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on imagination

during my "brokeback monday" in kota kinabalu with bojo, i saw this on someone's shirt: "imagination without learning is like flying without feet." when i got back to manila and checked email, i received a message whose subject said exactly the same thing. anyway, it was one of those junk emails selling viagra and similar drugs which i regularly receive from complete strangers. it was my first time to hear it, so i looked it up. it's apparently attributed to either horace who said "celui qui a de l'imagination sans erudition a des ailes, et n'a pas de pieds" in ars poetica, or joseph joubert, who is believed to have said "one who has imagination without learning has wings without feet." quite honestly, i don't quite get what it's trying to say, particularly the comparison to flying without feet. is one not complete when you fly without feet? i like what einstein said, which i also saw printed on a shirt displayed at artwork, and which goes completely against this earlier quote: "imagination is more important than knowledge." so on whose side am i on? let me quote einstein again: "the gift of fantasy has meant more to me than my talent for absorbing positive knowledge." i think it's important to have knowledge, since it'll help get me somewhere. but imagination will get me everywhere (and that's paraphrasing einstein again).
interesting

I do not get the feet thing either.

I'm not sure what I think abotu which is closer to the best way of viewing imagination and knowledge. I'll have to ponder that some more.
it's hard to choose one over the other. it's good to have a lot of both i think.
I didn't get the flying without feet either. Do you need feet to fly? Won't wings be well enough? Hmm... well that's too much for my imagination - and as for Einstein, I thank him for making things simpler. And to add to Einstein's words: "Imagination is more important than Knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world."
Thanks. You paraphrased that rather well.
thank you manang joy for the full einstein quote. i better write this down so i won't forget. :D
flying and feet
(Anonymous)
when you fly you don't need feet, but how will you land?

when you imagine, there are no limits. without learning, it would be harder to realize your imaginations.

my 2 cents. :)

chris
chrislagman.com/blog
Re: flying and feet
That's probably it. Too much imagination and you lose touch with reality/the ground. Thanks.