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[ Also see Delusion Intellect Madness Melancholy Mind Monomania Paranoia Psychology Ruin Sanity Senility Thought ]

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

Some are born mad. Some remain so.
      - Samuel Beckett, Waiting for Godot

Only the insane take themselves seriously.
      - Max Beerbohm

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

Oppression makes wise men mad; but the distemper is still the madness of the wise, which is better than the sobriety of fools.
      - Edmund Burke

Like men condemned to thunderbolts,
  Who, ere the blow, become mere dolts.
      - Samuel Butler (1), Hudibras
         (pt. III, canto II, l. 565)

Yet consider now, whether women are not quite past sense and reason, when they want to rule over men.
      - John Calvin

Ever as before does madness remain, terrific, altogether infernal, boiling up of the nether chaotic deep, through this fair painted vision of creation, which swims thereon, and which we name the real.
      - Thomas Carlyle

There is but an inch of difference between the cushioned chamber and the padded cell.
      - Gilbert Keith Chesterton

Much madness is divinest sense
  To a discerning eye;
    Much sense the starkest madness.
      'Tis the majority
        In this, as all, prevails
          Assent, and you are sane;
            Demur,--you're straightway dangerous,
              And handled with a chain.
      - Emily Dickinson, Poems (XI (1891 ed.))

For those whom God to ruin has designed
  He fits for fate, and first destroys their mind.
      - John Dryden,
        Fables--The Hind and the Panther
         (pt. III, l. 2,387)

There is a pleasure, sure,
  In being mad, which none but madmen know!
      - John Dryden, Spanish Friar (act II, st. 1)

If the raving be not directed to a single object it is mania, properly so called; if to one object, it constitutes monomania.
      - Robley Dunglison

Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
      - Albert Einstein

The alleged power to charm down insanity, or ferocity in beasts, is a power behind the eye.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson,
        Essays--Conduct of Life--Of Behaviour

But the devil when he purports any evil against man, first perverts his mind.
  [Lat., At daemon, homini quum struit aliquid malum,
    Pervertit illi primitus mentem suam.]
      - Euripides, Fragment (25),
        (Baine's edition)

But when Fate destines one to ruin it begins by blinding the eyes of his understanding.
      - James Baillie Fraser,
        Short History of the Hindostan Emperors of the Moghol Race
         (p. 57)

We do not have to visit a madhouse to find disordered minds; our planet is the mental institution of the universe.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Mad as a March hare.
      - James Orchard Halliwell, Archaic Diet
         (vol. II, Art, "March Hare")

Ordinarily he was insane, but he had lucid moments when he was merely stupid.
      - Heinrich Heine

When dealing with the insane, the best method is to pretend to be sane.
      - Hermann Hesse

He appears mad indeed but to a few, because the majority is infected with the same disease.
  [Lat., Nimirum insanus paucis videatur, eo quod
    Maxima pars hominum morbo jactatur eodem.]
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus), Satires
         (II, 3, 120)

Who then is sane? He who is not a fool.
  [Lat., Quisnam igitur sanus? Qui non stultus.]
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus), Satires
         (II, 3, 158)

Oh! thou who are greatly mad, deign to spare me who am less mad.
  [Lat., O major tandem parcas, insane, minori.]
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus), Satires
         (II, 3, 326)

I teach that all are men are mad.
  [Lat., Doceo insanire omnes.]
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus), Satires
         (II, 3, 81)

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