While I don’t relish bullets striking things, I like the occasional quickness of a sleep-satiated body waking up, alert to the day.

‘When you have been deprived of your usual quantity of sleep for several nights, you sleep much more soundly for it, and wake up suddenly like a bullet that strikes a wall.’   27 Jan 1859

Source: Henry David Thoreau, The Journal 1837-1861, Damion Searls (ed.), preface by John R. Stilgoe (New York: New York Review Books, 2009), p. 539

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