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Skill without imagination is craftsmanship and …

Skill without imagination is craftsmanship and gives us many useful objects such as wickerwork picnic baskets. Imagination without skill gives us modern art.

Skill without imagination is craftsmanship and gives us many useful objects such as wickerwork picnic baskets. Imagination without skill gives us modern art.

How do we remain faithful to our own spiritual …

How do we remain faithful to our own spiritual imagination and not betray what we know in our own bodies? The world is holy. We are holy. All life is holy.

How do we remain faithful to our own spiritual imagination and not betray what we know in our own bodies? The world is holy. We are holy. All life is holy.

If I have been given any gift in this life, it’…

If I have been given any gift in this life, it’s my ability to live simultaneously in the rational world and the world of imagination.

If I have been given any gift in this life, it’s my ability to live simultaneously in the rational world and the world of imagination.

That’s the way the mind works: the brain is gen…

That's the way the mind works: the brain is genetically disposed towards organization, yet if not controlled, will link even the most imagerial fragment to another on the flimsiest pretense and in the most freewheeling manner, as if it takes a kind of organic pleasure in creative association, without regards to logic or chronological sequence.

That’s the way the mind works: the brain is genetically disposed towards organization, yet if not controlled, will link even the most imagerial fragment to another on the flimsiest pretense and in the most freewheeling…

It is hard to imagine the things you have never…

It is hard to imagine the things you have never seen.

It is hard to imagine the things you have never seen.

That’s Third Thoughts for you. When a huge rock…

That's Third Thoughts for you. When a huge rock is going to land on your head, they're the thoughts that think: Is that an igneous rock, such as granite, or is it sandstone?

That’s Third Thoughts for you. When a huge rock is going to land on your head, they’re the thoughts that think: Is that an igneous rock, such as granite, or is it sandstone?

Dullness. Only humans could have invented it. W…

Dullness. Only humans could have invented it. What imaginations they had.

Dullness. Only humans could have invented it. What imaginations they had.

The alarming lack of ideas that is recognizable…

The alarming lack of ideas that is recognizable in all acts of culture, politics, organization of life, and the rest is explained by this, and the weakness of the modernist constructers of functionalist cities is only a particularly visible example of it. Intelligent specialists only ever have the intelligence to play the game of specialists: hence the fearful conformity and fundamental lack of imagination that make them admit that this or that product is useful, good, necessary. In fact, the root of the reigning lack of imagination cannot be understood if one does not have access to the imagination of lack--that is to conceiving what is absent, forbidden, and hidden, and yet possible, in modern life.

The alarming lack of ideas that is recognizable in all acts of culture, politics, organization of life, and the rest is explained by this, and the weakness of the modernist constructers of functionalist cities is…

Imagination is a beast that has to be put in a …

Imagination is a beast that has to be put in a cage.

Imagination is a beast that has to be put in a cage.

Does the imagination dwell the most Upon a woma…

Does the imagination dwell the most Upon a woman won or a woman lost?

Does the imagination dwell the most Upon a woman won or a woman lost?

Life can be just black and white, but with imag…

Life can be just black and white, but with imagination, life is a kaleidoscope of exhilarating colors and breathtaking adventures.

Life can be just black and white, but with imagination, life is a kaleidoscope of exhilarating colors and breathtaking adventures.

Better to be caught in sudden, complete catastr…

Better to be caught in sudden, complete catastrophe than to be gnawed by the cancer of imagination.

Better to be caught in sudden, complete catastrophe than to be gnawed by the cancer of imagination.

Yet magic is no more the art of employing consc…

Yet magic is no more the art of employing consciously invisible means to produce visible effects. Will, love, and imagination are magic powers that everyone possesses; and whoever knows how to develop them to their fullest extent is a magician. Magic has but one dogma, namely, that the seen is the measure of the unseen.

Yet magic is no more the art of employing consciously invisible means to produce visible effects. Will, love, and imagination are magic powers that everyone possesses; and whoever knows how to develop them to their…

Love releases us into the realm of divine imagi…

Love releases us into the realm of divine imagination, where the soul is expanded and reminded of its unearthly cravings and needs. We think that when a lover inflates his loved one he is failing to acknowledge her flaws - "Love is blind." But it may be the other way around. Love allows a person to see the true angelic nature of another person, the halo, the aureole of divinity. Certainly from the perspective of ordinary life this is madness and illusion. But if we let loose our hold on our philosophies and psychologies of enlightenment and reason, we might learn to appreciate the perspective of eternity that enters life as madness, Plato's divine frenzy.

Love releases us into the realm of divine imagination, where the soul is expanded and reminded of its unearthly cravings and needs. We think that when a lover inflates his loved one he is failing…

Usually, the main problem with life conundrums …

Usually, the main problem with life conundrums is that we don't bring to them enough imagination

Usually, the main problem with life conundrums is that we don’t bring to them enough imagination

Every production of an artist should be the exp…

Every production of an artist should be the expression of an adventure of his soul.

Every production of an artist should be the expression of an adventure of his soul.

Copywriting is a design muse, it carves a beaut…

Copywriting is a design muse, it carves a beautiful masterpiece in an imaginative way.

Copywriting is a design muse, it carves a beautiful masterpiece in an imaginative way.

Stories of imagination tend to upset those with…

Stories of imagination tend to upset those without one.

Stories of imagination tend to upset those without one.

Whatever the mind of man can conceive and belie…

Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve

Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve

People talk– they sneer at escapism. Well, the…

People talk-- they sneer at escapism. Well, there are those of us who need it.

People talk– they sneer at escapism. Well, there are those of us who need it.

Use your imagination not to scare you to death …

Use your imagination not to scare you to death but to inspire you to live.

Use your imagination not to scare you to death but to inspire you to live.

I like the immaterial world. I like to live amo…

I like the immaterial world. I like to live among thoughts and images of the past and the possible, and even of the impossible, now and then.

I like the immaterial world. I like to live among thoughts and images of the past and the possible, and even of the impossible, now and then.

A misbegotten hatchling of consciousness, a bir…

A misbegotten hatchling of consciousness, a birth defect of our species, imagination is often revered as a sign of vigor in our make-up. But it is really just a psychic overcompensation for our impotence as beings. Denied nature’s exemption from creativity, we are indentured servants of the imaginary until the hour of our death, when the final harassments of imagination will beset us.

A misbegotten hatchling of consciousness, a birth defect of our species, imagination is often revered as a sign of vigor in our make-up. But it is really just a psychic overcompensation for our impotence as…

The body was an organic machine, period, and Go…

The body was an organic machine, period, and God was a figment of its fitful imagination.

The body was an organic machine, period, and God was a figment of its fitful imagination.

Martial (the main character of LOCUS SOLUS) has…

Martial (the main character of LOCUS SOLUS) has a very interesting conception of literary beauty: the work must contain nothing real, no observations about the world or the mind, nothing but completely imaginary constructions. These are in themselves ideas from an extrahuman world.

Martial (the main character of LOCUS SOLUS) has a very interesting conception of literary beauty: the work must contain nothing real, no observations about the world or the mind, nothing but completely imaginary constructions. These…

Those who make us believe that anything’s possi…

Those who make us believe that anything’s possible and fire our imagination over the long haul, are often the ones who have survived the bleakest of circumstances. The men and women who have every reason to despair, but don’t, may have the most to teach us, not only about how to hold true to our beliefs, but about how such a life can bring about seemingly impossible social change.

Those who make us believe that anything’s possible and fire our imagination over the long haul, are often the ones who have survived the bleakest of circumstances. The men and women who have every reason…

…And yet a knowledgeis here that tenses the t…

...And yet a knowledgeis here that tenses the throatas for song: the inheritanceof the ones, alive or oncealive, who stand behindthe ones I have imagined,who took into their mindsthe troubles of this place,blights of love and race,but saw a good fate hereand willingly paid its cost,kept it the best they could,thought of its good,and mourned the good they lost.(From the ending of Where in Clearing, p179)

…And yet a knowledgeis here that tenses the throatas for song: the inheritanceof the ones, alive or oncealive, who stand behindthe ones I have imagined,who took into their mindsthe troubles of this place,blights of love…

To hear of a thousand deaths in war is terrible…

To hear of a thousand deaths in war is terrible, and we "know" that it is. But as it registers on our hearts, it is not more terrible than one death fully imagined.

To hear of a thousand deaths in war is terrible, and we “know” that it is. But as it registers on our hearts, it is not more terrible than one death fully imagined.

The books we love offer a sketch of a whole uni…

The books we love offer a sketch of a whole universe that we secretly inhabit, and in which we desire the other person to assume a role.One of the conditions of happy romantic compatibility is, if not to have read the same books, to have read at least some books in common with the other person—which means, moreover, to have non-read the same books. From the beginning of the relationship, then, it is crucial to show that we can match the expectations of our beloved by making him or her sense the proximity of our inner libraries.

The books we love offer a sketch of a whole universe that we secretly inhabit, and in which we desire the other person to assume a role.One of the conditions of happy romantic compatibility is,…

What a strange thing it is to wake up to a milk…

What a strange thing it is to wake up to a milk-white overcast June morning! The sun is hidden by a thick cotton blanket of clouds, and the air is vapor-filled and hazy with a concentration of blooming scent.The world is somnolent and cool, in a temporary reprieve from the normal heat and radiance.But the sensation of illusion is strong. Because the sun can break through the clouds at any moment . . .What a soft thoughtful time.In this illusory gloom, like a night-blooming flower, let your imagination bloom in a riot of color.

What a strange thing it is to wake up to a milk-white overcast June morning! The sun is hidden by a thick cotton blanket of clouds, and the air is vapor-filled and hazy with a…

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