Awakening begins when a man realizes
that he is going nowhere
and does not know where to go.
Awake, arise, or be for ever fall'n!
John Milton, Paradise Lost, Bk i. 330
All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dream with open eyes, to make it possible.
T. E. Lawrence, Seven Pillars of Wisdom, Ch. 1
She looked at him, as one who awakes: / The past was a sleep, and her life began.
Robert Browning, The Statue and the Bust, 10
He is talking, or he is pursuing, or he is in a journey, or peradventure he sleepeth, and must be awaked.
Bible, 1 Kings 18:27
I sleep, but my heart waketh.
Bible, Song of Solomon 5:2