Madness Quotes

 A little madness in the Spring Is wholesome even for the King. 
Author: Emily Dickinson
Nationality: American
b. 10 December 1830  - d. 15 May 1886
  
 Acting is not a state of being... but a state of appearing to be. You can't be eight times a week without going stark staring mad. You've got to be in control. 
Author: Sir Noël Coward
Nationality: English
b. 16 December 1899  - d. 26 March 1973
  
 All poets are mad. 
Author: Robert Burton
Nationality: English
b. 8 February 1577  - d. 25 January 1640
  
 Ambition, a proud covetousness, or a dry thirst of honour, a great torture of the mind, composed of envy, pride, and covetousness, a gallant madness, one defines it a pleasant poison. 
Author: Robert Burton
Nationality: English
b. 8 February 1577  - d. 25 January 1640
  
 And he, whose fustian's so sublimely bad, It is not poetry, but prose run mad. 
Author: Alexander Pope
Nationality: English
b. 21 May 1688  - d. 30 May 1744
  
 Anger is a momentary madness, so control your passion or it will control you. 
Author: Edward St. John Gorey
Nationality: American
b. 22 February 1925  - d. 15 April 2000
  
 Anger is a short madness. 
Author: Anonymous
Nationality: American   
 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. 
Author: Edmund Burke
Nationality: Irish
b. 12 January 1729  - d. 9 July 1797
  
 Byron: Mad, bad, and dangerous to know. 
Author: Lady Caroline Lamb
Nationality: British
b. 13 November 1785  - d. 26 January 1828
  
 Despair is like forward children, who, when you take away one of their playthings, throw the rest into the fire for madness. It grows angry with itself, turns its own executioner, and revenges its misfortunes on its own head. 
Author: Pierre Charron
Nationality: French
b. December 1541  - d. 16 November 1603
  
 Drunkenness is nothing else but a voluntary madness. 
Author: Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Nationality: Roman
b. December 4  - d.  December 65
  
 Emotion turning back on itself, and not leading on to thought or action, is the element of madness. 
Author: John Sterling
Nationality: British
b. 20 July 1806  - d. 18 September 1844
  
 Every man is mad, but in a different manner. 
Author: Anonymous
Nationality: British   
 Afflicted by love's madness all are blind. 
Author: Sextus Propertius
Nationality: Roman
b. December 50  - d.  December 16
  
 Everyone is more or less mad on one point. 
Author: Rudyard Kipling
Nationality: English
b. 30 December 1865  - d. 18 January 1936
  
 Excess of grief for the dead is madness; for it is an injury to the living, and the dead know it not. 
Author: General Xenophon
Nationality: Greek
b. December 431  - d.  December 355
  
 For mad words, deaf ears. 
Author: Anonymous
Nationality: Greek   
 For the great Gaels of Ireland Are the men that God made mad, For all their wars are merry, And all their songs are sad. 
Author: G. K. Chesterton
Nationality: English
b. 29 May 1874  - d. 16 June 1936
  
 George III: An old, mad, blind, despised and dying king. 
Author: Percy Bysshe Shelley
Nationality: English
b. 4 August 1792  - d. 8 July 1822
  
 Great art is as irrational as great music. It is mad with its own loveliness. 
Author: George Jean Nathan
Nationality: American
b. 14 February 1882  - d. 8 April 1958
  
 Great wits are sure to madness near allied And thin partitions do their bounds divide. 
Author: John Dryden
Nationality: English
b. 19 August 1631  - d. 12 May 1700
  
 Happiness is the only sanction of life; where happiness fails, existence remains a mad and lamentable experience. 
Author: George Santayana
Nationality: Spanish
b. 16 December 1863  - d. 26 September 1952
  
 Hatred is the madness of the heart. 
Author: Lord George Byron
Nationality: English
b. 22 January 1788  - d. 19 April 1824
  
 He gave the little wealth he had To build a house for fools and mad; And show'd, by one satiric touch, No nation wanted it so much. 
Author: Jonathan Swift
Nationality: Irish
b. 30 November 1667  - d. 19 October 1745
  
 Hunger does not breed reform; it breeds madness, and all the ugly distempers that make an ordered life impossible. 
Author: Woodrow Wilson
Nationality: American
b. 28 December 1856  - d. 3 February 1924
  
 I am but mad north-northwest: when the wind is southerly I know a hawk from a handsaw. 
Author: William Shakespeare
Nationality: English
b. December 1564  - d. 23 April 1616
  
 I am often mad, but I would hate to be nothing but mad: and I think I would lose what little value I may have as a writer if I were to refuse, as a matter of principle, to accept the warming rays of the sun, and to report them, whenever, and if ever, they happen to strike me. 
Author: Elwyn Brooks White
Nationality: American
b. 11 July 1899  - d. 01 October 1985
  
 I can calculate the motions of heavenly bodies, but not the madness of people. 
Author: Isaac Newton
Nationality: English
b. 4 January 1642  - d. 31 March 1727
  
 I mean, someone has gone mad in there. God, what is democracy if you can't actually talk to the people? The only power government has is the power that the people yield to it to make decisions on their behalf. Hunters Hill will be sold. We won't even talk to them. The jet skis will be banned. We won't even talk to them. The hire car rules will be changed, and to hell with those people who'll lose money from hire car plates. And so, it goes on and on. And here we are now. A smart cookie, that fellow - Jonathan Fowler - and a very thorough practitioner. He thinks and deliberates about the interests and needs of his local government area. 
Author: Alan Jones
Nationality: Australian
b. 13 April 194143
  
 I never blame myself when I'm not hitting. I just blame the bat and if it keeps up, I change bats. After all, if I know it isn't my fault that I'm not hitting, how can I get mad at myself? 
Author: Yogi Berra
Nationality: American
b. 12 May 1925
  
 I put my arms around him yes and drew him down to me so he could feel my breasts all perfume yes and his heart was going like mad and yes I said yes I will Yes. 
Author: James Joyce
Nationality: Irish
b. 2 February 1882  - d. 13 January 1941
  
 I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked, dragging themselves through the negro streets at dawn looking for an angry fix angelheaded hipsters burning for the ancient heavenly connection to the starry dynamo in the machinery of the night. 
Author: Allen Ginsberg
Nationality: American
b. 3 June 1926  - d. 5 April 1997
  
 I teach that all men are mad. 
Author: Edward St. John Gorey
Nationality: American
b. 22 February 1925  - d. 15 April 2000
  
 If a man insisted always on being serious, and never allowed himself a bit of fun and relaxation, he would go mad or become unstable without knowing it. 
Author: Herodotus
Nationality: Greek
b. December 484  - d.  December 425
  
 If I don't write to empty my mind, I go mad. As to that regular, uninterrupted love of writing - I do not understand it. I feel it as a torture, which I must get rid of, but never as a pleasure. On the contrary, I think composition a great pain. 
Author: Lord George Byron
Nationality: English
b. 22 January 1788  - d. 19 April 1824
  
 If you fear making anyone mad, then you ultimately probe for the lowest common denominator of human achievement. 
Author: Jimmy Carter
Nationality: American
b. 1 October 1924
  
 In the dark colony of night, when I consider man's magnificent capacity for malice, madness, folly, envy, rage, and destructiveness, and I wonder whether we shall not end up as breakfast for newts and polyps, I seem to hear the muffled cries of all the words in all the books with covers closed. 
Author: Leo C. Rosten
Nationality: American
b. 11 April 1908  - d. 19 February 1997
  
 In the middle of a world that has always been a bit mad, the cat walks with confidence. 
Author: Roseanne Anderson
Nationality: American   
 It is a madness to make Fortune the mistress of events, Because in herself she is nothing, but is ruled by Prudence. 
Author: John Dryden
Nationality: English
b. 19 August 1631  - d. 12 May 1700
  
 It is much more comfortable to be mad and know it, than to be sane and have one's doubts. 
Author: G. B. Burgin
Nationality: English   
 It is sheer madness to live in want in order to be wealthy when you die. 
Author: Juvenal
Nationality: Roman
b. December 60  - d.  December 140
  
 It is the worst of madness to learn what has to be unpleasant. 
Author: Desiderius Erasmus
Nationality: Dutch
b. 27 October 1466  - d. 12 July 1536
  
 It makes me mad when people say I turned and ran like a scared rabbit. Maybe it was like an angry rabbit, who was going to fight in another fight, away from the first fight. 
Author: Jack Handey
Nationality: American
b. December 1949
  
 It was roses, roses, all the way, With myrtle mixed in my path like mad. 
Author: Robert Browning
Nationality: English
b. 7 May 1812  - d. 12 December 1889
  
 Jealousy lives upon doubts, it becomes madness or ceases entirely as soon as we pass from doubt to certainty. 
Author: François de La Rochefoucauld
Nationality: French
b. 15 September 1613  - d. 17 March 1680
  
 Love is the tyrant of the heart; it darkens Reason, confounds discretion; deaf to Counsel It runs a headlong course to desperate madness. 
Author: John Ford
Nationality: English
b. 17 April 1586  - d.  December 1640
  
 Love that is not madness is not love. 
Author: Pedro Calderon
Nationality: Spanish
b. 17 January 1600  - d. 25 May 1681
  
 Mad about the boy, It's pretty funny but I'm mad about the boy. 
Author: Sir Noël Coward
Nationality: English
b. 16 December 1899  - d. 26 March 1973
  
 Mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the mid-day sun. 
Author: Sir Noël Coward
Nationality: English
b. 16 December 1899  - d. 26 March 1973
  
 Mad, adj: Affected with a high degree of intellectual independence. 
Author: Ambrose Bierce
Nationality: American
b. 24 June 1842  - d.  December 1914
  
 Mad, is General Wolfe? Then I hope he will bite some of my other generals. 
Author: King George II
Nationality: English
b. 10 November 1683  - d. 25 October 1760
  
 Madness is sacred to the gods. They give it us at the proper season to purge our souls, as they give us strong herbs to clean out our bodies. 
Author: Mary Challans Renault
Nationality: English
b. 04 September 1905  - d. 13 December 1983
  
 Madness, we fancy, gave an ill-timed birth To a grinning laughter and to frantic mirth. 
Author: Matthew Prior
Nationality: English
b. 21 July 1664  - d. 18 September 1721
  
 Many people hear voices when no one is there. Some of them are called mad and shut up in rooms where they stare at the walls all day. Others are writers and they do pretty much the same thing. 
Author: Margaret Rosalind Chittenden
Nationality: American   
 Most men are within a finger's breadth of being mad. 
Author: Diogenes
Nationality: Greek
b. December 412  - d.  December 323
  
 Neat Marlowe, bathed in the Thespian springs, Had in him those brave translunary things That the first poets had; his raptures were For that fine madness still he did retain Which rightly should possess a poet's brain. 
Author: Michael Drayton
Nationality: English
b. December 1563  - d. 23 December 1631
  
 Never go to bed mad. Stay up and fight. 
Author: Phyllis Diller
Nationality: American
b. 17 July 1917  - d. 20 August 2012
  
 No great genius is without an admixture of madness. 
Author: Aristotle
Nationality: Greek
b. December 384  - d.  December 322
  
 Nothing is so wretched or foolish as to anticipate misfortunes. What madness is it to be expecting evil before it comes. 
Author: Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Nationality: Roman
b. December 4  - d.  December 65
  
 O Lord, sir, when a heroine goes mad she always goes into white satin. 
Author: Richard Brinsley Sheridan
Nationality: Irish
b. 30 October 1751  - d. 7 July 1816
  
 O! let me not be mad, not mad, sweet heaven. 
Author: William Shakespeare
Nationality: English
b. December 1564  - d. 23 April 1616
  
 O! that way madness lies. 
Author: William Shakespeare
Nationality: English
b. December 1564  - d. 23 April 1616
  
 Of Byron: Mad, bad and dangerous to know. 
Author: Lady Caroline Lamb
Nationality: British
b. 13 November 1785  - d. 26 January 1828
  
 Of course I don't always enjoy being a mother. At those times my husband and I hole up somewhere in the wine country, eat, drink, make mad love and pretend we were born sterile and raise poodles. 
Author: Dorothy De Bolt
Nationality: British   
 Of General Wolfe: Mad, is he? Then I hope he will bite some of my other generals. 
Author: King George II
Nationality: English
b. 10 November 1683  - d. 25 October 1760
  
 Of George III: An old, mad, blind, despised and dying king. 
Author: Percy Bysshe Shelley
Nationality: English
b. 4 August 1792  - d. 8 July 1822
  
 Of the Schleswig-Holstein question:- There are only three men who have ever understood it: one was Prince Albert, who is dead; the second was a German professor, who became mad. I am the third - and I have forgotten all about it. 
Author: Viscount Henry John Temple Palmerston
Nationality: British
b. 20 October 1784  - d. 18 October 1865
  
 Oh, that way madness lies; let me shun that. 
Author: William Shakespeare
Nationality: English
b. December 1564  - d. 23 April 1616
  
 Better to have left the place as a monument to Hitler's madness, to the savageries of Nazism and the complicity of the German people, to remind them, and the rest of us, that a modern nation had turned all of Europe and the Soviet Union into an abattoir and had invented assembly-line genocide. 
Author: Phillip Adams
Nationality: Australian
b. 12 July 1939
  
 One gets into situations in life from which it is necessary to be a little mad to extricate oneself successfully. 
Author: François de La Rochefoucauld
Nationality: French
b. 15 September 1613  - d. 17 March 1680
  
 Only those things are beautiful which are inspired by madness and written by reason. 
Author: André Paul-Guillaume Gide
Nationality: French
b. 22 November 1869  - d. 19 February 1951
  
 Party is the madness of many, for the gains of a few. 
Author: Alexander Pope
Nationality: English
b. 21 May 1688  - d. 30 May 1744
  
 Patience, when too often outraged, is converted into madness. 
Author: Valerius Maximus
Nationality: Roman
b. December 20
  
 People from a planet without flowers would think we must be mad with joy the whole time to have such things about us. 
Author: Iris Murdoch
Nationality: British
b. 15 July 1919  - d. 08 February 1999
  
 Perfection does not exist. To understand it is the triumph of human intelligence; to desire to possess it is the most dangerous kind of madness. 
Author: Alfred de Musset
Nationality: French
b. 11 December 1810  - d. 2 May 1857
  
 Pleased with the danger, when the waves went high He sought the storms; but for a calm unfit, Would steer too nigh the sands to boast his wit. Great wits are sure to madness near alli'd And thin partitions do their bounds divide. 
Author: John Dryden
Nationality: English
b. 19 August 1631  - d. 12 May 1700
  
 Sanity calms, but madness is more interesting. 
Author: Lord John Russell
Nationality: English
b. 18 August 1792  - d. 28 May 1878
  
 Sanity is a madness put to good uses. 
Author: George Santayana
Nationality: Spanish
b. 16 December 1863  - d. 26 September 1952
  
 Some men grow mad by studying much to know, But who grows mad by studying good to grow. 
Author: Benjamin Franklin
Nationality: American
b. 17 January 1706  - d. 17 April 1790
  
 Someone asked Sophocles, How do you feel now about sex? Are you able to have a woman? He replied, Hush man; most gladly indeed am I rid off it all, as though I had escaped from a mad and savage master. 
Author: Sophocles
Nationality: Greek
b. December 496  - d.  December 406
  
 Spring is about to spring. Persephone is coming back and the ice is groaning, about to break with the exquisite and deafening roar. It's a time for madness; a time for our fangs to come down and our eyes to glaze over so that the beast in us can sing with unmitigated joy. Oh yes, ecstasy, I welcome thee! 
Author: David Assael
Nationality: Greek   
 That's another great big error on the part of the government. Three years go they said there's absolutely no possibility that there's any danger of the mad cow getting into human beings. And three years ago the farm minister actually fed his little girl, on television, a beef burger. Now every time he pops up, all the newspaper men are running after him with a hamburger, saying, 'Eat this!' So now of course nobody believes a word the government says about this matter. 
Author: John Mortimer
Nationality: British
b. 21 April 1923  - d. 16 January 2009
  
 The brain may devise laws for the blood; But a hot temper leaps o'er a cold decree: such a hare is madness the youth, to skip over the meshes of good counsel, the cripple. 
Author: William Shakespeare
Nationality: English
b. December 1564  - d. 23 April 1616
  
 The jealous are possessed by a mad devil and a dull spirit at the same time. 
Author: Johann Kaspar Lavater
Nationality: Swiss
b. 15 November 1741  - d. 2 January 1801
  
 The madman who knows that he is mad is close to sanity. 
Author: Rui de Alarcon
Nationality: Spanish
b. December 1581  - d.  December 1639
  
 The madmen who have made men mad By their contagion; Conquerors and Kings, Founders of sects and systems. 
Author: Lord George Byron
Nationality: English
b. 22 January 1788  - d. 19 April 1824
  
 The only difference between me and a madman is that I am not mad. 
Author: Salvador Dali
Nationality: Spanish
b. 11 May 1904  - d. 23 January 1989
  
 The Queen is most anxious to enlist everyone in checking this mad, wicked folly of 'Women's Rights.'' It is a subject which makes the Queen so furious that she cannot contain herself. 
Author: Queen Victoria
Nationality: British
b. 22 May 1819  - d. 22 January 1901
  
 The Sensual and the Dark rebel in vain, Slaves by their own compulsion! In mad game They burst their manacles and wear the name Of Freedom, graven on a heavier chain! 
Author: Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Nationality: English
b. 21 October 1772  - d. 25 July 1834
  
 There is always some madness in love. But there is also always some reason in madness. 
Author: Friedrich Nietzsche
Nationality: German
b. 15 October 1844  - d. 25 August 1900
  
 There is no great genius without a tincture of madness. 
Author: Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Nationality: Roman
b. December 4  - d.  December 65
  
 There is only one difference between a madman and me. I am not mad. 
Author: Salvador Dali
Nationality: Spanish
b. 11 May 1904  - d. 23 January 1989
  
 There was never a genius without a tincture of madness. 
Author: Aristotle
Nationality: Greek
b. December 384  - d.  December 322
  
 There's method in his madness. 
Author: Anonymous
Nationality: Greek   
 Those whom God wishes to destroy, he first makes mad. 
Author: Euripides
Nationality: Greek
b. December 480  - d.  December 406
  
 Though this be madness, yet there is method in it. 
Author: William Shakespeare
Nationality: English
b. December 1564  - d. 23 April 1616
  
 'Tis a mad world, my masters. 
Author: John Taylor
Nationality: English
b. December 1578  - d.  December 1653
  
 'Tis mad idolatry To make the service greater than the god. 
Author: William Shakespeare
Nationality: English
b. December 1564  - d. 23 April 1616
  
 To strive with an equal is dangerous; with a superior, mad; with an inferior, degrading. 
Author: Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Nationality: Roman
b. December 4  - d.  December 65
  
 Today I felt pass over me A breath of wind from the wings of madness. 
Author: Charles Pierre Baudelaire
Nationality: French
b. 9 April 1821  - d. 21 August 1867
  
 Today, every inhabitant of this planet must contemplate the day when it may no longer be habitable. Every man, woman and child lives under a nuclear sword of Damocles, hanging by the slenderest of threads, capable of being cut at any moment by accident, miscalculation or madness. The weapons of war must be abolished before they abolish us. 
Author: John F. Kennedy
Nationality: American
b. 29 May 1917  - d. 22 November 1963
  
 Too much sanity may be madness. And maddest of all, to see life as it is and not as it should be. 
Author: Miguel de Cervantes
Nationality: Spanish
b. 29 September 1547  - d. 23 April 1616
  
 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 
Author: Friedrich Nietzsche
Nationality: German
b. 15 October 1844  - d. 25 August 1900
  
 Truly great madness can not be achieved without significant intelligence. 
Author: Henrik Tikkanen
Nationality: German   
 War is always the same. It is young men dying in the fullness of their promise. It is trying to kill a man that you do not even know well enough to hate. Therefore, to know war is to know that there is still madness in the world. 
Author: Lyndon Johnson
Nationality: German   
 War! that mad game the world so loves to play. 
Author: Jonathan Swift
Nationality: Irish
b. 30 November 1667  - d. 19 October 1745
  
 We are all born mad. Some remain so. 
Author: Samuel Beckett
Nationality: Irish
b. 13 March 1906  - d. 22 December 1989
  
 We grew up with the feeling that the adult world was entirely reasonable and secure. The only dangers of life were the natural menaces-snakes and sharks, centipedes, bull-dog ants and scorpions-things that the escapist can never quite escape. There could be no danger from the folly of human Literatureity nor from mad economics. 
Author: Martin Boyd
Nationality: American
b. 10 June 1893  - d. 3 June 1972
  
 We poets in our youth begin in gladness; But thereof comes in the end despondency and madness. 
Author: William Wordsworth
Nationality: English
b. 7 April 1770  - d. 23 April 1850
  
 Well, spring sprang. We've had our state of grace and our little gift of sanctioned madness, courtesy of Mother Nature. Thanks, Gaia. Much obliged. I guess it's time to get back to that daily routine of living we like to call normal. 
Author: David Assael
Nationality: English   
 What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or the holy name of liberty or democracy? 
Author: Mahatma Gandhi
Nationality: Indian
b. 2 October 1869  - d. 30 January 1948
  
 What madness it is for a man to starve himself to enrich his heir, and so turn a friend into an enemy! For his joy at your death will be proportioned to what you leave him. 
Author: Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Nationality: Roman
b. December 4  - d.  December 65
  
 When the world goes mad, one must accept madness as sanity; since sanity is, in the last analysis, nothing but the madness on which the whole world happens to agree. 
Author: George Bernard Shaw
Nationality: British
b. 28 July 1856  - d. 2 November 1950
  
 When the world goes mad, one must accept madness as sanity; since sanity is, in the last analysis, nothing but the madness on which the whole world happens to agree. 
Author: George Bernard Shaw
Nationality: British
b. 28 July 1856  - d. 2 November 1950
  
 When there is an increase in the mode of ignorance, madness, illusion, inertia and darkness are manifested. 
Tome: Bhagavad Gita
Nationality: British   
 When we remember we are all mad, the mysteries disappear and life stands explained. 
Author: Mark Twain
Nationality: American
b. 30 November 1835  - d. 21 April 1910
  
 Whom the gods would destroy they first make mad. 
Author: Euripides
Nationality: Greek
b. December 480  - d.  December 406
  
 Why should not old men be mad? 
Author: W. B. Yeats
Nationality: Irish
b. 13 June 1865  - d. 28 January 1939
  
 Why this is very midsummer madness. 
Author: William Shakespeare
Nationality: English
b. December 1564  - d. 23 April 1616
  
 You call it madness, but I call it love. 
Author: Don Byas
Nationality: American
b. December 1912  - d.  December 1972
  
 You can't stay mad at somebody who makes you laugh. 
Author: Jay Leno
Nationality: American
b. 28 April 1950
  
 You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you mad. 
Author: Aldous Huxley
Nationality: English
b. 26 July 1894  - d. 22 November 1963
  
 You're only given a little spark of madness. You mustn't lose it. 
Author: Robin Williams
Nationality: American
b. 21 July 1951
  
 You first have to find who you are, then, you have to be it like mad. 
Author: Quentin Crisp
Nationality: English
b. 25 December 1908  - d. 21 November 1999
  
 That's when I really knew that people will always judge you for what you do, but as long as you do it well, ain't nobody's gonna be mad at you. 
Author: Ice T
Nationality: American
b. 16 February 1958
  
 Some things in life are bad They can really make you mad Other things just make you swear and curse When you're chewing on life's gristle Don't grumble, give a whistle And this'll help turn things out for the best... And... always look on the bright side of life. 
Movie: Monty Python’s Life of Brian
Nationality: English
Released: December 1979
  
 War means an ugly mob-madness, crucifying the truth tellers, choking the artists, sidetracking reforms, revolutions, and the working of social forces.  
Author: John Silas Reed
Nationality: American
b. December 1887  - d.  December 1920
  
 It doesn't pay to say too much when you are mad enough to choke. For the word that stings the deepest is the word that is never spoke, Let the other fellow wrangle till the storm has blown away, then he'll do a heap of thinking about the things you didn't say. 
Author: Jules Renard
Nationality: French
b. 22 February 1864  - d. 22 May 1910
  
 I don't think it works to just be mad at them - Maxine Waters out ranting and kicking down the doors. It would be so easy to dismiss you and marginalize you. 
Author: Maxine Waters
Nationality: American
b. 15 August 1938
  
 Most people in this society who aren't actively mad are, at best, reformed or potential lunatics. 
Author: Susan Sontag
Nationality: American
b. 16 January 1933  - d. 28 December 2004
  
 He is mad past recovery, but yet he has lucid intervals. 
Author: Miguel de Cervantes
Nationality: Spanish
b. 29 September 1547  - d. 23 April 1616
  
 I am thrilled to have been able to put together this new album. I listened to everything I had recorded in the 24 years with Elektra, and then just took all the ones I am mad about. 
Author: Judy Collins
Nationality: American
b. December 1939
  
 Any sane person would have left long ago. But I cannot. I have my sons. 
Author: Princess of Wales Diana Spencer
Nationality: English
b. 1 July 1961  - d. 31 August 1997
  
 I rush into your presence with all the madness of a disordered mind - it is your fault, yours. 
Author: Julia Ward Howe
Nationality: American
b. 27 May 1819  - d. 17 October 1910
  
 Tell me, do you think I'm going mad? I sometimes wonder, you know. 
Author: Paul Cezanne
Nationality: French
b. 19 January 1839  - d. 22 October 1906
  
 San Francisco is a mad city - inhabited for the most part by perfectly insane people whose women are of a remarkable beauty. 
Author: Rudyard Kipling
Nationality: English
b. 30 December 1865  - d. 18 January 1936
  
 Everybody's youth is a dream, a form of chemical madness. 
Author: F. Scott Fitzgerald
Nationality: American
b. 24 September 1896  - d. 21 December 1940
  
 Jean Jacques Rousseau... is nothing but a fool in my eyes when he takes it upon himself to criticise society; he did not understand it, and approached it with the heart of an upstart flunkey... For all his preaching a Republic and the overthrow of monarchical titles, the upstart is mad with joy if a Duke alters the course of his after-dinner stroll to accompany one of his friends. 
Author: Marie Stendhal
Nationality: French
b. 23 January 1783  - d. 23 March 1842
  
 The doctor says to the patient, "Take your clothes off and stick your tongue out the window". "What will that do?" asks the patient. The doctor says, "I'm mad at my neighbor!"  
Author: Henny Youngman
Nationality: American
b. 16 March 1906  - d. 24 February 1998
  
 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.Man thinks, God directs. 
Author: Alcuin
Nationality: English
b. December 735  - d. 19 April 804
  
 The first draught serveth for health, the second for pleasure, the third for shame, and the fourth for madness. 
Author: Anacharsis
Nationality: Scythian
b. December 600
  
 Last words: I feel certain that I am going mad again. I feel we can't go through another of those terrible times. And I shan't recover this time. I begin to hear voices, and I can't concentrate. So I am doing what seems the best thing to do. You have given me the greatest possible happiness. You have been in every way all that anyone could be. I don't think two people could have been happier 'til this terrible disease came. I can't fight any longer. I know that I am spoiling your life, that without me you could work. And you will I know. You see I can't even write this properly. I can't read. What I want to say is I owe all the happiness of my life to you. You have been entirely patient with me and incredibly good. I want to say that - everybody knows it. If anybody could have saved me it would have been you. Everything has gone from me but the certainty of your goodness. I can't go on spoiling your life any longer. I don't think two people could have been happier than we have been. 
Author: Virginia Woolf
Nationality: English
b. 25 January 1882  - d. 28 March 1941
  
 The world of men is dreaming, it has gone mad in its sleep, and a snake is strangling it, but it can't wake up. 
Author: D. H. Lawrence
Nationality: English
b. 11 September 1885  - d. 2 March 1930
  
 Don't get mad. Don't get even. Just get elected, then get even. 
Author: James Carville
Nationality: American
b. 25 October 1944
  
 My regret is only that this madness happened at all, that Australia, unprovoked, invaded another country against the wishes of its people. 
Author: Dr. Will Saunders
Nationality: British   
 Every actor is somewhat mad, or else he'd be a plumber or a bookkeeper or a salesman. 
Author: Bela Lugosi
Nationality: Hungarian
b. 20 October 1882  - d. 16 August 1956
  
 I worked night and day for twelve years to prevent the war, but I could not. The North was mad and blind, would not let us govern ourselves, and so the war came. 
Author: Jefferson Finis Davis
Nationality: American
b. 3 June 1808  - d. 6 December 1889
  
 Get mad, then get over it. 
Author: Colin Powel
Nationality: American
b. 5 April 1937
  
 While the miser is merely a capitalist gone mad, the capitalist is a rational miser. 
Author: Karl Marx
Nationality: German
b. 5 May 1818  - d. 14 March 1883
  
 It's a miracle was the last track recorded for the album, we based it on the rhythm from the middle of 'Late Home Tonight, where there's Graham Broad playing lots and lots of drums with me shouting in the background, pretending to be a mad Arab leader. 
Author: Roger Waters
Nationality: English
b. 6 September 1943
  
 I'm very much afraid of being mad - that's my one fear. 
Author: Sting
Nationality: English
b. 2 October 1951
  
 Men are so necessarily mad, that not to be mad would amount to another form of madness. 
Author: Blaise Pascal
Nationality: French
b. 19 June 1623  - d. 19 August 1662
  
 Men are so necessarily mad, that not to be mad would amount to another form of madness. 
Author: Blaise Pascal
Nationality: French
b. 19 June 1623  - d. 19 August 1662
  
 Jealousy is bred in doubts. When those doubts change into certainties, then the passion either ceases or turns absolute madness.  
Author: François de La Rochefoucauld
Nationality: French
b. 15 September 1613  - d. 17 March 1680
  
 What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans, and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or the holy name of liberty and democracy? 
Author: Mahatma Gandhi
Nationality: Indian
b. 2 October 1869  - d. 30 January 1948
  
 Perhaps he was a bit different from other people, but what really sympathetic person is not a little mad? 
Author: Isadora Duncan
Nationality: American
b. 27 May 1878  - d. 14 September 1927
  
 Only part of us is sane: only part of us loves pleasure and the longer day of happiness, wants to live to our nineties and die in peace, in a house that we built, that shall shelter those who come after us. The other half of us is nearly mad. It prefers the disagreeable to the agreeable, loves pain and its darker night despair, and wants to die in a catastrophe that will set back life to its beginnings and leave nothing of our house save its blackened foundations. 
Author: Rebecca West
Nationality: Irish
b. 21 December 1892  - d. 15 March 1983
  
 If you have an enemy, then learn and know your enemy, don't just be mad at him or her. 
Author: Denzel Washington
Nationality: American
b. 28 December 1954
  
 I read books like mad, but I am careful to to let anything I read influence me. 
Author: Michael Caine
Nationality: British
b. 14 March 1933
  
 Mankind is like dogs, not gods - as long as you don't get mad they'll bite you - but stay mad and you'll never be bitten. Dogs don't respect humility and sorrow. 
Author: Jack Kerouac
Nationality: American
b. 12 March 1922  - d. 21 October 1969
  
 I think to a certain extent in Bosnia and among the Hutus in Rwanda and also among the Tutsis in Rwanda who then took revenge on the Hutus, there is a sense of being swept up and a sense that the society in which they live has gone mad. 
Author: John Pomfret
Nationality: American   
 There is a kind of euphoria of grief, a degree of madness. 
Author: Nigella Lucy Lawson
Nationality: English
b. 6 January 1960
  
 Money is our madness, our vast collective madness. 
Author: D. H. Lawrence
Nationality: English
b. 11 September 1885  - d. 2 March 1930
  
 Men, it has been well said, think in herds; it will be seen that they go mad in herds, while they only recover their senses slowly, and one by one. 
Author: Charles Mackay
Nationality: Scottish
b. 27 March 1814  - d. 24 December 1889
  
 You can tell the size of a man by the size of the thing that makes him mad. 
Author: Adlai Stevenson II
Nationality: American
b. 5 February 1900  - d. 14 July 1965
  
 The world fell apart. Sirhan Sirhan shot Bobby Kennedy. Why were people shooting all the Kennedys? Had the country gone mad?  
Author: Lorna Luft
Nationality: American
b. 21 November 1957
  
 I read The Old Curiosity Shop before I began Blackwood Farm. I was amazed at the utter madness in that book. 
Author: Anne Rice
Nationality: American
b. 4 October 1941
  
 But what is the use of preaching the Gospel to men whose whole attention is concentrated upon a mad, desperate struggle to keep themselves alive? 
Author: William Booth
Nationality: British
b. 10 April 1829  - d. 20 August 1912
  
 Reading made Don Quixote a gentleman, but believing what he read made him mad. 
Author: George Bernard Shaw
Nationality: British
b. 28 July 1856  - d. 2 November 1950
  
 The Bible looks like it started out as a game of Mad Libs. 
Author: Bill Maher, Jr.
Nationality: American
b. 20 January 1956
  
 If this be not love, it is madness, and then it is pardonable. 
Author: William Congreve
Nationality: English
b. 24 January 1670  - d. 19 January 1729
  
 A young man is so strong, so mad, so certain, and so lost. He has everything and he is able to use nothing. 
Author: Thomas Clayton Wolfe
Nationality: American
b. 3 October 1900  - d. 15 September 1938
  
 We are bemused and crazed creatures, strangers to our true selves, to one another, and to the spiritual and material world - mad, even, from an ideal standpoint we can glimpse but not adopt. 
Author: R. D. Laing
Nationality: Scottish
b. 7 October 1927  - d. 23 August 1989
  
 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. 
Author: R. D. Laing
Nationality: Scottish
b. 7 October 1927  - d. 23 August 1989
  
 A child born today in the United Kingdom stands a ten times greater chance of being admitted to a mental hospital than to a university. This can be taken as an indication that we are driving our children mad more effectively than we are genuinely educating them. Perhaps it is our way of educating them that is driving them mad. 
Author: R. D. Laing
Nationality: Scottish
b. 7 October 1927  - d. 23 August 1989
  
 The extreme limit of wisdom, that's what the public calls madness.  
Author: Jean Cocteau
Nationality: French
b. 5 July 1889  - d. 11 October 1963
  
 Stephen Fry: If you try and kill them, you're put in prison: if you try and talk to them, you vomit. There's only one thing worse than an estate agent but at least that can be safely lanced, drained and surgically dressed. Estate agents. Love them or loathe them, you'd be mad not to loathe them. 
T.V. Series: Fry and Laurie
Nationality: British   
 Stephen Fry: What do I think of John Major's leadership? I'd welcome it! (Laughs hysterically). Stephen Fry: Well I just told him to stuff it. But he said that it'd been dead too long. Stephen Fry: 20 pounds. So I said I'll toss you for it. So he said what will you do for 50? Hugh Laurie: (Walking away) No I can't stop, I'm afraid. My wife is being towed away. Stephen Fry: I think animal testing is a terrible idea. They get all nervous and give silly answers. Hugh Laurie: Yes, I drive a Vauxhall Nova Splash. Uh, it's a limited edition. I think they only made one and a half million of them. Hugh Laurie: Well. "Bring back hanging!", I say. These tumble dryers are useless. Hugh Laurie: Testicles?! Bollocks, more like! Stephen Fry: I was very shocked when my son told me his boyfriend was a homosexual. Hugh Laurie: Do you know what makes me really mad? It's this belief that I'm John the Baptist. Hugh Laurie: I've always been a Daily Mail reader. I prefer it to a newspaper Hugh Laurie: (Examining a plate) See this? You could eat your dinner off this. Hugh Laurie: You know what makes me REALLY mad? It's this new drug, Ecstasy. Makes me MAD! Hugh Laurie: (As policeman) Ask me what my favourite food is. "Lancashire hotpot." Do you want to know why? "Lancashire hotpot" you in the name of the law! ... (aside) Oh, "Irish Stew"! Stephen Fry: I wouldn't suck it! 
T.V. Series: Fry and Laurie
Nationality: British   
 Television is actually closer to reality than anything in books. The madness of TV is the madness of human life. 
Author: Camille Paglia
Nationality: American
b. 2 April 1947
  
 The other aspect of this tape is the business of what should happen if there is an assassination. I cannot prevent some people from feeling angry and frustrated and mad, but I hope they will take that frustration and that madness and instread of demonstrating or anything of that type, I would hope they would take the power and I would hope that five, ten, one hundred, a thousand would rise. I would like to see every gay doctor come out, every gay lawyer, every gay architect come out, stand up and let that world know. That would do more to end prejudice overnight than anybody would imagine. I urge them to do that, urge them to come out. Only that way will we start to achieve our rights. 
Author: Harvey Milk
Nationality: American
b. 22 May 1930  - d. 27 November 1978
  
 The other aspect of this tape is the business of what should happen if there is an assassination. I cannot prevent some people from feeling angry and frustrated and mad, but I hope they will take that frustration and that madness and instread of demonstrating or anything of that type, I would hope they would take the power and I would hope that five, ten, one hundred, a thousand would rise. I would like to see every gay doctor come out, every gay lawyer, every gay architect come out, stand up and let that world know. That would do more to end prejudice overnight than anybody would imagine. I urge them to do that, urge them to come out. Only that way will we start to achieve our rights. 
Author: Harvey Milk
Nationality: American
b. 22 May 1930  - d. 27 November 1978
  
 Let us speak of our madness. We are always being called mad. If we are mad - we and our brothers in America who are walking hand in hand with us in the vanguard of progress - at least we are mad in company with most of our great predecessors and all the most intelligent foreigners. Beethoven, Schumann, and Wagner, Shelley, Blake, Keats, Coleridge, Wordsworth were all mad in turn. We shall be proud to join them in the Asylum to which they are now consigned. 
Author: Dame Edith Sitwell
Nationality: British
b. 7 September 1887  - d. 9 December 1964
  
 Let us speak of our madness. We are always being called mad. If we are mad - we and our brothers in America who are walking hand in hand with us in the vanguard of progress - at least we are mad in company with most of our great predecessors and all the most intelligent foreigners. Beethoven, Schumann, and Wagner, Shelley, Blake, Keats, Coleridge, Wordsworth were all mad in turn. We shall be proud to join them in the Asylum to which they are now consigned. 
Author: Dame Edith Sitwell
Nationality: British
b. 7 September 1887  - d. 9 December 1964
  
 Let us speak of our madness. We are always being called mad. If we are mad - we and our brothers in America who are walking hand in hand with us in the vanguard of progress - at least we are mad in company with most of our great predecessors and all the most intelligent foreigners. Beethoven, Schumann, and Wagner, Shelley, Blake, Keats, Coleridge, Wordsworth were all mad in turn. We shall be proud to join them in the Asylum to which they are now consigned. 
Author: Dame Edith Sitwell
Nationality: British
b. 7 September 1887  - d. 9 December 1964
  
 We have become ninety-nine percent money mad. The method of living at home modestly and within our income, laying a little by systematically for the proverbial rainy day which is due to come, can almost be listed among the lost arts. 
Author: George Washington Carver
Nationality: American
b. January 1864  - d. 5 January 1943
  
 Am I the only guy in this country who's fed up with what's happening? Where the hell is our outrage? We should be screaming bloody murder. We've got a gang of clueless bozos steering our ship of state right over a cliff, we've got corporate gangsters stealing us blind, and we can't even clean up after a hurricane much less build a hybrid car. But instead of getting mad, everyone sits around and nods their heads when the politicians say, "Stay the course." Stay the course? You've got to be kidding. This is America, not the damned Titanic. I'll give you a sound bite: Throw the bums out! 
Author: Lee Iacocca
Nationality: American
b. 15 October 1924
  
 I listen like mad to any conversation taking place next to me just trying to hear why this is funny. Women's restrooms are especially great. I wash my hands twice waiting for people to come in and start talking. 
Author: Lynda Barry
Nationality: American
b. 2 January 1956
  
 Estragon: (aphoristic for once). We are all born mad. Some remain so. 
Author: Samuel Beckett
Nationality: Irish
b. 13 March 1906  - d. 22 December 1989
  
 All of us are mad. If it weren't for the fact every one of us is slightly abnormal, there wouldn't be any point in giving each person a separate name.  
Author: Ugo Betti
Nationality: Italian
b. 4 February 1892  - d. 9 June 1953
  
 'Mad' is a term we use to describe a man who is obsessed with one idea and nothing else. 
Author: Ugo Betti
Nationality: Italian
b. 4 February 1892  - d. 9 June 1953
  
 The practice of declaring people FAIR GAME will cease. FAIR GAME may not appear on any Ethics Order. It causes bad public relations. This P/L does not cancel any policy on the treatment or handling of an SP. 
Author: L. Ron Hubbard
Nationality: American
b. 13 March 1911  - d. 24 February 1986
  
 Man is sick and nations have gone mad. You would not even tolerate for one moment the conduct in an individual that is commonplace in the acts of some nations. You would lock up such a person. 
Author: L. Ron Hubbard
Nationality: American
b. 13 March 1911  - d. 24 February 1986
  
 That stupid fucking kid! That stupid fucking kid! Look what he's done to me! 
Author: L. Ron Hubbard
Nationality: American
b. 13 March 1911  - d. 24 February 1986
  
 Oh yes! The one man in the world who never believes he's mad is the madman. 
Author: L. Ron Hubbard
Nationality: American
b. 13 March 1911  - d. 24 February 1986
  




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