101 Dream Quotes to Inspire You to Reach for the Stars

Dreams are powerful motivators that can propel us to achieve great things in life. Whether it’s starting a new business, pursuing a creative passion, or traveling the world, our dreams give us a sense of purpose and direction. But sometimes, it’s easy to lose sight of our dreams amidst the challenges and distractions of daily life. That’s why we’ve compiled 101 inspiring dream quotes from famous writers, thinkers, and leaders to help you stay focused and motivated on your path to success.

From the poetic musings of Langston Hughes to the practical advice of Walt Disney, these quotes offer a wealth of wisdom and insight into the nature of dreams and how to turn them into reality. So, whether you’re feeling stuck in a rut or just need a little extra inspiration, read on and let these powerful words of wisdom reignite your passion for pursuing your dreams.

I hope you enjoy these dream quotes…

"A dream doesn't become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work." - Colin Powell

1) “A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.” – Colin Powell

Dream Quotes by Henry David Thoreau

"If one advances confidently in the direction of one’s dreams, and endeavors to live the life which one has imagined, one will meet with a success unexpected in common hours." - Henry David Thoreau

2) “If one advances confidently in the direction of one’s dreams, and endeavors to live the life which one has imagined, one will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.” – Henry David Thoreau

3) “Dreams are the touchstones of our character.” – Henry David Thoreau

4) “Aim for the moon. If you miss, you may hit a star.” – W. Clement Stone

5) “A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality.” – Yoko Ono

Dream Quotes by Walt Disney

"All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them." - Walt Disney

6) “All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” – Walt Disney

7) “If you can dream it, you can do it.” – Walt Disney

8) “No matter how your heart is grieving, if you keep on believing, the dreams that you wish will come true.” – Walt Disney

9) “Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” – Harriet Tubman

10) “You are never given a dream without also being given the power to make it come true. You will have to work for it, however.” – Richard Bach

11) “Ask yourself, ‘How long am I going to work to make my dreams come true?’ I suggest you answer, ‘As long as it takes.’” – Jim Rohn

12) “Don’t be pushed around by the fears in your mind. Be led by the dreams in your heart.” – Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

13) “No one has ever achieved greatness without dreams.” – Roy T. Bennett

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14) “In dreams begin responsibilities.” – William Butler Yeats

15) “Dream big anda dare to fail.” – Norman Vaughan

16) “You can never cross the ocean unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.” – Christopher Columbus

17) “Dreams come in a size too big so that we may grow into them.” – Josie Bisse

18) “It’s difficult to follow your dream. It’s a tragedy not to.” – Ralph Marston

19) “The distance between your dreams and reality is called action.” – Unknown

Do what you want to do in life…

"Do what you have to do until you can do what you want to do." -  Oprah Winfrey

20) “Do what you have to do until you can do what you want to do.” – Oprah Winfrey

21) “It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.” – J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

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22) “Dream as if you’ll live forever. Live as if you’ll die today.” – James Dean

23) “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.” – Frederic Henry Hedge

24) “Dreams don’t work unless you do.” – John C. Maxwell

25) “A great leader’s courage to fulfill his vision comes from passion, not position.” – John Maxwell

26) “Each man should frame life so that at some future hour fact and his dreaming meet.” – Victor Hugo

27) “The end of wisdom is to dream high enough to lose the dream in the seeking of it.” – William Faulkner

28) “Even if you can’t just snap your fingers and make a dream come true, you can travel in the direction of your dream, every single day and you can shorten the distance between the two of you.” – Douglas Pagels

29) “Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.” – Samuel Beckett

Dream a little bigger…

"Every dream that anyone ever has is theirs alone and they never manage to share it. And they never manage to remember it either. Not truly or accurately. Not as it was. Our memories and our vocabularies aren’t up to the job." - Alex Garland

30) “Every dream that anyone ever has is theirs alone and they never manage to share it. And they never manage to remember it either. Not truly or accurately. Not as it was. Our memories and our vocabularies aren’t up to the job.” – Alex Garland

31) “Dreams are excursions into the limbo of things, a semi-deliverance from the human prison.” – Henri Amiel

32) “Dreams are extremely important. You can’t do it unless you imagine it.” – George Lucas

33) “Follow your dreams, they know the way.” – Kobe Yamada

34) “For often, when one is asleep, there is something in consciousness which declares that what then presents itself is but a dream.” – Aristotle

35) “We all have possibilities we don’t know about. We can do things we don’t even dream we can do.” – Dale Carnegie

36) “Help others achieve their dreams and you will achieve yours.” – Lee Brown

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

38) “Hope lies in dreams, in imagination, and in the courage of those who dare to make dreams into reality.” – Jonas Salk

Dream Quotes by Ralph Waldo Emerson

"A house is made with walls and beams; a home is built with love and dreams." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

39) “A house is made with walls and beams; a home is built with love and dreams.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

40) “Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

41) “I like the night. Without the dark, we’d never see the stars.” – Stephenie Meyer, Twilight

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42) “If your dreams don’t scare you, they are too small.” – Richard Branson

43) “Dreams are illustrations…from the book your soul is writing about you.” – Marsha Norman

44) “In a dream you are never eighty.” – Anne Sexton

45) “What is not started today is never finished tomorrow.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

46) “It may be that those who do most, dream most.” – Stephen Butler Leacock

47) “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

48) “You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.” – Dr. Seuss

49) “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

50) “Like success, failure is many things to many people. With positive mental attitude, failure is a learning experience, a rung on the ladder, and a plateau at which to get your thoughts in order to prepare to try again.” – W. Clement Stone

51) “Never limit yourself because of others’ limited imagination; never limit others because of your own limited imagination.” – Mae Jemison

52) “To live will be an awfully big adventure.” – Peter Pan

Dream Quotes by John Lennon

"You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one. I hope someday you'll join us. And the world will live as one." - John Lennon

53) “You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us. And the world will live as one.” – John Lennon

54) “I believe in everything until it’s disproved. So I believe in fairies, the myths, dragons. It all exists, even if it’s in your mind. Who’s to say that dreams and nightmares aren’t as real as the here and now?” – John Lennon

55) “No matter where you’re from, your dreams are valid.” – Lupita Nyong’o

56) “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

57) “Dreams are more real than reality itself, they’re closer to the self.” – Gao Xingjian

58) “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” – C.S Lewis

59) “Dream no small dreams for they have no power to move the hearts of men.” – Goethe

60) “Nobody is too busy. It’s just a matter of priorities.” – Unknown

61) “Nothing happens unless first we dream.” – Carl Sandburg

Dream Quotes by Sigmund Freud

"Dreams are often most profound when they seem the most crazy." - Sigmund Freud

62) “Dreams are often most profound when they seem the most crazy.” – Sigmund Freud

63) “The interpretation of dreams is the royal road to a knowledge of the unconscious activities of the mind.” – Sigmund Freud

64) “For once you have tasted flight you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and there you will long to return.” – Leonardo da Vinci

65) “All the things one has forgotten scream for help in dreams.” – Elias Canetti

66) “The only limit to the height of your achievements is the reach of your dreams and the willingness to work hard for them.” – Michelle Obama

67) “Our dreams must be stronger than our memories. We must be pulled by our dreams, rater than pushed by our memories.” – Jesse Jackson

68) “Dreams are real while they last. Can we say more of life?” – Havelock Ellis

Dreams are for real…

"Reality is wrong. Dreams are for real." - Tupac Shakur

69) “Reality is wrong. Dreams are for real.” – Tupac Shakur

70) “A ruffled mind makes a restless pillow.” – Charlotte Brontë

71) “You see things; and you say, ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were; and I say, ‘Why not?'” – George Bernard Shaw

72) “Sleeping is no mean art: for its sake one must stay awake all day.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

73) “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

74) “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

75) “Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” – Arthur Ashe

76) “Stop waiting for Friday, for summer, for someone to fall in love with you, for life. Happiness is achieved when you stop waiting for it and make the most of the moment you are in now.” –Unknown

Dream Quotes by Brian Tracy

"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

77) “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

78) “The distance between dreams and reality is called action.” – Brian Tracy

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

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

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

Dream Quotes by Paulo Coelho

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

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

83) “Ask yourself if what you’re doing today is getting you closer to where you want to be tomorrow.” – Paulo Coelho

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84) “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

85) “The only thing that will stop you from fulfilling your dreams is you.” – Tom Bradley

86) “To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.” – Anatole France

87) “It is never too late to be what you might have been.” – George Eliot

88) “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

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89) “Don’t wait. Life goes faster than you think.” – Unknown

Work hard for what you want in life…

"If you want something you have never had, you must be willing to do something you have never done." - Thomas Jefferson

90) “If you want something you have never had, you must be willing to do something you have never done.” – Thomas Jefferson

91) “Don’t watch the clock; do what it does. Keep going.” – Sam Levenson

92) “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

93) “Dreams aren’t what you leave behind when morning comes. They are the stuff that fill your every living moment.” – David Cuschieri

94) “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

95) “All men whilst they are awake are in one common world: but each of them, when he is asleep, is in a world of his own.” – Plutarch

Dream Quotes by Carl Jung

"Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes." - Carl Jung

96) “Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.” – Carl Jung

97) “In sleep, fantasy takes the form of dreams. But in waking life, too, we continue to dream beneath the threshold of consciousness, especially when under the influence of repressed or other unconscious complexes.” – Carl Jung

98) “Without dreams, there can be no courage. And without courage, there can be no action.” – Wim Wenders

99) “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: With Some Remarks on the Importance of Doing Nothing and Discussing Everything

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100) “Yet it is in our idleness, in our dreams, that the submerged truth sometimes comes to the top.” – Virginia Woolf

101) “You have to dream before your dreams can come true.” – A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

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