„The stars you see at night are the unblinking eyes of sleeping elephants, who sleep with one eye open to best keep watch over us.“
— Gregory Colbert Canadian photographer 1960
Ashes and Snow : A Novel in Letters (2005) Flying Elephants Press
„These flowers, which were splendid and sprightly,
Waking in the dawn of the morning,
In the evening will be a pitiful frivolity,
Sleeping in the cold night’s arms.“
— Pedro Calderón de la Barca Spanish dramatist 1600 - 1681
Éstas que fueron pompa y alegría
despertando al albor de la mañana,
a la tarde serán lástima vana
durmiendo en brazos de la noche fría.
A las flores ("Éstas, que fueron pompa y alegría") http://es.wikisource.org/wiki/A_las_flores_%28Calder%C3%B3n_de_la_Barca%29.
„You would probably not say that he was sleeping the sleep of the just, unless you meant the just asleep, but it was certainly the sleep of someone who was not fooling about when he climbed into bed of a night and turned off the light.“
Source: The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul (1988), Ch. 3
— Arthur Rimbaud French Decadent and Symbolist poet 1854 - 1891
Source: A Season in Hell/The Drunken Boat
„We sleep safely at night because rough men stand ready to visit violence on those who would harm us.“
— Winston S. Churchill Prime Minister of the United Kingdom 1874 - 1965
„Nawf! Prophet David (Daud) once got up at such an hour in the night and said this was the hour when prayers of everyone who prayed were accepted except of those who forcibly collected revenues or who were scandal- mongers or were persons in the police force of a despotic regime or were musicians.“
— Manuel Rivera-Ortiz American photographer 1968
Buffalo Rising interview (2007)
Context: Life is pretty rough for the nearly 400 million people in India who still live on $2 USD or less a day-they are mostly what this show is about.
In America by comparison, the children of the poor may not have access to the latest Dolce & Gabbana or Armani suit, but they at least predominantly have shelter, even though it may not be a castle but it is a warm place to rest and recuperate. So many of the children I come across in such countries as India live and sleep with their families on the street covered by a tarp or a piece of plastic or cardboard. They cry themselves to sleep at night from hunger.
We are very lucky to be living in the U. S. and not there under similar conditions in a country like India, even if being poor here means living simply. If we as people can remember this much from seeing one of my shows, then we are already well on the way toward progress in my opinion.
„Try to live with the same intensity as a child. He doesn't ask for explanations; he dives into each day as if it were a new adventure and, at night, sleeps tired and happy.“
— Paulo Coelho Brazilian lyricist and novelist 1947
Source: Warrior of the Light
— Eddie Mair Scottish broadcaster 1965
Question to the Sudanese ambassador concerning the government's complicit stance towards Janjaweed atrocities in Darfur
From PM and Broadcasting House
„Ever sits the lady weeping —
Weeping night and day —
One perpetual vigil keeping,
Till life pass away,
And she join the seven who sleep.“
— Letitia Elizabeth Landon English poet and novelist 1802 - 1838
The Monthly Magazine
— Giacomo Puccini Italian composer 1858 - 1924