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Grocott & Ward, comps.  Grocott’s Familiar Quotations, 6th ed.  189-?.
 
Imagination
 
Imagination fondly stoops to trace
The parlour-splendours of that festive place;
The white-wash’d wall, the nicely sanded floor,
The varnish’d clock that click’d behind the door:
The chest contriv’d a double debt to pay—
A bed by night, a chest of drawers by day.
        Goldsmith.—Deserted Village, Line 225.
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You are oblig’d to your imagination for more than three-fourths of your importance.
        Garrick.—Lethe.
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The right honourable gentleman is indebted to his memory for his jests, and to his imagination for his facts.
        Sheridan.—Speech in reply to Dundas.
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His wit shines at the expense of his memory.
        Le Sage.—Gil Blas, Book III. Chap. XI.
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