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
Sleep is a symptom of caffeine deprivation.
We are such stuff
As dreams are made on, and our little life
Is rounded with a sleep.
WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, The Tempest
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
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
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"
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
God has made sleep to be a sponge by which to rub out fatigue. A man's roots are planted in night as in a soil.
HENRY WARD BEECHER, Proverbs from Plymouth Pulpit
Sleep. To lie down and shut out the noise, the fear, the unceasing misery.
TAD WILLIAMS, Otherland: City of Golden Shadow
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
Beneath the tides of Sleep and time strange fish are moving. For Sleep has crossed the worn visages of day, and in the night time, in the dark, in all the sleeping silence of the towns, the faces of ten million men are strange and dark as time. In Sleep we lie all naked and alone, in Sleep we are united at the heart of night and darkness, and we are strange and beautiful asleep; for we are dying in the darkness, and we know no death, there is no death, there is no life, no joy, no sorrow, and no glory on the earth but Sleep.
THOMAS WOLFE, From Death to Morning
The great modification which the act of awakening effects in us is not so much that of ushering us into the clear life of consciousness, as that of making us lose all memory of the slightly more diffused light in which our mind had been resting, as in the opaline depths of the sea. The tide of thought, half veiled from our perception, on which we were still drifting a moment ago, kept us in a state of motion perfectly sufficient to enable us to refer to it by the name of wakefulness. But then our actual awakenings produce an interruption of memory. A little later we describe these states as sleep because we no longer remember them.
MARCEL PROUST, The Guermantes Way
No day is so bad it can't be fixed with a nap.
CARRIE SNOW, Women's Health, April 2006
A ruffled mind makes a restless pillow.
CHARLOTTE BRONTË, The Professor
There will be sleeping enough in the grave.
BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, Poor Richard's Almanack, 1758
There, in the depths of sleep, is the communion of the living and the dead.
GENNADY AYGI, Veronica's Book