The dreamers are the saviors of the world. As the visible world is sustained by the invisible, so we, through all our trials and sins and sordid vocations, are nourished by the beautiful visions of our solitary dreamers. Humanity cannot forget its dreamers; it cannot let their ideas fade or die; it lives in them; it knows them as the realities which it shall one day see and know.
Composer, sculptor, painter, poet, prophet, sage, these are the makers of the afterworld, the architects of heaven. The world is beautiful because they have lived; without them, laboring humanity would perish.
Those who cherish a beautiful vision, a lofty ideal int heir hearts, will one day realize it. Columbus cherished a vision of another world, and he discovered it; Copernicus fostered the vision of a multiplicity of worlds and a wider universe, and he revealed it; Buddha beheld the vision of a spiritual world of stainless beauty and perfect peace, and he entered into it.
Cherish your visions; cherish your ideals; cherish the music that stirs in your heart, the beauty that forms in our mind, the loveliness that drapes your purest thoughts, for out of them will grow all delightful conditions, all heavenly environment; of these, if you but remain true to them, your world will at last be built.
- Author James Allen in As a Man Thinketh, 1903AD