Shakespeare on Dreams and Love beyond Dreams

all this is but a dream, too flattering sweet to be substantial… all this is but a dream,
Too flattering sweet to be substantial.”

(Romeo and Juliet, act 2, sc.2)

Tips for use.  When the outcome of your action or hope went well beyond your expectations. Or when you meet with an extraordinary unexpected pleasant surprise. The surprise may not have to be limited to the realm of romance. Once upon a time there was for example the American Dream. The expression was coined by coined in 1931 by James Truslow Adams (1878-1949), a writer and historian, not related to the historical line of the Adams and here it is,
[The American Dream is that dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement. It is a difficult dream for the European upper classes to interpret adequately, and too many of us ourselves have grown weary and mistrustful of it. It is not a dream of motor cars and high wages merely, but a dream of social order in which each man and each woman shall be able to attain to the fullest stature of which they are innately capable, and be recognized by others for what they are, regardless of the fortuitous circumstances of birth or position.” In today’s climate many perhaps might disagree and perhaps recall or meditate on Voltaire’s declaration on the subject, “My life’s dream has been a perpetual nightmare.”

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In the play. Romeo, head over heels on Juliet, cannot believe the incredibly favorable turn of events, meaning that Juliet reciprocates his love with equal passion.

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