Quotations About / On: SLEEP

  • 61.
    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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  • 62.
    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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  • 63.
    I am invariably of the politics of the people at whose table I sit, or beneath whose roof I sleep.
    (George Borrow (1803-1881), British author. The Bible in Spain, ch. 16 (1843).)
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  • 64.
    You can't stay married in a situation where you are afraid to go to sleep in case your wife might cut your throat.
    (Mike Tyson (b. 1966), U.S. boxer. quoted in Daily Telegraph (London, Feb. 1, 1989).)
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  • 65.
    In France a woman will not go to sleep until she has talked over affairs of state with her lover or her husband.
    (Jules Mazarin (1602-1661), Italian-born-French statesman, cardinal. Attributed remark (c. 1650).)
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  • 66.
    Did all of us feel interested in bombing buildings only when the men we slept with were urging us on?
    (Jane Alpert (b. 1947), U.S. revolutionary and convicted bomber. Growing Up Underground, ch. 13 (1981). Reflecting on the instigation of her lover, Sam Melville, who led a tiny revolutionary commune in New York City during the late 1960s; Melville was imprisoned in Attica, in western New York State, and died in a revolt there.)
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  • 67.
    But what is all this fear of and opposition to Oblivion? What is the matter with the soft Darkness, the Dreamless Sleep?
    (James Thurber (1894-1961), U.S. humorist, illustrator. Also included in Clifton Fadiman, I Believe: The Personal Philosophies of Certain Eminent Men and Women of Our Time (c. 1939). Forum and Century (June 1939).)
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  • 68.
    I think that it would be less difficult to live eternally than to be deprived of sleep throughout life.
    (Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Letter, December 9, 1890, letter to his editor and friend, A.S. Suvorin. Complete Works and Letters in Thirty Volumes, Letters, vol. 4, p. 146, "Nauka" (1976).)
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  • 69.
    We term sleep a death ... by which we may be literally said to die daily; in fine, so like death, I dare not trust it without my prayers.
    (Thomas Browne (1605-1682), British physician, author. Religio Medici, pt. 2, sct. 12 (1643).)
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  • 70.
    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).)
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