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NOTE:  Some of the quotes on this page were submitted to me by visitors, and not all have been verified for original source or wording. I'm working hard to confirm everything, but in the meantime please be aware of the possibility for errors.  —ღ Terri, March 2021

Pardon my sanity... in a world insane... ~Emily Dickinson, 1856

It is better to be a little mad than commonplace. ~Victor Cherbuliez, Samuel Brohl and Partner, 1877, translated from French (translator unspecified)

When life itself seems lunatic, who knows where madness lies? Perhaps to be too practical is madness. To surrender dreams — this may be madness. To seek treasure where there is only trash. Too much sanity may be madness — and maddest of all: to see life as it is, and not as it should be! ~Man of La Mancha, 1965 Broadway musical based on Dale Wasserman's 1959 teleplay I, Don Quixote, lyrics by Joe Darion [Character quoted is Cervantes. –tg]

Madness is defined in different ways at different times, sanity being the knack of keeping current. ~Robert Brault,

His madness foiled his reason... ~Bram Stoker, Dracula, 1897

The first time I see you laugh at an insane man's doings I shall mark you down as a lesser physician, for you don't understand the human drama. ~Martin H. Fischer (1879–1962)

Might we not say to the confused voices which sometimes arise from the depths of our being:  "Ladies, be so kind as to speak only four at a time?"  ~Madame Swetchine

A man who is "of sound mind" is one who keeps the inner madman under lock and key.  ~Paul Valéry, Mauvaises pensées et autres, 1942

Sanity is madness put to good uses.  ~George Santayana, Little Essays

I don't suffer from insanity.  I enjoy every minute of it.  ~Author Unknown

Madness takes its toll.  Please have exact change.  ~Author Unknown

There is always a madness in love. There is however also always a reason in madness. ~Friedrich Nietzsche (1844–1900), "Of Reading and Writing," Thus Spake Zarathustra: A Book for All and None, translated from the German by Alexander Tille, 1896

If you took a cracked pot and you cracked that cracked pot, you'd be approaching the level of cracked pottery we are talking about here. ~Rachel Maddow, 2011

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

See, the human mind is kind of like... a piñata.  When it breaks open, there's a lot of surprises inside.  Once you get the piñata perspective, you see that losing your mind can be a peak experience.  ~Jane Wagner

Madness need not be all breakdown.  It may also be break-through.  ~R.D. Laing, The Politics of Experience

You're only given a little spark of madness.  You mustn't lose it.  ~Robin Williams

Temporary madness may be necessary in some cases, to cleanse and renovate the mind; just as a fit of illness is to carry off the humours of the body.  ~Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare, Guesses at Truth, by Two Brothers, 1827

I haven't lost my mind; I have a tape back-up somewhere.  ~Author Unknown

I'll be the in to your sane.  ~Numan

I am but mad north-north-west. When the wind is southerly I know a hawk from a handsaw. ~William Shakespeare, Hamlet, c.1600  [II, 2, Hamlet]

Insanity is often the logic of an accurate mind overtasked.  ~Oliver W. Holmes, Sr., The Autocrat of the Breakfast-Table, 1858

I have my own little world, but it's okay - they know me here.  ~Author Unknown

No man is sane who does not know how to be insane on proper occasions.  ~Henry Ward Beecher

It's like the craziest patient at the insane asylum running the place because he's the most "qualified." ~Terri Guillemets

Madness is rare in individuals - but in groups, political parties, nations, and eras it's the rule.  ~Friedrich Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil, 1886

A man might pass for insane who should see things as they are.  ~William Ellery Channing

I feel like a fugitive from the law of averages.  ~William H. Mauldin

Once caught for a parking ticket, I pleaded insanity. ~Steven Wright, A Steven Wright Special, 1985,

There is a pleasure sure
In being mad which none but madmen know.
~John Dryden, The Spanish Friar, 1681

Look both ways before entering the insanity. ~Terri Guillemets

If you are physically sick, you can elicit the interest of a battery of physicians; but if you are mentally sick, you are lucky if the janitor comes around. ~Martin H. Fischer (1879–1962)

No excellent soul is exempt from a mixture of madness.  ~Aristotle

There is a bit of insanity in dancing that does everybody a great deal of good.  ~Edwin Denby

Sanity is very rare: every man almost, and every woman, has a dash of madness.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Insanity is the state of being unable, any longer, to be just a little bit delusional. ~Robert Brault,

Develop your eccentricities while you are young.  That way, when you get old, people won't think you're going gaga.  ~David Ogilvy

A little madness in the Spring
Is wholesome even for the King.
~Emily Dickinson

Everything great in the world is done by neurotics; they alone founded our religions and created our masterpieces.  ~Marcel Proust

He's three gallons of crazy in a two-gallon bucket. ~Author unknown

Today I felt pass over me
A breath of wind from the wings of madness.
~Charles Baudelaire

All my life I've been trying to fit insane pieces into the puzzle of sanity. Or maybe the other way around. ~Terri Guillemets

Most men are within a finger's breadth of being mad. ~Diogenes

Every great genius has an admixture of madness. ~Aristotle

I suppose it is much more comfortable to be mad and know it, than to be sane and have one's doubts.  ~G.B. Burgin

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