The word 'dream' shimmers with nuance and promise as no other. From the inspiration to succeed, the nocturnal roaming of the soul through weird and wonderful spaces, the hypnagogic visions on the brink of sleep, the imaging of hopes and memories in daylight hours, to the very nature of our human existence. Both Eastern and Western religions subscribe to the notion that life is a dream in the mind of God...with an ample measure of somatic pain, no doubt.
Whereas Edgar Allan Poe was dismayed at life seeming to be 'a dream within a dream', evanescent, intangible and shrinking into meaninglessness as fast as the silken grains of sand through his fingers, others have seen it as the shadow of a subliminal reality that binds immortality into our unique experience. It is as though the spirit is endlessly turning the earth, sowing and reaping, until the outer world reveals a transformation. Dreams can turn what is ordinary into something extraordinary. As Robert Browning observed, 'A man's reach should exceed his grasp, or what's Heaven for?'
He who robs us of our dreams robs us of our life.
All human beings are also dream beings. Dreaming ties all mankind together.
He felt that his whole life was some kind of dream and he sometimes wondered whose it was and whether they were enjoying it.
Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.
Louisa May Alcott
Sleep is the best meditation.
What if you slept? And what if, in your sleep, you went to heaven and there plucked a strange and beautiful flower? And what if,when you awoke,you had the flower in your hand? Ah, what then?
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
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.
Recounting the strange is like telling one's dreams: one can communicate the events of a dream, but not the emotional content, the way that a dream can colour one's entire day.
Moments before sleep are when she feels most alive, leaping across fragments of the day, bringing each moment into the bed with her like a child with schoolbooks and pencils. The day seems to have no order until these times, which are like a ledger for her, her body full of stories and situations.
Sorrow compressed my heart, and I felt I would die, and then . . . Well, then I woke up.
I dream my painting and I paint my dream.
Vincent van Gogh
I came to the conclusion that unrealized hopes, even small ones, were always wrenching.
You know you're in love when you can't fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.
Attr. Dr Seuss
Do I dare
Disturb the universe?
T S Eliot
Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams, because every second of the search is a second's encounter with God and with eternity.
The luxury of being half-asleep...exploring the fringes of psychosis in safety.
Whatever you do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius and power and magic in it.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Dreams are excursions into the limbo of things, a semi-deliverance from the human prison.
You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.
C S Lewis
Final word to funny man, Tommy Cooper. (I remember hearing him say this on stage.)
Last night I dreamed I ate a ten-pound marshmallow, and when I woke up the pillow was gone.