Quotations on Madness

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Those people should not be listened to who keep saying the voice of the people is the voice of God, since the riotousness of the crowd is always very close to madness.
- Alcuin
(Keywords: God, People, Madness, Saying, Voice)

The first draught serveth for health, the second for pleasure, the third for shame, and the fourth for madness.
- Anacharsis
(Keywords: Health, First, Madness, Pleasure, Shame)

What is life? A madness. What is life? An illusion, a shadow, a story. And the greatest good is little enough; for all life is a dream, and dreams themselves are only dreams.
- Pedro Calderon de la Barca
(Keywords: Dreams, Life, Illusion, Madness, Shadow)

About half my designs are controlled fantasy, 15 percent are total madness and the rest are bread-and-butter designs.
- Manolo Blahnik
(Keywords: Fantasy, Madness, Rest)

What a mysterious thing madness is. I have watched patients whose lips are forever sealed in a perpetual silence. They live, breathe, eat; the human form is there, but that something, which the body can live without, but which cannot exist without the body, was missing.
- Nellie Bly
(Keywords: Body, Madness, Silence)

But my doubt would not be overcome. Kierkegaard had declared that it was only to the consciousness of sin that Christianity was not horror or madness. For me it was sometimes both.
- Georg Brandes
(Keywords: Christianity, Consciousness, Doubt, Horror, Madness, Sin)

Even if one takes every reefer madness allegation of the prohibitionists at face value, marijuana prohibition has done far more harm to far more people than marijuana ever could.
- William F. Buckley, Jr.
(Keywords: People, Harm, Madness, Prohibition, Value)

But what is liberty without wisdom, and without virtue? It is the greatest of all possible evils; for it is folly, vice, and madness, without tuition or restraint.
- Edmund Burke
(Keywords: Wisdom, Virtue, Folly, Liberty, Madness, Restraint, Vice)

Too much sanity may be madness and the maddest of all, to see life as it is and not as it should be.
- Miguel de Cervantes
(Keywords: Life, Madness, May, Sanity)

The extreme limit of wisdom, that's what the public calls madness.
- Jean Cocteau
(Keywords: Wisdom, Extreme, Madness, Public)

It's a kind of madness in cosmopolitan cities now.
- Sean Connery
(Keywords: Cities, Madness, Now)

Everybody's a mad scientist, and life is their lab. We're all trying to experiment to find a way to live, to solve problems, to fend off madness and chaos.
- David Cronenberg
(Keywords: Life, Chaos, Madness, Problems, Trying)

It is madness to make fortune the mistress of events, because by herself she is nothing and is ruled by prudence.
- John Dryden
(Keywords: Events, Fortune, Madness, Nothing, Prudence)

I believe that always, or almost always, in all childhoods and in all the lives that follow them, the mother represents madness. Our mothers always remain the strangest, craziest people we've ever met.
- Marguerite Duras
(Keywords: Mother, People, Madness, Mothers)

Help us to recognize your voice, help us not to be allured by the madness of the world, so that we may never fall away from you, O Lord Jesus Christ.
- Albrecht Durer
(Keywords: Christ, Help, Madness, May, Voice, World)

Everybody's youth is a dream, a form of chemical madness.
- F. Scott Fitzgerald
(Keywords: Dream, Madness, Youth)

It is madness for sheep to talk peace with a wolf.
- Thomas Fuller
(Keywords: Peace, Madness, Sheep, Talk)

Writing is a form of therapy; sometimes I wonder how all those who do not write, compose or paint can manage to escape the madness, melancholia, the panic and fear which is inherent in a human situation.
- Graham Greene
(Keywords: Fear, Madness, Therapy, Wonder, Writing)

We work n the dark - we do what we can - we give what we have. Our doubt is our passion and our passion is our task. The rest is the madness of art.
- Henry James
(Keywords: Art, Work, Doubt, Madness, Passion, Rest)

Madness need not be all breakdown. It may also be break-through. It is potential liberation and renewal as well as enslavement and existential death.
- R. D. Laing
(Keywords: Death, Madness, May, Potential)

Eighty-six percent of the gun death of children under the age of 14 internationally is right here in the United States of America. It is madness.
- Nita Lowey
(Keywords: Age, Death, America, Children, Madness, Right, states, United)

I went into photography because it seemed like the perfect vehicle for commenting on the madness of today's existence.
- Robert Mapplethorpe
(Keywords: Existence, Madness, Photography, Today)

To put meaning in one's life may end in madness, But life without meaning is the torture Of restlessness and vague desire-It is a boat longing for the sea and yet afraid.
- Edgar Lee Masters
(Keywords: Life, Desire, End, Longing, Madness, May, Meaning, Sea)

Our constancy, same might call it our madness, was necessary to wear down the oppressive forces of the old democracy which, in Spain, was a hundred years behind the times.
- Frederica Montseny
(Keywords: Constancy, Democracy, Madness, Old, Spain, Years)

Howard Hughes was able to afford the luxury of madness, like a man who not only thinks he is Napoleon but hires an army to prove it.
- Ted Morgan
(Keywords: Army, Luxury, Madness, Man)

But mathematics is the sister, as well as the servant, of the arts and is touched by the same madness and genius.
- Marston Morse
(Keywords: Sister, Genius, Madness, Mathematics)

What can everyone do? Praise and blame. This is human virtue, this is human madness.
- Friedrich Nietzsche
(Keywords: Virtue, Blame, Madness, Praise)

There is always some madness in love. But there is also always some reason in madness.
- Friedrich Nietzsche
(Keywords: Love, Madness, Reason)

Television is actually closer to reality than anything in books. The madness of TV is the madness of human life.
- Camille Paglia
(Keywords: Life, Books, Madness, Reality, Television)

True, we love life, not because we are used to living, but because we are used to loving. There is always some madness in love, but there is also always some reason in madness.
- Petrarch
(Keywords: Love, Life, Living, Madness, Reason)

Party-spirit at best is but the madness of many for the gain of a few.
- Alexander Pope
(Keywords: Gain, Madness, Party)

I find myself hoping a total end of all the unhappy divisions of mankind by party-spirit, which at best is but the madness of many for the gain of a few.
- Alexander Pope
(Keywords: End, Gain, Madness, Mankind, Party)

I read The Old Curiosity Shop before I began Blackwood Farm. I was amazed at the utter madness in that book.
- Anne Rice
(Keywords: Curiosity, Madness, Old)

Jealousy is bred in doubts. When those doubts change into certainties, then the passion either ceases or turns absolute madness.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
(Keywords: Change, Jealousy, Madness, Passion)

What is madness but nobility of soul at odds with circumstance.
- Theodore Roethke
(Keywords: Soul, Circumstance, Madness, Nobility)

It is madness to attempt to hold. In the first place the troops cannot do it and in the second place if they do not retreat they will be destroyed. I repeat that this order be rescinded or that you find someone else.
- Gerd von Rundstedt
(Keywords: First, Madness, Order, Troops, Will)

With the introduction of agriculture mankind entered upon a long period of meanness, misery, and madness, from which they are only now being freed by the beneficent operation of the machine.
- Bertrand Russell
(Keywords: Agriculture, Being, Machine, Madness, Mankind, Misery, Now)

Nothing is so wretched or foolish as to anticipate misfortunes. What madness is it to be expecting evil before it comes.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca
(Keywords: Evil, Madness, Nothing)

For you to ask advice on the rules of love is no better than to ask advice on the rules of madness.
- Terence
(Keywords: Love, Advice, Madness, Rules)

Anger is a momentary madness, so control your passion or it will control you.
- G. M. Trevelyan
(Keywords: Anger, Control, Madness, Passion, Will)

A leader is one who, out of madness or goodness, volunteers to take upon himself the woe of the people. There are few men so foolish, hence the erratic quality of leadership in the world.
- John Updike
(Keywords: Leadership, Men, Quality, People, Goodness, Madness, World)

Warren Spector is amazing, and his team is as good as any in the business. Shame to see all the revenues from their game entangled with all the madness of the Dallas office.
- Mike Wilson
(Keywords: Business, Madness, Office, Shame)

Pain is real when you get other people to believe in it. If no one believes in it but you, your pain is madness or hysteria.
- Naomi Wolf
(Keywords: People, Madness, Pain)









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