Humans have a complicated relationship with sleep.


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Whether you have trouble sleeping, love naps more than anything, or just bought a new mattress you can’t get enough of, you’ll appreciate these quotes about sleep.


1. “Laugh and the world laughs with you, snore and you sleep alone.” – Anthony Burgess


2. “If you’re going to do something tonight that you’ll be sorry for tomorrow morning, sleep late.” – Henny Youngman


3. “Sleep is the best meditation.” Dalai Lama


4. “It is a common experience that a problem difficult at night is resolved in the morning after the committee of sleep has worked on it.” – John Steinbeck


5. “Sleep is that golden chain that ties health and our bodies together.” – Thomas Dekker


6. “A well-spent day brings happy sleep.” – Leonardo da Vinci


7. “I love sleep. My life has the tendency to fall apart when I’m awake, you know?” – Ernest Hemingway


8. “Marriage is an alliance entered into by a man who can’t sleep with the window shut, and a woman who can’t sleep with the window open.” – George Bernard Shaw


9. “The amount of sleep required by the average person is five minutes more.” – Wilson Mizener


10. “The bed is a bundle of paradoxes: we go to it with reluctance, yet we quit it with regret; we make up our minds every night to leave it early, but we make up our bodies every morning to keep it late.” – Charles Caleb Colton


11. “There is no hope for a civilization which starts each day to the sound of an alarm clock.” – Unknown


12. “There is more refreshment and stimulation in a nap, even of the briefest, than in all the alcohol ever distilled.” – Edward Lucas


13. “Insomnia is a gross feeder. It will nourish itself on any kind of thinking, including thinking about not thinking.” – Clifton Fadiman


14. “The feeling of sleepiness when you are not in bed, and can’t get there, is the meanest feeling in the world.” – Edgar Watson Howe


15. “Each night, when I go to sleep, I die. And the next morning, when I wake up, I am reborn.” – Mahatma Gandhi


16. “Never waste any time you can spend sleeping.” Frank H. Knight


17. “When every inch of the world is known, sleep may be the only wilderness that we have left.” – Louise Erdrich


18. “Tired minds don’t plan well. Sleep first, plan later.” – Walter Reisch


19. “A ruffled mind makes a restless pillow.” – Charlotte Bronte


20. “Sleep soothes and arrest the fever-pulse of the soul.” – Eliza Cook


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