Without enough sleep, we all become tall two-year-olds. ~JoJo Jensen, Dirt Farmer Wisdom, 2002[S]leep deprivation is an illegal torture method outlawed by the Geneva Convention and international courts, but most of us do it to ourselves. ~Ryan Hurd, Dream Like A Boss, 2014
Everyone should have kids. They are the greatest joy in the world. But they are also terrorists. You’ll realize this as soon as they’re born and they start using sleep deprivation to break you. ~Ray Romano, “The Baby,” Everything and a Kite, 1998
Cut if you will, with Sleep’s dull knife,
Each day to half its length, my friend,—
The years that Time takes off my life,
He’ll take from off the other end!
~Edna St. Vincent Millay, “Midnight Oil,” A Few Figs from Thistles: Poems and Sonnets, 1922
Sleep deprivation made his life an imaginary thing, his days a ribbon floating aimlessly in water. ~Maggie Stiefvater, The Raven Boys, 2012