The Great Gatsby

“In a dream, the mind will invent a character; in life, the heart will invent a dream.”

Can anyone offer an interpretation of this quote? Preferably using quotes or examples from the book. 

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Matters of the heart are seldom rooted in reality. Like Gatsby, we build up the people we are romantically enamored with to be something that they might not be. The "heart" invents a dream that may not resemble reality. Gatsby takes this idea to the extreme. His heart perpetuates believing in his dream. His dream demands that he find away to be part of the elite wealthy and then find Daisy. Of course Daisy's perceived perfection is part of Gatsby's dream. Consider the glow of the green light serves as a metaphor for Gatsby's dream:

Involuntarily I glanced seaward—and distinguished nothing except a single green light, minute and far away, that might have been the end of a dock. When I looked once more for Gatsby he had vanished, and I was alone again in the unquiet darkness.