"When my uncle Toby first mentioned the grenadier, my father, I said, fell down with his nose flat to the quilt, and as suddenly as if my uncle Toby had shot him; but it was not added that every other limb and member of my father instantly relapsed with his nose into the same precise attitude in which he lay first described; so that when Corporal Trim left the room, and my father found himself disposed to rise [again] off the bed—he had all the little preparatory movements to run over again, before he could do it. Attitudes are nothing, madam—'tis the transition from one attitude to another—like the preparation and resolution of the discord into harmony, which is all in all.
"For which reason my father played the same jig over again with his toe upon the floor—pushed the chamber-pot still a little further within the valance—gave a hem—raised himself up upon his elbow—and was just beginning to address himself to my uncle Toby—when. . . ."
Laurence Sterne, The life and opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gent., IV.6 (GBWW, 1st ed., 1952, vol. 36, p. 342). Applied as much to the rise out of an emotional as out of a physical state (as much to the extrication of oneself from a funk, just for example), I find this to be both true to experience and extraordinarily perceptive.