Madness is to think of too many things in succession too fast, or of one thing too exclusively.
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 --
How strange to have failed as a social creature—even criminals do not fail that way—they are the law's "Loyal Opposition," so to speak. But the insane are always mere guests on earth, eternal strangers carrying around broken decalogues that they cannot read.
If you think anyone is sane you just don't know enough about them.
'Hamlet' is one of the most dangerous things ever set down on paper. All the big, unknowable questions like what it is to be a human being; the difference between sanity and insanity; the meaning of life and death; what's real and not real. All these subjects can literally drive you mad.
The great proof of madness is the disproportion of one's designs to one's means.
A neurosis is a secret that you don’t know you are keeping.
Might we not say to the confused voices which sometimes arise from the depths of our being: "Ladies, be so kind as to speak only four at a time?"
Mad, adj. Affected with a high degree of intellectual independence.
Too much sanity may be madness!
Bunch together a group of people deliberately chosen for strong religious feelings, and you have a practical guarantee of dark morbidities expressed in crime, perversion, and insanity.
A casual stroll through the lunatic asylum shows that faith does not prove anything.
And maddest of all, to see life as it is and not as it should be.
The worst of madmen is a saint run mad.
Too much sanity may be madness and the maddest of all, to see life as it is and not as it should be.
I am but mad north-north-west. When the wind is southerly, I know a hawk from a handsaw.
There is a pleasure in being mad, which none but madmen know.
History is the same thing over and over again.
The difference between insanity and genius is measured only by success and failure.
There's a fine line between genius and insanity, as we all know.
Insanity is relative. It depends on who has who locked in what cage.
Madness need not be all breakdown. It may also be break-through.
Let us consider that we are all insane. It will explain us to each other. It will unriddle many riddles
Men have called me mad; but the question is not yet settled, whether madness is or is not the loftiest intelligence.
Men have called me mad; but the question is not yet settled, whether madness is or is not the loftiest intelligence– whether much that is glorious– whether all that is profound– does not spring from disease of thought– from moods of mind exalted at the expense of the general intellect.
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