Welcome to my page of quotations about bedclothes — bedsheets, blankets, bedspreads, comforters, bedroom linens, pillows, pillowcases, and the like. Not an exhaustive list, but hopefully that covers it. 😂
Life is too short to sleep on low thread-count sheets. ~Leah Stussy, 2007
Then I dreamed I was sleeping on billowy billows
Of soft silk and satin marshmallow-stuffed pillows.
I dreamed I was sleeping in Solla Sollew
On the banks of the beautiful River Wah-Hoo,
Where they never have troubles. At least, very few.
~Dr. Seuss, I Had Trouble in Getting to Solla Sollew, 1965
Fresh clean sheets are one of life’s small joys. ~Animal Crossing: Wild World, Nintendo video game written by Takayuki Ikkaku, Arisa Hosaka, & Toshihiro Kawabata, 2005
A quilt will warm your body and comfort your soul. ~Author unknown
Then, the cool kindliness of sheets, that soon
Smooth away trouble; and the rough male kiss
~Rupert Brooke, “The Great Lover,” 1914
I think there is a higher likelihood of me winning the Nobel Prize in physics than there is of me ever learning to successfully fold a fitted sheet. ~Keith Wynn, @keithawynn, 2018 tweet
O the old trundle-bed where I slept when a boy!
What canopied king might not covet the joy?…
Its snowy-white sheets, and the blankets above,
Smoothed down and tucked round with the touches of love;
The voice of my mother to lull me to sleep
With the old fairy stories my memories keep
Still fresh as the lilies that bloom o’er the head
Once bowed o’er my own in the old trundle-bed.
~James Whitcomb Riley, “The Old Trundle-Bed,” 1883
A bed without a quilt is like a sky without stars. ~Author unknown
His voice was intimate as the rustle of sheets, and he kissed easily. ~Dorothy Parker, “Dusk Before Fireworks,” 1932
I try to apply the organic concept to my clothes and bedding as well. There’s nothing like swimming in organic cotton sheets. ~Woody Harrelson, “Woody’s way,” NOWToronto.com, 2004
Cat lovers can readily be identified without any assistance from us. No matter what they wear, their clothes always look old and well used. Their sheets look like bath towels, and their bath towels look like a collection of knitting mistakes. ~Eric Gurney, How to Live with a Calculating Cat, 1962
Do you know what a duvet is?… It’s a blanket. Just a blanket. Now why do guys like you and I know what a duvet is? Is this essential to our survival, in the hunter-gatherer sense of the word? ~Fight Club, 1999, screenplay by Jim Uhls, based on the 1996 novel by Chuck Palahniuk [Tyler Durden speaking
Alternating the thoughtful task of writing with the mindless work of laundry or dish washing will give you the breaks you need for new ideas and insights to occur. If you don’t know what comes next in the story… clean your toilet. Change the bed sheets. For Christ sakes, dust the computer. A better idea will come. ~Chuck Palahniuk, “13 Writing Tips,” 2006
I’m protesting adulthood—
in my blanket fort, coloring.
~Internet meme, 2013
Everybody says pillow fights are good for children but a bit wearing on the pillows. ~Helen Marvin, in Woman’s Home Companion, 1928
Slumber parties are our favorite. We stay up much later than our parents know, whispering under tents that we make with bedcovers. We use flashlights from summer camp and talk ourselves to sleep in the wee hours. ~Royanne Boyer, Secrets of the Seven, 2012 [a little altered
Love’s secret is always lifting its head out from under the covers, “Here I am!” ~Rumi, as interpreted by Coleman Barks
Those who sleep under a quilt sleep under a blanket of love. ~Quoted by Elaine Burke
Love is an electric blanket with somebody else in control of the switch. ~Cathy Carlyle, unverified
Life is like a blanket too short. You pull it up and your toes rebel, you yank it down and shivers meander about your shoulder; but cheerful folks manage to draw their knees up and pass a very comfortable night. ~Marion Howard, quoted in Herbert V. Prochnow, Speaker’s Handbook of Epigrams and Witticisms, 1955
The best pillows for whacking are the big, fluffy sleeping kind… The best pillows for hurling are zipperless couch pillows. (Why do you think they call them throw pillows?) ~Anthony T. DeBenedet, M.D. and Lawrence J. Cohen, Ph.D., “Games: Raucous Pillow Fight,” The Art of Roughhousing: Good Old-Fashioned Horseplay and Why Every Kid Needs It, 2010
… Ah, it is just my imagination
that flies, while she is wrapped up
in her bedsheets like a nest.
~Kiera L Woodhull, “Owl Mother,” Chaos of the Mind, 2010
May the unicorn pull the thread
through your dreams and sheets too —
hard stone has fallen, dulled,
which seemed to be radiant.
~Wolfdietrich Schnurre, “Kinderlied,” 1979
Original post date: 2007 Nov 7
1st major revision: 2019 May 20