Inspirational and Inspiring Gifts


"May the best of your dreams be the least of your rewards." -- Unknown

"I know how men in exile feed on dreams of hope." -- Aeschylus (525 BC - 456 BC), Agamemnon

"To accomplish great things, we must dream as well as act." -- Anatole France (1844 - 1924)

"Hope is a waking dream." -- Aristotle (384 BC - 322 BC), from Diogenes Laertius, Lives of Eminent Philosophers

"Climb every mountain, ford every stream, follow every rainbow, 'til you find your dream." -- Rogers & Hammerstein from the song "Climb Every Mountain"

"Dreams that do come true can be as unsettling as those that don't." -- Brett Butler, 'Knee Deep in Paradise'

'To want to be what one can be is purpose in life." -- Cynthia Ozick, O Magazine, September 2002

"If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he imagined, he will meet with success unexpectedly." -- Henry David Thoreau

"He felt that his whole life was some kind of dream and he sometimes wondered whose it was and whether they were enjoying it." -- Douglas Adams (1952 - 2001), "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy"

"Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who only dream by night." -- Edgar Allen Poe (1809-49)(1809 - 1849), "Eleonora"

"The wisest men follow their own direction." -- Euripides (484 BC - 406 BC)

"Keep true to the dreams of thy youth." -- Friedrich von Schiller (1759 - 1805)

"You see things; and you say, 'Why?' But I dream things that never were; and I say, "Why not?" -- George Bernard Shaw (1856 - 1950), "Back to Methuselah" (1921), part 1, act 1

"Human beings have an inalienable right to invent themselves." -- Germaine Greer, O Magazine, September 2002

"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, Northern Exposure, The Big Kiss, 1991

"Dreams surely are difficult, confusing, and not everything in them is brought to pass for mankind. For fleeting dreams have two gates: one is fashioned of horn and one of ivory. Those which pass through the one of sawn ivory are deceptive, bringing tidings which come to nought, but those which issue from the one of polished horn bring true results when a mortal sees them." -- Homer (800 BC - 700 BC), The Odyssey

"We need men who can dream of things that never were." -- John F. Kennedy (1917 - 1963), speech in Dublin, Ireland, June 28, 1963

"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams." -- Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962)

"Dream as far as you can see, and when you get there you can see farther." -- Zig Ziglar

"Dreams come true. Without that possibility, nature would not incite us to have them." -- John Updike (1932 - )

"I do not want to die... until I have faithfully made the most of my talent and cultivated the seed that was placed in me until the last small twig has grown." -- Kathe Kollwitz, O Magazine, September 2002

"My bounce-around life had taught me that dreams were dangerous things - they look solid in your mind, but you just try to reach for them. It's like gathering clouds." -- Kirby Larson, Hattie Big Sky, 2006

"There should be fireworks, at least, when a dream dies." -- Kirby Larson, Hattie Big Sky, 2006

"It has never been my object to record my dreams, just to realize them." -- Man Ray, O Magazine, September 2002

"One must desire something to be alive." -- Margaret Deland, O Magazine, September 2002

"Now, I say to you today my friends, 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. (1929 - 1968), Speech at Civil Rights March on Washington, August 28, 1963

"I've come to believe that each of us has a personal calling that's as unique as a fingerprint - and that the best way to succeed is to discover what you love and then find a way to offer it to others in the form of service, working hard, and also allowing the energy of the universe to lead you." -- Oprah Winfrey (1954 - ), O Magazine, September 2002

"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 (1954 - ), O Magazine, September 2002

"The aim of life is self-development. To realize one's nature perfectly - that is what each of us is here for." -- Oscar Wilde (1854 - 1900)

"It hurts to find out that what you wanted doesn't match what you dreamed it would be." -- Randy K. Milholland, Something Positive Comic, 09-07-04

"Last night I dreamed I ate a ten-pound marshmallow, and when I woke up the pillow was gone." -- Tommy Cooper

"There is nothing like dream to create the future. Utopia to-day, flesh and blood tomorrow." -- Victor Hugo (1802 - 1885), Les Miserables, 1862

"Dreaming permits each and every one of us to be quietly and safely insane every night of our lives." -- William Dement, in Newsweek, 1959

"There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy." -- William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616), "Hamlet", Act 1 scene 5