"Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand."
To me the fantasy genre is the epitome of what using your imagination is all about. Reading fantasy makes you think 'what if' and encourages you to move past accepting what you are told. Would Einstein have received his Nobel Prize in Physics for developing his theory of general relativity without first using his imagination to 'think outside the box'? I very much doubt it.
As a child, fantasy stories helped me learn to question the world around me. My mom might have told me that the wardrobe leading to Narnia was simply a figment of C.S. Lewis' imagination, but I still wondered if she could be wrong. This one is still up for debate. *grin*
I firmly believe that when your perceptions of reality are blurred as a child, that is the absolute best time for creativity to blossom. When creating my fantasy worlds, I feel the closest to that blurred reality of my childhood.
What is your favorite quote? Why do you write the genre you write?
How about that wardrobe? Where do you think it could be hidden?