quote by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Sit in reverie and watch the changing color of the waves that break upon the idle seashore of the mind.

— Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Most Powerful Revery quotations

Meditation and water are wedded for ever.

Never confuse the person, formed in the image of God, with the evil that is in him: because evil is but a chance misfortune, an illness, a devilish reverie. But the very essence of the person is the image of God, and this remains in him despite every disfigurement.

Immense power is acquired by assuring yourself in your secret reveries that you were born to control affairs.

It is unfortunately very true that, without leisure and money, love can be no more than an orgy of the common man. Instead of being a sudden impulse full of ardor and reverie, it becomes a distastefully utilitarian affair.

Reverie is not a mind vacuum. It is rather the gift of an hour which knows the plenitude of the soul.

His heart danced upon her movements like a cork upon a tide.

He heard what her eyes said to him from beneath their cowl and knew that in some dim past, whether in life or revery, he had heard their tale before.

To lose one's self in reverie, one must be either very happy, or very unhappy.

Reverie is the child of extremes.

The reverie we intend to study is poetic reverie.

This is a reverie which poetry puts on the right track, the track an expanding consciousness follows. This reverie is written, or, at least, promises to be written. It is already facing the great universe of the blank page. Then images begin to compose and fall into place.

To make a prairie it takes a clover and one bee, One clover, and a bee, And revery. The revery alone will do, If bees are few.

Thought is the labor of the intellect, reverie is its pleasure.

The guitar is the most unpredictable and least reliable musical instrument in existence...and also the sweetest, the warmest, the most delicate, whose melancholic voice awakes in our soul exquisite reveries.

The reveries of two solitary souls prepare the sweetness of loving.

There are reveries so deep, reveries which help us descend so deeply within ourselves that they rid us of our history. They liberate us from our name. These solitudes of today return us to the original solitudes.

A state of reverie does not avoid reality, it accedes to reality.

Tobacco and alcohol, delicious fathers of abiding friendships and fertile reveries.

Active imagination requires a state of reverie, half-way between sleep and waking.

Through imagination, thanks to the subtleties of the irreality function, we re-enter the world of confidence, the world of the confident being, which is the proper world for reverie.

I love a broad margin to my life. Sometimes, in a summer morning, having taken my accustomed bath, I sat in my sunny doorway from sunrise til noon, rapt in a revery.

He does not need opium. He has the gift of reverie.

We believe we can also show that words do not have exactly the same psychic "weight" depending on whether they belong to the language of reverie or to the language of daylight life-to rested language or language under surveillance-to the language of natural poetry or to the language hammered out by authoritarian prosodies.

The revery alone will do If bees are few.

The shots had dispersed the birds; there remained only two marabous, standing between ten and twenty paces away and plunged in reverie. They were like two old men with bald heads pressed between the shoulders.

Leisure for reverie, gay or somber, does much to enrich life.

Reverie is the groundwork of creative imagination;

it is the privilege of the artist that with him it is not as with other men an escape from reality, but the means by which he accedes to it.

Do anything rather than give yourself to reverie.

I undertake the same project as Montaigne, but with an aim contrary to his own: for he wrote his Essays only for others, and I write my reveries only for myself.

Flowing water is at once a picture and a music, which causes to flow at the same time from my brain, like a limpid and murmuring rivulet, sweet thoughts, charming reveries, and melancholy remembrances.

Instead of looking for the dream in reverie, people should look for reverie in the dream. There are calm beaches in the midst of nightmares.

The spoken reverie of substances calls matter to birth, to life, to spirituality.

Words, in their distant past, have the past of my reveries.

Both mind and heart when given up to reveries and dreaminess, have a thousand avenues open for the entrance of evil.

A restaurant with candles and flowers evokes more reveries than the Isle of Bali does.

It was still quiet in the house, and not a sound was heard from outside, either.

Were it not for this silence, my reverie would probably have been disrupted by reminders of daily duties, of getting up and going to school.

Reverie is when ideas float in our mind without reflection or regard of the understanding.