Quotes about Dreams

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Dreams are destroyed by their realization and achievement by accomplishment, but hope lives on forever.


Trapped dreams must die.
Man is what his dreams are.


Dreams don't work unless you do.

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Goals are dreams with deadlines.

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In Dreams Begin Responsibilities.


Dreams grow holy, put into action.
Imagination is the true magic carpet.


Nothing happens unless first a dream.
Never dream with thy hand on the helm.
Saddle your dreams afore you ride 'em.
A dream is a wish that our heart makes.
To dreamers, Truth is an unlovely thing.
Everything starts as somebody's daydream.
Dreams are the touchstones of our characters.
Dreams and dedication are a powerful combination.


Like all people who have nothing, I lived on dreams.
If your dreams don't scare you, they are not big enough.
Dreams nourish the soul just as food nourishes the body.
Dreams are, by definition, cursed with short life spans.
The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up.

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We must teach our children to dream with their eyes open.


You have to have a dream so you can get up in the morning.
Dream manfully and nobly, and thy dreams shall be prophets!
Trust in dreams, for in them is hidden the gate to eternity.
When your life becomes dull, it's time to get a bigger dream.
It takes a lot of courage to show your dreams to someone else.
The republic is a dream.
Nothing happens unless first a dream.
People need dreams, there's as much nourishment in 'em as food.
We all live under the same sky, but we don't have the same horizon.

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Reality can destroy the dream; why shouldn't the dream destroy reality?


What do you pack when you pursue a dream? And what do you leave behind?
Dream no small dreams for they have no power to move the hearts of men.

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We need to take dreams more literally and waking life more symbolically.
We're here to put a dent in the universe. Otherwise why else even be here?

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The most pitiful among men is he who turns his dreams into silver and gold.
The best reason for having dreams is that in dreams no reasons are necessary.
The years forever fashion new dreams when old ones go. God pity a one-dream man!


If one is lucky, a solitary fantasy can totally transform one million realities.


Hold fast to dreams
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird
That cannot fly.
Dreams come true; without that possibility, nature would not incite us to have them.
It isn't a calamity to die with dreams unfulfilled, but it is a calamity not to dream.


Dreaming permits each and every one of us to be safely insane every night of the week.
I am a practical dreamer. I want to convert my dreams into realities, as far as possible.
You're not defeated until you give up the fight. You give up the fight by giving up the dream.


A man must dream a long time in order to act with grandeur, and dreaming is nursed in darkness.
Rose-colored glasses are never made in bifocals. Nobody wants to read the small print in dreams.
How many of our daydreams would darken into nightmares, were there a danger of their coming true!
Don't part with your illusions. When they are gone you may still exist but you have ceased to live.
Sometimes we have the dream but we are not ourselves ready for the dream.  We have to grow to meet it.
What difference is there between us, save a restless dream that follows my soul but fears to come near you?


Imagination is a good horse to carry you over the ground—not a flying carpet to set you free from probability.


Everything's in the mind. That's where it all starts. Knowing what you want is the first step toward getting it.
The curse of the romantic is a greed for dreams, an intensity of expectation that, in the end, diminishes the reality.

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Cherish your visions and your dreams as they are the children of your soul; the blue-prints of your ultimate achievements.
A man must have his dreams—memory dreams of the past and eager dreams of the future. I never want to stop reaching for new goals.


A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world.
Dreams pass into the reality of action. From the action stems the dream again; and this interdependence produces the highest form of living.


Throw your dream into space like a kite, and you do not know what it will bring back, a new life, a new friend, a new love, or a new country.
Nothing ever built arose to touch the skies unless some man dreamed that it should, some man believed that it could, and some man willed that it must.
— Charles F. Kettering

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I believe that dreams—day dreams, you know, with your eyes wide open and your brain machinery whizzing—are likely to lead to the betterment of the world.
There are only two kinds of people in this world. The realists and the dreamers. The realists know where they are going and the dreamers have already been there.


Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.

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The only credential the city asked was the boldness to dream.  For those who did, it unlocked its gates and its treasures, not caring who they were or where they came from.

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Dream lofty dreams, and as you dream, so shall you become.  Your Vision is the promise of what you shall one day be; your Ideal is the prophecy of what you shall at last unveil.


There were many ways of breaking a heart.  Stories were full of hearts being broken by love, but what really broke a heart was taking away its dream—whatever the dream might be.
You must find your dream, then the way becomes easy.  But there is no dream that lasts forever, each dream is followed by another, and one should not cling to any particular one.
I've dreamt in my life dreams that have stayed with me ever after, and changed my ideas: they've gone through and through me, like wine through water, and altered the color of my mind.
There is something about poverty that smells like death.  Dead dreams dropping off the heart like leaves in a dry season and rotting around the feet; impulses smothered too long in the fetid air of underground caves.
The greatest achievement was at first and for a time a dream.  The oak sleeps in the acorn; the bird waits in the egg, and in the highest vision of the soul a waking angel stirs.  Dreams are the seedlings of realities.


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


What happens to a dream deferred?
Does it dry up
like a raisin in the sun?
Or fester like a sore—
And then run?
Does it stink like rotten meat?
Or crust and sugar over—
like a syrupy sweet?
Maybe it just sags
like a heavy load.
Or does it explode?
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.