Monday, July 19, 2010

Wisdom In Madness - Quotes

If a fool would persist in his folly, he would become wise.
William Blake

All cities are mad: but the madness is gallant. All cities are beautiful: but the beauty is grim.
Christopher Morley
It's a kind of madness in cosmopolitan cities now. Sean Connery

A man needs a little madness, or else he never dares cut the rope and be free.
Nikos Kazantzakis
When we can sit in the face of insanity or dislikes and be free from the need to make it different, then we are free.
Nelson Mandela
Art will remain the most astonishing activity of mankind born out of struggle between wisdom and madness, between dream and reality in our mind.
Magdalena Abakanowicz
There is always some madness in love. But there is also always some reason in madness. Friedrich Nietzsche
I know I missed the boat called perfection
but my errors are portals of discovery
and there are times
when a little madness sets me free.
Gael Bage
Courage is the most beautiful kind of madness.
To journey into our paranoid thoughts and feelings without getting significantly paranoid is basic sanity in the courageous crunch. To go into our madness without becoming unhinged is a sign of relatively advanced development. To enter our pain without turning it into suffering is a gift to all beings. To pass into our lovelessness without losing heart is a great art, out of which healing cannot help but arise. To move into the Unknown without having to know what’s going to happen once we’re “there” is real freedom in the making. The way toward basic sanity is not that of rising above, trying to transcend, marginalizing, or otherwise avoiding our insanity, but rather that of going into and through our insanity, letting all that arises, however hellish or scary, awaken us to who and what we really are.
Robert Augustus Masters
Madness is rare in individuals--but in groups, parties, nations, and ages it is the rule.
Friedrich Nietzsche
Those who belong to this small class have tasted how sweet and blessed a posession philosophy is, and have also seen enough of the madness of the multitude; and they know that no politician is honest, nor is there any champion of justice at whose side they may fight and be saved. Such an one may be compared to a man who has fallen among wild beasts-- he will not join in the wickedness of his fellows, but neither is he able singly to resist all their fierce natures, and therefore seeing that he would be of no use to the State or to his friends, and reflecting that he would have to throw away his life without doing any good either to himself or others, he holds his peace, and goes his own way. He is like one who, in the storm of dust and sleet which the driving wind hurries along, retires under the shelter of a wall; and seeing the rest of mankind full of wickedness, he is content, if only he can live his own life and be pure from evil or unrighteousness, and depart in peace and good-will, with bright hopes.

What's madness but nobility of soul at odds with circumstance?
Theodore Roethke
Too much sanity may be madness. And maddest of all, to see life as it is and not as it should be!
Miguel de Cervantes

Perfection does not exist; to understand it is the triumph of human intelligence; to expect to possess it is the most dangerous kind of madness.
Louis Charles Alfred de Musset

The fool sees naught but folly; and the madman only madness. Yesterday I asked a foolish man to count the fools among us. He laughed and said, "This is too hard a thing to do, and it will take too long. Were it not better to count only the wise?"
Kahlil Gibran

Anger is a short madness.

Truly great madness cannot be achieved without significant intelligence.
Henrik Tikkanen

Wisdom consists in rising superior both to madness and to common sense, and in lending oneself to the universal delusion without becoming its dupe.
Henri Frederic Amiel
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, the melancholia, the panic fear which is inherent in the human situation.
Graham Greene
Sanity is a madness put to good use.
George Santayana
Where is the lightning to lick you with its tongue? Where is the madness with which you should be cleansed? Behold, I show you the Superman. He is this lightning, he is this madness.
Friedrich Nietzsche
The first step towards madness is to think oneself wise.
Fernando de Rojas

Much madness is divinest sense
To a discerning eye
Much sense - the starkest madness -
'tis the majority
In this, as all, prevail -
Assent - and you are sane -
Demur - you are straightaway dangerous -
And handled with a chain.
Emily Dickinson

A little madness in the Spring Is wholesome even for the King.
Emily Dickinson
There has not been any great talent without an element of madness.
Nullum magnum ingenium sine mixtura dementiae fuit
For me, insanity is super sanity. The normal is psychotic. Normal means lack of imagination, lack of creativity.
Jean Dubuffet

A total absence of self-doubt is the first sign of insanity.
Sandy Woodward
Sanity is the playground for the unimaginative.
I became insane with long intervals of horrible sanity.
Edgar Allan Poe
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
Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
Albert Einstein
Insanity - a perfectly rational adjustment to an insane world.
R. D. Laing
As a whole part of "psychological education" it needs to be remembered that a neurosis can be valuable; also that "adjustment" to a sick and insane environment is of itself not "health" but sickness and insanity.
James Agee
In things pertaining to enthusiasm no man is sane who does not know how to be insane on proper occasions.
Henry Ward Beecher
Those who danced were thought to be quite insane by those who could not hear the music.
Angela Monet
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
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
Follow your inner moonlight; don't hide the madness.
Allen Ginsberg
I can calculate the motion of heavenly bodies, but not the madness of people.
Isaac Newton
In a completely sane world, madness is the only freedom!
J. G. Ballard
It seems to me madness to wake up in the morning and do something other than paint, considering that one may not wake up the following morning.
Frank Auerbach
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
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
Only those things are beautiful which are inspired by madness and written by reason.
Andre Gide
Optimism is the madness of insisting that all is well when we are miserable.
The extreme limit of wisdom, that's what the public calls madness.
Jean Cocteau
We derive our vitality from our store of madness.
Emile M. Cioran
Men have called me mad; but the question is not yet settled, whether madness is or is not the loftiest intelligence— whether much that is glorious— whether all that is profound— does not spring from disease of thought— from moods of mind exalted at the expense of the general intellect.
Edgar Allan Poe

I don't know what it is with the mad, but they've certainly got force of will. Maybe it's not having the checks and balances the rest of us have, or perhaps I'm kidding myself: maybe their minds are simply clearer, unclouded with the anxieties and morality that the rest of us are swaddled with. Perhaps they have the courage to point their magical thinking at the stars.
Micharl Marshall

It is an unfortunate fact that the bulk of humanity is too limited in its mental vision to weigh with patience and intelligence those isolated phenomena, seen and felt only by a psychologically sensitive few, which lie outside its common experience. Men of broader intellect know that there is no sharp distinction betwixt the real and the unreal; that all things appear as they do only by virtue of the delicate individual physical and mental media through which we are made conscious of them; but the prosaic materialism of the majority condemns as madness the flashes of super-sight which penetrate the common veil of obvious empiricism.
H.P. Lovecraft


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