Night - a Chapter on Dreams


"The past is one texture – whether feigned or suffered – whether acted out in three dimensions, or only witnessed in that theatre of the brain which we keep brightly lighted all night long, after the jets are down, and darkness and sleep reign undisturbed in the remainder of the body". Robert Loiuse Stevenson.

"I dreamed of myself in a dream, and told the dream, which was mine, as if it were another person's of whom I dreamed. Indeed, what is life when thinking of the past, but dreaming of a dream dreamt by another who seems sometimes to be oneself?" Stopford Brooke

"Friend, many and many a dream is mere confusion,
a cobweb of no consequence at all".  Homer

There seems to be something in dream images that has a certain resemblance to the signs of a language, as a series of marks on paper or sand might have. There might be no mark which we recognised as a conventional sign in any alphabet we knew, and yet we might have a strong feeling that they must be a language of some sort, that they mean something. - Ludwig Wittgenstein

"I can never decide whether my dreams are the result of my thoughts, or my thoughts the result of my dreams". D H. Lawrence

"Our dreams are a second life". Gérard de Nerval

"A dream is a theatre in which the dreamer is himself the scene, the player, the prompter, the producer, the author, the public, and the critic". C.G. Jung