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Far, far away, there is a beautiful Country which no human eye has ever seen in waking hours. Under the Sunset it lies, where the distant horizon bounds the day, and where the clouds, splendid with light and colour, give a promise of the glory and beauty which encompass it. Sometimes it is given to us to see it in dreams.

BRAM STOKER, "Under the Sunset"

If you do not fear God, then fear your dreams, because they're how He talks to you.

TIM LEBBON, Face

Once you have learned to do your dreaming wide awake, to balance your sanity not on the razor's edge of reason but on the double support, the fine balance, of reason and dream; once you have learned that, you cannot unlearn it any more than you can unlearn to think.

URSULA K. LE GUIN, The Word for World is Forest

Dream life, I realized, was only confusing when you were awake. It was from the perspective of waking life that dream life seemed fractured and lacking consequence, lacking any certainty that one thing led to another. But from within dream life, the world was generally coherent. Not exactly an unconfusing world--just no more confusing than any other.

ALEX GARLAND, The Coma

Between the dreams of night and day there is not so great a difference.

CARL JUNG, Psychology of the Unconscious

Only do not forget, if I wake up crying
it's only because in my dream I'm a lost child
hunting through the leaves of the night for your hands.

PABLO NERUDA, Sonnet XXI

In my dreams I found a little of the beauty I had vainly sought in life, and wandered through old gardens and enchanted woods.

H. P. LOVECRAFT, "Ex Oblivione"

Waking was the most reliable part of a dream, as built into dreams as death is to life. You dream, you wake: you live, you die.

ALEX GARLAND, The Coma

Dreams are life, real life, not simply reflections. Dreams are honest.

TIM LEBBON, Face

You can't put a limit on anything. The more you dream, the farther you get.

MICHAEL PHELPS, Woman's Day, Apr. 1, 2009

The blackest murder is the killing of the Soul's aspirations!

EDWIN LEIBFREED, "The Song of the Soul"

When the desire is too much to bear, we often bury it beneath frenzied thoughts and activities or escape it by dulling our immediate consciousness of living. It is possible to run away from the desire for years, even decades, at a time, but we cannot eradicate it entirely. It keeps touching us in little glimpses and hints in our dreams, our hopes, our unguarded moments.

GERALD G. MAY, The Awakened Heart

The dream undreamed is fairer yet
Than these, that turn to dust.

BENJAMIN FRANKLIN FIELD, "The Rhythm of Life"

Much of our waking experience is but a dream in the daylight.

GEORGE ELIOT, Theophrastus Such

Sometimes ... dreams are all that separate us from the machines.

DAN SIMMONS, The Fall of Hyperion

Dreams only change their houses.
They cannot be lined up against a wall
And quietly buried under ground,
And no more heard of ...
However deep the pit and heaped the clay--
Like seedlings of old time
Hooding a sacred rose under the ice cap of the world--
Dreams will to light.

LOLA RIDGE, "Dreams"

Like a man who catches at shadows or chases the wind, is the one who believes in dreams. What is seen in dreams is to reality what the reflection of a face is to the face itself.

BEN SIRA, Sirach 34:2-3

Dreams ought to produce no conviction whatever on philosophical minds. If we consider how many dreams are dreamt every night, and how many events occur every day, we shall no longer wonder at those accidental coincidences, which ignorance mistakes for verifications.

CHARLES CALEB COLTON, Lacon

The dream arises from a part of the mind unknown to us, but none the less important, and is concerned with the desires for the approaching day.

CARL JUNG, Psychology of the Unconscious

Dreams make all men authors.

EDWARD COUNSEL, Maxims

In dreams, as in the Gospels, one usually possesses the gift of tongues.

ROBERTO BOLAÑO, 2666

Dream different dreams while on the same bed.

CHINESE PROVERB

Dreams fade with morning light,
Never a morn for thee,
Dreamer of dreams, goodnight.

JOYCE KILMER, "The Poet's Epitaph"

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

ELEANOR ROOSEVELT, It Seems to Me: Selected Letters of Eleanor Roosevelt

The dream is a series of images, which are apparently contradictory and nonsensical, but arise in reality from psychologic material which yields a clear meaning.

CARL JUNG, Psychology of the Unconscious

In the world of the dreamer there was solitude: all the exaltations and joys came in the moment of preparation for living. They took place in solitude.

ANAIS NIN, Children of the Albatross

The longer that dreams remained mere dreams, the more difficult it was to mold them into reality.

BRIAN HERBERT & KEVIN J. ANDERSON, Dune: House Atreides

People have dreams all the time. It don't mean nothin.

CORMAC MCCARTHY, The Crossing

No man lives long when his dreams are dead.

GENE WOLFE, The Claw of the Conciliator

A dream has power to poison sleep.

PERCY BYSSHE SHELLEY, "Mutability"

What vague, delicious dreams,
Born of this golden hour of afternoon,
And air balm-freighted, fill the soul with bliss,
Transpierced like yonder clouds with lustrous gleams,
Fantastic, brief as they, and, like them, spun
Of gilded nothingness!

EMMA LAZARUS, "Afternoon"

One use of dreams is that, unprejudiced by our often forced and artificial reflections, they represent the impartial outcome of our entire being.

GEORG CHRISTOPH LICHTENBERG, "Notebook J", The Waste Books

Sleep is in contact with the Possible, which we also call the improbable. The world of the night is a world. Night, as night, is a universe.... The dark things of the unknown world become neighbors of man, whether by true communication or by a visionary enlargement of the distances of the abyss ... and the sleeper, not quite seeing, not quite unconscious, glimpses the strange anomalities, weird vegetation, terrible or radiant pallors, ghosts, masks, figures, hydras, confusions, moonless moonlights, obscure unmakings of miracle, growths and vanishings within a murky depth, shapes floating in shadow, the whole mystery which we call Dreaming, and which is nothing other than the approach of an invisible reality. The dream is the aquarium of Night.

VICTOR HUGO, Travailleurs de la Mer

It may be those who do most, dream most.

STEPHEN LEACOCK, How to Write

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