Madness Quotes

Despair is like forward children, who, when you take away one of their playthings, throw the rest into the fire for madness. It grows angry with itself, turns its own executioner, and revenges its misfortunes on its own head.

Pierre Charron

Excess of grief for the dead is madness; for it is an injury to the living, and the dead know it not.

Xenophon

Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius, and it is better to absolutely ridiculus than absolutely boring.

Marilyn Monroe

Love is a smoke made with the fume of sighs, Being purged, a fire sparkling in lovers' eyes, Being vexed, a sea nourished with lovers' tears. What is it else? A madness most discreet, A choking gall and a preserving sweet.

William Shakespeare

There is no great genius without some touch of madness

Lucius Annaeus Seneca

It is madness to make fortune the mistress of events, because by herself she is nothing and is ruled by prudence.

Dryden, John

As I was writing about Grace Marks, and about her interlude in the Asylum, I came to see her in context the context of other people's opinions, both the popular images of madness and the scientific explanations for it available at the time. A lot of what was believed and said on the subject appears like sheer lunacy to us now. But we shouldn't be too arrogant how many of our own theories will look silly when those who follow us have come up with something better? But whatever the scientists may come up with, writers and artists will continue to portray altered mental states, simply because few aspects of our nature fascinate people so much. The so-called mad person will always represent a possible future for every member of the audience who knows when such a malady may strike? When "mad," at least in literature, you aren't yourself; you take on another self, a self that is either not you at all, or a truer, more elemental one than the person you're used to seeing in the mirror. You're in danger of becoming, in Shakespeare's works, a mere picture or beast, and in Susanna Moodie's words, a mere machine; or else you may become an inspired prophet, a truth-sayer, a shaman, one who oversteps the boundaries of the ordinarily visible and audible, and also, and especially, the ordinarily sayable. Portraying this process is deep power for the artist, partly because it's a little too close to the process of artistic creation itself, and partly because the prospect of losing our self and being taken over by another, unfamiliar self is one of our deepest human fears.

Margaret Eleanor Atwood

Madness takes its toll. Please have exact change.

Unknown

Madness is badness of spirit, when one seeks profit from all sources.

Aristotle

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

Emily Dickinson

Too much sanity may be madness. And maddest of all, to see life as it is and not as it should be!

MIGUEL DE CERVANTES

Sanity is a madness put to good uses; waking life is a dream controlled.

GEORGE SANTAYANA

Courage is the most beautiful kind of madness.

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Nothing is so wretched or foolish as to anticipate misfortunes. What madness is it to be expecting evil before it comes.

Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Optimism is the madness of insisting that all is well when we are miserable.

Voltaire

Government is either organized benevolence or organized madness; its peculiar magnitude permits no shading.

John Updike

Party-spirit at best is but the madness of many for the gain of a few.

Alexander Pope

Rum, n. Generically, fiery liquors that produce madness in total abstainers.

Ambrose Bierce

Science has not yet taught us if madness is or is not the sublimity of the intelligence.

Edgar Allan Poe

The courage of the poet is to keep ajar the door that leads into madness.

Christopher Morley

The extreme limit of wisdom, that's what the public calls madness.

Jean Cocteau

The genius which runs to madness is no longer genius.

Otto Weininger

A lover is never a completely self-reliant person viewing the world through his own eyes, but a hostage to a certain delusion. He becomes a perjurer, all his thoughts and emotions being directed with reference, not to an accurate and just appraisal of the real world but rather to the safety and exaltation of his loved one, and the madness with which he pursues her, transmogrifying his attention, blinds him like a victim.

Alexander Theroux

Emotion turning back on itself, and not leading on to thought or action, is the element of madness.

John Sterling
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