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...nothing A local habitation and a name.
--SHAKESPEARE, _Midsummer-Night's Dream_.
It is common, among those who deal chiefly with life's practicalities, to think of imagination as having little value in comparison with direct thinking. They smile with tolerance when Emerson says that "Science does not know its debt to the imagination," for these are the words of a speculative essayist, a philosopher, a poet. But when Napoleon--the indomitable welder of empires--declares thatThe human race is governed by its imagination." the authoritative word commands their respect.
Be it remembered, the faculty of forming _mental images_ is as efficient a cog as may be found in the whole mind-machine. True, it must fit into that other vital cog, pure thought, but when it does so it may be questioned which is the more productive of important results for the happiness and well-being of man. This should become more apparent as we go on.
I. WHAT IS IMAGINATION?
Let us not seek for a definition, for a score of... Bonaparte, Napoleon
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