Selected Quotes about Dreams

He felt that his whole life was some kind of dream and he sometimes wondered whose it was and whether they were enjoying it. -- Douglas Adams

I know how men in exile feed on dreams of hope. -- Aeschylus

What if nothing exists and we're all in somebody's dream? Or what's worse, what if only that fat guy in the third row exists? -- Woody Allen

Dream lofty dreams, and as you dream, so you shall become. Your vision is the promise of what you shall one day be; your ideal is the prophecy of what you shall at last unveil. -- James Allen

The greatest achievements were at first and for a time dreams. The oak sleeps in the acorn. -- James Allen

The vision that you glorify in your mind, the ideal that you enthrone in your heart - this you will build your life by, and this you will become. -- James Allen

All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible. -- Thomas Edward Lawrence (of Arabia)

O reason, reason, abstract phantom of the waking state, I had already expelled you from my dreams, now I have reached a point where those dreams are about to become fused with apparent realities: now there is only room here for myself. -- Louis Aragon

Hope is a waking dream. -- Aristotle

A dream becomes a goal when action is taken toward its achievement. -- Bo Bennett

They say dreams are the windows of the soul--take a peek and you can see the inner workings, the nuts and bolts. -- Henry Bromel

Dreams that do come true can be as unsettling as those that don't. -- Brett Butler

Anyone can escape into sleep, we are all geniuses when we dream, the butcher's the poet's equal there. -- E. M. Cioran

What if you slept? And what if, in your sleep, you dreamed? And what if, in your dream, you went to heaven and there plucked an strange and beautiful flower? And what if, when you awoke, you had the flower in your hand? Ah, what then? -- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Last night I dreamed I ate a ten-pound marshmallow, and when I woke up the pillow was gone. -- Tommy Cooper

If growing up is the process of creating ideas and dreams about what life should be, then maturity is letting go again. -- Mary Beth Danielson

One must desire something to be alive. -- Margaret Deland

Dreaming permits each and every one of us to be quietly and safely insane every night of our lives. -- William Dement

The trouble with most people is that they think with their hopes or fears or wishes rather than with their minds. -- Will Durant

No person has the right to rain on your dreams. -- Marian Wright Edelman

Judge of your natural character by what you do in your dreams. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The wisest men follow their own direction. -- Euripides

To accomplish great things, we must dream as well as act. -- Anatole France

To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe. -- Anatole France

We all dream; we do not understand our dreams, yet we act as if nothing strange goes on in our sleep minds, strange at least by comparison with the logical, purposeful doings of our minds when we are awake. -- Erich Fromm

You cannot dream yourself into a character; you must hammer and forge yourself one. -- James A. Froude

The most pitiful among men is he who turns his dreams into silver and gold. -- Kahlil Gibran

Dream no small dreams for they have no power to move the hearts of men. -- Goethe

According to: http://www.goethesociety.org/pages/quotescom.html "the lines are attributed to John Anster in a 'very free translation' of Faust from 1835" See author: W. H. Murray -- Johann von Goethe

What does labor want? We want more schoolhouses and less jails; more books and less arsenals; more learning and less vice; more leisure and less greed; more justice and less revenge; in fact, more of the opportunities to cultivate our better natures, to make manhood more noble, womanhood more beautiful, and childhood more happy and bright. -- Samuel Gompers

Human beings have an inalienable right to invent themselves. -- Germaine Greer

Cherish your vision and your dreams as they are the children of your soul; the blueprints of your ultimate achievements. -- Napoleon Hill

The things that one most wants to do are the things that are probably most worth doing. -- Winifred Holtby

Dreams surely are difficult, confusing, and not everything in them is brought to pass for mankind. For fleeting dreams have two gates: one is fashioned of horn and one of ivory. Those which pass through the one of sawn ivory are deceptive, bringing tidings which come to nought, but those which issue from the one of polished horn bring true results when a mortal sees them. -- Homer

If you force the trail to emerge and turn with your every command, then most likely it will only become what you imagined. If you just enjoy the anticipation of each new curve and seize it as it comes, the road around the bend might lead to the unimaginable. -- Bryan Hufalar

There is nothing like dream to create the future. Utopia to-day, flesh and blood tomorrow. -- Victor Hugo

There is nothing like a dream to create the future. -- Victor Hugo

No one should negotiate their dreams. Dreams must be free to flee and fly high. No government, no legislature, has a right to limit your dreams. You should never agree to surrender your dreams. -- Jesse Jackson

Now, I say to you today my friends, even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream. I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: - 'We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.' -- Martin Luther King Jr.

I look forward confidently to the day when all who work for a living will be one with no thought to their separateness as Negroes, Jews, Italians or any other distinctions. This will be the day when we bring into full realization the American dream -- a dream yet unfulfilled. A dream of equality of opportunity, of privilege and property widely distributed; a dream of a land where men will not take necessities from the many to give luxuries to the few; a dream of a land where men will not argue that the color of a man's skin determines the content of his character; a dream of a nation where all our gifts and resources are held not for ourselves alone, but as instruments of service for the rest of humanity; the dream of a country where every man will respect the dignity and worth of the human personality. -- Martin Luther King, Jr.

If you lose hope, somehow you lose the vitality that keeps life moving, you lose that courage to be, that quality that helps you go on in spite of it all. And so today I still have a dream. -- Martin Luther King, jr.

Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens. -- Carl Jung

Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes. -- Carl Gustav Jung

The work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives and the dreams shall never die. -- Edward Kennedy

We need men who can dream of things that never were. -- John F. Kennedy

I do not want to die ... until I have faithfully made the most of my talent and cultivated the seed that was placed in me until the last small twig has grown. -- Kathe Kollwitz

Imagine all the people living life in peace. You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one. I hope someday you'll join us, and the world will live as one. -- John Lennon

You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one, I hope someday you will join us, and the world will live as one. -- John Lennon

The best love affairs are those we never had. -- Norman Lindsay

One of the most adventurous things left us is to go to bed. For no one can lay a hand on our dreams. -- E. V. Lucas

All who have accomplished great things have had a great aim, have fixed their gaze on a goal which was high, one which sometimes seemed impossible. -- Orison Swett Marden

The liberals have not softened their view of actuality to make themselves live closer to the dream, but instead sharpen their perceptions and fight to make the dream actuality or give up the battle in despair. -- Margaret Mead

Democracy is only a dream: it should be put in the same category as Arcadia, Santa Claus, and Heaven. -- H. L. Mencken

It hurts to find out that what you wanted doesn't match what you dreamed it would be. -- Randy K. Milholland

Sweet is the dream, divinely sweet, when absent souls in fancy meet. -- Sir Thomas More

I fly in dreams, I know it is my privilege, I do not recall a single situation in dreams when I was unable to fly. To execute every sort of curve and angle with a light impulse, a flying mathematics - that is so distinct a happiness that it has permanently suffused my basic sense of happiness. -- Friedrich Nietzsche

Dreams are necessary to life. -- Anais Nin

Dreams pass into the reality of action. From the actions stems the dream again; and this interdependence produces the highest form of living. -- Anais Nin

The dream was always running ahead of me. To catch up, to live for a moment in unison with it, that was the miracle. -- Anais Nin

Throw your dreams into space like a kite, and you do not know what it will bring back, a new life, a new friend, a new love, a new country. -- Anais Nin

To want to be what one can be is purpose in life. -- Cynthia Ozick

Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night. -- Edgar Allan Poe

Deep into the darkness peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing, Doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before -- Edgar Allan Poe

Take this kiss upon the brow! And, in parting from you now,Thus much let me avow--You are not wrong who deemThat my days have been a dream;Yet if hope has flown awayIn a night, or in a day,In a vision, or in none,Is it therefore the less gone?All that we see or seemIs but a dream within a dream. -- Edgar Allan Poe

If a little dreaming is dangerous, the cure for it is not to dream less but to dream more, to dream all the time. -- Marcel Proust

A man's dreams are an index to his greatness. -- Zadok Rabinowitz

A man's dreams are an index to his greatness. -- Zadok Rabinwitz

It has never been my object to record my dreams, just to realize them. -- Man Ray

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. -- Eleanor Roosevelt

Nothing happens unless first a dream. -- Carl Sandburg

Like all dreamers I confuse disenchantment with truth. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

Keep true to the dreams of thy youth. -- Friedrich von Schiller

There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio,Than are dreamt of in your philosophy. -- William Shakespeare

You see things; and you say, 'Why?' But I dream things that never were; and I say, "Why not?" -- George Bernard Shaw

Some men see things as they are and say, "Why?" I dream of things that never were and say, "Why not?" -- George Bernard Shaw

You see things; and you say, "Why?" But I dream things that never were; and I say, "Why not?" -- George Bernard Shaw

Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning. -- Gloria Steinem

“We must nurture our dreams like we would a child. They are God-given and just as precious. Without ambition how would a child learn to ride a bicycle, play an instrument or whistle? We deny the spirit of God when we as adults settle for less than our dreams!” -- Conway Stone

I have learned, that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours. -- Henry David Thoreau

It is a good viewpoint to see the world as a dream. When you have something like a nightmare, you will wake up and tell yourself that it was only a dream. It is said that the world we live in is not a bit different from this. -- Yamamoto Tsunetomo

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. -- Mark Twain

Once I dreamed I was a butterfly, and now I no longer know whether I am Chuang Tzu, who dreamed I was a butterfly, or whether I am a butterfly dreaming that I am Chuang Tzu. -- Chuang Tzu

Dreams come true. Without that possibility, nature would not incite us to have them. -- John Updike

Dreams come true; without that possibility, nature would not incite us to have them. -- John Updike

Let the dream go. Are there not other dreams In vastness of clouds hid from thy sight That yet shall gild with beautiful gold gleams, And shoot the shadows through and through with light? What matters one lost vision of the night? Let the dream go! ... -- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

The aim of life is self-development. To realize one's nature perfectly - that is what each of us is here for. -- Oscar Wilde

I've come to believe that each of us has a personal calling that's as unique as a fingerprint - and that the best way to succeed is to discover what you love and then find a way to offer it to others in the form of service, working hard, and also allowing the energy of the universe to lead you. -- Oprah Winfrey

The key to realizing a dream is to focus not on success but significance - and then even the small steps and little victories along your path will take on greater meaning. -- Oprah Winfrey

Yet it is in our idleness, in our dreams, that the submerged truth sometimes comes to the top. -- Virginia Woolf

published in the collection "The Wind Among the Reeds" and quoted in the movie "Equilibrium" (2002) -- William Butler Yeats

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