An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown



60,000 QUOTES SPIDER
 


QUOTES AND APHORISMS ON SLEEP

 

 

The repose of sleep refreshes only the body. It rarely sets the soul at rest. The repose of the night does not belong to us. It is not the possession of our being. Sleep opens within us an inn for phantoms. In the morning we must sweep out the shadows.

 

Gaston Bachelard (1884-1962, French scientist, philosopher, literary theorist)

 

The repose of sleep refreshes only the body. It rarely sets the soul at rest. The repose of the night does not belong to us. It is not the possession of our being. Sleep opens within us an inn for phantoms. In the morning we must sweep out the shadows.

 

Gaston Bachelard (1884-1962, French scientist, philosopher, literary theorist)

 

Sleep demands of us a guilty immunity. There is not one of us who, given an eternal incognito, a thumbprint nowhere set against our souls, would not commit rape, murder and all abominations.

 

Djuna Barnes (1892-1982, American author, poet, columnist)

 

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.

 

Sir Thomas Browne (1605-1682, British author, physician, philosopher)

 

Sleep hath its own world, and a wide realm of wild reality. And dreams in their development have breath, and tears, and tortures, and the touch of joy.

 

Lord Byron (1788-1824, British poet)

 

Now blessings light on him that first invented this same sleep: it covers a man all over, thoughts and all, like a cloak; 'Tis meat for the hungry, drink for the thirsty, heat for the cold, and cold for the hot. 'Tis the current coin that purchases all the pleasures of the world cheap; and the balance that sets the king and the shepherd, the fool and the wise-man even. There is only one thing that I dislike in sleep; 'Tis that it resembles death; there's very little difference between a man in his first sleep, and a man in his last sleep.

 

Miguel De Cervantes (1547-1616, Spanish novelist, dramatist, poet)

 

Oh Sleep! it is a gentle thing, beloved from pole to pole, to Mary Queen the praise be given! She sent the gentle sleep from Heaven, that slid into my soul.

 

Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834, British poet, critic, philosopher)

 

Sole comforter to minds with grief oppressed.

 

William Drummond (1585-1649, Celtic poet)

 

I don't wake up for less than $10,000 a day.

 

Linda Evangelista (1965-, Canadian-born American model)

 

Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.

 

Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790, American scientist, publisher, diplomat)

 

Fatigue is the best pillow.

 

Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790, American scientist, publisher, diplomat)

 

Sleep is when all the unsorted stuff comes flying out as from a dustbin upset in a high wind.

 

William Golding (1911-1993, British author)

 

Even sleepers are workers and collaborators on what goes on in the universe.

 

Heraclitus (BC 535-475, Greek philosopher)

 

There is only one thing people like that is good for them; a good night's sleep.

 

Edgar Watson Howe (1853-1937, American journalist, author)

 

It is a delicious moment, certainly, that of being well-nestled in bed and feeling that you shall drop gently to sleep. The good is to come, not past; the limbs are tired enough to render the remaining in one posture delightful; the labor of the day is gone.

 

Leigh Hunt (1784-1859, British poet, essayist)

 

Sleep is the most blessed and blessing of all natural graces.

 

Aldous Huxley (1894-1963, British author)

 

I divide my time as follows: half the time I sleep, the other half I dream. I never dream when I sleep, for that would be a pity, for sleeping is the highest accomplishment of genius.

 

Soren Kierkegaard (1813-1855, Danish philosopher, writer)

 

He who sleeps half a day has won half a life.

 

Karl Kraus (1874-1936, Austrian satirist)

 

Sleep is a reward for some, a punishment for others. For all, it is a sanction.

 

Isidore Ducasse, Comte De Lautreamont (1846-1870, French author, poet)

 

And if tonight my soul may find her peace in sleep, and sink in good oblivion, and in the morning wake like a new-opened flower then I have been dipped again in God, and new-created.

 

D. H. Lawrence (1885-1930, British author)

 

The first moments of sleep are an image of death; a hazy torpor grips our thoughts and it becomes impossible for us to determine the exact instant when the "I," under another form, continues the task of existence.

 

Gerard De Nerval (1808-1855, French novelist, poet)

 

No matter what time it is, wake me, even if it's in the middle of a Cabinet meeting.

 

Ronald Reagan (1911-2004, American President (40th))

 

Shed, as you do your garments, your daily sins, whether of omission or commission, and you will wake a free man, with a new life.

 

Sir William Osler (1849-1919, Canadian physician)

 

All men whilst they are awake are in one common world: but each of them, when he is asleep, is in a world of his own.

 

Plutarch (46-120, Greek essayist, biographer)

 

Six hours for a man, seven for a woman, and eight for a fool.

 

English Proverb (Sayings of British origin)

 

I have so much to do...that I am going to bed.

 

French Proverb (Sayings of French origin)

 

Come Sleep! Oh Sleep, the certain knot of peace, the baiting-place of wit, the balm of woe, the poor man's wealth, the prisoner's release, the indifferent judge between the high and low.

 

Sir Philip Sidney (1554-1586, British author, courtier)

 

A nap, my friend, is a brief period of sleep which overtakes superannuated persons when they endeavor to entertain unwelcome visitors or to listen to scientific lectures.

 

George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950, Irish-born British dramatist)

 

The city sleeps and the country sleeps, the living sleep for their time, the dead sleep for their time, the old husband sleeps by his wife and the young husband sleeps by his wife; and these tend inward to me, and I tend outward to them, and such as it is to be of these more or less I am, and of these one and all I weave the song of myself.

 

Walt Whitman (1819-1892, American poet)

 

Come, cuddle your head on my shoulder, dear, your head like the golden-rod, and we will go sailing away from here to the beautiful land of Nod.

 

Ella Wheeler Wilcox (1855-1919, American poet, journalist)

 

Sleep, that deplorable curtailment of the joy of life.

 

Virginia Woolf (1882-1941, British novelist, essayist)

 

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