul Sartre
“For a consciousness to be capable of imagining…it needs to be free.”
Jean-Paul Sartre, The Imaginary

Paul Auster
“(...) if a child is not allowed to enter the imaginary, he will never come to grips with the real.”
Paul Auster, The Invention of Solitude

Mwanandeke Kindembo
“The truth is that, reality matter more than imaginary things—Your perceptions and concepts of the world doesn't contribute anything to anyone.”
Mwanandeke Kindembo

Mwanandeke Kindembo
“The person who has many friends, will be forced by necessity to create some imaginary enemies inside his mind.”
Mwanandeke Kindembo

Richie Norton
“Imaginary problems are the root of most problems.”
Richie Norton

Kevin J. Estes
“Angels pawning Halos,
Swan-diving through warm drops of rain,
Soaking up champagne-shaded rays of bliss.”
Kevin J. Estes, LOVE LETTERS TO REALITY:

Alenka Zupančič
“The other concept of truth in Lacan situates the truth, so to speak, in the midst of reality. Here, the discontinuities, ruptures, standstills, and crises of reality are places or points of its truth. The truth is not some impossible and lethal Beyond that can be reached only by transgressing the limits of the Symbolic and the Imaginary –Lacan comes to present it as something that speaks between the lines, detectable in changes of discursivity, in the disturbances, interruptions, and slips of the discourse...”
Alenka Zupančič, The Shortest Shadow: Nietzsche's Philosophy of the Two

Robert Jordan
“Quite a story.” Elyas nodded. “Yes, quite a story. There’s a few things wrong with it, but the
main thing is Dapple says it’s all a lump of lies. Every last word.”
Robert Jordan, The Eye of the World

“Storytellers are the most dangerous people in the world, they can add or remove a chapters where none is not needed.”
Karen Perkins-Dara

Umberto Eco
“The mass media first convinced us that the imaginary was real, and now they are convincing us that the real is imaginary; and the more reality the TV screen shows us, the more cinematic our everyday world becomes. Until, as certain philosophers have insisted, we will think that we are alone in the world, and that everything else is the film that God or some evil spirit is projecting before our eyes.”
Umberto Eco, How to Travel with a Salmon and Other Essays

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