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Rich men have dreams. Poor men die to make them come true.

GLEN COOK, Water Sleeps

The pillow is a silent sibyl--despise not its oracles.

ELIZA COOK, Diamond Dust

Did you ever have a dream you were dreaming? You know. In your dream ... in you're dream you're having a dream. Dreams are the nearest univers parallele. Like the universe next door. So when you dream, you're really entering the universe next door. But if you dream you're dreaming, that's the universe NEXT to the universe next door ...

GLEN DUNCAN, Talulla Rising

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, The Critic as Artist

Dreams are pegs for Superstition and Romance to hang their cloaks upon.

ELIZA COOK, Diamond Dust

There were dreams once upon a time, dreams now all but forgotten. On sad days I dust them off and fondle them nostalgically, with a patronizing wonder at the naivete of the youth who dreamed them.

GLEN COOK, The White Rose

When we can't dream any longer we die.

EMMA GOLDMAN, Mother Earth Bulletin, vol. 9

The dreams of golden glory in the future will not come true unless, high of heart and strong of hand, by our own mighty deeds we make them come true.

THEODORE ROOSEVELT, speech at the University of Berlin, May 12, 1910

For, after all, you do grow up, you do outgrow your ideals, which turn to dust and ashes, which are shattered into fragments; and if you have no other life, you just have to build one up out of these fragments. And all the time your soul is craving and longing for something else. And in vain does the dreamer rummage about in his old dreams, raking them over as though they were a heap of cinders, looking in these cinders for some spark, however tiny, to fan it into a flame so as to warm his chilled blood by it and revive in it all that he held so dear before, all that touched his heart, that made his blood course through his veins, that drew tears from his eyes, and that so splendidly deceived him.


Dreams are the royal road to the unconscious.

SIGMUND FREUD, The Interpretation of Dreams

Cinderella believed in dreams, all right, but she also believed in doing something about them. When Prince Charming didn't come along, she went over to the palace and got him.

WALT DISNEY, attributed, Not Another Dating Book

It takes a lot of courage to show your dreams to someone else.

ERMA BOMBECK, attributed, Chicken Soup for the Entrepreneur's Soul

Dreams, as we all know, are very queer things: some parts are presented with appalling vividness, with details worked up with the elaborate finish of jewellery, while others one gallops through, as it were, without noticing them at all, as, for instance, through space and time. Dreams seem to be spurred on not by reason but by desire, not by the head but by the heart, and yet what complicated tricks my reason has played sometimes in dreams, what utterly incomprehensible things happen to it!

FYODOR DOSTOEVSKY, The Dream of a Ridiculous Man

I'll never waste my dreams by falling asleep. Never again.


Your dream doesn't have an expiration date. Take a deep breath and try again.

K. T. WITTEN, Twitter post

Feeling lost? Take a dream and convert it into small goals, then start taking the steps to hit those goals.

DAVE RAMSEY, daily tip, official Dave Ramsey website

The time may be long, the vehicle may be strange or unexpected. But if the dream is held close to the heart, and imagination is applied to what there is close at hand, everything is still possible.

ROBERT FULGHUM, All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten

I live not in dreams but in contemplation of a reality that is perhaps the future.

RAINER MARIA RILKE, Letters: 1892-1910

Go ahead. Dream a bigger than average dream. It takes an imagination like yours to even think of the next amazing thing. It's only the middle of the week. You have time to do the impossible.

MARY ANNE RADMACHER, "My Words to Share," Pinterest

When we're able to resign ourselves to the wishes that will never come true, there can be enormous energies available within us for whatever we CAN do.

FRED ROGERS, You Are Special: Neighborly Wit and Wisdom from Mister Rogers

Dreams come to tell us something about our lives that we are missing.

JAMES REDFIELD, The Celestine Prophecy

It feels in dreams
That everything is there for you
The city breathes and pulses
It's for you electron blue

R.E.M., "Sing for the Submarine"

If you talk about it, it's a dream, if you envision it, it's possible, but if you schedule it, it's real.


Keep your dreams, you never know when you might need them.

CARLOS RUIZ ZAFON, The Shadow of the Wind

Dreams are free.

AESCHYLUS, The Libation Bearers

Through soundless labyrinths of dream you pass, through many doors to the one door of all.

CONRAD AIKEN, The House of Dust

One difference between those who make it and those who don't--regardless of their field of endeavor--is not the "talent" difference. Those who go over the top have a dream and the dream has them. They make the commitment and pursue that dream with dogged patience and persistence. Commitment produces consistent, enthusiastic effort that inevitably produces greater and greater rewards.

ZIG ZIGLAR, Over the Top: Moving from Survival to Stability, from Stability to Success, from Success to Significance

I have observed dreams and visions very carefully, and am now certain that the imagination has some way of lighting on the truth that the reason has not, and that its commandments, delivered when the body is still and the reason silent, are the most binding we can ever know.

WILLIAM BUTLER YEATS, Ideas of Good and Evil

Every morning we have a choice -- forget our dreams or live them.

SETH GABEL, "Our Own Private America", Salem

When it comes to dreams, one may falter, but the only way to fail is to abandon them.

JONATHAN RHYS MEYERS, "A Whiff of Sulfur", Dracula

Attempts to wake before our time are often punished, especially by those who love us most. Because they, bless them, are asleep. They think anyone who wakes up, or who, still asleep, realizes that what is taken to be real is a "dream" is going crazy.

R. D. LAING, The Politics of Family and Other Essays

Dreams take short cuts.

URSULA K. LE GUIN, The Lathe of Heaven

The dream-state, from the standpoint of the waking, consists only of thinking and feeling. But the dreamer has no idea that he is dreaming, for according to his experience, tangible objects are also perceived. Thus the dream-state is definable in exactly the same terms as the waking.

JOHN LEVY, The Nature of Man According to the Vedanta

If you love a Dream Woman ... let her stay the divine Woman of the Dream. To awaken and clasp flesh and blood, no matter how delicately tender, and find that love has sped at the dawn is a misery too deep for tears.

WILLIAM JOHN LOCKE, The Beloved Vagabond

Dreams were in the same bag as Meaning and Things Happening For A Reason and God.

GLEN DUNCAN, By Blood We Live

Dreams were not messengers from the spirit world. They were simply the detritus of the brain's random firings during REM sleep.


Dreaming is an advanced evolutionary exercise, a way the brain can go on an extended journey into that other reality.


The aim of the dreamer, after all, is merely to go on dreaming and not to be molested by the world. His dreams are his protection against the world. But the aims of life are antithetical to those of the dreamer, and the teeth of the world are sharp.

JAMES BALDWIN, Another Country

Hear in a realm of wordless dreams--
That inner life which knows and thinks;
My thirsty spirit comes and drinks
The petal dew of golden streams;
Where death is less than what it seems,
And life is subtler than the Sphinx.

HENRY ABBEY, "May Dreams"

Why did I keep hitching myself to dreams as big as that Montana sky? I was like Rooster Jim's chickens, with no way to fly that high.

KIRBY LARSON, Hattie Ever After

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