“So then – let’s suppose that you were able every night to dream any dream you wanted to dream, and that you could for example have the power within one night to dream 75 years of time, or any length of time you wanted to have. And you would naturally as you began on this adventure of dreams, you would fulfil all your wishes. You would have every kind of pleasure during your sleep. And after several nights of 75 years of total pleasure each you would say, ‘Well, that was pretty great.’ But now let’s have some surprise, let’s have a dream which isn’t under control, where something is gonna happen to me that I don’t know that’s gonna be.”

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“And you would dig that and would come out of that and you would say, ‘Wow that was a close shave, wasn’t it?’ Then you would get more and more adventurous, and you would make further and further out gambles as to what you would dream. And finally you would dream where you are now. You would dream the dream of the life that you are actually living today.” — The Dream of Life, Alan Watts

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“And I said, ‘That last thing is what you can’t get, Carlo. Nobody can get to that last thing. We keep on living in hopes of catching it once and for all.” – Jack Kerouac, On The Road

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“If the city was dreaming,” he told me, “then the city is asleep. And I do not fear cities sleeping, stretched out unconscious around their rivers and estuaries, like cats in the moonlight. Sleeping cities are tame and harmless things. What I fear,” he said, “is that one day the cities will waken. That one day the cities will rise.” 
- Sandman, World’s End

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