Quotations About / On:
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 Unpublished fragments dating to November 1882February 1883.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).)
Sleep is when all the unsorted stuff comes flying out as from a dustbin upset in a high wind.
(William Golding (b. 1911), British author. Pincher Martin, ch. 6 (1956).)
Man has to awaken to wonderand so perhaps do peoples. Science is a way of sending him to sleep again.
(Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951), Austrian philosopher. 1930 entry, Culture and Value, eds. G.H. von Wright and Heikki Nyman (1980).)
I want to tell you a terrific story about oral contraception. I asked this girl to sleep with me and she said "no."
(Woody Allen (b. 1935), U.S. filmmaker. Quoted in Woody Allen: Clown Prince of American Humor, ch. 2, B. Adler and J. Feinman (1975).)
All this fuss about sleeping together. For physical pleasure I'd sooner go to my dentist any day.
(Evelyn Waugh (1903-1966), British novelist. Nina Blount, in Vile Bodies, ch. 6 (1930).
To her fiancé Adam Fenwick-Symes.)
Every man has to learn the points of the compass again as often as he awakes, whether from sleep or any abstraction.
(Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. Walden (1854), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 2, pp. 189-190, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)