Quotations About / On: SLEEP
Life itself is a bubble and a skepticism, and a sleep within sleep.
(Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Experience," Essays, Second Series (1844).)
Sleep, ignorant of pain, sleep, ignorant of grief, may you come to us blowing softly, kindly, kindly come king.
(Sophocles (497-406/5 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Philoctetes, l. 827.)
when the hunter sleeps at night the animals in the bush make merry
(we need to be working hard to achieve our goal)
We came upon that silent sacred place...in which holy deer make their sleeping space
As seawaves slapped his sloop he slipped down a sweet slope into sleep
I want to sleep in the oven
(Gutter Kisses and a Hug on Garbage Day)
because I just burn in the bed
I won't sleep
(Hold Me Under: Poems to Drown to)
if that's what it takes
to not wake up
Life is struggle and sleep.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Eleventh Selection, New York (1993).)
We are not hypocrites in our sleep.
(William Hazlitt (1778-1830), British essayist. The Plain Speaker, "On Dreams," (1826).)
A thinking woman sleeps with monsters.
(Adrienne Rich (b. 1929), U.S. poet. Snapshots of a Daughter-in-Law (l. 26). . .
Norton Anthology of Poetry, The. Alexander W. Allison and others, eds. (3d ed., 1983) W. W. Norton & Company.)