An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





The whole fauna of human fantasies, their marine vegetation, drifts and luxuriates in the dimly lit zones of human activity, as though plaiting thick tresses of darkness. Here, too, appear the lighthouses of the mind, with their outward resemblance to less pure symbols. The gateway to mystery swings open at the touch of human weakness and we have entered the realms of darkness. One false step, one slurred syllable together reveal a man's thoughts.


Louis Aragon (1897-1982, French poet)


I consider it useless and tedious to represent what exists, because nothing that exists satisfies me. Nature is ugly, and I prefer the monsters of my fancy to what is positively trivial.


Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867, French poet)


When a fantasy turns you on, you're obligated to God and nature to start doing it right away.


Stewart Brand (1938-, American editor, writer)


The mind can make substance, and people planets of its own with beings brighter than have been, and give a breath to forms which can outlive all flesh.


Lord Byron (1788-1824, British poet)


I like nonsense -- it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living. It's a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope... and that enables you to laugh at all of life's realities.


Dr. Seuss (1904-1991, American writer and illustrator of children's books)


Fantasies are more than substitutes for unpleasant reality; they are also dress rehearsals, plans. All acts performed in the world begin in the imagination.


Barbara Grizzuti Harrison (1941-, American author, publicist)


The pleasures of the imagination are as it were only drawings and models which are played with by poor people who cannot afford the real thing.


Georg C. Lichtenberg (1742-1799, German physicist, satirist)


The dream of reason produces monsters. Imagination deserted by reason creates impossible, useless thoughts. United with reason, imagination is the mother of all art and the source of all its beauty.


Francisco Jose De Goya Y Lucientes (1746-1828, Spanish painter)


But fantasy kills imagination, pornography is death to art.


Iris Murdoch (1919-, British novelist, philosopher)


We live under continual threat of two equally fearful, but seemingly opposed, destinies: unremitting banality and inconceivable terror. It is fantasy, served out in large rations by the popular arts, which allows most people to cope with these twin specters.


Susan Sontag (1933-, American essayist)


One's real life is so often the life that one does not lead.


Oscar Wilde (1856-1900, British author, wit)


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