Quotations About / On:
When I prayed for success, I forgot to ask for sound sleep and good digestion.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Fourteenth Selection, New York (1994).)
We have a vigilant consul, Caninius, who never slept once during his entire term of office!
(Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 B.C.), Roman orator, philosopher, statesman. Epigramma.
His term lasted but a day.)
When virtue has slept it will arise the more refreshed.
(Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 2, p. 87, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). Human, All-Too-Human, "On the History of Moral Sentiments," aphorism 83, "The Sleep of Virtue," (1878).)
I do not understand the capricious lewdness of the sleeping mind.
(John Cheever (1912-1982), U.S. author. "The Late Forties and the Fifties," John Cheever: The Journals, ed. Robert Gottlieb (1991).
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).)
We are not hypocrites in our sleep.
(William Hazlitt (1778-1830), British essayist. The Plain Speaker, "On Dreams," (1826).)
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).)