Quotations for Motivation #57 --- Dreams (Meaning Goals)

Quotations on Dreams (Meaning Goals) (Set No. 2)

Don’t spend so much energy in building air castles that you will have nothing left to make your dreams real.

---Orison Swett Marden, Success Magazine, New York, N.Y., March 1906.

You will never rise without dreaming some dreams.

---Roy L. Smith, Buffalo Courier-Express, Buffalo, N.Y., May 13, 1930.

Labor to keep faith with the most beautiful dream you have ever dreamed.

---Roy L. Smith, Buffalo Courier-Express, Buffalo, N.Y., Nov.12, 1930.

If we cease dreaming of the heights we are soon lost in the valleys.

---Roy L. Smith, Buffalo Courier-Express, Buffalo, N.Y., Jan. 24, 1931.

Dreams are the soul’s navy.

---Frank Crane, Brooklyn Daily Eagle, Brooklyn, N.Y., Jan. 23, 1905.

Life is a jewel; its dreams are the rays it shoots out into the dark infinite.

---Frank Crane, Brooklyn Daily Eagle, Brooklyn, N.Y., Jan. 23, 1905.

Some men dream dreams to accomplish the impossible and they support those dreams with a giant supply of integrity that makes those dreams become a reality.

‑‑‑B. Davis Evans, Spanish Fork Press, Spanish Fork, Utah, Aug. 25, 1976.

No man is as big as his dreams or as little as his deeds.

-‑‑J.W. Foley, New York Times, New York, N.Y., Dec. 11, 1904.

Dreams but prove how far giant thought could take the soul if soul but realized that chains which bind it to the earthly clay are made of links of make‑believe.

‑‑‑W.A. MacKenzie, Florida Times‑Union, Jacksonville, Fla., Aug. 7, 1923.

Dreams are fragile things, but their golden threads are woven into the woof of tomorrow's facts.

‑‑‑W.A. MacKenzie, Florida Times‑Union, Jacksonville, Fla., Oct. 31, 1923.

Hope is the mother of dreams and a dream of accomplishment.

‑‑‑W.A. MacKenzie, Florida Times‑Union, Jacksonville, Fla., April 12, 1924.

Dreams are little boats in which souls put out to sea to discover continents of truth.

‑‑‑W.A. MacKenzie, Florida Times‑Union, Jacksonville, Fla., Jan. 31, 1925.

Life's lanterns are lighted by the candles of constructive dreams.

‑‑‑W.A. MacKenzie, The Leesburg Morning Commercial, Leesburg, Fla., April 2, 1927.

Dreams come true if you wake up and put foundations under them.

-‑‑Bert Moses, Pocatello Tribune, Pocatello, Idaho, Sept. 15, 1923.

Don't wait for your bright dreams to come true of their own accord. A few hard licks in the right direction, and you'll soon realize 100 percent, on your dream‑investment.

‑‑‑Frank L. Stanton, The Atlanta Constitution, Atlanta, Ga., May 15, 1906.

The dreams don't come true of their own accord; it's the Work which makes them look like the real thing.

‑‑‑Frank L. Stanton, The Atlanta Constitution, Atlanta, Ga., Sept. 28, 1907.

The dreams that come true are the ones you have when you're wide awake.

‑‑‑Les Goates, Deseret News, Salt Lake City, Utah, Nov. 29, 1952.

We are the architects and builders of our lives. Criticize yourself severely and try to improve each day. Dream, oh youth, nobly and manfully, and your dreams shall be your prophets.

-‑‑Heber J. Grant, The Atlanta Constitution, Atlanta, Ga., May 3, 1937.

The right kind of success means turning noble dreams into deeds.

‑‑‑Gloria Young, Baptist Standard, Dallas, Texas, March 18, 1937.

A dream that is only a dream benefits no one—not even the dreamer. You cannot be a real opportunist unless you can take the cold water thrown upon your pet dream, and heat it with enthusiasm to create the steam that will push it ahead of all the rest.

---Earl L. “Jack” Sampson, Williamson Daily News, Williamson, W. Va., Sept. 28, 1948.

We say that young men live in the present. This is true, in the respect that all men live in the present, because it is now that we live. But there is a present the faces toward the past, and a present that faces toward the future. The present in which the young man lives faces toward the future, because that is the epoch in which his dreams will come true.

---Lew B. Brown, Evening Independent, St. Petersburg, Fla., Oct. 15, 1912.

Dreams reveal the heights to which we may climb; vagaries show the abysses at our feet. The dream reveals interests which may become lifelines of interest attached to goals which connect the whole of life, giving purpose to it. The vagary or idle dream lets the lines sag because there is no goal to which it fastens itself. Everything worthwhile has been first preceded by the dream of what could be. ... Idle daydreaming brings disaster in its wake. It dissipates the faculties of those who indulge. They fritter away the talents which lie within them. Others who dreams aright attach themselves to a great cause. They utilize their God-given qualities to better themselves and mankind.

—Marba C. Josephson, Improvement Era, Salt Lake City, Utah, March 1936.

“We are such stuff as dreams are made of.” All of us, at some time, have our daydreams. When we are young, life glitters before us like an endless pageant of beauty, created and gilded by our child-mind dreams and aspirations. To most of us the years bring disillusion. Our castles in the air fade on approach like a mirage in the desert, leaving life a waste of barren and sterile sands. It is our own fault that our early dreams are permitted to perish; and our own undoing. They are divinely implanted as the seeds of individuality. They are heavenly stars set as guides to our destiny. Dreams are ideals; and the soul without ideals withers and dies. The secret of youth and enthusiasm in the grown man lies in his loyalty to his dreams. When the dreams are ended the virile life is done. This is the difference between the great and the little souls of each. The little soul, disappointed, ceases to dream. The great soul dreams on and goes out to realize his dreams. The castle in the air is the home of the soul. Failure lets it fade for want of a foundation; highest and truest success builds a secure foundation under it. Every great soul of man has seen a vision and pondered it until the passion to make the dream come true has dominated the life.

---Lew B. Brown, Evening Independent, St. Petersburg, Fla., July 18, 1912.

Without men who dream the world would advance but little. Yet these men who have dreamed have not slept. Their dreams were the visions of a wide-awake mentality, the imaged goals of purpose. Other men have dreamed, and their dreams have moved the world not at all. For they dreamed in the sleep of mental inertia. Their dreams were visions, not of purposed things, but air castles of a lazier desire. They dreamed, not of the things they willed to do or to be, but of the things they wished. Fate, unaided by themselves, would bring to pass for them. So there are two kinds of dreaming—productive and unproductive, active and idle. The first kind often come true, because they are MADE to come true. But the other kind—well, they are never anything but dreams. So don’t fear being called a “dreamer” if your dreams are of the right sort. For they will lead you on to bigger and better things, to the things toward which they inspire you to strive. A young man without dreams of this sort—some call it imagination, some visualized ambition—lacks one of the greatest success incentives that can be given to man. But if you are a dreamer of the other sort—beware! If you wean your mind from work to feed it idle envy or the soap bubbles of lazy visioning—wake up! Wake up before those dreams turn into nightmares of incompetence and failure! Couple “I wish” with “I will.”

---The Evening World, New York, N.Y., April 2, 1914.

Dreams are the misty tints given to real life by the imagination prompted and excited by desire. We dream as we go our ways, and our dreams lend color to an otherwise monotonous, dreary darkness. In this they are helpful, holding us on our course until we reach brighter and more cheerful spots. And then they help us to think concerning the things we admire, and desire, and to which we aspire. It is when we begin to aspire for the things of which we mostly dream that we take to building castles in our minds and hearts. Castles in the air, they may be, and they may become real to a degree, for that to which we aspire in reason is possible to attain. While many of our castles are impossible because they are unreasonable, still they lead us to think and to dwell upon things that appeal to our tastes and to our affections. It is that which we do that gives most pleasure, or distress. Dreaming affords pleasure of a kind, and were it not for the awakening it would be profitable as well as entertaining. However, life is a reality, and its true pleasures are realities. The fires of love may glow fitfully in the lone heart, but until there is a real object for them to attack there will be no blaze, nor warmth, nor fierce heat. And yet the heart that has never felt the intense burning of the holy passion is quite well contented with thoughts of love. It builds cottages and thatches them with vines, lights them with lamps of hope, warms them with affection, and sweet music drowns the roar of the storms without. But it is not real. The awakening is awfully sad, when the cottage is nowhere to be found, and the howls of the storm swallow up the pleasing strains of melody.

---Erasmus Wilson, Pittsburgh Gazette Times, Pittsburgh, Pa., Oct. 22, 1918.

The way to make dreams come true is to live them

‑‑‑Idaho Statesman, Boise, Idaho, Sept. 28, 1924.

Dreams are more apt to come true if you give them some cooperation in the shape of hard work.

‑‑‑Idaho Statesman, Boise, Idaho, Oct. 28, 1928.

The way to make dreams come true is to wake up and start working on them.

‑‑‑Idaho Statesman, Boise, Idaho, Dec. 22, 1930.

He who dreameth may be a genius, but he who doeth may be a hero.

‑‑‑New York Times, New York, N.Y., Dec. 11, 1904.

Live your dream. Begin to imagine that you're successful. Imagine that you're achieving your goals.

Your imagination is the way you give your self-conscious mind instructions regarding the goals you want to achieve. Imagine what you want to do–go into details.

You're able to design your future by imagining what you want to become. You are what you are because of past experiences. You can dictate your future and direct the cause of events in your life.

A human being acts and feels and performs according to what he feels is true about himself. Many of us have false images about ourselves that limit us in expressing ourselves.

See yourself in your new role. You must know the truth about yourself–not a fictitious knowledge of yourself.

—Gary Ray Bascom, As a Man Thinketh, Provo, Utah, March 23, 1970.


1. Define your goal. This gives direction to your life.

2. Live your dream. Imagine that you've already accomplished what you want to do.

3. Control your thoughts. Constantly think about your goal. Reach out and meet your opportunities.

4. The subconscious mind--that great reservoir of strength; inspiration--ideas popping into your mind. If you have goals in your mind, ideas will come to your mind on how to achieve your goals.

Live those four principles and find a channel of service. Switch your focal point from how much you can get out of life to how much you can give. We must find out what our channel of service in life is. As you discover that which you like to do, that which you'd like to give of yourself--if you will render quality and quantity, if you will go the extra mile in quality and quantity--you'll see and feel the blessings of fulfilling your dreams.

You can reach any goal you set your mind to. When we talk about a goal, we are talking about the end result. When you set a goal, think in terms of the possibilities of reaching your goal. Worry is thinking of the things that might go wrong. Think instead of the good things that might happen.

—Gary Ray Bascom, As a Man Thinketh, Provo, Utah, April 13, 1970.


In our busy, rushing modern world, the dreamer has come to be regarded almost as some sort of sinner against civilization.

But the fact is that all of humanity's great advances resulted from the dreams of people who took time to look at things from the long view, who dared to gaze into the future.

Principally, they were people who insisted on letting their imaginations roam free of that abominable fetter, the word "impossible."

It is important, however, that the dreamer be a practical type.

That doesn't mean that he confines his visions in any way.

But it does mean that he applies action to them once he has conceived of them in all their glorious completeness.

Action is the magic wand that turns our dreams into realities. For unless we do something about them, trying to bring them to fulfillment, our dreams become nothing but beautiful reveries that disappear like smoke into the autumn air.

But action alone is not enough. We need persistence and courage and clear-headedness to transform dreams from ethereal nothingness into solid form and matter.

For dreams produce ideas. And nothing is more repugnant to the man who is afraid to dream himself than the idea someone else produces. He will try to fight them, trample on them--anything to try to kill the idea someone else conceived.

And for that reason, the person who dares to dream must be prepared to defend the children of his brain as he sets them forth into the world. That's why I say he needs persistence and courage.

Clear-headedness is the essential quality that lets a person judge whether his ideas are valid and valuable. Without it, he may fritter away his life on useless goals.

Practical dreamers have always been the patternmakers of civilization–and they always will be. Any person who cherishes a lofty dream and holds fast to it has taken at least the first step toward making it become a reality through his faith and belief in it. He may not himself live to see it come to fruition. But he has provided impetus for others to work on it and improve it and bring it into being.

The Wright brothers weren't the first to dream that man could fly. They merely carried on a dream that had been held by others before them in the face of ridicule and criticism by men who were afraid to let their imaginations roam beyond the word "impossible." ...

It is a strange thing that the world may scoff at the dreamer. But once he uses action to forge his ideas into something that can be seen or tested or felt, the world heaps prizes of fame and fortune upon him.

But remember, dreams are valueless in themselves. It is action that gives them tangibility and worth.

What dreams do you have that you might put into action today?

All you are or ever shall become is the result of the use to which you put your mind.

—Napoleon Hill, Houston Post, Houston, Texas, Dec. 17, 1956.


A man whose whole life had been practically a failure was recently bragging to me that he was guiltless of one fault–building air castles.

Perhaps, my friend, thought I, that is the reason you are where you are. If you had not built air castles in your youth and put out more effort in trying to put foundations under them you might be enjoying yourself in one of them today.

There must be a castle in the air before there can be one on the ground. The plan precedes the building. You must toil for the bricks and mortar that shall go into your castle or it will never be anchored to the earth.

If you are dreaming and at the same time everlastingly pegging away to put a foundation under the immaterial structure in your brain, you are on the right road. Never mind if others call you a dreamer, a visionary, an impractical; you are in goodly company. Most of the innovators, discoverers and other great achievers of the past were derided as ne'er-do-wells who would never amount to anything. While they were planning and perfecting, mentally visualizing the creation they had in view, the scoffers laughed at them, called them idle visionaries, time wasters. But these same "visionaries" and "time wasters" proved to be the most practical men, the greatest benefactors of the race. Take the dreamers out of the world's history and who would care to read it? Our dreamers! They are the advanced guard of humanity; the toilers who, with bent back and sweating brow, cut smooth roads over which man marches forward from generation to generation.

Most of the country between Omaha and the Rocky Mountains was a vast barren desert and it looked as though it would always be absolutely worthless.

Many intelligent men wondered why the Creator ever made such a dreary waste as these millions of acres presented, and when it was suggested in congress that the government assist in building a railroad across this desert, from the Missouri River to the Pacific slope, even men like Webster laughed at the idea.

But the vision seen by the men who conceived the Union Pacific railroad was no idle dream. It was a foreshadowing of the reality.

It is this creative power of the imagination, these dreams of the dreamers made good, that will ultimately raise man to his highest power; that will break down the barriers of caste, race and creed.

—Orison Swett Marden, The Chicago Daily News, Chicago, Ill., Dec. 26, 1919.


It is easy enough to dream dreams of future achievement. But it is another matter, as multitudes have found, to make the dreams come true. ...

Instead of merely saying, "Tomorrow I shall be doing big things," add at once, "If I now do little things just as well as I possibly can." And then pitch in, and proceed to do the little things just as well as you possibly can.

It is because dreamers numerously ignore the possibilities in what lies at hand that the world abounds in human derelicts, who started life with promise.

They continued to dream beautiful dreams. ... But gaze was so fixed to the demands of today.

Inevitably those for whom they worked had to judge them, not by what they dreamed, but by what they did--or, rather, failed to do. And inevitably the judgment passed upon them was "lazy," or "incompetent," or "unreliable." ...

Doing must go hand in hand with the dreaming--and doing with all one's might and mind whatever the present calls upon one to do, however tedious or trivial it may seem.

Mind the moment's work. Whatever your calling, master all its bearings and details, all its principles, instruments and applications. Let nothing about it escape your notice.

—H. Addington Bruce, The Chicago Daily News, Chicago, Ill., March 1, 1919.


Whatever may be said of a so-called dreamer, the world seems to like a fellow who dares to be different; who ventures beyond the fixed line; who gets out of the old grandfather rut and asserts his ideas, his findings, his inventions. Of such have been the most distinguished benefactors of the race. They have added to the comforts of mankind, because they have dared to be different.

The greatest of our benefactors have been called dreamers and have received sneers and jibes from a discrediting public. Yet time has proved them worthy. Many of them died poor, without receiving their just deserts from patents. But their names are household words. And all because they dared to be different. They had visions. They dreamed, if you please, about things unseen and unthought of by the masses. Are we not blessed as a result of their dreaming?

Not only in the realm of invention, but in ordinary, everyday business avocation there is a need of riskers; men who dare to launch out and demonstrate some new idea, some stimulating innovation for the benefit of the business. There are many businesses in this country, no doubt, that are hanging on the ragged edge because there is no one in the organization with authority to act that dares to be different. ... They are traveling in a rut that leads nowhere and are afraid to get out of it. Their souls lack the spirit of adventure, that daring to be different, new, untried, unproved. They do not dream of things better than their hands now hold.

There comes a time when every business, every industry, needs a dreamer to set the stakes ahead and to point the way to greater adventures. But those things do not happen overnight. They are slow of development. They come on gradually, much slower than times and conditions really demand. It is unfortunate that we shall always have among us, here and there, some individual who will dare different. By such the race is benefitted, enlightened and elevated.

—Emmett J. Lee, The Gazette, Farmerville, La., Oct. 3, 1934.


A businessman, otherwise cool, level headed, far sighted, with the capacity for keen analysis of the everyday problems of life, has all but gone to pieces. To borrow a thought from Kipling's "If," recently he has watched the things he has given his life to broken, and found himself facing the task of building them back with wornout tools.

Heeding not the warning of the poet, he dreamed and made the dream his master. Therefore, when the dream fell through, the keystone that supported the arch slipped from its resting place.

There is a story of a man who, for years, held on to an impossible ambition, attempting the survival of that which taxed his utmost strength, until it strained every nerve of his being.

When almost to the breaking point he sought the counsel of a friend who wisely asked him: "Did it ever occur to you that you could lose and still live?" And herein was the solution to his problem.

We admire the person who possesses the stamina to forge ahead in the teeth of the gale, but sometimes that same strength must be used more profitably in taking the loss and, with defective implements, elsewhere to build again.

There is also strength in elasticity, in the to adjust oneself to the inevitable--when it is the inevitable--and with courage to begin all over the materialization of another dream that will not fade--even though the tools with which to work show many signs of wear.

Kipling was right. Next time the man, not the dream, should be the master.

There resides in men and women an unknown strength with which to meet emergencies, with which to carry on, as the poem "If" records it! "And so hold on when there is nothing in you except the will which says to them: "Hold on.'"

Your health should be superior to your ambition to possess. Your peace of mind is worth a thousand times the dream that has become your master.

And then, too, there is another side. The seeming inevitable that today builds a stone wall across your path, may be the very means of introducing to you a door through which tomorrow you shall find a greater day.

—Julian Pennington, The Atlanta Constitution, Atlanta, Ga., Oct. 7, 1934.


Every dream is a prophecy. In the womb of time it will be fashioned into reality.

—H.W. Knickerbocker, Houston Post-Dispatch, Houston, Texas, Sept. 5, 1927.


The real dreamers are the ones who never despise little things. Too long has the term been applied to the drones who despise the present and cloak their own smallness by the excuse that they are planning great things.

—Burris A. Jenkins, Kansas City Post, Kansas City, Mo., May 18, 1919.


Most of us overlook the little things that help us attain the big things. We all have our dreams and no man can achieve anything without a dream, but we are inclined to overlook the small things. ... Greatness is the accumulation of an infinite number of little things. Character is built by slow degrees but a good one is priceless.

—L. Cline Sears, The Bison, Searcy, Ark., Feb. 2, 1937.


Dreams of air castles are valuable only if they inspire us to hard work on solid foundations to put under them.

—Hugh B. Brown, Millennial Star, London, England, March 1946.


Dreaming and hoping must be reinforced by ability to do. Those who succeed must have more than a prospectus, even in good times. In bad times, only those who see clearly and have the stamina to persist can make good.

—Frank Francis, Ogden Standard-Examiner, Ogden, Utah, April 21, 1932.


Those who dream but never do, and those who do but never dream, alike fail in progress. He who does his dreams goes onward.

—W.A. MacKenzie, Florida Times-Union, Jacksonville, Fla., Nov. 6, 1922.


In the womb of a dream are born the facts of the future.

—W.A. MacKenzie, Florida Times-Union, Jacksonville, Fla., April 17, 1923.


Dreams are but the blueprint of possibilities.

—W.A. MacKenzie, Florida Times-Union, Jacksonville, Fla., Sept. 17, 1923.


Dreams excavate for the foundation stones of fact.

—W.A. MacKenzie, Florida Times-Union, Jacksonville, Fla., April 10, 1924.


A man is as old as his dreams.

—W.A. MacKenzie, Florida Times-Union, Jacksonville, Fla., Dec. 30, 1924.


Progress is the thing men pour into dreams.

—W.A. MacKenzie, The Leesburg Morning Commercial, Leesburg, Fla., April 7, 1927.


There is a battlefield back of every front that is full of dead dreams.

—Grantland Rice, New York Tribune, New York, N.Y., April 13, 1919.


When the dream comes true is one thing; where the work rings true is another.

—Frank L. Stanton, The Atlanta Constitution, Atlanta, Ga., Dec. 1, 1906.


Dreamers have helped to build the world, but they didn't dream when they should have been toiling.

—Frank L. Stanton, The Atlanta Constitution, Atlanta, Ga., Jan. 16, 1913.


We lose a world of opportunities waiting by the roadside for our dreams to come true.

—Frank L. Stanton, The Atlanta Constitution, Atlanta, Ga., April 15, 1914.


Dreams never hurt anybody if he keeps working right behind the dream to make as much of it come real as he can.

—F.W. Woolworth, quoted in THINK, New York, N.Y., February 1937.


There is no hope for a man who is satisfied with himself. There is no hope for an artist who has no longer an ideal beyond that which he has attained. There is hope only in the dream of that better, and the determination that the present imperfect shall be turned into the future perfect.

Deseret News, Salt Lake City, Utah, June 16, 1923.


Every achievement which has made civilization what it is was first a dream.

You have to dream about anything important before it can become a reality.

But before a dream can become a reality, it requires work backed by ability.

Dreams without industry amount to nothing. Reality is only achieved through experience and study.

Almost everybody has dreams; beautiful dreams, sensational dreams, remarkable dreams; dreams that thrill the being.

But only those who have industry and the capacity are able to make their dreams come true.

The great trouble with most people is that they are satisfied merely to think and dream about what they want to accomplish.

They do not realize that in order to make dreams come true it is necessary to work and plan and work some more.

Those who dream without knowledge, without plan and without work are the failures of this world.

Those who are willing to slave and toil twenty-four hours a day and devote time and study to their dreams are the successes of this world.

Pittsburgh Courier, Pittsburgh, Pa., Feb. 12, 1938.

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