56+ Lucid Dreaming Quotes That Will Inspire You To Dream Bigger


🌙 Written by Kai Riverstone, international lucid dreaming expert and teacher. Learn how to lucid dream in 7 days or less.

Sometimes, trying to get lucid can be frustrating, especially if you’ve been trying for a while. But it’s so worth the time and practice you put into it, being able to control your dreams is amazing!

I know I say a lot, ‘stick with it!’ or ‘keep going!’ but maybe you’re sick of hearing it from me, so here’s 10 quotes from others to inspire you to control your dreamworld.

‘[Lucid dreaming is] the formation of a centre for the deepening of life and world views.’  -Van Eeden

Here’s one from Van Eeden, the very man behind the concept of lucid dreaming. There are people today still skeptical about whether lucid dreaming is ‘real’ or not; Van Eeden pushed forward the idea of lucid dreaming before it was even a recognised term, and even without any previous testimonies he saw the world it opened up.

Sometimes life gets in the way, and we don’t get the chance to take a step back and look at it from another perspective, other than that of someone utterly caught up in it (which we are all guilty of being). Lucid dreaming offers you that opportunity, without taking any time out of your day, and Van Eeden saw that.

Discover the world of controlling your dreams like he did, and see life in a new light, have the chance to sift through your thoughts, establish your views and make the most of your time as an intelligent human being on this earth. When your body sleeps, your mind doesn’t have to.

‘You must learn to control your dreams or your dreams will forever control you.’ -Wayne Gerard Trotman

I’m sure this one stands out to any of you who’ve had nightmares. Sometimes a dream can haunt us, even once we’re awake. Dreams linger. But what if you didn’t have to have nightmares? You wouldn’t hesitate to be rid of them! So why hesitate when it comes to controlling your dreams? Your dreams can be what you want them to be. Make your dream something you want to remember, not something that haunts you.

Lucid quotes

‘Dreams are illustrations…from the book your soul is writing about you.’ 
-Marsha Norman

You can discover more of yourself in a dream! If your dreams are illustrations of the book about you, don’t just watch them, help paint them. Maybe you’ll realise something you hadn’t before, about the world, about yourself, about anything! You can get what you want to out of a lucid dream, explore anything and everything you can!

‘When you compare the sorrows of real life to the pleasures of the imaginary one, you will never want to live again, only to dream forever.’ 
-Alexander Dumas (Count of Monte Cristo)

In all honesty, life can be shit. So why not make the most of your time away from it? Your dreams are the only place you can ever be truly and fully worry-free, and they can be anything you want them to be! It’s a depressing quote I admit, but dreaming (and especially lucid dreaming) is the ultimate form of escapism. Our lives are restricted in so many ways, but our dreams have no limits. Learn to control them and the whole dream world is yours for the taking.

‘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

Seeing the dawn before the rest of the world…no punishment at all right? You don’t have  to switch off at night, you can see the world through closed eyes, you can see what you want to see and what no one else will.

‘Dreams are true while they last, and do we not live in dreams?’
-Alfred Tennyson

If you learn to control your dreams then you really are living in them – having a say, a choice and an influence is what being alive is. The dream itself may not last long, but the idea of the dream will stay with you forever.

‘Dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before.’
-Edgar Allan Poe

One that I’m sure you’ve all heard before. A classic. Poe points out that it’s possible to think the unimaginable. 108 billion people have lived on Earth but I’d be prepared to bet my all that no two people have ever had exactly the same dream. We’ve all played at being explorers when we were younger but now’s your real chance, dreams are untrodden territory! Make yours as crazy as you want it to be, be daring!

‘We are such stuff as dreams are made on, and our little life is rounded with a sleep.’
-William Shakespeare

Our lives are little – so why not make them as full as we can? Our dreams come from us, and we follow our dreams, there’s no need for them to be so separate from reality, we are who we are, regardless of our consciousness. If we control our dreams, there’s no reason why we can’t control our lives too.

Some other lucid dreaming quotes

Here is a list of other lucid dreaming related quotes that you might enjoy. Let me know if I’ve missed any important ones. Feel free to share this article with your friends.

1: “Your vision will become clear when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside awakens. ”- Carl Jung

2: “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.” – James Allen

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.” – Dr. Dale E. Turner

4: “It’s better to have an impossible dream than no dream at all.” – Anonymous
“Cherish your visions and your dreams, as they are the children of your soul; the blueprints of your ultimate achievements.” – Napoleon Hill

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

6: “Capture your dreams and your life becomes full. You can, because you think you can.” – Nikita Koloff

7: “I have had dreams, and I’ve had nightmares. I overcame the nightmares because of my dreams.” – Jonas Salk

8: “Reality is wrong. Dreams are for real.” – Tupac Shakur

9: “If you don’t have a dream, how can you have a dream come true?” – Jiminy Cricket

10: “Not all lucid dreams are useful but they all have a sense of wonder about them. 
If you must sleep through a third of your life, why must you sleep through your dreams too? – Stephen LeBerge

11: “[Lucid dreams help] you to progress on the path to self-mastery.” – Stephen LeBerge

12: “The poor man is not he who is without a cent, but he who is without a dream.”- Harry Kemp

13: “We don’t have an eternity to realize our dreams, only the time we are here.” – Susan S. Taylor

14: “You can often measure a person by the size of his dream ”― Dr. Robert H. Schuller

15: “What a delight this is! All this inventing, this producing, takes place in a pleasing, lively dream.”- Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

16: “Yet it is in our idleness, in our dreams, that the submerged truth sometimes comes to the top. ” ― Virginia Woolf

17: “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

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

19: “The years forever fashion new dreams when old ones go. God pity a one- dream man.”- Bob Goddard

20: “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

21: “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

22: “Let your dreams change your reality, don’t let your reality change your dreams.”— Unknown

23: “Some people see things that are and ask, Why? Some people dream of things that never were and ask, Why not?” George Carlin

24: “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

25: “Man is a genius when he is dreaming. ” ― Akira Kurosawa

26: “When you cease to dream you cease to live ”― Malcolm Stevenson Forbes,

27: “The best reason for having dreams is that in dreams no reasons are necessary.” – Ashleigh Brilliant

28: “You may tire of reality but you never tire of dreams.”  ― L.M. Montgomery

29: “The only place where your dream becomes impossible is in your own thinking ”― Dr. Robert H. Schuller

30: “My dreams were all my own; I accounted for them to nobody; they were my refuge when annoyed – – my dearest pleasure when free.”- Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

31: “The interpretation of dreams is the royal road to a knowledge of the unconscious activities of the mind. ” ― Sigmund Freud

32: “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

33:“Those who lose the Dreaming are lost. ” ― Australian Aboriginal Saying

34:“We are not only less reasonable and less decent in our dreams… we are also more intelligent, wiser and capable of better judgment when we are asleep than when we are awake.”  ― Erich Fromm

35: “The work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives and the dreams shall never die” ― Edward Kennedy

36: “Our waking hours form the text of our lives, our dreams, the commentary.” ― Anonymous

37:“The dream is real, my friends. The failure to realize it is the only unreality ”― Toni Cade Bambara

38: “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

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

40: “Some colors exist in dreams that are not present in the waking spectrum. ” ― Terri Guillemets

41: “Not to dream boldly may turn out to be simply irresponsible. ”― George Leonard

42: “Within our dreams and aspirations we find our opportunities” ― Sue Ebaugh

43: “The dream arises from a part of the mind unknown to us, but none the less important, and is concerned with the desires for the approaching day.” – Carl Jung

44: “Like a sailor, lucid dreamers manipulate or direct themselves in the larger expanse of dreaming.” ― Robert Waggoner

45: “Our truest life is when we are in dreams awake.” ― Henry David Thoreau

46: “Explore. Dream. Discover.” ― H. Jackson Brown Jr

47: “We grow great by dreams. All big men are dreamers. They see things in the soft haze of a spring day or in the red fire of a long winter’s evening. Some of us let these great dreams die, but others nourish and protect them.”- Woodrow Wilson

48: “When you cease to dream you cease to live ”― Malcolm Stevenson Forbes,

49: “Unclose your mind. You are not a prisoner. You are a bird in flight, searching the skies for dreams.” – Haruki Murakami

50: “Those who have compared our life to a dream were right ―  We sleeping wake, and waking sleep. ” ― Michel de Montaigne

51: “Only the dreamer shall understand realities,though in truth his dreaming must be not out of proportion to his waking ”― Margaret Fuller

52: “The stronger the imagination, the less imaginary the results.”  ― Rabindranath Tagore

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

54: “Recall the old story of the rather refined young man who preferred sex dreams to visiting brothels because he met a much nicer type of girl that way. ” ― Vivian Mercer

55: “In dreams we enter a world that is entirely our own” –  JK Rowling (Albus Dumbledore)

56: “If a dream affords the dreamer some light on himself, it is not the person with closed eyes who makes the discovery but the person with open eyes lucid enough to fit thoughts together. Dream – a scintillating mirage surrounded by shadows – is essentially poetry.” – Michael Leiris

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