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SLEEP

Go to bed early, get up early--this is wise. Some authorities say get up with one thing, some with another. But a lark is really the best thing to get up with. It gives you a splendid reputation with everybody to know that you get up with the lark; and if you get the right kind of a lark, and work at him right, you can easily train him to get up at half-past nine, every time--it is no trick at all.
- Advice to Youth speech, April 15, 1882

Well enough for old folks to rise early, because they have done so many mean things all their lives they can't sleep anyhow.
- Notebook, 1866

Sleeping boy
Mark Twain statue by Gary Price
in front of the Midland Theatre
in downtown Newark, Ohio.
Photo courtesy of Kevin Jones.
Clemens sleeping

(I) turned in and slept like a log--I don't mean a brisk, fresh, green log, but an old dead, soggy rotten one, that never turns over or gives a yelp.
- Letter to Olivia Clemens, December 16, 1871

I hate a man who goes to sleep at once; there is a sort of indefinable something about it which is not exactly an insult, and yet is an insolence. I got to feeling very lonely, with no company but an undigested dinner.
- A Tramp Abroad


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