Famous Authors on the Importance of Sleep

Many celebrated authors have benefited from high quality sleep; others famously suffered from sleep disorders and insomnia.  Shakespeare said sleep was the “chief nourisher in life’s feast” in Macbeth while F. Scott Fitzgerald said that “the worse thing in the world is to try to sleep and not to”.  Here are some more quotes on how great writers view sleep:

“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

“A ruffled mind makes a restless pillow.”

– Charlotte Brontë

“When you have insomnia, you’re never really asleep, and you’re never really awake.”

– Chuck Palahniuk in Fight Club

“Now, blessings light on him that first invented sleep! It covers a man all over, thoughts and all, like a cloak; it is meat for the hungry, drink for the thirsty, heat for the cold, and cold for the hot. It is the current coin that purchases all the pleasures of the world cheap, and the balance that sets the king and the shepherd, the fool and the wise man, even.”

– Miguel de Cervantes in Don Quixote

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