One of the most frequently used words in the works of Shakespeare is ‘dream’, hence this page presents a list of Shakespeare’s dream quotes. A dominant recurring theme in Shakespeare’s works is the opposition of fantasy and reality, and often the confusion of the two. This career-long fascination is summed up when the wizard Prospero, in Shakespeare’s fantasy play, The Tempest, utters what was to become Shakespeare’s most famous dream quote, and perhaps the most famous dream quote of all time: ‘We are such stuff as dreams are made on, and our little life is rounded with a sleep.’

Here is a list of some of the best-known dream quotes from Shakespeare:

Dream Quote 1:

‘My troublous dreams this night doth make me sad.’ (Gloucester, King Lear)

Dream Quote 2:

Romeo: ‘I dreamt a dream tonight.’

Mercutio: ‘And so did I.’

Romeo: ‘Well, what was yours?’

Mercutio: ‘That dreamers often lie.’

Romeo: ‘In bed asleep, while they do dream things true.’

Mercutio: ‘Oh, then I see Queen Mab hath been with you.  She is the fairies’ midwife…’ (Romeo and Juliet)

Dream Quote 3:

‘There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.’  (Hamlet, Hamlet)

Dream Quote 4:

‘To die, to sleep–To sleep–perchance to dream: ay, there’s the rub, for in that sleep of death what dreams may come when we have shuffled off this mortal coil, must give us pause.’ (Hamlet, Hamlet)

Dream Quote 5:

‘If we shadows have offended, think but this and all is mended, that you have but slumber’d here, while these visions did appear. And this weak and idle theme, no more yielding but a dream.’ (Puck, A Midsummer Night’s Dream)

Dream Quote 6:

‘A dream itself is but a shadow.’ (Hamlet, Hamlet)

Dream Quote 7:

‘He is a dreamer; let us leave him: pass.’ (Caesar, Julius Caesar)

Dream Quote 8:

‘The very substance of the ambitious is merely the shadow of a dream.’ (Hamlet, Hamlet)

Dream Quote 9:

‘Look to my house. I am right loath to go:
There is some ill a-brewing towards my rest,
For I did dream of money-bags to-night.’ (Shylock, The Merchant of Venice)

Dream Quote 10:

‘Why, thou hast put him in such a dream, that when the image of it leaves him he must run mad.’ (Sir Toby Belch, Twelfth Night)

Dream Quote 11:

‘Dream on, dream on, of bloody deeds and death:
Fainting, despair; despairing, yield thy breath!’ (Richard III)

Dream Quote 12:

‘I have heard my daughter say, she hath often dreamed of unhappiness and waked herself with laughing.’ (Leontes, Much Ado About Nothing)

Dream Quote 13:

‘When I waked, I cried to dream again’. (Caliban, The Tempest)

Dream Quote 14:

‘Dreams are toys’ (Antigonus, The Winter’sTale)

Dream Quote 15:

‘If it be thus to dream, still let me sleep!’ (Sebastian Twelfth Night)

Dream Quote 16:

‘What dreamed my lord? Tell me, and I’ll requite it with sweet rehearsal of my morning’s dream.’ (Duchess, Henry VI Part 2)

Dream Quote 17:

‘How like a dream is this I see and hear!
Love, lend me patience to forbear awhile.’ (Valentine, Two Gentlemen of Verona)

Dream Quote 18:

‘Break up the senate till another time,
When Caesar’s wife shall meet with better dreams.’ (Brutus, Julius Caesar)

Dream Quote 19:

‘All days are nights to see till I see thee
And nights bright days when dreams do show me thee.’ (Sonnet 43)

Dream Quote 20:

‘I dreamt last night of the three weird sisters:
To you they have show’d some truth.’ (Macbeth, Macbeth)
What do you think – any famous Shakespeare quotes missing from the above list?

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