I had Chinese food for dinner recently, and had a fortune cookie with the following fortune: “imagination is more important than knowledge.” Considering that Artsology is always encouraging imagination and creativity, one would think that I would agree right away … and I did, but the more I thought about it, I’m not so sure. Is one’s level of imagination tied to one’s level of knowledge? What do you think? And where does this saying come from? Scroll down for more.
From what I can gather, it seems that Albert Einstein put forth this idea more than once. He was quoted in 1924 as saying “Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution.” And then he was quoted in 1929 as saying “I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination encircles the world.”
So what do you think? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.