„I cannot imagine life without books any more than I can imagine life without breathing.“

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Terry Brooks1
US-amerikanischer Schriftsteller 1944

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Voltaire Foto
Voltaire Foto

„I cannot imagine how the clockwork of the universe can exist without a clockmaker.“

—  Voltaire French writer, historian, and philosopher 1694 - 1778

As attributed in More Random Walks in Science : An Anthology (1982) by Robert L. Weber, p. 65

Gloria Estefan Foto

„I cannot imagine a world without music. It would be... well, I cannot imagine it.“

—  Gloria Estefan Cuban-American singer-songwriter, actress and divorciada 1957

Berklee College of Music commencement address (May 12, 2007)
2007, 2008

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Mark Heard Foto

„Life is much more of a compromise than I ever imagined.“

—  Mark Heard American musician and record producer 1951 - 1992

Life in the Industry: A Musician's Diary

Anne Brontë Foto
Albert Camus Foto

„Myths are made for the imagination to breathe life into them.“

—  Albert Camus, buch Der Mythos des Sisyphos

The Myth of Sisyphus (1942), The Myth of Sisyphus
Kontext: You have already grasped that Sisyphus is the absurd hero. He is, as much through his passions as through his torture. His scorn of the gods, his hatred of death, and his passion for life won him that unspeakable penalty in which the whole being is exerted toward accomplishing nothing. This is the price that must be paid for the passions of this earth. Nothing is told us about Sisyphus in the underworld. Myths are made for the imagination to breathe life into them.

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„The life of reality is confused, disorderly, almost always without apparent purpose, whereas in the artist's imaginative life there is purpose.“

—  Sherwood Anderson writer 1876 - 1941

"A Note on Realism" in The Literary Review (25 October 1924)<!-- also in Contemporary American Criticism (1926) -->
Kontext: The life of reality is confused, disorderly, almost always without apparent purpose, whereas in the artist's imaginative life there is purpose. There is determination to give the tale, the song, the painting, form — to make it true and real to the theme, not to life. Often the better the job is done, the greater the confusion. I myself remember with what a shock I heard people say that one of my own books Winesburg, Ohio was an exact picture of Ohio village life. The book was written in a crowded tenement district of Chicago. The hint for almost every character was taken from my fellow-lodgers in a large rooming house, many of whom had never lived in a village. The confusion arises out of the fact that others besides practicing artists have imaginations. But most people are afraid to trust their imaginations and the artist is not.
Would it not be better to have it understood that realism, in so far as the word means reality to life, is always bad art — although it may possibly be very good journalism? Which is but another way of saying that all of the so-called great realists were not realists at all and never intended being. Madame Bovary did not exist in fact. She existed in the imaginative life of Flaubert and he managed to make her exist also in the imaginative life of his readers.

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„I can't imagine working without an audience.“

—  Bea Arthur actress, singer, comedian 1922 - 2009

Interview, The New York Times, December 6, 2000

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Amir Taheri Foto

„Poetry interprets the chaos of human life and tries to bestow meaning on it. Without imagination there could be no poetry; and imagination chained by ideology produces only propaganda.“

—  Amir Taheri Iranian journalist 1942

When the Ayatollah Dictates Poetry http://www.aawsat.net/2015/07/article55344336/when-the-ayatollah-dictates-poetry, Ashraq Al-Awsat (Jul 11, 2015).

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„I can imagine few worse fates than walking around for the rest of one's life wearing a typo.“

—  Anne Fadiman American essayist, journalist and magazine editor 1953

Quelle: Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader

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„I cannot live without books.“

—  Thomas Jefferson 3rd President of the United States of America 1743 - 1826

Letter to John Adams (10 June 1815)

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