Quotation by Thomas Mann

That daily the night falls; that over stresses and torments, cares and sorrows the blessing of sleep unfolds, stilling and quenching them; that every anew this draught of refreshment and lethe is offered to our parching lips, ever after the battle this mildness laves our shaking limbs, that from it, purified from sweat and dust and blood, strengthened, renewed, rejuvenated, almost innocent once more, almost with pristine courage and zeal we may go forth again—these I hold to be the benignest, the most moving of all the great facts of life.
Thomas Mann (1875–1955), German author, critic. Originally published as "Süßr Schlaf" in Neue Freie Presse, Vienna (May 30, 1909). "Sleep, Sweet Sleep" (essay) in Past Masters and Other Papers, p. 269, trans. by Helen T. Knopf (1933).

Summarizes Thomas Mann's lifelong personal and literary fascination with sleep.
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