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CASTLES IN THE AIR
[ Also see Dreams Imagination ]

A sigh can shatter a castle in the air.
      - William R. Alger

Leave glory to great folks. Ah, castles in the air cost a vast deal to keep up!
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

Happy season of virtuous youth, when shame is still an impassable barrier, and the sacred air-cities of hope have not shrunk into the mean clay hamlets of reality; and man, by his nature, is yet infinite and free.
      - Thomas Carlyle

No tribute is laid on castles in the air.
      - Charles Churchill

Thus we build on the ice, thus we write on the waves of the sea; the waves roaring pass away, the ice melts, and away goes our palace, like our thoughts.
      - Johann Gottfried von Herder

Ever building, building to the clouds, still building higher, and never reflecting that the poor narrow basis cannot sustain the giddy tottering column.
      - Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller

In all assemblies, though you wedge them ever so close, we may observe this peculiar property, that over their heads there is room enough; but how to reach it is the difficult point. To this end the philosopher's way in all ages has been by erecting certain edifices in the air.
      - Jonathan Swift

Leaving the wits the spacious air,
  With license to build castles there.
      - Jonathan Swift

Charming Alnaschar visions! it is the happy privilege of youth to construct you.
      - William Makepeace Thackeray

If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.
      - Henry David Thoreau


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