Quotation by Herman Melville

For my part I love sleepy fellows, and the more ignorant the better. Damn your wide-awake and knowing chaps. As for sleepiness, it is one of the noblest qualities of humanity. There is something sociable about it, too. Think of those sensible & sociable millions of good fellows all taking a good long friendly snooze together, under the sod—no quarrels, no imaginary grievances, no envies, heart-burnings, & thinking how much better that other chap is off—none of this: but all equally free-&-easy, they sleep away & reel off their nine knots an hour, in perfect amity.
Herman Melville (1819–1891), U.S. author. Letter, May 25, 1862, to his brother, Thomas Melville. Correspondence, vol. 14, The Writings of Herman Melville, ed. Lynn Horth (1993).
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