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Dreams are as simple or as complicated as the dreamer.


Better to dream than to be.

FERNANDO PESSOA, The Education of the Stoic

Dreams that are realized become an inspiration for new endeavor. It is in the power to make the dream good that we find the hope of this world.


Because waking I often observe the absurdity of dreams, but never dream of the absurdities of my waking thoughts, I am well satisfied that being awake, I know I dream not; though when I dream, I think myself awake.


The interpretation of dreams is the royal road to a knowledge of the unconscious activities of the mind.

SIGMUND FREUD, The Interpretation of Dreams

In ... dreams there is a language that is older than the spoken word at all. The idiom is another specie and with it there can be no lie or no dissemblance of the truth.

CORMAC MCCARTHY, Cities of the Plain

Dreams never deceive.

DEPECHE MODE, "Comatose"

I know this dream, it might be crazy
But it’s the only one I’ve got

BOB DYLAN, "Emotionally Yours"

We all have our dreams. May we find them, and God have mercy on us when we do.

TANITH LEE, The Book of the Dead

In dreams we stand in this great democracy of the possible and there we are right pilgrims indeed. There we go forth to meet what we shall meet.

CORMAC MCCARTHY, Cities of the Plain

Dreams are the bright creatures of poem and legend, who sport on earth in the night season, and melt away in the first beam of the sun, which lights grim care and stern reality on their daily pilgrimage through the world.

CHARLES DICKENS, Nicholas Nickleby

We could be dreaming all the time, but we do not perceive those dreams while we are awake because consciousness (like the sun obscuring stars during the day) is much too brilliant to allow the unconscious content so much definition.


Go nowhere on a horse that fades, for your dreams will betray you.

TANITH LEE, Night's Master

The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up.

MUHAMMAD ALI, Esquire, Feb. 2012

If you're smart, then your dreams evolve, too.

MARIO BATALI, Esquire, Jun. 2004

To be sure, the ancient belief that the dream reveals the future is not entirely devoid of truth. By representing to us a wish as fulfilled the dream certainly leads us into the future; but this future, taken by the dreamer as present, has been formed into the likeness of that past by the indestructible wish.

SIGMUND FREUD, The Interpretation of Dreams

The dream deceives; it leads to confusions; it is illusory. But it is not erroneous.

MICHEL FOUCAULT, Madness & Civilization

We say that we often see animals in our dreams, but we forget that almost always we are ourselves animals therein, deprived of that reasoning power which projects upon things the light of certainty; on the contrary we bring to bear on the spectacle of life only a dubious vision, extinguished anew every moment by oblivion, the former reality fading before that which follows it as one projection of a magic lantern fades before the next as we change the slide.

MARCEL PROUST, Within a Budding Grove

There is no one so insufferable as a person who gives no other excuse for a peculiar action than saying he had been directed to it in a dream.

ISAAC ASIMOV, Foundation's Edge

My dreams are the problems of the day stepped up to absurdity, a little like men dancing, wearing the horns and masks of animals.

JOHN STEINBECK, The Winter of Our Discontent

A dream is a scripture, and many scriptures are nothing but dreams.

UMBERTO ECO, The Name of the Rose

Dreams may be impossible, yet still be dreamed.

ISAAC ASIMOV, Foundation and Earth

The dreamers are the saviours of the world. As the visible world is sustained by the invisible, so men, through all their trials and sins and sordid vocations, are nourished by the beautiful visions of their solitary dreamers. Humanity cannot forget its dreamers; it cannot let their ideals fade and die; it lives in them; it knows them as the realities which it shall one day see and know.

JAMES ALLEN, As a Man Thinketh

My God! I thank Thee for the bath of sleep,
That wraps in balm my weary heart and brain,
And drowns within its waters still and deep
My sorrow and my pain.
I thank Thee for my dreams, which loose the bond
That binds my spirit to its daily load,
And give it angel wings, to fly beyond
Its slumber-bound abode.

JOSIAH GILBERT HOLLAND, "Sleeping and Dreaming"

No human being can achieve all he or she desires in this life except in dreams, so good night all.

JOSÉ SARAMAGO, Baltasar and Blimunda

There should be fireworks, at least, when a dream dies.

KIRBY LARSON, Hattie Big Sky

The dreaming faculty, like every other faculty, may be abused. A great many people do nothing but dream. They spend all their energies in building air castles which they never try to make real; they live in an unnatural, delusive, theoretical atmosphere until the faculties become paralyzed from inaction. It is a splendid thing to dream when you have the grit and tenacity of purpose and the resolution to match your dreams with realities, but dreaming without effort, wishing without putting forth exertion to realize the wish, undermines the character. It is only practical dreaming that counts--dreaming coupled with hard work and persistent endeavor.


The answer is dreams. Dreaming on and on. Entering the world of dreams and never coming out. Living in dreams for the rest of time.

HARUKI MURAKAMI, Sputnik Sweetheart

My dreams are a stupid refuge, like an umbrella against a thunderbolt.

FERNANDO PESSOA, The Book of Disquiet

My bounce-around life had taught me that dreams were dangerous things -- they look solid in your mind, but you just try to reach for them. It's like gathering clouds.

KIRBY LARSON, Hattie Big Sky

I love to dream, but I never try to dream and think at the same time.

H. P. LOVECRAFT, letter to Woodburn Harris, February/March 1929

Don't let your reality change your dreams, let your dreams change reality.


Dream, O youth! Dream manfully and nobly, and thy dreams shall be prophets!

EDWARD BULWER LYTTON, The Caxtons: A Family Picture

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