And so while dreams are the individual man's play with reality, the sculptor's art is (in a broader sense) the play with dreams.
(Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 1, p. 554, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). "The Dionysian Worldview," part 1 (1871).
An unpublished manuscript containing material later used in The Birth of Tragedy.)
When you think of ideals, you think of perfection. And when you think of perfection, you are dreaming. Now that is not so bad. After all, dreams are what make us humans. Idealism, then, is more human than sensuality, which is not a product of our dreams but of our instinct.
Unlike Freud, Jung did not believe that a dream is a mask for a meaning already known but deceitfully withheld from the conscious mind. In his view, dreams were communication, ideas expressed not always straightforwardly, but in the best way possible within the limits of the medium. Dreaming, in Jung's psychology, is a constructive process.
(Jeremy Campbell (b. 1931), British journalist. Grammatical Man: Information, Entropy, Language, and Life, ch. 19, Simon & Schuster (1982).)
Dream is not a revelation. If a dream affords the dreamer some light on himself, it is not the person with closed eyes who makes the discovery but the person with open eyes lucid enough to fit thoughts together. Dreama scintillating mirage surrounded by shadowsis essentially poetry.
(Michel Leiris (1901-1990), French anthropologist, author. Quoted in Roger Shattuck, Nights as Day, Days as Nights, Introduction (1961).)