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50 Quotes on Fantasy

Fantasy fires our imagination and fills us with awe, wonder and terror. It is the landscape of beautiful dreams and creative impulse. Through out history humans beings have been fascinated by its power. Here are 50 quotes on fantasy from famous authors, poets and even scientists telling us about the importance and power of fantasy and how it changes our lives.

I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living.

― Dr. Seuss

Fantasy is hardly an escape from reality. It's a way of understanding it.

― Lloyd Alexander

Stories of imagination tend to upset those without one.

― Terry Pratchett

The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease for ever to be able to do it.

― J. M. Barrie, Peter Pan

When I was your age, television was called books.

― William Goldman, The Princess Bride

Come away, O human child!
To the waters and the wild
With a faery, hand in hand,
For the world's more full of weeping than you can understand. 

― William Butler Yeats, The Collected Poems of W.B. Yeats

  Closed in a room, my imagination becomes the universe, and the rest of the world is missing out.

― Criss Jami, Diotima, Battery, Electric Personality     

When you compare the sorrows of real life to the pleasures of the imaginary one, you will never want to live again, only to dream forever.

― Alexandre Dumas, The Count of Monte Cristo

Because nothing is as good as you can imagine it. No one is as beautiful as she is in your head. Nothing is as exciting as your fantasy.

― Chuck Palahniuk, Asfixia

When I examine myself and my methods of thought, I come to the conclusion that the gift of fantasy has meant more to me than any talent for abstract, positive thinking. 

― Albert Einstein

One day, you will be old enough to start reading fairytales again.

― C.S. Lewis, The Chronicles of Narnia

If one is lucky, a solitary fantasy can totally transform a million realities.

― Maya Angelou, Poems

Don't forget - no one else sees the world the way you do, so no one else can tell the stories that you have to tell.

― Charles de Lint, The Blue Girl

Children know perfectly well that unicorns aren’t real, but they also know that books about unicorns, if they are good books, are true books.

― Ursula K. Le Guin, The Language of the Night: Essays on Fantasy and Science Fiction

Lovers and madmen have such seething brains
Such shaping fantasies, that apprehend
More than cool reason ever comprehends.

― William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream

As children, we all live in a world of imagination, of fantasy, and for some of us that world of make-believe continues into adulthood.

― Jim Henson

Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.

― Michael Scott, The Warlock

Classic fairy tales do not deny the existence of heartache and sorrow, but they do deny universal defeat.

― Greenhaven Press

I live in a world of fantasy, so keep your reality away from me. I see what I want, I want what I see and that is all okay with me.

― Itzah C. Kret

All novels are fantasies. Some are more honest about it.

― Gene Wolfe

Without this playing with fantasy, no creative work has ever yet come to birth. The debt we owe to the play of the imagination is incalculable.

― Carl Gustav Jung

Fantasy love is much better than reality love. Never doing it is very exciting. The most exciting attractions are between two opposites that never meet.

― Andy Warhol

“People need stories, child. They bring us hope, and that hope is real. If that's the case, what does it matter whether people in them actually lived?” 

― Brandon Sanderson, Skyward

A man’s greatest treasures are his illusions 

― Brent Weeks, The Way of Shadows

Set your fantasies in the here and now and then, if challenged, claim to be writing Magical Realism.

― Neil Gaiman

The ability to "fantasize" is the ability to survive. It's wonderful to speak about this subject because there have been so many wrong-headed people dealing with it.... The so-called realists are trying to drive us insane, and I refuse to be driven insane.... We survive by fantasizing. Take that away from us and the whole damned human race goes down the drain.”

― Ray Bradbury

When you have indulged a lust, your wing drops off;
you become lame, abandoned by a fantasy.
…People fancy they are enjoying themselves,
but they are really tearing out their wings
for the sake of an illusion.

― Rumi

Fantasy love is much better than Reality Love.

― Andy Warhol

It is frightfully difficult to know much about the fairies, and almost the only thing for certain is that there are fairies wherever there are children.

― J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens

Science fiction deals with improbable possibilities, fantasy with plausible impossibilities.

― Miriam Allen de Ford

Dismissing fantasy writing because some of it is bad is exactly like saying I'm not reading Jane Eyre because it is a romance and I know romance is crap.

― China Miéville

Love is a cunning weaver of fantasies and fables.

― Sappho

I have abandoned my search for truth and am now looking for a good fantasy 

― Ashleigh Brilliant

Dealing with the impossible, fantasy can show us what may be really possible. If there is grief, there is the possibility of consolation; if hurt, the possibility of healing; and above all, the curative power of hope. If fantasy speaks to us as we are, it also speaks to us as we might be.

― Lloyd Alexander

Your fantasies define you, so dream carefully. A man with no imagination is a man with no future in today’s world—and no past in tomorrow’s.

― Jarod Kintz, This Book is Not for Sale

If you did not indulge in fantasies, how else would you know if you were living an interesting life?

― Alethea Kontis, Enchanted

The use of imaginative fiction is to deepen your understanding of your world, and your fellow men, and your own feelings, and your destiny.

― Ursula K. Le Guin, The Language of the Night: Essays on Fantasy and Science Fiction

Fantasy is one of the soul's brighter porcelains.

― Pat Conroy, Beach Music

Don't get me wrong, magic is cool. But a nervous mother singing to her child at night while something moves quietly through the dark outside her house? That's a story. Handled properly, it's more dramatic than any apocalypse or goblin army could ever be.

― Patrick Rothfuss

there is no such thing as fantasy unrelated to reality

― Maurice Sendak

We don’t create a fantasy world to escape reality, we create it to be able to stay.

― Lynda Barry

Fantasy is the impossible made probable. Science Fiction is the improbable made possible.

― Rod Serling

Children do live in fantasy and reality; they move back and forth very easily in a way we no longer remember how to do.

― Maurice Sendak

And it is through fantasy that children achieve catharsis. It is the best means they have for taming wild things.

― Maurice Sendak

There is a rule for fantasy writers: The more truth you mix in with a lie, the stronger it gets.

― Diane Duane

We live in a world full of people who are satisfied with pretending to be someone they are not.

― Tommy Tran

In the privacy of my dreams, I'm a warrior.

― Kimberly Derting, The Essence

Fables should be taught as fables, myths as myths, and miracles as poetic fancies. To teach superstitions as truths is a most terrible thing. The child mind accepts and believes them, and only through great pain and perhaps tragedy can he be in after years relieved of them. In fact, men will fight for a superstition quite as quickly as for a living truth — often more so, since a superstition is so intangible you cannot get at it to refute it, but truth is a point of view, and so is changeable. 

― Hypathia of Alexandria

This is, in part, why there is less magic in the world today. Magic is secret and secrets are magic, after all, and years upon years of teaching and sharing magic and worse. Writing it down in fancy books that get all dusty with age has lessened it, removed its power bit by bit.

― Erin Morgenstern, The Night Circus

A painting requires a little mystery, some vagueness, and some fantasy. When you always make your meaning perfectly plain you end up boring people
 
― Edgar Degas

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