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Madness Quotes by Charles Bukowski, Eckhart Tolle, Jeanne Julie Eleonore de Lespinasse, Rupert Everett, Sufjan Stevens, David Hume and many others.

I had noticed that both in the very poor and very rich extremes of society the mad were often allowed to mingle freely.
Charles Bukowski
If you have a strong ego [and] something good happens to an acquaintance of yours, [it] makes you feel bad. It’s called envy. … The ego thinks something has been taken away from you because somebody else has received something good. It’s a complete illusion, but that’s the madness of the ego.
Eckhart Tolle
I love the abandonment to impulse, I act from impulse only, and I love to madness that others do the same by me.
Jeanne Julie Eleonore de Lespinasse
Madness is a prerequisite of being in showbusiness.
Rupert Everett
A musician’s attempt to summarize his or her work leads to all this prescriptive chatter, or what I call the Modifier’s Madness. A lot of adjectives working overtime.
Sufjan Stevens
To philosopher and historian the madness and imbecile wickedness of mankind ought to appear ordinary events.
David Hume
If we feel our way into the human secrets of the sick person, the madness also reveals its system, and we recognize in the mental illness merely an exceptional reaction to emotional problems which are not strange to us. –“The Content of the Psychoses
Carl Jung
Writers, especially poets, are particularly prone to madness.
Nick Flynn
It is reported here that the King of Prussia has gone mad and has been locked up. There would be nothing bad about that: at leastthat might of his would no longer be a menace, and you could breathe freely for a while. I much prefer madmen who are locked up to those who are not.
Lord Chesterfield
The New York Quarterly is an amazing, intelligent, crazy, creative, strange, and indispensable magazine.
James Dickey
Nec audiendi qui solent dicere, vox populi, vox Dei, quum tumultuositas vulgi semper insaniae proxima sit. We should not listen to those who like to affirm that the voice of the people is the voice of God, for the tumult of the masses is truly close to madness.
Ruin, eldest daughter of Zeus, she blinds us all, that fatal madness—she with those delicate feet of hers, never touching the earth, gliding over the heads of men to trap us all. She entangles one man, now another.
In my madness I was actually in love with her for the few hours it all lasted; it was the same unmistakable ache and stab across the mind, the same sighs, the same pain, and above all the same reluctance and fear to approach.
Jack Kerouac
If you must be mad, be it not for the things of the world. Be mad with the love of God.
I didn’t use a voice change to do Bilbo. I have a distinctive voice anyway. I did an attitude change, making Bilbo kind of fussy – fussy and proper – then gradually dropped the fussiness and properness as the madness of battle really affects him.
Orson Bean
I really love the idea of the poetically mad – the character that is imbued with the romantic madness. Like River from ‘Firefly’ or Drusilla from ‘Buffy.’ Someone dangerously unhinged, where you’re really not sure they’re going to be reliable minute-to-minute.
Holly Black
I was a really crazy kid. I’m still a crazy kid. That’s the nice thing about being in a rock band. You can feel 14 forever.
Max Weinberg
I understand the insecurities that come with being a part of showbiz. You need not just talent but a little bit of madness to be on top of the game.
Sherlyn Chopra
What we’ve been trying to do is difficult. You know it’s difficult to win one, to win two. Madness to win three. But to try and come back to win it again should be impossible really.
Brian Cody
A musician’s attempt to summarize his or her work leads to all this prescriptive chatter, or what I call the ‘Modifier’s Madness.’ A lot of adjectives working overtime.
Sufjan Stevens
In an age of incompetence, I’ve been able to last in this crazy business. I actually know how to play my ax and write a song. That’s my job.
Billy Joel
Where is the lightning to lick you with its tongue? Where is the madness with which you should be cleansed? Behold, I show you the Superman. He is this lightning, he is this madness.
Friedrich Nietzsche
To indulge it is to breed it. To punish it is to feed it. Madness knows no bridle but the knife.
R. Scott Bakker
The madness of depression is, generally speaking, the antithesis of violence. It is a storm indeed, but a storm of murk. Soon evident are the slowed-down responses, near paralysis, psychic energy throttled back close to zero. Ultimately, the body is affected and feels sapped, drained.
William Styron
Creation which cannot express itself becomes madness.
Anais Nin
People are still crazy about Python after twenty-five years, which I find hard to believe.
Michael Palin
Hulkamania is like a single grain of sand in the Sahara desert that is Macho Madness.
Randy Savage
World wide capitalism kills more people everyday then Hitler did. And he was crazy.
Ken Livingstone
Anything’s possible in Human Nature …Love. Madness. Hope. Infinite joy.
Arundhati Roy
We have fools in all sects, and impostors in most; why should I believe mysteries no one can understand, because written by men who chose to mistake madness for inspiration and style themselves Evangelicals?
Lord Byron
Help us to recognize your voice, help us not to be allured by the madness of the world, so that we may never fall away from you, O Lord Jesus Christ.
Albrecht Durer
I was a brat. It was crazy, I was very picky. In other words, I didn’t take advantage of what was happening
Sherilyn Fenn
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
We Poets in our youth begin in gladness; But thereof come in the end despondency and madness.
William Wordsworth
People think I’m crazy and reckless but I’m absolutely not… I’m soooo safe and soooo careful and I won’t do anything that feels like I could break something.
Catherine Bell
But I like my madness. There is a thrill in it unknown to such sanity as yours. ~ Book 1, Chapter 9.
Rafael Sabatini
The first step towards madness is to think oneself wise.
Fernando de Rojas
Love is merely a madness, and, I tell you, deserves as well a dark house and a whip as madmen do.
William Shakespeare
The film world is a crazy place to be. You sit around all day waiting for the phone to ring. Are people talking about you or aren’t they?
Kyle MacLachlan
A Witch is born out of the true hungers of her time,” she said. “I was born out of New York. The things that are most wrong here summoned me. (“Drink Entire: Against The Madness Of Crowds”)
Ray Bradbury
We’re self obsessed and mad and stupid – not that other people can’t be the same way – but the extremes are kind of honest in some mad way. Anyway, I like them.
Kenneth Branagh
There is something to be said for jealousy, because it only designs the preservation of some good which we either have or think wehave a right to. But envy is a raging madness that cannot bear the wealth or fortune of others.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld
What is madness but nobility of soul at odds with circumstance?
Theodore Roethke
I’m a little nuts. I’m a lot nuts. All I know is that in the midst of the madness of this world it’s my therapy. The music touches my heartstrings.
Gordon Lightfoot
Culture is perishing in overproduction, in an avalanche of words, in the madness of quantity.
Milan Kundera
What madness! Yet she would do it, if she could force herself. She’d become, she believed, a stronger person: a willful, resolute. Like the man who adored her, reckless.
Joyce Carol Oates
If we tried to rely entirely on reason, and pressed it hard, our lives and beliefs would collapse – a form of madness that may actually occur if the inertial force of taking the world and life for granted is somehow lost. If we lose our grip on that, reason will not give it back to us.
Thomas Nagel
Interestingly enough, for me, a character like Captain Jack, you feel like you could just continue. The possibilities are endless and limitless. There is any possibility of madness and absurdity that could commence, so you feel that, with this character, you’re never really done.
Johnny Depp
When Fashion hath once Established, what Folly or craft began, Custom makes it Sacred, and ’twill be thought impudence or madness, to contradict or question it.
John Locke
Visionaries and dreamers have always been dusted with a little oddity.
Trevor Baylis
But love, like wine, gives a tumultuous bliss, Heighten’d indeed beyond all mortal pleasures; But mingles pangs and madness in the bowl.
Edward Young
Be careful how you suggest things to me. For there is in me a madness which goes beyond martyrdom, the madness of an utterly idle man.
Gilbert K. Chesterton
longing to travel while you are already traveling is, I admit, a kind of greedy madness
Elizabeth Gilbert
Sometimes it’s easier to see the madness in others—but we also have to see it in ourselves.
Eckhart Tolle
Most SF is about madness, or what is currently ruled to be madness; this is part of its attraction – it’s always playing with how much the human mind can encompass.
Brian Aldiss
But mathematics is the sister, as well as the servant, of the arts and is touched by the same madness and genius.
Marston Morse
Life without utopia is suffocating, for the multitude at least: threatened otherwise with petrifaction, the world must have a new madness.
Emile M. Cioran
Professors go batty too, perhaps more often than other people, although owing to their profession, their madness is less often remarked.
Michael Gruber
I just really thought about it and decided I’m not happy. I’m not happy at all. And I think it’s really madness to risk your body, risk your well-being and risk your happiness for money.
John Moffitt
In the dark colony of night, when I consider man’s magnificent capacity for malice, madness, folly, envy, rage, and destructiveness, and I wonder whether we shall not end up as breakfast for newts and polyps, I seem to hear the muffled cries of all the words in all the books with covers closed.
Leo Rosten
I have loved to the point of madness; That which is called madness, That which to me, Is the only sensible way to love.
Francoise Sagan
Turn away. From the darkness, the madness, the pain. Open your eyes and look at the light.
Jennifer Donnelly
In their seeking, wisdom and madness are one and the same. On the path of love, friend and stranger are one and the same.
‘But I don’t want to go among mad people,’ said Alice. ‘Oh, you can’t help that,’ said the cat. ‘We’re all mad here.’
Lewis Carroll
Cobbles and kettledrums! …I hope this madness isn’t going to end in a moonlit climb and broken necks.
C. S. Lewis
Sitting around the house playing the wife and mother is driving me crazy.
Patsy Cline
Ever, as before, does Madness remain a mysterious-terrific, altogether infernal boiling-up of the Nether Chaotic Deep, through this fair-painted Vision of Creation, which swims thereon, which we name the Real.
Thomas Carlyle
I never intend to adjust myself to the madness of militarism.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
There is a great streak of violence in every human being. If it is not channeled and understood, it will break out in war or in madness.
Sam Peckinpah
Poetry is a whim of Nature in her lighter moods; it requires nothing but its own madness and, lacking that, it becomes a soundless cymbal, a belfry without a bell.
Pietro Aretino
It is unmistakable madness to live in poverty only to die rich.
I am surrounded by flatterers and fools. It can drive a man to madness,.. . Half of them don’t dare tell me the truth, and the other half can’t find it.
George R. R. Martin
Madness is a waste of time. It creates nothing.
Anne Sexton
Look, we’re all saddled with things that make us better or worse. This world is a crazy place, and I’ve chosen to make my work about that insanity.
Barbara Kruger
If ‘Fargo’ is about anything, it’s American madness.
Steve Erickson
It’s easier to believe in this sweet madness, oh this glorious sadness, that brings me to my knees.
Sarah McLachlan
Mystical state, madness, how it frightens people. How utterly crazy they become, remote, rude, peculiar, cruel, taunting, farouche as wild beasts who have smelled danger, the unthinkable.
Kate Millett
Somebody had tipped the American continent like a pinball machine and all the goofballs had come rolling to LA in the southwest corner. I cried for all of us. There was no end to the American sadness and the American madness. Someday we’ll all start laughing and roll on the ground when we realize how funny it’s been.
Jack Kerouac
Turin is a city which entices a writer towards vigor, linearity, style. It encourages logic, and through logic it opens the way towards madness.
Italo Calvino
I never Google myself because that way madness lies.
Rachel Riley
I think we all have madness in us, it’s just that I’ve realized mine and found a way to let it out.
John Glover
Madness is confusion of levels of fact. . . . Madness is not seeing visions but confusing levels.
William S. Burroughs
As for the Jews, their explanation of anti-Semitism is more characteristic yet. In addition to the usual cliche, “with hatred and savagery” – naturally with no motive, they do not care to discuss motives – according to them, anti-Semitism is a madness, an intellectual degeneration, an affliction of the spirit.
A. C. Cuza
Truly great madness can not be achieved without significant intelligence.
Henrik Tikkanen
I’m the gooney bird that walked to the bank. I’m doing better than most of those guys who said I was crazy.
Jimmy Piersall
I find myself regarding existence as though from beyond the tomb, from another world; all is strange to me; I am, as it were, outside my own body and individuality; I am depersonalized, detached, cut adrift. Is this madness?
Henri Frederic Amiel
I feel that I already have the life I love and I don’t see how it could be improved radically by any greater material success I might have – bigger advances, more prizes. It’s a kind of madness. And the culture of prize-giving is so corrupt.
Pankaj Mishra
Cliches about supporting the troops are designed to distract from failed policies, policies promoted by powerful special interests that benefit from war, anything to steer the discussion away from the real reasons the war in Iraq will not end anytime soon.
Ron Paul
Erections, Ejaculations,Exhibitions and General Tales of Ordinary Madness.
Charles Bukowski
Despite its obscurity, probably no element on the periodic table has as colorful a history as antimony. Money, madness, poison, linguistics, charlatanism, sex – pretty much every theme that runs through the periodic table can be found in Element 51.
Sam Kean
Most of the depressions are self-created. A few people are pathologically ill: they cannot help it. It just comes from within because of genetic and other factors. But almost everybody else can be driven to madness, because the line between sanity and insanity is quite thin.
Jaggi Vasudev
The tools of science and technology amplified the effects of the madness of the egoic mind. So the survival of the planet began to be threatened, and with it the survival of humanity.
Eckhart Tolle
It was ability that mattered, not disability, which is a word I’m not crazy about using.
Marlee Matlin
We all go a little mad sometimes.
Joseph Stefano
Is it so far from madness to wisdom?” – Daenerys Targaryen
George R. R. Martin
Possibly he knew, as he wrote this, that he was mad – because inside every madman sits a little sane man saying ‘You’re mad, you’re mad.’
Graham Swift
If I were to say you are crazy, what part of that would you find unacceptable?
Daisy Donovan
When I think about March Madness ’98, the first thing that comes to mind is Mark ‘Mad Dog’ Madsen’s unorthodox dance moves.
Jason Collins
Regarded in isolation, an idea may be quite insignificant, and venturesome in the extreme, but it may acquire importance from an idea which follows it; perhaps, in a certain collocation with other ideas, which may seem equally absurd, it may be capable of furnishing a very serviceable link.
Friedrich Schiller
Madness, mayhem, erotic vandalism, devastation of innumerable souls – while we scream and perish, History licks a finger and turns the page.
Thomas Ligotti
I’m more of a visual person, but I think that reading’s extremely important. But I’m very easily distracted. It takes certain books to really grab you in.
Jason Marsden
I’m a very sympathetic person, but that doesn’t always come across in my work because I’m too busy being mad at everything.
Lydia Lunch
He in his madness prays for storms, and dreams that storms will bring him peace.
Mikhail Lermontov
People think there is something wrong with Mike(Milbury). But there’s method in his madness.
Scott Lachance
Madness and greatness are two sides of the same coin. Every time a new Targaryen is born, the gods toss the coin in the air and the world holds its breath to see how it will land.
George R. R. Martin
I mean, women are very important to me. I don’t know, they just drive me crazy.
Ringo Starr
Pippin chooses love and finds a greater sense of himself at the end of all the madness. I relate to him in many ways. I have been through stuff, thought I knew best, and often been proven wrong.
Matthew James Thomas
Actors are crazy or we wouldn’t be doing this.
Eileen Brennan
I can calculate the motion of heavenly bodies, but not the madness of people.
Isaac Newton
The creative person is both more primitive and more cultivated, more destructive, a lot madder and a lot saner, than the average person.
Frank Barron
What will be left of the power of example if it is proved that capital punishment has another power, and a very real one, which degrades men to the point of shame, madness, and murder?
Albert Camus
Somewhere in the depths of solitude, beyond wilderness and freedom, lay the trap of madness.
Edward Abbey
You enter into a certain amount of madness when you marry a person with pets.
Nora Ephron
To remember everything is a form of madness.
Brian Friel
Madness is the WHO staring into the abyss and denying it is there. Madness is an ostrich who sticks her head in the sand while a pack of hyenas closes around her. – Lanky Man with green eyes
Dan Brown
A young man is so strong, so mad, so certain, and so lost. He has everything and he is able to use nothing.
Thomas Wolfe
I’ll play Pretty Pretty Princess with you if you just let me watch a little bit of March Madness.
Matt Damon
You need a touch of madness, just enough that you don’t become stupid!
Robin Williams
It is better to make a piece of music than to perform one, better to perform one than to listen to one, better to listen to one than to misuse it as a means of distraction, entertainment, or acquisition of ‘culture.’
John Cage
That is scary, when you consider what we’re doing to children all over the planet. They’re the ones who are truly being terrorized by all the madness adults are perpetrating.
Alice Walker
For madness must be punished in a world in which mere sanity is prized. The revenge of the ordinary upon the gifted.
Joyce Carol Oates
The era of the political was one of anomie: crisis, violence, madness and revolution. The era of the trans-political is that of anomaly: an aberration of no consequence, contemporaneous with the event of no consequence.
Jean Baudrillard
Your theory is crazy, but it’s not crazy enough to be true.
Niels Bohr
With Crazy Horse, it’s all one big, growing, smoldering sound, and I’m part of it. It’s like gliding, or some sort of natural surfing.
Neil Young
In a mad world only the mad are sane.
Akira Kurosawa
There are those to whom one must advise madness.
Joseph Joubert
We can all look on the Internet and go, ‘He hates me! Oh, but she loves me. Oh, but he hates me,’ you know. And that way, madness lies.
Martin Freeman
But to believe that getting stuff is the purpose and aim of life is madness.
Hubert Selby, Jr.
Jem is nothing but goodness. That he struck you last night only shows how capable you are of driving even saints to madness.
Cassandra Clare
One of the outstanding tragedies of this age of struggle and money-madness is the fact that so few people are engaged in the effort which they like best. Everyone should find his or her particular niche in the world’s work, where both material prosperity and happiness in abundance may be found.
Napoleon Hill
Why do it, just because I can? That’s kind of crazy.
Jules Shear
One knows one’s madnesses, by and large. By and large the knowledge is vacuous. The notion of naming the beast to conquer it is the idiot optimism of psychotherapy.
Glen Duncan
You would go mad if you began to speculate about the impact your novel might have while you were still writing it.
Jonathan Coe
The only performance that makes it, that really makes it, that makes it all the way, is the one that achieves madness.
Mick Jagger
When I was a very young lawyer, I had a senior partner who advised me never to get mad, except on purpose.
Warren Christopher
Resisting madness is the maddest way of being mad.
Norman O. Brown
I love heavily tattooed women. I imagine their lives are filled with sensuality and excess, madness and generosity, impulsive natures and fights. They look like they have endured much pain and sadness, yet have the ability to transcend all of it by documenting it on the body
Margaret Cho
Madness is always fascinating, for it reveals the ungluing we all secretly fear: the mind taking off from the body, the possibility that the magnet that attaches us to a context in the world can lose its grip.
Molly Haskell
Oppression makes wise men mad; but the distemper is still the madness of the wise, which is better than the sobriety of fools.
Edmund Burke
Even at al my mother’s concerts, I had never seen people go crazy the way they did with the Beatles.
Lorna Luft
Impulse arrested spills over, and the flood is feeling, the flood is passion, the flood is even madness.
Aldous Huxley
Much Madness is Divinest Sense, to a Discerning Eye.
Emily Dickinson
Oh, that way madness lies; let me shun that.
William Shakespeare
A disturbing novel about dreams and wishes, a nightmarish distaff monkey’s paw of a book that it’s impossible to forget. Lisa Tuttle remains our preeminent chronicler of family madness and desire.
Neil Gaiman
If Rumi is the most-read poet in America today, Coleman Barks is in good part responsible. His ear for the truly divine madness in Rumi’s poetry is really remarkable.
Huston Smith
In a way, everybody is wounded from the wound of the real. This phenomenon is similar to madness. The mad person is wounded by his or her distorted relationship to the real.
Paul Virilio
When you can no longer differentiate between the insanity spewed onto the blank page, and the madness evident in the all-but shattered mirror…that’s when you know you’re doing it right.
Dave Matthews
There is just so much hurt, disappointment, and oppression one can take… The line between reason and madness grows thinner.
Rosa Parks
A great deal of phenomenal experience has fostered in me a flexibility of the mind and imagination that some might call madness
Dean Koontz
Madness is a special form of the spirit and clings to all teachings and philosophies, but even more to daily life, since life itself is full of craziness and at bottom utterly illogical. Man strives toward reason only so that he can make rules for himself.
Carl Jung
There is no genius free from some tincture of madness
Seneca the Younger
To dig our heels in and say no to a present madness is a good thing, but to walk a new path and say yes is a better thing.
Jim Wallis
Multi-tasking arises out of distraction itself.
Marilyn vos Savant
Nature has no cure for this sort of madness, though I have known a legacy from a rich relative work wonders.
Sam Smith
Oh, propriety,” says Mrs Benjamin. “We’re always so concerned with propriety. Even in total madness, we still stick to our hierarchies and chains of command.
Robert Jackson Bennett
There is no element of genius without some form of madness.
Leonardo DiCaprio
He may be mad, but there’s method in his madness. There nearly always is method in madness. It’s what drives men mad, being methodical.
Gilbert K. Chesterton
It is madness and a contradiction to expect that things which were never yet performed should be effected, except by means hitherto untried.
Francis Bacon
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
I’m very aware how many distractions the reader has in life today, how many good reasons there are to put the book down.
David McCullough
If in madness of delusion, anyone shall lift his parricidal hand against this blessed union, the arms of thousands will be raised to save it, and the curse of millions will fall upon the head which may have plotted its destruction.
Andrew Jackson
War.” Gorgon spits the word. “That is what they call it to give the illusion of honor and law. It is chaos. Madness and blood and the hunger to win. It has always been thus and shall always be so.
Libba Bray
Looking back, of course, it was irresponsible, mad, forlorn, idiotic, but if you don’t take chances then you’ll never have a winning hand, and I’ve no regrets.
Bernard Cornwell
A possible link between ‘madness’ and genius is one of the oldest and most persistent of cultural notions.
Kay Redfield Jamison
I could not help feeling that they were evil things — mountains of madness whose farther slopes looked out over some accursed ultimate abyss.
H. P. Lovecraft
I think there’s always a call for people who are bucking the norm. But I don’t expect it to happen now because I think that more than ever the entertainment industry is trying to serve as a distraction, to keep people from thinking too hard.
Guy Picciotto
People were interesting at first. Then later, slowly but surely, all the flaws and madness would manifest themselves. I would become less and less to them; they would mean less and less to me.
Charles Bukowski
The gift of fantasy has meant more to me than my talent for absorbing positive knowledge.
Albert Einstein
Madness breeds madness.
Dan Brown
Soon silence will have passed into legend. Man has turned his back on silence. Day after day he invents machines and devices that increase noise and distract humanity from the essence of life, contemplation, meditation.
Hans Arp
Elizabeth Taylor is gorgeous, beautiful, and she still is today, I’m crazy about her.
Michael Jackson
Astronomy? Impossible to understand and madness to investigate.
And much of Madness, and more of Sin,
And Horror the soul of the plot.
Edgar Allan Poe
Trying to write music that’s sensitive to 400 years ago takes a bit of madness, as it’s such a long stretch of time.
Damon Albarn
Lay not that flattering unction to your soul, That not your trespass but my madness speaks.
William Shakespeare
Sheer madness is, of course, the highest possible brow in humor.
Robert Benchley
Chance is the nature of our universe. […] madness represents a chaotic reservoir of surprises. Some surprises can be valuable.
Frank Herbert
I can remember running around at the age of 3, wanting to play golf, cricket and football. I was always active, one way or another, driving my parents mad.
Ian Botham
There’s a kind of permission for war which can be given only by the world’s mood and atmosphere, the feel of its pulse. It would be madness to undertake a war without that permission.
Jean Giraudoux
People only get married when they’ve no other option, out of panic or desperation or so as not to lose someone they couldn’t bear to lose. It’s always the most conventional things that contain the largest measure of madness.
Javier MarГ­as
I stone got crazy when I saw somebody run down them strings with a bottleneck. My eyes lit up like a Christmas tree and I said that I had to learn.
Muddy Waters
Cancer is the growth of madness denied.
Norman Mailer
Fear not, dear cousin. In madness there is great power
Pen Densham
In an age of madness, to expect to be untouched by madness is a form of madness. But the pursuit of sanity can be a form of madness, too
Saul Bellow
I struggled with kind of fighting with the inner illnesses within myself where my psychological madness and I have always kind of struggled with different disorders and mental things and so the biggest thing that I was kind of always ashamed of or being embarrassed of was kind of that.
Maria Brink
There are always a few who stand up in times of communal madness and have the courage to say that what unites us is greater than what divides us.
Geraldine Brooks
There is a wisdom that is woe; but there is a woe that is madness.
Everyone dreams of playing March Madness and playing in those tournaments, big-time games.
Kevin Knox
The world has always gone through periods of madness so as to advance a bit on the road to reason.
Hermann Broch
Dreaming permits each and every one of us to be quietly and safely insane every night of our lives
William C. Dement
But what is madness, if not being able to control your own mind?
Lady Victoria Leatham
The stupid believe that to be truthful is easy; only the artist, the great artist, knows how difficult it is.
Willa Cather
Granted that every war is madness-civil war, fratricide, is the worst of all; it reaches deeper into ugliness, cruelty and absurdity.
Elie Wiesel
A madman’s ravings are absurd in relation to the situation in which he finds himself, but not in relation to his madness.
Jean-Paul Sartre
For every nation that lives peaceably, there will be many others to grow hard and push their arrogance to extremes; the gods attend to these things slowly. But they attend to those who put off God and turn to madness.
To require conformity in the appreciation of sentiments or the interpretation of language, or uniformity of thought, feeling, or action, is a fundamental error in human legislation — a madness which would be only equaled by requiring all men to possess the same countenance, the same voice or the same stature.
Josiah Warren
The satiric ethos of Mad was a much bigger childhood influence.
Alison Bechdel
In this world men struggle and suffer vainly, finding pleasure only in the bright madness of battle; dying, their souls enter a gray misty realm of clouds and icy winds, to wander cheerlessly throughout eternity.
Robert E. Howard
Let me be mad, then, by all means! mad with the madness of Absinthe, the wildest, most luxurious madness in the world! Vive la folie! Vive l’amour! Vive l’animalisme! Vive le Diable!
Marie Corelli
Madness has its own dynamism. It just goes on.
Philip K. Dick
Be wise to-day; ‘t is madness to defer.
Edward Young
No sane man can be happy, for to him life is real, and he sees what a fearful thing it is.
Mark Twain
Every time I stepped into madness of the crowds, I longed for the wisdom of the loneliness.
Mehmet Murat Ildan
Stoicism is the wisdom of madness and cynicism the madness of wisdom.
Bergen Evans
There was never a genius without a tincture of madness.
I have not lost my mind – it’s backed up on disk somewhere.
Steven Wright
I used to draw a lot. If my mother would ask me to do something else, I’d have a hairy conniption. I’d just go crazy.
Jim Carrey
I believe that one should be able to control and manipulate experiences, even the most terrific, like madness, being tortured, this sort of experience, and one should be able to manipulate these experiences with an informed and an intelligent mini.
Sylvia Plath
Children of the future, watching empires fall. Madness the cup they drink from, self destruction the toll.
Ozzy Osbourne
There is a madness, yes, this is true. Few mortals possess it, the willingness to step away from the protection of sanity. To walk into the wild wood of madness…
Neil Gaiman
Everybody’s a mad scientist, and life is their lab.
David Cronenberg
With the introduction of agriculture mankind entered upon a long period of meanness, misery, and madness, from which they are only now being freed by the beneficent operation of the machine.
Bertrand Russell
Acid gave me a clinical, unblinking look at madness, and I discovered I wasn’t brave enough to be insane.
Craig Ferguson
Our constancy, same might call it our madness, was necessary to wear down the oppressive forces of the old democracy which, in Spain, was a hundred years behind the times.
Federica Montseny
What a mysterious thing madness is. I have watched patients whose lips are forever sealed in a perpetual silence. They live, breathe, eat; the human form is there, but that something, which the body can live without, but which cannot exist without the body, was missing.
Nellie Bly
If we confront anti-Semitism … if we combat it individually and as a society, and use whatever platform we have to denounce it, we can stop the spread of this madness.
Michael Douglas
In madness, I thought I was the most important person in the world.
John Forbes Nash, Jr.
Madness is to think of too many things in succession too fast, or of one thing too exclusively.
The madness is there, and will always be there. But it will keep sleeping, as long as I don’t wake it up.
Marya Hornbacher
As adults we try to relax from the never-ending quest for reason and order by drinking a little whiskey or smoking whatever works for us, but the wisdom isn’t in the whiskey or the smoke. The wisdom is in the moments when the madness slips away and we remember the basics.
Willie Nelson
As the cat lapses into savagery by night, and barbarously explores the dark, so primal and titanic is a woman with the love madness.
Gelett Burgess
Anne Baxter was a very good actress, Donna Reid was great. You couldn’t name an actress I wasn’t crazy about.
Richard Widmark
You used to say. “Desire doubled is love and love doubled is madness.” Madness doubled is marriage I added when the caustic was cool, not intending to produce a golden rule.
Anne Carson
You’re only given a little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.
Robin Williams
There has never been any great genius without a spice of madness.
Seneca the Younger
Terrorism is an example of that extreme madness. People blow themselves up just to kill others. Unconscious reaction to terrorism is equal madness.
Eckhart Tolle
True faith, by a mighty effort of the will, fixes its gaze on our Divine Helper, and there finds it possible and wise to lose its fears. It is madness to say, “I will not be afraid; “it is wisdom and peace to say, “I will trust and not be afraid.
Alexander MacLaren
I am weary of personal worrying, in love with the art of madness.
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
To be alive is a fine thing. It is the finest thing in the world, though hazardous. It is a unique thing. It happens only once in a lifetime. To be alive, to know consciously that you are alive, and to relish that knowledge — this is a kind of magic. Or it may be a kind of madness, exhilarating but harmless.
Edna Ferber
I am madness maddened! That wild madness that’s only calm to comprehend itself
Herman Melville
I know this much: if you gotta write, honey, you gotta write. Some call it a disease, some a madness. Ah, but I call it love.
Faith Sullivan
In the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, man’s dispute with madness was dramatic debate in which he confronted the secret powers of the world; the experience of madness was clouded by images of the Fall and the Will of God, of the Beast and the Metamorphosis, and of all the marvelous secrets of Knowledge
Michel Foucault
If the will, which in the law of our nature, were withdrawn from our memory, fancy, understanding, and reason, no other hell could equal, for a spiritual being, what we should then feel from the anarchy of our powers. It would be conscious madness,–a horrid thought!
John Milton
You cannot carry out fundamental change without a certain amount of madness.
Thomas Sankara
ROSS You must have patience, madam. LADY MACDUFF He had none: His flight was madness: when our actions do not, Our fears do make us traitors.
William Shakespeare
The whole society depends on creating ambition in you. Ambition means a conflict, ambition means that whatsoever you are, you are wrong – you have to be somewhere else. Wherever you are, you are wrong – you have to be somewhere else. A constant madness to be somewhere else, to be somebody else, is what ambition is.
Genius and madness have something in common: both live in a world that is different from that which exists for everyone else.
Arthur Schopenhauer
I am fascinated by the engineering. The science of constructing and understanding why it stands. And I am drawn by the madness, the beauty, the theatricality, the poetry and soul of the wire. And you cannot be a wire-walker without mingling those two ways of seeing life.
Philippe Petit
I love writing and photography and the natural world that inspires them both. I’m working on getting as lost as I can in the beauty before it is completely wiped clean by the madness of man.
Jason Reeves
why don’t we go back out there and tell them what happened? because nothing happened except that everybody has been driven insane and stupid by life. in this society there are only two things that count: don’t be caught without money and don’t get caught high on any kind of high. (Night Streets of Madness)
Charles Bukowski
The distinction between children and adults, while probably useful for some purposes, is at bottom a specious one, I feel. There are only individual egos, crazy for love.
Niccolo Machiavelli
…had always taken for granted that the whole world was in a state of constantly fluctuating madness, and that a neurosis was not an illness, but a fact of life, like pimples.
Anne Fortier
t was almost disappointing because it seemed when stress and madness were eliminated from my daily life there wasn’t much left you could depend on.
Charles Bukowski
If you want to kill somebody, conquer his heart, Then leave slowly and leave them between death and madness.
Nizar Qabbani
I find myself hoping a total end of all the unhappy divisions of mankind by party-spirit, which at best is but the madness of many for the gain of a few.
Alexander Pope
The multiplication of individual sects should not fool us: the important point is that the whole of America is preoccupied with the sect as a moral institution, with its immediate demand for beatification, its material efficacity, its compulsion for justification, and doubtless also with its madness and frenzy.
Jean Baudrillard
A touch of madness is, I think, almost always necessary for constructing a destiny.
Marguerite Yourcenar
The Apple II was not designed like an ordinary product. It used crazy tricks everywhere
Andy Hertzfeld
If a man comes to the door of poetry untouched by the madness of the Muses, believing that technique alone will make him a good poet, he and his sane compositions never reach perfection, but are utterly eclipsed by the performances of the inspired madman.
Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.
Marilyn Monroe
I love fashion; I adore it. I love the madness of it.
Keeley Hawes
It’s also a more personal medium. It seems to go directly to one’s brain. There are no pictures to distract.
Bob Edwards
The idea that any photography can’t be personal is madness! I see something; it goes through my eye, brain, heart, guts; I choose the subject. What could be more personal than that?
Cornell Capa
Mind is madness. Only when you go beyond the mind, there will be meditation.
Jaggi Vasudev
Sometimes the crowd is the madness – at others it’s the absence of the crowd that is.
Will Self
Not everyone is capable of madness; and of those lucky enough to be capable, not many have the courage for it.
August Strindberg
What is life? A madness. What is life? An illusion, a shadow, a story. And the greatest good is little enough: for all life is a dream, and dreams themselves are only dreams.
Pedro Calderon de la Barca
Look, if the picture you get instantly is as beautiful as the picture you get by waiting seven days, then it is absolute madness to say that there is virtue in waiting.
Edwin Land
I suppose an active imagination can be a form of madness. Or it can be the thing that keeps you from going mad.
Esme Raji Codell
The warrior knows that he is free to choose his desires, and he makes these decisions with courage, detachment, and – sometimes – with just a touch of madness.
Paulo Coelho
Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds
Charles Mackay
Why is it honesty when a man speaks his mind and madness when a woman does?
Sharon Kay Penman
Sometimes the person who is the most logical is the person whom we call insane.
Kevin Spacey
It’s a kind of madness in cosmopolitan cities now.
Sean Connery
It’s actually great to shoot far away from Hollywood because we don’t have the distractions of the parties and premieres and all that. And, of course, you can save money – there are no good shoe stores.
Katie Holmes
Alexander smoked and watched her from his tree stump bench. What are you doing? she would ask him. Nothing, he would reply. Nothing but growing my pain into madness.
Paullina Simons
Eighty-six percent of the gun death of children under the age of 14 internationally is right here in the United States of America. It is madness.
Nita Lowey
Heretics were most often bitterly persecuted for the their least deviation from accepted belief. It was precisely their obstinacy about trifles that irritated the righteous to madness.
Lev Shestov
I would have gone home to my mother, but I’m not that crazy about my mother.
What can everyone do? Praise and blame. This is human virtue, this is human madness.
Friedrich Nietzsche
(Those women whom the distaff
no longer claims
nor spun cloth)
driven made,
by Bacchus.
Hilda Doolittle
It’s better to think of my life like that— part miracle, part madness. It’s better if I accept that I can’t control any of the things that matter. My life is a trail of shipwrecks and set-sails. There are no arrivals, no destinations; there are only sandbanks and shipwreck; then another boat, another tide.
Jeanette Winterson
Poetry demands a man with a special gift for it, or else one with a touch of madness in him.
You know the madness of the English football season has kicked in when a fan rings up 606 and says Arsenal will win the title.
Robbie Savage
Whoever had known sexual jealousy, that most destructive of emotions-and this would be so for men no less than women-had known madness and had now to know sympathy for someone who had been carried by jealousy this one terrible step too far, to murder.
Diana Trilling
The opposite of faith is not doubt: It is certainty. It is madness. You can tell you have created God in your own image when it turns out that he or she hates all the same people you do.
Anne Lamott
Our hospital was famous and housed many great poets and singers. Did the hospital specialize in poets and singers or was it that poets and singers specialized in madness?
Susanna Kaysen
Maybe the greatest madness is to see life as it is rather than what it could be.
Miguel de Cervantes
If you actually read the ‘New Gods’ tetralogy, this epic without an ending, it’s like dipping your head into madness. You feel a little bit like the Joker for a little while. And I mean that in the best way possible.
Tom King
I may be crazy, but it keeps me from going insane.
Waylon Jennings
Nothing like stopping at Balthazar in between NYFW madness. Their shrimp cocktail is delicious and healthy.
Denise Bidot
The ‘silly question’ is the first intimation of some totally novel development.
Alfred North Whitehead
Once you label me you negate me.
Soren Kierkegaard
When I came out to Hollywood, I discovered the perfect place for my creative madness – Cannon Pictures.
Mario Van Peebles
It is madness for any country to build its policy with an eye to nuclear war.
Leonid Brezhnev
Sin is hell, grace is heaven; what madness it is to look more at hell than heaven.
Thomas Brooks
Fame is a revenue payable only to our ghosts; and to deny ourselves all present satisfaction, or to expose ourselves to so much hazard for this, were as great madness as to starve ourselves, or fight desperately for food, to be laid on our tombs after our death.
Henry Mackenzie
Emotion turning back on itself, and not leading on to thought or action, is the element of madness.
John Sterling
The image that everyone has of a chess player is not necessarily positive. I think it’s partly due to Bobby Fischer – his rise to fame and then his descent into madness. That left a lot of people with negative stereotypes, of nerds who aren’t interesting.
Hikaru Nakamura
I don’t bat an eye at stuff like that. I’ve had my share of wins. If I worried about the games I should have won, it would probably drive me crazy. It was a fun game to pitch in.
Roger Clemens
Girls were always my biggest distraction in school.
Channing Tatum
madness, in a higher sense, is the beginning of all wisdom
Hermann Hesse
I know people who go back and check themselves, but it drives me crazy. Everybody wants to look in the mirror and see Cary Grant looking back at them, but that’s just not the case.
Dennis Farina
Without God, reality is madness. Reason will tell you so. You either madly trust in God, or you trust in a world gone mad without him.
Geoffrey Wood
Start as a human being in this culture, toss in madness, toss in mystical states, toss in being gay, toss in being HIV-positive, toss in religion that assures you God hates you for all of that – and then look me in the eye and tell me you can feel ok about yourself. I dare you. I just dare you.
Ken Wilber
The universe without music would be madness.
Friedrich Nietzsche
All inventors, they say, are a little mad. I reckon that only completely sane people are willing to admit they are slightly crazy.
Trevor Baylis
Madness designates the equinox between the vanity of night’s hallucinations and the non-being of light’s judgments.
Michel Foucault
Actors are able to trick themselves into treating anything as if it’s fantastic. It’s a kind of madness really.
Tom Baker
A naked lunch is natural to us We eat reality sandwiches. But allegories are so much lettuce. Don’t hide the madness.
Allen Ginsberg
The supreme trick of mass insanity is that it persuades you that the only abnormal person is the one who refuses to join in the madness of others, the one who tries vainly to resist. We will never understand totalitarianism if we do not understand that people rarely have the strength to be uncommon.
Eugene Ionesco
Human madness is oftentimes a cunning and most feline thing. When you think it fled, it may have but become transfigured into some still subtler form.
Herman Melville
Cruelty, if we consider it as a crime, is the greatest of all; if we consider it as a madness, we are equally justifiable in applying to it the readiest and the surest means of oppression.
Walter Savage Landor
I don’t necessarily find superheroes in general, for me, that appealing. I’d much prefer to play, if I was to be cast in a superhero film, I’d prefer to play the villain because there’s a reason, there’s a motive behind their madness.
Ryan Kwanten
Freud thought that a psychosis was a waking dream, and that poets were daydreamers too, but I wonder if the reverse is not as often true, and that madness is a fiction lived in like a rented house
William H. Gass
But God!Who could live like this , anyway, with the kind of guesswork that was enough to make a person crazy, just sailing along, taking bumps here and there, no course navigated whatsoever, with any big wave capable of just tipping and sinking you entirely. IT was madness, stipidity, and- (then I saw him)
Sarah Dessen
The big ideas always come in flashes. I don’t really craft stories that much. I genuinely don’t know where these people come from, and I’ve often wondered if writing is just a socially acceptable form of madness.
Taiye Selasi
I made enough money to buy a house. That’s crazy, but fame proved ephemeral.
Moon Unit Zappa
For disorder obstructs: besides, it doth disgust life, distract the appetities, and yield no true relish to the senses.
Margaret Cavendish
Great wits are sure to madness near allied, and thin partitions do their bounds divide.
John Dryden
Love is . . . a madness most discreet
William Shakespeare
Love is merely a madness.
William Shakespeare
People who remember court madness through pain, the pain of the perpetually recurring death of their innocence; people who forget court another kind of madness, the madness of the denial of pain and the hatred of innocence; and the world is mostly divided between madmen who remember and madmen forget.
James A. Baldwin
The term papers make me more crazy, because they involve more variables I cannot directly control! With acting, I feel more power-like I’m making all the choices.
Fred Savage
Fame – anyone who says he doesn’t like it is crazy
Bennett Cerf
I am thrilled to have been able to put together this new album. I listened to everything I had recorded in the 24 years with Elektra, and then just took all the ones I am mad about.
Judy Collins
When, President Obama, do you mean to cease abusing our patience? How long is that madness of yours still to mock us? When is there to be an end to that unbridled audacity of yours swaggering about as it does now?
Ted Cruz
Catch-22’s first readers were largely of the generation that went through World War II. For them, it provided a startlingly fresh take, a much-needed, much-delayed laugh at the terror and madness they endured.
Christopher Buckley
First sign of madness, talking to your own head.
J. K. Rowling
To be honest March Madness has not treated me very well.
Pat Connaughton
There is so much great talent in the underground, and electronic music is finally getting the props that it’s deserved for so long. I feel like now that everyone is discovering it and it’s so fresh sounding to so many people. It doesn’t get any more rock n’ roll than playing EDC or the Staples Center. It’s really madness.
for there is no folly of the beast of the earth which is not infinitely outdone by the madness of men
Herman Melville
Men are so necessarily mad, that not to be mad would amount to another form of madness.
Blaise Pascal
Obsession is the wellspring of genius and madness.
Michel de Montaigne
You get that love from the people. It lets me know that all the madness I go through, all the stuff that the business has to offer with all its madness; it makes it worthwhile.
Whitney Houston
I’m very emotional; I think I may go mad in several years’ time.
Freddie Mercury
I feel the madness creeping slowly. Loved by many I’m still lonely.
Ronnie Radke
Just as it would be madness to settle on medical treatment for the body of a person by taking an opinion poll of the neighbors, so it is irrational to prescribe for the body politic by polling the opinions of the people at large.
Creative vision creates art” – he motioned around the gallery – “that shows the rest of the world a new angle. That’s beautiful thing.” “Or some sort of madness”, she said.
Melissa Marr
Watching people party is cool, but I don’t love watching people get super-duper trashed and annoying. I feel protected behind my booth – away from the madness, but a part of it too.
Taryn Manning
The genius which runs to madness is no longer genius.
Otto Weininger
Most major sports benefit from the fact that betting by the general public fuels fan interest and boosts television ratings. The Super Bowl and ‘March Madness’ are prime examples. But sports other than boxing draw a clear line where betting by participants is concerned.
Thomas Hauser
[Jack Sparrow]’s a blast to play. I’ll be in a deep, dark depression saying goodbye to him. I’ll keep the costume and just prance around the house, entertain the kids….I mean, at a certain point, the madness must stop, but for the moment, I can’t say that he’s done.
Johnny Depp
He exulted in the possession of himself once more; he realized how much of the delight of the world he had lost when he was absorbed in that madness which they called love; he had had enough of it; he did not want to be in love anymore if love was that.
W. Somerset Maugham
So long as man is protected by madness – he functions – and flourishes.
Emil Cioran
Was it proof of madness in the first corps of sea officers to have, at so critical a period, launched out on the ocean with only two armed merchant ships, two armed brigantines, and one armed sloop, to make war against such a power as Great Britain?
John Paul Jones
I thought of Chatterton, the marvellous boy, The sleepless soul that perished in his pride; Of him who walked in glory and in joy, Following his plough, along the mountain-side. By our own spirits we are deified; We Poets in our youth begin in gladness, But thereof come in the end despondency and madness.
William Wordsworth
One of the points about distractions is that everything that they do is destabilizing.
Bruce Sterling
The people designing the weapons literally often didn’t know how they were being handled in the field by the Air Force – and a lot of people in the Air Force didn’t understand some of the dangers. There’s a very strong element of madness in this.
Eric Schlosser
Desire doubled is love and love doubled is madness.
Anne Carson
The language of psychiatry, which is a monologue by reason about madness, could only have come into existence in such a silence.
Michel Foucault
There were opium-dens, where one could buy oblivion, dens of horror where the memory of old sins could be destroyed by the madness of sins that were new.
Oscar Wilde
Go! you may call it madness, folly; You shall not chase my gloom away! There ‘s such a charm in melancholy I would not if I could be gay.
Samuel Rogers
And this is the way a novel gets written, in ignorance, fear, sorrow, madness, and a kind of psychotic happiness as an incubator for the wonders being born.
Jack Kerouac
Certainly, Gandhi is not inferior to Christ in goodness and sanctity, and he surpasses him in touching humility. Gandhi is the prophet of hope in this age of pessimism and disillusionment. He is a promise of sanity in the madness induced by our world’s heedless drinking at the fount of war.
Sudhir Kakar
If there was a distraction I’d get up and jump out the window. I was quite out of hand. In schools like that I don’t think they expect that girls are going to behave in such an outrageous fashion.
Diane Cilento
In June 1968, five days before my mother’s forty -sixth birthday, the world fell apart again. Sirhan Sirhan shot Bobby Kennedy, who died the next day. Why were people shooting all the Kennedys? Had the country gone mad?
Lorna Luft
All lovers in the world are alike: they fall in love by chance; they see each other, and are attached to each other by the features of their faces; they illuminate each other by the fierce preference which is akin to madness; they assert the reality of illusions; and for a moment they change falsehood into truth.
Henri Barbusse
The sort of liveliness which increases with age is not far distant from madness.
Robin Williams
I cheat him, I deceive him, yet the world does not sink in sulphur-colored mists. Madness conquers. I can no longer put my mosaics together. I just cry and laugh.
Anais Nin
By prevailing over all obstacles and distractions, one may unfailingly arrive at his chosen goal or destination.
Christopher Columbus
It is madness to wear ladies’ straw hats and velvet hats to church; we should all be wearing crash helmets. Ushers should issue life preservers and signal flares; they should lash us to our pews. For the sleeping God may wake someday and take offense, or the waking God may draw us out to where we can never return.
Annie Dillard
I would like to go mad on one condition, namely, that I would become a happy madman, lively and always in a good mood, without any troubles and obsessions, laughing senselessly from morning to night.
Emile M. Cioran
My wish is that you may be loved to the point of madness.
Andre Breton
I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity.
Edgar Allan Poe
When I come to work each day, whether as a commentator for or a host of Mad Money With Jim Cramer, I have only one thought in mind: helping people with their money.
Jim Cramer
Madness in method, that’s genius
Frank Herbert
It is through madness that we hate an enemy, and think of revenging ourselves; and it is through indolence that we are appeased, and do not revenge ourselves.
Jean de la Bruyere
Madness, like small fish, runs in hosts, in vast numbers of instances.
Philip K. Dick
Sanity is very rare; every man almost and every woman has a dash of madness.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Clemenza’s overriding responsibility is to his family. He takes a moment out of his routine madness to remember that he had promised his wife that he would bring dessert home. His instruction to his partner in crime is an entire moral manifesto in six little words: ‘Leave the gun. Take the cannoli.
Sarah Vowell
The human relationship to combustion is as mysterious as it is fraught with madness. From the candle flame to the nuclear blast, it has lit up the human imagination with fear and fascination.
Michael Leunig
Genocide is not just a murderous madness; it is, more deeply, a politics that promises a utopia beyond politics – one people, one land, one truth, the end of difference. Since genocide is a form of political utopia, it remains an enduring temptation in any multiethnic and multicultural society in crisis.
Michael Ignatieff
Anger is temporary madness.
In England, an inventor is regarded almost as a crazy man, and in too many instances invention ends in disappointment and poverty. In America, an inventor is honoured, help is forthcoming, and the exercise of ingenuity, the application of science to the work of man, is there the shortest road to wealth.
Oscar Wilde
Orators inflame the people, whose anger is really but a short fit of madness.
Jonathan Swift
What’s your specialty? Oh, you know. Madness. Mayhem. Debauchery. And even with all that going for me, I can still make a mean mojito.
Darynda Jones
The fool sees naught but folly; and the madman only madness. Yesterday I asked a foolish man to count the fools among us. He laughed and said, “This is too hard a thing to do, and it will take too long. Were it not better to count only the wise?”
Khalil Gibran
Working is hard and distracts from having fun.
Orson Scott Card
Man is quite insane. He wouldn?t know how to create a maggot, and he creates Gods by the dozen.
Michel de Montaigne
I have harnessed the shadows that stride from world to world to sow death and madness.
H. P. Lovecraft
Rum, n. Generically, fiery liquors that produce madness in total abstainers.
Ambrose Bierce
Familiarity breeds contempt. By bringing them in close, they realize that you’re just as human as they are. That’s when the madness sets in. They can’t understand why you have more than they do when you’re just a regular human being the same as them. Then they hate you for it. (Leta)
Sherrilyn Kenyon
Ultimately, what audiences respond to is truth. Even as fantastical as the story can be, and out there, at its core, it’s dealing with loss, madness and mortality.
Francesca Gregorini
And men, whose reason long was blind, From cells of madness unconfined, Oft lose whole years of darker mind.
Alfred Lord Tennyson
I am trying to make my accent so it won’t bother anyone, but I am not going to drive myself crazy trying to pretend I am an American girl when I am from Colombia.
If the dead talk to you, you are a spiritualist; if God talks to you, you are a schizophrenic.
Thomas Szasz
Hurry ruins saints as well as artists. They want quick success, and they are in such a hurry to get it that they cannot take time to be true to themselves. And when the madness is upon them, they argue that their very haste is a species of integrity.
Thomas Merton
Why is it, my shadow-striding friend, that we don’t fear dreams? We lose consciousness, lose control, things happen with no apparent logic and abiding by no apparent rules…. We don’t fear dreams, but we do fear madness, and death terrifies us.
Brent Weeks
Sometimes accidents happen in life from which we have need of a little madness to extricate ourselves successfully
Francois de La Rochefoucauld
You know you’ve completely descended into madness when the matter of shampoo has ascended to philosophical heights.
Elizabeth Wurtzel
Too much sanity may be madness!
Miguel de Cervantes
Pain is real when you get other people to believe in it. If no one believes in it but you, your pain is madness or hysteria.
Naomi Wolf
To put meaning in one’s life may end in madness, But life without meaning is the torture Of restlessness and vague desire-It is a boat longing for the sea and yet afraid.
Edgar Lee Masters
The trouble for today’s footballers is they have too many distractions. We used to get our old players coming to watch training with football magazines in their hands. Now, more often than not, they are checking the share prices.
Franz Beckenbauer
To me avarice seems not so much a vice as a deplorable piece of madness.
Thomas Browne
As we have seen so clearly demonstrated in Europe, hate breeds hate and the vicious circle revolves with all its attending madness.
Emanuel Celler
When so much is left to the listener’s imagination, it is bound to be more scary. But our stories are not just to frighten; they are engaged with the things that are really scary like loneliness and madness.
Larry Fessenden
I believe that always, or almost always, in all childhoods and in all the lives that follow them, the mother represents madness. Our mothers always remain the strangest, craziest people we’ve ever met.
Marguerite Duras
Will we fight or will we retreat? That is the question that is posed to us. Some of my friends on the other side of the aisle often refer to Iraq as a distraction.
John Boehner
Madness does not come by breaking out, but by giving in; by settling down in some dirty, little, self-repeating circle of ideas; by being tamed.
Gilbert K. Chesterton
You call it madness, but I call it love.
Don Byas
President Bush and his administration have tried to pull the wool over our eyes and distract the public from this possibly illegal domestic spying scandal.
Ellen Tauscher
Mathematicians always hoped their field was the one human endeavor where reason would prevail over woke madness. But no such luck. The Mathematical Association of America has succumbed.
Miranda Devine
Madness is only an amplification of what you already are.
Margaret Atwood
Creativity is not being afraid to be different. It takes madness to jump at an idea that no one else believes in.
Barbara Januszkiewicz
It is only too true that a lot of artists are mentally ill – it’s a life which, to put it mildly, makes one an outsider. I’m all right when I completely immerse myself in work, but I’ll always remain half crazy.
Vincent Van Gogh
There’s not many people that can handle my sheer madness.
The moon was gone, but to the magician’s eyes the unicorn was the moon, cold and white and very old, lighting his way to safety, or to madness.
Peter S. Beagle
When you think of the ‘Exorcist,’ you think of Linda Blair and pea soup and all this madness, but really if you look at the first half of that film, the stuff between her and Ellen Burstyn is so naturalistic and so real.
Matt Reeves
He wanted to make her laugh. He wanted to sit and listen to her talk about books until his ears fell off. But all these were things he could not want, because they were things he could not have, and wanting what you could not have led to misery and madness.
Cassandra Clare
Madness slunk in through a chink in History. It only took a moment.
Arundhati Roy
Everyone got kind of crazy with me mentioning I was in love with a woman.
Angelina Jolie
O God, O God, how weary, stale, flat, and unprofitable seem to me all the uses of this world!
William Shakespeare
Love is a temporary madness. It erupts like an earthquake and then subsides.
Louis de Bernieres
The usefulness of madmen is famous: they demonstrate society’s logic flagrantly carried out down to its last scrimshaw scrap.
Cynthia Ozick
I begin to see what marriage is for. It’s to keep people away from each other. Sometimes I think that two people who love each other can be saved from madness only by the things that come between them – children, duties, visits, bores, relations – the things that protect married people from each other.
Edith Wharton
And it’s been proved that soldiers don’t go mad
Unless they lose control of ugly thoughts
That drive them out to jabber among the trees.
Siegfried Sassoon
Let the mad find wisdom in their madness for the sane, and let the sane be grateful.
Clive Barker
We lead two lives, and the half of our soul is madness, and half heaven is lit by a black sun. I say I am a man, is the other that hides in me?
Arthur Machen
There’s a lot of madness going on out there. Artists can only be what they are, but the industry only goes with what they think people wanna hear.
Pras Michel
Many people think it’s in bad taste to advertise for an insane asylum… but come on down. We’re going crazy.
Colin Mochrie
I am madness maddened when it comes to books, writers, and the great granary silos where their wits are stored.
Ray Bradbury
Every human being should keep alive within them the sacred flame of madness, but should behave as a normal person.
Paulo Coelho
In order to be truly great at something you have to give into a certain amount of madness.
Joe Rogan
Things are both getting better and getting worse. The madness is accelerating but an acceleration of the new consciousness is also coming in. However, this latter development is less apparent when you listen to the media. The media still mostly reflects what is happening in the sphere of the old consciousness.
Eckhart Tolle
Our greatest blessings come to us by way of madness, provided the madness is given us by divine gift.
I’m not the kind of guy that inspires madness in people.
Ryan Kwanten
The one-eyed man will be King in the country of the blind only if he arrives there in full possession of his partial faculties–that is, providing he is perfectly aware of the precise nature of sight and does not confuse it with second sightnor with madness.
Angela Carter
Dreams are rough copies of the waking soul Yet uncorrected of the higher will, So that men sometimes in their dreams confess An unsuspected, or forgotten, self; -Since Dreaming, Madness, Passion, are akin In missing each that salutory rein Of reason, and the grinding will of man.
Pedro Calderon de la Barca
During the days I felt myself slipping into a kind of madness. Solitary confinement has an astonishing effect on the mind. The trip was to stay calm and keep myself occupied. I spent hours working out how to break free. But trying to escape would have been instant suicide.
Tahir Shah
there must be a routine to life, a framework to hang life on. Routines were what kept you sane, gave you something to do at this moment and at that, definite places to go, positive things to do. Abandon it and that way madness lies.
Ruth Rendell
The essential truth is that sometimes you’re worried that they’ll find out it’s a fluke, that you don’t really have it. You’ve lost the muse or – the worst dread – you never had it at all. I went through all that madness early on.
Robin Williams
I would not dare to say that there is a direct relation between mathematics and madness, but there is no doubt that great mathematicians suffer from maniacal characteristics, delirium and symptoms of schizophrenia.
John Forbes Nash
You are my inspiration and my folly. You are my light across the sea, my million nameless joys, and my day’s wage. You are my divinity, my madness, my selfishness, my transfiguration and purification. You are my rapscallionly fellow vagabond, my tempter and star. I want you.
George Bernard Shaw
It’s an incredible experience to interact with fans in first person, get immediate responses to your music and see the madness that your music creates.
We might describe our world as having retail sanity, but wholesale madness.
Peter Thiel
It is astonishing to think that millions of people in my time—now, too, I suppose—actually thought that at a given moment in history two human beings had evolved to a higher state than that of all the gods that ever were or ever will be. This is titanism, as the Greeks would say. This is madness.
Gore Vidal
Song, like a wing, tears through my breast, my side,
And madness chooses out my voice again,
Louise Bogan
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
Madness is the emergency exit. You can just step outside, and close the door on all those dreadful things that happened. Forever.
Alan Moore
Government is either organized benevolence or organized madness; its peculiar magnitude permits no shading.
John Updike
A lot of people thought this dream must be madness, but we are not crazy.
Gloria Trevi
Pegging your contentment to the overall state of the world rather than of your own life: the basis of morality, or a sort of madness?
Alain de Botton
We all know your idea is crazy. The question is whether it is crazy enough.
Niels Bohr
All of my characters have a glint of madness.
Nicolas Cage
The madness of love can always be suspended–to cook dinner or catch a plane, for instance.
Mason Cooley
He is not in the least arrogant. The last album was written in a room in Sussex. He was like a mad professor, spending all day writing and then coming out with brilliant tunes.
Linda McCartney
If there must be madness, something may be said for having it on a heroic scale
John Kenneth Galbraith
I am dreaming of winning the treble again. I will never forget how I felt after winning it in 2012-13. It was like we were flying. It’s a great feeling, it’s utter madness. I definitely want to have that feeling again at some stage of my career.
Franck Ribery
There’s a fine line between genius and insanity, as we all know.
Mackenzie Phillips
Drunkenness is nothing else but a voluntary madness.
Seneca the Younger
Those people should not be listened to who keep saying the voice of the people is the voice of God, since the riotousness of the crowd is always very close to madness.
Hunger, prolonged, is temporary madness! The brain is at work without its required food, and the most fantastic notions fill the mind. Hitherto I had never known what hunger really meant. I was likely to understand it now.
Jules Verne
God made both tears and laughter, and both for kind purposes; for as laughter enables mirth and surprise to breathe freely, so tears enable sorrow to vent itself patiently. Tears hinder sorrow from becoming despair and madness.
Leigh Hunt
When you long with all your heart for someone to love you, a madness grows there that shakes all sense from the trees and the water and the earth. And nothing lives for you, except the long deep bitter want. And this is what everyone feels from birth to death.
Denton Welch
Wise men mingle mirth with their cares, as a help either to forget or overcome them; but to resort to intoxication for the ease of one’s mind is to cure melancholy by madness.
Pierre Charron
We seem bent upon saving the Vietnamese from Ho Chi Minh, even if we have to kill them and demolish their country to do it….I do not intend to remain silent in the face of what I regard as a policy of madness which, sooner or later, will envelop my son and American youth by the millions for years to come.
George McGovern
We created a brand for ourselves, so that now people can’t get mad at what we do, because then they’re just making of themselves.
Trey Parker
I give her sadness and the gift of pain,
a new moon madness and a love of rain.
Dorothy Parker
There’s constant drama, and I’m busy, busy, but at the center of the madness is the desire to write, the need to write. That desire, that need, is as palpable and relentless as any junkie’s craving, and will possess me all day until I can park myself in a chair and do my work.
Jillian Medoff
May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you’re wonderful, and don’t forget to make some art — write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. And I hope, somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself.
Neil Gaiman
But mathematics is the sister, as well as the servant, of the arts and is touched with the same madness and genius.
Marston Morse
You will encounter many distractions and many temptations to put your goal aside: The security of a job, a wife who wants kids, whatever. But if you hang in there, always following your vision, I have no doubt you will succeed.
Larry Flynt
While I am rehearsing a play, I try to read nothing that might distract my concentration from the work in progress.
Mercedes McCambridge
Suspicion is the beginning of wisdom, and of madness.
Mason Cooley
A fixed idea ends in madness or heroism.
Victor Hugo
The American Scream is the personification of the plague of madness sweeping the states. Only he’s real
Peter Milligan
Mad? Is one who has solved the secret of life to be considered mad?
Edward T. Lowe, Jr.
Expect the unexpected in the kingdom of madness!
Randy Savage
You can’t satirise darts, because it’s hyper-real as it is; there’s already enough over-the-top madness to it.
Irvine Welsh
There is no great genius without a mixture of madness.
Art will remain the most astonishing activity of mankind born out of struggle between wisdom and madness, between dream and reality in our mind.
Magdalena Abakanowicz
It is only through mystery and madness that the soul is revealed.
Thomas Moore
What is sanity, after all, except the control of madness?
Josephine Winslow Johnson
There’s a method to the madness in filmmaking, where everything’s very specifically laid out, the shots and what they need – but there also can be a freedom to allowing the actors to find genuine moments.
Alexandra Daddario
A man is hindered and distracted in proportion as he draws outward things to himself.
Thomas a Kempis
I will rain down silver and gold for you. I will shatter the black night, break it open, and pour out a million stars. Turn away from the darkness, the madness, the pain. Open your eyes and know that I am here. That I remember and hope. Open your eyes and look at the light.
Jennifer Donnelly
Surely there is something in madness, even the demoniac, which Satan flees, aghast at his own handiwork, and which God looks on in pity.
William Faulkner
No excellent soul is exempt from a mixture of madness.
One thing in any case is certain: man is neither the oldest nor the most constant problem that has been posed for human knowledge.
Michel Foucault
I just like to enjoy life and push myself. Of course, there is method to my madness. When you are entering into a new industry, for example, it helps to do something to get your name on the front pages.
Richard Branson
The Bush Administration claims there is a Social Security crisis only to distract Americans from its serious mismanagement of the federal budget.
Mark Dayton
Sanity is madness put to good use.
George Santayana
Why will God’s creatures sin against his throne? Can there be such madness in beings gifted with reason’s light?
Charles Grandison Finney
In the madness, you have to find calm.
Lupita Nyong’o
To think the world therefore a general Bedlam, or place of madmen, and oneself a physician, is the most necessary point of present wisdom: an important imagination, and the way to happiness.
Thomas Traherne
It’s grown into a personal relationship, yeah. I’m crazy about Jerry. I think he’s a unique character.
Jon Voight
… he preferred his own madness, to the regular sanity. He rejoiced in his own madness, he was free. He did not want that old sanity of the world, which was become so repulsive. He rejoiced in the new-found world of his madness. It was so fresh and delicate and so satisfying.
D. H. Lawrence
Be wise today; ’tis madness to defer. Next day the fatal precedent will plead; thus on, til wisdom is pushed our of life.
Edward Young
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.
Robert Pollok
Backstage at the Victoria’s Secret show is pure madness. Big personalities, big hair, and tons of press.
Erin Heatherton
The point is it is amazing that the generations have joined in the Beatle madness and love the music. Who knew?
Ringo Starr
Who made art history? Not the most reasonable people. The mad men did. If painting is the mirror of a time, it must be mad to have a true image of what that time is. To one madness we oppose another madness.
Max Ernst
Often-times it’s madness, not genius that moves the world forward. Who else but the mad would reach so far, stretching for the impossible and, in so doing, prove the impossible possible!
James Rollins
O! Let me not be mad, not mad, sweet heaven; keep me in temper; I would not be mad!
William Shakespeare
Organic chemistry just now is enough to drive one mad. It gives me the impression of a primeval forest full of the most remarkable things, a monstrous and boundless thicket, with no way of escape, into which one may well dread to enter.
Friedrich Wohler
Religious ecstasy is a madness of thought freed of its bodily bonds, whereas in the ecstasy of love, the forces of twin natures unite, blend and embrace one another.
Honore de Balzac
Forced to recognize our inhumanity, our reason coexists with our insanity. And though we choose between reality and madness, it’s either sadness or euphoria.
Billy Joel
I write as if to save somebody’s life. Probably my own. Life is a kind of madness that death makes. Long live the dead because we live in them.
Clarice Lispector
There are men from whom nature or some peculiar destiny has removed the cover beneath which we hide our own madness. They are likethin-skinned insects whose visible play of muscles seem to make them deformed, though in fact, everything soon turns to its normal shape again.
E. T. A. Hoffmann
Madness is terrific I can assure you, and not to be sniffed at; and in its lava I still find most of the things I write about. It shoots out of one everything shaped, final, not in mere driblets, as sanity does.
Virginia Woolf
If you dream of something worth doing and then simply go to work on it and don’t think anything of personalities, or emotional conflicts, or of money, or of family distractions; it is amazing how quickly you get through those 5,000 steps.
Edwin Land
It was a time of madness, the sort of mad-hysteria that always presages war. There seems to be nothing left but war–when any population in any sort of a nation gets violently angry, civilization falls down and religion forsakes its hold on the consciences of human kind in such times of public madness.
Rebecca Latimer Felton
In the midst of excitement, grief, joy, and solitude, I remind myself every moment that the sole mission of my life is to find ‘the ultimate questioner’ – that unimaginable who has put me in this madness to answer an unanswerable question.
Kedar Joshi
Eurovision’ lifts you off your feet – and, by that, I mean the absolute joy, total insanity and madness of the whole thing.
Mel Giedroyc
Hatred is the madness of the heart.
Lord Byron
Dance India Dance is family to me. I actually miss the madness whenever the season is not on air.
Mithun Chakraborty
Genius – the pursuit of madness.
Criss Jami
If this be not love, it is madness, and then it is pardonable.
William Congreve
I’m hoping that I’ll be able to find a distributor to come into Canada with it, because I think it is a wild and crazy romp that really tells things like it is.
Burt Ward
Love is madness, if thwarted it develops fast.
Mark Twain
My work embodies little visions of the great intangible. … Some will say he’s gone mad – others will look and say he’s looked in at the lattices of Heaven and come back with the madness of splendor on him.
Marsden Hartley
It calls Devotion! genuine growth of night! Devotion! Daughter of Astronomy! An undevout astronomer is mad!
Edward Young
I went into photography because it seemed like the perfect vehicle for commenting on the madness of today’s existence.
Robert Mapplethorpe
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?
George Orwell
Love is a madness produced by an unsatisfiable rational desire to understand the ultimate truth about the world.
Laughter, along with madness, seemed to be the only way out, the emergency exit for humans.
Matt Haig
Like a goddess on her azure hill, the star of my ambition, the mistress of my dream; a thing apart, that we can worship, but not touch; a wild desire, that, in the madness of the thought, soars higher in its dignity, and leaves me weeping in the dust.
William Batchelder Greene
When a man mistakes his thoughts for persons and things, he is mad.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
The world of knowledge takes a crazy turn
When teachers themselves are taught to learn.
Bertolt Brecht
Misery loves company, and madness calls it forth.
Yann Martel
The student, if he attains any success in the following practices, will find himself confronted by things too glorious or dreadful to be described. It is essential that he remain the master of all he beholds, hears or conceives; otherwise he will be the slave of illusion, and the prey of madness.
Aleister Crowley
The explosion of jihad and its desire to export its contagious madness to all areas of the world have changed the way we view immigration.
Greg Gutfeld
Ideologists of all kinds find a strange sort of comfort in the madness of the crowd; it confirms them in their suspicion that history, far from being made by the great mass of individuals – as Marx averred – is rather unmade by a single massive individual, a collective Other, who stands in stark contrast to you and he.
Will Self
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 moody madness laughing wild Amid severest woe.
Thomas Gray
He he he… Crazy? Cicero? He he he he! That’s… madness.
Marcus Tullius Cicero
I have found both freedom and safety in my madness; the freedom of loneliness and the safety from being understood, for those who understand us enslave something in us.
Khalil Gibran
Who looks at me, beholdeth sorrows all, All pain, all torture, woe and all distress; I have no need on other harms to call, As anguish, languor, cruel bitterness, Discomfort, dread, and madness more and less; Methinks from heaven above the tears must rain In pity for my harsh and cruel pain.
Geoffrey Chaucer
You can’t be a proper writer without a touch of madness, can you?
Kate Winslet
Three causes especially have excited the discontent of mankind; and, by impelling us to seek remedies for the irremediable, have bewildered us in a maze of madness and error. These are death, toil, and the ignorance of the future.
Charles Mackay
The sex illusion is not a fixed quantity: not what mathematicians call a constant. It varies from zero in my wife’s case to madness in that of our stepsister.
George Bernard Shaw
Madness and genius are two sides to the same coin.
John Hendy
Caesar was Rome’s escape from communism. I expect no Caesar; I find on our map no Rubicon. But then I expect to see communistic madness rebuked and ended.
Roswell Dwight Hitchcock
Up is down, pleasure is pain, darkness is light, slavery is freedom, madness is sanity.
Anton Szandor LaVey
wanting what you could not have led to misery and madness
Cassandra Clare
To be loved, feelings must be rationed. To love, the doors of hysteria, fantasy, and madness may be flung open.
Anton Szandor LaVey
Some people are attracted to sickness, to the kind of madness where sparks fly off the head, to the incoherence of despair, masked by nervous energy, which winds up looking like bewildered joy.
Luke Davies
To expect an impossibility is madness.
Marcus Aurelius
The more you let yourself be distracted from where you are going, the more you are the person that you are. It’s not so much like getting lost as it is like getting found.
William Stafford
Madness is never that far away. It’s as close as saying yes to the wrong impulse.
Jim Carrey
Madness in great ones must not unwatched go.
William Shakespeare
There, he had seen every thing to exalt in his estimation the woman he had lost, and there begun to deplore the pride, the folly, the madness of resentment, which had kept him from trying to regain her when thrown in his way.
Jane Austen
I read The Old Curiosity Shop before I began Blackwood Farm. I was amazed at the utter madness in that book.
Anne Rice
A tavern is a place where madness is sold by the bottle.
Jonathan Swift
When you are developing something, you have to look at it individually. You can’t compare and contrast it to the projects around it, because that way madness lies.
Bryan Fuller
‘Moonlight’ undoes our expectations as viewers, and as human beings, too. As we watch, another movie plays in our minds: real-life footage of the many forms of damage done to black men, which can sometimes lead them to turn that hateful madness on their own kind, passing on the poison that was their inheritance.
Hilton Als
I walked into my own book, seeking peace. It was night, and I made a careless movement inside the dream; I turned too brusquely the corner and I bruised myself against my madness.
Anais Nin
But everyone has a touch of madness, and those who can’t admit it are usually farther gone than the rest of us.
David Farland
But my doubt would not be overcome. Kierkegaard had declared that it was only to the consciousness of sin that Christianity was not horror or madness. For me it was sometimes both.
Georg Brandes
When I did ‘Cyrano’ for Roundabout, I was originally supposed to direct and play the title role, but I quickly realized that was madness, and we called in Jamie Lloyd, who directed me in Osborne’s ‘Inadmissible Evidence.’
Douglas Hodge
What madness is this, inviting sable Death by warfare? It always hovers close and comes unforeseen on silent steps.
The madness of spring is so enticing. I love it when things are opening up and emerging from the ground. I also love the middle of summer when fruit is bursting forth, but I even love the garden in the winter when everything is resting.
Ross Gay
So long as man is protected by madness – he functions – and flourishes.
Emile M. Cioran
On a street of right and wrong in every inch of sadness, rocks and tanks go hand in hand with madness.
Elton John
If any mention was made of homicide, madness, adultery, and intolerable tortures, we would let the church-bells ring louder, the church-organ swell its peal and drown the hideous sound. The sugar they raised was excellent: nobody tasted blood in it.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Envying another man’s happiness is madness; you wouldn’t know what to do with it if you had it.
Andre Gide
I’m dancing to the music of the madness inside me.
George C. Wolfe
I do really crazy things all the time, but I can’t think of anything offhand
Casper Van Dien
Racing and hunting excite man’s heart to madness.
By August 2008, we had left Voikovskaya and moved into a wooden dacha in the artists’ colony of Sokol in north-west Moscow. The house was a haven amid the madness of the city: lily of the valley grew near our front gate, Virginia creeper decked the green picket fence.
Luke Harding
Either I’m a genius or I’m mad, which is it? “No,” I said, “I can’t be mad because nobody’s put me away; therefore I’m a genius.” Genius is a form of madness and we’re all that way. But I used to be coy about it, like me guitar playing. But if there’s such a thing as genius – I am one. And if there isn’t, I don’t care.
John Lennon
For to define true madness,
What is’t but to be nothing else but mad?
William Shakespeare
We dance for laughter, we dance for tears, we dance for madness, we dance for fears, we dance for hopes, we dance for screams, we are the dancers, we create the dreams.
Albert Einstein
She was as one who, in madness, was resolute to throw herself from a precipice, but to whom some remnant of sanity remained which forced her to seek those who would save her from herself.
Anthony Trollope
Every great genius has an admixture of madness.
Some people never go crazy, What truly horrible lives they must live.
Charles Bukowski
Wisdom consists in rising superior both to madness and to common sense, and is lending oneself to the universal illusion without becoming its dupe.
Henri Frederic Amiel
Love is horrible. I mean, when you’re in love, it’s like a sickness. Such madness.
Florence Welch
Here at CBS, spring also means March Madness. I love the name March Madness. I’m glad the PC police haven’t made us change March Madness to early spring psychosis.
Craig Ferguson
You can always find a distraction if you’re looking for one.
Tom Kite
My wits begin to turn.
William Shakespeare
I don’t want to think about how many people have thought or still think that I’m crazy.
Dean Kamen
Without any action, this migratory influx will be like the barbarian invasion of the 4th century, and the consequences will be the same. We must immediately stop this madness to safeguard our social pact, freedom, and identity.
Marine Le Pen
I like everyone who tries to show that madness is, in large part, conditioned by society and particularly by the family, and therefore, strongly affects women.
Simone de Beauvoir
I’ve never done heroin, but I totally understood what would drive people to that distraction-to need that so much.
Sarah McLachlan
Winning teams have the least amount of distractions. They have a really tight group of people working towards the same common goal.
Larry Dixon
You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you mad.
Aldous Huxley
And now have I not told you that what you mistake for madness is but overacuteness of the senses?
Edgar Allan Poe
I’m really a classicist at heart – with a bit of madness!
Phillip Lim
And so you must grant to God what is God and not try to think of what you have lost, for that way is madness.
Joyce Carol Oates
Intoxicated with madness, I’m in love with my sadness
Sylvia Plath
I think people who don’t believe in God are crazy. How can you say there is no God when you hear the birds singing these beautiful songs you didn’t make?
Little Richard
New York is an ugly city, a dirty city. Its climate is a scandal, its politics are used to frighten children, its traffic is madness, its competition is murderous. But there is one thing about it – once you have lived in New York and it has become your home, no place else is good enough.
John Steinbeck
Madness comes from God, whereas sober sense is merely human.
Whoever heard me assert that the grey cat playing just now in the yard is the same one that did jumps and tricks there five hundred years ago will think whatever he likes of me, but it is a stranger form of madness to imagine that the present-day cat is fundamentally an entirely different one.
Arthur Schopenhauer
It is sheer madness to live in want in order to be wealthy when you die.
The great proof of madness is the disproportion of one’s designs to one’s means.
Napoleon Bonaparte
Mad, adj. Affected with a high degree of intellectual independence.
Ambrose Bierce
I believe that the madness of Communism would be the sole victor.
Adolf Hitler
A whole lot of us believers, of all different religions, are ready to turn back the tide of madness by walking together, in both the dark and the light – in other words, through life – registering voters as we go, and keeping the faith.
Anne Lamott
People like my voice and say I can sing, but I don’t like microphones in front of my face: it distracts me.
Bernie Worrell
Madness strips you of memory and leaves you scrabbling around on the floor of your brain for the snatches and snippets of what happened, what was said, and when.
Marya Hornbacher
Passion is passion. It’s a sort of madness and possession of what you do or what you think. This is the difference of life: passion and commerce, which most of the people know as “P.C.” But people have just got “C” now instead of “P.”
Manolo Blahnik
In the twentieth century, the repellent, harrowing disease that is made the index of a superior sensitivity, the vehicle of “spiritual” feelings and “critical” discontent, is insanity.
Susan Sontag
We are in the final stages of egoic madness. Almost the whole world is fighting each other.
Eckhart Tolle
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
In my madness I see your face in mine.
David Bowie
The madness of mobs or the insolence of soldiers, or both, when too near to each other, occasion some mischief.
Benjamin Franklin
Passions unguided are for the most part mere madness.
Thomas Hobbes
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
I’m interested in characters that have just a touch of madness.
Greta Gerwig
This I ask, is it not madness to kill thyself in order to escape death?
[Lat., Hic rogo non furor est ne moriare mori?]
Madness is not a consequence of uncertainty but of certainty.
Friedrich Nietzsche
The point is… to live one’s life in the full complexity of what one is, which is something much darker, more contradictory, more of a maelstrom of impulses and passions, of cruelty, ecstacy, and madness, than is apparent to the civilized being who glides on the surface and fits smoothly into the world.
Thomas Nagel
The man who arrives at the doors of artistic creation with none of the madness of the Muses would be convinced that technical ability alone was enough to make an artist… what that man creates by means of reason will pale before the art of inspired beings.
We lock ourselves away and we concentrate on what we’re doing and try not to think about the madness that’s surrounding it, and all the hype.
Justin Chancellor
If I had my way…We would lock ourselves away from that madness out there.
Armistead Maupin
All around us, aspects of the modern world – diet, exercise, medicine, art, work, family, philosophy, economics, ecology, psychology – have begun a long circle back toward their former coherence. Whether they can arrive before the natural world is damaged beyond repair and madness destroys humanity, we cannot tell.
Paul Shepard
An operation that eventually kills may be technically successful, and the man may die cured; and so a description of religion thatshowed it to be madness might first show how real and warm it was, so that if it perished, at least it would perish understood.
George Santayana
It is madness to risk losing what you need in pursuing what you simply desire.
Warren Buffett
Maybe it’s true what Thomas Moore said: “It is only through mystery and madness that the soul is revealed.
Susannah Cahalan
I am trying to think of the last time that I just said, ‘What the hell!’ and did something crazy.
Jennifer Aniston
Love is not getting, but giving. Not a wild dream of pleasure and madness of desire – oh, no – love is not that! It is goodness and honor and peace and pure living – yes, love is that and it is the best thing in the world and the thing that lives the longest.
Henry Van Dyke
I want it said of me by those who knew me best, that I always plucked a thistle and planted a flower where I thought a flower would grow.
Abraham Lincoln
I have managed to conceal my madness fairly effectively, and as far as I know it hasn’t hurt anybody badly, for which I am grateful.
William Saroyan
When you complain, you make yourself a victim. Leave the situation, change the situation or accept it, all else is madness.
Eckhart Tolle
It is madness for sheep to talk peace with a wolf.
Thomas Fuller
I don’t think Hamlet is mad, nor is he predisposed to be a gloomy or tragic figure.
Kenneth Branagh
Madness alone is truly terrifying, inasmuch as you cannot placate it by threats, persuasion, or bribes.
Joseph Conrad
A force as of madness in the hands of reason has done all that was ever done in the world.
Thomas Carlyle
In Jenny Offill’s remarkable first novel, ‘Last Things,’ 7-year-old Grace Davitt watches her mother, Anna, descend into madness and tries to make sense of the claustrophobic world that Anna has created for her.
Nancy Willard
I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked.
Allen Ginsberg
So society has strangled in its asylums all those it wanted to get rid of or protect itself from, because they refused to become its accomplices in certain great nastinesses.
Antonin Artaud
Democritus maintains that there can be no great poet without a spite of madness.
Marcus Tullius Cicero
I am not a country girl at all. I tried the whole country dream and it didn’t work for me. I need the madness and pandemonium of a city around me.
Laila Rouass
‘It is love and reason,’ I said, ‘fleeing from all this madness of war.’
H. G. Wells
You learned to run from what you feel, and that’s why you have nightmares. To deny is to invite madness. To accept is to control.
Megan Chance
It is madness to attempt to hold. In the first place the troops cannot do it and in the second place if they do not retreat they will be destroyed. I repeat that this order be rescinded or that you find someone else.
Gerd von Rundstedt
People think I’m crazy because I travel too much, but I haven’t been doing any of that lately because I got a little sick this year and I’ve tried to take care of it.
Lee Hazlewood
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
[defines a madman as] a man who preferred to become mad,in the socially accepted sense of the word, rather than forfeit a certain superior idea of human honor.
Antonin Artaud
There’s nothing more that I enjoy doing as much as touring. It’s basically being able to connect with the fans without all the madness that goes on in my regular life.
Cher Lloyd
Freedom of the press without responsibility is madness.
Eddie Rabbitt
This is what you dream about when you’re a kid: You dream about March Madness, you dream about the NBA playoffs.
Caris LeVert
Perfection does not exist; to understand it is the triumph of human intelligence; to expect to possess it is the most dangerous kind of madness.
Alfred de Musset
Each sex has a relation to madness. Every desire has a relation to madness. But it would seem that one desire has been taken as wisdom, moderation, truth, leaving to the other sex the weight of a madness that cannot be acknowledged or accommodated.
Luce Irigaray
I love my songs, let’s not get crazy here.
Ronnie Spector
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.
William James
Nothing is so wretched or foolish as to anticipate misfortunes. What madness it is to be expecting evil before it comes.
Seneca the Younger
Don’t forget love; it will bring you all the madness you need to unfurl yourself across the universe.
Theory without data is myth: data without theory is madness.
Phil Zuckerman
True, we love life, not because we are used to living, but because we are used to loving. There is always some madness in love, but there is also always some reason in madness.
So therefore I dedicate myself, to my art, my sleep, my dreams, my labors, my suffrances, my loneliness, my unique madness, my endless absorption and hunger because I cannot dedicate myself to any fellow being.
Jack Kerouac
Party-spirit at best is but the madness of many for the gain of a few.
Alexander Pope
When I was in high school watching college games, I was like ‘I can’t wait to get to March Madness.’
Kevin Knox
Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
Albert Einstein
I play a simple, fun-loving girl who adds madness to ‘Mubarakan.’
Athiya Shetty
Science has not yet taught us if madness is or is not the sublimity of the intelligence.
Edgar Allan Poe
But what is liberty without wisdom, and without virtue? It is the greatest of all possible evils; for it is folly, vice, and madness, without tuition or restraint.
Edmund Burke
I don’t get mad too much.
Tom Cochrane
Madness is not enlightenment, but the search for enlightenment is often mistaken for madness.
Richard Davenport-Hines
The man visited by ecstasies and visions, who takes dreams for realities is an enthusiast; the man who supports his madness with murder is a fanatic.
I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked, dragging themselves through the negro streets at dawn looking for an angry fix angelheaded hipsters burning for the ancient heavenly connection to the starry dynamo in the machinery of the night.
Allen Ginsberg
I’ve always felt that there’s a very thin membrane between madness and alcoholism, and/or destitution and being an OK American guy in a comfortable heated apartment with meatballs and a decent Sauvignon Blanc in the fridge.
August Kleinzahler
Jack Taylor was a private investigator in Galway, which seemed like madness. I used lots of Galway-isms, which seemed like madness, too.
Ken Bruen
You cannot properly bring up children when you are 69 or 70 and they are 12 and at the height of their madness. You can physically do it, but I don’t think it’s morally justified.
Felix Dennis
By moving to London I removed myself from the madness of the entertainment industry. I love the city and the culture, and it was an opportunity to bring my children up in a more sane environment.
Gillian Anderson
The mountains of madness have many little plateau of sanity.
Terry Pratchett
It was just this crazy craziness, and the fact that it was shot in Paris, and it had these incredible people in it. It was an easy thing to say yes to.
Dianne Wiest
That in you which recognizes madness as madness (even if it is your own) is sanity, is the arising awareness, is the end of insanity.
Eckhart Tolle
So reports of my madness, as they say, were greatly exaggerated. Not that I give a bugger either way.
David Icke
Music the fiercest grief can charm,
And fate’s severest rage disarm. Music can soften pain to ease,
And make despair and madness please;
Our joys below it can improve,
And antedate the bliss above.
Alexander Pope
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
Overcrowding in the cities is producing a collective madness in which irrational violence flourishes because man needs more space in which to be than the modern city allows.
Gore Vidal
No masters or kings when the ritual begins [making love]
There is no sweeter innocence than our gentle sin
In the madness and soil of that sad earthly scene
Only then I am human
Only then I am clean
And to be wroth with one we love…Doth work like madness in the brain.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
For you to ask advice on the rules of love is no better than to ask advice on the rules of madness.
Well, I’m proud to say American Pie was the kind of crazy, gross-out film that guys thought was the greatest.
Jason Biggs
In a completely sane world, madness is the only freedom.
J. G. Ballard
If you don’t know who you are, madness gives you something to believe in.
Emma Forrest
Madness, in its wild, untamable words, proclaims its own meaning; in its chimeras, it utters its secret truth.
Michel Foucault
Broadway is another monster. I’ve been touring since I was 12 years old and I love being on the road – one day you’re here, next day it’s snowing, and the next you are in a desert and it’s 110 degrees. So I guess I’m kind of used to the madness physically that you go to when you are an entertainer. But it’s been great.
Ricky Martin
I hight don Quixote, I live on peyote,
marijuana, morphine and cocaine.
I never know sadness, but only a madness
that burns at the heart and the brain.
I see each charwoman, ecstatic, inhuman,
angelic, demonic, divine.
Each wagon a dragon, each beer mug a flagon
that brims with ambrosial wine.
Jack Parsons
If what you want to do is write, then it’s madness not to do it.
Joseph O’Neill
We are all agreed that your theory is crazy. The question which divides us is whether it is crazy enough to have a chance of being correct. My own feeling is that it is not crazy enough.
Niels Bohr
Genius has to pass over madness and madness over genius
Salvador Dali
We’re capable of understanding that someone has to drop an atomic bomb on a town of innocent civilians, but not that others have to cut up prostitutes who spread disease and moral depravity in the slums of London. Hence we call the former realism and the latter madness.
Jo Nesbo
Collections collect collectors. It doesn’t work the other way around. A certain object misses its own kind and communicates that to some person who surrounds it with rhyming items; these become at first a quorum, then a selective, addictive madness.
Allan Gurganus
I envied women with signature hair-dos, signature perfumes, signature sign-offs. Novelists who tell Vogue Magazine: “I can’t live without my Smythson notebook, Pomegranate Noir cologne by Jo Malone and Frette sheets”. In the grip of madness, materialism begins to look like an admirable belief system.
Emma Forrest
So many of us limit our praying because we are not reckless in our confidence in God. In the eyes of those who do not know God, it is madness to trust Him, but when we pray in the Holy Spirit we begin to realize the resources of God, that He is our perfect heavenly Father, and we are His children.
Oswald Chambers
Everybody’s youth is a dream, a form of chemical madness.
F. Scott Fitzgerald
There is a method in his madness, and the rudimentary idea in my mind is growing. It will be a whole idea soon, and then, oh, unconscious cerebration.
Bram Stoker
Does madness bring creativity? Or does creativity cause madness? Can an artist create without the ups so high and the downs so low?
Megan Hart
Eccentricity is not, as some would believe, a form of madness. It is often a kind of innocent pride, and the man of genius and the aristocrat are frequently regarded as eccentrics because genius and aristocrat are entirely unafraid of and uninfluenced by the opinions and vagaries of the crowd.
Edith Sitwell
Love is a smoke rais’d with the fume of sighs; being purg’d, a fire sparkling in lovers’ eyes; being vex’d, a sea nourish’d with lovers’ tears; what is it else? A madness most discreet, a choking gall, and a preserving sweet.
William Shakespeare
It was the first time that I came face to face with madness and feared it and was fascinated by it.
Edna O’Brien
The only difference between me and a madman is that I’m not mad.
Salvador Dali
All extremes of feeling are allied to madness.
Virginia Woolf
Anslinger’s reefer madness did not caution even the seeds of efficient, intelligent, ruthless action … The same goes for Hoover, sniveling Nixon, the whole miserable, wretchedly evil lot of them … not a man among them who could have pulled off a successful coup in a banana republic.
William S. Burroughs
I’m curious to see what happens in England because in all this madness I think I can always go home to England and it’ll all turn off.
Robert Pattinson
I don’t suffer from my insanity — I enjoy every minute of it.
Sherrilyn Kenyon
America has entered one of its periods of historical madness, but this is the worst I can remember: worse than McCarthyism, worse than the Bay of Pigs and in the long term potentially more disastrous than the Vietnam War.
John le Carre
Did I write it so as not to go mad or, on the contrary, to go mad in order to understand the nature of madness?
Elie Wiesel
Howard Hughes was able to afford the luxury of madness, like a man who not only thinks he is Napoleon but hires an army to prove it.
Ted Morgan
Greatness and madness are next door neighbours; and they borrow each other’s sugar. You don’t get there without the other.
Joe Rogan
There is a method to the madness when it comes to placing everything in your refrigerator.
Khloe Kardashian
Composing is not a profession. It is a maniaa harmless madness.
Arthur Honegger
There is a method to the madness of James Patterson’s success. Co-writing with him is a terrific learning experience, particularly in the art of crafting a perfect thriller. The collaboration also gives me an opportunity to access a wider global audience.
Ashwin Sanghi
Jealousy is bred in doubts. When those doubts change into certainties, then the passion either ceases or turns absolute madness.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld
That poverty is no disaster is understood by everyone who has not yet succumbed to the madness of greed and luxury that turns everything topsy-turvy.
Seneca the Younger
The single biggest act of bravery or madness anyone can do is the act of change.
Matt Haig
The idea of excessive diversification is madness.
Charlie Munger
There is a fissure in my vision and madness will always rush through.
Anais Nin
If you want your life to be a small part of eternity, to be lucid even in the heart of madness, love… Love with all your strength, love as though it is all you know how to do, love enough to make the gods themselves jealous… for it is in love that all ugliness reveals its beauty.
Yasmina Khadra
Everybody’s a mad scientist, and life is their lab. We’re all trying to experiment to find a way to live, to solve problems, to fend off madness and chaos.
David Cronenberg
Jealousy lives upon doubts. It becomes madness or ceases entirely as soon as we pass from doubt to certainty.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld
Music is a savage art, a measured madness.
Edward Abbey
Madness is the exception in individuals but the rule in groups.
Friedrich Nietzsche
The movement of grace toward gratitude brings us from the package of self-obsessed madness to a spiritual awakening.
Anne Lamott
If there’s any answer, maybe love can end the madness
Maybe not, oh, but we can only try.
Carole King
If you can lie, you can act, and if you can lie to crazy girlfriends, you can act under pressure.
Joe Rogan
Since I no longer expect anything from mankind except madness, meanness, and mendacity; egotism, cowardice, and self-delusion, I have stopped being a misanthrope.
Irving Layton
Life is serious all the time, but living cannot be. You may have all the solemnity you wish in your neckties, but in anything important (such as sex, death, and religion), you must have mirth or you will have madness.
Gilbert K. Chesterton
Government has become ungovernable; that is, it cannot leave off governing. Law has become lawless; that is, it cannot see where laws should stop. The chief feature of our time is the meekness of the mob and the madness of the government.
Gilbert K. Chesterton
Madness need not be all breakdown. It may also be break-through.
R. D. Laing
America has entered one of its periods of historic madness, but this is the worst I can remember.
John le Carre
A madness of tender caressing seized her. She purred as a tiger might have done, while she undulated like a snake.
Elinor Glyn
Afflicted by love’s madness all are blind.
Sextus Propertius
It’s a great time of year for everybody. In March Madness, there are a lot of upsets, a lot of buzzer beaters, a lot of craziness going on.
Danny Green
That’s how I feel, oddly, when I walk on stage in front of 20,000 people, and it’s crazy, the madness: I feel the most relaxed and free, and all of my worries and troubles just are gone. Just I feel the most present in that moment.
Dierks Bentley
Intoxicated With the madness I’m in love with My sadness Bullshit beggars, enchanted kingdom Fashion victims through their charcoaled teeth
Billy Corgan
Every nation thinks its own madness normal and requisite; more passion and more fancy it calls folly, less it calls imbecility.
George Santayana
We swung between madness and suicide … it was beautiful!
Gustave Flaubert
It’ll be your own torture,” he said, serious. “I hope to God it’ll torture you to madness.
Anthony Burgess
To seek trouble – this is not courage, this is madness. Courage is the willingness of man to sensibly face the troubles he cannot avoid.
Alija Izetbegovic
Obama-as-dad is my favorite Obama. Obama-as-executive, with his stubborn faith in reasonableness in times absent of reason, presided over the country during its descent into madness. I find it a comfort that Obama-as-dad presided over a family that leaves the White House healthy and happy.
Rumaan Alam
Get yourself in that extreme state of being next to madness. You should always write with an erection. Even if you’re a woman.
Tom Robbins
Madness and witchery as well as bestiality are conditions commonly associated with the use of the female voice in public.
Anne Carson
To say that war is madness is like saying that sex is madness: true enough, from the standpoint of a stateless eunuch, but merely a provocative epigram for those who must make their arrangements in the world as given.
John Updike
In Mumbai and Chennai there is method in the madness. Despite its large crowds there is a ‘live and let live’ spirit and a connection with good.
Amala Akkineni
For it is the working people who have their hands on the machinery. And only by stopping the machinery of destruction can we ever hope to stop this madness.
Judi Bari
Whatever a poet writes with enthusiasm and a divine inspiration is very fine. Earliest reference to the madness or divine inspiration of poets.
You must acquire the best knowledge first, and without delay; it is the height of madness to learn what you will later have to unlearn.
Desiderius Erasmus
Why do you persist in being so frivolous, Urgit?” “Why don’t we just call it a symptom of my incipient madness?” “You’re not going to go mad,” she said firmly. “Of course I’m going to go mad, mother. I’m rather looking forward to it.
David Eddings
Is it the sea you hear in me? Its dissatisfactions? Or the voice of nothing, that was your madness? Love is a shadow. How you lie and cry after it.
Sylvia Plath
And I’m not so in love with making people mad that I want to live my life around it.
Aaron McGruder
What I might do is watch Mrs Doubtfire. Or Dead Poets Society or Good Will Hunting and I might be nice to people, mindful today how fragile we all are, how delicate we are, even when fizzing with divine madness that seems like it will never expire.
Russell Brand
I think that dwelling on other people’s perception of you is the road to complete madness, unfortunately. I try and resist that.
Kate Beckinsale

Great. She shook her head. Not only am I having conversations with myself, but now I’m refusing to talk to me. This has got to be the first sign of madness.
Trudi Canavan
I’m real bent on dialogue. I’m just a little bit crazy and when you put that along with 20 years as a criminal lawyer, it’s pretty easy to come up with some interesting plots.
Christopher Darden
Anger is momentary madness, so control your passion or it will control you.
I’m eclectic in my tastes because of my trauma. It’s madness. It’s almost ADHD.
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
How was I supposed to concentrate on my mental health when my therapist was encased in orange sparkle madness?
E. Lockhart
It would be madness to let the purposes or the methods of private enterprise set the habits of the age of atomic energy.
Harold Laski
If you’re going to be crazy, you have to get paid for it or else you’re going to be locked up.
Hunter S. Thompson
Fashion week is very tiring, so I take a little nap backstage before the hair and make-up madness starts.
Sasha Luss
The only difference between an artist and a lunatic is, perhaps, that the artist has the restraint or courtesy to conceal the intensity of his obsession from all except those similarly afflicted.
Osbert Sitwell
Everything previously moving with the grain is now against – you are irritable, angry, frightened, uncontrollable, and enmeshed totally in the blackest caves of the mind. You never knew those caves were there. It will never end, for madness carves its own reality.
Kay Redfield Jamison
People are prospering from being unapologetically offensive, trite, and stupid. And we are tweeting ourselves into high blood pressure and ulcers trying to tell them to do better… Being a pompous nut biscuit is now a publicity strategy, and I don’t know what we can do to end the madness.
Luvvie Ajayi
The concept of genius as akin to madness has been carefully cultivated by the inferiority complex of the public.
Ezra Pound
Everything about filmmaking tries to distract you from that first fine rapturous vision you have of the film.
Ted Kotcheff
We love live because of the roughness round the edges, the excitement, the madness, and stuff going off on all sorts of weird tangents. It’s like hosting a jolly in your house. We’re welcoming people in and giving them snacks.
Mel Giedroyc
The R.E.M and Nirvana successes don’t mean much to me except as a potential distraction for bands who want to cash in on the trend. Don’t try to sound like someone else. R.E.M and Nirvana don’t sound like anyone else.
Greg Ginn
No great mind has ever existed without a touch of madness.
It seems to me madness to wake up in the morning and do something other than paint, considering that one may not wake up the following morning.
Frank Auerbach
In the case of pilots, it is a little touch of madness that drive us to go beyond all known bounds. Any search into the unknown is an incomparable exploitation of oneself.
Jacqueline Auriol
It was van Gogh’s madness that prevented him from working; the paintings themselves are ineffably sane, if sanity is to be defined in terms of exact judgment of ends and means and the power of visual analysis.
Robert Hughes
On second thought, I think I am more crazy than my goat.
Remedios Varo
I think it’s probably a good thing to be considered stable, but with a capacity for madness.
Wayne Coyne
We seem to be committing ourselves to an eye wateringly expensive railroad for the few. High speed rail plan is madness.
Mike Rutherford
One is very crazy when in love.
Sigmund Freud
All mountain streets have streams to thread them, or deep grooves where a stream might run. You would do well to avoid that range uncomforted by singing floods. You will find it forsaken of most things but beauty and madness and death and God.
Mary Hunter Austin
Actors, to a certain extent, never grow up, you see. It’s an extension of being out in the back yard with a stick, only you’re being paid to do it. It’s borderline madness.
Ioan Gruffudd
There is madness in youth, but sometimes a god inspires it.
Mary Renault
We are living in a demented world. And we know it. It would not come as a surprise to anyone if tomorrow the madness gave way to afrenzy which would leave our poor Europe in a state of distracted stupor, with engines still turning and flags streaming in the breeze, but with the spirit gone.
Johan Huizinga
Confronted with this double madness of the labourers killing themselves with over-production and vegetating in abstinence, the great problem of capitalist production is no longer to find producers and to multiply their powers but to discover consumers, to excite their appetites and create in them fictitious needs.
Paul Lafargue
Oh! how near are genius and madness! Men imprison them and chain them, or raise statues to them.
Denis Diderot
The solitude of writing is also quite frightening. It’s quite close to madness, one just disappears for a day and loses touch.
Nadine Gordimer
A body seriously out of equilibrium, either with itself or with its environment, perishes outright. Not so a mind. Madness and suffering can set themselves no limit.
George Santayana
The discovery of phobias by psychiatrists has done much to clear the atmosphere. Whereas in the old days a person would say: ‘Let’s get the heck out of here!’ today she says: ‘Let’s get the heck out of here! I’ve got claustrophobia.
Robert Benchley
But other vampire stories? Well, no, I really haven’t read too many, and I can’t say I’m crazy about romantic vampires anyway – to me the vampire is simply an evil monster.
Brian Lumley
The ingredients of both darkness and light are equally present in all of us,…The madness of this planet is largely a result of the human being’s difficulty in coming to viruous balance with himself.
Elizabeth Gilbert
If I want to live in a peaceful world, then it is up to me to make sure that I am a peaceful person. No matter how others behave, I keep peace in my heart. I declare peace in the midst of chaos or madness. I surround all difficult situations with peace and love.
Louise Hay
Optimism is the madness of insisting that all is well when we are miserable.
War is always the same. It is young men dying in the fullness of their promise. It is trying to kill a man that you do not even know well enough to hate. Therefore, to know war is to know that there is still madness in the world.
Lyndon B. Johnson
Insanity – a perfectly rational adjustment to an insane world.
R. D. Laing