Sermon quotes on dreams


Hope is a waking dream


Henry Ward Beecher

The soul without imagination is what an observatory would be without a telescope.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

The person who loves their dream of community will destroy community, but the person who loves those around them will create community.

Life Together: The Classic Exploration of Christian Community

Edgar Cayce

Dreams are today’s answers to tomorrow’s questions.    

G.K. Chesterton 

The center of every man’s existence is a dream. Death, disease, insanity, are merely material accidents, like a toothache or a twisted ankle. That these brutal forces always besiege and often capture the citadel does not prove that they are the citadel.

William Dement

Dreaming permits each and every one of us to be quietly and safely insane every night of our lives.

Sir Francis Drake

Disturb us, Lord, to dare more boldly, to venture on wider seas where storms will show your mastery; where losing sight of land, we shall find the stars. We ask you to push back the horizons of our hopes; and to push into the future in strength, courage, hope, and love.

Gail Godwin

Dreams say what they mean, but they don’t say it in daytime language.  

Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Dream no small dreams for they have no power to move the hearts of men.

Howard R. Gold

USA Today published a report in 2014 that put a price tag on the American Dream: $130,000 a year, which includes a nice six-figure salary, luxury vacations, college savings, and retirement.

“Price Tag for the American Dream: $130K a Year,” USA Today, July 4, 2014.


William Forrester (Sean Connery)

“We walk away from our dreams afraid that we may fail, or worse yet, afraid we may succeed.” 

Finding Forrester 

Langston Hughes 

Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly.     

Victor Hugo 

Each man should frame life so that at some future hour fact and his dreaming meet. 

Chris Jackson

I believe any dream worth birthing will require fierce labor to bring it forth. Some of those painful, spiritual contractions you’ve been feeling are not necessarily indicators that you are out of God’s will—they could be signs that you’re about to give birth.

John Lennon

A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality.

Martin Luther King Jr.

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.” I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood. I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice. I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. I have a dream today.

March on Washington

Alexander McLaren

Let the current of your being set towards God, then your life will be.

Henri Nouwen

When we were young, we said, ‘This is what I am going to do with my life.’ When we grew old, we said, ‘What happened to the dream?’ 

Spiritual Formation

Parker Palmer

There is as much guidance in what does not and cannot happen in my life as there is in what can and does — maybe more.

Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation

Colin Powell 

A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.     

Carl Sandburg 

Nothing happens unless first we dream.

George Bernard Shaw

You see things; and you say, “Why?” But I dream things that never were; and I say, “Why not?”

Logan Pearsall Smith

How many of our daydreams would darken into nightmares if there seemed any danger of their coming true!


Cardinal L. J. Suenens

Hope is not a dream but a way of making dreams become reality.

The Talmud

A dream which is not interpreted is like a letter which is not read. 

Alfred Lord Tennyson 

Dreams are true while they last, and do we not live in dreams? 

Harriet Tubman 

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.

W.B. Yeats 

I have spread my dreams under your feet; Tread softly because you tread on my dreams. 

He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven

Oscar Wilde

We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.

Mitch Hedberg

I’m sick of following my dreams, man. I’m just going to ask where they’re going and hook up with ’em later.

Brother Andrew

I have come to see clearly that life is more than self. It is more than doing what I want, striving for what will benefit me, dreaming of all I can be. Life is all about my relationship with God. There is no higher calling, no loftier dream, and no greater goal than to live, breathe, and be poured out for Jesus Christ.

Neil Cummings and Marysia Lewandowska

It is not objects that people really desire, but their lush coating of images and dreams. . . . It is never the object which is consumed—instead it is the relationship between us and the object of desire.

Quoted in James B. Twitchell, Branded Nation: The Marketing of Megachurch, College Inc., and Museumworld (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2004), 37

Bob Goff

When we’re chasing our dreams, all the turbulence we face shouldn’t scare us into pulling back, though. The shaking, jerking, and rattling in our lives are telling us we’re getting close to the breakthrough.

Live in Grace, Walk in Love, Thomas Nelson, 2019, p.4.

W.H. Murray

Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it!

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Disturb us, O Lord, when

We are too pleased with ourselves,

When our dreams have come true

Because we dreamed too little,

When we arrived safely

Because we sailed too close to the shore.

Disturb us, O Lord, when

With the abundance of things we possess

We have lost our thirst

For the waters of life;

Having fallen in love with life,

We have ceased to dream of eternity

And in our efforts to build a new earth,

We have allowed our vision

Of the new Heaven to dim.

Disturb us, O Lord, to dare more boldly,

To venture on wilder seas

Where storms will show Your mastery;

Where losing sight of land, We shall find the stars.

Jonathan Walton

The dream so profoundly called for by Martin Luther King Jr. was not the American dream but a longing for the kingdom of God.

Taken from Twelve Lies That Hold America Captive: And the Truth That Sets Us Free by Jonathan Walton Copyright (c) 2019 by Jonathan Walton. Published by InterVarsity Press, Downers Grove, IL. www.ivpress.com

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