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No excellent soul is exempt from a mixture of madness.

Author: Aristotle

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.

Author: Horace

Profession: Italian Poet

I may be crazy but it keeps me from going insane.

Author: Waylon Jennings