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Quotations About / On: SLEEP

  • 41.
    Every man has to learn the points of the compass again as often as he awakes, whether from sleep or any abstraction.
    (Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. Walden (1854), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 2, pp. 189-190, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
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  • 42.
    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.)
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  • 43.
    The man who says his evening prayer is a captain posting his sentinels. He can sleep.
    (Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867), French poet. My Heart Laid Bare, sect. 116 (written c. 1865), published in Intimate Journals (1887), trans. by Christopher Isherwood (1930), revised by Don Bachardy (1989).)
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  • 44.
    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.)
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  • 45.
    Railroad iron is a magician's rod, in its power to evoke the sleeping energies of land and water.
    (Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. Speech, February 7, 1844, the Mercantile Library Association, Boston, Massachusetts. "The Young American," Nature, Addresses, and Lectures (1849).)
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  • 46.
    Sleep takes off the costume of circumstance, arms us with terrible freedom, so that every will rushes to a deed.
    (Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Demonology," Lectures and Biographical Sketches (1883, repr. 1904).)
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  • 47.
    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).)
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  • 48.
    Strange is this alien despotism of Sleep which takes two persons lying in each other's arms & separates them leagues, continents, asunder.
    (Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Concord and Discord (1835-1838)," quoted in Joel Porte, Emerson in His Journals (1982).)
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  • 49.
    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).)
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  • 50.
    People who wish to numb our caution in dealing with them by means of flattery are employing a dangerous expedient, like a sleeping draught, which, if it does not put us to sleep, keeps us all the more awake.
    (Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 2, p. 244, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). Human, All-Too-Human, "Man in Society," aphorism 318, "Flattery," (1878).)
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