• A Fantasy of Disordered Imagination
    A Fantasy of Disordered Imagination
  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Imaginous Imaginative.
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Imaginal Buds of Butterfly Imaginal Buds of Butterfly

Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: An airplane mechanic invented Slinky while he was playing with engine parts and realized the possible secondary use for the springs. Barbie was invented by Ruth Handler after watching her daughter play with baby dolls imagining then in grown up roles
    • imaginous Full of or characterized by imagination; imaginative.
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  • Red Barber
    Red Barber
    “When I'm talking to a large audience, I imagine that I'm talking to a single person.”
  • Julius Caesar
    “What we wish, we readily believe, and what we ourselves think, we imagine others think also.”
  • Thomas Kempis
    “Many deceive themselves, imagining they'll find happiness in change.”
  • Johann Kaspar Lavater
    “You are not very good if you are not better than your best friends imagine you to be.”
  • Edward Vernon Rickenbacker
    Edward Vernon Rickenbacker
    “The four cornerstones of character on which the structure of this nation was built are: initiative, imagination, individuality, and independence.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “No person is either as happy or as unhappy as they imagine. Things are never as good or as bad as they seem.”


In literature:

Its prime duty is to amuse, to puzzle, to fascinate, to savor of a complex imagination.
"Roderick Hudson" by Henry James
To the child, the genius with imagination, or the wholly untravelled, the approach to a great city for the first time is a wonderful thing.
"Sister Carrie" by Theodore Dreiser
Oh, you can't imagine the number of fields in which we need making over; but of course you, of all people, can imagine.
"Dear Enemy" by Jean Webster
Perhaps, though, it's imagination, who knows?
"The Octopus" by Frank Norris
Man, prior to civilization, is a purely imaginative being; that is, the imagination marks the summit of his intellectual development.
"Essay on the Creative Imagination" by Th. Ribot
Ghosts are the product of the imagination, but if I imagine I see one he is as real to me as if he actually exists, isn't he?
"Humorous Ghost Stories" by Dorothy Scarborough
And I imagine that the sun has disappeared.
"Jewish Children" by Sholem Naumovich Rabinovich
I spared them; I imagined they'd understand; but they thought it was weakness.
"The Hero" by William Somerset Maugham
Newman was sceptical too, but his peculiar kind of intellectual piety lacked the imagination of Pascal.
"Suspended Judgments" by John Cowper Powys
He could not imagine why she was weeping over that flower-pot, and it annoyed him.
"Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen
Imagine for a moment that some opaque covering could be clasped around our sun so that all his beams were extinguished.
"The Story of the Heavens" by Robert Stawell Ball
Imagine enough thousands of centuries and you will imagine the Grand Canyon.
"The Book of the National Parks" by Robert Sterling Yard
Still the situation appealed to her imagination.
"Otherwise Phyllis" by Meredith Nicholson
Oh, you must not imagine that I have kept the original!
"The Cryptogram" by James De Mille
I cannot imagine that anyone makes decent wine in Bagnioregio.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
How does imagination enterprise everywhither!
"A Man's Value to Society" by Newell Dwight Hillis
I can't imagine what she means to do with them, and I don't think she knows.
"Blake's Burden" by Harold Bindloss
You're an imaginative fellow, Dick.
"Partners of the Out-Trail" by Harold Bindloss
He held her hand and tried to console her for being his victim, and imagined almost every reason for her tears but the true one.
"In a Little Town" by Rupert Hughes
Many persons imagine that business disqualifies from the exercise of the imagination.
"Continental Monthly, Vol. III, No IV, April 1863" by Various

In poetry:

And now, Sir, we come to armoury;
Here's the tin pants of Dick Cocur de Lion.
Just imagine the job that his old woman had
Putting patches on with soldering iron.
"The Beefeater" by Weston and Lee
Thou'st made for me an atmosphere of life;
The very air is brighter from thine eyes,
They are so soft and beautiful, and rife
With all we can imagine of the skies.
"Mystery Of Carmel" by Madge Morris Wagner
Borne on Imagination's ardent wing,
Again a child, she skimm'd the yellow mead,
Again threw pebbles in the cloud-pav'd spring--
Again in baby gambols took the lead.
"The Power Of Love" by Charlotte Dacre
Thou’st made for me an atmosphere of life;
The very air is brighter from thine eyes,
They are so soft and beautiful, and rife
With all we can imagine of the skies.
"To Revenita (10)" by Madge Morris Wagner
Adieu, bless'd shade!—Imagination roves
To distant regions, o'er th' Atlantic wave;
Ah! not to genial skies, or fragrant groves,
To drop a tear upon a kindred grave.
"Lines Written At Brighton" by Sir John Carr
Before you, silently I sway.
I feel so anxious when you’re near me,
In vain, I cast a glance your way:
I’m sure that I will never say,
What I’m imagining so freely.
"Impromtu On Ogareva" by Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin

In news:

A braless Sharon Stone is photographed out in Paris, France wearing a flimsy shift dress that left little to the imagination.
Bram Stoker 's book 'Dracula' seized the public's imagination in 1897 with its elegant, deadly vampire who fights a group of Englishmen while preying on one of their wives, Mina Harker.
H erman Cain deserves credit for proposing a tax-reform plan that is specific, promotes economic growth, and has captured the imagination of conservatives nationwide.
WIRE — Imagine the psychedelic lovechild of broccoli and cauliflower with lime green British punk hair, and you have something close to romanesco.
(Imagine, if you will, that I'm somehow pointing with my breasts.
I can't imagine growing up in a world without inspiring women like Sally.
Witnesses said they had worried about the scaffolding's close proximity to the electrical wires but never imagined this.
Imagination Movers bring broad-based appeal to shows.
The Imagination Movers perform at 7 pm Friday at Wichita's Orpheum Theatre.
In the text I tried to place as many weird and downright disgusting items as I could imagine.
But maybe that was just my imagination.
Laura Joh Rowland imagines the Brontë sisters as crime solvers in a mystery that doesn't exactly reach wuthering heights.
Brookside favorite spot re-imagined with panache.
As you can imagine, the discussion turned to food during the ride through Rutland.
Get the recipes for cocktails and appetizers that are tasty, fun to make and capture the imagination.

In science:

At any place in the moving medium we can imagine a co-moving frame of coordinates where the medium is at rest, denoted by primes.
Quantum Physics of Simple Optical Instruments
Now, imagine that the original modes evolve during the formation of the horizon where the medium is gently accelerated to exceed the effective speed of light beyond one point. A smooth process cannot fundamentally alter the analytic properties of waves.
Quantum Physics of Simple Optical Instruments
It is tempting to imagine a particular connection between the two questions, because of a well known connection between the unsatisfiability of a random 2-sat formula and the existence of a giant component in a random graph, most easily explained in terms of branching processes.
Random MAX SAT, Random MAX CUT, and Their Phase Transitions
It is very hard to imagine how bad extrapolation can agree with exact analytic result.
Reply to ``Comment on `Properties of the massive Thirring model from the XYZ spin chain' "
One can imagine that these labels refer to the time of node formation.
On the Geometry of Random Networks
Then we imagine that all the Ji become very large so that we can view the ri and x as continuous variables.
Quantum Mechanics, Random Matrices and BMN Gauge Theory
Let us now imagine that we watch the same movie with a magnitude of 108 − 109 so that we can resolve individual particles.
Geometry of irreversibility: The film of nonequilibrium states
Imagine defining the conformal field theory in Ht via a radial quantization, so that the conformal Hilbert spaces are defined over curves topologically equivalent to half circles around the origin.
Conformal field theories in random domains and stochastic Loewner evolutions
We argue, that the hypothesis of the ferromagnetic QCP with the paramagnon propagator14 would lead to the developing of superconducting fluctuations at such a scale which breaks the validity of Hertz analysis far away from the vicinity of the imaginable QCP.
Breakup of a Stoner model for the 2D ferromagnetic quantum critical point
However, it is easy to imagine using the present heuristic as a selection rule for a Davis-Putnam algorithm, preserving the heuristic’s theoretically justified behavior on random instances, while gaining the Davis-Putnam algorithm’s guarantee of a correct answer on arbitrary instances.
The Satisfiability Threshold of Random 3-SAT Is at Least 3.52
In particular, imagine that we have just finished performing the first generative step above and we are about to perform the second.
Random k-SAT: Two Moments Suffice to Cross a Sharp Threshold
Establishing ob jective criteria, for example imagining that the problems have to be faced by machines such as computers or by adopting rigid algorithms, just transfers the sub jectivity to the level of the arbitrary criteria adopted.
From Knowledge, Knowability and the Search for Objective Randomness to a New Vision of Complexity
We imagine that a system may be studied to “understand it”, namely to describe and control it or to predict its dynamics.
From Knowledge, Knowability and the Search for Objective Randomness to a New Vision of Complexity
Otherwise we would be tempted to imagine different laws for different space and/or time scales, or different levels of complexity.
From Knowledge, Knowability and the Search for Objective Randomness to a New Vision of Complexity
Imagine we have two systems, i and j and that we are going to perform two unitary operations.
Nonlocality and information flow: The approach of Deutsch and Hayden