Dream Quotes: 280+ Really Inspiring Dream Quotes for Self Motivation

Everyone has a dream but not all dreams are fulfilled. There are various reasons why some dreams are not being achieved. One of it is the lack of motivation.

Here at QuotesToLiveBy.me, we encourage everyone to work on their dreams while they can. Life is very short. If we do not start today, soon enough we will find ourselves in a situation where we have no more options and no more time for our dreams.

  • “If you don’t build your dream, someone will hire you to help build theirs.” —Tony A. Gaskins Jr.
  • “All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.” —Walt Disney

Here is a collection of 280+ best dream quotes to inspire you. If this list is useful to you, please do a favor to others by sharing it with them.

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Best Dream Quotes

  1. “A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.” —Colin Powell
  2. “Without dreams, there can be no courage. And without courage, there can be no action.” —Wim Wenders
  3. “Dreams are renewable. No matter what our age or condition, there are still untapped possibilities within us and new beauty waiting to be born.” —Dale Turner
  4. “Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears.” —Les Brown
  5. “When the actions become frequent than the words, success becomes heavier than the dreams. Do more, say less.” —Israelmore Ayivor
  6. “If you want to reach the highest peak of your dream, think big. You should always remember that there is nothing wrong if you set higher goals, aims or standards in life most especially if you know that you can do it.” —Kellie Sullivan
  7. “The only boundaries for me are those I place on myself. I can make my own dreams come true.” —Shelly Wu
  8. “Don’t give up on your dreams, or your dreams will give up on you.” —John Wooden
  9. “Man, alone, has the power to transform his thoughts into physical reality; man, alone, can dream and make his dreams come true.” —Napoleon Hill
  10. “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” —C.S. Lewis
  11. “Throw your dreams into space like a kite, and you do not know what it will bring back, a new life, a new friend, a new love, a new country.” —Anais Nin
  12. “A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality.” —Yoko Ono
  13. “Yes: I am a dreamer. For a dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world.” —Oscar Wilde
  14. “When you have a dream that you can’t let go of, trust your instincts and pursue it. But remember: Real dreams take work, They take patience, and sometimes they require you to dig down very deep. Be sure you’re willing to do that.” —Harvey Mackay
  15. “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” —Eleanor Roosevelt
  16. “All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible.” —T.E. Lawrence
  17. “Be careful what you water your dreams with. Water them with worry and fear and you will produce weeds that choke the life from your dream. Water them with optimism and solutions and you will cultivate success. Always be on the lookout for ways to turn a problem into an opportunity for success. Always be on the lookout for ways to nurture your dream.” —Lao Tzu
  18. “Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly.” —Langston Hughes
  19. “The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams.” —Oprah Winfrey
  20. “All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” —Walt Disney
  21. “Follow your passion, be prepared to work hard and sacrifice, and, above all, don’t let anyone limit your dreams.” —Donovan Bailey
  22. “Life is full of beauty. Notice it. Notice the bumble bee, the small child, and the smiling faces. Smell the rain, and feel the wind. Live your life to the fullest potential, and fight for your dreams.” —Ashley Smith
  23. “Stay true to yourself, yet always be open to learn. Work hard, and never give up on your dreams, even when nobody else believes they can come true but you. These are not cliches but real tools you need no matter what you do in life to stay focused on your path.” —Phillip Sweet
  24. “Let us make our future now, and let us make our dreams tomorrow’s reality.” —Malala Yousafzai
  25. “Remember your dreams and fight for them. You must know what you want from life. There is just one thing that makes your dream become impossible: the fear of failure.” —Paulo Coelho
  26. “Stay focused, go after your dreams and keep moving toward your goals.” —LL Cool J
  27. “I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.” —Thomas Jefferson
  28. “Trust in dreams, for in them is hidden the gate to eternity.” —Khalil Gibran
  29. “A heart without dreams is like a bird without feathers.” —Suzy Kassem
  30. “The only thing that will stop you from fulfilling your dreams is you.” —Tom Bradley
  31. “I have had dreams, and I’ve had nightmares. I overcame the nightmares because of my dreams.” —Jonas Salk
  32. “Yesterday is but today’s memory, tomorrow is today’s dream.” —Kahlil Gibran
  33. “A man is not old until regrets take the place of dreams.” —John Barrymore
  34. “There are some people who live in a dream world, and there are some who face reality; and then there are those who turn one into the other.” —Douglas H. Everett
  35. “If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with success unexpected in common hours.” —Henry David Thoreau
  36. “I stand for freedom of expression, doing what you believe in, and going after your dreams.” —Madonna
  37. “It was the man’s dream, and his inspiring attempt to make them come true that remain important.” —Francis Ford Coppola
  38. “The biggest adventure you can ever take is to live the life of your dreams.” —Oprah Winfrey

Dream Big Quotes

  1. “Dream no small dreams for they have no power to move the hearts of men.” —Goethe
  2. “Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” —Harriet Tubman
  3. “Dream big, believe big.” —Oliver Posadas
  4. “Never give up on what you really want to do. The person with big dreams is more powerful than the one with all the facts.” —H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
  5. “The important thing is to dare to dream big, then take action to make it come true.” —Joe Girard
  6. “All men who have achieved great things have been dreamers.” —Orison Swett Marden
  7. “Dream big, talk big, and turn your faith loose!” —Kenneth Copeland
  8. “Every great dream begins with a perspective; change the world with the power and strength within you.” —Kamal Khanzada
  9. “Dream big dreams! Only big dreams have the power to move your mind and spirit.” —Brian Tracy
  10. “Dream big or live your life with regret.” —Joanna Krupa
  11. “The bigger the dream, the better the story.” —Richelle E. Goodrich
  12. “Never dream to give up, dream high, dream big, there is something installed for you right there, quitters never achieved their dream.” —Uche Daniel Oluwaseun
  13. “Dream big and don’t let anyone stop you.” —Lukas Rieger
  14. “The only place where your dream becomes impossible is in your own thinking.” —Robert H. Schuller
  15. “Dream big, then wake up and make it happen.” —Killeenaraye Rodriguez
  16. “Now is the time for us to dream new dreams, move out into uncharted waters and stay positive.” —Jane Freeman
  17. “Dreams are beautiful, dream big and keep pushing forward! Come let’s make our beautiful dreams a reality.” —Jaswant Shrestha
  18. “Keep your head up, because SUCCESS doesn’t come from giving up. Just dream big, WORK hard, and BELIEVE that you can do anything you put your mind to.” —Nishan Panwar
  19. “Dreams come in a size too big so that we may grow into them.” —Josie Bisse
  20. “There is no need to reach high for the stars. They are already within you just reach deep into yourself!” —Terri Guillemets
  21. “Dream the impossible. See the invisible. Pursue the intangible. Achieve the incredible.” —Matshona Dhliwayo
  22. “Reach high, for stars lie hidden in your soul. Dream deep, for every dream precedes the goal.” —Pamela Vaull Starr
  23. “Dream big for you can’t stuff a great life into a small dream.” —Barb Rees
  24. “You must dream big and dream often. Take risks and see what happens.” —Debasish Mridha
  25. “Dream big and your problems become small.” —Vishen Lakhiani
  26. “Always dream big dreams. Big dreams attract big people.” —Dave Liniger
  27. “Dream big and dare to fail.” —Norman Vaughan
  28. “No matter how small you start, always dream and think big. If you start with small thoughts then you will stay with small thoughts.” —Stephen Richards
  29. “Dream big dreams! Imagine that you have no limitations and then decide what’s right before you decide what’s possible.” —Brian Tracey
  30. “If you have a dream, don’t just sit there. Gather courage to believe that you can succeed and leave no stone unturned to make it a reality.” —Dr Roopleen
  31. “Dare to dream big. Never fear to fail. Take actions with love.” —Debasish Mridha
  32. “If a little dreaming is dangerous, the cure for it is not to dream less but to dream more, to dream all the time.” —Marcel Proust
  33. “We will only grow as big as we dream that’s why we must dream big.” —Gabrielle Williams
  34. “No matter how small you start, continue to dream big.” —Morris Chestnut
  35. “Dream big. Sparkle more. Shine bright!” —Carissa Rosario
  36. “Always dream big… but don’t become a daydreamer! You must take action!” —C.T. Fletcher
  37. “Start small, dream big. But most of all, start.” —Peng Joon
  38. “Don’t be afraid to dream big!” —Mike Wazowski
  39. “To dream cost nothing, might as well dream big!” —Kobus van Rensburg
  40. “Don’t be afraid to dream big! There is no limit to what God can do in your life! Your vision will come to pass!” —Marcus Gill
  41. “Dream big, work hard, say less, do much!” —Chymamusique
  42. “All successful people men and women are big dreamers. They imagine what their future could be, ideal in every respect, and then they work every day toward their distant vision, that goal or purpose.” —Brian Tracy
  43. “Dream big and find a way to make it happen!” —Robert Griffin
  44. “Never give up on what you really want to do. The person with big dreams is more powerful than one with all the facts.” —Life’s Little Instructions
  45. “Life is short, live bold! Be heard, be you, dream big, take risks, don’t wait.” —Misty Gibbs

Follow Your Dreams Quotes

  1. “Follow your dreams, they know the way.” —Kobe Yamada
  2. “The path from dreams to success does exist. May you have the vision to find it, the courage to get on to it, and the perseverance to follow it.” —Kalpana Chawla
  3. “Follow your dreams. If you have a goal, and you want to achieve it, then work hard and do everything you can to get there, and one day it will come true.” —Lindsey Vonn
  4. Follow your dreams and use your natural-born talents and skills to make this a better world for tomorrow. —Paul Watson
  5. “Believe in and follow your dreams.” —Kristanna Loken
  6. “Follow your dreams, believe in yourself and don’t give up.” —Rachel Corrie
  7. “You can’t take anything personally in this business. Follow your dreams, but there is a lot of criticism. You have to brush it off. Everybody is looking for something different.” —Kendall Jenner
  8. “The follow your dreams thing is really important because so many people are railroaded into taking other paths by their family, their friends, people who should be supportive going, ‘What are you talking about?’ Even just seemingly regular career paths, but if it’s not what people expect for you they kind of react funny.” —Joan Jett
  9. “I know it sounds corny, but when you follow your dreams, it happens. And if it’s music, take it seriously.” —Enrique Iglesias
  10. “You’ll be much more successful if you follow your dreams and follow your passions.” —Jay Weatherill
  11. “Follow your dreams. Just make sure to have fun too.” —Chris Brown
  12. “Just follow your dreams and be patient.” —Angelique Kerber
  13. “Follow your dreams, work hard, practice and persevere. Make sure you eat a variety of foods, get plenty of exercise and maintain a healthy lifestyle.” —Sasha Cohen
  14. “I would encourage you to set really high goals. Set goals that, when you set them, you think they’re impossible. But then every day you can work towards them, and anything is possible, so keep working hard and follow your dreams.” —Katie Ledecky
  15. “We have to stand up for what we believe in, even when we might not be popular for it. Honesty starts with being ourselves, authentic and true to who we are and what we believe in, and that may not always be popular, but it will always let you follow your dreams and your heart.” —Tabatha Coffey
  16. “Sometimes, you follow your dreams. I say to the young people, ‘If you have a dream, chase it.'” —Karl Malone
  17. “Hopefully, young people will see that you can be young and make the sacrifices to follow your dreams.” —Tinie Tempah
  18. “I think the best part is going to the movies is you feel something and you relate whether it’s to family struggles or dimming your light for someone. I would say to never dim your light and to really, truly follow your dreams.” —Tika Sumpter
  19. “It’s hard because people always say, ‘Follow your dreams,’ but it’s not a perfect world, and things don’t always work out. But you’ve just got to work hard, and you can’t take things for granted.” —Stephen Colletti
  20. “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.” —Henry David Thoreau
  21. “I feel like I’m making a difference. I feel like putting out a message for young girls to follow your dreams and just work at what you want to do and be yourself.” —Willow Smith
  22. “We never want to go into a tour and play 15 songs and say ‘Enjoy.’ We have messages: Number 1, follow your dreams. If I can do it, you can do it. Number 2, give your life to something. We say, ‘Volunteer and add seven years to your life.’ You can have your own personal ministry. The message we have is ‘What do you stand for?'” —John Tesh
  23. “We may place blame, give reasons, and even have excuses; but in the end, it is an act of cowardice to not follow your dreams.” —Steve Maraboli
  24. “Follow your dreams. I am not saying it’s going to be easy, but I am saying it’s going to be worth it.” —Moffat Machingura
  25. “People who lack the clarity, courage, or determination to follow their own dreams will often find ways to discourage yours. Live your truth and don’t EVER stop.” —Steve Maraboli
  26. “When you follow the dream in your heart, you’re energized, inspired and motivated.” —John F. Demartini
  27. “Dreams are like stars, you may never touch them. But if you follow them, they will lead you to your destiny.” —Liam Payne
  28. “Follow your dreams and take your risks.” —Paulo Coelho
  29. “When you follow your dreams, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.” —Paulo Coelho

Quotes about Achieving Dreams

  1. “Keep your dreams alive. Understand to achieve anything requires faith and belief in yourself, vision, hard work, determination, and dedication. Remember all things are possible for those who believe.” —Gail Devers
  2. “We all have dreams. But in order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline, and effort.” —Jesse Owens
  3. “I’m a dreamer. I have to dream and reach for the stars, and if I miss a star then I grab a handful of clouds.” —Mike Tyson
  4. “The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up.” —Paul Valery
  5. “Help others achieve their dreams and you will achieve yours.” —Les Brown
  6. “Through hard work, perseverance and a faith in God, you can live your dreams.” —Ben Carson
  7. “Go out and chase your dreams no matter how crazy it looks.” —Shanice Williams
  8. “Hope lies in dreams, in imagination, and in the courage of those who dare to make dreams into reality.” —Jonas Salk
  9. “If you want to have a life that is worth living, a life that expresses your deepest feelings and emotions and cares and dreams, you have to fight for it.” —Alice Walker
  10. “To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.” —Anatole France
  11. “If you take responsibility for yourself you will develop a hunger to accomplish your dreams.” —Les Brown
  12. “Dreams come true. Without that possibility, nature would not incite us to have them.” —John Updike
  13. “Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.” —Earl Nightingale
  14. “As soon as you start to pursue a dream, your life wakes up and everything has meaning.” —Barbara Sher
  15. “So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then they seem improbable, and then, when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable.” —Christopher Reeve
  16. “Don’t let go of your dreams. If you have determination and belief in your dreams, you will succeed in spite of your desire to let go.” —Catherine Pulsifer
  17. “No matter what we do in our life, to be a success we need to be consistent and determined towards our dream.” —Anurag Prakash Ray

Short Dream Quotes

  1. “Nothing happens unless first we dream.” —Carl Sandburg
  2. “I dream of painting and then I paint my dream.” —Vincent Van Gogh
  3. “Reality is wrong. Dreams are for real.” —Tupac Shakur
  4. “Our truest life is when we are in dreams awake.” —Henry David Thoreau
  5. “If you can dream it, you can do it.” —Walt Disney
  6. “Keep true to the dreams of thy youth.” —Friedrich von Schiller
  7. “Without a dream you’ll not get anywhere.” —Kofi Annan
  8. “In dreams begin responsibilities.” —William Butler Yeats
  9. “We are such stuff. As dreams are made on.” —William Shakespeare
  10. “In dreams begins responsibility.” —William Butler Yeats
  11. “Everybody’s a dreamer.” —John Lithgow
  12. “Dreams are the touchstones of our character.” —Henry David Thoreau
  13. “Dreams are necessary to life.” —Anais Nin
  14. “Dream in a pragmatic way.” —Aldous Huxley
  15. “Fly without wings; dream with open eyes.” —Dejan Stojanovic
  16. “All men of action are dreamers.” —James Huneker
  17. “You can go as far as you dream, think and imagine.” —Lailah Gifty Akita
  18. “If you can dream it, then you can achieve it.” —Zig Ziglar
  19. “In our dreams lies our unfinished work for the world.” —Joan Chittister
  20. “When you cease to dream, you cease to live.” —Malcolm Forbes
  21. “It may be that those who do most, dream most.” —Stephen Butler Leacock
  22. “It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.” —J.K. Rowling
  23. “I don’t dream at night, I dream all day; I dream for a living.” —Steven Spielberg
  24. “Dreams are today’s answers to tomorrow’s questions.” —Edgar Cayce
  25. “You have to dream before your dreams can come true.” —A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
  26. “Great dreams of great dreamers are always transcended.” —A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
  27. “Dream as if you’ll live forever. Live as if you’ll die today.” —James Dean
  28. “No matter where you’re from, your dreams are valid.” —Lupita Nyong’o
  29. “The center of every man’s existence is a dream.” —G.K. Chesterton
  30. “I don’t use drugs, my dreams are frightening enough.” —M. C. Escher

American Dream Quotes

  1. “I am living proof that the American dream still exists. It is still alive and well. There is only one trick, you have to be willing to roll up your sleeves and work very, very hard.” —Paula Deen
  2. “When it comes to the American dream, no one has a corner on the market. All of us have an equal chance to share in that dream.” —J C Watts
  3. “American Dreams are strongest in the hearts of those who have seen America only in their dreams.” —Pico Iyer
  4. “If the American dream is for Americans only, it will remain our dream and never be our destiny.” —Rene de Visme Williamson
  5. “A great wave of oppressive tyranny isn’t going to strike, but rather a slow seepage of oppressive laws and regulations from within will sink the American dream of liberty.” —George Baumler
  6. “It’s called the American dream because you have to be asleep to believe it.” —George Carlin
  7. “I say to you today, my friends, so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream. I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.” —Martin Luther King, Jr.
  8. “Seeking the invisible through the imagery of the visible, the Americans never can get quite all the way to the end of the American dream.” —Lewis H. Lapham
  9. “People are so busy dreaming the American Dream, fantasizing about what they could be or have a right to be, that they’re all asleep at the switch. Consequently we are living in the Age of Human Error.” —Florence King
  10. “There are those who will say that the liberation of humanity, the freedom of man and mind is nothing but a dream. They are right. It is the American Dream.” —Archibald MacLeish
  11. “The American dream is, in part, responsible for a great deal of crime and violence because people feel that the country owes them not only a living but a good living.” —David Abrahamsen
  12. “Americans believe that they still live in the land of opportunity – the country that offers the greatest chance of economic advancement. But this is no longer the case.” —Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee
  13. “So, then, to every man his chance–to every man, regardless of his birth, his shining, golden opportunity — to every man the right to live, to work, to be himself, and to become whatever thing his manhood and his vision can combine to make him — this, seeker, is the promise of America.” —Thomas Wolfe
  14. “In this remarkable time for the world, I refuse to believe it’s time to stop believing in the possibilities of our remarkable country. I refuse to accept the downsizing of the American Dream. I refuse to bet against American entrepreneurial spirit and American ingenuity. The competition’s tough, and it requires us to be tougher – tough-minded, never hard-hearted.” —Senator John Kerry
  15. “We believe that what matters most is not narrow appeals masquerading as values, but the shared values that show the true face of America; not narrow values that divide us, but the shared values that unite us: family, faith, hard work, opportunity and responsibility for all, so that every child, every adult, every parent, every worker in America has an equal shot at living up to their God-given potential. That is the American dream and the American value.” —Senator John Kerry
  16. “The American dream I believe in is one that provides anyone willing to work hard enough with the opportunity to succeed.” —Tammy Duckworth
  17. “The American Dream is to not have to work, so with unemployment at record levels, you’d think more people would be excited and grateful for the government intervention that got us to this glorious economic point.” —Jarod Kintz
  18. “Socialism never took root in America because the poor see themselves not as an exploited proletariat but as temporarily embarrassed millionaires.” —John Steinbeck
  19. “To me, the American Dream is being able to follow your own personal calling. To be able to do what you want to do is incredible freedom.” —Maya Lin
  20. “A college degree is the key to realizing the American dream, well worth the financial sacrifice because it is supposed to open the door to a world of opportunity.” —Dan Rather
  21. “Only in America can someone start with nothing and achieve the American Dream. That’s the greatness of this country.” —Rafael Cruz
  22. “The American Dream is still alive out there, and hard work will get you there. You don’t necessarily need to have an Ivy League education or to have millions of dollars startup money. It can be done with an idea, hard work and determination.” —Bill Rancic
  23. “The jobs crisis has reached a boiling point, which is why we see Occupy Wall Street protestors crying out for an America that lets all of us reach for the American Dream again – a dream that says if you work hard and play by the rules, you can have a good life and retire with dignity.” —John Garamendi
  24. “As time goes on we get closer to that American Dream of there being a pie cut up and shared. Usually greed and selfishness prevent that and there is always one bad apple in every barrel.” —Rick Danko
  25. “Success is the American Dream. And that success is not something to be ashamed of, or to demonize.” —Susana Martinez
  26. “The American Dream, the idea of the happy ending, is an avoidance of responsibility and commitment.” —Jill Robinson
  27. “America is not just a country, it’s an idea.” —Bono
  28. “It is the immigrant hordes who keep this country alive, the waves of them arriving year after year…. Who believes in America more than the people who run down the gangplank and kiss the ground?” —E. L. Doctorow
  29. “What is the American dream? The American dream is one big tent. One big tent. And on that big tent you have four basic promises: equal protection under the law, equal opportunity, equal access, and fair share.” —Jesse Jackson
  30. “Immigrants have faced huge obstacles to achieving the American Dream, yet have persevered to overcome them.” —Charles B. Rangel
  31. “I define the American dream as the ability to imagine a way that you want your life to turn out, and have a reasonable hope that you can achieve that.” —David Henry Hwang
  32. “Part of the American dream is to live long and die young. Only those Americans who are willing to die for their country are fit to live.” —Douglas MacArthur
  33. “I really feel that my life story is a continuation of the Great American Dream – the immigrant who comes to this country and is allowed to excel. How many other countries would let me do that?” —Friedrich St. Florian
  34. “The best work of literature to represent the American Dream is ‘The Great Gatsby’ by F. Scott Fitzgerald. It shows us how dreaming can be tainted by reality, and that if you don’t compromise, you may suffer.” —Azar Nafisi
  35. “My own American Dream was to serve my country as best I could and make a difference in America – and in the world.” —Buzz Aldrin
  36. “The American dream belongs to all of us.” —Kamala Harris
  37. “You stuff somebody into the American dream, and it becomes a prison.” —Craig L. Thomas
  38. “I’m the daughter of refugees. The immigrant mentality is to work hard, be brave, and never give up in your pursuit of achieving the American dream.” —Reshma Saujani
  39. “The American Dream is still alive out there, and hard work will get you there. You don’t necessarily need to have an Ivy League education or to have millions of dollars startup money. It can be done with an idea, hard work and determination.” —Bill Rancic
  40. “If you’re not willing to work, you’re never going to be able to experience the American Dream.” —Jim Jordan
  41. “The American Dream is one of success, home ownership, college education for one’s children, and have a secure job to provide these and other goals.” —Leonard Boswell
  42. “I think the American Dream used to be achieving one’s goals in your field of choice – and from that, all other things would follow. Now, I think the dream has morphed into the pursuit of money: Accumulate enough of it, and the rest will follow.” —Buzz Aldrin
  43. “The American Dream is independence and being able to create that dream for yourself.” —Marsha Blackburn
  44. “The American Dream is a term that is often used but also often misunderstood. It isn’t really about becoming rich or famous. It is about things much simpler and more fundamental than that.” —Marco Rubio
  45. “No person can maximize the American Dream on the minimum wage.” —Benjamin Todd Jealous
  46. “The negative side of the American Dream comes when people pursue success at any cost, which in turn destroys the vision and the dream.” —Azar Nafisi
  47. “The American Dream has run out of gas. The car has stopped. It no longer supplies the world with its images, its dreams, its fantasies. No more. It’s over. It supplies the world with its nightmares now: the Kennedy assassination, Watergate, Vietnam.” —J. G. Ballard
  48. “Happiness does not come from football awards. It’s terrible to correlate happiness with football. Happiness comes from a good job, being able to feed your wife and kids. I don’t dream football, I dream the American dream – two cars in a garage, be a happy father.” —Barry Sanders
  49. “For many, the American dream has become a nightmare.” —Bernie Sanders
  50. “I have spent my life judging the distance between American reality and the American dream.” —Bruce Springsteen
  51. “Our workforce and our entire economy are strongest when we embrace diversity to its fullest, and that means opening doors of opportunity to everyone and recognizing that the American Dream excludes no one.” —Thomas Perez
  52. “The American Dream is that any man or woman, despite of his or her background, can change their circumstances and rise as high as they are willing to work.” —Fabrizio Moreira
  53. “The American dream comes from opportunity. The opportunity comes from our founding principles, our core values that’s held together and protected by the Constitution. Those ideas are neither Republican, Democrat, conservative, liberal, white, or black. Those are American ideologies.” —Ted Yoho
  54. “In the end, the American dream is not a sprint, or even a marathon, but a relay. Our families don’t always cross the finish line in the span of one generation. But each generation passes on to the next the fruits of their labor.” —Julian Castro
  55. “The American Dream is a crock. Stop wanting everything. Everyone should wear jeans and have three T-shirts, eat rice and beans.” —Bill Hicks
  56. “The road to success is not easy to navigate, but with hard work, drive and passion, it’s possible to achieve the American dream.” —Tommy Hilfiger
  57. “My father worked in the Post Office. A lot of double shifts. All his friends were in the same situation – truck drivers, taxi cab drivers, grocery clerks. Blue collar guys punching the clock and working long, hard hours. The thought that sustained them was the one at the center of the American Dream.” —Gary David Goldberg
  58. “I am the epitome of what the American Dream basically said. It said you could come from anywhere and be anything you want in this country.” —Whoopi Goldberg
  59. “A basic element of the American dream is equal access to education as a lubricant of social and economic mobility.” —Nicholas Kristof
  60. “The promise of the American Dream requires that we are all provided an equal opportunity to participate in and contribute to our nation.” —Charles B. Rangel
  61. “When we make college more affordable, we make the American Dream more achievable.” —William J. Clinton
  62. “The American Dream is about freedom.” —Rick Mears
  63. “The American Dream is a phrase we’ll have to wrestle with all of our lives. It means a lot of things to different people. I think we’re redefining it now.” —Rita Dove
  64. “The faith that anyone could move from rags to riches – with enough guts and gumption, hard work and nose to the grindstone – was once at the core of the American Dream.” —Robert Reich

Other Quotes about Dreams and Goals

  1. “I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge. That myth is more potent than history. That dreams are more powerful than facts. That hope always triumphs over experience. That laughter is the only cure for grief. And I believe that love is stronger than death.” —Robert Fulghum
  2. “The life of a man consists not in seeing visions and in dreaming dreams, but in active charity and in willing service.” —Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  3. “Why does the eye see a thing more clearly in dreams than the imagination when awake?” —Leonardo da Vinci
  4. “Dreams have only one owner at a time. That’s why dreamers are lonely.” —Erma Bombeck
  5. “The human heart has hidden treasures, In secret kept, in silence sealed; The thoughts, the hopes, the dreams, the pleasures, Whose charms were broken if revealed.” —Charlotte Bronte
  6. “I have spread my dreams beneath your feet; Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.” —William Butler Yeats
  7. “We need men who can dream of things that never were.” —John F. Kennedy
  8. “When you stop having dreams and ideals — well, you might as well stop altogether.” —Marian Anderson
  9. “Keep your heart open to dreams. For as long as there’s a dream, there is hope, and as long as there is hope, there is joy in living.” —Unknown
  10. “We all have our time machines. Some take us back, they’re called memories. Some take us forward, they’re called dreams.” —Jeremy Irons
  11. “That which the dream shows is the shadow of such wisdom as exists in man, even if during his waking state he may know nothing about it… We do not know it because we are fooling away our time with outward and perishing things, and are asleep in regard to that which is real within ourself.” —Philipus Aureolus Paracelsus
  12. “Dreams say what they mean, but they don’t say it in daytime language.” —Gail Godwin
  13. “Dreaming permits each and every one of us to be quietly and safely insane every night of our lives.” —William Dement
  14. “Dreams are illustrations… from the book your soul is writing about you.” —Marsha Norman
  15. “Dreaming is an act of pure imagination, attesting in all men a creative power, which if it were available in waking, would make every man a Dante or Shakespeare.” —H.F. Hedge
  16. “A positive attitude can really make dreams come true – it did for me.” —David Bailey
  17. “Friends… they cherish one another’s hopes. They are kind to one another’s dreams.” —Henry David Thoreau
  18. “I couldn’t find the sports car of my dreams, so I built it myself.” —Ferdinand Porsche
  19. “Consult not your fears but your hopes and your dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential. Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in, but with what it is still possible for you to do.” —Pope John XXIII
  20. “Let your dreams outgrow the shoes of your expectations.” —Ryunosuke Satoro
  21. “Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit. We are all the same in this notion: The potential for greatness lives within each of us.” —Wilma Rudolph
  22. “If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.” —Henry David Thoreau
  23. “In my dreams, I could be a Princess, and that’s what I was. Like most little girls, I believed nothing less than a Prince could make my dreams come true.” —Loretta Young
  24. “Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.” —Carl Jung
  25. “A city is not gauged by its length and width, but by the broadness of its vision and the height of its dreams.” —Herb Caen
  26. “Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing, doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before.” —Edgar Allan Poe
  27. “20 years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” —Mark Twain
  28. “The key to realizing a dream is to focus not on success but significance – and then even the small steps and little victories along your path will take on greater meaning.” —Oprah Winfrey
  29. “Whatever you do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius and power and magic in it.” —Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  30. “Dream and give yourself permission to envision a You that you choose to be.” —Joy Page
  31. “You see things; and you say, ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were; and I say, ‘Why not?'” —George Bernard Shaw
  32. “Dreams are true while they last, and do we not live in dreams?” —Alfred Lord Tennyson
  33. “The interpretation of dreams is the royal road to a knowledge of the unconscious activities of the mind.” —Sigmund Freud
  34. “Dreams are more real than reality itself, they’re closer to the self.” —Gao Xingjian
  35. “For often, when one is asleep, there is something in consciousness which declares that what then presents itself is but a dream.” —Aristotle
  36. “All the things one has forgotten scream for help in dreams.” —Elias Canetti
  37. “Yet it is in our idleness, in our dreams, that the submerged truth sometimes comes to the top.” —Virginia Woolf
  38. “Even the loveliest dream bears like a blemish its difference from reality, the awareness that what it grants is mere illusion.” —Theodor Wiesengrund Adorno
  39. “The best thing about dreams is that fleeting moment, when you are between asleep and awake, when you don’t know the difference between reality and fantasy, when for just that one moment you feel with your entire soul that the dream is reality, and it really happened.” —James Arthur Baldwin
  40. “Dreams are often most profound when they seem the most crazy.” —Sigmund Freud
  41. “All that we see or seem, is but a dream within a dream.” —Edgar Allan Poe
  42. “It has never been my object to record my dreams, just to realize them.” —Man Ray
  43. “They say dreams are the windows of the soul—take a peek and you can see the inner workings, the nuts and bolts.” —Henry Bromel
  44. “Is this is a dream? O, if it be a dream, Let me sleep on, and do not wake me yet!” —Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  45. “The whole life is a succession of dreams. My ambition is to be a conscious dreamer, that is all.” —Swami Vivekananda
  46. “Don’t ever let someone tell you, you can’t do something. Not even me. You got a dream, you got to protect it.” —Steven Conrad
  47. “When your heart is in your dreams, no request is too extreme.” —Jiminy Cricket
  48. “It takes a lot of courage to show your dreams to someone else.” —Erma Bombeck
  49. “Ideologies separate us. Dreams and anguish bring us together.” —Eugene Ionesco
  50. “Dreams are extremely important. You can’t do it unless you imagine it.” —George Lucas
  51. “I challenge you to be dreamers; I challenge you to be doers and let us make the greatest place in the world even better.” —Brian Schweitzer
  52. “Dream manfully and nobly, and thy dreams shall be prophets.” —Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton
  53. “All human beings are also dream beings. Dreaming ties all mankind together.” —Jack Kerouac
  54. “To dream is to have a chest filled with stars, a mind captivated by possibilities and a heart enveloped in imagination.” —Anastasia Bolinder
  55. “Don’t be afraid of the space between your dreams and reality. If you can dream it, you can make it so.” —Belva Davis
  56. “Dreams do come true, if only we wish hard enough. You can have anything in life if you will sacrifice everything else for it.” —James Matthew Barrie
  57. “If reality can destroy dreams, then dreams can destroy reality.” —Conway Stone

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