quotations about insomnia
For six months I couldn't sleep. With insomnia, nothing's real. Everything is far away. Everything is a copy of a copy of a copy.
CHUCK PALAHNIUK, Fight Club
I'm an insomniac, my mind works the night shift.
PETE WENTZ, Gray
INSOMNIA = 1:51 A.M. + ETERNITY + 1:52 A.M. + ETERNITY + 1:53 A.M. + ETERNITY
Insomnia always reminded me of switching off the old computer we had in our house when I was a kid. As it prepared to make the screen go black, a popup box would appear saying: 'Windows is shutting down.' Whenever I was unable to sleep it always left me feeling trapped in that state. Unfortunately I couldn't unplug the power cord or remove the battery to force my brain into hibernation. So I had to lie there, staring at the ceiling in a world of my own.
ALAN O'MARA, The Best Is Yet To Come
Cats are rather delicate creatures and they are subject to a good many different ailments, but I never heard of one who suffered from insomnia.
JOSEPH WOOD KRUTCH, The Twelve Seasons
There is nothing so entirely desirable in all the world as a few hours' oblivion.
ANNE REEVE ALDRICH, "An Evening With Callender"
Insomnia, impalpable Animal!
Is your love only cerebral?
That you came and are delighted to spy,
Under your evil eye, the man chewing
His sheets, writhing and stewing
With ennui ... under your black diamond eye.
TRISTAN CORBIERE, "Insomnia"
My day starts backwards ... I wake up tired and go to bed wide awake.
The night is long and insomnia drags out memories
That whirl downstream
LUDWIG ZELLER, "Body of Insomnia"
When you have insomnia, you're never really asleep ... and you're never really awake.
CHUCK PALAHNIUK, Fight Club
O sleep, O gentle sleep, Nature's soft nurse, how have I frightened thee. That thou no more will weigh my eyelids down, And steep my senses in forgetfulness?
WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, Henry IV, Part 2
The best cure for insomnia is to get a lot of sleep.
W. C. FIELDS, attributed, 20,000 Quips & Quotes
When I was a child, I suffered from insomnia. Summer nights, my parents permitted me to sit by the lake; I took the dog for company. Did I say "suffered"? That was my parents' way of explaining tastes that seemed to them inexplicable: better "suffered" than "preferred to live with the dog."
LOUISE GLUCK, "Prism"
I've always envied people who sleep easily. Their brains must be cleaner, the floorboards of the skull well swept, all the little monsters closed up in a steamer trunk at the foot of the bed.
DAVID BENIOFF, City of Thieves
The creak of bed springs suffering under the weight of a restless man is as lonely a sound as I know.
PATRICK DEWITT, The Sisters Brothers
An insomnia as big
as the stars'
on the brink--
as it were
of some deeper utterance
CHARLES SIMIC, New and Selected Poems
Waking up was a daily cruelty, an affront, and she avoided it by not sleeping.
GREGORY MAGUIRE, A Lion Among Men
Thin are the night-skirts left behind
By daybreak hours that onward creep,
And thin, alas! the shred of sleep
That wavers with the spirit's wind
DANTA GABRIEL ROSSETTI, "Insomnia"
That's the advantage of insomnia. People who go to be early always complain that the night is too short, but for those of us who stay up all night, it can feel as long as a lifetime. You get a lot done.
BANANA YOSHIMOTO, N.P.
He would lie in the bed and finally, with daylight, he would go to sleep. After all, he said to himself, it is probably only insomnia. Many must have it.
ERNEST HEMINGWAY, A Clean Well Lighted Place