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Ralph Waldo Emerson :
Good thoughts are no better than good dreams, unless they be executed.
[Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. Nature, ch. 5 (1836, revised and repr. 1849).]
William Shakespeare :
I have had a most rare vision. I have had a dream, past the wit of man to say what dream it was. Man is but an ass if he go about to expound this dream.
[William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Bottom, in A Midsummer Night's Dream, act 4, sc. 1, l. 204-7.]
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Matthew Arnold :
That sweet city with her dreaming spires.
[Matthew Arnold (1822-1888), British poet, critic. "Thyrsis," l. 19 (1866). Referring to Oxford, where Arnold was Professor of Poetry at the university 1857-1867.]
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Robert Browning :
I do what many dream of, all their lives,
[Robert Browning (1812-1889), British poet. Andrea del Sarto (l. 69). . . Oxford Anthology of English Literature, The, Vols. I-II. Frank Kermode and John Hollander, general eds. (1973) Oxford University Press (Also published as six paperback vols.: Medieval English Literature, J. B. Trapp, ed.; The Literature of Renaissance England, John Hollander and Frank Kermode, eds.; The Restoration and the Eighteenth Century, Martin Price, ed.; Romantic Poetry and Prose, Harold Bloom and Lionel Trilling, eds.; Victorian Prose and Poetry, Lionel Trilling and Harold Bloom, eds.; Modern British Literature, Frank Kermode and John Hollander, eds.).]
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William Wordsworth :
The glory and the freshness of a dream.
[William Wordsworth (1770-1850), British poet. Ode: Intimations of Immortality from Recollections of Early Childhood (l. 5). . . The Poems; Vol. 1 [William Wordsworth]. John O. Hayden, ed. (1977, repr. 1990) Penguin Books.]
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Gertrude Stein :
A novel is what you dream in your night sleep. A novel is not waking thoughts although it is written and thought with waking thoughts. But really a novel goes as dreams go in sleeping at night and some dreams are like anything and some dreams are like something and some dreams change and some dreams are quiet and some dreams are not. And some dreams are just what any one would do only a little different always just a little different and that is what a novel is.
[Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. Originally published Nassau Literature (1935). "The Superstitions of Fred Anneday, Annday, Anday; a Novel of Real Life," How Writing Is Written: Volume II of the Previously Uncollected Writings of Gertrude Stein, ed. Robert Bartlett Haas, Black Sparrow Press (1974).]
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Elizabeth Bishop :
The armored cars of dreams, contrived to let us do so many a dangerous thing.
[Elizabeth Bishop (1911-1979), U.S. poet. "Sleeping Standing Up," st. 2, Poems: North and South a Cold Spring (1955).]
Henry David Thoreau :
Mr. Etzler is not one of the enlightened practical men, the pioneers of the actual, who move with the slow, deliberate tread of science, conserving the world; who execute the dreams of the last century, though they have no dreams of their own; yet he deals in the very raw but still solid material of all inventions. He has more of the practical than usually belongs to so bold a schemer, so resolute a dreamer. Yet his success is in theory, and not in practice, and he feeds our faith rather than contents our understanding.
[Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. "Paradise (To Be) Regained" (1843), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 4, p. 301, Houghton Mifflin (1906).]
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Margaret Atwood :
Popular art is the dream of society; it does not examine itself.
[Margaret Atwood (b. 1939), Canadian novelist, poet, critic. repr. In Conversations, ed. Earl G. Ingersoll (1990). "A Question Of Metamorphosis," no. 41, Malahat Review (1977).]
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Oscar Wilde :
Society often forgives the criminal; it never forgives the dreamer.
[Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Gilbert, in The Critic as Artist, pt. 2, published in Intentions (1891).]
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