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The first moments of sleep are an image of death; a hazy torpor grips our thoughts and it becomes impossible for us to determine the exact instant when the ''I,'' under another form, continues the task of existence.
~ Gerard De Nerval

 

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The repose of sleep refreshes only the body. It rarely sets the soul at rest. The repose of the night does not belong to us. It is not the possession of our being. Sleep opens within us an inn for phantoms. In the morning we must sweep out the shadows.
~ Gaston Bachelard

 

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There is between sleep and us something like a pact, a treaty with no secret clauses, and according to this convention it is agreed that, far from being a dangerous, bewitching force, sleep will become domesticated and serve as an instrument of our power to act. We surrender to sleep, but in the way that the master entrusts himself to the slave who serves him.
~ Maurice Blanchot

 

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We are not hypocrites in our sleep.
~ William Hazlitt

 

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We term sleep a death by which we may be literally said to die daily; in fine, so like death, I dare not trust it without my prayers.
~ Sir Thomas Browne

 

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