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Much Madness is divinest Sense -- to a discerning Eye -- much Sense -- the starkest Madness --

Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) American poet.

No excellent soul is exempt from a mixture of madness.

Aristotle (384 BC-322 BC) Greek philosopher.

What can you do against the lunatic who is more intelligent than yourself, who gives your arguments a fair hearing and then simply persists in his lunacy?

George Orwell (1903-1950) British novelist, essayist, and critic.

Our society is run by insane people for insane objectives. I think we're being run by maniacs for maniacal ends and I think I'm liable to be put away as insane for expressing that. That's what's insane about it.

John Lennon (1940-1980) British musician.

O, let me not be mad, not mad, sweet heaven! Keep me in temper. I would not be mad.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616) British poet and playwright.


We want a few mad people now. See where the sane ones have landed us!

George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) Irish writer.

No great genius has ever existed without some touch of madness.

Aristotle (384 BC-322 BC) Greek philosopher.

The lightning flashes through my skull; mine eyeballs ache and ache; my whole beaten brain seems as beheaded, and rolling on some stunning ground.

Herman Melville (1819-1891) American writer.

Madness is tonic and invigorating. It makes the sane more sane. The only ones who are unable to profit by it are the insane.

Henry Miller (1891-1980) American author.

Madness is something rare in individuals -- but in groups, parties, peoples, ages it is the rule.

Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) German-Swiss philosopher and writer.