Night Owl Quotations

It may be remarked that all bookshops that are open in the evening are busy in the after-supper hours. Is it that the true book-lovers are nocturnal gentry, only venturing forth when darkness and silence and the gleam of hooded lights irresistibly suggest reading? Certainly night-time has a mystic affinity for literature, and it is strange that the Esquimaux have created no great books. Surely, for most of us, an arctic night would be insupportable without O. Henry and Stevenson. Or, as Roger Mifflin remarked during a passing enthusiasm for Ambrose Bierce, the true noctes ambrosianae are the noctes ambrose bierceianae.
~Christopher Morley, The Haunted Bookshop

Ezekiel Bingham... never went to bed before dawn. He slept during the morning, arising before noon, and only visited his office in New York after mid-day. ... Hence Ezekiel Bingham worked while others slept. He secretly attributed much of his capability to that fact. The hours of the night were silent ones. They were hours for concentrated action.
~Maxwell Grant, The Living Shadow

Nan's very sorry she couldn't be here today, but as you all know, she would never want to see any of you, no matter how much she loved you, before lunch.
~Kenneth Jay Lane's epitaph for socialite Nan Kempner

Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.
~Edgar Allan Poe

Morning, I soon discovered, was one o'clock for Auntie Mame. Early Morning was eleven, and the Middle of the Night was nine.
~Patrick Dennis, Auntie Mame

The worst thing about Europe is that you can't go out in the middle of the night and get a Slurpee.
~Tellis Frank

The nights are wholesome; then no planets strike,
No fairy takes, nor witch hath power to charm,
So hallow'd and so gracious is the time.
~William Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act 1, Sc. 1

If you're going to do something tonight that you'll be sorry for tomorrow morning, sleep late.
~Henny Youngman

Night time is really the best time to work. All the ideas are there to be yours because everyone else is asleep.
~Catherine O'Hara

The hermit doesn't sleep at night, in love with the blue of the vacant moon. The cool of the breeze that rustles the trees rustles him too.
~Ching-An

This sweaty haste doth make the night joint-labourer with the day.
~William Shakespeare, Hamlet

To see God only, I go out of sight:
And to scape stormy days, I choose
An everlasting night.
~John Donne

The average, healthy, well-adjusted adult gets up at 7:30 in the morning feeling just plain terrible.
~Jean Kerr

Larks see owls as lazy; owls see larks as party poopers.
~Richard Coleman, Wide Awake at 3 am

It's a sin to go to bed on the same day you get up.
~Jimmy Walker, Mayor of New York City in the 1920s

I do believe in reincarnation, but I do not believe there is life before noon.
~Florence King

What hath night to do with sleep?
~John Milton

I read, much of the night, and go south in winter.
~T.S. Eliot

Dear Night! this world's defeat,
The stop to busy fools; care's check and curb;
The day of spirits; my soul's calm retreat
Which none disturb!
~Henry Vaughan

12:35 P.M. -- The phone rings. I am not amused. This is not my favorite way to wake up.
~Fran Lebowitz

The night draws stars and women in a better light.
~Lord Byron

"Why, yesterday afternoon I couldn't sleep a wink!"
Brother Orchid (movie)

She likes to tell people, "I get up at noon and work in my underwear," but it's not acutally true - Coulter is rarely up before 1.
~John Cloud, "Ms. Right", article about Ann Coulter in Time, April 25, 2005

Q: 'What has getting up in the morning got in common with a pigs tale?
A: 'Twirly'
~Noel Coward

Night, the beloved. Night, when words fade and thing come alive. When the destructive analysis of day is done, and all that is truly important becomes whole and sound again. When man reassembles his fragmentary self and grows with the calm of a tree.
~Antoine de Saint-Exupery, Flight to Arras

"I've always suspected that early rising in early life makes one nervous."
This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald

 

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