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[ Also see Morning Sleep Waking ]

I rise with the lark.
      - Anonymous

The famous Apollonius being very early at Vespasian's gate, and finding him stirring, from thence conjectured that he was worthy to govern an empire, and said to his companion, "This man surely will be emperor; he is so early."
      - Nicolas Caussin

Thus we improve the pleasures of the day,
  While tasteless mortals sleep their time away.
      - Mrs. Susannah Centlivre

I would have inscribed on the curtains of your bed, and the walls of your chamber: "If you do not rise early, you can make progress in nothing."
      - 1st Earl of Chatham, William Pitt

Six, or at most seven, hours' sleep is, for a constancy, as much as you or anybody else can want; more is only laziness and dozing, and is, I am persuaded, both unwholesome and stupefying.
      - 4th Earl of Chesterfield, Philip Dormer Stanhope

Early rising not only gives us more life in the same number of our years, but adds likewise to their number; and not only enables us to enjoy more of existence in the same measure of time, but increases also the measure.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

No man can promise himself even fifty years of life, but any man may, if he please, live in the proportion of fifty years in forty--let him rise early, that he may have the day before him, and let him make the most of the day, by determining to expend it on two sorts of acquaintance only--those by whom something may be got, and those from whom something maybe learnt.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

The difference between rising at five and seven o'clock in the morning, for the space of forty years, supposing a man to go to bed at the same hour at night, is nearly equivalent to ten additional years to a man's life.
      - Philip Doddridge

Next to temperance, a quiet conscience, a cheerful mind and active habits, I place early rising as a means of health and happiness.
      - Timothy Flint

The early morning has gold in its mouth.
      - Benjamin Franklin

With charwoman such early hours agree,
  And sweeps, that earn betimes their bit and sup;
    But I'm no climbing boy, and need not be,
      All up--all up!
        So here I'll lie, my morning calls deferring,
          Till something nearer to the stroke of noon;
            A man that's fond precociously of stirring,
              Must be a spoon.
      - Thomas Hood

O, there is a charm
  Which morning has, that gives the brow of age
    A smack of earth, and makes the lip of youth
      Shed perfume exquisite. Expect it not,
        Ye who till noon upon a down bed lie, Indulging feverous sleep.
      - Rev. James Hurdis

Prevent your day at morning.
      - Ben Jonson

He that from childhood has made rising betimes familiar to him will not waste the best part of his life in drowsiness.
      - John Locke (1)

When you find an unwillingness to rise early in the morning, endeavor to rouse your faculties, and act up to your kind, and consider that you have to do the business of a man; and that action is both beneficial and the end of your being.
      - Marcus Aurelius (Marcus Aurelius Antoninus)

Awake before the sun is risen, I call for my pen and papers and desk.
      - Christopher Smart

Whoever has tasted the breath of morning knows that the most invigorating and most delightful hours of then day are commonly spent in bed; though it is the evident intention of nature that we should enjoy and profit by them.
      - Robert Southey

Is there aught in sleep can charm the wise,
  To lie in dead oblivion, losing half
    The fleeting moments of too short a life;
      Total extinction of the enlighten'd soul?
        Wilder'd and tossing thro' distemper'd dreams?
          Who would in such a gloomy state remain
            Longer than nature craves; when ev'ry muse
              And every blooming pleasure wait without,
                To bless the wildly devious morning walk?
      - James Thomson (1)

Who would in such a gloomy state remain
  Longer than nature craves; when ev'ry muse
    And every blooming pleasure wait without,
      To bless the wildly devious morning walk?
      - James Thomson (1)

Few ever lived to a great age, and fewer still ever became distinguished; who were not in the habit of early using.
      - John Todd

When one begins to turn in bed, it is time to get up.
      - Duke of Wellington, Arthur Wellesley

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