Quotations About / On:
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).)
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.)