This is a collection of proverbs and quotes about sleep and sleeping. Stay awake.

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A clever wife often sleeps with a stupid husband.

Chinese proverb

A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor's book.

Irish proverb

As the master sleeps, the servant dreams.

Swedish proverb

Coffee is a beverage that puts one to sleep when not drank.

Alphonse Allais

Don't feed a silkworm that's sleeping.

Let sleeping dogs sleep.

Every ruler sleeps on an anthill.


How stunning are the changes which age makes in a man while he sleeps!

Mark Twain

If you think that something small cannot make a difference - try going to sleep with a mosquito in the room.

In the morning be first up, and in the evening last to go to bed, for they that sleep catch no fish.

English proverb

Joy and sorrow sleep in the same bed.

Czech proverb

Life is something that happens when you can't get to sleep.

Fran Lebowitz

Marriage is the only war in which you sleep with the enemy.

Mexican proverb

Men and women sleep on the same pillow, but they have different dreams.

Mongolian proverb

People who say they sleep like a baby usually don't have one.

Leo J. Burke

Poor men sleep the best.

Japanese proverb

Silence is the sleep that nourishes wisdom.

Francis Bacon

Six hours for a man, seven for a woman, and eight for a fool.

English proverb

Sleep and Death, who are twin brothers.


Sleep is the best meditation.

Dalai Lama

Sleep is the cousin of death.

Congolese proverb

Sleep on a bed of silver and dream of gold.

Lithuanian proverb

Sleep! I feel the need of it. Yet my axe is restless in my hand. Give me a row of orc-necks and room to swing and all weariness will fall from me!

The Lord of the Rings - The Two Towers
J.R.R. Tolkien

Statler: Hey old fool, you slept through the show!
Waldorf: Who's a fool, you watched it!

The Muppet Show

The amount of sleep required by the average person is about half an hour more.

Evan Esar

The children eat the fruit and the father sleeps on the peel.

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