I want something that
will keep me awake thinking it was the food I
ate and not the show I saw.
— George S. Kaufman
Sleeping in a bed — it is, apparently, of
immense importance. Against those who sleep, from
choice or necessity, elsewhere society feels
righteously hostile. It is not done. It is disorderly,
— Rose Macaulay
Want to get ahead? Sleep
— Globe and Mail
article (about how late risers have more mental
stamina and can outperform early
Many's the long night
I've dreamed of cheese — toasted, mostly.
— Robert Louis Stevenson
Coffee in Columbia Won't Make Me a Morning Person!
Try thinking of love,
or something. Amor vincit insomnia.
— Christopher Fry, A Sleep of
How do people go to sleep? I'm afraid I've lost the
knack. I might try busting myself smartly over the
temple with the nightlight. I might repeat to myself,
slowly and soothingly, a list of quotations beautiful
from minds profound; if I can remember
— Dorothy Parker
Last night I dreamt I
was engaged to Lord Darnley, and was wondering how you
would take it when I woke up and remembered that he is
dead (to my relief I must add).
— Nancy Mitford
There's seven things
you can do with your time
[in retirement]: You can work and you can play
and you can sleep. You can improve your mind or you
can improve your health.
You can work in civic activities or educational
activities, or you can work in some spiritual area
for the church. As far as I know, there's nothing
else you can do ... And my retirement
has been great. It's better than anything I ever
expected it to be."
— Hammond Stith, Retired at 61
And so to bed.
— Samuel Pepys
Eat only when you are
hungry. Drink only when you're thirsty. Sleep only when
you're tired. Screw only when you're horny.
— Al Neuharth
I have had a dream, past the wit of man to say what
dream it was.
— William Shakespeare
Every day I like to
get up at the crack of noon.
— Dan O'Brien
I pray you, let none of your people stir me:
I have an exposition of sleep come upon me.
— William Shakespeare
Good communication is
as stimulating as black coffee, and just as hard to
— Anne Morrow
It would make anyone go to sleep, that bedstead would,
whether they wanted to or not.' `I should think,' said
Sam... `poppies was nothing to it.'
— Charles Dickens
There ain't no way to
find out why a snorer can't hear himself snore.
— Mark Twain
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.
— Søren Kierkegaard
Oh, yes, I love
— Larry Robinson, Coach of Los Angeles Kings, in
response to whether he planned to coach the hockey team
the following season
Life is one long process of getting
— Samuel Butler
Nice guys finish
last, but we get to sleep in.
— Evan Davis
Even sleepers are workers and collaborators on what
goes on in the universe.
Sleep is an excellent
way of listening to an opera.
— James Stephens
All the Good-Paying
Jobs Start Way Before I Get Up.
— T-Shirt seen on a bum
When sleep puts an end to delirium, it is a good
The nurse sleeps
sweetly, hired to watch the sick, Whom, snoring, she
— William Cowper
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
Too Prosperous to Do Mornings.
— T-Shirt worn by yours
SUSAN: Not really. I watch far too much television,
if you can call that relaxing.
BILL: Oh, yes. Rather. Best sleeping draught there
— Alan Ayckbourn, Woman in Mind
It is in vain that you
rise up early and go
late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil
for he gives to his beloved sleep.
— Psalm 127(126) : 2
It was a dream I had last week
And some kind of record seemed vital. I knew it
wouldn't be much of a poem But I love the title.
— Wendy Cope, Making Cocoa for Kinsley
Sleep, that deplorable curtailment of the joy of
— Virginia Woolf
When action grows unprofitable, gather information;
when information grows unprofitable, sleep.
— Ursula K. Le Guin
Never hurry. Take plenty of exercise. Always be
cheerful. Take all the sleep you need. You may expect
to be well.
— James Freeman Clarke
Each day is a little life: every waking and rising a
little birth, every fresh morning a little youth, every
going to rest and sleep a little death.
— Arthur Schopenhauer
No matter what time it
is, wake me, even if it's in the middle of a Cabinet
— Ronald Reagan
In bed my real love has always been the sleep that
rescued me by allowing me to dream.
— Luigi Pirandello
I don't generally feel anything until noon, then
it's time for my nap.
— Bob Hope
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
Sleep is a reward for some, a punishment for others.
For all, it is a sanction.
— Isidore Ducasse, Comte de Lautréamont
Living is a sickness to which sleep provides relief
every sixteen hours. It's a palliative. The remedy is
— Sébastien-Roch Nicolas de Chamfort
We are not hypocrites
in our sleep.
— William Hazlitt
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
— George Bernard Shaw
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.
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
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
— Miguel de Cervantes
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
— D. H. Lawrence
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
The city sleeps and the country sleeps,
The living sleep for their time, the dead sleep for
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
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
— Walt Whitman
Last night I dreamed I had insomnia. I woke up
exhausted, yet too well rested to go back to
— Bob Ingman
Sometimes the most
productive thing one can do is to sleep.
— Unknown wise