quote by Gregory Bateson

But the myth of power is, of course, a very powerful myth, and probably most people in this world more or less believe in it. It is a myth, which, if everybody believes in it, becomes to that extent self-validating. But it is still epistemological lunacy and leads inevitably to various sorts of disaster.

— Gregory Bateson

Mind-blowing Lunacy quotations

I may be a lunatic, but then, wasn't my lunacy caused by a monster that lurks at the bottom of every human mind? Those who call me a madman and spurn me may become lunatics tomorrow. They harbor the same monster.


Lunacy quote The act of flat out denying anything, no matter how absurd, is pure lunacy.
The act of flat out denying anything, no matter how absurd, is pure lunacy.
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with the breakdown of the medieval system, the gods of chaos, lunacy, and bad taste gained ascendancy.

Anger is a brief lunacy.

Faith means making a virtue out of not thinking.

It's nothing to brag about. And those who preach faith, and enable and elevate it are intellectual slaveholders, keeping mankind in a bondage to fantasy and nonsense that has spawned and justified so much lunacy and destruction.

Love is merely a madness; and, I tell you, deserves as well a dark house and a whip as madmen do; and the reason why they are not so punish'd and cured is that the lunacy is so ordinary that the whippers are in love too.


Calling it lunacy makes it easier to explain away the things we don't understand.

What can you do against the lunatic who is more intelligent than yourself, who gives your arguments a fair hearing and then simply persists in his lunacy?

The greater a man's talents, the more marked his idiosyncracies.

Yet in the provinces originality is considered perilously close to lunacy.

The nicest people fall in love indiscriminately .

.. while under the influence of that pre-eminently selfish lunacy they may make the most outrageous demands upon their friends with no other excuse than their painful need.

Every anxiety is a mild form of premonition, and from that point the shade deepens till we get the forebodings and hauntings that merge into lunacy.


Despite all the lunacy of the last century, all the absurdity of war and genocide, we believe that humans being are rational and are made to seek the truth.

A vision is something you see and others don't.

Some people would say that's a pocket definition of lunacy. But it also defines entrepreneurial spirit.

Idiocy is the female defect ... It is no worse than the male defect, which is lunacy.

Patriotism varies, from a noble devotion to a moral lunacy.

To explain the unknown by the known is a logical procedure;

to explain the known by the unknown is a form of theological lunacy.


Jamie Oliver's lunch is soup, half a papaya with lime, ciabatta with mozzarella and prosciutto. The dear boy is not sharing the same planet as the rest of us. Is this lunacy supposed to be a practical suggestion for a harassed housewife trying to drag her children off to school?

If you look at all the serious scientists in the world, there is no big disagreement on the basics of this...it would be absolute lunacy to act as if climate change is not occurring.

Oh, all kinds of lunacy happens in Ireland, all kinds of lunacy.

Older generations are living proof that younger generations can survive their lunacy.

Of lunacy, Innumerous were the causes;

humbled pride, Ambition disappointed, riches lost, And bodily disease, and sorrow, oft By man inflicted on his brother man; Sorrow, that, made the reason drunk, and yet Left much untasted. So the cup was fill'd.


The sole fact of having a school to train creative people is absolute lunacy.

.. The idea of 'pedagogical vision' is ignoble, it has nothing to do with art, it's contrary to art. I really believe in teaching, despite what I say.

From the standpoint of any sane person, the present problem of capitalist concentration is not only a question of law, but of criminal law, not to mention criminal lunacy.

All it takes is one bad day to reduce the sanest man alive to lunacy.

That's how far the world is from where I am. Just one bad day.

As her skin sizzled under the delicious heat, she supposed she should’ve been giving serious thought to the lunacy of what she was doing playing with a vampire, who was, for all his charm, as lethal as a stiletto across the throat. But then again, most of her friends already thought she was half a nut short of a fruitcake. Why disappoint?

Men are mad most of their lives; few live sane, fewer die so. The acts of people are baffling unless we realize that their wits are disordered. Man is driven to justice by his lunacy.


I think, sometimes, that I'm going nuts, and that perhaps there is something good about blocking clean water for those who have none, making sure that illiterate children remain so, and preventing the resuscitation of the public health sector in the country most in need of it. Lunacy is what it is.

It was a good speech, but the reaction was due to the fact that politics are madness, and even if one does not know it, a country in electoral season experiences flares of lunacy like the great storms that sometimes march across the golden surface of the sun.

The lunatic is all idée fixe, and whatever he comes across confirms his lunacy.

You can tell him by the liberties he takes with common sense, by his flashes of inspiration, and by the fact that sooner or later he brings up the Templars.

Perhaps a lunatic was simply a minority of one.

Best way to succeed is to do things for the customer, not to the competition.

Very few people buy a product in order to help you hurt the competition. To think otherwise is lunacy.


I don't want to talk about today's market anymore because nobody can make sense of what the market is. It's all over the map. There's a bunch of lunatics out there throwing money away. I'm sick and tired of it. It's lunacy. Punch me in the head and tell me I'm stupid, but that's the way I feel. There's no sense to it anymore.

From that moment onwards, our loathsome society rushed, like Narcissus, to contemplate its trivial image on a metallic plate. A form of lunacy, an extraordinary fanaticism took hold of these new sun-worshippers.

I can't believe there is a poet who hasn't eagerly put down a word one day, only to erase it the next day deciding it was sheer lunacy. It's part of the process of selection.

Suppose that we believe what we are taught.

. . . destroying the environment and militarizing outer space are rational policies . . . of institutional lunacy.