Dreams are rudiments
Of the great state to come.
We dream what is
About to happen. [ Bailey ]
Our waking dreams are fatal. [ Young ]
A dream itself is but a shadow. [ William Shakespeare ]
All my past life is mine no more,
The flying hours are gone
Like transitory dreams given over,
Whose images are kept in store,
By memory alone. [ Rochester ]
His fancy lost in pleasant dreams. [ Addison ]
Alas! that dreams are only dreams!
That fancy cannot give
A lasting beauty to those forms.
Which scarce a moment live! [ Rufus Dawes ]
And silver white the river gleams,
As if Diana in her dreams,
Had dropt her silver bow
Upon the meadows low. [ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Endymion ]
The delusive dreams of a sick man. [ Horace ]
Parent of golden dreams - romance! [ Byron ]
That holy dream - that holy dream.
While all the world were chiding,
Hath cheered me as a lovely beam,
A lonely spirit guiding. [ Poe ]
Golden dreams make men awake hungry. [ Proverb ]
In blissful dream, in silent night.
There came to me, with magic might,
With magic might, my own sweet love,
Into my little room above. [ Heine ]
I'll dream no more - by manly mind
Not even in sleep is will resigned.
My midnight orisons said o'er,
I'll turn to rest, and dream no more. [ Scott ]
Keep true to the dreams of thy youth. [ Schiller ]
He whom nature thus bereaves,
Is ever fancy's favourite child;
For thee enchanted dreams she weaves
Of changeful beauty, bright and wild. [ Mrs. Osgood ]
Freedom is only in the land of dreams. [ Schiller ]
When the ass dreams, it is of thistles. [ German Proverb ]
Like the dreams,
Children of night, of indigestion bred. [ Churchill ]
To all, to each, a fair good-night,
And pleasing dreams, and slumbers light. [ Scott ]
True, I talk of dreams.
Which are the children of an idle brain.
Begot of nothing but vain fantasy. [ William Shakespeare ]
Thus ever fade my fairy dreams of bliss. [ Byron ]
The fickle pensioners of Morpheus' train. [ Milton ]
Divinity hath oftentimes descended
Upon our slumbers, and the blessed troupes
Have, in the calm and quiet of the soule,
Conversed with us. [ Shirley ]
A change came over the spirit of my dream. [ Byron ]
In sleep, when fancy is let loose to play.
Our dreams repeat the wishes of the day. [ Claudius ]
Tomorrow the dreams and flowers will fade. [ Moore ]
Yet eat in dreams, the custard of the day. [ Pope ]
We are such stuff
As dreams are made on, and our little life
Is rounded with a sleep. [ William Shakespeare ]
Sweet sleep be with us, one and all!
And if upon its stillness fall
The visions of a busy brain.
We'll have our pleasure over again.
To warm the heart, to charm the sight,
Gay dreams to all! good night, good night. [ Joanna Baillie ]
But if, as morning rises, dreams are true. [ Dante ]
When to soft Sleep we give ourselves away,
And in a dream as in a fairy bark
Drift on and on through the enchanted dark
To purple daybreak - little thought we pay
To that sweet bitter world we know by day. [ T. B. Aldrich ]
The chambers in the house of dreams
Are fed with so divine an air.
That Time's hoar wings grow young therein.
And they who walk there are most fair. [ Francis Thomson ]
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 ]
Dreamed by a happy man, when the dark east,
Unseen, is brightening to his bridal morn. [ Tennyson ]
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! [ Moore ]
The fisher droppeth his net in the stream,
And a hundred streams are the same as one;
And the maiden dreameth her love-lit dream;
And what is it all, when all is done?
The net of the fisher the burden breaks
And always the dreaming the dreamer wakes. [ Alice Cary ]
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 ]
Novels are to love as fairy tales to dreams. [ Coleridge ]
But dreams full oft are found of real events
The form and shadows. [ Joanna Baillie ]
How beautiful is youth! how bright it gleams
With its illusions, aspirations, dreams!
Book of Beginnings, Story without End,
Each maid a heroine, and each man a friend! [ Longfellow ]
If I may trust the flattering truth of sleep.
My dreams presage some joyful news at hand. [ William Shakespeare ]
Youth dreams a bliss on this side death.
It dreams a rest, if not more deep.
More grateful than this marble sleep;
It hears a voice within it tell:
Calm's not life's crown, though calm is well.
'Tis all perhaps which man acquires,
But 'tis not what our youth desires. [ Matthew Arnold ]
There are a kind of men so loose of soul
That in their sleep will utter their affairs. [ William Shakespeare ]
Friday night's dreams on Saturday told
Are sure to come true - be they never so old. [ Old Sayings ]
When monarch reason sleeps, this mimic wakes. [ Dryden ]
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 late-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 ]
Dreams in their development have breath,
And tears, and tortures, and the touch of joy.
They have a weight upon our waking thoughts,
They take a weight from off our waking toils,
They do divide our being. [ Byron ]
I love night more than day - she is so lovely;
But I love night the most because she brings
My love to me in dreams which scarcely lie. [ Bailey ]
For dhrames always go by conthraries, my dear. [ Samuel Lover ]
Let not our babbling dreams affright our souls. [ William Shakespeare ]
We are near waking when we dream that we dream. [ Novalis ]
His early dreams of good outstripped the truth,
And troubled manhood followed baffled youth. [ Byron ]
In this world of dreams, I have chosen my part.
To sleep for a season and hear no word
Of true love's truth or of light love's art,
Only the song of a secret bird. [ Swinburne ]
For in that sleep of death what dreams may come. [ William Shakespeare ]
There is nothing can equal the tender hours
When life is first in bloom,
When the heart like a bee, in a wild of flowers,
Finds everywhere perfume;
When the present is all and it questions not
If those flowers shall pass away,
But pleased with its own delightful lot,
Dreams never of decay. [ Bohn ]
Dreams where thought, in fancy's maze, runs mad. [ Young ]
I bring fresh showers for the thirsting flowers,
From the seas and the streams;
I bear light shade for the leaves when laid
In their noonday dreams. [ Shelley ]
Those dreams, that on the silent night intrude,
And with false flitting shades our minds delude,
Jove never sends us downward from the skies;
Nor can they from infernal mansions rise;
But are all mere productions of the brain,
And fools consult interpreters in vain. [ Swift ]
Some dreams we have are nothing else but dreams.
Unnatural and full of contradictions;
Yet others of our most romantic schemes
Are something more than fictions. [ Hood ]
And the dream that our mind had sketched in haste
Shall others continue, but never complete.
For none upon earth can achieve his scheme;
The best as the worst are futile here:
We wake at the self-same point of the dream -
All is here begun, and finished elsewhere. [ Victor Hugo ]
No matter where you're from your dreams are valid. [ Lupita Nyong'o ]
All days are nights to see till I see thee,
And nights bright days when dreams do show thee me. [ William Shakespeare ]
Dream after dream ensues;
And still they dream that they shall still succeed;
And still are disappointed. [ Cowper ]
Thoughts are but dreams till their effects be tried. [ William Shakespeare ]
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 ]
Let fate do her worst; there are moments of joy,
Bright dreams of the past, which she cannot destroy;
Which come in the nighttime of sorrow and care,
And bring back the features that joy used to wear. [ Moore ]
As one who in some frightful dream would shun
His pressing foe, labors in vain to run
And his own slowness in his sleep bemoans.
In short thick sighs, weak cries, and tender groans. [ Dryden ]
And yet, as angels in some brighter dreams
Call to the soul when man doth sleep.
So some strange thoughts transcend our wonted dreams.
And into glory peep. [ Vaughan ]
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 ]
They are the heritage that glorious minds
Bequeath unto the world! — a glittering store
Of gems, more precious far than those he finds
Who searches miser's hidden treasures over.
They are the light, the guiding star of youth.
Leading his spirit to the realms of thought,
Pointing the way to Virtue, Knowledge, Truth,
And teaching lessons, with deep wisdom fraught.
They cast strange beauty round our earthly dreams,
And mystic brightness over our daily lot;
They lead the soul afar to fairy scenes,
Where the world's under visions enter not;
They're deathless and immortal — ages pass away,
Yet still they speak, instruct, inspire, amidst decay! [ Emeline S. Smith ]
A thing of beauty is a joy forever:
Its loveliness increases; it will never
Pass into nothingness; but still will keep
A bower quiet for us, and a sleep
Full of sweet dreams, and health, and quiet breathing. [ John Keats, Endymion ]
What studies please, what most delight.
And fill men's thoughts, they dream them over at night. [ Creech ]
Ground not upon dreams, you know they are ever contrary. [ Thos. Middleton ]
A heaven of dreams in her large lotus eyes, darkly divine. [ Gerald Massey ]
More things are wrought by prayer than the world dreams of. [ Tennyson ]
Beneath closed lids and folds of deepest shade we think we see. [ N. L. Frothingham ]
For his dreams,
I wonder he's so simple to trust the mockery of unquiet slumbers. [ William Shakespeare ]
Our dreams drench us in sense, and sense steeps us again in dreams. [ A. Bronson Alcott ]
The dreamer is a madman quiescent, the madman is a dreamer in action. [ F. H. Hedge ]
Good thoughts are no better than good dreams unless they be executed. [ Ralph Waldo Emerson ]
Oft in dreams invention we bestow to change a flounce or add a furbelow. [ Pope ]
Regard not dreams, since they are but the images of our hopes and fears. [ Cato ]
His sweetest dreams were still of that dear voice that soothed his infancy. [ Southey ]
Dreams cannot picture a world so fair; sorrow and death may not enter there. [ Mrs. Hemans ]
Great things are not accomplished by idle dreams, but by years of patient study. [ Aughey ]
The natural religion of the pagan philosophers was mixed with fancies and dreams. [ Saurin ]
Till their own dreams at length deceive them, And oft repeating, they believe them. [ Prior ]
When we die, we shall find we have not lost our dreams; we have only lost our sleep. [ Richter ]
Sorrow returned with the dawning of morn, and the voice in my dreaming ear melted away. [ Campbell ]
In waking whispers and repeated dreams, to hint pure thoughts and warn the favored soul. [ Thomson ]
Dreams are excursions into the limbo of things, a semi-deliverance from the human prison. [ Amiel ]
As a wild maiden, with love-drinking eyes, sees in sweet dreams a beaming youth of glory. [ Alexander Smith ]
Dreams are like portraits; and we find they please because they are confessed resemblances. [ Crabbe ]
As dreams are the fancies of those that sleep, so fancies are but the dreams of those awake. [ Sir T. P. Blount ]
The day seems long, but night is odious; no sleep, but dreams; no dreams but visions strange. [ Sir P. Sidney ]
Nature, like a kind and smiling mother, lends herself to our dreams and cherishes our fancies. [ Victor Hugo ]
A soul only needs to see a smile in a white-crape bonnet in order to enter the palace of dreams. [ Victor Hugo ]
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 ]
Young, one is rich in all the future that he dreams; old, one is poor in all the past he regrets. [ Rochepedre ]
Nothing so much convinces me of the boundlessness of the human mind as its operations in dreaming. [ W. B. Clulow ]
A body may as well lay too little as too much stress upon a dream; but the less he heed them the better. [ L'Estrange ]
Ideas must work through the brains and the arms of good and brave men, or they are no better than dreams. [ Emerson ]
We dream such beautiful dreams, that we often lose all our happiness when we perceive that they are only dreams. [ E. Souvestre ]
Sleep brings dreams; and dreams are often most vivid and fantastical before we have yet been wholly lost in slumber. [ Robert Montgomery Bird ]
Every one turns his dreams into realities as far as he can; man is cold as ice to the truth, hot as fire to falsehood. [ La Fontaine ]
Every man turns his dreams into realities as far as he can. Man is cold as ice to the truth, but as fire to falsehood. [ La Fontaine ]
It is not true that people stop pursuing dreams because they grow old; they grow old because they stop pursuing dreams. [ Gabriel García Márquez ]
In this retirement of the mind from the senses, it retains a yet more incoherent manner of thinking, which we call dreaming. [ Locke ]
Why do we dream in our sleep if we have no soul? and, if we have one, how is it that dreams are so incoherent and extravagant? [ Voltaire ]
'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. [ Longfellow ]
We are finite beings: there can be no infinite happiness for us. The soul that dreams it and pursues it will embrace but a shadow. [ Balzac ]
So many of our dreams first seem impossible, then they seem improbable, and then, when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable. [ Christopher Reeve ]
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. [ Montaigne ]
The life of a woman can be divided into three epochs: in the first she dreams of love, in the second she experiences it, in the third she regrets it. [ Saint-Prosper ]
Your voice, your hopes, and your dreams will define our American destiny, and your courage and goodness and love will forever guide us along the way. [ President Donald J. Trump, Presidential Inaugeration Speech, Jan 20, 2017 ]
Love is the most terrible, and also the most generous, of the passions: it is the only one that includes in its dreams the happiness of some one else. [ A. Karr ]
This span of life was lent for lofty duties, not for selfishness; not to be wiled away for aimless dreams, but to improve ourselves, and serve mankind. [ Sir Aubrey de Vere ]
Dreams 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. [ William Shakespeare ]
Wine maketh the hand quivering, the eye watery, the night unquiet, lewd dreams, a stinking breath in the morning, and an utter forgetfulness of all things. [ Pliny ]
Sustained and soothed by an unfaltering trust, approach thy grave like one that wraps the drapery of his couch about him, and lies down to pleasant dreams. [ Bryant ]
... they look up at the same night sky, they fill their heart with the same dreams, and they are infused with the breath of life by the same almighty creator. [ President Donald J. Trump, Presidential Inaugeration Speech, Jan 20, 2017 ]
Dreaming is an act of pure imagination, attesting in all men a creative power which, if it were available in waking, would make every man a Dante or a Shakespeare. [ F. H. Hedge ]
We are one nation, and their pain is our pain. Their dreams are our dreams, and their success will be our success. We share one heart, one home, and one glorious destiny. [ President Donald J. Trump, Presidential Inaugeration Speech, Jan 20, 2017 ]
The unknown! It is the field in which are sown our dreams, where we see them germinate, grow, and bloom. Who would live without the benefit of the incertitude granted to our miseries. [ E. Souvestre ]
Virginity of the heart, alas! so soon ravished! sweet dreams! expectations of happiness' and of love! fresh illusions of the morning of life! why do you not last till the end of the day! [ Gavarni ]
Dreams, indeed, are ambition; for the very substance of the ambitious is merely the shadow of a dream. And I hold ambition of so airy and light a quality, that it is but a shadow's shadow. [ William Shakespeare ]
What the tender and poetic youth dreams today, and conjures up with inarticulate speech, is tomorrow the vociferated result of public opinion, and the day after is the character of nations. [ Emerson ]
If we can sleep without dreaming, it is well that painful dreams are avoided. If, while we sleep, we can have any pleasing dreams, it is as the French say, tant gagne, so much added to the pleasure of life. [ Franklin ]
In the germ, when the first trace of life begins to stir, music is the nurse of the soul; it murmurs in the ear, and the child sleeps; the tones are companions of his dreams - they are the world in which he lives. [ Bettina von Arnim ]
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 ]
Dreams are the bright creatures of poem and legend, who sport on the earth in the night season, and melt away with the first beam of the sun, which lights grim care and stern reality on their daily pilgrimage through the world. [ Dickens ]
I believe that everyone, sometime or other, dreams that he is reading papers, books, or letters; in which case the invention prompts so readily that the mind is imposed upon, and mistakes its own suggestions for the composition of another. [ Addison ]
We are somewhat more than ourselves in our sleep; and the slumber of the body seems to be but the waking of the soul. It is the ligation of sense, but the liberty of reason; and our waking conceptions do not match the fancies of our sleeps. [ Sir Thomas Browne ]
There is a gentle, but perfectly irresistible coercion in a habit of reading well directed, over the whole tenor of a man's character and conduct, which is not the less effectual because it works insensibly, and because it is really the last thing he dreams of. [ Sir John Herschel ]
Dreams ought to produce no conviction whatever on philosophical minds. If we consider how many dreams are dreamt every night, and how many events occur every day, we shall no longer wonder at those accidental coincidences which ignorance mistakes for verifications. [ Colton ]
In dreams we are true poets; we create the persons of the drama; we give them appropriate figures, faces, costumes; they are perfect in their organs, attitudes, manners; moreover they speak after their own characters, not ours; and we listen with surprise to what they say. [ Emerson ]
Bright and illustrious illusions! Who can blame, who laugh at the boy, who not admire and commend him, for that desire of a fame outlasting the Pyramids by which he insensibly learns to live in a life beyond the present, and nourish dreams of a good unattainable by the senses? [ Bulwer-Lytton ]
O poets! what injury you have done us, and how right Plato was to banish you from his republic! How your ambrosia has rendered more bitter our absinth! How have we found our lives more barren and more desolate, after having turned our eyes toward the sublime perspectives which your dreams have opened in the infinite! [ T. Gautier ]
Metaphysicians have been learning their lessons for the last four thousand years, and it is high time that they should now begin to teach us something. Can any of the tribe inform us why all the operations of the mind are carried on with undiminished strength and activity in dreams, except the judgment, which alone is suspended and dormant? [ Colton ]