No great mind has ever existed without a touch of madness.— Aristotle
Eye-opening Insanity And Genius quotations
You need a little bit of insanity to do great things.
The distance between insanity and genius is measured only by success.
There's a fine line between genius and insanity. I have erased this line.
I remained too much inside my head and ended up losing my mind.
Men have called me mad; but the question is not yet settled, whether madness is or is not the loftiest intelligence.
As I was walking among the fires of Hell, delighted with the enjoyments of Genius; which to Angels look like torment and insanity, I collected some of their Proverbs.
The difference between insanity and genius is measured only by success and failure.
Normality is a paved road: It's comfortable to walk, but no flowers grow.
There has never been any great genius without a spice of madness.
My mum is in a mental hospital. There's a fine line between genius and insanity. Winston Churchill, Mozart, John Lennon. These people all had a touch of crazy that fuelled their brilliance. They were not locked up for it like my mum. Pft. Then again, Winston Churchill never tried to kill my dad.
There's a fine line between genius and insanity, as we all know.
A genius always presents himself as a fool.
Anyway, madness and genius. They're the disturbed pals of the human condition. The Bonnie and Clyde, the Thelma and Louise, the baking soda and vinegar. Insanity just walks alongside the brilliant like some creepy, insistent shadow.
The space involving insanity and genius is calculated only by good results.
If one listens to the faintest but constant suggestions of his genius, which are certainly true, he sees not to what extremes, or even insanity, it may lead him; and yet that way, as he grows more resolute and faithful, his road lies.
I do not suffer from insanity, I enjoy every minute of it.
The step between genius and insanity is very short.
Life is very narrow. Bring any club or company of intelligent men together again after ten years, and if the presence of some penetrating and calming genius could dispose them to frankness, what a confession of insanities would come up!
What an ornament and safeguard is humor! Far better than wit for a poet and writer. It is a genius itself, and so defends from the insanities.
Life is short. To just "Do things" is insane. Live with a purpose. Live for a reason.
There is a thin line between genius and insanity, and in Larry's (MacPhail) case it was sometimes so thin you could see him drifting back and forth.
There's a thin line between genius and insanity - and I always get labelled as being the crazy one.
Writers ... I think ... live on that fine line between insanity and genius.
An idiot with a plan can beat a genius without a plan.
The great characteristic of men of active genius is a sublime self-confidence, springing not from self-conceit, but from an intense identification of the man with his object, which lifts him altogether above the fear of danger and death, which gives to his enterprise a character of insanity to the common eye, and which communicates an almost superhuman audacity to his will.
Psychiatry's a young science. Yesterday's madman may be tomorrow's genius. Beethoven and Van Gogh were both a bit loopy. In my view, most madmen are remarkable. They're explorers, travelers beyond the rim of consciousness. Not surprising if they pick up a few bugs and get sick. That's all it is, madness. Mad just means sick. If you get fluid on the lungs it's pleurisy. If it's fluid on the brain, it's insanity.
There is a fine line between insanity and genius.
Talent hits a target no one else can hit. Genius hits a target no one else can see.
There are many perks to living for twenty-one centuries, and foremost among them is bearing witness to the rare birth of genius. It invariably goes like this: Someone shrugs off the weight of his cultural traditions, ignores the baleful stares of authority, and does something his countrymen think to be completely batshit insane. Of those, Galileo was my personal favorite. Van Gogh comes in second, but he really was batshit insane.
Genius is a curse. That's how I look at it. Some think that the brilliant comprehend the universe in a way the rest of us can't. They see the world how it truly is—and that reality is so horrible the lose their minds. Clarity leads to insanity.