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Where, in the sharp lineaments of rigid and unsightly death, is the calm beauty of slumber; telling of rest for the waking hours that are past, and gentle hopes and loves for those which are to come? Lay death and sleep down, side by side, and say who shall find the two akin. Send forth the child and childish man together, and blush for the pride that libels our own old happy state, and gives its title to an ugly and distorted image.
- Charles Dickens
Sleep and Death are brothers.
- Laertius Diogenes
No one but an adventurous traveler can know the luxury of sleep.
- Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield
Sing, sing a song to me,--
Sing me to sleep!
Some legend low and long,
Slow as the summer song
Of the dull Deep.
- Sydney Thompson Dobell, A Sleep Song
Sleep is pain's easiest salve, and doth fulfill all the offices of death, except to kill.
- Dr. John Donne
Near the Cimmerians, in his dark abode, deep in a cavern dwells the drowsy god.
- John Dryden
Two gates the silent house of Sleep adorn:
Of polished ivory this, that of transparent horn:
True visions through transparent horn arise;
Through polished ivory pass deluding lies.
- John Dryden, Aeneid (bk. VI, 894)
Sleep is a generous thief; he gives to vigor what he takes from time.
- Elizabeth, nee Pauline Elisabeth Ottilie Luise (used ps Carmen Sylva)
Sleep, to the homeless thou art home; the friendless find in thee a friend.
- Ebenezer Elliott ("The Corn Law Rhymer")
Sleep lingers all our lifetime about our eyes, as night hovers all day in the boughs of the fir-tree.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
She took the cup of life to sip,
Too bitter 'twas to drain;
She meekly put it from her lip,
And went to sleep again.
epitaph in Meole Churchyard, found in "Sabrinoe Corolla", p. 246 of third edition
Getting out of bed in the morning is an act of false confidence.
- Jules Feiffer
If thou wilt close thy drowsy eyes,
My mulberry one, my golden son,
The rose shall sing thee lullabies,
My pretty cosset lambkin!
- Eugene Field, Armenian Lullaby
The mill goes toiling slowly round
With steady and solemn creak,
And my little one hears in the kindly sound
The voice of the old mill speak;
While round and round those big white wings
Grimly and ghostlike creep,
My little one hears that the old mill sings,
Sleep, little tulip, sleep.
- Eugene Field, Nightfall in Dordrecht
One hour's sleep before midnight is worth two after.
- Henry Fielding
Care-charming Sleep, thou easer of all woes,
Brother to Death . . . thou son of Night.
- John William Fletcher,
The Tragedy of Valentinian (act V, 2)
Fatigue is the best pillow.
- Benjamin Franklin
O sleep! in pity thou art made
A double boon to such as we;
Beneath closed lids and folds of deepest shade
We think we see.
- Nathaniel Langdon Frothingham, D.D.,
The Sight of Blind
Sleep sweet with this quiet room,
O thou! whoe'er thou art;
And let no mournful Yesterday,
Disturb thy peaceful heart.
- Ellen M. Huntington Gates, Sleep Sweet
Sleep is when all the unsorted stuff comes flying out as from a dustbin upset in a high wind.
- William Golding
In clue season he betakes himself to his rest; he (the Christian) presumes not to alter the ordinance of day and night, nor dare confound, where distinctions are made by his Maker.
- Joseph Hall
The breath of peace was fanning her glorious brow, her head was bowed a very little forward, and a tress, escaping from its bonds, fell by the side of her pure white temple, and close to her just opened lips; it hung there motionless! no breath disturbed its repose! She slept as an angel might sleep, having accomplished the mission of her God.
- Nathaniel Hawthorne
Walk groundly, talk profoundly, drink roundly, sleep soundly.
- William Hazlitt (1)
A holy thing is sleep, on the worn spirit shed, and eyes that wake to weep.
- Mrs. Felicia D. Hemans
Oh! lightly, lightly tread!
A holy thing is sleep,
On the worn spirit shed,
And eyes that wake to weep.
- Mrs. Felicia D. Hemans, The Sleeper
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