160 Nightmare Quotes To Help You Deal With Bad Dreams

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A bad dream that is disturbing and is associated with negative emotional feelings, like fear, anxiety, despair, or sadness is called a nightmare. The effect of nightmares stays even after you are awake and can cause stress and sleeplessness.

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Nightmares are mostly related to bad things, such as a bad situation, a scary monster, or a person. After a nightmare, people often awake in a state of distress, and returning to sleep can be difficult.

There is a difference between bad dreams and nightmares, usually, people remain asleep during bad dreams, while nightmares can awaken people. Nightmares put your mind in a dark space where it faces all its fears and anxiety.

Nightmares can happen at any age but are most common in children. Occasional nightmares are common in people and are not a cause of concern but if nightmares occur very frequently then consulting the doctor is the best thing to do.

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Here is a list of nightmare quotes and sayings that express your feelings when your nightmare becomes a reality.

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Nightmare Quotes

  1. “You sit between a nightmare and a wish.”

  2. “Nightmares are releases.”- Sylvia Browne

  3. “Memories always kill nightmares.”- Beth Revis

  4. “My sleeps are cursed with nightmares.” – Unknown

  5. “Some nightmares don’t end when we open our eyes.” – Unknown                                                       
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    nightmare quotes

  6. “Dear God, let this be just a bad nightmare.”- Roy Horn

  7. “In my nightmares someone else is calling you theirs.” – JM

  8. “Monsters don’t sleep under your bed, they sleep inside your head.”

  9. “The responsibility to nightmare is to wake up.”- Michael S. Harper

  10. “There is an excitement about having nightmares.”- Betsey Johnson

  11. “It’s hard to wake up from a nightmare if you aren’t even asleep.” – J.S.                                             
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    quotes about nightmares

  12. “I will give them nightmares to haunt their dreams long after I’m gone.”

  13. “Welcome to my nightmare, I think you’re going to like it.”- Alice Cooper

  14. “You can’t sell dreams to someone who has walked through nightmares…”

  15. “Breaking up is just like having the worst nightmare after the best dream.”

  16. “I found him between a reality and a nightmare.”- Shannon A. Thompson                                 
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    nightmare quote

  17. “Nightmares end. That’s how you know they’re nightmares.”- Kami Garcia

  18. “I don’t paint dreams or nightmares, I paint my own reality.”- Frida Kahlo

  19. “I can’t tell whether I am living in a dream or a nightmare.” – Bertrand Russell

  20. “My nightmares are usually about losing you. I’m okay once I realize you’re here.”

  21. “You’re capable of such beautiful dreams and such horrible nightmares…” – Carl Sagan

  22. “Nothing chased nightmares away faster than the rustle of printed paper.”- Cornelia Funke

  23. “Chase your dreams and your nightmares will grow tired of chasing you.”- Matshona Dhliwayo

  24. “Love is the most beautiful of dreams and the worst of nightmares.” – William Shakespeare                                                                                                                                 
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    nightmare quotes shakespeare

  25. “Like nightmares, dreams were insidious things, and didn’t like being locked away.”- Laini Taylor

  26. “All the dreams I dream are nightmares and those nightmares are the ones I live.”- Keanu Reeves

  27. “They’re just nightmares, and they end eventually. The terrible dreams are the good dreams.”- Neil Gaiman

  28. “An optimist expects his dreams to come true; a pessimist expects his nightmares to.”- Dr. Laurence J. Peter

  29. “Caught in the crossfire of a silent scream, where one man’s nightmare is another man’s dream.”- Bryan Adams

  30. “It’s like some of us are chasing after our nightmares the way other people chase dreams.”- Taylor Jenkins Reid

  31. “I was trapped in that nightmare, shaking, trembling, terrified, afraid, scared. My nightmare didn’t happen just once.”

  32. “Childhood should be carefree, playing in the sun; not living a nightmare in the darkness of the soul.”- Dave Pelzer

  33. “I see the dream and I see the nightmare, and I believe you can’t have the dream without the nightmare.”- Tori Amos

  34. “They’ve promised that dreams can come true – but forgot to mention that nightmares are dreams, too.”- Oscar Wilde

  35. “Shake me from my sleep whisper in my ear tell me it was all a dream and you’re here to make the nightmares go away.”

  36. “”What are your worst nightmares?”, a friend asked. “Dreams that are too good to be true”, I replied.” – Unknown

  37. “Nightmare and dream both are not real, but I do always love my nightmare; because it offers me gratitude.”-  M.F. Moonzajer

  38. “To wake up from our own bad dreams and realize that really lovely things are happening all the time.”- Shauna Niequist

  39. “Where hopes are unrealistic, fears often become exaggerated; where dreams alone are blueprints, nightmares result.”- Anthony Daniels

  40. “Most of my nightmares that jolt me awake either involve the cosmos or something completely out of human control…”- Lorene Scafaria

  41. “Of all the things you choose in life, you don’t get to choose what your nightmares are. You don’t pick them, they pick you.”- John Irving

  42. “The thing about nightmares was that you couldn’t prepare for them. They sneaked up on you when you were most vulnerable.”- Sylvia Day

  43. “There is some consolation in the fact that, even though your dreams don’t come true, neither do your nightmares.”- Richard Armour

  44. “It’s real simple – we all have nightmares, and the idea you can be in real jeopardy in them is a great gimmick. It’s universal.”- Robert Englund

  45. “Unfortunately, the balance of nature decrees that a super-abundance of dreams is paid for by a growing potential for nightmares.”- Peter Ustinov

  46. “Which is the true nightmare, the horrific dream that you have in your sleep or the dissatisfied reality that awaits you when you awake?”- Justin Alcala

  47. “I’m not afraid to go to sleep because even though I know my nightmares will find me. They’re different from the one I live the whole time I’m awake.” – J.O

  48. “I still get nightmares. In fact, I get them so often I should be used to them by now. I’m not. No one ever really gets used to nightmares.” – Mark Z. Danielewski

  49. “Nightmares are not dreams. A good dream does not leave the dreamer in darkness, confusion and terror. Start having dreams, not nightmares!”- Michael Bassey Johnson

  50. “Those heart-hammering nightmares that start to lose coherence even as you’re waking up from them, but that still manage to leave their moldering fingerprints all across your day.” – Mike Carey

  51. “These nightmares wrap their evil hands around my soul at night, they try to pull me deep within a world that’s ruled by fright. These dark thoughts may follow me but they’ll never win the fight. I’ll escape the looming shadows with the help of dawn’s first light.” – Christy Ann Martine

Bad Dreams Quotes

Nightmares are vividly realistic and disturbing dreams that disturb sleep and create rapid breathing, palpitations, and fear. Nightmares usually occur in the second half of our night, when we are in deep sleep. Nightmares are a result of the unpleasant emotional response from the brain.

Nightmares can get really scary at times. Here are some of the best quotes about bad nightmares and when your nightmare return quotes, if you like these inspiring quotes then check our posts on nap quotes and good night images to wish your loved ones a good night.

  1. “I still have nightmares about taking tests.”- Bruce Jenner

  2. “It’s been like a bad dream I never woke from.”- Alex Chilton

  3. “Realized dreams often turn into nightmares.”- Lera Auerbach                                                   
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    nightmare quotes images

  4. “There are bad dreams for those who sleep unwisely.”- Bram Stoker

  5. “But dreams have ways of turning into nightmares.”- Erin Morgenstern

  6. “The greater your dreams, the more terrible your nightmares.”- Edward Abbey

  7. “Just because you have a nightmare doesn’t mean you stop dreaming.”- Jill Scott

  8. “I’ve had a quite a few nightmares about being chased by walkers.”- Laurie Holden

  9. “Nothing like being in a dream, then waking up to a nightmare.”- Anthony Liccione

  10. “It’s weird when you wake of from a bad dream and everything is still bad.”- Todd Strasser

  11. “Bad dreams are ghosts of our fears and worries, haunting us while we sleep.”- Maria V. Snyder                                                                                                                                       
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    bad dreams quotes

  12. “You ever been trapped in a world where you’re everyone’s worst nightmare?”- Chuck Palahniuk

  13. “Cause I’m so scared that no one’s there to save me from the nightmare that I call myself.”- Unknown

  14. “I drag myself out of nightmares each morning and find there’s no relief in waking.”- Suzanne Collins

  15. “In life your dreams may not come true, but sooner or later one of your nightmares will.”- Richard Jeni

  16. “Do you want me to sing to you? I’ll sing all night if it will keep the bad dreams away.”- Stephenie Meyer

  17. “Everybody underestimated the universality of the concept of a nightmare or a bad dream.”- Robert Englund

  18. “Save me from the ones that haunt me at night. I can’t live with myself, so stay with me tonight. Don’t go.” – Unknown

  19. “I became friends with my nightmares. I consider them my personal artwork. My twisted sense of dreams.” – Unknown


  20. “The only truly beautiful dreams are those we convert into reality. Everything else is just a nightmare.” – Stevan V. Nikolic

  21. “I want to keep my dreams, even bad ones, because without them, I might have nothing all night long.” – Joseph Heller

  22. “Between the world we see and the things we fear, there are doors. When they are opened, nightmares become reality.” – Unknown

  23. “How many of our daydreams would darken into nightmares if there seemed any danger of their coming true!” – Logan Pearsall Smith

  24. “Often the dangerous nightmares show you the toughest roads, those toughest roads bring you a beautiful destination.” – Unknown

  25. “I used to have nightmares about the Antichrist – what would happen, where it would come from, and who it would be.”- Marilyn Manson

  26. “By the time she awoke she couldn’t even remember if she had a dream or a nightmare. There had only been a deathlike peace.”- Jason Medina

  27. “Only happy people have nightmares, from overeating. For those who live a nightmare reality, sleep is a black hole, lost in time, like death.” – Guy Sajer

  28. “I still get nightmares. In fact, I get them so often I should be used to them by now. I’m not. No one ever really gets used to nightmares.” – Mark Z. Danielewski

  29. “I’m interested in the dream and subconscious mind, the peculiar dream-like quality of our lives, sometimes nightmare quality of our lives.”- Anthony Hopkins

  30. “In sleep things are simpler. No regret over the past. No worry for the future. Only the present. And as bad as a dream gets, at least you get to sleep through it.”- Jonathan Goldstein

  31. “I’m a nightmare, a disaster, that’s what they always said. I’m a lost cause, not a hero, but I’ll make it on my own, I’ve gotta prove them wrong, it’s me against the world!” – Unknown

  32. “It’s just a nightmare. Everyone has nightmares even big scary monsters from under the bed have nightmares, don’t you, monster? What do monsters have nightmares about? Me!”- Unknown

  33. “I was having a much better time asleep. And that’s really sad. It was almost like a reverse nightmare, like when you wake up from a nightmare you’re so relieved. I woke up into a nightmare.”- Ned Vizzini

  34. “I am surrounded by some sort of wretched specters, not by people. They torment me as can torment only senseless visions, bad dreams, dregs of delirium, the drivel of nightmares and everything that passes down here for real life.”- Vladimir Nabokov

  35. You will emerge from this nightmare like the powerful, wonderful, resilient person that you are. It can be hard to remember this when you feel like a shell of the person you once were, but trust me: you are capable of overcoming so much more than you think. Unknown

Quotes About Having A Nightmare

Nightmares can be triggered by many factors, such as anxiety, trauma, sleep deprivation, medications, substance misuse, horror books and movies, or other disorders. Sometimes the ordinary stress of our daily lives, such as problems in school or home. Situations like a loss of a loved one, or major financial losses, can also be trigger points for having a nightmare.

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Having a nightmare is a common problem faced by people. Thinking about good and positive things before going to sleep can help you to avoid bad dreams and nightmares. These I want to wake up from the nightmare quotes that will help you handle your worst nightmares.

  1. “The worst nightmare is to have no dreams.”- Thomas Amo

  2. “Suffering from insomnia because of a nightmare.”- Unknown

  3. “For the night is dark and full of terrors.”- George R.R. Martin

  4. “What’s a joy to the one is a nightmare to the other.”- Bertolt Brecht

  5. “Worst nightmares can also appear with your eyes open.”- Florence Welch

  6. “Seeing the enemy as human. A general’s ultimate nightmare.”- Sabaa Tahir

  7. “You have to know who you are, if you don’t you have nightmares.”- Stephen Rea

  8. “My best dreams and worst nightmares have the same people in them.”- Philippos Syrigos                                                                                                                                                 
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    Sad Nightmare Quotes

  9. “The worst nightmare would be not to achieve what I know I’m capable of.”- Romain Grosjean

  10. “Innocence eroded into nightmare. All because of very bad touch. Love, corrupted.”- Ellen Hopkins

  11. “The tradition of all dead generations weighs like a nightmare on the brains of the living.”- Karl Marx

  12. “Give them pleasure – the same pleasure they have when they wake up from a nightmare.”- Alfred Hitchcock

  13. “Strange, I thought, how you can be living your dreams and your nightmares at the very same time.”- Ransom Riggs

  14. “The dream didn’t leave, people just don’t know a nightmare when they are right in the middle of one.”- Marlon James

  15. “I miss him. I still see him in my dreams. They are nightmares mostly, but nightmares tinged with love.”- Yann Martel

  16. “Put the nightmare together. If you do not wake up screaming, you have not put it together well.”- R. A. Lafferty

  17. “I have had dreams and I have had nightmares, but I have conquered my nightmares because of my dreams.”- Jonas Salk

  18. “Show me debauched nightmares or sunniest daydreams. Come not as you are but as you wish to be seen.”- Erin A. Craig

  19. “We are all lonely in our nightmares as well in life, we have to struggle lonely to overcome some fear and move on.”- Unknown

  20. “When you know about something it stops being a nightmare. When you know how to fight something, it stops being so threatening.”- Andrzej Sapkowski

  21. “I don’t know if I’m dreaming when I sleep or sleeping while I’m awake, but I have reoccurring dreams my mind cannot take.”- Stanley Victor Paskavich

  22. “My nightmare of nightmares is being overdressed for a casual event – I’ve done it! You have to have a real sense of what you want to communicate.”- Nina Garcia

  23. “I very often have night terrors. Just think of the worst possible situation, and it’s a regular thing for me. I’ve died in my sleep twenty-three different ways.”- Julian Casablancas

  24. “I have very vivid dreams and nightmares, and my biggest fear is of some kind of dystopian future where we’re advanced in every way except in our humanity.”- Bryce Dallas Howard

  25. “Waking among the dead, one wondered if one was still alive. And yet real despair only seized us later. Afterwards. As we emerged from the nightmare and began to search for meaning.”- Elie Wiesel

  26. “Who wants to wake up when you feel a lot better while in sleep? That is the feeling in depression. It is just like a reverse nightmare where you wake up from a good dream just to end up in a nightmare.” – Unknown

  27. “It is a good viewpoint to see the world as a dream. When you have something like a nightmare, you will wake up and tell yourself that it was only a dream. It is said that the world we live in is not a bit different from this.”- Yamamoto Tsunetomo

  28. “In fact I have nightmares about having children. I want to carry a baby and feel the life within me and in my dream, I do. But every time after it’s born, there’s this incredible fear, this pounding pulse of fear. It’s a real bad nightmare.”- Sharon Gless

  29. “Wake me up from this nightmare. I’m afraid of this darkness. They are all looking at me. Judging me like I’m a criminal. Save me and take me to light. Help me to win this fight. I don’t want to become a monster. I’m innocent give me a chance.”- Unknown

Scary Nightmare Sayings 

Conquering your nightmares can be a tough thing to do. These creepy and scary nightmare quotes can help you conquer your nightmares and allow you to sleep better.

  1. “My dreams are getting darker and darker.”- Unknown

  2. “Outlaws, like poets, rearrange the nightmare.”- Tom Robbins

  3. “Welcome to the worst nightmare of all, reality!”- Clive Barker

  4. “Darling, I’m a nightmare dressed like a daydream.”- Unknown

  5. “Hell is empty and all the devils are here.”- William Shakespeare

  6. “Life is a nightmare that prevents one from sleeping.”- Oscar Wilde

  7. “Don’t stop dreaming just because you had a nightmare.” – Unknown

  8. “Don’t stop dreaming just because you had a nightmare.” – Unknown

  9. “Those with the greatest awareness have the greatest nightmares.” – Unknown

  10. “Love sometimes comes like a dream and leaves like a nightmare.” – Unknown

  11. “I can’t tell whether I am living in a dream or a nightmare.”- Bertrand Russell

  12. “I turned my nightmares into fireflies and caught them in a jar.”- Laini Taylor

  13. “It was written I should be loyal to the nightmare of my choice.”- Joseph Conrad

  14. “It’s hard to wake from a nightmare when the nightmare is real.”- Kristin Cashore

  15. “… As we emerged from the nightmare and began to search for meaning.”- Elie Wiesel

  16. “Bad dreams are ghosts of our fears and worries, haunting us while we sleep.”- Unknown

  17. “Who’s to say that dreams and nightmares aren’t as real as the here and now?”- John Lennon

  18. “Pay attention to other people’s nightmares because they might be contagious.”- George Packer

  19. “It’s amazing how fast something that seems like paradise can turn into a nightmare.”- Unknown

  20. “My professional dreams were coming true while I was living a personal nightmare.”- Dane Cook

  21. “The freaking thing about nightmares is realizing that they were created by your mind.” – Unknown

  22. “Monsters are real, ghosts are real too. They live inside us, and sometimes, they win.”- Stephen King

  23. “I am not afraid of nightmares, because mine came true and I lived through them.”- Victoria Schwab

  24. “Madness is when all your nightmares have come true and you just don’t care anymore.”- Simon R. Green

  25. “How do you tell a dream from a nightmare? If it involves a book burning , it’s probably a nightmare.”- Rick Riordan

  26. “We ask only to be reassured about the noises in the cellar and the window that should not have been open.”-  T.S. Eliot

  27. “Nightmares are a gift because the person is being forced awake to look at an issue that they have been avoiding to find a solution.”- Unknown

  28. “This net has a wooden frame bearing many feathers and a hole at its very heart — it was the sacred dreamcatcher.”- Philip Nicklin

  29. “One need not be a chamber to be haunted. One need not be a house. The brain has corridors surpassing material place.”- Emily Dickinson

  30. “I’m your favorite nightmare and your worst dream all in one. I’m everything you shouldn’t want. And you’re everything I need.” – Kenya Wright

  31. “There are horrors beyond life’s edge that we do not suspect, and once in a while man’s evil prying calls them just within our range.”- H.P. Lovecraft

  32. “Which is the true nightmare, the horrific dream that you have in your sleep or the dissatisfied reality that awaits you when you awake?”- Justin Alcala

  33. “Everything I was afraid of when I was growing up, I’ve become. I’ve taken on my nightmares, like the devil and the end of the world, and I’ve become those things.”- Marilyn Manson

Funny Nightmare Quotes

  1. “A dream is just a nightmare with lipstick.”- Toni Morrison

  2. “Love may be a dream but marriage is a nightmare.”- Joan Collins

  3. “I will always remember you as my sweetest nightmare.”- Unknown

  4. “She can be a nightmare, but this still feels better than any dream.”- Penelope Douglas

  5. “Old age is when you are not bothered with bad dreams, but with bad reality.”- Faina Ranevskaya

  6. “She looked like a head-on collision between a fashion plate and a nightmare.”- L.M. Montgomery

  7. “Unfortunately, a superabundance of dreams is paid for by a growing potential for nightmares.”- Peter Ustinov

  8. “I told my therapist I was having nightmares about nuclear explosions. He said don’t worry it’s not the end of the world.”- Jay London

  9. “It’s not clear whether the brain actually is designed to have nightmares or whether this is actually the process going awry.”- Matthew Walker

  10. “Have you ever noticed there is never any third act to a nightmare? They bring you to a climax of terror and then leave you there.”- Max Beerbohm

  11. “I have nightmares that I’m going to wake up, and everyone’s driving a Prius and living in a condo, and we’re all getting health insurance.”- Kid Rock

  12. “I never really got nightmares from movies. In fact, I recall my father saying when I was three years old that I would be scared, but I never was.”- Tim Burton

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