Quotations About / On: SLEEP

  • 51.
    You lack the season of all natures, sleep.
    (William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Lady Macbeth, in Macbeth, act 3, sc. 4, l. 140. "Season" may mean necessary period of rest, or the seasoning that preserves.)
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  • 52.
    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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  • 53.
    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).)
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  • 54.
    Each day is a little life: every waking and rising a little birth, every fresh morning a little youth, every going to rest and sleep a little death.
    (Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860), German philosopher. "Counsels and Maxims," Parerga and Paralipomena (1851).)
  • 55.
    The Cold War isn't thawing; it is burning with a deadly heat. Communism isn't sleeping; it is, as always, plotting, scheming, working, fighting.
    (Richard M. Nixon (1913-1995), U.S. Republican politician, president. repr. In Stephen Ambrose, Nixon: The Triumph of a Politician, vol. 2, ch. 2 (1989). "Cuba, Castro and John F. Kennedy," The Reader's Digest (Nov. 1964).)
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  • 56.
    If Men and Women took their Pleasures as noisily as the Cats, what Londoner could ever hope to sleep of nights?
    (Aldous Huxley (1894-1963), British novelist. The Fifth Earl of Gonister, in After Many a Summer Dies the Swan, pt. II, ch. 4 (1939). This witticism is found in the diaries of the Fifth Earl of Gonister, Huxley's invention of an eighteenth-century aristocrat of almost superhuman cynicism.)
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  • 57.
    The world of men is dreaming, it has gone mad in its sleep, and a snake is strangling it, but it can't wake up.
    (D.H. (David Herbert) Lawrence (1885-1930), British author. Letter, May 14, 1915. The Letters of D.H. Lawrence, vol. 2, eds. George J. Zytaruk and James T. Boulton (1981).)
  • 58.
    What a pathetic creature is man! His senses are awakened by the hope for the very thing whose consummation puts him to sleep.
    (Franz Grillparzer (1791-1872), Austrian author. Phaon, in Sappho, act 2, sc. 1 (1819).)
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  • 59.
    Meanwhile I, deserted, was lamenting a little to myself your long delays in foreign loves, until sleep with its pleasing wings compelled me, fallen.
    (Propertius Sextus (c. 50-16 B.C.), Roman elegist. Oxford Classical Text, I.3. 43-45.)
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  • 60.
    A poet's work is to name the unnameable, to point at frauds, to take sides, start arguments, shape the world, and stop it going to sleep.
    (Salman Rushdie (b. 1947), Indian-born British author. Quoted in Independent (London, February 18, 1989).)
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