Quotations About / On:
Freedom is the moment between sleep and waking before selfhood and the world return.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Sixth Selection, New York (1989).)
When action grows unprofitable, gather information; when information grows unprofitable, sleep.
(Ursula K. Le Guin (b. 1929), U.S. author. The Left Hand of Darkness, ch. 3 (1969).)
There dwell the children of the dark Night, the dread gods Sleep and Death.
(Hesiod (c. 8th century B.C.), Greek didactic poet. Theogony, 603.)
Music, ho, music such as charmeth sleep!
(William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Titania, in A Midsummer Night's Dream, act 4, sc. 1, l. 83.
"Charmeth" means induces like a charm.)
The law hath not been dead, though it hath slept.
(William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Angelo, in Measure for Measure, act 2, sc. 2, l. 90.
Reminding Isabella that the laws have existed even though they have not been enforced for some time.)
Sleep dwell upon thine eyes, peace in thy breast.
(William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Romeo, in Romeo and Juliet, act 2, sc. 2, l. 186.
To Juliet as she goes in from her window.)
The undeserver may sleep when the man of action is called on.
(William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Falstaff Henry IV, Part 2, act 2, sc. 4, l. 376-7.)
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.)
A thinking woman sleeps with monsters.
(Adrienne Rich (b. 1929), U.S. poet. Snapshots of a Daughter-in-Law (l. 26). . .
Norton Anthology of Poetry, The. Alexander W. Allison and others, eds. (3d ed., 1983) W. W. Norton & Company.)
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).)