— Leonard Cohen, Beautiful Losers
— Harvey Mackay American businessman and journalist 1932
„During our dreams we do not know we are dreaming. We may even dream of interpreting a dream. Only on waking do we know it was a dream. Only after the great awakening will we realize that this is the great dream.“
— Zhuangzi, The Butterfly as Companion: Meditations on the First Three Chapters of the Chuang-Tzu
Context: How do I know that enjoying life is not a delusion? How do I know that in hating death we are not like people who got lost in early childhood and do not know the way home? Lady Li was the child of a border guard in Ai. When first captured by the state of Jin, she wept so much her clothes were soaked. But after she entered the palace, shared the king's bed, and dined on the finest meats, she regretted her tears. How do I know that the dead do not regret their previous longing for life? One who dreams of drinking wine may in the morning weep; one who dreams weeping may in the morning go out to hunt. During our dreams we do not know we are dreaming. We may even dream of interpreting a dream. Only on waking do we know it was a dream. Only after the great awakening will we realize that this is the great dream. And yet fools think they are awake, presuming to know that they are rulers or herdsmen. How dense! You and Confucius are both dreaming, and I who say you are a dream am also a dream. Such is my tale. It will probably be called preposterous, but after ten thousand generations there may be a great sage who will be able to explain it, a trivial interval equivalent to the passage from morning to night.
„After all, what is a film? It is selling of a dream. We have to tell lies to people, we have to sell them dreams.“
— Shahrukh Khan Indian actor, producer and television personality 1965
„May we not imagine that possibly this earthly life of ours is to the other life what sleeping is to waking? May not all our life be a dream and death an awakening? But an awakening to what? And supposing that everything is but the dream of God and that God one day will awaken? Will He remember His dream?“
— Miguel de Unamuno 19th-20th century Spanish writer and philosopher 1864 - 1936
„When you're eight or nine years old and you look at the TV set men are landing on the moon — anything is possible. And that is something we need to not lose sight of, is that the inspiration and permission to dream is immense. … It's important to have specific dreams.“
— Randy Pausch American professor of computer science, human-computer interaction and design 1960 - 2008
— Bill Hicks American comedian 1961 - 1994
— Carl von Clausewitz German-Prussian soldier and military theorist 1780 - 1831
„The dreams of the rich, and the dreams of the poor— they never overlap, do they?See, the poor dream all their lives of getting enough to eat and looking like the rich. And what do the rich dream of?Losing weight and looking like the poor.“
— Aravind Adiga Indian journalist and author 1974
The Sixth Night.
— Michael Phelps American swimmer 1985
Upon winning his seventh straight Gold medal and having set his seventh straight Olympic record in as many events in the 2008 Olympic Games, 16 August 2008. (Source: )
— Edgar Allan Poe American author, poet, editor and literary critic 1809 - 1849
Context: You are not wrong, who deem That my days have been a dream; Yet if hope has flown away In a night, or in a day, In a vision, or in none, Is it therefore the less gone? All that we see or seem Is but a dream within a dream. "A Dream Within a Dream" (1849).