The best in this kind are but shadows, and the worst are no worse, if imagination amend them.
– William Shakespeare
A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Act 5, Scene 1. Theseus chides Hippolyta for dismissing the play as the silliest stuff she had ever heard. He responds more charitably to the Athenian laborers’ performance. He says that the best plays are an imitation of life, and the worst can be fixed and gaps filled in using the imagination. Hippolyta’s retort: "It must be your imagination then, and not theirs."