159 Madness And Insanity Quotes To Inspire You

Following is our list of madness and insanity quotations and slogans full of insightful wisdom and perspective about madness and sanity.

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Top 10 Madness And Insanity Quotes (BEST)

  1. No great mind has ever existed without a touch of madness. — Aristotle
  2. A time is coming when men will go mad, and when they see someone who is not mad, they will attack him, saying, "You are mad; you are not like us." — Anthony the Great
  3. Not everyone is capable of madness; and of those lucky enough to be capable, not many have the courage for it. — August Strindberg
  4. Man is quite insane. He wouldn?t know how to create a maggot, and he creates Gods by the dozen. — Michel de Montaigne
  5. Madness need not be all breakdown. It may also be break-through. — R. D. Laing
  6. Men have called me mad; but the question is not yet settled, whether madness is or is not the loftiest intelligence. — Edgar Allan Poe
  7. Men in particular think that they have achieved something if they can make a woman mad, particularly if she is calm and intellectual. — Martha C. Nussbaum
  8. When the world goes mad, one must accept madness as sanity; since sanity is, in the last analysis, nothing but the madness on which the whole world happens to agree. — George Bernard Shaw
  9. Madness is to think of too many things in succession too fast, or of one thing too exclusively. — Voltaire
  10. I don't suffer from my insanity -- I enjoy every minute of it. — Sherrilyn Kenyon

Short Madness And Insanity Quotes

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  • The difference between insanity and genius is measured only by success and failure. — Masashi Kishimoto
  • There has never been any great genius without a spice of madness. — Seneca
  • And maddest of all, to see life as it is and not as it should be. — Peter O'Toole
  • Sanity is very rare; every man almost and every woman has a dash of madness. — Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Too much sanity may be madness! — Miguel de Cervantes
  • A little Madness in the Spring Is wholesome even for the King. — Emily Dickinson
  • Insanity destroys reason, but not wit. — Nathanael Emmons
  • Today I felt pass over me A breath of wind from the wings of madness. — Charles Baudelaire
  • I am but mad north-north-west. When the wind is southerly, I know a hawk from a handsaw. — William Shakespeare
  • There's a fine line between genius and insanity, as we all know. — Mackenzie Phillips
Madness and insanity quote Patience is when you're supposed to be mad but you choose to understand.
Patience is when you're supposed to be mad but you choose to understand.

Madness And Civilization Quotes

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I sat upon a promontory, And heard a mermaid, on a dolphin's back, Uttering such dulcet and harmonious breath, That the rude sea grew civil at her song; And certain stars shot madly from their spheres, To hear the sea-maid's music. — William Shakespeare

You people of the South don't know what you are doing. This country will be drenched in blood, and God only knows how it will end. It is all folly, madness, a crime against civilization! You people speak so lightly of war; you don't know what you're talking about. — William Tecumseh Sherman

And of course you are mad, if by a madman we mean a mind that questions and rejects every civilized norm. — Stephen Fry

Madness and insanity quote I remained too much inside my head and ended up losing my mind.
I remained too much inside my head and ended up losing my mind.

Granted that every war is madness-civil war, fratricide, is the worst of all; it reaches deeper into ugliness, cruelty and absurdity. — Elie Wiesel

Madness And Sanity Quotes

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Too much sanity may be madness and the maddest of all, to see life as it is and not as it should be. — Miguel de Cervantes

I sometimes think we must be all mad and that we shall wake to sanity in strait-waistcoats. — Bram Stoker

Sanity is a handicap and liability if you're living in a mad world. — Anthony Burgess

Madness and insanity quote You need a little bit of insanity to do great things.
You need a little bit of insanity to do great things.

When life itself seems lunatic, who knows where madness lies? — Miguel de Cervantes

Between madness and sanity, there is a shifting boundary. It is impossible to explain. Time slows down and you have to try to fill it. You don't have anything but solitude. — Jose Mujica

Silence must be comprehended as not solely the absence of sound. It is the natural environment for serenity and contemplation. Life without silence is life without privacy. The difference between sanity and madness is the quality of our thoughts. Silence is on the side of sanity. — Norman Cousins

Madness and insanity quote Normality is a paved road: It's comfortable to walk, but no flowers grow.
Normality is a paved road: It's comfortable to walk, but no flowers grow.

From the alienated starting point of our pseudo-sanity, everything is equivocal. Our sanity is not "true" sanity. Their madness is not "true" madness. The madness of our patients is an artifact of the destruction wreaked on them by us, and by them on themselves. — R. D. Laing

In the context of our present pervasive madness that we call normality, sanity, freedom, all our frames of reference are ambiguous and equivocal. — R. D. Laing

Much Madness is divinest Sense -- To a discerning Eye -- Much Sense -- the starkest Madness -- 'Tis the Majority In this, as All, prevail -- Assent -- and you are sane -- Demur -- you're straightway dangerous -- And handled with a Chain -- — Emily Dickinson

I had better admit right away that walking can in the end become an addiction ... even in this final stage it remains a delectable madness, very good for sanity, and I recommend it with passion. — Colin Fletcher

Insanity And Sanity Quotes

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Insanity is relative. It depends on who has who locked in what cage. — Ray Bradbury

The distinction between sanity and insanity is narrower than a razor’s edge, sharper than a hound’s tooth, more agile than a mule deer. It is more elusive than the merest phantom. Perhaps it does not even exist; perhaps it is a phantom. — Philip K. Dick

Insanity is the only sane reaction to an insane society. — Unknown Author

Madness and insanity quote I do not suffer from insanity, I enjoy every minute of it.
I do not suffer from insanity, I enjoy every minute of it.

A neurosis is a secret that you don’t know you are keeping. — Kenneth Tynan

Most people live uncomplicated lives. They have work and quietly rear their children. There is an order and sanity about them that keeps the world going. There is an outer disorder and insanity about my life which makes me a victim. One of the disorders is that they won't give us citizenship here. — Bessie Head

The more we retreat from the culture at large the more room we will have to carve out lives of meaning, the more we will be able to wall off the flood of illusions disseminated by mass culture and the more we will retain sanity in an insane world. — Chris Hedges

Madness and insanity quote Life is short. To just "Do things" is insane. Live with a purpose. Live for a re
Life is short. To just "Do things" is insane. Live with a purpose. Live for a reason.

When I transformed my random and raw words into sentences, sentences into paragraphs, and paragraphs into chapters, a semblance of order and sanity appeared where there had been only chaos and insanity. — David Sheff

History is the same thing over and over again. — Woody Allen

If you think anyone is sane you just don't know enough about them. — Christopher Moore

To recognize one's own insanity is, of course, the arising of sanity, the beginning of healing and transcendence. — Eckhart Tolle

Insanity Quotes

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The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane. — Marcus Aurelius

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Life is short. Kiss slowly, laugh insanely, love truly and forgive quickly — Paulo Coelho

And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music. — Friedrich Nietzsche

Madness and insanity quote What madness is it, to be expecting evil before it comes.
What madness is it, to be expecting evil before it comes.

Those who dance are considered insane by those who cannot hear the music. — George Carlin

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I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity. — Edgar Allan Poe

I hated the brutality, the sadism, and the insanity of Nazism. I just couldn't stand by and see people destroyed. I did what I could, what I had to do, what my conscience told me I must do. That's all there is to it. Really, nothing more. — Oskar Schindler

Madness and insanity quote Man is the most insane species. He worships an invisible God and destroys a visi
Man is the most insane species. He worships an invisible God and destroys a visible Nature. Unaware that this is Nature he's destroying is this God he's worshiping.

The world we see that seems so insane is the result of a belief system that is not working. To perceive the world differently, we must be willing to change our belief system, let the past slip away, expand our sense of now, and dissolve the fear in our minds. — Gerald G. Jampolsky

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Genius is one of the many forms of insanity. — Cesare Lombroso

A good friend is a connection to life - a tie to the past, a road to the future, the key to sanity in a totally insane world. — Lois Wyse

Men have called me mad; but the question is not yet settled, whether madness is or is not the loftiest intelligence– whether much that is glorious– whether all that is profound– does not spring from disease of thought– from moods of mind exalted at the expense of the general intellect. — Edgar Allan Poe

Insanity And Genius Quotes

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The distance between insanity and genius is measured only by success. — Bruce Feirstein

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There's a fine line between genius and insanity. I have erased this line. — Oscar Levant

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. — William Blake

Madness and insanity quote What madness is it, to be expected evil before it comes.
What madness is it, to be expected evil before it comes.

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. — Christopher Titus

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. — Deb Caletti

The space involving insanity and genius is calculated only by good results. — Bruce Feirstein

Madness and insanity quote If we couldn't laugh, we would all go insane.
If we couldn't laugh, we would all go insane.

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. — Henry David Thoreau

The step between genius and insanity is very short. — Albert Einstein

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! — Ralph Waldo Emerson

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. — Walter Scott

Definition Of Insanity Quotes

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The definition of insanity in Texas is so insane that it's impossible to be insane in Texas. — Malcolm McDowell

Isn't killing people in the name of God a pretty good definition of insanity? — Arthur C. Clarke

Do you know what the definition of insane is? Yes. It’s the inability to relate to another human being. It’s the inability to love. — Richard Yates

Madness and insanity quote The most dangerous man, to any government, is the man who is able to think thing
The most dangerous man, to any government, is the man who is able to think things out for himself... Almost inevitably, he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane, and intolerable.

Religion is a by-product of fear. For much of human history it may have been a necessary evil, but why was it more evil than necessary? Isn’t killing people in the name of god a pretty good definition of insanity? — Arthur C. Clarke

Continuing to believe the same thing, even in the face of new evidence to the contrary, is the definition of insanity - except in politics where it's called leadership. — Scott Adams

One thing's for sure. If we keep doing what we're doing, we're going to keep getting what we're getting. One definition of insanity is to keep doing the same thing and expect different results. — Stephen Covey

If the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results, then liberalism is a form of insanity. — James Cook

I don't think anyone wants to do the same thing over and over again. — Eric Bachmann

I've been working on Barb for a while. I looked at her as a sort of every woman. She's incredibly strong; she's incredibly generous. She's seemingly insane because she is in the situation of a polygamous relationship, but she had definite reasons to do it. — Jeanne Tripplehorn

If you tell people enough times that they are unhappy, incomplete, possibly insane and definitely selfish there is bound to come a grey morning when they wake up with the beginning of a nasty cold and wonder if they are lonely rather than simply “alone.” — Sara Maitland

Madness And Genius Quotes

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Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it's better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring. — Marilyn Monroe

Genius and madness have something in common: both live in a world that is different from that which exists for everyone else. — Arthur Schopenhauer

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There is always some madness in love. — Friedrich Nietzsche

Oh! how near are genius and madness! Men imprison them and chain them, or raise statues to them. — Denis Diderot

But mathematics is the sister, as well as the servant, of the arts and is touched with the same madness and genius. — Marston Morse

I'm left handed and I'm playing a right handed kit... That's why everyone thought, 'Wow, he's a genius,' but all I was doing was trying to play backwards... It's one of those mad accidents, you can't learn it. — Ringo Starr

To build a city where it is impossible to build a city is madness in itself, but to build there one of the most elegant and grandest of cities is the madness of genius. — Alexander Herzen

Appalachia is still, for American musicians, a kind of fountain of youth we always go back to, the old home place to a group of artists who represent the quintessence of American independence, fortitude, genius, and madness. — Paul Burch

Obsessive devotion to creating can spark that which is called 'genius.' Smarter or more gifted? The 'madness' is the insatiable drive to discover, achieve and create. Monomania can develop into 'genius,' as the individual delves deeper into the process leaving normal parameters behind. — Paul Russo

The true genius shudders at incompleteness. — Edgar Allan Poe

Being Insane Quotes

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It is dangerous to be right in matters where established men are wrong. — Voltaire

I'm insane, I'm emotional, but I'd rather be that than a robot. So that's definitely something that I wanted to get out there. Especially with Cry Baby's story, because the album is about Cry Baby but I realized that me and her went through the same change. — Melanie Martinez

Insanity is being shit on, beat down, coasting through life in a miserable existence when you have a caged lion locked inside and a key to release it. — Morgan Freeman

A person isn't considered insane if there are a number of people who believe the same way. Insanity isn't supposed to be a communicable disease. If one other person starts to believe him, or maybe two or three, then it's a religion. — Robert M. Pirsig

I may be crazy, but it keeps me from going insane. — Waylon Jennings

I doubt if a single individual could be found from the whole of mankind free from some form of insanity. The only difference is one of degree. A man who sees a gourd and takes it for his wife is called insane because this happens to very few people. — Desiderius Erasmus

I wish I could just be one of those that tweet some random bs but still for no reason get insane amount of RTs. that would b so F*ing sweet. — PewDiePie

Our society is run by insane people for insane objectives. I think we're being run by maniacs for maniacal ends and I think I'm liable to be put away as insane for expressing that. That's what's insane about it. — John Lennon

It's insane how much we focus on diet/exercise when what we should be focused on is sleep. We spend 33% of our time on earth sleeping. Make airway health your #1 priority. The other 66% of your life depends on it. — Mark Burhenne

You will certainly grant me that neither antiquity nor whatever nation has devised a more repulsive and blasphemous absurdity than that of eating your God. This is the most disgusting dogma of Christian religion, the greatest insult to the Highest Being, the climax of madness and insanity. — Frederick the Great

Insane Asylum Quotes

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If there’s life on other planets, then the earth is the Universe’s insane asylum. — Voltaire

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Society is an insane asylum ran by the inmates. — Erving Goffman

The employment of children is doing more to fill prisons, insane asylums, almshouses, reformatories, slums, and gin shops than all the efforts of reformers are doing to improve society. — Mother Jones

America is an insane asylum run by the inmates. — Lester Roloff

The world sometimes feels like an insane asylum. You can decide whether you want to be an inmate or pick up your visitor's badge. You can be in the world but not engage in the melodrama of it; you can become a spiritual being having a human experience thoroughly and fully. — Deepak Chopra

If there were no schools to take the children away from home part of the time, the insane asylums would be filled with mothers. — E. W. Howe

South Carolina is too small for a republic and too large for an insane asylum. — James L. Petigru

To go into acting is like asking for admission to an insane asylum. Anyone may apply, but only the certifiably insane are admitted. — Michael Shurtleff

Earth is the insane asylum of the universe. — Albert Einstein

Many people think it's in bad taste to advertise for an insane asylum... but come on down. We're going crazy. — Colin Mochrie

Crazy Insane Quotes

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When the whole world is running towards a cliff, he who is running in the opposite direction appears to have lost his mind. — C. S. Lewis

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Sometimes the person who is the most logical is the person whom we call insane. — Kevin Spacey

Music drives me insane, the incessant presence of music in my life. It informs how I see the world; it drives me crazy — Matthew Healy

If being crazy means living life as if it matters, then I don't mind being completely insane. — Kate Winslet

I'm crazy for trying, crazy for crying, and I'm crazy for loving you. — Willie Nelson

We instantly believe everything we think. Isn't that insane? It's good for us to explore the depravity of our minds, so we know we are just as crazy as everyone else! — Krishna Das

Losing my mind sounds so pessimistic. I prefer the term winning my insanity. — Dane Cook

It's okay to be crazy, but don't be insane. — Puff Daddy

In a crazy world, it's only your insanity that will keep you sane — Leo Buscaglia

If I had known being insane was so much fun, I'd have gone crazy long ago. — Phylicia Rashad

People Writing About Madness And Insanity

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No amount of energy will take the place of thought. A strenuous life with its eyes shut is a kind of wild insanity. — Henry Van Dyke

To a worldly man, a God-intoxicated person will appear mad and he will laugh at him, But to the God-intoxicated man, the worldly appear insane, foolish, misled, blind. — Sathya Sai Baba

There are so many kinds of madness, so many ways in which the human brain may go wrong; and so often it happens that what we call madness is both reasonable and just. It is so. Yes. A little reason is good for us, a little more makes wise men of some of us--but when our reason over-grows us and we reach too far, something breaks and we go insane. — James Oliver Curwood

Madness is tonic and invigorating. It makes the sane more sane. The only ones who are unable to profit by it are the insane. — Henry Miller

A man might pass for insane who should see things as they are. — William Ellery Channing

But there is no such man; for, brother, men Can counsel and speak comfort to that grief Which they themselves not feel; but, tasting it, Their counsel turns to passion, which before Would give preceptial medicine to rage, Fetter strong madness in a silken thread, Charm ache with air and agony with words. — William Shakespeare

Perhaps sound is only an insanity of silence, a mad gibber of empty space grown fearful of listening to itself and hearing nothing. — Steven Millhauser

Might we not say to the confused voices which sometimes arise from the depths of our being: "Ladies, be so kind as to speak only four at a time?" — Sophie Swetchine

The human mind is kind of like a piñata. When it breaks open, there's a lot of surprises inside. Once you get the piñata perspective, you see that losing your mind can be a peak experience. — Jane Wagner

'Hamlet' is one of the most dangerous things ever set down on paper. All the big, unknowable questions like what it is to be a human being; the difference between sanity and insanity; the meaning of life and death; what's real and not real. All these subjects can literally drive you mad. — Michael Sheen

We’re built of contradictions, all of us. It’s those opposing forces that give us strength, like an arch, each block pressing the next. Give me a man whose parts are all aligned in agreement and I’ll show you madness. We walk a narrow path, insanity to each side. A man without contradictions to balance him will soon veer off. — Mark Lawrence

More investment trusts securities were offered in September of 1929 even than in August - the total was above $600 million. However, the nearly simultaneous promotion of Shenandoah and Blue Ridge was to stand as the pinnacle of new era finance. It is difficult not to marvel at the imagination which was implicit in this gargantuan insanity. If there must be madness something may be said for having it on a heroic scale. — John Kenneth Galbraith

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. — Clare Boylan

I'd really like people to see me as a real actress, which I am, but they don't. It's hard to get them to see me as a musician, they just see me as a hanger-on to the Stones, which is not what I am at all. It's a good idea, and if something like that would turn up I could do a whole television show. I've thought about playing a landlady, sort of a mad '60s lady, this absolutely insane character. I would love it. It's a great idea. — Marianne Faithfull

I think fame and all that madness, people taking your pictures all the time, drives me insane. It's a catch 22...the more they take pictures of you, the more upset you get by it and the more crazy you look and the more pictures they take of you. I think it's disgusting what's happened with that kind of celebrity culture right now. — Juno Temple

Growing up on Mad Men with so many incredible actors and then going on to other things with amazing people, I never had any formal acting training, but they are all acting schools, basically. Just watching and learning from the best is insane. It's like having an internship and watching all these amazing people doing their work. You just soak it up like a sponge, hopefully. — Kiernan Shipka

Because we are limited in our knowledge, even the sanest of us are slightly insane. Our limitations are a kind of madness, and we can only choose to deny we are mad, and so descend into a dark spiral of total insanity, or accept we are mad and embark on a quest to regain our true and wholesome sanity — Dwight Longenecker

Even if masses of people were to burn khadi publicly and say that it is an insane programme, I will declare that those people have gone mad. — Mahatma Gandhi

Beware the deadly fumes of that insane elation Which rises from the cup of mad impiety, And go, get drunk with that divine intoxication Which is more sober far than all sobriety. — William Rounseville Alger

The professor husband of a friend of mine has likened children to the insane. I often think of it. He says that children live on the edge of madness, that their behavior, apparently unmotivated, shares the same dream logic as crazy people's. I see what he means, and because I've learned to be patient with children, to tease out the logic that's always somewhere there, and irrefutable once explained. — Claire Messud

Acid gave me a clinical, unblinking look at madness, and I discovered I wasn't brave enough to be insane. — Craig Ferguson

in mad people fear goes on constantly, night and day, wearing one ditch in the mind that all thoughts must travel in. — Josephine Winslow Johnson

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