Darkness endows the small and ordinary ones among mankind with poetical power.

—Thomas Hardy, 1874

Night affords the most convenient shade for works of darkness.

—John Taylor, 1750

I curse the night, yet doth from day me hide.

—William Drummond, 1616

Dreams have always been my friend, full of information, full of warnings.

—Doris Lessing, 1994

Each night’s new terror drives away the terror of the night before.

—Sophocles, c. 450 BC

Living is an ailment that is relieved every sixteen hours by sleep. A palliative. Death is the cure.

—Sébastien-Roch Nicolas Chamfort, c. 1790

In my dreams I sleep with everybody.

—Anaïs Nin, 1933

There are twelve hours in the day, and above fifty in the night.

—Madame de Sévigné, 1671

Some are born to sweet delight,
Some are born to endless night.

—William Blake, c. 1803

I proclaim night more truthful than the day.

—Léopold Sédar Senghor, 1956


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