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DREAMS
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[ Also see Association Castles in the Air Facts Fancy Imagination Nightmares Reverie Sleep Visions ]

As one who in some frightful dream would shun
  His pressing foe, labors in vain to run
    And his own slowness in his sleep bemoans.
      In short thick sighs, weak cries, and tender groans.
      - John Dryden

When monarch reason sleeps, this mimic wakes.
      - John Dryden

Dreams are but interludes, which fancy makes;
  When monarch reason sleeps, this mimic wakes.
      - John Dryden, Fables--The Cock and the Fox
         (l. 325)

In dreams we are true poets; we create the persons of the drama; we give them appropriate figures faces, costumes; they are perfect in their organs, attitudes, manners; moreover they speak after their own characters, not ours; and we listen with surprise to what they say.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

What the tender and poetic youth dreams to-day, and conjures up with inarticulate speech, is to-morrow the vociferated result of public opinion, and the day after is the character of nations.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

To have realized your dream makes you feel lost.
      - Oriana Fallaci

I believe that if one always looked at the sky, one would end up with wings.
      - Gustave Flaubert

If we can sleep without dreaming, it is well that painful dreams are avoided. If, while we sleep, we can have any pleasing dreams, it is as the French say, tant gagne, so much added to the pleasure of life.
      - Benjamin Franklin

We all dream; we do not understand our dreams, yet we act as if nothing strange goes on in our sleep minds, strange at least by comparison with the logical, purposeful doings of our minds when we are awake.
      - Erich Fromm

Beneath closed lids and folds of deepest shade we think we see.
      - Nathaniel Langdon Frothingham, D.D.

Dreams say what they mean, but they don't say it in daytime language.
      - Gail Godwin

We are not hypocrites in our sleep.
      - William Hazlitt (1)

Dreaming is an act of pure imagination, attesting in all men a creative power which, if it were available in waking, would make every man a Dante or a Shakespeare.
      - Frederic Henry Hedge

The dreamer is a madman quiescent,
  the madman is a dreamer in action.
      - Frederic Henry Hedge

In blissful dream, in silent night,
  There came to me, with magic might,
    With magic might, my own sweet love,
      Into my little room above.
      - Heinrich Heine, Youthful Sorrows
         (pt. VI, st. 1)

Dreams and deeds are not as different as many think. All the deeds of men are dreams at first, and become dreams in the end.
      - Theodore Herzl

Fly, dotard, fly!
  With thy wise dreams and fables of the sky.
      - Homer ("Smyrns of Chios"), The Odyssey
         (bk. II, l. 207), (Pope's translation)

Some dreams we have are nothing else but dreams,
  Unnatural and full of contradictions;
    Yet others of our most romantic schemes
      Are something more than fictions.
      - Thomas Hood, The Haunted House (pt. I)

And the dream that our mind had sketched in haste
  Shall others continue, but never complete.
    For none upon earth can achieve his scheme;
      The best as the worst are futile here:
        We wake at the self-same point of the dream,--
          All is here begun, and finished elsewhere.
      - Victor Hugo, Early Love Revisited

Abou Ben Adhem (may his tribe increase!)
  Awoke one night from a deep dream of peace,
    And say, within the moonlight in his room,
      Making it rich, and like a lily in bloom,
        An angel, writing in a book of gold;
          Exceeding peace had made Ben Adhem bold,
            And to the presence in the room he said--
              "What writest thou?" The Vision raised its head,
                And, with a look made all of sweet accord,
                  Answered, "The names of those who love the Lord."
      - Leigh Hunt (James Henry Leigh Hunt),
        Abou Ben Adhem and the Angel

I am captivated more by dreams of the future than by the history of the past.
      - Thomas Jefferson

There's a long, long trail a-winding
  Into the land of my dreams,
    Where the nightingales are singing
      And a white moon beams;
        There's a long, long night of waiting
          Until my dreams all come true,
            Till the day when I'll be going down that
              Long, long trail with you.
      - Stoddard King, There's a Long, Long Trail,
        popular during World War I

Our dreams make us large.
      - Jack "King" Kirby,
        from an interview on Canadian television show Prisoners of Gravity

Every one turns his dreams into realities as far as he can; man is cold as ice to the truth, hot as fire to falsehood.
      - Jean de la Fontaine

A body may well lay too little as too much stress upon a dream; but the less he heed them the better.
      - Sir Roger L'Estrange


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