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All that we see or seem
Is but a dream within a dream.

EDGAR ALLAN POE, A Dream Within a Dream

Dreams are more real than reality itself, they're closer to the self.

GAO XINGJIAN, Dialogue and Rebuttal

America just works better when more people have a chance to live their dreams.

BILL CLINTON, speech at Democratic National Convention, July 26, 2004

Dreaming men are haunted men.


If I dream I have you, I have you,
For, all our joys are but fantastical.


Dreaming permits each and every one of us to be quietly and safely insane every night of the week.

WILLIAM DEMENT, Newsweek, Nov. 30, 1959

Fanatics have their dreams, wherewith they weave
A paradise for a sect.

JOHN KEATS, The Fall of Hyperion

Follow your own particular dreams. We are handed a life by peers, parents and society, you can do that or follow your own dreams. Life is short, be a dreamer but be a practical person.

HUGH HEFNER, interview

If we couldn't dream, our lives wouldn't mean anything anymore.

GEORG KAISER, The Raft of the Medusa

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

Father, O father! what do we here
In this land of unbelief and fear?
The Land of Dreams is better far,
Above the light of the morning star.

WILLIAM BLAKE, The Land of Dreams

The general function of dreams is to try to restore our psychological balance by producing dream material that re-establishes, in a subtle way, the total psychic equilibrium.

CARL JUNG, Man and His Symbols

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

And all my days are trances,
And all my nightly dreams
Are where thy grey eye glances,
And where thy footstep gleams--
In what ethereal dances,
By what eternal streams.

EDGAR ALLAN POE, To One in Paradise

Even the loveliest dream bears like a blemish its difference from reality, the awareness that what it grants is mere illusion.


Dreams are true while they last, and do we not live in dreams?

ALFRED, LORD TENNYSON, The Higher Pantheism

Dreams are the seedlings of reality.

NAPOLEON HILL, Think and Grow Rich

Those dreams that on the silent night intrude, and with false flitting shapes our minds delude ... are mere productions of the brain. And fools consult interpreters in vain.


You may say I'm a dreamer,
but I'm not the only one,
I hope some day you'll join us,
And the world will be as one.


In dreams the mind is constantly giving you substitutes just to protect sleep. And the same is happening while you are awake. The mind is giving you substitutes just to protect your sanity; otherwise you will be scattered in fragments.

OSHO, The Book of Secrets

God's gifts put man's best dreams to shame.

ELIZABETH BARRETT BROWNING, Sonnets from the Portuguese

We are such stuff
As dreams are made on, and our little life
Is rounded with a sleep.


A dream is a wish your heart makes.

WALT DISNEY, Sleeping Beauty

I dream, therefore I exist.


There is a psychological technique which makes it possible to interpret dreams, and ... if that procedure is employed, every dream reveals itself as a psychical structure which has a meaning and which can be inserted at an assignable point in the mental activities of waking life.

SIGMUND FREUD, The Interpretation of Dreams

The dream is the small hidden door in the deepest and most intimate sanctum of the soul, which opens to that primeval cosmic night that was soul long before there was conscious ego and will be soul far beyond what a conscious ego could ever reach.

CARL JUNG, The Meaning of Psychology for Modern Man

Dreams are more real than reality, they're closer to the self.

What we experience in dreams -- assuming that we experience it often -- belongs in the end just as much to the over-all economy of our soul as anything experienced "actually": we are richer or poorer on account of it.


The realities of the world affected me as visions, and as visions only, while the wild ideas of the land of dreams became, in turn,—not the material of my every-day existence--but in very deed that existence utterly and solely in itself.


Men have in their minds a picture of how the world will be. How they will be in that world. The world may be many different ways for them but there is one world that will never be and that is the world they dream of.

CORMAC MCCARTHY, Cities of the Plain

Dreams have led many astray, and those who believed in them have perished.

BEN SIRA, Sirach 34:7

They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.


What I want to do is travel deep and deeper into the dreamlands, to find that place that I know is waiting for me here. My home.


We see but in dreams the ideal.


There are men who would do anything, asleep, and I'm not sure what stops them when they wake. I do not know how they draw the line.

ANNE ENRIGHT, The Gathering

As everyone knows, the ancients before Aristotle did not consider the dream a product of the dreaming mind, but a divine inspiration, and in ancient times the two antagonistic streams, which one finds throughout in the estimates of dream life, were already noticeable. They distinguished between true and valuable dreams, sent to the dreamer to warn him or to foretell the future, and vain, fraudulent, and empty dreams, the object of which was to misguide or lead him to destruction.

SIGMUND FREUD, The Interpretation of Dreams

Dreams last as long as you let them ... both good and bad.


Well now what's the use in dreamin'
You got better things to do
Dreams never did work for me anyway
Even when they did come true

BOB DYLAN, "I Feel a Change Comin' On"

Every dream that anyone ever has is theirs alone and they never manage to share it. And they never manage to remember it either. Not truly or accurately. Not as it was. Our memories and our vocabularies aren't up to the job.


Dreams: the place most of us get what we need.

AMY HEMPEL, "The Dog of the Marriage"

Dreams are symbolic in order that they cannot be understood; in order that the wish, which is the source of the dream, may remain unknown.

CARL JUNG, Psychology of the Unconscious

A dream is a wish your heart makes.

The armored cars of dreams contrived to let us do
so many a dangerous thing.

ELIZABETH BISHOP, "Sleeping Standing Up"

In dreams no man wears a mask.


People who are most afraid of their dreams convince themselves they don't dream at all.

JOHN STEINBECK, The Winter of Our Discontent

Lose your dreams
And you will lose your mind.
Ain't life unkind?


A single dream is more powerful than a thousand realities.

J. R. R. TOLKIEN, New York Magazine, Nov. 20, 1978

In the dream life you don't deliberately set out to dream about a house night after night; the dream itself insists you look at whatever is trying to come into visibility.

JANE HIRSHFIELD, The Atlantic Online, Sep. 18, 1997

All men who have achieved great things have been great dreamers.

ORISON SWETT MARDEN, The Miracle of Right Thought

The greatest achievement was at first and for a time a dream. The oak sleeps in the acorn; the bird waits in the egg; and in the highest vision of the soul a waking angel stirs. Dreams are the seedlings of realities.

JAMES ALLEN, As a Man Thinketh

Why is the unconscious so loathe to speak to us? Why the images, metaphors, pictures? Why the dreams, for that matter.

CORMAC MCCARTHY, "The Kekulé Problem: Where did language come from?", Nautilus, April 20, 2017

The dream is the liberation of the spirit from the pressure of external nature, a detachment of the soul from the fetters of matter.

SIGMUND FREUD, The Interpretation of Dreams

All night the dark buds of dreams open richly. In the center of every petal is a letter, and you imagine if you could only remember and string them all together they would spell the answer.

MARY OLIVER, "Dreams," Dream Work

Somehow, I can't believe that there are any heights that can't be scaled by a man by a man who knows the secret of making dreams come true.

WALT DISNEY, attributed, Perceive This!: How to Get Everything You Want Out of Life by Changing Your Perceptions

Wise men have interpreted dreams, and the gods have laughed.

H. P. LOVECRAFT, "Hypnos"

Listen to the colour of your dreams.

THE BEATLES, Tomorrow Never Knows

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Symbolism in the Dream - a lecture by Sigmund Freud.

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