Madness Quotes

It is sometimes an appropriate response to reality to go insane.


Philip K. Dick

Insanity    Madness    Qotd    Reality

There is always some madness in love. But there is also always some reason in madness.

No great mind has ever existed without a touch of madness.

My wish is that you may be loved to the point of madness.

Mad Hatter: Why is a raven like a writing-desk?
Have you guessed the riddle yet? the Hatter said, turning to Alice again.
No, I give it up, Alice replied: What’s the answer?
I haven’t the slightest idea, said the Hatter

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.


Kahlil Gibran

Freedom    Madman    Madness    Safety

Sanity is a madness put to good uses.

Maybe each human being lives in a unique world, a private world different from those inhabited and experienced by all other humans. . . If reality differs from person to person, can we speak of reality singular, or shouldn't we really be talking about plural realities? And if there are plural realities, are some more true (more real) than others? What about the world of a schizophrenic? Maybe it's as real as our world. Maybe we cannot say that we are in touch with reality and he is not, but should instead say, His reality is so different from ours that he can't explain his to us, and we can't explain ours to him. The problem, then, is that if subjective worlds are experienced too differently, there occurs a breakdown in communication ... and there is the real illness.

I turned to Dionysus. "You cured him?"
"Madness is my specialty. It was quite simple."
" did something nice. Why?"
He raised and eyebrow. "I am nice! I simple ooze niceness, Perry Johansson. Haven't you noticed?

Dionysus    Humor    Madness    Nice    Percy jackson    Sarcasm

In a mad world, only the mad are sane.

First sign of madness, talking to your own head.

And how do you know that you're mad? "To begin with," said the Cat, "a dog's not mad. You grant that?" I suppose so, said Alice. "Well then," the Cat went on, "you see a dog growls when it's angry, and wags it's tail when it's pleased. Now I growl when I'm pleased, and wag my tail when I'm angry. Therefore I'm mad.

All living things contain a measure of madness that moves them in strange, sometimes inexplicable ways. This madness can be saving; it is part and parcel of the ability to adapt. Without it, no species would survive.

Life of Pi

Yann Martel

Life of Pi

Was I ever crazy? Maybe. Or maybe life is… Crazy isn’t being broken or swallowing a dark secret. It’s you or me amplified. If you ever told a lie and enjoyed it. If you ever wished you could be a child forever. They were not perfect, but they were my friends.

Girl, Interrupted

Susanna Kaysen

I had noticed that both in the very poor and very rich extremes of society the mad were often allowed to mingle freely.

Ham on Rye

Charles Bukowski

Ham on Rye
Madness    Mental illness    Poor    Poverty    Rich

...But the Mahommedan religion increases, instead of lessening, the fury of intolerance. It was originally propagated by the sword, and ever since, its votaries have been subject, above the people of all other creeds, to this form of madness. In a moment the fruits of patient toil, the prospects of material prosperity, the fear of death itself, are flung aside. The more emotional Pathans are powerless to resist. All rational considerations are forgotten. Seizing their weapons, they become Ghazis—as dangerous and as sensible as mad dogs: fit only to be treated as such. While the more generous spirits among the tribesmen become convulsed in an ecstasy of religious bloodthirstiness, poorer and more material souls derive additional impulses from the influence of others, the hopes of plunder and the joy of fighting. Thus whole nations are roused to arms. Thus the Turks repel their enemies, the Arabs of the Soudan break the British squares, and the rising on the Indian frontier spreads far and wide. In each case civilisation is confronted with militant Mahommedanism. The forces of progress clash with those of reaction. The religion of blood and war is face to face with that of peace.

Arabs    British    Civilization    Creeds    Death    Ecstasy    Emotional    Fear    Fear of death    Fighting    Force    Fury    Generous    Hope    Indian    Influence    Intolerance    Islam    Joy    Mad dogs    Madness    Militant    Mohammedan    Muslim    Peace    Plunder    Progress    Prosperity    Religious bloodthirstiness    Religious violence    Soudan    Turks    Weapons

Crazy people are considered mad by the rest of the society only because their intelligence isn't understood.

Flirting with madness was one thing; when madness started flirting back, it was time to call the whole thing off.

A Fine Balance

Rohinton Mistry

A Fine Balance

The nutritionist said I should eat root vegetables.
Said if I could get down thirteen turnips a day
I would be grounded, rooted.
Said my head would not keep flying away
to where the darkness lives.

The psychic told me my heart carries too much weight.
Said for twenty dollars she’d tell me what to do.
I handed her the twenty. She said, Stop worrying, darling.
You will find a good man soon.

The first psycho therapist told me to spend
three hours each day sitting in a dark closet
with my eyes closed and ears plugged.
I tried it once but couldn’t stop thinking
about how gay it was to be sitting in the closet.

The yogi told me to stretch everything but the truth.
Said to focus on the out breath. Said everyone finds happiness
when they care more about what they give
than what they get.

The pharmacist said, Lexapro, Lamicatl, Lithium, Xanax.

The doctor said an anti-psychotic might help me
forget what the trauma said.

The trauma said, Don’t write these poems.
Nobody wants to hear you cry
about the grief inside your bones.

But my bones said, Tyler Clementi jumped
from the George Washington Bridge
into the Hudson River convinced
he was entirely alone.

My bones said, Write the poems.

Madness in great ones must not unwatched go.


William Shakespeare

When you are mad, mad like this, you don't know it. Reality is what you see. When what you see shifts, departing from anyone else's reality, it's still reality to you.

Madness: A Bipolar Life

Marya Hornbacher

Madness: A Bipolar Life

Be silent and listen: have you recognized your madness and do you admit it? Have you noticed that all your foundations are completely mired in madness? Do you not want to recognize your madness and welcome it in a friendly manner? You wanted to accept everything. So accept madness too. Let the light of your madness shine, and it will suddenly dawn on you. Madness is not to be despised and not to be feared, but instead you should give it life...If you want to find paths, you should also not spurn madness, since it makes up such a great part of your nature...Be glad that you can recognize it, for you will thus avoid becoming its victim. 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. Life itself has no rules. That is its mystery and its unknown law. What you call knowledge is an attempt to impose something comprehensible on life.

Doubt … is an illness that comes from knowledge and leads to madness.

There are times when the mind is dealt such a blow it hides itself in insanity. While this may not seem beneficial, it is. There are times when reality is nothing but pain, and to escape that pain the mind must leave reality behind.

The Name of the Wind

Patrick Rothfuss

The Name of the Wind
Fantasy    Insanity    Madness    Normal    Reality    Rothfuss

All forms of madness, bizarre habits, awkwardness in society, general clumsiness, are justified in the person who creates good art.

Art    Artists    Awkwardness    Bizarre    Clumsiness    Good art    Literature    Madness    Roman payne    Strangeness    Weird

It is only through mystery and madness that the soul is revealed

Madness    Mystery    Philosphy    Soul

Madness is something rare in individuals — but in groups, parties, peoples, and ages, it is the rule.

Beyond Good and Evil

Friedrich Nietzsche

Beyond Good and Evil

The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.

If I am mad, it is mercy! May the gods pity the man who in his callousness can remain sane to the hideous end!

The Temple

H.P. Lovecraft

The Temple

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.

I wish I could do whatever I liked behind the curtain of madness. Then: I’d arrange flowers, all day long, I’d paint; pain, love and tenderness, I would laugh as much as I feel like at the stupidity of others, and they would all say: Poor thing, she’s crazy! (Above all I would laugh at my own stupidity.) I would build my world which while I lived, would be in agreement with all the worlds. The day, or the hour, or the minute that I lived would be mine and everyone else’s - my madness would not be an escape from reality.

Have you heard of the illness
hysteria siberiana
? Try to imagine this: You're a farmer, living all alone on the Siberian tundra. Day after day you plow your fields. As far as the eye can see, nothing. To the north, the horizon, to the east, the horizon, to the south, to the west, more of the same. Every morning, when the sun rises in the east, you go out to work in your fields. When it's directly overhead, you take a break for lunch. When it sinks in the west, you go home to sleep. And then one day, something inside you dies. Day after day you watch the sun rise in the east, pass across the sky, then sink in the west, and something breaks inside you and dies. You toss your plow aside and, your head completely empty of thought, begin walking toward the west. Heading toward a land that lies west of the sun. Like someone, possessed, you walk on, day after day, not eating or drinking, until you collapse on the ground and die. That's
hysteria siberiana

He in his madness prays for storms, and dreams that storms will bring him peace

So when you find yourself locked onto an unpleasant train of thought, heading for the places in your past where the screaming is unbearable, remember there's always madness. Madness is the emergency exit.

Enough madness? Enough? And how do you measure madness? - The Joker

Batman: Arkham Asylum - A Serious House on Serious Earth

Grant Morrison Batman The return of Bruce Wayne

Batman: Arkham Asylum - A Serious House on Serious Earth
Batman    Joker    Madness

Time and I have quarrelled. All hours are midnight now. I had a clock and a watch, but I destroyed them both. I could not bear the way they mocked me.

Humans, as a rule, don't like mad people unless they are good at painting, and only then once they are dead. But the definition of mad, on Earth, seems to be very unclear and inconsistent. What is perfectly sane in one era turns out to be insane in another. The earliest humans walked around naked with no problem. Certain humans, in humid rainforests mainly, still do so. So, we must conclude that madness is sometimes a question of time, and sometimes of postcode.
Basically, the key rule is, if you want to appear sane on Earth you have to be in the right place, wearing the right clothes, saying the right things, and only stepping on the right kind of grass.

Some are born mad, some achieve madness, and some have madness thrust upon 'em.

Soon madness has worn you down. It’s easier to do what it says than argue. In this way, it takes over your mind. You no longer know where it ends and you begin. You believe anything it says. You do what it tells you, no matter how extreme or absurd. If it says you’re worthless, you agree. You plead for it to stop. You promise to behave. You are on your knees before it, and it laughs.

Madness: A Bipolar Life

Marya Hornbacher

Madness: A Bipolar Life

Men have called me mad; but the question is not yet settled, whether madness is or is not the loftiest intelligence.

Man is certainly stark mad; he cannot make a worm, and yet he will be making gods by dozens.

Les Essais

Michel de Montaigne

Les Essais

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

As You Like It

William Shakespeare

As You Like It

True, nervous, very, very dreadfully nervous I had been and am, but why will say that I am mad?! The disease had sharpened my senses, not destroyed, not dulled them. Above all was the sense of hearing acute.

Death    Guilt    Madness

Madness is the acme of intelligence.

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.

Sometimes, to regain sanity, one had to acknowledge and embrace the madness.

Rebel Spring

Morgan Rhodes

Rebel Spring

We are great writers on the same dreadful typewriter

Howl and Other Poems

Allen Ginsberg

Howl and Other Poems

That's how the madness of the world tries to colonize you: from the outside in, forcing you to live in its reality.

I have felt the wind on the wing of madness.

All living things contain a measure of madness that moves them in strange, sometimes inexplicable ways.

Life of Pi

Yann Martel

Life of Pi


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