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C.N. Douglas, comp.  Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical.  1917.
 
Castles in the Air
 
  A sigh can shatter a castle in the air.
W. R. Alger.    
  1
  No tribute is laid on castles in the air.
Churchill.    
  2
  Leave glory to great folks. Ah, castles in the air cost a vast deal to keep up!
Bulwer-Lytton.    
  3
        Leaving the wits the spacious air,
With license to build castles there.
Swift.    
  4
  Charming Alnaschar visions! it is the happy privilege of youth to construct you.
Thackeray.    
  5
  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.
Herder.    
  6
  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.
Thoreau.    
  7
  Ever building, building to the clouds, still building higher, and never reflecting that the poor narrow basis cannot sustain the giddy tottering column.
Schiller.    
  8
  Happy season of virtuous youth, when shame is still an impassable barrier, and the sacred air-cities of hope have not shrunk into the mean clay hamlets of reality; and man, by his nature, is yet infinite and free.
Carlyle.    
  9
  In all assemblies, though you wedge them ever so close, we may observe this peculiar property, that over their heads there is room enough; but how to reach it is the difficult point. To this end the philosopher’s way in all ages has been by erecting certain edifices in the air.
Swift.    
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