The study of dreams has long been a fascination with many.
People often wake up puzzled by what they have dreamt. Some want to search for the meaning of what ran through their mind. As bizarre as some of the images and themes may seem, dreams are our subconscious way of working through things that are troubling us, or that are unsettled, while we sleep.
Dreams have been studied by so many individuals for years. Many books have been written explaining the symbolisms found in them.
While there is some discrepancy or multiple meanings for some of the dream symbols, most remain consistent. Understanding them can help an individual see the bigger picture and find greater meaning in their dreams.
In this respect, here are some dream quotes from some of the great – and surprising minds – of our time.
Inspirational Sayings and Quotes about Dreams
1.) “Dreaming permits each and every one of us to be quietly and safely insane every night of our lives.”- William Dement
2.) “All that we see or seem, is but a dream within a dream.”- Edgar Allan Poe
3.) “Dreams are illustrations…from the book your soul is writing about you.”- Marsha Norman
4.) “The best thing about dreams is that fleeting moment, when you are between asleep and awake, when you don’t know the difference between reality and fantasy, when for just that one moment you feel with your entire soul that the dream is reality, and it really happened.”- James Arthur Baldwin
5.) “Dreams feel real while we’re in them. It’s only when we wake up that we realize something was actually strange.”- Inception, 2010 film
6.) “Even the loveliest dream bears like a blemish its difference from reality, the awareness that what it grants is mere illusion.”- Theodor Wiesengrund Adorno
7.) “Dreams are often most profound when they seem the most crazy.”- Sigmund Freud
9.) “Yet it is in our idleness, in our dreams, that the submerged truth sometimes comes to the top.”- Virginia Woolf
10.) “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
11.) “All the things one has forgotten scream for help in dreams.”- Elias Canetti
12.) “For often, when one is asleep, there is something in consciousness which declares that what then presents itself is but a dream.”- Aristotle
13.) “Dreams are more real than reality itself, they’re closer to the self.”- Gao Xingjian
14.) “The interpretation of dreams is the royal road to a knowledge of the unconscious activities of the mind.”- Sigmund Freud
15.) “Dreams are true while they last, and do we not live in dreams?”- Alfred Lord Tennyson
16.) “In sleep, fantasy takes the form of dreams. But in waking life, too, we continue to dream beneath the threshold of consciousness, especially when under the influence of repressed or other unconscious complexes.”- Carl Jung
17.) “A dream which is not interpreted is like a letter which is not read.”- The Talmud
18.) “I am accustomed to sleep and in my dreams to imagine the same things that lunatics imagine when awake.”- René Descartes
Quotes on Dreams and Reality
19.) “Your world is not real!”- Inception, 2010 film
20.) “Every dream that anyone ever has is theirs alone and they never manage to share it. And they never manage to remember it either. Not truly or accurately. Not as it was. Our memories and our vocabularies aren’t up to the job.”- Alex Garland
21.) “Dreams are excursions into the limbo of things, a semi-deliverance from the human prison.”- Henri Amiel
22.) “Insomnia is a gross feeder. It will nourish itself on any kind of thinking, including thinking about not thinking.”- Clifton Fadiman
23.) “Sleep… Oh! How I loathe those little slices of death.”- Author unknown
24.) “Huge and mighty forms that do not live like living men, moved slowly through the mind by day and were trouble to my dreams.”- William Wordsworth
25.) “Dreams say what they mean, but they don’t say it in daytime language.”- Gail Godwin
26.) “A ruffled mind makes a restless pillow.”- Charlotte Brontë
27.) “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
28.) “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
29.) “There’s a long, long trail a-winding into the land of my dreams.”- Stoddard King, Jr.
30.) “One can write, think, and pray exclusively of others; dreams are all egocentric.”- Evelyn Waugh
31.) “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
32.) “In a dream you are never eighty.”- Anne Sexton
33.) “In dreams, we enter a world that’s entirely our own.”- Steven Kloves
34.) “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
35.) “Sleeping is no mean art: for its sake one must stay awake all day.”- Friedrich Nietzsche
More Beautiful Dream Quotes for You
36.) “The best reason for having dreams is that in dreams no reasons are necessary.”- Ashleigh Brilliant
37.) “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
38.) “A dream is a microscope through which we look at the hidden occurrences in our soul.”- Erich Fromm
39.) “Even thus last night, and two nights more I lay, And could not win thee, Sleep, by any stealth: So do not let me wear to-night away. Without thee what is all the morning’s wealth? Come, blessed barrier between day and day, Dear mother of fresh thoughts and joyous health!”- William Wordsworth
40.) “We are not only less reasonable and less decent in our dreams… we are also more intelligent, wiser, and capable of better judgment when we are asleep than when we are awake.”- Erich Fromm
41.) “For a dreamer, night’s the only time of day.”- Newsies
42.) “Sleep that knits up the raveled sleave of care, The death of each day’s life, sore labour’s bath Balm of hurt minds, great nature’s second course, Chief nourisher in life’s feast.”- William Shakespeare, Macbeth
43.) “Those who have compared our life to a dream were right…. We sleeping wake, and waking sleep.”- Michel de Montaigne
44.) “The sailor does not control the sea, nor does the lucid dreamer control the dream. Like a sailor, lucid dreamers manipulate or direct themselves in the larger expanse of dreaming; however, they do not control it. Lucid dreaming appears to be a co-created experience.”- Robert Waggoner
45.) “Pause now to ask yourself the following question: ‘Am I dreaming or awake, right now?’ Be serious, really try to answer the question to the best of your ability and be ready to justify your answer.”- Stephen LaBerge
Which of these dream quotes is your favorite?
Dreams mean different things to different people. They can also be interpreted in a myriad of ways Whether or not you enjoy dreaming, these dream quotes hopefully inspired or motivated you for your next nighttime sojourn.