No excellent soul is exempt from a mixture of madness.
Profession: Greek Philosopher
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.
Author: Antonin Artaud (1896-1948)
Profession: French Theater Producer, Actor, Theorist
We are all born mad. Some remain so.
Author: Samuel Beckett (1906-1989)
Profession: Irish Dramatist, Novelist
The great proof of madness is the disproportion of one's designs to one's means.
Author: Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821)
Profession: French General, Emperor
Man disavows, and Deity disowns me: hell might afford my miseries a shelter; therefore hell keeps her ever-hungry mouths all bolted against me.
Author: William Cowper (1731-1800)
Profession: British Poet
Where does one go from a world of insanity? Somewhere on the other side of despair.
Author: T. S. Eliot (1888-1965)
Profession: American-born British Poet, Critic
Insanity destroys reason, but not wit.
Author: Nathaniel Emmons
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.
Author: Desiderius Erasmus (1466-1536)
Profession: Dutch Humanist
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.
Author: Sigmund Freud (1856-1939)
Profession: Austrian Physician - Founder of Psychoanalysis
I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked.
Author: Allen Ginsberg (1926)
Profession: American Poet
Better mad with the rest of the world than wise alone.
Author: Baltasar Gracian (1601-1658)
Profession: Spanish Philosopher, Writer
Insanity is often the logic of an accurate mind overtasked.
Author: Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894)
Profession: American Author, Wit, Poet
You want to hear about insanity? I was found running naked through the jungles in Mexico. At the Mexico City airport, I decided I was in the middle of a movie and walked out on the wing on takeoff. My body... my liver... okay, my brain... went.
Author: Dennis Hopper (1936)
Profession: American Actor, Director
I teach that all men are mad.
Profession: Italian Poet
I may be crazy but it keeps me from going insane.
Author: Waylon Jennings