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quotations about dreams, dreaming and dreamers



A daydream is a meal at which images are eaten. Some of us are gourmets, some gourmands, and a good many take their images precooked out of a can and swallow them down whole, absent-mindedly and with little relish.
- - - - W. H. Auden

If there were dreams to sell,
Merry and sad to tell,
And the crier rung his bell,
What would you buy?
- - - - Thomas Lovell Beddoes "Dream-Pedlar"

Dreaming men are haunted men.
- - - - Stephen Vincent Benet

Your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions.
- - - - Bible - Joel 2:28

You know a dream is like a river
Ever changing as it flows.
And a dreamer's just a vessel
That must follow where it goes.
Trying to learn from what's behind you
And never knowing what's in store
Makes each day a constant battle
Just to stay between the shores.
- - - - Garth Brooks "The River"

I had a dream, which was not all a dream.
- - - - George Gordon, Lord Byron "Darkness"

Myth is the public dream, and dream is the private myth.
- - - - Joseph Campbell

Once upon a time,
I dreamt
I was a butterfly...Suddenly
I awoke...Now, I do not
know whether I was then
a man dreaming I was
a butterfly, or whether I
am now a butterfly dreaming
that I am a man.
- - - - Chuang-Tzu

A man that is born falls into a dream like a man who falls into the sea. If he tries to climb out into the air as inexperienced people endeavour to do, he drowns.
- - - - Joseph Conrad "Lord Jim"

We live, as we dream -- alone.
- - - - Joseph Conrad "Heart of Darkness"

I walked beside the evening sea
And dreamed a dream that could not be;
The waves that plunged along the shore
Said only: "Dreamer, dream no more!"
- - - - George William Curtis

To dream the impossible dream,
To reach the unreachable star!
- - - - Joe Darion

Within your heart, keep one still, secret spot where dreams may go.
- - - - Louise Driscoll

I am against nature. I don't dig nature at all. I think nature is very unnatural. I think the truly natural things are dreams, which nature can't touch with decay.
- - - - Bob Dylan

Beautiful dreamer, wake unto me,
Starlight and dewdrop are waiting for thee.
- - - - Stephen Foster "Beautiful Dreamer"

Dreams - A microscope through which we look at the hidden occurrences in our soul.
- - - - Erich Fromm

I prefer to be a dreamer among the humblest, with visions to be realized, than lord among those without dreams and desires.
- - - - Kahlil Gibran

When we can't dream any longer we die.
- - - - Emma Goldman

Cherish your visions and your dreams as they are the children of your soul; the blue prints of your ultimate achievements.
- - - - Napoleon Hill

We do not really feel grateful toward those who make our dreams come true; they ruin our dreams.
- - - - Eric Hoffer

Hold fast to dreams,
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird,
That cannot fly.
- - - - Langston Hughes

What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up Like a raisin in the sun? Or does it explode?
- - - - Langston Hughes "Harlem"

Goals are dreams with deadlines.
- - - - Diana Scharf Hunt

You must never stop dreaming. Face reality, yes. But don't stop with the way things are; dream of things as they ought to be. Dream of peace. Peace is rational and reasonable. War is irrational in this age and unwinnable.
- - - - Jesse Jackson

I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.
- - - - Thomas Jefferson

Stars shining bright above you
Night breezes seem to whisper "I love you"
Birds singing in the sycamore tree
Dream a little dream of me
- - - - Gus Kahn "Dream A Little Dream of Me"

Was it a vision, or a waking dream?
Fled is that music: - do I wake or sleep?
- - - - John Keats

Let us learn to dream, gentlemen; then we shall perhaps find the truth.
- - - - Friedrich Kekule

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 their dream with open eyes, to make it possible.
- - - - T. E. Lawrence

It may be that those who do most, dream most.
- - - - Stephen Leacock

Ah, great it is to believe the dream
As we stand in youth by the starry stream;
But a greater thing is to fight life through,
And say at the end, "The dream is true!"
- - - - Edwin Markham

Reality can destroy the dream; why shouldn't the dream destroy reality?
- - - - George Moore

Everything starts as somebody's daydream.
- - - - Larry Niven

Dreams are ... illustrations from the book your soul is writing about you.
- - - - Marsha Norman

All that we see or seem
Is but a dream within a dream.
- - - - Edgar Allen Poe "A Dream Within a Dream"

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

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

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

The thing you have to be prepared for is that other people don't always dream your dream.
- - - - Linda Ronstadt

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

The republic is a dream.
Nothing happens unless first a dream.
- - - - Carl Sandburg "Washington Monument by Night"

Every challenge we face can be solved by a dream.
- - - - David Schwartz

In a dream you are never eighty.
- - - - Anne Sexton

We are such stuff
As dreams are made on; and our little life
Is rounded with a sleep.
- - - - William Shakespeare "The Tempest"

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

I arise from dreams of thee
In the first sweet sleep of night
When the winds are breathing low,
And the stars are shining bright.
- - - - Percy Bysshe Shelley "The Indian Serenade"

How many of our daydreams would darken into nightmares, were there a danger of their coming true!
- - - - Logan Pearsall Smith

Why should she give her bounty to the dead?
What is divinity if it can come
Only in silent shadows and in dreams?
- - - - Wallace Stevens

Dreams are true while they last, and do we not live in dreams?
- - - - Alfred, Lord Tennyson

Our truest life is when we are in dreams awake.
- - - - Henry David Thoreau

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

Unfortunately, the balance of nature decrees that a superabundance of dreams is paid for by a growing potential for nightmares.
- - - - Peter Ustinov

We are near awakening when we dream that we dream.
- - - - Baron Friedrich von Hardenberg

Saddle your dreams before you ride them.
- - - - Mary Webb

A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world.
- - - - Oscar Wilde

Society often forgives the criminal; it never forgives the dreamer.
- - - - Oscar Wilde

We grow great by dreams. All big men are dreamers. They see things in the soft haze of a spring day or in the red fire of a long winter's evening. Some of us let these great dreams die, but others nourish and protect them; nurse them through bad days till they bring them to the sunshine and light which comes always to those who sincerely hope that their dreams will come true.
- - - - Woodrow Wilson

Had I the heavens' embroidered cloths,
Enwrought with golden and silver light,
The blue and the dim and the dark cloths
Of night and light and the half-light,
I would spread the cloths under your feet:
But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams under your feet;
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.
- - - - William Butler Yeats "He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven"

If I had never met him I would have dreamed him into being.
- - - - Anzia Yezierska

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