„A slave dreams of freedom, a free man dreams of wealth, the wealthy dream of power, and the powerful dream of freedom.“
Niewolnik marzy o wolności, człowiek wolny o bogactwie, bogacz o władzy, władca o wolności.
— Arthur C. Clarke, livro The Wall of Darkness
2000s and posthumous publications, The Wall of Darkness, p. 111
„Yes, the novel is about concrete living relationships, a man's love for a woman, a woman's betrayal of that love. But it is also about wealth, its great attraction as well as its destructive power, the carelessness that comes with it, and, yes, it is about the American dream, a dream of power and wealth, the beguiling light of Daisy's house and the port of entry to America. It is also about loss, about the perishability of dreams once they are transformed into hard reality. It is the longing, its immateriality, that makes the dream pure.“
— Azar Nafisi, livro Reading Lolita in Tehran
Reading Lolita in Tehran (2003)
„From the pain come the dream.
From the dream come the vision.
From the vision come the people.
From the people come the power.
From this power come the change.“
— Peter Gabriel English singer-songwriter, record producer and humanitarian 1950
Song lyrics, Us (1992), Fourteen Black Paintings
„The dreams of people may differ, but everybody wants their dreams to come true. And America, above all places, gives us the freedom to do that.“
— Ronald Reagan American politician, 40th president of the United States (in office from 1981 to 1989) 1911 - 2004
Post-presidency (1989–2004), Context: You get to know people as individuals. The dreams of people may differ, but everybody wants their dreams to come true. And America, above all places, gives us the freedom to do that. On growing up in a small town, as quoted in Who was Ronald Reagan? (2004) by Joyce Milton, p. 9
— John Lennon English singer and songwriter 1940 - 1980
„Let it be a dream, so be it, but that real life of which you make so much I had meant to extinguish by suicide, and my dream, my dream — oh, it revealed to me a different life, renewed, grand and full of power!“
— Fyodor Dostoyevsky, livro The Dream of a Ridiculous Man
The Dream of a Ridiculous Man (1877), Context: Yes, I dreamed a dream, my dream of the third of November. They tease me now, telling me it was only a dream. But does it matter whether it was a dream or reality, if the dream made known to me the truth? If once one has recognized the truth and seen it, you know that it is the truth and that there is no other and there cannot be, whether you are asleep or awake. Let it be a dream, so be it, but that real life of which you make so much I had meant to extinguish by suicide, and my dream, my dream — oh, it revealed to me a different life, renewed, grand and full of power! II
„He who knows naught of dreaming can, likewise, never attain the heights of power and possibility in persuading the mind to act.
He who dreams not creates not.“
— Louis Sullivan American architect 1856 - 1924
Education (1902), Context: He who knows naught of dreaming can, likewise, never attain the heights of power and possibility in persuading the mind to act. He who dreams not creates not. For vapor must arise in the air before the rain can fall. The greatest man of action is he who is the greatest, and a life-long, dreamer. For in him the dreamer is fortified against destruction by a far-seeing eye, a virile mind, a strong will, a robust courage. And so has perished the kindly dreamer — on the cross or in the garret. A democracy should not let its dreamers perish. They are its life, its guaranty against decay. Thus would I expand the sympathies of youth. Thus would I liberate and discipline all the constructive faculties of the mind and encourage true insight, true expression, real individuality. Thus would I concentrate the powers of will. Thus would I shape character. Thus would I make good citizens. And thus would I lay the foundations for a generation of real architects — real, because true, men, and dreamers in action.
„I dream of India becoming one of four most powerful economies of the world. I believe this dream can be made a reality within our life times.“
— Mukesh Ambani Indian business magnate 1957
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— Toni Morrison American writer 1931 - 2019
— Steve Maraboli 1975
Life, the Truth, and Being Free (2010), p. 83
— Yoko Ono, Grapefruit: A Book of Instructions and Drawings
A line written by Ono many years before, and quoted by Lennon in December 1980, as quoted in All We Are Saying : The Last Major Interview with John Lennon and Yoko Ono (2000) by John Lennon, Yōko Ono, David Sheff, p. 16.
„Sweet dreams till sunbeams find you
Sweet dreams that leave all worries behind you
But in your dreams whatever they be
Dream a little dream of me.“
— Cass Elliot American singer 1941 - 1974
Misattributed, "Dream a Little Dream of Me" (1931), was one of Cass Elliot's biggest hits but the lyrics by Gus Kahn were written many years before her definitive rendition; the music by Fabian Andre & Wilbur Schwandt. More information on how she came to record it is provided at NPR: "Dream a Little Dream of Me" ranked as one of the 100 most important American musical works of the 20th century http://www.npr.org/programs/specials/vote/100list.html#D.
— Harvey Mackay American businessman and journalist 1932
— Fyodor Dostoyevsky, livro The Dream of a Ridiculous Man
The Dream of a Ridiculous Man (1877), Context: A dream! What is a dream? And is not our life a dream? I will say more. Suppose that this paradise will never come to pass (that I understand), yet I shall go on preaching it. And yet how simple it is: in one day, in one hour everything could be arranged at once! The chief thing is to love others like yourself, that's the chief thing, and that's everything; nothing else is wanted — you will find out at once how to arrange it all. And yet it's an old truth which has been told and retold a billion times — but it has not formed part of our lives! The consciousness of life is higher than life, the knowledge of the laws of happiness is higher than happiness — that is what one must contend against. And I shall. If only everyone wants it, it can be arranged at once. V
„As we shall see, there have always been two "bodies" of the American dream. One, the dream of tangibles, focuses on material well-being and practical, everyday freedoms. The other, like an etheric body extending from the material dream, seeks psychological liberation—a goal at once more essential and more elusive. The proponents of the latter dream have nearly always come from the comfortable social classes. Having achieved the first measure of freedom, they hunger for the second.“
— Marilyn Ferguson American writer 1938 - 2008
The Aquarian Conspiracy (1980), Chapter Five, The American Matrix for Transformation