Robert Christy, comp. Proverbs, Maxims and Phrases of All Ages. 1887.


All are not asleep who have their eyes shut.German.

All who snore are not asleep.Danish.

Death’s half-brother, sleep.Dryden.

Do not go to sleep early and rise late.Hindu.

Every one will sleep as he makes his bed.Modern Greek.

He hath slept well who remembers not he slept ill.

He sleeps as dogs do when wives sift meal.

He sleeps soundly who has nothing to lose.French.

He who desireth to sleep soundly, let him buy the bed of a bankrupt.

He who lies long in bed his estate feels it.

He who sleeps alone keeps long cold; two soon warm each other.German.

He who sleeps by day will hunger by night.Detroit Free Press.

He who sleeps catches no fish.Italian.

He who sleeps much learns little.Spanish.

He who sleeps well does not feel the fleas.Italian.

If I sleep, I sleep for myself; if I work, I know not for whom.Italian.

If men had not slept the tares had not been sown.

I’ll sleep on it.Dutch.

It is good to sleep in a whole skin.German, Dutch, Danish.

It is not for a man in authority to sleep a whole night.Homer.

Let him who sleeps too much borrow the pillow of a debtor.Spanish.

Not all are asleep who have their eyes shut.Italian.

O sleep! it is a gentle thing;
Beloved from pole to pole.Coleridge.

One hour’s sleep before midnight is better than two after.French, German.

One must not take his cares to bed with him.German.

Quiet sleep feels no foul weather.

Slavery’s only service money—sweet sleep.Benjamin Disraeli.

Sleep is a sovereign physic.Massinger.

Sleep is a thief: it steals half one’s life.German.

Sleep is the brother of death.German.

Sleep makes every man as great or rich as the greatest.

Sleep not in time of peril.

Sleep over it and you will come to a resolution.Spanish.

Sleep that knits up the ravelled sleeve of care,
The death of each day’s life, sore labor’s bath;
Balm of hurt minds, great nature’s second course,
Chief nourisher in life’s feast.Shakespeare.

Sleep that sometimes shuts up sorrow’s eye.Shakespeare.

Sleep to the sick is half health.German.

Sleep without supping and waste without owing.

The less a man sleeps the more he lives.

Those who come from labor and exercise sleep more sweetly than the inactive and effeminate.Alexander.

Tired nature’s sweet restorer, balmy sleep.Young.

To sleep a dog’s sleep.

We are all equals when we are asleep.Don Quixote.

We can sleep with open gates—we have nothing to lose.Loyal Songs.

When unbruised youth with unstuffed brain
Doth couch his limbs, there golden sleep doth reign.Shakespeare.

Who goes fasting to bed will sleep but lightly.Dutch.

Who goes to bed supperless all the night tumbles and tosses.

You should go to the land of Nod where they pay you for sleeping.

You would do well in Slumberland where they have half a crown a day for sleeping.