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  • If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.

    Walden ch. 18 (1854)
  • No tribute is laid on castles in the air.

    Air   Castles   Building  
    Charles Churchill, William Tooke (1854). “The Poetical Works of Charles Churchill”, p.166
  • When I got to the library I came to a standstill, - ah, the dear room, what happy times I have spent in it rummaging amongst the books, making plans for my garden, building castles in the air, writing, dreaming, doing nothing.

    Dream   Book   Writing  
    Elizabeth Von Arnim (2006). “Elizabeth and Her German Garden”, p.82, Filiquarian Publishing, LLC.
  • Your enjoyment of the world is never right, till every morning you awake in Heaven: see yourself in your Father's palace; and look upon the skies, the earth, and the air as celestial joys: having such a reverend esteem of all, as if you were among the angels.

    Morning   Father   Angel  
    Thomas Traherne (2010). “Centuries of Meditations”, p.23, Cosimo, Inc.
  • A sigh can shatter a castle in the air.

    Air   Castles   Building  
  • A neurotic is a man who builds a castle in the air. A psychotic is the man who lives in it. A psychiatrist is the man who collects the rent.

    Science   Men   Air  
  • To know your ruling passion, examine your castles in the air.

  • Let none, however difficult the circumstances, consider himself as debarred from the way of holiness. Have we but God and the cross of Christ, we have the means for becoming altogether holy in our walk and conversation. What dungeon is there that can shut us out from this? Only let us use the present location and means faithfully and truly, taking them from God's hand, and we shall find him able to free us from all that is really a hindrance. Let us each one desire to be a saint in his own place and calling, instead of building 'castles in the air' of future holiness.

    Mean   Air   Hands  
  • There is more pleasure to building castles in the air than on the ground.

    Writing   Air   Castles  
    Edward Gibbon (1869). “The Autobiography and Correspondence of Edward Gibbon, the Historian”, p.164
  • Ever building, building to the clouds, still building higher, and never reflecting that the poor narrow basis cannot sustain the giddy tottering column.

    Clouds   Building   Poor  
  • How often are the beauties of nature unheeded by man, who, musing on past ills, brooding over the possible calamities of the future, building castles in the air, or wrapped up in his own self-love and self-importance, forgets to look abroad, or looks with a vacant stare.

    Men   Past   Air  
  • Leave glory to great folks. Ah, castles in the air cost a vast deal to keep up!

    Air   Castles   Cost  
  • Thus we build on the ice, thus we write on the waves of the sea; the waves roaring pass away, the ice melts, and away goes our palace, like our thoughts.

    Writing   Ice   Sea  
  • Castles in the air - they are so easy to take refuge in. And so easy to build too.

    Air   Castles   Easy  
    The Master Builder act 3 (1892)
  • You may build castles in the air, and fume, and fret, and grow thin and lean, and pale and ugly, if you please. But I tell you, no man worth having is true to his wife, or can be true to his wife, or ever was, or will be so.

    Men   Air   Wife  
    William. II Congreve William Wycherley (John Vanbrugh and Farquhar George), William. II Wycherley, William Congreve, George Farquhar, John Vanbrugh (1840). “Dramatic Works with Biographical and Critical Notices by Leigh Hunt. - London, Moxon 1840”, p.317
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