„Sarcasm is the last refuge of the imaginatively bankrupt.“

Source: City of Bones

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„The basis of action is lack of imagination. It is the last resource of those who know not how to dream.“

—  Oscar Wilde Irish writer and poet 1854 - 1900

The Critic as Artist (1891), Part I
Variant: Action... is the last resource of those who know not how to dream.

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„When was the last time you set your mind to wandering beyond today to imagine a brighter tomorrow? Let your mind go, dream a little, and you might just discover that anything is possible.“

—  Don Soderquist 1934 - 2016

Don Soderquist “ The Wal-Mart Way: The Inside Story of the Success of the World's Largest Company https://books.google.com/books?id=mIxwVLXdyjQC&lpg=PR9&dq=Don%20Soderquist&pg=PR9#v=onepage&q=Don%20Soderquist&f=false, Thomas Nelson, April 2005, p. 107.
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„Gradually, over the last twenty years, the vacuum has turned out to be more unusual, more fluid, less empty, and less intangible than even Einstein could have imagined.“

—  John D. Barrow British scientist 1952

Preface
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Context: The spooky ether was persistent. It took an Einstein to remove it from the Universe.... Gradually, over the last twenty years, the vacuum has turned out to be more unusual, more fluid, less empty, and less intangible than even Einstein could have imagined. Its presence is felt on the very smallest and largest dimensions over which the forces of Nature act.

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„But in the imagination anything goes that can be imagined, and the limit of the imagination is a totally human world.“

—  Northrop Frye Canadian literary critic and literary theorist 1912 - 1991

"Quotes", The Educated Imagination (1963), Talk 1: The Motive For Metaphor http://northropfrye-theeducatedimagination.blogspot.ca/2009/08/1-motive-for-metaphor.html
Context: At the level of ordinary consciousness the individual man is the centre of everything, surrounded on all sides by what he isn't. At the level of practical sense, or civilization, there's a human circumference, a little cultivated world with a human shape, fenced off from the jungle and inside the sea and the sky. But in the imagination anything goes that can be imagined, and the limit of the imagination is a totally human world.

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„One must imagine,
One must deeply imagine“

—  Denise Levertov Poet 1923 - 1997

Conversation in Moscow
Context: To serve the people,
one must write for the ideal reader. Only for the ideal reader.
And who or what is that ideal reader? God. One must imagine,
One must deeply imagine

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„Mere imagination would indeed be mere trifling; only no imagination is mere.“

—  Charles Sanders Peirce American philosopher, logician, mathematician, and scientist 1839 - 1914

Vol. VI, par. 286
Collected Papers (1931-1958)

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