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Ralph Waldo Emerson :
God screens us evermore from premature ideas. Our eyes are holden that we cannot see things that stare us in the face, until the hour arrives when the mind is ripened; then we behold them, and the time when we saw them not is like a dream.
[Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Spiritual Laws," Essays, First Series (1841, repr. 1847).]
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Henry David Thoreau :
It is generally supposed that they who have long been conversant with the ocean can foretell, by certain indications, such as its roar and the notes of sea-fowl, when it will change from calm to storm; but probably no such ancient mariner as we dream of exists; they know no more, at least, than the older sailors do about this voyage of life on which we are all embarked. Nevertheless, we love to hear the sayings of old sailors, and their accounts of natural phenomena which totally ignore, and are ignored by, science; and possibly they have not always looked over the gunwale so long in vain.
[Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. Cape Cod (1855-1865), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 4, p. 126, Houghton Mifflin (1906).]
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Audre Lorde :
Poetry is not only dream and vision; it is the skeleton architecture of our lives. It lays the foundations for a future of change, a bridge across our fears of what has never been before.
[Audre Lorde (1934-1992), African American poet, autobiographer, and lesbian feminist. Sister Outsider, ch. 3 (1984). From "Poetry is Not a Luxury," an essay first published in Chrysalis, number 3 (1977).]
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Henry David Thoreau :
You shall see men you never heard of before, whose names you don't know,... and many other wild and noble sights before night, such as they who sit in parlors never dream of.
[Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers (1849), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 1, p. 6, Houghton Mifflin (1906).]
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Henry David Thoreau :
I grow savager and savager every day, as if fed on raw meat, and my tameness is only the repose of untamableness. I dream of looking abroad summer and winter, with free gaze, from some mountain-side,... to be nature looking into nature with such easy sympathy as the blue-eyed grass in the meadow looks in the face of the sky. From some such recess I would put forth sublime thoughts daily, as the plant puts forth leaves.
[Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. Letter, July 21, 1841, to Lucy Brown, in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 6, pp. 36-37, Houghton Mifflin (1906).]
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William Shakespeare :
The eye of man hath not heard, the ear of man hath not seen, man's hand is not able to taste, his tongue to conceive, nor his heart to report what my dream was!
[William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Bottom, in A Midsummer Night's Dream, act 4, sc. 1, l. 211-4. Bottom confuses the senses, just as his dream is confused in recollection.]
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William Butler Yeats :
I wonder anybody does anything at Oxford but dream and remember, the place is so beautiful. One almost expects the people to sing instead of speaking. It is all ... like an opera.
[William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), Irish poet, playwright. letter, Aug. 25, 1888, to writer Katherine Tynan (later Hinkson). The Collected Letters of W.B. Yeats, vol. 1, ed. John Kelly (1986).]
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Judith Viorst :
Our ego ideal is precious to us because it repairs a loss of our earlier childhood, the loss of our image of self as perfect and whole, the loss of a major portion of our infantile, limitless, ain't-I-wonderful narcissism which we had to give up in the face of compelling reality. Modified and reshaped into ethical goals and moral standards and a vision of what at our finest we might be, our dream of perfection lives on—our lost narcissism lives on—in our ego ideal.
[Judith Viorst (20th century), U.S. novelist and poet. Necessary Losses, ch. 9 (1986).]
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Ralph Waldo Emerson :
The world rolls round,—mistrust it not,— Befalls again what once befell; All things return, both sphere and mote, And I shall hear my bluebird's note, And dream the dream of Auburn dell.
[Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "May-Day," May-Day and Other Pieces (1867).]
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Woodrow Wilson :
My dream is that as the years go by and the world knows more and more of America, it ... will turn to America for those moral inspirations that lie at the basis of all freedom ... that America will come into the full light of the day when all shall know that she puts human rights above all other rights, and that her flag is the flag not only of America but of humanity.
[Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924), U.S. president. Address at Independence Hall, Philadelphia (July 4, 1914). These words were spoken a few weeks before the Great War broke out in Europe.]
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