Top 120 Imaginative Quotes

Words matter. These are the best Imaginative Quotes from famous people such as Ralph Fiennes, Dario Argento, James Ivory, P. L. Travers, Kenneth Branagh, and they’re great for sharing with your friends.

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There’s a challenge to playing these fantasy figures because they are fantasy figures. You have to enter into this sort of imaginative world of the writer.
Ralph Fiennes
Americans are very enthusiastic. We have a new generation of moviegoers who love great horror films. I am a very imaginative man, and for me, it’s easy to speak with my dark side. I have very beautiful, interesting nightmares.
Dario Argento
Mind you, as a little boy, I always had other interests from most kids. I was not a boy who rubbed around baseball bats. I always had the storytelling instinct, even as a child. I was a very imaginative little boy.
James Ivory
You do not chop off a section of your imaginative substance and make a book specifically for children, for – if you are honest – you have no idea where childhood ends and maturity begins. It is all endless and all one.
P. L. Travers
So many plays with magic in them that would be a terrific invitation to an imaginative animation team.
Kenneth Branagh
Through writing, through that process, they realize that they become more intelligent, and more honest and more imaginative than they can be in any other part of their life.
Russell Banks
I’ve always set my stories in places I know well. It frees me up to spend more imaginative time on the characters if I’m not worrying about the logistics.
Kim Edwards
I was a very imaginative and theatrical child and wasn’t afraid of being in front of a camera.
Kirsten Dunst
Imaginative writing, to me, is a way of discovering who we are and what we have to contend with; discovering what is out there and also what is not there. It enables me to think and explore and make something new with language while trying to make sense of our lives.
Romesh Gunesekera
As a child, I read a great many books in which animals and birds played significant roles, not only in the narrative itself, but also in creating the emotional and psychological atmosphere of that narrative – the imaginative furniture, as it were, in which any story unfolds.
John Burnside
Now the point of comedy is not just looking funny, it’s use of language. We have at our disposal a great language… and the imaginative, creative use of that language can be at the service of humour.
Barry Humphries
I’d like to think I’m optimistic and imaginative.
Ethan Slater
For many imaginative writers, working for the press is a fact of their life. But it’s best not to like it too much.
Hilary Mantel
Writing fiction is an act of imaginative empathy.
Andrew Sean Greer
Science has nothing to be ashamed of even in the ruins of Nagasaki. The shame is theirs who appeal to other values than the human imaginative values which science has evolved.
Jacob Bronowski
I have for a long time loved fabulist, imaginative fiction, such as the writing of Italo Calvino, Jose Saramago, Michael Bulgakov, and Salman Rushdie. I also like the magic realist writers, such as Borges and Marquez, and feel that interesting truths can be learned about our world by exploring highly distorted worlds.
Alan Lightman
There are many talented and worthy writers engaging horror in new, imaginative, and yes, terrifying ways.
Paul G. Tremblay
I have many books that I want to write; I’d like to think that I’ll be around for another 20 years or so and write another dozen novels, probably some sort of imaginative literature… Never again another seven-volume saga.
George R. R. Martin
The American idea is as promising, imaginative, and full of the unexpected as the land itself. The land represents freedom – the frontier, the ability to make a new future with your own bare hands.
Anna Deavere Smith
I think that the typical Emilia Wickstead women is very effortless, very sophisticated: she’s got alluring style, and she’s always taking on fashion. I always describe her as ‘imaginative with her own taste’.
Emilia Wickstead
The thing is, I don’t believe in most of what’s done. The amount of financial and imaginative energy that’s put into mediocrity is just amazing which I find to be fundamentally offensive as a human being.
William Hurt
I was nine. I saw Orson Welles in ‘Julius Caesar.’ It was involving, emotional, imaginative. I’ve never forgotten it.
Harold Prince
I grew up in the suburbs among highly educated people, in a house crammed with books. It was a culture rich in ideas, stimulation, entertainment, and mental activity, all helpful to the nurture of an imaginative child who wanted from an early age to be a writer.
Stephen Hunter
You can be imaginative, you have the technology to convert your vision, you have the freedom to write the kind of stories you want to tell beyond the set formulas. Also, you have varied platforms to tell different kinds of stories.
Kanika Dhillon
A lot of writers want everything put on screen, but it doesn’t work like that. The screenwriter brings her own imaginative interpretation, just as the director and actors do.
Susan Hill
I would love to write more children’s books. There is such a high standard out there for children’s books; there are really amazing writers. It is a fantastic creative outlet and such an amazing teaching tool. The thing I love about kids, too, is it is so imaginative and poetic.
Reading and life are not separate but symbiotic. And for this serious task of imaginative discovery and self-discovery, there is and remains one perfect symbol: the printed book.
Julian Barnes
Pastors need to know what’s going on in the world and what has been going on for 4,000 years. We need a way to read Scripture which is imaginative, interpretive.
Eugene H. Peterson
I think of science fiction as being part of the great river of imaginative fiction that has flowed through English literature, probably for 400 or 500 years, well predating modern science.
J. G. Ballard
The only imaginative fiction being written today is income tax returns.
Herman Wouk
If the story is good enough, if it’s imaginative enough, if it’s moving enough it is going to reach deeper than the level of sheer information and change somebody’s life two degrees. That is an enormous achievement.
David Remnick
The thing that makes me happiest about Simpsons Illustr

The thing that makes me happiest about Simpsons Illustrated are all the drawings that we get from readers. I wish we could print them all. They’re really imaginative. They show a lot of hard work.
Matt Groening
The enemies of acting are mood and attitude and other general homogenized disruptive entities. Whereas acting is about action – doing – and unless you can figure out a way to craft in an imaginative reality to which you don’t submit, you’re going to be out of control. You’ll flip out. The job is to be surprised.
William Hurt
Of course I believe imaginative architecture can make a difference to people’s lives, but I wish it was possible to divert some of the effort we put into ambitious museums and galleries into the basic architectural building blocks of society.
Zaha Hadid
I wanted the audience to write stories and then read them out if they wanted to. It’s always the best part of the show because people are so imaginative.
Sara Pascoe
I intend to be a strong Speaker. I hope to make some imaginative changes around here.
Thomas P. O’Neill
When I was at Cambridge in the early fifties, there was a school nearby for training Army officers in Russian, and some imaginative genius came up with the idea of putting on Russian plays with the students to improve their language skills.
Robert Gottlieb
It’s always been the case that politicians want different things from children than good educators do. Good educators want imaginative, exploratory beings, but politicians just want economic units.
David Almond
There’s a fierce practicality and empiricism which the whole imaginative, lyrical aspect of poetry comes from.
David Whyte
I’d always had a hankering to write some old-school sword and sorcery. And there certainly are advantages to that particular form – for one thing, you’re able to go all-out on the imaginative front, with a lot less concern for the usual unities of time and space and character.
Richard K. Morgan
I was nice and well-mannered because I was taught manners. I was very imaginative and quite adventurous. I was a tomboy, and I was always jealous that my older brother Hugh had bigger toy aeroplanes than me. I was always playing with boys’ toys; I don’t remember owning any dolls.
Diana Rigg
I hadn’t really thought about this until ‘The Lake of Dreams,’ but I’ve set all my stories in places that are familiar to me. It frees me up to spend more imaginative time on the characters.
Kim Edwards
‘Salaryitis’ is when you become so accustomed to that salary that you no longer have the gumption to pull out of the rut and strike out on your own. It destroys the nerve of ambitious, imaginative men, and bowing to it has meant sure defeat for more people than any other sickness, mental or physical.
E. Joseph Cossman
Humans are very imaginative animals.
Susumu Tonegawa
Despite its challenges, the novel offers an opportunity to live in one story for years of your imaginative life. There’s a tremendous richness to that.
Rebecca Makkai
I don’t want to compare myself to somebody like Fitzgerald or Hemingway, but I feel like, for some writers, going to a certain city, a certain place, is what kickstarts your imaginative process.
G. Willow Wilson
I’m a sci-fi girl. If I can have anything in life, I’d want tons of great science-fiction movies and stories. It’s so progressive, beautiful, and imaginative.
Zoe Saldana
I love incredibly imaginative, speculative sci-fi.
Duncan Jones
I am often fond of saying the Trekkers are passionate about a hobby, their hobby is ‘Star Trek.’ They are by and large very imaginative, very intelligent people, and they certainly have been more than generous to me.
Kate Mulgrew
The imaginative leap for me of writing for women is no more difficult than the one of writing for men. I’ve always wanted to have women well represented in the work that I’ve done because I’ve always been around them and around the way they look at the world.
Anthony Minghella