Remember when you were young and you wanted to be the most famous chef? Or when you swore that someday you will live in a beautiful house by the lake? Now think about today, and where you are currently. Are you living a fulfilled life? If yes, then congratulations. If no, don’t be upset but do ask yourself, do you still dream of the things you would like to be or achieve?
The modern world we live in currently is moving at a pace where we constantly need to be on our toes to keep up. We are so consumed by going through that present so much that sometimes, we have to leave a few things behind. And sometimes, what is left behind could be our dreams or the ability to dream. However, it appears that you are not alone in this. Great minds and famous individuals have said things about chasing your dreams and never stop dreaming. Which means that there must have been some level of experience. Based on the famous sayings, here are 5 great quotes by famous individuals on why you should never stop dreaming which may reignite the visionary within.
“Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.”
– Earl Nightingale
Earl Nightingale was a famous motivational speaker from the United States. He was in the military service and was present in the USS Arizona during the Pearl Harbor attack. He worked with the radio industry after his service at the military before becoming a motivational speaker.
Everyone has different timelines. Comparisons make it hard to accept that we all work at a different pace. Your friend has probably already achieved his first million while you are still trying to make ends meet. But that doesn’t mean you have to give up on your dreams just because your friend has already achieved his. Don’t worry, your time will come.
“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.”
– Harriet Tubman
Harriet Tubman was a famous black women civil activist and a leading abolitionist during her time. She freed hundreds of people from slavery. She was truly an icon and a dreamer.
The reason many of us don’t dream is because of the experience of failure. The experience of failure is so demotivating it makes us forget that we have the capacity within us. We fail to remember that we failed because we tried and we tried because we believed we could achieve. To achieve your dreams, you will have to patiently take each step it takes. Maintain the spirit of achieving no matter the hurdles you face. Brave through and you shall reach the place you wish someday.
“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”
– Eleanor Roosevelt
Eleanor Roosevelt was an activist, diplomat and politician in America. She was remarkably outspoken and active as the First Lady from March 1933 to April 1945 especially when human rights are concerned.
You need to believe that your dreams are something that needs to be achieved for your own or the greatness of others. That is what is meant by “beauty”. If you see the beauty, you find the need to achieve it which gives you the motivation and drive. That way, you can somewhat map or foresee the future. Maybe not precisely, but it may provide a similar satisfaction.
“A man is not old until regrets take the place of dreams.”
– John Barrymore
John Barrymore was a famous Hollywood stage and screen actor. He was brilliant as an actor in the beginning but faced decline later on in his career. Nevertheless, this quote of his is quite significant.
Now regrets take place when you wished you had done things differently. You could blame the lack of resources, wrong timing, lack of time to change, or misjudgment. Whatever the reason may be, it is never too late no matter how old you are. Regardless of your age or physical capability, know that you for as long as you dream, you are young in mind, spirit and heart.
“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
Oprah Winfrey is a famous talk show host, actress, producer and philanthropist. An influential women for all the right reasons, she is one of the richest African American women and a huge human rights activist.
We tend to focus so much on seeing the end result quickly without realizing that great dreams takes time. To dream is to not focus on immediately achieving the end goal, but to work on the steps needed to achieve it. For each step you take, you are one step closer. If you recognize that you are one step closer to achieving your dreams, you know you are on the right path and it is already cause for celebration. This way, you will also lead a more fulfilled life.
Kiirtaara is a proud 24 year old Malaysian from the small town of Ipoh. She is a Bachelor of Psychology (Hons) graduate and is currently a part-time freelance writer with a full time job. She is also a huge mental-health enthusiast and avid animal lover.