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Entry from October 27, 2013
“If you want your dreams to come true, don’t oversleep”

"If you want your dreams to come true, don’t oversleep” is an aphorism that has been cited in print since at least 1912. The authorship of the saying is unknown.


HathiTrust Digital Library
Eleventh Annual Meeting of the Wisconsin Butter Makers’ Association
Green Bay, Wisconsin
Feb. 6 to 9, 1912

1912
Pg. 13:
If you want your dreams to come true, don’t oversleep.

25 March 1920, Lebanon (IN) Pioneer, pg. 9, col. 5:
If you want your dreams to come true, don’t oversleep.

Google Books
September 1920, Association of YMCA Men, pg. 21, col. 1:
“If you want your dreams to come true, don’t oversleep.”

12 March 1928, The Evening Tribune (San Diego, CA), pg. 15, col. 2:
If you want your dreams to come true, don’t oversleep.

Google News Archive
3 July 1931, Owosso (MI) Argus-Press, “Sawdust,” pg. 2, col. 7:
It is suggested that if you want your dreams to come true, don’t oversleep.

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If you want your dreams to come true, don’t oversleep. 

Google Books
“The Greatest Quotations of All-Time”
By Anthony St. Peter
Xlibris (Xlibris.com)
2010
Pg. 197:
If you want your dreams to come true, don’t over sleep. Yiddish Proverb

Google Books
Life Among Others:
A Broken Diary/Journal

By Lidwine Barham
Xlibris (Xlibris.com)
2012
Pg. 46:
There is an expression which states, “If you want your dreams to come true, you should not oversleep.”

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