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Published Tuesday, May 17, 2016 @ 8:52 AM EDT
May 17 2016

By ceaseless efforts to live the good life we maintain our moral sanity. Not from without, but from within, flow the divine waters that renew the soul.
-Felix Adler

Humility is the best evidence of sanity.
-Stuart Wilde

I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity.
-Edgar Allan Poe

I had a quick grasp of the secret to sanity- it had become the ability to hold the maximum of impossible combinations in one's mind.
-Norman Mailer

I hope for peace and sanity- it's the same thing.
-Studs Terkel

Neither conscience nor sanity itself suggests, that the United States is, or should or could be the global gendarme.
-Robert McNamara

Nothing I read about grief seemed to exactly express the craziness of it; which was the interesting aspect of it to me- how really tenuous our sanity is.
-Joan Didion

Now it is symptomatic of our rusty-beer-can type of sanity that our culture produces very few magical objects.
-Alan Watts

Order is the sanity of the mind, the health of the body, the peace of the city, the security of the state. Like beams in a house or bones to a body, so is order to all things.
-Robert Southey

People who develop the habit of thinking of themselves as world citizens are fulfilling the first requirement of sanity in our time.
-Norman Cousins

Psychotics are consistently inconsistent. The essence of sanity is to be inconsistently inconsistent.
-Larry Wall

Sanity calms, but madness is more interesting.
-John Russell

Sanity is a cozy lie.
-Susan Sontag

Sanity is a madness put to good uses; waking life is a dream controlled.
-George Santayana

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

Sanity is an illusion caused by alcohol deficiency.
-N.F. Simpson

Sanity is not truth. Sanity is conformity to what is socially expected.
-Robert Pirsig

The one impulse in man which cannot be erased is his impulse toward freedom, his impulse toward sanity, toward higher levels of attainment in all of his endeavors.
-L. Ron Hubbard

The plague of mankind is the fear and rejection of diversity: monotheism, monarchy, monogamy and, in our age, monomedicine. The belief that there is only one right way to live, only one right way to regulate religious, political, sexual, medical affairs is the root cause of the greatest threat to man: members of his own species, bent on ensuring his salvation, security, and sanity.
-Thomas Szasz

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

Work is our sanity, our self-respect, our salvation. The day's work is the center of everything.
-Henry Fording

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