Madness Quotes

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

Francois de La Rochefoucauld

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

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

Sanity brings pain but madness is a vile thing.


No excellent soul is exempt from a mixture of madness.


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 great genius has ever existed without some touch of madness.


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

Nikos Kazantzakis

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


There is no genius free from some tincture of madness.


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

Emil Cioran

Madness in great ones must not unwatched go.

William Shakespeare

Great wits are sure to madness near allied - And thin partitions do their bounds divide.

John Dryden

Part of being sane, is being a little bit crazy.

Janet Long

Maybe thats what hell is. You go mad, and all your demonds come and get you just as fast as you can think them up.

Anne Rice

One is very crazy when in love.

Sigmund Freud

Love that is not madness is not love.

Pedro Calderon de la Barca

For you to ask advice on the rules of love is no better than to ask advice on the rules of madness.


I am interested in madness. I believe it is the biggest thing in the human race, and the most constant. How do you take away from a man his madness without also taking away his identity?

William Saroyan

Mad is the man who is forever gritting his teeth against that granite block, complete and changeless, of the past.

Antoine de Saint-Exupery

There's method in his madness.

William Shakespeare

No actual tyrant known to history has ever been guilty of one-hundredth of the crimes, massacres, and other atrocities attributed to the Deity in the Bible.

Stephen Valentine Patrick William Allen

For every age there is a popular idea about what madness is, what causes it, and how a mad person should look and behave; and it is usually these popular ideas, rather than those of medical professionals, that turn up in songs and stories and plays and books.

Margaret Eleanor Atwood

A mere madness, to live like a wretch and die rich.

Robert Burton

The Power Of Failure: We Get To Decide What It Means

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Updated On : December 22, 2013
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