Madness Quotes

The genius which runs to madness is no longer genius.

Otto Weininger

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

Jean Cocteau

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

Christopher Morley

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

Edgar Allan Poe

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

Ambrose Bierce

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

Alexander Pope

Drunkenness is nothing but voluntary madness.


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

John Updike

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


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


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

Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Courage is the most beautiful kind of madness.


Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted.

Martin Luther King Jr

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


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


There is a kind of euphoria of grief, a degree of madness.

Nigella Lawson

The most beautiful things are those that madness prompts and reason writes.

Andre Gide

So reports of my madness, as they say, were greatly exaggerated. Not that I give a bugger either way.

David Icke

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

John Dryden

Ever, as before, does Madness remain a mysterious-terrific, altogether infernal boiling-up of the Nether Chaotic Deep, through this fair-painted Vision of Creation, which swims thereon, which we name the Real.

Thomas Carlyle

It is almost impossible to be a doctor and an honest man, but it is obscenely impossible to be a psychiatrist without at the same time bearing the stamp of the most incontestable madness: that of being unable to resist that old atavistic reflex of the mass of humanity, which makes any man of science who is absorbed by this mass a kind of natural and inborn enemy of all genius.

Antoine Marie Joseph Artaud

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's usually these popular ideas, rather than those of medical professionals, that turn up in songs and stories and plays and books.

Margaret Eleanor Atwood

Poetry demands a man with a special gift for it, or else one with a touch of madness in him.


We have psychologized like the insane, who aggravate their madness in struggling to understand it.

Charles Baudelaire

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Updated On : December 22, 2013
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