ON SLEEP #2
It is said that ST. EUTHYMUS slept standing against a wall, and ARSENUS hardly slept at all.
MARGARET THATCHER famously thrived on three or four hours' sleep a night, as did NAPOLEON and the Chinese Communist ZHOU ENLAI. BENJAMIN FRANKLIN once declared: "Up, sluggard, and waste not life; in the grave will be sleeping enough." In contrast, HAROLD WILDON said, "I believe the greatest asset a head of state can have is the ability to get a good night's sleep."
The SEVEN SLEEPERS OF EPHESUS were persecuted Christians who sought refuge in a cave at the time of the Emperor Decius (250 CE) and slept for 200 years. They awoke in 447 CE during the reign of Theodosius II.
The story of SLEEPING BEAUTY, popularized by Charles Perault (1628-1703), tells of a beautiful princess cursed by a wicked fairy to prick her finger and die. Fortunately, a good fairy commutes this death sentence to sleep lasting 100 years, from which the princess is released by the kiss of a handsome prince.
E.B. White (1899-1985)