“… I talk of dreams,
Which are the children of an idle brain,
Begot of nothing but vain fantasy,
Which is as thin of substance as the air
And more inconstant than the wind” (Romeo and Juliet act 1, sc. 4)
Tips for use. Excellent line to contest and state your opposition to an unrealistic project or to unrealistic expectations, e.g. “These are but dreams….idle brain.”
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In the play. Romeo has attempted to stop a meandering monologue by Mercutio and Mercutio admits that he is talking nonsense.
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