Quotations About / On: SLEEP

  • 61.
    The empty, the one, the unmoved, the full, satiation, wanting nothing—that 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[1], 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 Unpublished fragments dating to November 1882February 1883.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.)
  • 62.
    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).)
  • 63.
    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.)
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  • 64.
    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).)
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  • 65.
    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).)
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  • 66.
    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).)
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  • 67.
    Man has to awaken to wonder—and 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).)
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  • 68.
    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).)
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  • 69.
    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.)
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  • 70.
    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).)
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