A long time ago being crazy meant something. Nowadays everybody's crazy.
All extremes of feeling are allied with madness.
All great art has madness, and quite a lot of bad art has it, too.
America's always been a great place to be crazy. It just used to be
harder to make a living that way.
Being crazy isn't enough.
Concentrate on what you want to say to yourself and your friends. Follow
your inner moonlight; don't hide the madness. You say what you want to
say when you don't care who's listening.
Don't call me irrational. It makes me crazy when you do that. (From
the TV series "Frasier")
Dreaming permits each and every one of us to be quietly and safely
insane every night of our lives.
Eccentricity is not, as dull people would have us believe, a form of
madness. It is often a kind of innocent pride, and the man of genius and
the aristocrat are frequently regarded as eccentrics because genius and
aristocrat are entirely unafraid of and uninfluenced by the opinions and
vagaries of the crowd.
Everyone's youth is a dream, a form of chemical madness.
Excessive productivity can bring the most gifted man almost to madness.
Great wits are sure to madness near allied,
And thin partitions do
their bounds divide.
Hollywood is wonderful. Anyone who doesn't like it is either crazy or
Honesty is the best policy, but insanity is a better defense.
I am not insane, you just have no context.
I was once thrown out of a mental hospital for depressing the other
I'll take crazy over stupid any day.
If you do something and people think you're stupid, just go for crazy.
You get more respect that way because nobody likes stupid people.
If you're going to be crazy, you have to get paid for it or else you're
going to be locked up.
-Hunter S. Thompson
Imagination does not breed insanity. Exactly what does breed insanity is
reason. Poets do not go mad; but chess-players do. Mathematicians go
mad, and cashiers, but creative artists very seldom.
In all matters of opinion, our adversaries are insane.
In an individual one would regard it as evidence of insanity to see
someone repeatedly undertaking enterprises that resulted in his losing
precisely what he claimed he was trying to achieve; it is not less
lunatic to do it on the international scale, but if you've been catching
the news lately you'll have noticed it's being done more than ever.
In Hollywood if you don't have a shrink, people think you're crazy.
In the past, men created witches: now they create mental patients.
Industrial man- a sentient reciprocating engine having a fluctuating
output, coupled to an iron wheel revolving with uniform velocity. And
then we wonder why this should be the golden age of revolution and
Insane people are always sure that they are fine. It is only the sane
people who are willing to admit that they are crazy.
Insanity in the individual is rare; but in groups, parties, nations and
epochs, it is the rule.
-Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche
Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting
-Rita Mae Brown
Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, expecting a raise.
Insanity is often the logic of an accurate mind overtasked.
Wendell Holmes, Sr.
Insanity is relative. It depends on who has who locked in what cage.
It is not the clear-sighted who lead the world. Great achievements are
accomplished in a blessed, warm mental fog.
It is sometimes an appropriate response to reality to go insane.
Look at Jewish history. Unrelieved lamenting would be intolerable. So,
for every ten Jews beating their breasts, God designated one to be crazy
and amuse the breast-beaters. By the time I was five I knew I was that
Madness may be a sane response to an insane world, and insanity breeds
Madness takes it toll. Please have exact change.
Maybe crazy is just the word we use for feelings that will not be
Memory is a crazy woman who hoards colored rags and throws away food.
Money-giving is a very good criterion of a person's mental health.
Generous people are rarely mentally ill people.
Mothers are all slightly insane.
My grandmother was insane. She had pierced hearing aids.
Never tell a crazy person he's crazy.
Ninety percent of this game is half-mental.
No man is sane who does not know how to be insane on the proper
-Henry Ward Beecher
Of course I'm crazy, but that doesn't mean I'm wrong.
Ordinarily he was insane, but he had lucid moments when he was merely
Party is the madness of many, for the gain of a few.
Psychoanalysis is the mental illness it purports to cure.
Reality is always controlled by the people who are most insane.
Sanity calms, but madness is more interesting.
So long as men denounce each other as mentally sick (homosexual,
addicted, insane, and so forth)- so that the madman can always be
considered the Other, never the Self- mental illness will remain an
easily exploitable concept, and Coercive Psychiatry a flourishing
Some may never live, but the crazy never die.
-Hunter S. Thompson
Stress is nothing more than a socially acceptable form of mental illness.
The final test of fame is to have a crazy person imagine he is you.
The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to be
insane in such a useful way that they can't commit you.
The passion to interpret as madness that with which we disagree seems to
have infected the best of contemporary minds.
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
There are hardly any excesses of the most crazed psychopath that cannot
easily be duplicated by a normal kindly family man who just comes in to
work every day and has a job to do.
There is a thin line between genius and insanity. I have erased this
There is a very fine line between "hobby" and "mental illness."
There is wisdom in madness and strong probability of truth in all
accusations, for people are complete and everybody is capable of
This is a mournful discovery.
1) Those who agree with you are insane
Those who do not agree with you are in power.
-Philip K. Dick
To be crazy is not necessarily to writhe in snake pits or converse with
imaginary gods. It can sometimes be not knowing what to do in the
Truly great madness cannot be achieved without significant intelligence.
We do not have to visit a madhouse to find distorted minds; our planet
is the mental institution of the universe.
--Johann Wolfgang von
When dealing with the insane, the best method is to pretend to be sane.
When I believe, I am crazy. When I don't believe, I suffer psychotic
-Philip K. Dick
When one person suffers from a delusion, it is called insanity. When
many people suffer from a delusion, it is called Religion.
When trouble arises and things look bad, there is always one individual
who perceives a solution and is willing to take command. Very often,
that individual is crazy.
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