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Quotations about Dreams
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
Dreams are the most curious asides and soliloquies of the soul. When a man recollects his dream, it is like meeting the ghost of himself. Dreams often surprise us into the strangest self-knowledge.... Dreaming is the truest confessional, and often the sharpest penance. ~Alexander Smith (1829–1867), "On Dreams and Dreaming"
For it is in the arcana of dreams that existences merge and renew themselves, change and yet keep the same — like the soul of a musician in a fugue. And so memory swooned, again and again, in sleep. ~Bram Stoker, The Jewel of Seven Stars, 1903
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 Shakespeare. ~H.F. Hedge
Dreams are answers to questions we haven't yet figured out how to ask. ~X‑Files
All the things one has forgotten scream for help in dreams. ~Elias Canetti
Dreams are only thoughts you didn't have time to think about during the day. ~Author Unknown
A dream which is not interpreted is like a letter which is not read. ~The Talmud
Last night—I cannot know which way it came
Or what star-way it went—
There was a little dream without a name
That left my soul content...
~Margaret Widdemer (1884–1978), "The Joyous Dream," The Factories, With Other Lyrics, 1915
Dreams are illustrations... from the book your soul is writing about you. ~Marsha Norman
A dream has power to poison sleep. ~Percy Bysshe Shelley, "Mutability"
Dreaming permits each and every one of us to be quietly and safely insane every night of our lives. ~William Dement
They should invent some way to tape-record your dreams. I've written songs in my dreams that were Beatles songs. Then I'd wake up and they'd be gone. ~Alice Cooper, interview with Cal Fussman, 2008 August 2nd, for Esquire's January 2009 eighth annual Meaning of Life issue [Ditto for poems! —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]
Dreams are today's answers to tomorrow's questions. ~Edgar Cayce
I am accustomed to sleep and in my dreams to imagine the same things that lunatics imagine when awake. ~Rene Descartes, "Meditations on First Philosophy"
Dreams are excursions into the limbo of things, a semi-deliverance from the human prison. ~Henri Amiel
There's a long, long trail a-winding into the land of my dreams. ~Stoddard King, Jr.
Anyone can escape into sleep, we are all geniuses when we dream, the butcher's the poet's equal there. ~E.M. Cioran, The Tempation to Exist
Dreams are thoughts with the facts left out. ~"Poor Richard Junior's Philosophy," The Saturday Evening Post, 1903, George Horace Lorimer, editor
Pay attention to your dreams — God's angels often speak directly to our hearts when we are asleep. ~Quoted in The Angels' Little Instruction Book by Eileen Elias Freeman, 1994
One can write, think and pray exclusively of others; dreams are all egocentric. ~Evelyn Waugh
Dreams are foreign lands within the bounds of our own minds. ~Terri Guillemets
Dreams say what they mean, but they don't say it in daytime language. ~Gail Godwin
Strange wares are handled on the wharves of sleep:
Shadows of shadows pass, and many a light
Flashes a signal fire across the night;
Barges depart whose voiceless steersmen keep
Their way without a star upon the deep;
And from lost ships, homing with ghostly crews,
Come cries of incommunicable news,
While cargoes pile the piers, a moon-white heap—
Budgets of dream-dust, merchandise of song,
Wreckage of hope and packs of ancient wrong,
Nepenthes gathered from a secret strand,
Fardels of heartache, burdens of old sins,
Luggage sent down from dim ancestral inns,
And bales of fantasy from No-Man's Land.
~Edwin Markham, "The Wharf of Dreams"
That which the dream shows is the shadow of such wisdom as exists in man, even if during his waking state he may know nothing about it.... We do not know it because we are fooling away our time with outward and perishing things, and are asleep in regard to that which is real within ourself. ~Paracelsus, quoted in The Dream Game
Huge and mighty forms that do not live like living men, moved slowly through the mind by day and were trouble to my dreams. ~Wordsworth, Resolution and Independence
Recall the old story of the rather refined young man who preferred sex dreams to visiting brothels because he met a much nicer type of girl that way. ~Vivian Mercer
I think we dream so we don't have to be apart so long. If we're in each other's dreams, we can play together all night. ~Bill Watterson, Calvin & Hobbes
[B]y far the larger number of the dreams... occurred towards dawn; sometimes even, after sunrise, during a "second sleep." A condition of fasting, united, possibly, with some subtle magnetic or other atmospheric state, seems therefore to be that most open to impressions of the kind. ~Dr. Anna Bonus Kingsford, 1886, preface to Dreams and Dream-Stories, 1888
My dreams leap —
dancers of the night,
unknown to the day.
For dhrames always go by conthraries, my dear. ~Samuel Lover, Rory O' More
Dreams are nocturnal flowers, blooming when the sun has strayed far enough that we can see clearly. ~Terri Guillemets
Fantastic dreams amuse my brain,
And waft my spirit home again:
Though captive all day long, 'tis true,
At night I am as free as you...
~James Montgomery (1771–1854), "The Pleasures of Imprisonment: In Two Epistles to a Friend"
Our dreams disturb us because they refuse to pander to our fondest notions of ourselves. The closer one looks, the more they seem to insist upon a challenging proposition: You must live truthfully. Right now. And always. Few forces in life present, with an equal sense of inevitability, the bare-knuckle facts of who we are, and the demands of what we might become. ~Marc Ian Barasch
For a moment, Darlene wondered if she was still dreaming. The conversation had all the surreal hallmarks of a nightmare. ~Abby Geni, The Wildlands, 2018
I honor health as the first muse, and sleep as the condition of health. Sleep benefits mainly by the sound health it produces; incidentally also by dreams, into whose farrago a divine lesson is sometimes slipped. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson, Letters and Social Aims, "Inspiration"
I'll take the dream I had last night,
And put it in my freezer,
So someday long and far away,
When I'm an old grey greezer,
I'll take it out and thaw it out,
This lovely dream I've frozen,
And boil it up and sit me down
And dip my old cold toes in.
~Shel Silverstein, "Frozen Dream," A Light in the Attic
Philostratus, in his Life of Apollonius Tyaneus represents the latter as informing King Phraotes that "the Oneiropolists, or Interpreters of Visions, are wont never to interpret any vision till they have first enquired the time at which it befell; for, if it were early, and of the morning sleep, they then thought that they might make a good interpretation thereof... in that the soul was then fitted for divination, and disincumbered. But if in the first sleep, or near midnight, while the soul was as yet clouded and drowned in libations, they, being wise, refused to give any interpretation. ~Dr. Anna Bonus Kingsford, 1886, preface to Dreams and Dream-Stories, 1888
Dreams are road signs along the nighttime highway of sleep. ~Terri Guillemets
It seems that everyone has their own inexplicable fear to have nightmares about. We need nightmares to keep ourselves entertained, and fend off the contentment that we all fear and abhor so much. ~Louis de Bernières
A nightmare is only a dream that hits turbulence. ~Terri Guillemets
I have always been amazed at the way an ordinary observer lends so much more credence and attaches so much more importance to waking events than to those occurring in dreams.... Man... is above all the plaything of his memory. ~Andre Breton, "Manifesto of Surrealism," 1924
...one can dream so much better in a room where there are pretty things. ~Lucy Maud Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables
Dreams digest the meals that are our days. ~Terri Guillemets
A dream is a microscope through which we look at the hidden occurrences in our soul. ~Erich Fromm (Thanks, Sarah)
Some colors exist in dreams that are not present in the waking spectrum. ~Terri Guillemets
What a singular moment is the first one, when you have hardly begun to recollect yourself, after starting from midnight slumber! By unclosing your eyes so suddenly, you seem to have surprised the personages of your dream in full convocation round your bed, and catch one broad glance at them before they can flit into obscurity. Or, to vary the metaphor, you find yourself, for a single instant, wide awake in that realm of illusions, whither sleep has been the passport, and behold its ghostly inhabitants and wondrous scenery, with a perception of their strangeness, such as you never attain while the dream is undisturbed. ~Nathaniel Hawthorne, "The Haunted Mind," 1835
The best reason for having dreams is that in dreams no reasons are necessary. ~Ashleigh Brilliant
Codi: "So you think we all just have animal dreams. We can't think of anything to dream except our ordinary lives."
Loyd: "Only if you have an ordinary life. If you want sweet dreams, you've got to live a sweet life."
~Barbara Kingsolver, Animal Dreams
Dreams are free therapy. Consult your inner Freud. ~Terri Guillemets
Dreams are free therapy, but you can only get appointments at night. ~Terri Guillemets
We are not only less reasonable and less decent in our dreams... we are also more inteligent, wiser and capable of better judgment when we are asleep than when we are awake. ~Erich Fromm
dug into her,
clawed her breath.
you wake up,
afraid of night—
remove the dark voices.
~Terri Guillemets, "Nightmares," 2019, blackout poetry created from Cliff McNish, The Scent of Magic, 2001, pages 1–3
A little poison now and then—maketh pleasant dreams. ~Friedrich Nietzsche (1844–1900), Thus Spake Zarathustra, translated by M.A. Mügge, 1908
For a dreamer, night's the only time of day. ~Bob Tzudiker & Noni White, Newsies, 1992 (Jack Kelly)
Those who have compared our life to a dream were right.... We sleeping wake, and waking sleep. ~Michel de Montaigne
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