great minds think for themselves

“Part of the functions of the imaginative faculty is, as you well know, to retain impressions by the senses, to combine them, and chiefly to form images. The principle and highest function is performed when the senses are at rest and pause in their action, for then it receives, to some extent, divine inspiration.. The imaginative faculty acquires such an efficiency in its action that it sees the thing as if it came from without, and perceives it as through the medium of bodily senses.. Imagination is certainly one of the faculties of the body.”  M Friedlander, Guide of the Perplexed of Maimonides, ch xxxvi, pp173-177. Hebrew Publishing Co, New York.