Night Owls, a few quotations to lift your spirits when facing condemnation from chirping larks, aka early-birds, about your sublime love of the night.


I always had this fantasy of doing a very very late-night radio show . . . I can almost picture myself just being able to talk to people at night like that, just ramble on, half a dream, half not.  And also I love listening to music at that time of night.  It seeps into you in a way.  That is a magic time. ~Laurie Anderson   New York Times

Whoever thinks of going to bed before twelve o’clock is a scoundrel. ~Samuel Johnson Quote Garden

“Dawn: When men of reason go to bed.” ~Ambrose Bierce   Systems Thinker

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

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

I fell in love with the darkroom, and that was part of being a photographer at the time.  The darkroom was unbelievably sexy.  I would spend all night in the darkroom. ~Annie Leibovitz   Brainy Quote

I often think that the night is more alive and more richly colored than the day. ~Vincent Van Gogh   Brainy Quote

Most glorious night!
Thou wert not sent for slumber!
~Lord Byron, Childe Harold   Quote Garden

I cannot walk through the suburbs in the solitude of the night without thinking that the night pleases us because it suppresses idle details, just as our memory does. ~Jorge Luis Borges   Quote Garden

No one looks back on their life and remembers the nights they got plenty of sleep ~Unknown   Thought Catalog

I have Social Disease.  I have to go out every night.  If I stay home one night I start spreading rumours to my dogs. ~Andy Warhol  Thought Catalog

Know the mind of your adversary, owls—and their fearmongering ways!  Here is some anti-night owl propaganda: dialog from Night of the Living Dead, a film created by and for larks.

Johnny: [in a creepy voice] They’re coming to get you, Barbara!
Barbara: Stop it! You’re ignorant!
Johnny: They’re coming for you, Barbara!
Barbara: Stop it! You’re acting like a child!
Johnny: They’re coming for you!
[points to the cemetery zombie]
Johnny: Look, there comes one of them now!
Barbara: He’ll hear you!
Johnny: Here he comes now! I’m getting out of here!


2 thoughts

  1. You mean that the girl’s Mom who said “Only the sleep one gets before midnight counts as rest.” was wrong? Good thing I didn’t wind up with her!

  2. Mitch: thank you for these memorable quotes — each of them truer than any daylight truth could ever be… Ed

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