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Oscar LevantThere's a fine line between genius and insanity. I have erased this line

—  Oscar Levant, 1906-1972, American pianist

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AristotlePoetry is for an intelligent man or a madman.

—  Aristotle, 384-322 BC, Ancient Greek philosopher

AnonymousThe final test of fame is to have a crazy person imagine he is you.

—  Anonymous

Friedrich NietzscheIn individuals, insanity is rare; but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule.

—  Friedrich Nietzsche, 1844-1900, German philosopher

Jean Jacques RousseauTo be sane in a world of madman is in itself madness.

—  Jean Jacques Rousseau, 1712-1778, Swiss-French philosopher

David Lloyd GeorgeThe world is becoming like a lunatic asylum run by lunatics.

—  David Lloyd George, 1863-1945, British Prime Minister [1916-1922]

Blaise PascalMen are so necessarily mad, that not to be mad would amount to another form of madness.

—  Blaise Pascal, 1623-1662, French thinker

Eugene IonescoReason is the folly of the powerful. The reason of the less powerful is a folly.

—  Eugene Ionesco, 1912-1994, French-Romanian playwright

Samuel BeckettWe are all born mad. Some remain so.

—  Samuel Beckett, 1906-1989, Irish writer, Nobel 1969

Paul ValeryA man who is of 'sound mind' is one who keeps his inner madman under lock and key.

—  Paul Valery, 1871-1945, French poet

Karl JungShow me a sane man and I will cure him for you.

—  Karl Jung, 1875-1961, Swiss psychiatrist

Sigmund FreudLove is a state of temporary psychosis.

—  Sigmund Freud, 1856-1939, Austrian psychologist, founder of psychoanalysis

VoltaireMadness is to think of too many things in succession too fast, or of one thing too exclusively.

—  Voltaire, 1694-1778, French philosopher & writer

Jacques LacanIf a man who thinks he is a king is mad, a king who thinks he is a king is no less so.

—  Jacques Lacan, 1901-1981, French psychoanalyst

André GideOnly those things are beautiful which are inspired by madness and written by reason.

—  André Gide, 1869-1951, French writer, Nobel 1947

Dwight EisenhowerAny man who wants to be president is either an egomaniac or crazy.

—  Dwight Eisenhower, 1890-1969, American general & President

Arthur ClarkeIf he was indeed mad, his delusions were beautifully organized

—  Arthur Clarke, 1917-2008, British Sci-Fi writer

Marcel ProustEverything great in the world is done by neurotics; they alone founded our religions and created our masterpieces.

—  Marcel Proust, 1871-1922, French writer

Georg Christoph LichtenbergThe thoughts written on the walls of madhouses by their inmates might be worth publicizing.

—  Georg Christoph Lichtenberg, 1742-1799, German author of maxims


Funny Quotes

Rodney DangerfieldI told my psychiatrist that everyone hates me. He said I was being ridiculous, everyone hasn’t met me yet.

—  Rodney Dangerfield, 1924-2004, American comedian

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Jean CocteauVictor Hugo was a madman who thought he was Victor Hugo.

—  Jean Cocteau, 1889-1963, French artist


Movie Quotes

Zorba the Greek (1964)Damn it boss, I like you too much not to say it. You've got everything except one thing: madness! A man needs a little madness, or else…

—  from the film Zorba the Greek (1964)










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