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10 Quotes on Dreams & An Amazing Re-Mix of “I Have a Dream” On It’s 50th Anniversary

10 best quotes on the power of dreams

Today marks the 50th anniversary of The March on Washington and Martin Luther Kings epic speech “I have a Dream.”  Historians site this speech as the most important speech of the 20th century, and it brought Martin Luther King and his message of non-violence to a worldwide audience. So in honor of this remarkable day (and my own birthday!) we’re sharing the 10 best quotes about believing in your dreams – and a really great re-mix of MLK’s speech called “Spiritual High.”

250,000 civil rights supporters heard the speech live from the Lincoln Memorial, and the speech was carried on radio and was reprinted in newspapers and magazines all over the United States and all over the world, making the relatively unknown Martin Luther King a household name. It’s ultimate effect was to make Congress move faster in passing the Civil Rights Act. This set of laws was finally passed the next year, in 1964, giving African-Americans more equal treatment than they ever had before.

Of course not all of America embraced the message in the speech – the FBI responded to King’s “powerful demagogic speech” with this disturbing report: “We must mark him now, if we have not done so before, as the most dangerous Negro of the future in this Nation from the standpoint of communism, the Negro, and national security.”

To inspire you do what you dream, here 10 of best quotes about the power of dreams — and don’t miss the inspirational re-mix of MLK’s speech – Moodswings vs. MLK, Spiritual High (below.)


1) 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. – MLK

2) If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost: that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them. Go confidently in the direction of our dreams! Live the life you’ve imagined. -Henry David Thoreau

3) When a person really desires something, all the universe conspires to help that person to realize his dream. -Paulo Coelho

4) The very substance of the ambitious is merely the shadow of a dream. - William Shakespeare
5) Hold fast to dreams. For if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly. - James Langston Hughes


6) The vision that you glorify in your mind, the ideal that you enthrone in your heart – this you will build your life by, and this you will become.” - James Allen


7) “Make no small plans for they have no power to stir the soul.” - Niccolo Machiavelli


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


9) “Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.”  -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (Today is also Goethe’s Birthday – click here to read his 10 best quotes.)


10) “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did so. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”  -Mark Twain


Related: Magic is Believing in Yourself…and more amazing quotes from Goethe on his Birthday. (today!)