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Dreams can and have been places where inventions and discoveries are made. Especially in that reverie just before we wake up (and sometimes in our day dreams), we can have really good ideas. The problem is, if we don’t capture them fast, they whisper away with the morning dew.

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Hope is a waking dream.’


‘Dreams have only one owner at a time. That’s why dreamers are lonely.’

Erma Bombeck

‘It takes a lot of courage to show your dreams to someone else.’

Erma Bombeck

‘When we survey our lives, seeking to fulfil our creativity, we often see we had a dream that went glimmering because we believed, and those around us believed, that the dream was beyond our reach.’

Julie Cameron

‘You create your own universe as you go along. The stronger your imagination, the more variegated your universe. When you leave off dreaming, the universe ceases to exist.’

Winston Churchill

‘Last night I dreamed I ate a ten-pound marshmallow, and when I woke up the pillow was gone.’

Tommy Cooper

‘Dream as if you’ll live forever. Live as if you’ll die today.’

James Dean

‘Dreaming permits each and every one of us to be quietly and safely insane every night of our lives.’

William C. Dement

‘If you can dream it, you can do it.’

Walt Disney

‘I could never convince the financiers that Disneyland was feasible because dreams offer too little collateral.’

Walt Disney

‘All our dreams can come true—if we have the courage to pursue them.’

Walt Disney

‘You can dream, create, design and build the most wonderful place in the world, but it requires people to make the dream a reality.’

Walt Disney

‘Dream, diversify—and never miss an angle.’

Walt Disney

‘Life is too short to be small.’

Benjamin Disraeli

‘To accomplish great things, we must not only act but also dream, not only plan but also believe.’

Anatole France

‘Dreams are the royal road to understanding the unconscious mind.’

Sigmund Freud

‘It is difficult to say what is impossible, for the dream of yesterday is the hope of today and the reality of tomorrow.’

Robert Goddard

‘Dream no small dreams for they have no power to move the hearts of men.’

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

‘Sleep is when all the unsorted stuff comes flying out as from a dustbin upset in a high wind.’

William Golding

‘There is nothing like a dream to create future.’

Victor Hugo

‘No one should negotiate their dreams. Dreams must be free to fly high. No government, no legislature, has a right to limit your dreams. You should never agree to surrender your dreams.’

Jesse Jackson

‘Most people never run far enough on their first wind to find out they’ve got a second. Give your dreams all you’ve got and you’ll be amazed at the energy that comes out of you.’

William James

‘I like the dreams of future better than the history of the past.’

Thomas Jefferson

‘Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.’

Carl Gustav Jung

‘Dreaming is a philogenetically older mode of thought.’

Carl Gustav Jung

‘Let us learn to dream, gentlemen; then we shall perhaps find the truth.’

Friedrich Kekulé

‘The problems of the world cannot possibly be solved by skeptics or cynics whose horizons are limited by the obvious realities. We need men who can dream of things that never were.’

John Fitzgerald Kennedy

‘Some men look at things the way they are and ask why? I dream of things that are not and ask why not?’

Robert Kennedy

‘The work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives and the dreams shall never die.’

Edward Kennedy

‘All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dream with open eyes, to make it possible.’

T. E. Lawrence

‘Living in dreams of yesterday, we find ourselves still dreaming of impossible the future conquests.’

Charles Lindberg

‘Reverie is when ideas float in our mind without reflection or regard of the understanding.’

John Locke

‘Dreams are extremely important. You can’t do it unless you imagine it.’

George Lucas

‘The more a man dreams, the less he believes.’

H. L. Mencken

‘Nor do I hear in my imagination the parts successively, I hear them all at once. What a delight this is! All this inventing, this producing, takes place in a pleasing, lively dream.’

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Vision is the key to understanding leadership, and real leaders have never lost the childlike ability to dream dreams.’

Bill Newman

‘Everything starts as somebody’s daydream.’

Larry Niven

‘Everyone has dreams. But it is what you do with these dreams that is important. Dreams, once you make the decision to act on them can become reality.’

Glynis Nunn

‘Give yourself the freedom to explore the possibility of life without limits. Goals are dreams with deadlines, a means to an end but not the ultimate purpose of life.’

Glynis Nunn

‘Dreams are illustrations from the book your soul is writing about you.’

Marsha Norman

‘I was doing a campaign once for a manufacturer, and I couldn’t think of an ideas, and I was kind of desperate about it. The night before I had to show something to my client I had a dream, an interesting dream. I woke up and for once in my life I wrote it down and went back to sleep Next morning I went to the office and had that dream out into a TV commercial which is still running thirty years after and which has made that particular product the leader in its field.’

David Ogilvy

‘We are the music makers,
And we are the dreamer of dreams
Yet we are the movers and shakers
Of the world forever, it seems.’

Arthur O’Shaughnessey

‘Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.’

Edgar Allen Poe

‘All that you see or seem, is but a dream within a dream.’

Edgar Allen Poe

‘Only in our dreams are we free. The rest of the time we need wages.’

Terry Pratchett

‘If a little dreaming is dangerous, the cure for it is not to dream less but to dream more, to dream all the time.’

Marcel Proust

‘So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then they seem improbable, and then, when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable.’

Christopher Reeve

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

Eleanor Roosevelt

‘An artist is a dreamer consenting to dream of the actual world.’

George Santayana

Dare to be wrong and to dream.’

Friedrich von Schiller

‘To make a great dream come true, you must first have a great dream.’

Hans Selye

‘There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.’

William Shakespeare

‘Some men see things as they are and ask "Why?" Others dream things that never were and ask "Why not?"‘

George Bernard Shaw

‘I dream for a living.’

Steven Spielberg

‘Dreams are true while then last, and do we not live in dreams?’

Alfred, Lord Tennyson

‘I have learned this at least by my experiment: that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavours to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.’

Henry David Thoreau

‘If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavours to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with success unexpected in common hours.’

Henry David Thoreau

‘Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.’

Henry David Thoreau

‘Our truest life is when we are in dreams awake.’

Henry David Thoreau

‘The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up.’

Paul Valéry

‘I dream my painting, and then I paint my dream.’

Vincent Van Gogh

‘The one person who has more illusions than the dreamer is the man of action.’

Oscar Wilde

‘A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight.’

Oscar Wilde

‘We grow great by dreams. All big men are dreamers. They see things in the soft haze of a spring day or in the red fire of a long winter’s evening. Some of us let these Dreams die, but others nourish and protect them; nurse them through bad days till they bring them to the sunshine and light which comes always to those who hope that their dreams will come true.’

Woodrow Wilson

‘The key to realizing a dream is to focus not on success but significance - and then even the small steps and little victories along your path will take on greater meaning.’

Oprah Winfrey




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