Unable to fall asleep, I decided to browse quotes about “sleep”.
Google sent me to Goodreads and here’s a bunch of them that I liked…
“Sleep is God. Go worship” – an adequate for this post’s title, by Jim Butcher from Death Masks (The Dresden Files, #5)
“I love sleep. My life has the tendency to fall apart when I’m awake, you know?” – Ernest Hemingway
“Each night, when I go to sleep, I die. And the next morning, when I wake up, I am reborn.” – Mahatma Gandhi
As it should be.
“People say, ‘I’m going to sleep now,’ as if it were nothing. But it’s really a bizarre activity. ‘For the next several hours, while the sun is gone, I’m going to become unconscious, temporarily losing command over everything I know and understand. When the sun returns, I will resume my life.’
If you didn’t know what sleep was, and you had only seen it in a science fiction movie, you would think it was weird and tell all your friends about the movie you’d seen.
They had these people, you know? And they would walk around all day and be OK? And then, once a day, usually after dark, they would lie down on these special platforms and become unconscious. They would stop functioning almost completely, except deep in their minds they would have adventures and experiences that were completely impossible in real life. As they lay there, completely vulnerable to their enemies, their only movements were to occasionally shift from one position to another; or, if one of the ‘mind adventures’ got too real, they would sit up and scream and be glad they weren’t unconscious anymore. Then they would drink a lot of coffee.’
So, next time you see someone sleeping, make believe you’re in a science fiction movie. And whisper, ‘The creature is regenerating itself.”
– George Carlin, Brain Droppings
The dangers of loss and regret…
“Do you know what it is like,
to lie in bed awake;
with thoughts to haunt
you every night,
of all your past mistakes?
Knowing sleep will set it right –
if you were not to wake.”
– Lang Leav, Love & Misadventure
“What would an ocean be without a monster lurking in the dark? It would be like sleep without dreams.” – Werner Herzog
“I’ve always envied people who sleep easily. Their brains must be cleaner, the floorboards of the skull well swept, all the little monsters closed up in a steamer trunk at the foot of the bed.” – David Benioff, City of Thieves
My very own personal belief that:
“I do my best thinking at night when everyone else is sleeping. No interruptions. No noise. I like the feeling of being awake when no one else is.” – Jennifer Niven, All the Bright Places
Eventually grew into:
“I don’t know if you’ve ever felt like that. That you wanted to sleep for a thousand years. Or just not exist. Or just not be aware that you do exist. Or something like that. I think wanting that is very morbid, but I want it when I get like this. That’s why I’m trying not to think. I just want it all to stop spinning.” – Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower
And has now morphed into:
“Some people wake up drowsy. Some people wake up energized. I wake up dead.” – John Marsden, Tomorrow, When the War Began (Tomorrow, #1)
And it’s really as bad as it sounds…
According to neuroscience, deep sleep is a blackout state where consciousness disappears.
According to me, that’s the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.
“Hearts Of Black Science” provided excellent music with “Wolves at the Border”.