„Were it not for imagination, Sir, a man would be as happy in the arms of a chambermaid as of a Duchess.“
— Samuel Johnson English writer 1709 - 1784
May 9, 1778, p. 409
Pt. I, Bk. II, ch. 1.
1830s, The French Revolution. A History (1837)
Kontext: For what imaginable purpose was man made, if not to be "happy"? By victorious Analysis, and Progress of the Species, happiness enough now awaits him. Kings can become philosophers; or else philosophers Kings. Let but Society be once rightly constituted,—by victorious Analysis. The stomach that is empty shall be filled; the throat that is dry shall be wetted with wine. Labour itself shall be all one as rest; not grievous, but joyous Wheat-fields, one would think, cannot come to grow untilled; no man made clayey, or made weary thereby;—unless indeed machinery will do it? Gratuitous Tailors and Restaurateurs may start up, at fit intervals, one as yet sees not how. But if each will, according to rule of Benevolence, have a care for all, then surely—no one will be uncared for. Nay, who knows but by sufficiently victorious Analysis, "human life may be indefinitely lengthened," and men get rid of Death, as they have already done of the Devil? We shall then be happy in spite of Death and the Devil.
— Samuel Johnson English writer 1709 - 1784
May 9, 1778, p. 409
— William Paley Christian apologist, natural theologian, utilitarian 1743 - 1805
Vol. I, Book II, Ch. V.
The Principles of Moral and Political Philosophy (1785)
— Robert Seymour Bridges British writer 1844 - 1930
The Testament of Beauty (1929-1930)
— Jodi Picoult, buch Neunzehn Minuten
Quelle: Nineteen Minutes
— Clifford D. Simak, buch Way Station
Quelle: Way Station (1963), Ch. 11
Kontext: There was so much knowledge in the galaxy and he knew so little of it, understood so little of the little that he knew.
There were men on Earth who could make sense of it. Men who would give anything short of their very lives to know the little that he knew, and could put it all to use.
Out among the stars lay a massive body of knowledge, some of it an extension of what mankind knew, some of it concerning matters which Man had not yet suspected, and used in ways and for purposes that Man had not as yet imagined. And never might imagine, if left on his own.
— Albert Camus, buch Der Mythos des Sisyphos
Original French: La lutte elle-même vers les sommets suffit à remplir un cœur d'homme; il faut imaginer Sisyphe heureux.
Variant translation: The fight itself towards the summits suffices to fill a heart of man; it is necessary to imagine Sisyphus happy.
The Myth of Sisyphus (1942), The Myth of Sisyphus
Kontext: I leave Sisyphus at the foot of the mountain! One always finds one's burden again. But Sisyphus teaches the higher fidelity that negates the gods and raises rocks. He too concludes that all is well. This universe henceforth without a master seems to him neither sterile nor futile. Each atom of that stone, each mineral flake of that night filled mountain, in itself forms a world. The struggle itself toward the heights is enough to fill a man's heart. One must imagine Sisyphus happy.
— Bill Watterson American comic artist 1958
The Authoritative Calvin and Hobbes
Quelle: The Authoritative Calvin and Hobbes: A Calvin and Hobbes Treasury
— Immanuel Kant German philosopher 1724 - 1804
Fundamental Principles of the Metaphysics of Ethics (1785)
— Nicole Hollander Cartoonist 1939
Quelle: Sylvia cartoon strip, pp. 212-213
— George Kubler American art historian 1912 - 1996
Quelle: The Shape of Time, 1982, p. 8.
— 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.
— Carl Sagan, Contact
Quelle: Contact (1985), Chapter 24 (p. 431)
Kontext: The universe was made on purpose, the circle said. In whatever galaxy you happen to find yourself, you take the circumference of a circle, divide it by its diameter, measure closely enough, and uncover a miracle — another circle, drawn kilometers downstream of the decimal point. There would be richer messages farther in. It doesn't matter what you look like, or what you're made of, or where you come from. As long as you live in this universe, and have a modest talent for mathematics, sooner or later you'll find it. It's already here. It's inside everything. You don't have to leave your planet to find it. In the fabric of space and in the nature of matter, as in a great work of art, there is, written small, the artist’s signature. Standing over humans, gods, and demons, subsuming Caretakers and Tunnel builders, there is an intelligence that antedates the universe.
— William Henry Davies British poet 1871 - 1940
The Time of Dreams.
— Confucius Chinese teacher, editor, politician, and philosopher -551 - -479 v.Chr
Original: (zh_Hant) 人而不仁、如禮何。人而不仁、如樂何。
Quelle: The Analects, Chapter III
— Morrissey English singer 1959
From Who Put The 'M' In Manchester? (2004)
— Robert G. Ingersoll Union United States Army officer 1833 - 1899
The trial of Charles B. Reynolds for blasphemy (1887)
— Neville Goddard American author and lecturer 1905 - 1972