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

Ever of thee I'm fondly dreaming,
  Thy gentle voice my spirit can cheer.
      - George Linley, Ever of Thee

In this retirement of the mind from the senses, it retains a yet more incoherent manner of thinking, which we call dreaming.
      - John Locke (1)

'Twas but a dream,--let it pass,--let it vanish like so many others!
  What I thought was a flower is only a weed, and is worthless.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,
        Courtship of Miles Standish (pt. VII)

Is this is a dream? O, if it be a dream,
  Let me sleep on, and do not wake me yet!
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,
        Spanish Student (act III, sc. 5)

For dhrames always go by conthraries, my dear.
      - Samuel Lover, Rory O'More

Dreams have as much influence as actions.
      - Stephane Mallarme

Keep true to the dreams of thy youth.
      - Herman Melville

The wholly manly man lacks the wit necessary to give objective form to his soaring and secret dreams, and the wholly womanly woman is apt to be too cynical a creature to dream at all.
      - Henry Louis Mencken

Ground not upon dreams, you know they are ever contrary.
      - Thomas Middleton, The Family of Love
         (act IV, sc. 3)

The fickle pensioners of Morpheus' train.
      - John Milton

I believe it to be true that Dreams are the true Interpreters of our Inclinations; but there is Art required to sort and understand them.
      - Michel Eyquem de Montaigne, Essays
         (bk. III, ch. XIII)

One of those passing rainbow dreams,
  Half light, half shade, which fancy's beams
    Paint on the fleeting mists that roll,
      In trance or slumber, round the soul!
      - Thomas Moore,
        Lalla Rookh--Fire Worshippers (st. 54)

Oh! that a dream so sweet, so long enjoy'd
  Should be so sadly, cruelly destroy'd!
      - Thomas Moore,
        Lalla Rookh--Veiled Prophet of Khorassan
         (st. 62)

How old I am! I'm eighty years!
  I've worked both hard and long,
    Yet patient as my life has been,
      One dearest sight I have not seen--
        It almost seems a wrong;
          A dream I had when life was new,
            Alas our dreams! they come not true;
              I thought to see fair Carcassonne,
                That lovely city--Carcassone!
      - Gustave Nadaud, Carcassonne

Throw your dreams into space like a kite, and you do not know what it will bring back, a new life, a new friend, a new love, a new country.
      - Anais Nin

We are near waking when we dream that we dream.
      - Novalis (pseudonym of Frederich Leopold von Hardenberg)

A thousand creeds and battle cries,
  A thousand warring social schemes,
    A thousand new moralities
      And twenty thousand, thousand dreams.
      - Alfred Noyes, Forward

Friday night's dreams on Saturday told
  Are sure to come true--be they never at old.
      - Old Saying

I am weary of planning and toiling
  In the crowded hives of men;
    Heart weary of building and spoiling
      And spoiling and building again;
        And I long for the dear old river
          Where I dreamed my youth away;
            For a dreamer lives forever,
              And a toiler dies in a day.
      - John Boyle O'Reilly, LL.D.,
        Cry of the Dreamer

Those dreams are true which we have in the morning, as the lamp begins to flicker.
  [Lat., Namque sub Aurora jam dormitante lucerna
    Sommia quo cerni tempore vera solent.]
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso), Epistles
         (XIX, Hero Leandro, 195)

Dreams, which, beneath the hov'ring shades of night,
  Sport with the ever-restless minds of men,
    Descend not from the gods. Each busy brain
      Creates its own.
      - Thomas Love Peacock, Dreams

What was your dream?
  It seemed to me that a woman in white raiment, graceful and fair to look upon, came towards me and calling me by name said:
    On the third day, Socrates, thou shalt reach the coast of fertile Phthia.
      - Plato (originally Aristocles}, Crito

The ninety and nine are with dreams, content but the hope of the world made new, is the hundredth man who is grimly bent on making those dreams come true.
      - Edgar Allan Poe

That holy dream--that hold dream,
  While all the world were chiding,
    Hath cheered me as a lovely beam
      A lonely spirit guiding.
      - Edgar Allan Poe, A Dream (st. 3)

You eat, in dreams, the custard of the day.
      - Alexander Pope

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