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Everyone is more or less mad on one point. Rudyard Kipling
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Insanity is often the logic of an accurate mind overtasked.
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A man should not strive to eliminate his complexes, but to get into accord with them; they are legitimately what directs his conduct in the world. Sigmund Freud
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I doubt if a single individual could be found from the whole of mankind free from some form of insanity. The only difference is one of degree. A man who sees a gourd and takes it for his wife is called insane because this happens to very few people. Desiderius Erasmus
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You must always be puzzled by mental illness. The thing I would dread most, if I became mentally ill, would be your adopting a common sense attitude; that you could take it for granted that I was deluded. Ludwig Wittgenstein
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No excellent soul is exempt from a mixture of madness. Aristotle
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I teach that all men are mad. Horace
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Where does one go from a world of insanity? Somewhere on the other side of despair. T. S. Eliot
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I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked. Allen Ginsberg
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There's a fine line between genius and insanity. I have erased this line. Oscar Levant
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Insanity in individuals is something rare -- but in groups, parties, nations, and epochs it is the rule. Friedrich Nietzsche
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Man disavows, and Deity disowns me: hell might afford my miseries a shelter; therefore hell keeps her ever-hungry mouths all bolted against me. William Cowper
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We are all born mad. Some remain so. Samuel Beckett
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Only the insane have strength enough to survive. Only the survivors determine what is sane.
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The way it is now, the asylums can hold the sane people but if we tried to shut up the insane we would run out of building materials. Mark Twain
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Whom God wishes to destroy, he first makes mad.
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If you commit a big crime then you are crazy, and the more heinous the crime the crazier you must be. Therefore you are not responsible, and nothing is your fault. Peggy Noonan
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There is in every madman a misunderstood genius whose idea, shining in his head, frightened people, and for whom delirium was the only solution to the strangulation that life had prepared for him. Antonin Artaud
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I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity. Edgar Allan Poe
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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.
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Insanity is doing the same thing, over and over again, but expecting different results. Rita Mae Brown
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For virtue's self may too much zeal be had; the worst of madmen is a saint run mad. Alexander Pope
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All of us are crazy in one way or another.
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Though this be madness, yet there is method in it William Shakespeare
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When we remember that we are all mad, the mysteries disappear and life stands explained. Mark Twain
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Better mad with the rest of the world than wise alone. Baltasar Gracián y Morales
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Let us consider that we are all partially insane. It will explain us to each other; it will unriddle many riddles; it will make clear and simple many things which are involved in haunting and harassing difficulties and obscurities now. Mark Twain
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Insanity is doing the same thing in the same way and expecting a different outcome.
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