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

Yet eat in dreams, the custard of the day.
      - Alexander Pope, The Dunciad (bk. I, l. 92)

Till their own dreams at length deceive 'em
  And oft repeating, they believe 'em.
      - Matthew Prior, Alma (canto III, l. 13)

This morn, as sleeping I in my bed lay,
  I dreamt (and morning dreams come true they say).
      - William Barnes Rhodes, Bombastes Furioso

When we die, we shall find we have not lost our dreams; we have only lost our sleep.
      - Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (Johann Paul Richter) (used ps. Jean Paul)

Man enjoys living on the edge of his dreams and neglects the real things of the world which are so beautiful. The ignorant and indifferent destroy beautiful things merely by looking at the marble. Things that remake the soul of him who understands them.
      - Auguste Rodin

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

Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground.
      - Theodore Roosevelt

Dreams are nothing but incoherent ideas, occasioned by partial or imperfect sleep.
      - Benjamin Rush

The dreamer can know no truth, not even about his dream, except by awaking out of it.
      - George Santayana

O Brethren, weep to-day,
  The silent God hath quenched my Torch's ray,
    And the vain dream hath flown.
      - Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller,
        Resignation, (Bowring's translation)

Some must delve when the dawn is nigh;
  Some must toil when the noonday beams;
    But when might comes, and the soft winds sigh,
      Every man is a King of Dreams.
      - Clinton Scollard, King of Dreams

I'll dream no more--by mainly mind
  Not even in sleep is well resigned.
    My midnight orisons said o'er,
      I'll turn to rest and dream no more.
      - Sir Walter Scott, The Lady of the Lake
         (canto I, st. 35)

In a dream you are never eighty.
      - Anne Sexton

Dreams are the children of an idle brain, begot of nothing but vain fanfasy; which is as thin of substance as the air, and more inconstant than the wind.
      - William Shakespeare

For his dreams, I wonder he's so simple to trust the mockery of unquiet slumbers.
      - William Shakespeare

For never yet one hour in his bed
  Have I enjoyed the golden dew of sleep,
    But have been waked by his timorous dreams.
      - William Shakespeare

I dreamt my lady came and found me dead,
  (Strange dream! that gives a dead man leave to think),
    And breath'd such life with kisses in my lips
      That I reviv'd and was an emperor.
      - William Shakespeare

Oh! I have pass'd a miserable night,
  So full of ugly sights, of ghastly dreams,
    That, as I am a Christian faithful man,
      I would not spend another such a night,
        Though 'twere to buy a world of happy days.
      - William Shakespeare

Thy spirit within thee hath been so at war,
  And thus hath so bestirr'd thee in thy sleep
    That beads of sweat have stood upon thy brow
      Like bubbles in a fate-disturbed stream
        And in thy face strange motions have appear'd,
          Such as we see when men restrain their breath
            On some great sudden haste.
      - William Shakespeare

I have had a most rare vision. I have had a dream, past the wit of man to say what dream it was.
      - William Shakespeare,
        A Midsummer Night's Dream
         (Bottom at IV, i)

Thou hast beat me out
  Twelve several times, and I have nightly since
    Dreamt of encounters 'twixt thyself and me.
      - William Shakespeare, Coriolanus
         (Aufidus at IV, v)

A dream itself is but a shadow.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Hamlet Prince of Denmark
         (Hamlet at II,ii)

This is the rarest dream that e'er dull sleep
  Did mock sad fools withal.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Pericles Prince of Tyre
         (Pericles at V, i)

Sometimes she driveth o'er a soldier's neck,
  And then dreams he of cutting foreign throats,
    Of breaches, ambuscadoes, Spanish blades,
      Of healths five fathom deep; and then anon
        Drums in his ear, at which he starts and wakes,
          And being thus frighted, swears a prayer or tow
            And sleeps again.
      - William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet
         (Mercutio at I, iv)

True, I talk of dreams;
  Which are the children of an idle brain,
    Begot of nothing but vain fantasy;
      Which is as thin of substance as the air,
        And more inconstant than the wind, who woos
          Even now the frozen bosom of the North
            And, being angered, puffs away from thence,
              Turning his side to the dew-dripping South.
      - William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet
         (Mercutio at I, iv)

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