quotations about sleep
Sleep that knits up the ravelled sleeve of care
The death of each day's life, sore labour's bath
Balm of hurt minds, great nature's second course,
Chief nourisher in life's feast.
WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, Macbeth
We are such stuff
As dreams are made on, and our little life
Is rounded with a sleep.
WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, The Tempest
Sleep is a symptom of caffeine deprivation.
The best bridge between despair and hope is a good night's sleep.
E. JOSEPH COSSMAN, How I Made $1,000,000 in Mail Order
I love to sleep. Do you? Isn't it great? It really is the best of both worlds. You get to be alive and unconscious.
RITA RUDNER, stand-up routine
No day is so bad it can't be fixed with a nap.
CARRIE SNOW, Women's Health, April 2006
Sleep is no longer a healing bath, a recuperation of vital forces, but an oblivion, a nightly brush with annihilation.
J. M. COETZEE, Waiting for the Barbarians
Sleep is a country
whose border guards are fickle.
slip in and out without
For them, sleep is routine
and therefore blank.
For others, it is an excursion
from which they bring back
exotic souvenirs and memories of
ANNE LE DRESSAY, Sleep Is a Country
The sleep thou takest when the day is worn
Is not more needful to thy weary frame
Than that long sleep which has a harsher name,
Which men call Death, but which is being born.
JOHN CHARLES EARLE, "Sleep and Death"
Sleep is life's nurse, sent from heaven to create us anew day by day.
CHARLES READE, attributed, Day's Collacon
Of all the things a man may do, sleep probably contributes most to keeping him sane. It puts brackets about each day. If you do something foolish or painful today, you get irritated if somebody mentions it, today. If it happened yesterday, though, you can nod or chuckle, as the case may be. You've crossed through nothingness or dream to another island in Time.
ROGER ZELAZNY, Isle of the Dead
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
Sleep is sweet to the labouring man.
JOHN BUNYAN, The Pilgrim's Progress
There is nothing so entirely desirable in all the world as a few hours' oblivion.
ANNE REEVE ALDRICH, "An Evening With Callender"
Better sleep with a sober cannibal than a drunken Christian.
HERMAN MELVILLE, Moby Dick
It is one of life's bitterest truths that bedtime so often arrives just when things are really getting interesting.
DANIEL HANDLER, as Lemony Snicket, The Grim Grotto
O magic sleep! O comfortable bird,
That broodest o'er the troubled sea of the mind
Till it is hush'd and smooth!
JOHN KEATS, Endymion
Despite fifty years of research all we can conclude about the function of sleep is that it overcomes sleepiness, and that the only reliable finding from sleep deprivation experiments is that sleep loss makes us sleepy.
JAMES HORNE, Why We Sleep
What are the days but islands,
So many little islands,
And sleep the sea of silence,
That flows about them all?
CAROLINE SPENCER, "Cruising"
There will be sleeping enough in the grave.
BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, Poor Richard's Almanack, 1758