The Very Best Quotes on Madness

The Mad Hatter: "Have I gone mad?"
Alice: "I'm afraid so. You're entirely bonkers. But I'll tell you a secret. All the best people are."

Will Turner: "This is either madness or brilliance."
Jack Sparrow: "It's remarkable how often those two traits coincide."
Pirates of the Caribbean

“No great mind has ever existed without a touch of madness.” ― Aristotle

“All forms of madness, bizarre habits, awkwardness in society, general clumsiness, are justified in the person who creates good art.” 
― Roman PayneRooftop Soliloquy

“In a mad world, only the mad are sane.” 
― Akira Kurosawa

“Here's to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They're not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can't do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”  
― Rob Siltanen

“It is sometimes an appropriate response to reality to go insane.” 
― Philip K. Dick, VALIS

“The distinction between sanity and insanity is narrower than a razor’s edge, sharper than a hound’s tooth, more agile than a mule deer. It is more elusive than the merest phantom. Perhaps it does not even exist; perhaps it is a phantom. ” 
― Philip K. DickVALIS

“He started keeping a journal - had been, in fact, secretly doing so for some time: the furtive act of a deranged person.” 
 Philip K. Dick, VALIS

“It is only through mystery and madness that the soul is revealed” 
― Thomas Moore

“Too much sanity may be madness — and maddest of all: to see life as it is, and not as it should be!” ― Dale WassermanMan of La Mancha

“Love is merely a madness; and, I tell you, deserves as well a dark house and a whip as madmen do; and the reason why they are not so punish'd and cured is that the lunacy is so
ordinary that the whippers are in love too.” 
― William ShakespeareAs You Like It

“Crazy people are considered mad by the rest of the society only because their intelligence isn't understood.” 
― Weihui Zhou

“Doubt … is an illness that comes from knowledge and leads to madness.” 
― Gustave FlaubertMemoirs of a Madman

“Make no mistake: peaceful madmen are ahead of the future.” 
― Gabriel Garcí­a MárquezMemories of My Melancholy Whores

“Julian spoke with the clear, unequivocal lucidity of madmen who have escaped the hypocrisy of having to abide by a reality that makes no sense.” 
― Carlos Ruiz ZafónThe Shadow of the Wind

“There nearly always is a method in madness.” 
― G.K. Chesterton

“Poets do not go mad; but chess-players do. Mathematicians go mad, and cashiers; but creative artists very seldom. I am not, as will be seen, in any sense attacking logic: I only say that this danger does lie in logic, not in imagination.” 
― G.K. Chesterton

“He may be mad, but there's method in his madness. There nearly always is method in madness. It's what drives men mad, being methodical.” 
― G.K. Chesterton

“Great wits are to madness near allied
And thin partitions do their bounds divide.” 
― John DrydenAbsalom and Achitophel

“Dreams, if they're any good, are always a little bit crazy. ” - Ray Charles

“And how do you know that you're mad? "To begin with," said the Cat, "a dog's not mad. You grant that?" I suppose so, said Alice. "Well then," the Cat went on, "you see a dog growls when it's angry, and wags it's tail when it's pleased. Now I growl when I'm pleased, and wag my tail when I'm angry. Therefore I'm mad.” 
― Lewis CarrollAlice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass

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