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

Neurosis is always a substitute for legitimate suffering.
      - Carl Gustav Jung

Go, madman! rush over the wildest Alps, that you may please children and be made the subject of declamation.
  [Lat., I demens! et saevas curre per Alpes,
    Ut pueris placeas et declamatio fias.]
      - Juvenal (Decimus Junius Juvenal), Satires
         (X, 166)

We cannot unthink unless we are insane.
      - Arthur Koestler

In a mad world, only the mad are sane.
      - Akiro Kurosawa

There is a thin line between genius and insanity. I have erased this line.
      - Oscar Levant

O, hark! what mean those yells and cries?
  His chain some furious madman breaks;
    He comes--I see his glaring eyes:
      Now, now, my dungeon grate he shakes.
        Help! Help! He's gone!--O fearful woe,
          Such screams to hear, such sights to see!
            My brain, my brain,--I know, I know
              I am not mad but soon shall be.
      - Matthew Gregory Lewis ("Monk Lewis"),
        The Maniac

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

It is a common calamity; at some one time we have all been mad.
  [Lat., Id commune malum; semel insanivimus omnes.]
      - Johannes Baptista Spanolo Mantuanus,
        Eclogue (I)

Insanity in individuals is something rare, but in groups, parties, nations and epochs it is the rule.
      - Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

All the world old is queer save thee and me, and even thou art a little queer.
      - Robert Owen

My dear Sir, take any road, you can't go amiss. The whole state is one vast insane asylum.
      - James Louis Petigru,
        on being asked the way the Charleston, South Carolina, Insane Asylum

They call me mad, while they are all mad themselves.
  [Lat., Hei mihi, insanire me ajunt, ultro cum ipsi insaniunt.]
      - Plautus (Titus Maccius Plautus), Menoechmi
         (V, 2, 90)

Our occasional madness is less wonderful than our occasional sanity.
      - George Santayana

What is more insane than to vent on senseless things the anger that is felt towards men?
  [Lat., Quid est dementius quam bilem in homines collectam in res effundere.]
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca), De Ira
         (II, 26)

There has never been any great genius without a spice of madness.
  [Lat., Nullum magnum ingenium sine mixtura dementiae fuit.]
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca),
        De Tranquillitate Animi (XVII, 10)

Fetter strong madness in a silken thread.
      - William Shakespeare

Madam, I swear I use no art at all.
  That he is mad, 'tis true: 'tis true 'tis pity,
    And pity 'tis 'tis true--a foolish figure.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Hamlet Prince of Denmark
         (Polonius at II, ii)

Though this be madness, yet there is method in't.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Hamlet Prince of Denmark
         (Polonius at II, ii)

It shall be so.
  Madness in great ones must not unwatched go.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Hamlet Prince of Denmark
         (Claudius, King of Denmark at III, i)

We are not ourselves
  When nature, being oppressed, commands the mind
    To suffer with the body.
      - William Shakespeare, King Lear
         (King Lear at II, iv)

Were such things here as we do speak about?
  Or have we eaten on the insane root
    That takes the reason prisoner?
      - William Shakespeare, Macbeth
         (Banquo at I, iii)

(Leonato:) You will never run mad, niece.
  (Beatrice:) No, not till a hot January.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Much Ado About Nothing
         (Leonato & Beatrice at I, i)

But there is no such man; for, brother, men
  Can counsel and speak comfort to that grief
    Which they themselves not feel; but, tasting it,
      Their counsel turns to passion, which before
        Would give preceptial medicine to rage,
          Fetter strong madness in a silken thread,
            Charm ache with air and agony with words.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Much Ado About Nothing (Leonato at V, i)

I am not mad. I would to heaven I were,
  For then 'tis like I should forget myself.
    O, if I could, what grief should I forget!
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Life and Death of King John
         (Constance at III, iv)

I don't know if there are men on the moon, but if there are they must be using the earth as their lunatic asylum.
      - George Bernard Shaw


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