Quotations About / On:
Men who are unhappy, like men who sleep badly, are always proud of the fact.
(Bertrand Russell (1872-1970), British philosopher, mathematician. The Conquest of Happiness, ch. 1 (1930).)
One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.
(Virginia Woolf (1882-1941), British novelist. A Room of One's Own, ch. 1 (1929).)
They are not sleeping, but even if they were fast asleep, I'd respect their dreams more than your waking thoughts.
(Franz Grillparzer (1791-1872), Austrian author. Dobra, in Libussa, act 1 (1872).)
Sleep is when all the unsorted stuff comes flying out as from a dustbin upset in a high wind.
(William Golding (b. 1911), British author. Pincher Martin, ch. 6 (1956).)
The main facts in human life are five: birth, food, sleep, love and death.
(E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. Aspects of the Novel, ch. 3 (1927).)
Freedom is the moment between sleep and waking before selfhood and the world return.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Sixth Selection, New York (1989).)
When action grows unprofitable, gather information; when information grows unprofitable, sleep.
(Ursula K. Le Guin (b. 1929), U.S. author. The Left Hand of Darkness, ch. 3 (1969).)
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.)
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).)