Quotations About / On:
The law, in its majestic equality, forbids rich and poor alike to sleep under bridges, beg in the streets or steal bread.
(Anatole France (1844-1924), French author. The Red Lily, ch. 7 (1894).)
Immanuel Kant lived with knowledge as with his lawfully wedded wife, slept with it in the same intellectual bed for forty years and begot an entire German race of philosophical systems.
(Stefan Zweig (18811942), Austrian writer. Der Kampf mit dem Daemon (The Struggle with the Demon), p. 256, trans. by Marion Sonnenfeld, Insel Verlag (1929).)
Much sleep is not required by nature, either for our souls or bodies, or for the actions in which they are concerned.
(Plato (c. 427-347 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Protagoras, 808 B....)
Many women would like to dream with men without sleeping with them. Someone should point out to them that this is utterly impossible.
(Karl Kraus (1874-1936), Austrian writer. Trans. by Harry Zohn, originally published in Beim Wort genommen (1955). Half-Truths and One-and-a-Half Truths, University of Chicago Press (1990).)
The sanity of the average banquet speaker lasts about two and a half months; at the end of that time he begins to mutter to himself, and calls out in his sleep.
(James Thurber (1894-1961), U.S. humorist, illustrator. New Yorker (March 29, 1930).)
The empty, the one, the unmoved, the full, satiation, wanting nothingthat would be my evil: in short, dreamless sleep.
(Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 10, p. 211, selection 5, number 212, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). Unpublished fragments dating to November 1882February 1883.
Originally meant to be attributed to Zarathustra in Thus Spoke Zarathustra.)
Sleep is a reward for some, a punishment for others. For all, it is a sanction.
(Isidore Ducasse, Comte de Lautréamont (1846-70), French author, poet. Poésies, ch. 2 (1870).)
A nap, my friend, is a brief period of sleep which overtakes superannuated persons when they endeavour to entertain unwelcome visitors or to listen to scientific lectures.
(George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. The elderly gentleman, in "Tragedy of an Elderly Gentleman," Back to Methuselah.)
Resting on your laurels is as dangerous as resting when you are walking in the snow. You doze off and die in your sleep.
(Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951), Austrian philosopher. Culture and Value, journal entry, 1939-1940, eds. G.H. von Wright and Heikki Nyman (1980).)
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).)