Alec Nevala-Lee

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Oliver Wendell Holmes on dreams

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Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

We not rarely find our personality doubled in our dreams, and do battle with ourselves, unconscious that we are our own antagonists. Dr. Johnson dreamed that he had a contest of wit with an opponent, and got the worst of it; of course, he furnished the wit for both. Tartini heard the devil play a wonderful sonata, and set it down on awakening. Who was the Devil but Tartini himself? I remember, in my youth, reading verses in a dream, written, as I thought, by a rival fledgling of the Muse. They were so far beyond my powers, that I despaired of equalling them; yet I must have made them unconsciously as I read them…

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., “Mechanism in Thought and Morals”

Written by nevalalee

December 21, 2013 at 9:00 am

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