Quotes about sleep

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„Death is an eternal sleep.“

—  Joseph Fouché French statesman 1759 - 1820

Inscription placed by his orders on the Gates of the Cemeteries in 1794; reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).

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„The moon has set,
And the Pleiades.
Midnight.
The hour has gone by.
I sleep alone.“

—  Sappho ancient Greek lyric poet -630 - -570 BC

Stanley Lombardo translations, Frag. 72

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„I never sleep, cause sleep is the cousin of death“

—  Nas American rapper, record producer and entrepreneur 1973

N.Y. State of Mind
On Albums, Illmatic (1994)

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„Now I am an outcast. I loathe my country. The best thing for me is a drunken sleep on the beach.“

—  Arthur Rimbaud French Decadent and Symbolist poet 1854 - 1891

Source: Une saison en enfer; Illuminations; et autres textes

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„Desire to sleep has vanished now,
Spring has arrived in the night
In the wake of a storm.“

—  Hermann Hesse, book Gertrud

Source: Gertrude (1910), p. 164
Context: The south winds roars at night,
Curlews hasten in their flight,
The air is damp and warm.
Desire to sleep has vanished now,
Spring has arrived in the night
In the wake of a storm.

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„I love sleep. My life has the tendency to fall apart when I'm awake, you know?“

—  Ernest Hemingway American author and journalist 1899 - 1961

No source in Hemingway's works has been found. May have originated in a 2000 post to the Usenet group alt.support.depression. link https://groups.google.com/forum/#!original/alt.support.depression/wYH4aCNHyp4/_d50yuXTeHsJ
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Grace Hopper photo

„If they put you down somewhere with nothing to do, go to sleep — you don't know when you'll get any more.“

—  Grace Hopper American computer scientist and United States Navy officer 1906 - 1992

Grace Hopper on Late Night with David Letterman (2 October 1986) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1-vcErOPofQ
Context: There's something you learn in your first boot-camp, or training camp: If they put you down somewhere with nothing to do, go to sleep — you don't know when you'll get any more.

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„I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve.“

—  Isoroku Yamamoto Japanese Marshal Admiral 1884 - 1943

Statement made after the attack on Pearl Harbor by Yamamoto as portrayed in the film Tora! Tora! Tora!, this is one of the most quoted remarks attributed to him. Though it is thought that it summarizes his sentiments well, a definite source for this quote has never been provided. William Safire wrote that there is no printed evidence to support this quote. Safire's Political Dictionary, page 666. http://books.google.com/books?id=c4UoX6-Sv1AC&pg=PA666 For more information see the Wikipedia article "Isoroku Yamamoto's sleeping giant quote".
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„God thinks in the geniuses, dreams in the poets, and sleeps in the other people.“

—  Peter Altenberg Austrian writer and poet 1859 - 1919

Gott denkt in den Genies, träumt in den Dichtern und schläft in den übrigen Menschen.
Der Nachlass von Peter Altenberg, p. 20

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William Shakespeare photo

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