It does not matter much whom we live with in this world, but it matters a great deal whom we dream of.
(Willa Cather (1873-1947), U.S. novelist. Kitty Ayrshire, in "A Gold Slipper," Youth and the Bright Medusa (1920).
Spoken by the opera singer to the conservative businessman Marshall McKann, at the end of their heated debate over art and values.)
Every dream is a prophecy: every jest is an earnest in the womb of Time.
(George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. (First produced 1904). Father Keegan, in John Bull's Other Island, act 4, The Bodley Head Bernard Shaw: Collected Plays with their Prefaces, vol. 2, ed. Dan H. Laurence (1971).)
The American Dream, the idea of the happy ending, is an avoidance of responsibility and commitment.
(Jill Robinson (b. 1936), U.S. novelist. As quoted in American Dreams, book 1 part 1, by Studs Terkel (1980).
The daughter of movie producer Dore Schary, Robinson had grown up in Hollywood and was referring obliquely to the movie industry's preference for happy endings.)