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Published Thursday, March 17, 2016 @ 7:29 PM EDT
Mar 17 2016

All things considered, insanity is the only alternative.
-Variously attributed

As a whole part of psychological education it needs to be remembered that a neurosis can be valuable; also that adjustment to a sick and insane environment is of itself not health but sickness and insanity.
-James Agee

Bunch together a group of people deliberately chosen for strong religious feelings, and you have a practical guarantee of dark morbidities expressed in crime, perversion, and insanity.
-H.P. Lovecraft

For love, as he knew it, was an aberration, a form of temporary insanity, a short-lived state of autosuggestion.
-Robert Sheckley

Honesty is the best policy, but insanity is a better defense.
-Steve Landesberg

Human beings have speculated about the relationship between inspiration and insanity for centuries.
-Patty Duke

I don't suffer from insanity. I enjoy every minute of it.
-Variously attributed

I doubt if a single individual could be found from the whole of mankind free from some form of insanity. The only difference is one of degree.
-Desiderius Erasmus

I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol, violence or insanity to anyone, but they've always worked for me.
-Hunter S. Thompson

I plead contemporary insanity.(T-shirt)
-Variously attributed

I'm no preacher but I can tell you this- the lives that people lead are driving them crazy and their insanity comes out in the way they drive.
-Charles Bukowski

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.
-G.K. Chesterton

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.
-John Brunner

Insanity hovered close at hand, like an eager waiter at an expensive restaurant.
-Arundhati Roy

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

Insanity is contagious.
-Joseph Heller

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

Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, expecting a raise.
-Robert Brault

Insanity is often the logic of an accurate mind overtasked.
-Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

Insanity is relative. It depends on who has who locked in what cage.
-Ray Bradbury

Isn't killing people in the name of God a pretty good definition of insanity?
-Arthur C. Clarke

Madness may be a sane response to an insane world, and insanity breeds special perceptions.
-R.D. Laing

Marriage means commitment. Of course, so does insanity.
-Variously attributed

Sanity is a small box; insanity is everything.
-Charles Manson

The American insanity for Loving Everybody is ruining my good temper and delivering my stomach to enormous bouts with acidity.
-Taylor Caldwell

The distance between insanity and genius is measured only by success.
-Ian Fleming

The ecstatic insanity of romantic pursuit can be so enhanced by music that entire romantic conquests, victories and ruinous, crushing defeats can be tied to songs to such a degree that it's almost unbearable to listen to them again, as they bring back the memories so vividly.
-Henry Rollins

Theism is the only legal form of insanity.
-Robert G. Ingersoll

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

There is no insanity so devastating in man's life as utter sanity.
-William Allen White

To lie, of course, is to engender insanity.
-Anaïs Nin

Too far a retreat from reality is insanity.
-Poul Anderson

When one contemplates the streak of insanity running through human history, it appears highly probable that homo sapiens is a biological freak, the result of some remarkable mistake in the evolutionary process. The ancient doctrine of original sin, variants of which occur independently in the mythologies of diverse cultures, could be a reflection of man's awareness of his own inadequacy, of the intuitive hunch that somewhere along the line of his ascent something has gone wrong.
-Arthur Koestler

When one person suffers from a delusion, it is called insanity. When many people suffer from a delusion, it is called Religion.
-Robert Pirsig

Why should we tolerate a diet of weak poisons, a home in insipid surroundings, a circle of acquaintances who are not quite our enemies, the noise of motors with just enough relief to prevent insanity? Who would want to live in a world which is just not quite fatal?
-Rachel Carson

You need a little bit of insanity to do great things.
-Henry Rollins


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