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Quotations for Motivation #6 --- Dreams (Meaning Goals)

Updated on November 11, 2015

Quotations on Dreams (meaning Goals)

You've got to have a dream. If you don't have a dream, how are you going to have a dream come true?

—Alve N. Murdock and Harry E. Hayter, The Canadian, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, January 1967.

When you have ceased to dream great dreams you have ceased to do great deeds.

-‑‑Roy L. Smith, Tampa Morning Tribune, Tampa, Fla., Dec. 19, 1930.

He is not poor who has kept his dreams alive.

---Roy L. Smith, Tampa Morning Tribune, Tampa, Fla., May 7, 1938.

The world owes much of its hope to the dreamers.

---Roy L. Smith, Buffalo Courier-Express, Buffalo, N.Y., June 15, 1938.

No man ever merely dreamed himself into fortune.

---Hazen Conklin, The Evening World, New York, N.Y., Nov. 17, 1914.

A “dreamer” doesn’t achieve anything if he never “wakes up.”

---Hazen Conklin, The Evening World, New York, N.Y., Jan. 20, 1915.

Whoever has a dream of being big will have to dig.

---John Wesley Holland, Livingston Republican, Geneseo, N.Y., Jan. 23, 1930.

Keep true to your dreams and your soul will keep awake.

---John Wesley Holland, Livingston Republican, Geneseo, N.Y., Oct. 2, 1930.

As a man’s dreams are, so is he.

---R.L. Burgess, The Evening News, San Jose, Calif., Jan. 18, 1921.

Let your dreams soar so that you may know rare joy’s remote high grace.

---George Elliston, Waycross Journal-Herald, Waycross, Ga., Oct. 31, 1939.

Oversleeping keeps a lot of dreams from coming true.

---Carl A. Wilhelm, The Telegraph-Herald, Dubuque, Iowa, May 1, 1929.

One doesn't make his dreams come true by sleeping on the job.

---Carey Williams, Beaumont Enterprise, Beaumont, Texas, June 17, 1958.

Air castles must have foundations‑‑in you; or they never become realities.

---B.C. Forbes, Forbes Magazine, New York, N.Y., July 19, 1924.

Dreaming is all right, but keep awake while you're doing it.

‑‑‑Roy E. Gibson, Nephi Times‑News, Nephi, Utah, May 1, 1958.

Dreams are charming, but facts are brutal. Face the facts as a dreamer.

‑‑‑H.W. Knickerbocker, Houston Post‑Dispatch, Houston, Texas, Aug. 8, 1927.

The world needs dreamers. A man who follows an ideal is a conscript of a dreamer.

‑‑‑H.W. Knickerbocker, Houston Post‑Dispatch, Houston, Texas, Aug. 22, 1927.

Let your desert of practical common sense have one oasis of dreams.

-‑‑H.W. Knickerbocker, Houston Post‑Dispatch, Houston, Texas, Nov. 21, 1927.

The worker who constantly worries about failing is preferable to the fellow who unceasingly daydreams of succeeding.

‑‑‑John Mooney, Salt Lake Tribune, Salt Lake City, Utah, April 9, 1959.

Every successful project begins with a dream, but someone has to respond to the alarm clock and work, too.

‑‑‑John Mooney, Salt Lake Tribune, Salt Lake City, Utah, Aug. 17, 1963.

There is nothing in a dream unless it blossoms in a deed.

---Frank L. Stanton, The Atlanta Constitution, Atlanta, Ga., Nov. 13, 1909.

If you want to get in the land where the dreams come true, the work must have the right ring.

---Frank L. Stanton, The Atlanta Constitution, Atlanta, Ga., Dec. 6, 1909.

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 earth—the little soul, disappointed, ceases to dream. The great soul dreams on and goes out to realize the dream. Every great soul among men has seen a vision and pondered it until the passion to make the dream come true has dominated the life.

---Lucius W. Nieman, Milwaukee Journal, Milwaukee, Wis., July 13, 1912.

A great many people float about in the ether of sentiment. They are always dreaming of great things they are going to do, but they never get down out of their balloon life on to the solid earth long enough to make their dreams real, or to work out their plans. They live in fancy-land, never in real-land. They are always planning great things, but actually doing mighty little things. They are people of great promise, but of picayune fulfillment.

If you should meet one of these dreamers casually somewhere for the first time, you would, perhaps, think you had made a great find, and would congratulate yourself that you had met a wonderful character; but after you had known him awhile, you would find that he is too ethereal for use, that he has not much in common with the hard facts of everyday life—that there is no real place for him on the earth. He belongs in the clouds.

Now, I believe in dreaming, in indulging the fancy, and in building air castles. The dreaming faculties, the imagination, were given us for a wise purpose, to enable us to hold bright, beautiful pictures before the mind when it is disposed to grovel in darkness and gloom. The ideal lives largely in dreamland; but this is only a pattern for us to work by—life’s great plan—and if we spend all our time on the plans we can never make the ideal a reality. It takes hard, persistent, determined work to do this. The imagination is like sentiment—very important to one’s life, but not the only important thing. The beautiful is as important as the useful, but neither is complete without the other.

Oh, how much we owe to the dreamers! But all these people made their dreams practical! They reduced them to realities before they were of any use. Go on dreaming, go on building your air castles, let the imagination have free wings to soar into the unknown; but come back with something tangible. Make your dreams practical realities, or they will be worthless.

No matter how much you dream, or high you soar, you must keep one foot on the ground, or your dreaming and soaring will be useless. There is such a thing as indulging in dreaming so long that the practical faculties are ruined. We live in a very practical world, and dreaming should occupy a very small part of life. Unfortunately, it is the actual, the practical and the very ordinary routine that occupies a very large part of all lives that are really worthwhile. To make a dream of value, it must have a counterpart in the real and must generate something that is tangible.

The world is full of dreamers who would like to do something if they could do it without much effort. Great armies of men and women are watching the achievers and the strugglers, longing to do something themselves; but they are not willing to pay the price in drudgery and in stern endeavor, and so they drift, spending their lives looking for short cuts to various goals, for easy methods of carrying out their rather indefinite plans. These people do not prepare for opportunities, and when they come, they cannot take advantage of them, because they have not the necessary knowledge, training or stamina. How many people there are in the world who would amount to something, if they added only two qualities to their makeup—application, persistence. These dreamers waste their energies in making resolutions which they never carry out. They deceive themselves by thinking that mere ambition to do something will surely take themselves somewhere; but it will not.

Many men are always dreaming of some great invention or some marvelous discovery in chemistry or physics—something which is going to benefit or revolutionize the world; but they carry their secret to the grave because they never develop their practical faculties commensurately with their dreaming faculties.

---Orison Swett Marden, Success Magazine, New York, N.Y., April 1905.

The quality of your dreams will determine whether you have vision or are a visionary. Real vision must not be confused, as it often is, with the starry‑eyed variety of idle fancy, which reveals in irresponsibility. There are those among us who never seem awake to the realities about them; they exist in such a whimsical atmosphere of make‑believe as to be completely preoccupied‑‑they are all but oblivious to the practical aspects of day by day affairs. They are not dreamers; they are air‑castle builders, who receive their just desserts, the ridicule of their fellows. Real dreams about life are made of sterner stuff. They are factually founded; they are prepared to take seriously into account life as it is. ... Your vision must take factual account of the laws of being which operate in the area of your intentions. The inventor's imagination serves no purpose if it disregards the principles which inexorably control the area of his investigation. The extent of his freedom to master is determined by the degree of his disposition to obey; liberty can never by a synonym for license. Consequently, there is an obligation that your dreams by morally sound in texture. Your dreams should be specifically qualified by deference to personality. You should respect yourself as a person. "Above all things, to thine own self be true. And it follows as the night the day, you cannot be false to any man." Plumb the depths of the meaning and worth of the human spirit and you will discover elements of the order of the divine. Take what you have found and apply it and the results will be exceedingly constructive and gratifying. Your vision should be venturesome; in quality we sincerely hope that your dreams shall call you beyond the limits set by the pattern of the past. No one of you will derive any particular satisfaction from having a reputation of "queerness," of being so different from your fellows that you are labeled "odd," or "strange." But as such risk, your vision must lead you considerably beyond the well‑beaten paths if you are to make a contribution worthy of the name. The urgency of deep conviction alone can move man across the lines of the customary. Our world desperately needs creatively different men. The trademark of a very ancient vintage is upon much of its wares. Everywhere‑‑in the halls of government, in the pulpit and on the platform, in the classroom and in the marketplace, even in the circle of our homes, traditions which are not altogether right compel us. As Plato prayed centuries ago, "Oh, that a god or a god‑inspired man would show us the way."

‑‑‑Stewart A. Newman, Baptist Message, Alexandria, La., Aug. 14, 1958.

Good thoughts are no better than good dreams unless they are executed.

‑‑‑Amboy News, Amboy, Ill., Sept. 11, 1886.

Dreams don't cost anything unless you're dreaming while you should be doing.

‑‑‑Chinook Opinion, Chinook, Mont., Jan. 28, 1954.

Dreams that come true never spring out of sleeping on the job, and usually are the result of being awake to one's opportunities.

-‑‑The Christian Science Monitor, Boston, Mass., Dec. 7, 1927.

It's easy to dream of the great things that you are going to do, but don't forget to wake up in time to begin work.

‑‑‑Great Falls Tribune, Great Falls, Mont., Dec. 6, 1934.

Dreams shape the destiny of our lives, dreams of growth, of progress, of hope and faith. Every great invention of this modern era of brilliant inventors is the result of a dream, a vision which some man or woman had the patience, the faith and the genius to bring to light. Every scientific discovery of the age of marvels is the result of vision and dreaming on the part of a person who applied intelligence, faith, courage and patience to the task.

—Eugene M. Frank, The Topeka Daily Capital, Topeka, Kan., March 2, 1952.

Hope is the raw material with which you build success. Hope crystallizes into faith, faith into determination and determination into action. It springs principally from your imagination, from your dreams of a better world, a better life, a better tomorrow. On the basis of hope, you will decide upon your definite major goal in life and translate it into actuality. ... You must give your imagination free play to create hope. Dare to dream big dreams. Fill yourself with the faith that nothing is impossible for "whatever the mind of men can conceive and believe, the mind of man can achieve." From your hope and faith, decide on a definite major goal. Write it down. Commit it to memory. Make it the fixed star on which you chart your course to success. Then take action to make it come true.

—Napoleon Hill, Houston Post, Houston, Texas, July 4, 1956.

It is a splendid thing to dream when you have the grit and tenacity of purpose and the resolution to match your dreams with realities, but dreaming without effort, wishing without putting forth exertion to realize the wish, undermines the character. It is only practical dreaming that counts--dreaming coupled with hard work and persistent endeavor. Just in proportion as we make our dreams realities shall we become strong and effective. Dreams that are realized become an inspiration for new endeavor. It is in the power to make the dream good that we find the hope of this world.

—Orison Swett Marden, The Chicago Daily News, Chicago, Ill., Dec. 21, 1917.

One of the great truths of life is that we live by what we dream of becoming. Look back with wisdom and forward with hope. Hope for accomplishment, hope for happiness, hope for excellence. Excellence exacts its price. Most are unwilling to pay for it. People are not excellent because they achieve great things–they achieve great things because they are excellent. Always seek out the best from within yourselves and do not complain.

—David P. Gardner, Deseret News, Salt Lake City, Utah, June 9, 1978.

Maybe you have not realized your highest dreams and ideals. But the main question is, have you lost them? Have you quit striving toward that which you know is best? Life has a way of settling one down to a sort of humdrum existence. No person ever climbs all the heights he has visioned but it is a supreme tragedy to stop looking at the heights and to forget they are there.

—Charles L. Allen, The Atlanta Constitution, Atlanta, Ga., Nov. 12, 1957.

Dreams become realities. Realities make the world. Imagination is the parent of invention. Achievement is the reality of imagination.

—Arthur Growden, The Commercial Dispatch, Columbus, Miss., Aug. 22, 1928.

The world has scoffed at dreamers–and rightly so, if by the term is meant those who simply let their thoughts float into the unknown and paint idle pictures that are wafted away by the next fancy. It does not scoff at the real dream–for dreams are real as work and effort makes them real. [Be] a man with a vision, a man ready to make a sacrifice to make his dream come true, a man who so thoroughly believes in his own dream that he stakes his all upon its truth.

—Burris A. Jenkins, Kansas City Post, Kansas City, Mo., May 20, 1919.

It should be said that there is a difference in the constructive dreamer and the fanciful visionary or daydreamer whose castles are apt to float upon rosy clouds the erratic winds of circumstance. The builder-dreamer fashions his structures upon the solid rock of faith and by honest and determined exertion lays stone upon stone and brick upon brick until there emerges a strong fortification rather than a shadowy, shimmering castle which, like the mirage, vanishes with the disappearance of the sun.

—T.A. Patterson, Baptist Standard, Dallas, Texas, March 13, 1968.

The table of contents of tomorrow's history is written in the dreaming of today.

—Moore Sanborn, The Atlanta Constitution, Atlanta, Ga., Dec. 4, 1905.

Dreams have wings to take the soul to mountain tops of reverie where it may view the smiling valleys of opportunity.

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

Dreams won't make the future; it is what you pour into the molds they make.

—W.A. MacKenzie, Florida Times-Union, Jacksonville, Fla., April 7, 1925.

Dreams are molds into which inspiration pours the fluid fancies that work and sacrifice keep fired until ready to be cooled as facts of some tomorrow.

—W.A. MacKenzie, The Leesburg Morning Commercial, Leesburg, Fla., July 8, 1927.

A man is never old until regrets take the place of dreams.

—Clifton N. Memmott, Uintah Basin Standard, Roosevelt, Utah, April 27, 1961.

There is no greater achievement than to keep our dreams ahead of our achievements.

—Roy L. Smith, Tampa Morning Tribune, Tampa, Fla., Aug. 30, 1940.

The dreams that come true are the dreams that lead you through the Valley of Willing Workers.

—Frank L. Stanton, The Atlanta Constitution, Atlanta, Ga., July 17, 1909.

Dreaming of doing big things is all right, provided it doesn’t consume time required to do well the little things that come to hand.

—Jack Warwick, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh, Pa., April 14, 1939.

Dream all the dreams you want to, but use some sense about present opportunities. Manage the little affairs with which you are associated in a creditable manner and big things will flock to you. Management counts. It is the key to success. To manage ourselves as a business proposition is a big test for us to undergo. To manage our little affairs so they will grow into the realms of our dreams is a worthy aspiration. It takes work and sense–a lot of both.

—Edward D. Moore, Autumn Leaves, Independence, Mo., October 1922.

Success is not so much in having many possessions as it is in pursuing a dream. Real success lies in giving your life to and for something bigger than you are: a dream, a cause, a purpose, a ministry. That is more important than all the money and all the material possessions in the world.

—Jim Moore, Shreveport Journal, Shreveport, La., July 21, 1984.

We can starve our dreams, our hopes and our ambitions into surrender by being satisfied with less than the best. We can trail our dreams in the dust on the grounds of being practical. Not many of us plan maliciously to do evil, although sometimes we don't summon enough will power to keep from it. Our dreams are the impulses to take life at its best and we must never ignore our dreams.

—A.H. Wilson, Tampa Morning Tribune, Tampa, Fla., June 2, 1941.

Dream lofty dreams, and as you dream, so shall you become. Your vision is the promise of what you shall one day be; your ideal is the prophecy of what you shall at last unveil. Dreams are the seedlings of realities.

Golden Gateway, Oakland, Calif., August 1965.

The poorest wretch is the one that has no dreams.

—Frank Crane, The Chicago Daily News, Chicago, Ill., Sept. 2, 1920.

To cease to have beautiful dreams and only accept stern realities is to be enshrouded in gloom. Fill your soul with the joy of living. Cultivate the bright side. Your cheerful illusions will save you.

—Frank Francis, Ogden Standard-Examiner, Ogden, Utah, July 31, 1924.

Anchor your ship in the Port of Dreams--but don't forget the anchor watch!

—Clarence L. Cullen, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, St. Louis, Mo., Aug. 27, 1910.

To him nothing is possible who is always dreaming of his past possibilities.

The Religious Telescope, Dayton, Ohio, Feb. 15, 1860.


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