Might we not say to the confused voices which sometimes arise from the depths of our being: "Ladies, be so kind as to speak only four at a time?"
A man who is "of sound mind" is one who keeps the inner madman under lock and key.
~Paul Valéry, Mauvaises pensées et autres, 1942
Sanity is madness put to good uses.
~George Santayana, Little Essays
I don't suffer from insanity. I enjoy every minute of it.
Madness takes its toll. Please have exact change.
The statistics on sanity are that one out of every four Americans is suffering from some form of mental illness. Think of your three best friends. If they're okay, then it's you.
~Rita Mae Brown
See, the human mind is kind of like... a piñata. When it breaks open, there's a lot of surprises inside. Once you get the piñata perspective, you see that losing your mind can be a peak experience.
Madness need not be all breakdown. It may also be break-through.
~R.D. Laing, The Politics of Experience
You're only given a little spark of madness. You mustn't lose it.
Temporary madness may be necessary in some cases, to cleanse and renovate the mind; just as a fit of illness is to carry off the humours of the body.
~Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare, Guesses at Truth, by Two Brothers, 1827
I haven't lost my mind; I have a tape back-up somewhere.
I'll be the in to your sane.
I am but mad north-north-west: when the wind is southerly I know a hawk from a handsaw.
Insanity is often the logic of an accurate mind overtasked.
~Oliver W. Holmes, Sr., The Autocrat of the Breakfast-Table, 1858
I have my own little world, but it's okay - they know me here.
No man is sane who does not know how to be insane on proper occasions.
~Henry Ward Beecher
Madness is rare in individuals - but in groups, political parties, nations, and eras it's the rule.
~Friedrich Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil, 1886
A man might pass for insane who should see things as they are.
~William Ellery Channing
I feel like a fugitive from the law of averages.
~William H. Mauldin
You should listen to your heart, and not the voices in your head.
~Matt Groening, The Simpsons, spoken by the character Marge Simpson
There is a pleasure sureIn being mad which none but madmen know.
~John Dryden, The Spanish Friar, 1681
If you are physically sick, you can elicit the interest of a battery of physicians; but if you are mentally sick, you are lucky if the janitor comes around.
~Martin H. Fischer
No excellent soul is exempt from a mixture of madness.
There is a bit of insanity in dancing that does everybody a great deal of good.
Sanity is very rare: every man almost, and every woman, has a dash of madness.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
A little madness in the SpringIs wholesome even for the King.
Everything great in the world is done by neurotics; they alone founded our religions and created our masterpieces.
Today I felt pass over meA breath of wind from the wings of madness.
Most men are within a finger's breadth of being mad.
When we remember we are all mad, the mysteries disappear and life stands explained.
There is no great genius without some touch of madness.
~Lucius Annaeus Seneca, "On Tranquillity of the Mind," Moral Essays
I suppose it is much more comfortable to be mad and know it, than to be sane and have one's doubts.