Madness Quotes

So long as man is protected by madness, he functions, and flourishes.

Emil Cioran

There are some things which it is madness not to try to know but which it is almost as much madness to try to know.

Samuel Butler

Madness is the absolute break with the work of art; it forms the constitutive moment of abolition, which dissolves in time the truth of the work of art.

Michel Foucault

Jealousy is bred in doubts. When those doubts change into certainties, then the passion either ceases or turns absolute madness.

Francois de La Rochefoucauld

What is madness but nobility of soul. At odds with circumstance?

Theodore Roethke

The true love is a state of half-madness, of some kind of soft obsession, ruling a so delicate kind of feeling that can lead a person from the greatest happiness to the most dreadful pain.

Afonso Henriques de Lima Barreto

What madness it is for a man to starve himself to enrich his heir, and so turn a friend into an enemy! For his joy at your death will be proportioned to what you leave him.


The extreme limit of wisdom thats what the public calls madness.

Jean Maurice Eugne Clment Cocteau

There is no genius free from some tincture of madness.


Madness is to think of too many things in succession too fast, or of one thing too exclusively.


A person needs a little madness, or else they never dare cut the rope and be free.

Nikos Kazantzakis

No great genius has ever existed without some touch of madness.


Much Madness is divinest Sense -- to a discerning Eye -- much Sense -- the starkest Madness --

Emily Dickinson

Madness need not be all breakdown. It may also be break-through. It is potential liberation and renewal as well as enslavement and existential death.

R. D. Laing

No excellent soul is exempt from a mixture of madness.

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