The Old Dreams

The old dreams were good dreams, they didn’t work out, but I’m glad I had them.

By the character, Robert Kincaid, from the book The Bridges of Madison County, written by Robert James Waller

Robert James Waller

Robert James Waller



About jeneanecommonplacebook

What Is a Commonplace Book? A commonplace book is someone’s personal collection of quotes, witticisms, observances, poems, and even graffiti that have inspired them, made them laugh or touched them in some way. Many famous people throughout history have had commonplace books, such as Thomas Jefferson, John Milton, Mark Twain, Henry David Thoreau, and the scientist, Carl Linnaeus. I began my commonplace books while I was in junior high school in the early 1970’s and so I have almost 50 years of quotes about such a wide variety of topics told in ways more eloquent, wise or humorous than anything I could ever come up with. And it’s wonderful that in this type of blog, I can also include some of my favorite artists and their artwork as well. I'm almost 60 years old with a daughter, 3 granddaughters, and a kitty-cat. I live in beautiful Bay City, MI. I have 2 associate degrees with additional college credits and hopefully I will be able to complete my goal of obtaining my Bachelor's Degree in Accounting. (Life keeps getting in the way). I enjoy literature, horse racing, baseball, NFL football, The Olympics, astronomy, history (particularly Irish), art, old movies, Downton Abbey, The Good Wife, Unit One, science, The Beatles, Frank Sinatra, U2, The Doors, oh and so much more! I have very eclectic and prolific interests. If you would like to check out my personal writings, please go to
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5 Responses to The Old Dreams

  1. aruna3 says:

    dreams r nessacary to make life beutiful n active.

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  2. says:

    Waller’s story of a special kind of love is a masterpiece that has uniquely powerful upon the lives of the readers. I wish we knew much more about the amazingly gifted author. Richard F. Docter, Professor of Psychology, Emeritus, Cal State Northridge.

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    • I agree! It’s such a bittersweet story of a life-love that could only be shared for such a short time and became an even greater love because it had to be sacrificed for other considerations and obligations. So the question lingers for the readers: would Francesca and Robert have still been happy together if she had left with him or was her decision to stay in Iowa the right one? And there is another mystery in that Robert Waller has said that his book was fiction but that it was closely based on things that occurred in his own life. Whatever happened to him sure helped him to write a great book. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!


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