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The Ultimate List of Dream Quotes

Quotes about dreams can help you understand dreams with a deeper meaning and a greater appreciation for what happens in your unconscious.

This is the ultimate list of dream quotes from some of the most prominent psychoanalytical scientists, such as Carl Jung, Sigmund Freud, and Stephen LaBerge, as well as some of the most well-known authors.

Dreams are, after all, compensations for the conscious attitude.
Carl Jung (see more quotes by Carl Jung)

Carl Jung (see more quotes by Carl Jung)

“I believe in everything until it’s disproved. So I believe in fairies, the myths,
dragons. It all exists, even if it’s in your mind. Who’s to say that dreams and
nightmares aren’t as real as the here and now?” – John Lennon

“Myths are public dreams; dreams are private myths.” – (see more quotes by Joseph Campbell)

“Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only
by night.” – Edgar Allan Poe

“I’ve dreamed a lot. I’m tired now from dreaming but not tired of dreaming. No one
tires of dreaming, because to dream is to forget, and forgetting does not weigh
on us, it is a dreamless sleep throughout which we remain awake. In dreams, I
have achieved everything.” – Fernando Pessoa

“Man is a genius when he is dreaming.” – Akira Kurosawa

“A dream seems like reality as long as we are in it.” – Carl Jung

“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

“Even a soul submerged in sleep is hard at work and helps make something of the
world.” – Heraclitus

“Dreaming permits each and every one of us to be quietly and safely insane every night of
our lives.” – William Dement

“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

“All men, whilst they are awake, are in one common world: but each of them, when he
is asleep, is in a world of his own.” – Plutarch

“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

“A dream which is not interpreted is like a letter which is not read.” – The

“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

“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

“Dreams are illustrations from the book your soul is writing about you.” – Marsha

“A dream is a microscope through which we look at the hidden occurrences in our soul.”
– Erich Fromm

“Dreams are today’s answers to tomorrow’s questions.” – Edgar Cayce

“Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life, and you will call
it fate.” – Carl Jung

“In dreams, we enter a world that’s entirely our own.” – Steven Kloves

“Dreams are excursions into the limbo of things, a semi-deliverance from the human
prison.” – Henri Amiel

“At night, I would return home, set out a lamp before me, and devote myself to
reading and writing. Whenever sleep overcame me, or I became conscious of
weakening, I would turn aside to drink a cup of wine, so that my strength would
return to me. Then I would return to reading. And whenever sleep seized me, I
would see those very problems in my dream, and many questions became clear to
me in my sleep. I continued in this until all of the sciences were deeply
rooted within me, and I understood them as is humanly possible. Everything
which I knew at the time is just as I know it now; I have not added anything to
it to this day. Thus I mastered the logical, natural, and mathematical
sciences, and I had now reached the science.” – Avicenna

“Dreams are excursions into the limbo of things, a semi-deliverance from the human
prison.” – Henri-Frédéric Amiel

“I don’t use drugs; my dreams are frightening enough.” – M. C. Escher

“Dreams are foreign lands within the bounds of our own minds.” – Terri Guillemets

“Dreams are renewable. No matter what our age or condition, there are still untapped
possibilities within us and new beauty waiting to be born.” – Dale E. Turner

“The whole life is a succession of dreams. My ambition is to be a conscious dreamer,
that is all.” – Swami Vivekananda

“Dreams are road signs along the nighttime highway of sleep.” – Terri Guillemets

“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

“The center of every man’s existence is a dream.” – G.K. Chesterton

“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

“It has never been my object to record my dreams, just to realize them.” – Man Ray

“Some colors exist in dreams that are not present in the waking spectrum.” – Terri

A dream seems like reality as long as we are in it.

Carl Jung (see more quotes by Carl Jung)

Carl Jung (see more quotes by Carl Jung)

“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

“The interpretation of dreams is the royal road to a knowledge of the unconscious
activities of the mind.” – Sigmund Freud

“For often, when one is asleep, there is something in consciousness which declares
that what then presents itself is but a dream.” – Aristotle

“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

“Dreams are true interpreters of our inclinations, but there is art required to
categorize and understand them.” – Michel Eyquem de Montaigne

“Dreams are free therapy. Consult your inner Freud.” – Terri Guillemets

“Every dream will reveal itself as a psychological structure, full of significance.” –
Sigmund Freud

“I had at one time a very bad fever, of which I almost died. In my fever, I had a
long consistent delirium. I dreamt that I was in Hell and that Hell is a place
full of all those happenings that are improbable but not impossible. The
effects of this are curious. Some of the damned, when they first arrive below,
imagine that they will beguile the tedium of eternity by games of cards. But
they find this impossible, because, whenever a pack is shuffled, it comes out
in perfect order, beginning with the Ace of Spades and ending with the King of
Hearts. There is a special department of Hell for students of probability. In
this department, there are many typewriters and many monkeys. Every time that a
monkey walks on a typewriter, it types by chance one of Shakespeare’s sonnets.
There is another place of torment for physicists. In this, there are kettles
and fires, but when the kettles are put on the fires, the water in them
freezes. There are also stuffy rooms. But experience has taught the physicists
never to open a window because, when they do, all the air rushes out and leaves
the room a vacuum.” – Bertrand Russell


Scientists, entertainers, authors, and psychologists have all stated quotes relating to dreams, sleeping, and the conscious and unconscious. Each quote provides a unique perspective of what it means to dream, giving you a better understanding of what it means to dream.

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