Dreams give us hope


I am a daydreamer because dreams give me hope and I always think, plan, prepare and try my best to achieve my dreams. I used to dream about the future of our country. This article is meant as my excuses for writing the dream interviews.

All men dream, but not equally.

Those who dream by night,

in the dusty recess of their minds,

wake in the day to find that it was vanity.

But the dreamers of the day are dangerous men,

for they may act their dreams with the open eyes,

to make it possible.

TE Lawrence

Dreams give us hope,

Hope ignites passion,

Passion leads us to envision success.

Visions of success open our minds to possibilities,

Far-reaching possibilities help us to enlist support from others,

Support from others keeps us focused and committed.

Focus and commitment foster action,

Action results in progress,

Progress leads to achievement,

Achievement inspires dreams,

Dreams give us hope.”…..

(author, unknown)

I know how men in exile feed on dreams of hope.

Aeschylus (525 BC – 456 BC), Agamemnon

To accomplish great things, we must dream as well as act.

Anatole France (1844 – 1924)

Hope is a waking dream.

Aristotle (384 BC – 322 BC), from Diogenes Laertius, Lives of Eminent Philosophers

We need men who can dream of things that never were.

John F. Kennedy (1917 – 1963), speech in Dublin, Ireland, June 28, 1963

Dreams come true. Without that possibility, nature would not incite us to have them.

John Updike (1932 – )

Somehow I can’t believe that there are any heights that can’t be scaled by a man who knows the secrets of making dreams come true.

This special secret, it seems to me, can be summarized in four C s. They are curiosity, confidence, courage, and constancy.

-Walt Disney

The key to realizing a dream is to focus not on success but significance – and then even the small steps and little victories along your path will take on greater meaning.

Oprah Winfrey (1954 – ), O Magazine, September 2002

Dreams that do come true can be as unsettling as those that don’t.

Brett Butler, ‘Knee Deep in Paradise’

Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.

Edgar Allan Poe (1809 – 1849), “Eleonora”

Keep true to the dreams of thy youth.

Friedrich von Schiller (1759 – 1805)

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

George Bernard Shaw (1856 – 1950), “Back to Methuselah” (1921), part 1, act 1

Human beings have an inalienable right to invent themselves.

Germaine Greer, O Magazine, September 2002

There is nothing like dream to create the future. Utopia to-day, flesh and blood tomorrow.

Victor Hugo (1802 – 1885), Les Miserables, 1862

A dream becomes a goal when action is taken toward its achievement.

-Bo Bennett

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

-Edgar Cayce

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, Northern Exposure, The Big Kiss, 1991

Cherish your vision and your dreams as they are the children of your soul; the blueprints of your ultimate achievements.

-Napoleon Hill

“Throw your dreams into space like a kite, and you do not know what it will bring back, a new life, a new friend, a new love, a new country.”

-Anais Nin, The Diaries of Anaïs Nin

Dreams surely are difficult, confusing, and not everything in them is brought to pass for mankind. For fleeting dreams have two gates: one is fashioned of horn and one of ivory. Those which pass through the one of sawn ivory are deceptive, bringing tidings which come to nought, but those which issue from the one of polished horn bring true results when a mortal sees them.

Homer (800 BC – 700 BC), The Odyssey

Now, I say to you today my friends, 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.’

Martin Luther King Jr. (1929 – 1968), Speech at Civil Rights March on Washington, August 28, 1963

It hurts to find out that what you wanted doesn’t match what you dreamed it would be. Randy K. Milholland, Something Positive Comic, 09-07-04

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

William Dement, in Newsweek, 1959

There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.

William Shakespeare (1564 – 1616), “Hamlet”, Act 1 scene 5

What if nothing exists and we’re all in somebody’s dream? Or what’s worse, what if only that fat guy in the third row exists?

Woody Allen (1935 – ), “Without Feathers”

“If you have only two pennies left in the world, with the first penny, you should buy rice to feed your family. With the second penny, say the wise Japanese, you should buy a lily. The Japanese understand the importance of dreaming…”

Japanese Proverb.

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, source:

Dream lofty dreams, and as you dream, so you shall 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

The greatest achievements were at first and for a time dreams. The oak sleeps in the acorn.

-James Allen

O reason, reason, abstract phantom of the waking state, I had already expelled you from my dreams, now I have reached a point where those dreams are about to become fused with apparent realities: now there is only room here for myself.

-Louis Aragon, Paris Peasant, “Preface to a Modern Mythology”, 1926

“Anyone can escape into sleep, we are all geniuses when we dream, the butcher’s the poet’s equal there.”

-E. M. Cioran, The Tempation to Exist

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

“the lines are attributed to John Anster in a ‘very free translation’ of Faust from 1835” See author: W. H. Murray -Johann von Goethe

Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.

-Carl Gustav Jung

I fly in dreams, I know it is my privilege, I do not recall a single situation in dreams when I was unable to fly. To execute every sort of curve and angle with a light impulse, a flying mathematics – that is so distinct a happiness that it has permanently suffused my basic sense of happiness.

-Friedrich Nietzsche, [Unpublished fragments dating to Fall 1881]

Deep into the darkness peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing,Doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before

-Edgar Allan Poe, The Raven

We have within reach, now, the attainment of almost every dream of mankind.

as cited by Susan Sackett, author of “Inside Trek: A Star Trek Memoir”, used with permission -Gene Roddenberry, on receiving his honorary Doctorate at Emerson College, Boston in the early 1970s

“We must nurture our dreams like we would a child. They are God-given and just as precious. Without ambition how would a child learn to ride a bicycle, play an instrument or whistle? We deny the spirit of God when we as adults settle for less than our dreams!”

-Conway Stone

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”

-Eleanor Roosevelt

“Once I dreamed I was a butterfly, and now I no longer know whether I am Chuang Tzu, who dreamed I was a butterfly, or whether I am a butterfly dreaming that I am Chuang Tzu.”

-Chuang Tzu

Dreams come true; without that possibility, nature would not incite us to have them.

-John Updike

“It is a good viewpoint to see the world as a dream. When you have something like a nightmare, you will wake up and tell yourself that it was only a dream. It is said that the world we live in is not a bit different from this.”

-Yamamoto Tsunetomo, Hagakure

I do not know how to distinguish between our waking life and a dream. Are we not always living the life that we imagine we are?


To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.

Anatole France:

Nothing happens unless first a dream.

Carl Sandburg:

When we are dreaming alone it is only a dream. When we are dreaming with others, it is the beginning of reality.

Dom Helder Camara:

The work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives and the dreams shall never die.

Edward Kennedy:

Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning.

Gloria Steinem:

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


You cannot dream yourself into a character; you must hammer and forge yourself one.

James A. Froude:

No one should negotiate their dreams. Dreams must be free to flee and fly high. No government, no legislature, has a right to limit your dreams. You should never agree to surrender your dreams.

Jesse Jackson:

You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one, I hope someday you will join us, and the world will live as one.

John Lennon:

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

Mark Twain:

If you lose hope, somehow you lose the vitality that keeps life moving, you lose that courage to be, that quality that helps you go on in spite of it all. And so today I still have a dream.

The Trumpet of Conscience Martin Luther King, jr.

If growing up is the process of creating ideas and dreams about what life should be, then maturity is letting go again.

Mary Beth Danielson:

Judge of your natural character by what you do in your dreams.

Ralph Waldo Emerson:

There is nothing like a dream to create the future.

Victor Hugo:

Yet it is in our idleness, in our dreams, that the submerged truth sometimes comes to the top.

Virginia Woolf:

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 be as one.
IMAGINE::John Lennon

A man’s dreams are an index to his greatness.

Zadok Rabinowitz:

Dreaming an interview with DSAI or Datuk Sri Anwar Ibrahim Part II

Dreaming an interview with

DSAI or Datuk Sri Anwar Ibrahim

Part II

Beware this is just fictional, not real.

Many Malaysians affectionately referred Datuk Sri Anwar Ibrahim as DSAI. I have this unusual dream of getting a chance to have a face-to-face interview with DSAI. I hereby wish to apologize Datuk Sri Anwar Ibrahim, his family and the political party from the bottom of my heart for dragging DSAI’s name in my dreams and this article as it was never materialized or happened in the real world.

 BURMA DIGEST: Dear Datuk Sri, let’s continue with our dream interview.  

His Excellency Datuk Sri Anwar Ibrahim… OK. But be careful, don’t forget that you are welcome in your dreams only but not mine. 

Question…Datuk Seri, could you explain about the Civil Rights for Burmese/ Myanmars?

Answer… I would like to highlight some of the Civil Rights that should be allowed by SPDC on Burmese People.

  1. Burmese People should be allowed to openly question and discuss all of the official government policies including the present National Convention without fear or threat of prosecution with jail sentences.

  2. The SPDC government must allow Burmese citizens to demonstrate their will or grievances peacefully.

  3. Now they are jailed for peaceful political activities.

a. Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and NLD leaders,

b. U Khun Tun Oo and Shan leaders,

c. U Win Tin and other journalists,

d. Min Ko Naing and Student leaders,

e.  people who distribute UN Declaration of Human Rights,

f. Su Su Nwe and others who complaint of the forced labour,

g. The honorary consul general for Scandinavian countries, Mr Nichols was jailed for using unregistered FAX MACHINE and was believed to be murdered in the jail.

4. SPDC is not seen to be relaxing the restriction on all the Civic associations and political organizations.

They must be allowed to freely organize, mobilize, and advocate their views if the Myanmar Generals want to claim that they are democratic.

The above examples above shown that there is no civil right and individual freedom under SPDC Government.

Question…Could you kindly elaborate about the Good Governance free of Corruption for Burma?

Answer… SPDC need to completely reform or revamp the Political, Civil, Human Rights & Economic situations before they could claim to be walking the corridors of democracy and announcing that they are practicing good governance.

  1. Police & Military must be under the control of civilian elected politicians.

  2. SPDC government’s decision-making must be transparent and must allow the public scrutiny.

  3. The present and future elected officials in the Government and civil servants must be held accountable for their actions.

  4. The government must be responsive to the public complaints and grouses.

  5. SPDC must grant the Freedom of speech for all the citizens and all the media.

  6. Under the successive Myanmar Military Governments of BSPP, SLORC and SPDC there is NO FREEDOM AFTER SPEECH. One would be definitely arrested, charged in a Kangaroo Military subservient Court and given long term sentences in Myanmar.

  7. Freedom of association for all the citizens, organizations including the opposition parties. Various Religious & Political organizations must be permitted to form, organize and active freely.

  8. SPDC must change to a True full democracy but not the guided or disciplined democracy or the corrupted flawed nor hybrid democracies.

  9. There must be Separation of Powers between the Legislative (Parliament), Administrative (Government) and Judiciary.

  10. SPDC must allow independent free media allowing investigative journalism allowing to probe the Government officials and Government Servants. It must be Independent, competitive, non-monopolized, media, free from government censorship or editorial restrictions.

  11. Allowing to set up the independent Anti Corruption Agency.

  12. Full freedom of religious-thought, belief, expression & practice, including abolition of Government controls of religious affairs.

  13. The right of self-determination for each and every citizen, irrespective of race, religion, creed, colour, gender etc. That means we all have to agree for the Rights of all the Ethnic Minorities and all the Religious Minorities.

  14. There must be a strong and firm Non-discrimination by Governments, individuals or organizations on the basis of race, nationality, colour, religion, gender, marital status, political belief or affiliation, physical or mental disability.

  15. There must be The Rule of Law; but not the Rule by Law as practiced by successive Military Governments, Ne win’s BSPP, SLORC and SPDC. And that Law must be fair and practice justice on all the citizens without any discriminations.

  16. No one must be allowed to stay above the law or allowed to break the law. The LAW or JUSTICE must be BLIND.

  17. There must be the presumption of innocence until proven guilty;

  18. Trial by jury of peers.

  19. The right to a fair trial with appeal rights.

  20. The right to adequate & independent legal representation

  21. Not only there must be fair and justice but it must be seen that there is fairness and justice.

 22.   SPDC must set up the antitrust legislature to control the monopoly in each and every field.

 23.   People must have the power to monitor and record at the distribution of wealth and opportunity among the different groups depending on race, religion and political alignment.

   24.   People must have the power to monitor and record the Political patronage- awarding government contracts, appointments, promotions, scholarships, land distributions, permits etc.

   25.   SPDC must take care of the Rural development and the Urbanization, squatter relocation and settlements must be properly planned

  26. SPDC must take care of the Basic infra-structure facilities, water, electricity, highways, telephone, multimedia facilities must be taken care of for the benefit of all the citizens.

    27. I wish to quote Thomas Jefferson_

 “That government is best which governs the least, because its people discipline themselves.”