— 111 —
That Men dream without remembring it, in vain urged.       §14.’Twill perhaps be said, That the Soul thinks, even in the
soundest Sleep, but the Memory retains it not. That the Soul in a sleep-
ing Man should be this moment busy a thinking, and the next
moment in a waking Man, not remember, nor be able to recollect
one jot of all those Thoughts, is very hard to be conceived, and
would need some better Proof than bare Assertion, to make it be
believed. For who can without any more ado, but being barely
told so, imagine, That the greatest part of Men, do, during all their
Lives, for several hours every day, think of something, which if
they were asked, even in the middle of these Thoughts, they could
— 112 —
remember nothing at all of? Most Men, I think, pass a great part of
their Sleep without dreaming. I once knew a Man, that was bred a
Scholar, and had no bad Memory, who told me, he had never
dream’d in his Life, till he had that Fever, he was then newly
recovered of, which was about the Five or Six and Twentieth Year
of his Age. I suppose the World affords more such Instances: At
least every one’s Acquaintance will furnish him with Examples
enough of such, as pass most of their Nights without dreaming.
Locke Hum II, 1, §14, pp. 111-112