I’ve dreamed enough to have a drink.

—François Rabelais, 1546

By night an atheist half believes a God.

—Edward Young, c. 1745

Whoever thinks of going to bed before twelve o’clock is a scoundrel.

—Samuel Johnson, c. 1770

I have loved the stars too truly to be fearful of the night.

—Sarah Williams, 1868

What a man does abroad by night requires and implies more deliberate energy than what he is encouraged to do in the sunshine.

—Henry David Thoreau, 1852

What hath night to do with sleep?

—John Milton, 1637

After each night we are emptier: our mysteries and our griefs have leaked away into our dreams.

—E.M. Cioran, 1949

To know the abyss of the darkness and not to fear it, to entrust oneself to it and whatever may arise from it—what greater gift?

—Ursula K. Le Guin, 1975

The things of the night cannot be explained in the day, because they do not then exist.

—Ernest Hemingway, 1929

Our entire history is merely the history of the waking life of man; nobody has yet considered the history of his sleeping life.

—Georg Christoph Lichtenberg, c. 1780


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