TE Lawrence. I wonder if he realised that the quote
was sardonic rather than inspiring in intent.
"All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty
recesses of their minds wake up in the day to find it was vanity, but
the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dreams
with open eyes, to make it possible."
It reminded me of my two favourite quotes from Lawrence, of which as a younger man I had a slightly different and less ironic appreciation. They applied to other people.
"He was old and wise, which means tired and disappointed…"
"Many men would take the death-sentence without a whimper, to escape the
life-sentence which fate carries in her other hand."
I remember at High School battling my way through the Seven Pillars of Wisdom, and I recall being being both inspired and baffled. I remember nothing of it now but a few quotes that caught my fancy.