173 Nightmare Quotes To Inspire You

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The Most Famous Nightmare Quotes (Best in 2024)

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Just because you have a nightmare doesn't mean you stop dreaming. — Jill Scott

Welcome to my nightmare, I think your going to like it. — Alice Cooper

Only happy people have nightmares, from overeating. For those who live a nightmare reality, sleep is a black hole, lost in time, like death. — Guy Sajer

They've promised that dreams can come true - but forgot to mention that nightmares are dreams, too. — Oscar Wilde

Night has brought to those who sleep, only dreams they can not keep. — Enya

It's not clear whether the brain actually is designed to have nightmares or whether this is actually the process going awry. — Matthew Walker

I want to keep my dreams, even bad ones, because without them, I might have nothing all night long. — Joseph Heller

I loved ghost stories, creaky staircases, stormy nights. If it guaranteed nightmares I read it by flashlight, after midnight. — Lisa Gardner

My heart beats, echoes into the cold streets where nightmares and darkness begin to meet. — Sayings

My best vacation is your worst nightmare. — Jim Bridwell

Short Nightmare Quotes

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  • Vision without action is a daydream; action without vision is a nightmare. — Japanese Proverbs
  • I stopped looking for a Dream Girl, I just wanted one that wasn't a nightmare. — Charles Bukowski
  • Nightmares are just dreams that scare you. Dreams are just nightmares that don't. — Joe Gatto
  • History, Stephen said, is a nightmare from which I am trying to awake. — James Joyce
  • My nightmares are usually about losing you. I'm okay once I realize you're here. — Suzanne Collins
  • Vision without action is a dream. Action without vision is a nightmare. — Lewis Howes
  • Action without vision is a nightmare. — Japanese Proverbs
  • May your dreams be sweet and your nightmares be spooky-monster-scary and not grandma-died-scary. — Donald Glover
  • The day you marry your dreams is the day you divorce your nightmares. — Matshona Dhliwayo
  • Isn't it interesting how the sounds are the same for an awful nightmare and great sex? — Rue McClanahan

Top 10 Nightmare Quotes

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Vision without action is a daydream; action without vision is a nightmare. — Japanese Proverbs

Call me sick. Call me deranged. I'm gonna be your worst nightmare. I'm gonna be your hero whether you like it or not! — Randy Orton

My heart beats, echoes into the cold streets where nightmares and darkness begin to meet. — Sayings

They've promised that dreams can come true - but forgot to mention that nightmares are dreams, too. — Oscar Wilde

Therapy is about every kids nightmare when people are telling you that you need to get help but all you really want is a hug. — Alex Gaskarth

I stopped looking for a Dream Girl, I just wanted one that wasn't a nightmare. — Charles Bukowski

Nightmares are just dreams that scare you. Dreams are just nightmares that don't. — Joe Gatto

Childhood should be carefree, playing in the sun; not living a nightmare in the darkness of the soul. — Dave Pelzer

O God, I could be bound in a nutshell, and count myself a king of infinite space – were it not that I have bad dreams. — William Shakespeare

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History, Stephen said, is a nightmare from which I am trying to awake. — James Joyce

Nightmare Image Quotes

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Nightmare quote by James Joyce

History, Stephen said, is a nightmare from which I am trying to awake. — James Joyce

Nightmare quote Acting on dream without a plan can quickly become a nightmare.
Acting on dream without a plan can quickly become a nightmare.

Bad Nightmare Quotes

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The meat industry spends hundreds of millions of dollars lying to the public about their product. But no amount of false propaganda can sanitize meat. The facts are absolutely clear: Eating meat is bad for human health, catastrophic for the environment, and a living nightmare for animals — Chrissie Hynde

Teamwork makes the dream work, but a vision becomes a nightmare when the leader has a big dream and a bad team. — John C. Maxwell

To all the kids who looked up to me, I’m truly sorry for letting you down, but I hope it’s helped you learn that one bad decision can turn your dream into a nightmare. There is no excuse for domestic violence, and I apologize for the horrible mistake I made. — Ray Rice

That's not such a bad thing,' he said to me. 'In nightmares we can think the worst. That's what they're for, I guess. — Stephen King

But we have to understand why we do what we do, not just do what we do. Vision without action is a daydream. Action without vision is a nightmare. — Pinball Clemons

I am surrounded by some sort of wretched specters, not by people. They torment me as can torment only senseless visions, bad dreams, dregs of delirium, the drivel of nightmares and everything that passes down here for real life. — Vladimir Nabokov

To those who are trained in science, creationism seems a bad dream, a sudden coming back to life of a nightmare, a renewed march of an Army of the Night risen to challenge free thought and enlightenment. — Isaac Asimov

In fact I have nightmares about having children. I want to carry a baby and feel the life within me and in my dream, I do. But every time after it's born, there's this incredible fear, this pounding pulse of fear. It's a real bad nightmare. — Sharon Gless

Some people think [Ted] Cruz is just as bad of an electoral nightmare down the ballot as [Donald] Trump. — Dalia Mogahed

We are living in a science-fiction nightmare where children are gasping for breath on bad-air days because somebody gave money to a politician. And my children and the kids of millions of other Americans can no longer go fishing and eat their catch because somebody gave money to a politician. — Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.

Worst Nightmare Quotes

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The worst nightmare would be not to achieve what I know I'm capable of. — Romain Grosjean

Worst nightmares can also appear with your eyes open. — Florence Welch

My best dreams and worst nightmares have the same people in them. — Philippos Syrigos

The worst nightmare I ever had about Vietnam was that I had to go back. I woke up in a sweat, in total terror. — Oliver Stone

People say I'm America's worst nightmare. I say I'm the American dream. — Latrell Sprewell

Mark Ruffalo, aka the Incredible Hulk, is the natural gas industry's worst nightmare: a serious, committed activist who is determined to use his star power as a superhero in the hottest movie of the moment to draw attention the environmental and public health risks of fracking. — Jeff Goodell

Donald Trump says he’s President Obama’s worst nightmare. That’s not true. Having to make a decision is Obama’s worst nightmare. — Jay Leno

You can't really describe how difficult it is to deal with. It is any athlete's worst nightmare to be accused of cheating by taking drugs. It really is very difficult to put into words how it makes you feel. — Greg Rusedski

There is a shotgun wedding going on and its between Marketing and IT. Finance's worst nightmare — Beth Comstock

When you get into politics, you find that all your worst nightmares about it turn out to be true, and the people who are attracted to large concentrations of power are precisely the ones who should be kept as far away from it as possible. — Ken Livingstone

Life Is A Nightmare Quotes

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I have fallen into an abyss. I live in a world so curious, so strange. Of the dream that was my life, this is my nightmare. — Camille Claudel

School is indeed a training for later life not because it teaches the 3 Rs (more or less), but because it instills the essential cultural nightmare fear of failure, envy of success, and absurdity. — Jules Henry

I'm not saying that love always takes you to heaven. Your life can become a nightmare. But that said, it is worth taking the risk. — Paulo Coelho

Death, that final evil, is one of the paths to eternity. Endless life in the conditions of our existence would be a nightmare. — Nikolai Berdyaev

Death row is a nightmare to serial killers and ax murderers. For an innocent man, it's a life of mental torture that the human spirit is not equipped to survive. — John Grisham

Burnout is grist to the mill. I write every day, for most of the day, so it's just about turning into metaphor whatever's going on in my life, in the world, and in my head. Every nightmare, every moment of grief or joy or failure, is a moment I can convert into cash via words. — Grant Morrison

I think that comedy is a good defense for a child. Because you know childhood is a nightmare as it is. And so why not use comedy and being funny as a defense to get through your life as opposed to drugs, alcohol and good looks? Because those things are dangerous when your young. — Joy Behar

We both wondered whether these contradictions that one can't avoid if one begins to think of time and space may not really be proofs that the whole of life is a dream, and the moon and stars bits of nightmare. — Arthur Machen

You can't do anything in life. The social barriers in life are so intense and horrific that every encounter is just fraught with so many problems and dread. Every social situation is a potential nightmare. — Larry David

Every moment of your life that is not a complete nightmare is happiness. — Merrill Markoe

Nightmare On Elm Street Quotes

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Sleep, those little slices of death — how I loathe them. — Edgar Allan Poe

I like horror movies. Nightmare on Elm Street is my favourite. I even get scared a little bit watching horror. — Mike Tyson

No real fairytale scared me, but Freddy Krueger did. 'Nightmare on Elm Street' scared the living hell out of me, but no fairytale. Maybe 'Hansel and Gretel' a little bit when they were walking through the forest and they met the witch. But I liked being scared, I really enjoy being scared. — Lana Parrilla

Whatever you do....don't fall asleep. — Heather Langenkamp

As an actor, whatever I get the opportunity to do, if it has a good story then I'm in. I thought 'Dead End' had a great story; 'Nightmare on Elm Street,' of course, was probably the first real horror film I was in. — Lin Shaye

Something like Nightmare On Elm Street, to me, was kind of an examination of levels of consciousness and the pain of facing the truth, and how easy it is to fall asleep, or want to fall asleep. — Wes Craven

As a kid, I liked the 'Halloween' movies and 'Nightmare On Elm Street' and all that kind of stuff. But as an adult, I really don't watch much horror, to be honest. — Corey Feldman

When I think of 'Nightmare on Elm Street,' there was a warmth to those teenagers that I related to. They were not aware that they were in the middle of a horror film, and I really loved those characters and I empathized with them. — Jason Reitman

Nightmarish Quotes

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The bicycle is the most civilized conveyance known to man. Other forms of transport grow daily more nightmarish. Only the bicycle remains pure in heart. — Iris Murdoch

A: There is no grand scheme of things. B: If there were a grand scheme of things, the fact – the fact – that we are not equipped to perceive it, either by natural or supernatural means, is a nightmarish obscenity. C: The very notion of a grand scheme of things is a nightmarish obscenity. — Thomas Ligotti

What makes a nightmare nightmarish is the sense that something is happening that should not be. While nightmares are the most convenient reference point for this sense of the impossible, the unthinkable, as something that is actually happening, it is not restricted to our sleeping hours. — Thomas Ligotti

You are never so alone as when you are ill on stage. The most nightmarish feeling in the world is suddenly to feel like throwing up in front of four thousand people. — Judy Garland

At the last parent visitation night I'd sorta accidentally watched a majorly nightmarish scene between Aphrodite and her parents. Her dad's the mayor of Tulsa. Her mom might be Satan. — P. C. Cast

The Big Sleep' would have been a more effective study of nightmarish existence had the detective been more complicated and had more curiosity been shown about his sweetheart's relation to the crime. — Manny Farber

I don't see that many plays, and for me, musicals are rarely pleasing. I feel the actors are being put through a kind of nightmarish labor. They're like animals being forced to pull heavy carts of vegetables at incredible speeds. — Wallace Shawn

A sad reality that exists in the world persists among many. I lived in one as a child as well. It's very nightmarish thinking back. — James Dye

The people are unreal. The flowers are unreal, they don't smell. The food is unreal, it doesn't taste of anything. The whole place is a glaring, gaudy, nightmarish set, built up in the desert. — Ethel Barrymore

Look into the eyes of a chicken and you will see real stupidity. It is a kind of bottomless stupidity, a fiendish stupidity. They are the most horrifying, cannibalistic and nightmarish creatures in the world. — Werner Herzog

Worst Nightmares Quotes

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I yell and scream like they do. I'm the worst of them. Totally. I'm a nightmare. Once they gave me the passport that was it - started throwing my hands in the air, drinking red wine and flying off the handle. — John Kirwan

Actually, my worst nightmare is losing my best friend, as I imagine most people's are. — Phoebe Waller-Bridge

Someone out there was about to find that their worst nightmare was a maddened Librarian. With a badge. — Terry Pratchett

Welcome to the worst nightmare of all, reality! — Clive Barker

you ever been trapped in a world where you're everyone's worst nightmare? — Chuck Palahniuk

My worst nightmare is being stuck somewhere with nothing to read. — Barbara Kingsolver

The only thing worse than a crappy TV show which Paddy Chayevsky couldn't have conceived in his worst nightmare is two megacorps fighting over who thought of the crappy show first. — Judd Apatow

I think the worst part is that when you know you dream another person's dream, you can never truly feel at peace. Never truly trust yourself. If you carry around somebody else's nightmare, who knows what else your insides might hide or when it might come out? — Cameron Dokey

I think my worst nightmare is standing up in front of a group of people. — Emma Caulfield

I grew up in a little village in Kerala. It was a nightmare for me. All I wanted to do was to escape, to get out, to never have to marry somebody there. Of course, they were not dying to marry me. I was the worst thing a girl could be: thin, black, and clever. — Arundhati Roy

Bad Dream Quotes

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Hard work pays off, dreams come true. Bad times don't last, but BAD GUYS do. — Scott Hall

You were born with potential. You were born with goodness and trust. You were born with ideals and dreams. You were born with greatness. You were born with wings. You are not meant for crawling, so don't. You have wings. Learn to use them and fly. — Rumi

I think every girl's dream is to find a bad boy at the right time, when he wants to not be bad anymore. — Taylor Swift

Art will remain the most astonishing activity of mankind born out of struggle between wisdom and madness, between dream and reality in our mind. — Magdalena Abakanowicz

Success is not necessarily about connections, or cutting corners, or chamba - the three Cs of bad business. Call it trite, but believe me: success can be achieved through hard work, frugality, integrity, responsiveness to change, and most of all, boldness to dream. — John Gokongwei

The brick walls are there to stop the people who don't want it badly enough. They are there to stop the other people! — Randy Pausch

The person you marry is the person you fight with. The house you buy is the house you repair. The dream job you take is the job you stress over. Everything comes with an inherent sacrifice—whatever makes us feel good will also inevitably make us feel bad. — Mark Manson

We come this way but once. We can either tiptoe through life and hope we get to death without being badly bruised or we can live a full, complete life achieving our goals and realizing our wildest dreams. — Bob Proctor

To the person in the bell jar, blank and stopped as a dead baby, the world itself is a bad dream. — Sylvia Plath

Who is far from love is a bad state, and to be pitied. He passes his days in a delirious dream, far from God, deprived of light, and he lives in darkness ... Whoever does not have the love of Christ is an enemy of Christ. He walks in darkness and is easily lead into any sin. — Ephrem the Syrian

Night Terrors Quotes

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For the night is dark and full of terrors. — George R. R. Martin

Leaving behind nights of terror and fear, I rise. Into a daybreak that's wondrously clear, I rise. — Maya Angelou

Runs falls rises stumbles on from darkness into darkness and the darkness thicketed with shapes of terror and the hunters pursuing and the hounds pursuing and the night cold and the night long and the river to cross and the jack-muh-lanterns beckoning beckoning and blackness ahead — Robert Hayden

I very often have night terrors. Just think of the worst possible situation, and it's a regular thing for me. I've died in my sleep twenty-three different ways. — Julian Casablancas

Light our fire and protect us from the dark, blah blah, light our way and keep us toasty warm, the night is dark and full of terrors, save us from the scary things, and blah blah blah some more. — George R. R. Martin

There's power in the night. There's terror in the darkness. Despite all our accumulated history, learning, and experience, we remember. We remember times when we were too small to reach the light switch on the wall, and when darkness itself was enough to make us cry out in fear. — Jim Butcher

Anxiety is secretive. He does not trust anyone, not even his friends, Worry, Terror, Doubt and Panic ... He likes to visit me late at night when I am alone and exhausted. I have never slept with him, but he kissed me on the forehead once, and I had a headache for two years. — J. Ruth Gendler

The thing that keeps me awake at night is a nexus between terrorism and massive destruction...the possibility that a terrorist organization could either acquire a ready-made weapon or fabricate something improvised that would have a catastrophic effect for us. — Michele Flournoy

I still have night terrors about things happening to my son. The worst things cross your mind when you care so much. I keep them at bay as best I can, and it's a struggle for me not to just do everything for him. — Corey Taylor

But this momentous question, like a fire bell in the night, awakened and filled me with terror. — Thomas Jefferson

Dreams And Nightmares Quotes

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I believe in everything until it's disproved. So I believe in fairies, the myths, dragons. It all exists, even if it's in your mind. Who's to say that dreams and nightmares aren't as real as the here and now? — John Lennon

America is not so much a nightmare as a non-dream. The American non-dream is precisely a move to wipe the dream out of existence. The dream is a spontaneous happening and therefore dangerous to a control system set up by the non-dreamers. — William S. Burroughs

Surrealism in painting amounted to little more than the contents of a meagerly stocked dream world: a few witty fantasies, mostly wet dreams and agoraphobic nightmares. — Susan Sontag

I watched a snail crawl along the edge of a straight razor. That's my dream. That's my nightmare. Crawling, slithering, along the edge of a straight razor and surviving. — Marlon Brando

Drugs take away the dream from every child's heart and replace it with a nightmare. And it's time we in America stand up and replace those dreams. — Nancy Reagan

I feel that I am a citizen of the American dream and that the revolutionary struggle of which I am a part is a struggle against the American nightmare. — Eldridge Cleaver

Just bc u loved and lost doesn't mean stop loving. If u have a nightmare, does it mean u stop dreaming? — Jill Scott

You're gonna have to go through hell, worse than any nightmare you've ever dreamed. But when it's over, I know you'll be the one standing. You know what you have to do. DO IT! — Tony Burton

Melting pot Harlem-Harlem of honey and chocolate and caramel and rum and vinegar and lemon and lime and gall. Dusky dream Harlem rumbling into a nightmare tunnel where the subway from the Bronx keeps right on downtown. — Langston Hughes

I have very vivid dreams and nightmares, and my biggest fear is of some kind of dystopian future where we're advanced in every way except in our humanity. — Bryce Dallas Howard

Dark Dreams Quotes

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And all my days are trances, And all my nightly dreams Are where thy dark eye glances, And where thy footstep gleams-- In what ethereal dances, By what eternal streams! — Edgar Allan Poe

And Spring arose on the garden fair, Like the Spirit of Love felt everywhere; And each flower and herb on Earth's dark breast rose from the dreams of its wintry rest. — Percy Bysshe Shelley

I like the night. Without the dark, we'd never see the stars. — Stephenie Meyer

Film as dream, film as music. No art passes our conscience in the way film does, and goes directly to our feelings, deep down into the dark rooms of our souls. — Ingmar Bergman

Toil on, son, and do not lose heart or hope. Let nothing you dismay. You are not utterly forsaken. I, too, am here--here in the darkness waiting, here attentive, here approving of your labor and your dream. — Thomas Wolfe

The unconscious is not just evil by nature, it is also the source of the highest good: not only dark but also light, not only bestial, semihuman, and demonic but superhuman, spiritual, and, in the classical sense of the word, "divine." — Carl Jung

My imagination completely controls me, and forever feeds the fire that burns with dark red light in my heart by bringing me the best dreams. I've always had a wild imagination, a big heart and a tortured soul so I feel that dark fantasy, love and horror are in my blood. — Elizabeth Kim

Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice. — Martin Luther King, Jr.

In some not too distant tomorrow the radiant stars of love and brotherhood will shine over our great nation with all their scintillating beauty. — Martin Luther King, Jr.

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I wonder if, in the dark night of the sea, the octopus dreams of me. — N. Scott Momaday

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More Nightmare Quotes

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This is the reason relationships suffer: they’re built on conditional love in an ever-changing world. Expectations of beauty, entertainment value, physical pleasure, and other forms of expectation have become preconditions for love. When the lover changes, the expectations are missed, and the fairy tale turns into a nightmare. Unconditional love, on the other hand, withstands every change. — Mo Gawdat

I didn't want to wake up. I was having a much better time asleep. And that's really sad. It was almost like a reverse nightmare, like when you wake up from a nightmare you're so relieved. I woke up into a nightmare. — Ned Vizzini

Love, unrequited, robs me of my rest: Love, hopeless love, my ardent soul encumbers: Love, nightmare-like, lies heavy on my chest, And weaves itself into my midnight slumbers! — W. S. Gilbert

I call my life a beautiful mess and organised chaos. Its just always been like that. My entire life things have been attracted to me and vice versa that turn into chaotic nightmares or I create the chaos myself. — Mindy McCready

Men make their own history, but they do not make it just as they please; they do not make it under circumstances chosen by themselves, but under circumstances directly encountered, given and transmitted from the past. The tradition of all the dead generations weighs like a nightmare on the brain of the living. — Karl Marx

Music was the one thing I could control. It was the one world that offered me freedom. When I played music, my nightmares ended. My family problems disappeared. I didnt have to search for answers. The answers lay no further than the bell of my trumpet and my scrawled, pencilled scores. Music made me full, strong, popular, self-reliant and cool. — Quincy Jones

Well, you have absolutely no idea what a nightmare it was to be on a set, trying to figure out how I was going to find out what time it is, how I was going to get my meds, and at the same time not have it be obvious to someone. — Michael Jeter

People say you should read your criticism because it will make you a better person but it doesn't. It just makes you a sad bitter old showbiz nightmare. — Jo Brand

Armed conflict between nations is a nightmare to me; but if I were convinced that any nation had made up its mind to dominate the world by fear of its force, I should feel that it must be resisted. — Neville Chamberlain

Christ's lordship is a blessed hope for some & a terrifying nightmare for others. Regardless of our response, it is an unalterable reality. — Paul Washer

Political correctness is akin to antibiotics: use it frivolously for everything & you'll breed your own custom tailored incurable nightmare. — Eric Weinstein

Literature boils with the madcap careers of writers brought to the edge by the demands of living on their nerves, wringing out their memories and their nightmares to extract meaning, truth, beauty. — Herbert Gold

I never paint dreams or nightmares. I paint my own reality. — Frida Kahlo

Understand your darkness and it will vanish; then you will know what light is. Understand your nightmare for what it is and it will stop; then you will wake up to reality. Understand your false beliefs and they will drop; then you will know the taste of happiness. — Anthony De Mello

The exchange-rate trap, another legacy of this former president Alberto Fernández’s government, not only constitutes a social and productive nightmare, but also the surplus of money today is double what it was before the Rodrigazo economic crisis of 1975. — Javier Milei

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