Madness/Insantity Quotes

  • In a mad world, only the mad are sane. ~ Akira Kurosawa
  • Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. ~ Albert Einstein
  • Better mad with the rest of the world than wise alone. ~ Baltasar Gracian
  • I’m a nut, but not just a nut. ~ Bill Murray
  • The distance between insanity and genius is measured only by success. ~ Bruce Feirstein
  • Insanity doesn’t run in my family. It gallops. ~ Cary Grant
  • I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity. ~ Edgar Allan Poe
  • Insanity in individuals is something rare — but in groups, parties, nations, and epochs it is the rule. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche (Beyond Good and Evil)
  • I suppose it is much more comfortable to be mad and know it, than to be sane and have one’s doubts.  ~ G.B. Burgin
  • No man is sane who does not know how to be insane on proper occasions.  ~ Henry Ward Beecher
  • I wouldn’t recommend sex, drugs or insanity for everyone, but they’ve always worked for me. ~ Hunter S. Thompson
  • I can calculate the motion of heavenly bodies but not the madness of people. ~ Isaac Newton
  • For me, insanity is super sanity. The normal is psychotic. Normal means lack of imagination, lack of creativity. ~ Jean Dubuffet
  • There is a pleasure, sure, In being mad, which none but madmen know! ~ John Dryden (The Spanish Friar)
  • You must always be puzzled by mental illness. The thing I would dread most, if I became mentally ill, would be your adopting a common sense attitude; that you could take it for granted that I was deluded. ~ Ludwig Wittgenstein
  • Everything great in the world is done by neurotics; they alone founded our religions and created our masterpieces.  ~Marcel Proust
  • When we remember that we are all mad, the mysteries disappear and life stands explained. ~ Mark Twain
  • The way it is now, the asylums can hold the sane people but if we tried to shut up the insane we would run out of building materials. ~ Mark Twain
  • Insanity destroys reason, but not wit. ~ Nathaniel Emmons
  • Insanity is often the logic of an accurate mind overtasked.
    ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr. (The Autocrat of the Breakfast-Table)
  • There’s a fine line between genius and insanity. I have erased this line. ~ Oscar Levant
  • I quite agree with Dr. Nordau’s assertion that all men of genius are insane, but Dr. Nordeau forgets that all sane people are idiots. ~ Oscar Wilde
  • To disagree with three-fourths of the British public on all points is one of the first elements of sanity. ~ Oscar Wilde
  • The statistics on sanity are that one out of every 4 Americans are suffering from some form of mental illness. Think of your three best friends. If they’re okay, then it’s you. ~ Rita Mae Brown
  • You’re only given a little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.  ~ Robin Williams
  • The only difference between me and a madman is that I’m not mad. ~ Salvador Dali
  • We are all born mad. Some remain so. ~ Samuel Beckett (Waiting for Godot)
  • Insanity is hereditary. You get it from your children. ~ Samuel Levenson
  • Honesty is the best policy, but insanity is a better defense. ~ Steve Landesberg
  • A force as of madness in the hands of reason has done all that was ever done in the world. ~ Thomas Carlyle
  • I may be crazy but it keeps me from going insane. ~ Waylon Jennings
  • There is no insanity so devastating in man’s life as utter sanity. ~ William Allen White
  • I am interested in madness. I believe it is the biggest thing in the human race, and the most constant. How do you take away from a man his madness without also taking away his identity? ~ William Saroyan
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