Quotations About / On: SLEEP

  • 51.
    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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  • 52.
    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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  • 53.
    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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  • 54.
    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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  • 55.
    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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  • 56.
    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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  • 57.
    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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  • 58.
    When we close our eyes to sleep.
    We sleep to open our eyes to a dream.
    We wake up with a smile, knowing that we have seen a friend in our dream.
    (Defining our friendship)
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  • 59.
    'Monsters aren't the things that sleep under your bed or in your cupboard. Monsters are the things that sleep inside your head. They are the things that consume your mind and make you have dark thoughts. Monsters are apart of you, a piece of you, you are the monster and that's the most scariest thing about it.'
    ((The truth about the darkness of a monster inside of us.))
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  • 60.
    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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