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Quotations about Daydreaming

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NOTE:  Some of the quotes on this page were submitted to me by visitors, and not all have been verified for original source or wording. I'm working hard to confirm everything, but in the meantime please be aware of the possibility for errors.  —ღ Terri, March 2021

But I'm always dreaming, even when I'm awake; it is never finished. ~Peter S. Beagle

But yet, in the airy realm of dreams
Where all my riches be,
I enter into the heritage
That is else denied to me;
I have but to close my eyes to find
The Eden I never saw...
~Elizabeth Anne Chase Akers Allen, "My Air–castle," The Sunset–song and other Verses, 1902

It's really splendid to imagine you are a queen. You have all the fun of it without any of the inconveniences and you can stop being a queen whenever you want to, which you couldn't in real life. ~Lucy Maud Montgomery, Anne of Avonlea, 1909

Don't quit your day dream. ~Internet meme

Heart of mine, why art thou dreaming!
Dreaming through the weary day,
While life's precious hours are wasting,
Fast, and unimproved, away?
~Mary Ann H. Dodd Shutts (1813–1878), "The Dreamer"  #infj

A daydream is a meal at which images are eaten. Some of us are gourmets, some gourmands, and a good many take their images precooked out of a can and swallow them down whole, absent-mindedly and with little relish. ~W.H. Auden

How many of our daydreams would darken into nightmares, were there a danger of their coming true! ~Logan Pearsall Smith, Afterthoughts

He does not need opium. He has the gift of reverie. ~Anaïs Nin

To lose one's self in reverie, one must be either very happy, or very unhappy. Reverie is the child of extremes. ~Antoine Rivarol

Sit in reverie and watch the changing color of the waves that break upon the idle seashore of the mind. ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

When ideas float in our mind without any reflection or regard of the understanding, it is that which the French call revery, our language has scarce a name for it. ~John Locke

[H]e sat musing, pen in hand, or roamed about the gay city to get new ideas and refresh his mind, which seemed to be in a somewhat unsettled state that winter. He did not do much, but he thought a great deal, and was conscious of a change of some sort going on in spite of himself. ~Louisa May Alcott, Little Women, "Learning to Forget," 1869

To make a prairie it takes a clover and one bee,–
One clover, and a bee,
And revery.
The revery alone will do
If bees are few.
~Emily Dickinson (1830–1886)

Who cares for the bees!
I will take my ease,
Dream and dream as long as I please;
Hour by hour,
With love-wings fanning my sweet, sweet flower!
Gather your honey, and hoard your gold,
Through spring and summer, and hive through cold!
I will cling to my flower till it is mould,
Breathe one sigh
And die!
~Harriet McEwen Kimball (1834–1917), "Day-Dreaming," c.1868

...that little wilding place of mine which I have worn with bypaths as I wandered there in dream. ~Muriel Strode (1875–1964), My Little Book of Prayer, 1904

You are growing wiser than I am, and nipping in the bud fancies which I let blossom... ~Emily Dickinson, letter to Annie P. Strong, 1851

Dreams grow wild in the daydreamer's soul. ~Terri Guillemets

I am thankful for my dream — that elusive butterfly I have chased all my life — and thankful that it was elusive enough to last a lifetime. ~Robert Brault,

She seemed to be profusely watering
a garden of tender images with her glance;
is it liberty or slavery
not to change the pose of indolence?
~Rainer Maria Rilke (1875–1926), translated from the French by A. Poulin, Jr., 1979

I was trying to daydream, but my mind kept wandering. ~Steven Wright

All religions will pass, but this will remain: simply sitting in a chair and looking in the distance. ~V.V. Rozanov

People don't come to church for preachments, of course, but to daydream about God. ~Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

breathe dreams
exhaling rings of reverie
wisps of fantasied smoke
~Terri Guillemets, "Infj oxygen," 2005

I am afraid I have done sadly too much sitting and dreaming since I have been up. ~James Ward (1843–1925), letter to H.J.W., 1873

If you've never stared off in the distance, then your life is a shame. ~Adam Duritz, "Mrs. Potter's Lullaby," performed by Counting Crows ♫

Under every full moon, a woolgathering world idles. ~Lorraine Skylark, @ReadyOwl, July 2009 winner of The Quote Garden create your own quote contest on Twitter, @quotegarden

I came from a Land of honey and cream
Where all that one did was to sleep and dream.
And the dreams I treasured were bright and gay
About budding trees and the flowers in May...
~Gertrude Tooley Buckingham (1880–1971), "My 84th Birthday," 1964  [The "Land" she's referring to is actually the time before her birth, although to my mind I think of the world of INFJ daydreaming when I see this verse. —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]

Sometimes, in a summer morning, having taken my accustomed bath, I sat in my sunny doorway from sunrise till noon, rapt in reverie. ~Henry David Thoreau

One man's daydreaming is another man's day. ~Terri Guillemets

Ah, the things we would do if we could — especially in the secure knowledge that we can't. ~Robert Brault,

Tobacco and alcohol, delicious fathers of abiding friendships and fertile reveries. ~Luis Buñuel

You get ideas from daydreaming. You get ideas from being bored. You get ideas all the time. The only difference between writers and other people is we notice when we're doing it. ~Neil Gaiman

Television is simply automated daydreaming. ~Lee Loevinger

It is a good idea to be alone in a garden at dawn or dark so that all its shy presence may haunt you and possess you in a reverie of suspended thought. ~James Douglas

If not interrupted, an INFJ can stay in a fantasy-trance for hours. ~Terri Guillemets

Thought is the labor of the intellect, reverie is its pleasure. ~Victor Hugo

Reverie is not a mind vacuum. It is rather the gift of an hour which knows the plenitude of the soul. ~Gaston Bachelard, The Poetics of Reverie, 1960

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