Quotations About / On:
There dwell the children of the dark Night, the dread gods Sleep and Death.
(Hesiod (c. 8th century B.C.), Greek didactic poet. Theogony, 603.)
The law hath not been dead, though it hath slept.
(William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Angelo, in Measure for Measure, act 2, sc. 2, l. 90.
Reminding Isabella that the laws have existed even though they have not been enforced for some time.)
The undeserver may sleep when the man of action is called on.
(William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Falstaff Henry IV, Part 2, act 2, sc. 4, l. 376-7.)
But since all is well, keep it so, wake not a sleeping wolf.
(William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Lord Chief Justice, in Henry IV, Part 2, act 1, sc. 2, l. 153-4.
Advising Falstaff not to get into trouble with the law.)
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.)
The last refuge of the insomniac is a sense of superiority to the sleeping world.
(Leonard Cohen (b. 1934), Canadian singer, poet, novelist. Lawrence Breavman, in The Favourite Game, bk. 4, sct. 12 (1963).)
Moral reform is the effort to throw off sleep.
(Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. Walden (1854), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 2, p. 100, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
I have fed purely upon ale; I have eat my ale, drank my ale, and I always sleep upon ale.
(George Farquhar (1678-1707), Irish dramatist. repr. In Complete Works, ed. Charles Stonehill (1930). The landlord Boniface, in The Beaux' Stratagem, act 1, sc. 1 (1707).)
It is useless to tell one not to reason but to believeyou might as well tell a man not to wake but sleep.
(George Gordon Noel Byron (1788-1824), British poet. Detached Thoughts, no. 96 (1821-1822), Byron's Letters and Journals, vol. 9, ed. Leslie A. Marchand (1979).)
A couple's relationship often moves to the back burner as they focus on the new baby and temporarily prefer sleep over sex.
(Susan Lapinski (20th century), U.S. writer. "Parenting Passages," Child (June-July 1992).)