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Quotations The Best Quotes About Insanity  

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A list of the best insanity quotes and sayings, including the names of each speaker or author when available. This list is sorted by popularity, so only the most famous insanity quotes are at the top. The authors of these historic insanity quotes are displayed next to each quote, so if you see one you like be sure to check out other inspirational insanity quotes from that same writer.

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15 5
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

16 6
Only the insane have strength enough to survive. Only the survivors determine what is sane.

13 4
Insanity is often the logic of an accurate mind overtasked.

10 2
No excellent soul is exempt from a mixture of madness. Aristotle

13 5
Where does one go from a world of insanity? Somewhere on the other side of despair. T. S. Eliot

15 7
Everyone is more or less mad on one point. Rudyard Kipling

8 1
There's a fine line between genius and insanity. I have erased this line. Oscar Levant

9 2
I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity. Edgar Allan Poe

12 5
The great proof of madness is the disproportion of one's designs to one's means. Napoleon Bonaparte

8 3
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

8 3
I teach that all men are mad. Horace

6 1
Whom God wishes to destroy, he first makes mad.

9 5
We are all born mad. Some remain so. Samuel Beckett

8 4
Insanity in individuals is something rare -- but in groups, parties, nations, and epochs it is the rule. Friedrich Nietzsche

8 4
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

6 2
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

5 2
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

3 0
When we remember that we are all mad, the mysteries disappear and life stands explained. Mark Twain

6 4
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

5 3
Insanity is doing the same thing, over and over again, but expecting different results. Rita Mae Brown

4 2
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.

7 6
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

6 5
Better mad with the rest of the world than wise alone. Baltasar Gracián y Morales

2 2
All of us are crazy in one way or another.

1 1
Though this be madness, yet there is method in it William Shakespeare

1 2
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

1 2
For virtue's self may too much zeal be had; the worst of madmen is a saint run mad. Alexander Pope

4 6
I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked. Allen Ginsberg

2 5
Insanity is doing the same thing in the same way and expecting a different outcome.