If these motivational quotes about dreams don’t inspire you to follow yours, I don’t know what will! Check them out below!

25 Quotes About Dreams That Will Inspire You to Follow Yours

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Inspiring Quotes about Dreams

As with all of my quote posts, I’ll keep the whole introduction part short. In fact, I’ll keep all chit-chat at a minimum. I mean, no one actually reads all of that, right?

Just two very quick notes. First, I added the quote with attribution below each image in plain sentence-case text in case you need to copy/paste it into your own dream journals, blog posts, etc. After all, while I own the images since I made them (feel free to share those too, though, but I’d really appreciate credit if you do), I do not own the words themselves.

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1. “For in dreams, we enter a world that is entirely our own. Let them swim in the deepest ocean, or glide over the highest cloud.”

25 Quotes About Dreams That Will Inspire You to Follow Yours

“For in dreams, we enter a world that is entirely our own. Let them swim in the deepest ocean, or glide over the highest cloud.” JK Rowling, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (said by Dumbledore)

One of my all-time favorite Dumbledore quote. Actually, this one is what inspired me to write this. I was re-watching the Harry Potter movies for the millionth time this weekend (next up is my millionth re-read of the books) and struggling to come up with writing ideas. I thought, “Hey, I haven’t done a post with quotes about dreams yet!” and voila, here we are!

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
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2. “Twenty 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.”

“Twenty 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.”

“Twenty 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.” ― H. Jackson Brown Jr., P.S. I Love You.

A great reminder to have the courage to follow your dreams, don’t you think?

3. “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.”

Dreamer quotes

“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, The Critic as Artist

4. “All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream.”

“All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream.” -― Edgar Allan Poe [quotes about dreams]

“All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream.” – Edgar Allan Poe

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5. “There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.”

“There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.”  [Quote about following your dreams]

“There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.” ― Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

The Alchemist
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  • 178 Pages - 02/24/2015 (Publication Date) - HarperOne (Publisher)

6. Hold fast to dreams…

For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird,
That cannot fly.”

“Hold fast to dreams,
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird,
That cannot fly.”
― Langston Hughes

7. “Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.”

25 Quotes About Dreams That Will Inspire You to Follow Yours

“Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.”
― Edgar Allan Poe, Eleonora

8. “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” ― Eleanor Roosevelt

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” ― Eleanor Roosevelt

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9. “People think dreams aren’t real just because they aren’t made of matter, of particles. Dreams are real. But they are made of viewpoints, of images, of memories and puns and lost hopes.”

Neil Gaiman dreamer quote

“People think dreams aren’t real just because they aren’t made of matter, of particles. Dreams are real. But they are made of viewpoints, of images, of memories and puns and lost hopes.” ― Neil Gaiman

10. “I dream. Sometimes I think that’s the only right thing to do.”

“I dream. Sometimes I think that's the only right thing to do.”

“I dream. Sometimes I think that’s the only right thing to do.” ― Haruki Murakami, Sputnik Sweetheart

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11. “The answer is dreams. Dreaming on and on. Entering the world of dreams and never coming out. Living in dreams for the rest of time.”

“The answer is dreams. Dreaming on and on. Entering the world of dreams and never coming out. Living in dreams for the rest of time.”

“The answer is dreams. Dreaming on and on. Entering the world of dreams and never coming out. Living in dreams for the rest of time.”― Haruki Murakami, Sputnik Sweetheart

12. “If you can dream it, you can do it. Always remember that this whole thing was started with a dream and a mouse.”

25 Quotes About Dreams That Will Inspire You to Follow Yours

“If you can dream it, you can do it. Always remember that this whole thing was started with a dream and a mouse.” ― Walt Disney

13. “If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.”

Castles in the air quote from Thoreau

“If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.”
― Henry David Thoreau, Walden

14. “Sometimes the dreams that come true are the dreams you never even knew you had.”

25 Quotes About Dreams That Will Inspire You to Follow Yours

“Sometimes the dreams that come true are the dreams you never even knew you had.”― Alice Sebold, The Lovely Bones

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15. “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.”

“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

“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

16. “Be careful what you water your dreams with”

lao tzu dream quote

“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

17. “Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.”

Quotes about following your dreams

“Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.” ― Louisa May Alcott

18. “We tell people to follow their dreams, but you can only dream of what you can imagine, and, depending on where you come from, your imagination can be quite limited.”

“We tell people to follow their dreams, but you can only dream of what you can imagine, and, depending on where you come from, your imagination can be quite limited.” ― Trevor Noah, Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood

“We tell people to follow their dreams, but you can only dream of what you can imagine, and, depending on where you come from, your imagination can be quite limited.” ― Trevor Noah, Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood

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19. “No person has the right to rain on your dreams.”

“No person has the right to rain on your dreams.” ― Martin Luther King Jr.

“No person has the right to rain on your dreams.” ― Martin Luther King Jr.

20. “It was impossible, of course. But when did that ever stop any dreamer from dreaming.”

25 Quotes About Dreams That Will Inspire You to Follow Yours

“It was impossible, of course. But when did that ever stop any dreamer from dreaming.”― Laini Taylor, Strange the Dreamer

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21. “You may tire of reality but you never tire of dreams.”

“You may tire of reality but you never tire of dreams.” ― Lucy Maud Montgomery, The Road to Yesterday

“You may tire of reality but you never tire of dreams.” ― Lucy Maud Montgomery, The Road to Yesterday

22. “It takes a lot of courage to show your dreams to someone else.”

25 Quotes About Dreams That Will Inspire You to Follow Yours


“It takes a lot of courage to show your dreams to someone else.”― Erma Bombeck

23. “Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.”

Yeats quote about dreams

“But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams under your feet;
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.”
― W.B. Yeats, The Wind Among the Reeds

The Wind Among the Reeds
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  • 38 Pages - 11/04/2015 (Publication Date) - CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (Publisher)

24. ” In dreams, I have achieved everything.”

Quotes about dreaming

“I’ve dreamed a lot. I’m tired now from dreaming but not tired of dreaming. No one tires of dreaming, because to dream is to forget, and forgetting does not weigh on us, it is a dreamless sleep throughout which we remain awake. In dreams, I have achieved everything.” ― Fernando Pessoa, The Book of Disquiet

25. “It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.”

25 Quotes About Dreams That Will Inspire You to Follow Yours

“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.” – JK Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (said by Dumbledore)

We started with a Dumbledore quote, so it’s only fitting to end with one. Dream away, little dreamer, but don’t forget to live, too.

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