“Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.” by Albert Einstein

By Isobel Conibear. Isobel, 12, studies at the Rushcliffe School, near Nottingham, United Kingdom.

Knowledge is very important don’t get me wrong, but

Without imagination, there would be no new ideas or inventions or nothing new will ever happen at all because every idea or invention or anything new comes from imagination.

Look out of your window. What do you see out there? Roads, houses, parks maybe? Whatever you see out of your window, whether it be houses or roads, parks or something else, one time it has been imagined by someone, one time it would have been an idea, just imagined in someone’s head.

Think of things that could happen in the future. Maybe we will find a cure for cancer, someone will invent flying cars, we will travel through different galaxies, and someone will invent time travel. Or, maybe these ideas are too distant for you. Maybe you want to imagine something closer in the near future. Maybe you could travel around the world, graduate and get a job, learn how to play an instrument and design your own clothing range. Either way, without imagination none of these things would happen, whether it is time travel or designing clothes. They are very different things, but they share one thing in common. Without imagination they both would not be able to happen. Without imagination, our world would never progress. Our world would be the same.

If it wasn’t for imagination, I would not have written this article. This competition would not be running. If it was not for imagination, humans would not have stayed alive this long. In fact they would be extinct by now.

If humans didn’t have and use imagination, we would be the same as robots or machines, without imagination or any creation. Even animals have imagination. Imagination makes us all unique and this is what makes the world so interesting.

Think of some famous people: Steve Jobs, Lewis Carol, Thomas Edison, Richard Branson, David Walliams, Adele, and David Guetta. Every single one of them has imagination and uses it. Every single person has imagination; just some people know how to use it better than others. Every person who is successful uses their imagination and uses it well; however some people use it better than others.

Some quotes from famous people who have made it using imagination about imagination are here:

“Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try!” Author: Dr. Seuss

This quote shows that thinking of new concepts and different types of ideas and that every person is creative if they try.

“To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk.” Author: Thomas Alva Edison

This quote proves that if you have a good imagination, you can invent, without needing much else.

“Our aspirations are our possibilities.” Author: Robert Browning

This quote points to the fact that our goals and ideas are the possibilities, so if you don’t set goals, you don’t have many options.

“Nothing encourages creativity like the chance to fall flat on one’s face.” Author: James D. Finley

This quote shows if you fail, you can always try again, wheras if you don’t try, you will never know what could happen.

“Personally, I would sooner have written Alice in Wonderland than the whole Encyclopedia Britannica.” Author: Stephen Leacock

This quote proves creativity and imagination are more important than knowledge.

Now don’t get me wrong, knowledge is a great skill and is very useful, however imagination is the future, whereas knowledge is the past and learning about what has already been discovered, very useful to not make the same mistakes again. However, imagination is the future and what it will be like, so ultimately, imagination is more important.

6 comments on ““Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.” by Albert Einstein

  1. Christine on

    Some interesting ideas …… thank goodness for imagination …. where would we be without it? As Isobel says we need to imagine what the future would be like, not just use our knowledge to try to ‘improve’ it, otherwise perhaps what we are doing now will lead to our ultimate end.

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  2. Marisa on

    Hello! Nice article-great job! I definitely agree with your position and statements. My entry, also about the comparison of imagination and knowledge, is not yet listed. I really enjoyed reading your essay and you’re a great writer- so keep writing!
    Best wishes
    Marisa x

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