Best Quotes About Insanity

I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol, violence, or insanity to anyone, but they've always worked for me. -Hunter S. Thompson

In individuals, insanity is rare; but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule. -Friedrich Nietzsche

For me, insanity is super sanity. The normal is psychotic. Normal means lack of imagination, lack of creativity. -Jean Dubuffet

I doubt if a single individual could be found from the whole of mankind free from some form of insanity. The only difference is one of degree. A man who sees a gourd and takes it for his wife is called insane because this happens to very few people. -Desiderius Erasmus

Well, love is insanity. The ancient Greeks knew that. It is the taking over of a rational and lucid mind by delusion and self-destruction. You lose yourself, you have no power over yourself, you can't even think straight. -Marilyn French

Love: A temporary insanity curable by marriage. -Ambrose Bierce

The distance between insanity and genius is measured only by success. -Bruce Feirstein

There's a fine line between genius and insanity. I have erased this line. -Oscar Levant

Surrealism had a great effect on me because then I realised that the imagery in my mind wasn't insanity. Surrealism to me is reality. -John Lennon

I want a world without war, a world without insanity. I want to see people do well. I don't even think it's as much as what I want for myself. It's more what I want for the people around me. That's what I want. -Tom Cruise

Control your life through insanity. -Cliff Burton

I've had my moments of insanity. But there is a certain responsibility to set proper examples for your children, and that influences your choices in every aspect of your life. -Andy Garcia

To stand up on a stage alone with an acoustic guitar requires bravery bordering on heroism. Bordering on insanity. -Richard Thompson

Religion is induced insanity. -Madalyn Murray O'Hair

I think if one wants to be in a continual state of insanity one should stay married to that writing partner. -Barry Mann

There's a big difference between sanity and insanity. -Megan Gallagher

Look, we're all saddled with things that make us better or worse. This world is a crazy place, and I've chosen to make my work about that insanity. -Barbara Kruger

In the late '70s I started to search for the perfect sound – whatever that might be, before that I was mainly interested in drugs, insanity and the rock'n'roll lifestyle. -Lou Reed

We're much more controlled now. We were kids back then, we each had our own demons. It was insanity. -Peter Criss

Bunch together a group of people deliberately chosen for strong religious feelings, and you have a practical guarantee of dark morbidities expressed in crime, perversion, and insanity. -H. P. Lovecraft

I am told that the clinical definition of insanity is the tendency to do the same thing over and over again and expect different results. -Stephen F. Lynch

Human beings have speculated about the relationship between inspiration and insanity for centuries. -Patty Duke

The whole decathlon is ridiculous, but the 1,500 meters is insanity. -Rafer Johnson

Genius is one of the many forms of insanity. -Cesare Lombroso

I can choose to accelerate my disease to an alcoholic death or incurable insanity, or I can choose to live within my thoroughly human condition. -Mercedes McCambridge

I voluntarily inflicted a certain level of insanity on myself. -Jonathan Franzen

People in the business will stay with you through drugs and alcohol and divorces and insanity and everything else, but you have a failure, pal, and they don't want to know nothing about you! -Don Johnson

I was disappointed, not because we had lost the war but because our people had allowed it to go on for so many years, instead of heeding the few voices of protest against all that mass insanity and slaughter. -George Grosz

Sickness, insanity and death were the angels that surrounded my cradle and they have followed me throughout my life. -Edvard Munch

It's insanity for a party that believes in freedom to allow some Republicans to seize an agenda that is totally alien to the agenda that was established in the election. -Malcolm Wallop

Disease, insanity, and death were the angels that attended my cradle, and since then have followed me throughout my life. -Edvard Munch

Acting is a way of living out one's insanity. -Isabelle Huppert

Everything in Italy that is particularly elegant and grand borders upon insanity and absurdity or at least is reminiscent of childhood. -Alexander Herzen

Their coverage on the Fox News Channel has been atrocious. The stuff that comes out of Sean Hannity's mouth has been infuriating. The stuff that Bill O'Reilly says has been illogical. You go up and down the schedule and it's insanity over there. The number of lies, perpetuated, promoted by Fox News is just shameful and it hurts everybody. -David Shuster

I grew up around a lot of aggressive guys. My parents used to take me to AA meetings when I was very young. So I know aggression, I know insanity. -Shia LaBeouf

I go through insanity before a show. It's not really a process but it's like absolute mortal fear. -Regina Spektor

Quentin Tarantino is controlled insanity, I would say. He's very loud and fun. I don't think there's anybody on the planet like him that I have ever met. -Rose McGowan

No one prepared me for the stress and insanity of a week leading up to a movie. Years and years of work come down to three days. -Evan Daugherty

I would say any behavior that is not the status quo is interpreted as insanity, when, in fact, it might actually be enlightenment. Insanity is sorta in the eye of the beholder. -Chuck Palahniuk

There are people who want me to do a cologne. They want to call it 'Patrick.' I was offered a fortune to make exercise videos. Posters, all kinds of stuff – something like $10 million worth. It's insanity. I'm not going to do any of it. -Patrick Swayze

You need a little bit of insanity to do great things. -Henry Rollins

I do like taking stuff seriously that a lot of people look at as nonsense. I enjoy the insanity of that. And I like the commitment that is needed for that. -Christian Bale

Federal legislation is urgently needed to stop this insanity of wild animals in captivity. -Tippi Hedren

It has become my mission to stop the insanity of wild cats as pets. -Tippi Hedren

I was fantasising about my own death, I started thinking what my funeral would be like and what music would be played, I was at that level of insanity. -Billy Corgan

I think the hardest thing about making music now is being a great dad at the same time. There's an insanity that goes with writing – a mad scientist thing that you have to go through – and sacrificing a kid's upbringing to do that is not an option. -Eddie Vedder

There's a fine line between genius and insanity, as we all know. -Mackenzie Phillips

My family thought it was insanity for me to go into the theater rather than to get an education. -Clarice Taylor

'Hamlet' is one of the most dangerous things ever set down on paper. All the big, unknowable questions like what it is to be a human being; the difference between sanity and insanity; the meaning of life and death; what's real and not real. All these subjects can literally drive you mad. -Michael Sheen

There's the Hollywood sign; there's Griffith Observatory; there's the great, amazing Los Angeles Basin. It's 465 square miles of insanity and the best food on the planet. -Robert Crais

The definition of insanity in Texas is so insane that it's impossible to be insane in Texas. -Malcolm McDowell

Well, 'They Live' was a primal scream against Reaganism of the '80s. And the '80s never went away. They're still with us. That's what makes 'They Live' look so fresh – it's a document of greed and insanity. It's about life in the United States then and now. If anything, things have gotten worse. -John Carpenter

What a fine line there is between artistry and insanity. There's no formula for it, and I think a lot of people when they're around you – even those closest to you – when you're in that whirl of creativity and you're grabbing those things out of the air, there's no rational process. -Ronnie Dunn

Psychopaths know the technical difference between right and wrong – which is one of the reasons their insanity pleas in criminal cases so rarely succeed; they just fail to act on that knowledge. -Jeffrey Kluger

I realize that I live on the bubble of insanity. I feel the weight of human suffering, loneliness and despair on me all the time. It's not getting easier; if anything, it's always right on the edge of my skin. -Erwin McManus

Get away from the place that makes you feel comfortable with your depression. The reality is it's never as bad as the insanity you've created in your head. -Ben Huh

I am interested in imperfections, quirkiness, insanity, unpredictability. That's what we really pay attention to anyway. We don't talk about planes flying; we talk about them crashing. -Tibor Kalman

To rush to throw away your magazine business and move it on the iPad is just sheer insanity and insecurity and fear. -Jann Wenner

The two are not mutually exclusive, but we think we can have wealth without good ideas and without values and without a clear vision. Wealth without vision is insanity. -Andrew Young

I think there's a lot of crazy stuff on the Internet. You read stuff that is wild speculation, and there's an element of it that makes me not trust it because there's this undercurrent of insanity to it sometimes. -Neill Blomkamp

I will not counter the insanity of the PATRIOT Act with an overblown fear of my rights being taken away. -Penn Jillette

In many ways, the longer I live, I understand that there are so many things outside my control. That's why I believe faith is such a big part of the story. There are so many things that were orchestrated by God, that were put into place to make this perfect storm, that created Linsanity. -Jeremy Lin

I agreed to film after my rookie year in Golden State. I was more used to cameras and felt that my journey to the NBA was a story worth sharing. Little did we know how much bigger the platform and documentary would become after Linsanity. -Jeremy Lin

I look in the mirror every morning, okay. What is going on here? You know, I just say, 'Look, it's sheer insanity.' -Si Robertson

One of the reasons MSNBC is plummeting is that I, not long ago, refused to play any content from them. I figured, why? I mean, it's genuine depraved partisan politics insanity, genuine extremist radical ignoramuses on that network. -Rush Limbaugh

Professional comedians, surprisingly, have a lack of humor. They're insensitive to the insanity of our times. -Mort Sahl

Russian humor is to adapt or make some sense or nonsense out of the insanity of their lives. -Ian Frazier

The ecstatic insanity of romantic pursuit can be so enhanced by music that entire romantic conquests, victories and ruinous, crushing defeats can be tied to songs to such a degree that it's almost unbearable to listen to them again, as they bring back the memories so vividly. -Henry Rollins

My clients train hard. They don't scream or throw weights – they just push hard, trying to get more out of themselves than their bodies want to give, trying to walk that terrible, beautiful line between controlled aggression and all-out insanity. -John Romaniello

In 1973, I broke off from the therapy and decided I could go through one of those episodes on my own, in my house. I found there is no real need to be locked up. I found that I was able to use that kind of awake dreaming that you go into during insanity and look at it and live with it and relate to it and become friends with it. -Dory Previn

The process of writing and directing drives you to such extremes that it's natural to feel an affinity with insanity. I approach that madness as something dangerous, and I'm afraid, but also I want to go to it, to see what's there, to embrace it. I don't know why, but I'm drawn. -Dario Argento

I always think a successful television series is the best job because it gives you community, it doesn't demand temporary insanity the way movies do, and you can be almost a normal person. -James L. Brooks

I used to think 'King Lear' was an analysis of insanity, but I don't really think it is. When Lear is supposed to be at his most insane, he is actually understanding the world for the first time. -Ian Mckellen

'Sherlock' is one of the biggest things I will do, ever – we could never have predicted that level of insanity around the series. -Martin Freeman

I think insanity is the hardest thing to play. -Richard C. Armitage

If someone says 'grunge' or 'punk,' you know what the sound is, but if you say 'No Wave,' it's kind of mysterious. That was the most interesting part and should have been the most inspirational thing about it… here's this collective sonic insanity, and none of it sounds anything alike. -Lydia Lunch

I want to wake up one morning and know how to write page one, or page 10, or page 250. But I never seem to know how to do it. Every book is different and takes a different structure, style, process, etc. And relearning how to write is where the insanity comes from. -Sarah MacLean

Sometimes you have to exercise your insanity, to really make it strong. -Flula Borg

In 1975, I left the burning city of Beirut for the quiet insanity of England. To say that short, frail and wispy 15-year-old me didn't fit in would be such an understatement as to be a joke. -Rabih Alameddine

If you think hard enough about it, Rowlf the dog playing the piano on 'The Muppet Show' – what kind of insanity was happening underneath the cameras to make that happen? His mouth is moving, and he's got two hands playing the piano. That's two people under there! -Rob McClure

I have a 15-year-old boy, and we are about to give him car keys, which seems like an act of insanity when you know what you know about 15-year-old boy behavior. But in 2018, we'll have self-driving cars, and it will be so much better. My son may be the last generation of kids who learns to drive. -Nick Hanauer

When I'm in the kitchen, I don't want anybody else in the kitchen. I have a system – and the system, it's another form of insanity that has grabbed me. -Christian Slater

If, as the popular saying goes, the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result, the people who run our public schools fit that description. -Newt Gingrich

The music business is a crazy game, especially for somebody like me who is really a purist about the art. Trying to balance the pressures of commercialism, it's a tightrope. It's a fine line between sticking to your guns and insanity. -D'Angelo

I love the idea of metamorphosing and changing, the legalized insanity of acting. -Taylor Negron

Eighteenth-century doctors prescribed sugar pills for nearly everything: heart problems, headache, consumption, labor pains, insanity, old age, and blindness. Hence, the French expression 'like an apothecary without sugar' meant someone in an utterly hopeless situation. -Tom Reiss

I felt proud that the baby's first real adventure should be as a protest against the insanity of world annihilation. Already a certain percentage of unborn children are doomed by fallout, and no one knows the cumulative effects of what is already poisoning the air and sea. -Sylvia Plath

The personal ego already has a strong element of dysfunction, but the collective ego is, frequently, even more dysfunctional, to the point of absolute insanity. -Eckhart Tolle

Hollywood studios bury that stuff – actors who punch directors in the face and try to run producers over with cars – insanity, criminal behavior. But the studios are invested in that star, they can't have that person's name dirtied up. -Alec Baldwin

The fact that we're living in a country where 90 percent of the people want further gun laws – to maybe somehow put a dent in some of this insanity that's happening – and yet there's no further legislation taking place, it's very frustrating and upsetting. -Eddie Vedder

Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results when, in fact, the results never change, is one definition of insanity. That goes for economics, too. -Lawrence Kudlow

The more insanity that comes from Washington, D.C., the stronger the loyal opposition becomes. -Mike Gallagher

People have this preconceived notion of me. I'm 'Gob' to them: this thoughtless sociopath who lives this bizarre, ego-driven life. That would be insanity. -Will Arnett

All things to do with drag are inherently therapeutic because the realization of your own insanity is the beginning of sanity. -RuPaul

The primary occupational hazard of blogging is this: it's easier when you yourself take on some of the traits of insanity. It's a job that requires the doer to be selfish, self-absorbed, and superficial. -Ryan Holiday

For me, music was a cathartic way to free me from the nut of Ghost. After working on set for 'Power' for 14 hours, it allowed me to pour my sanity and insanity into the music. -Omari Hardwick

If we get to the point where we damage the full faith and credit of the United States, that would be the first default in history caused purely by insanity. -Austan Goolsbee

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, right? I always figure that as you experience life and things, you usually learn and pick up on things that you can do better. That's how I look at my career over time. -Michelle Carter

The English are very indulgent to episodes of alcoholic insanity. -Lawrence Osborne

That's the last thing on Earth you should think about… There's just a whole lot of things that aren't going to work for you. Figure out what they are and avoid them like the plague. And one of them is bitcoin… It is total insanity. -Charlie Munger

Batman gets close to the insanity of Gotham, to the craziness, to what drives that city mad, and not be driven mad himself – or, at least, most of the time he isn't. That's most like the mission of the C.I.A. We get into the heads of our enemies without becoming our enemy. -Tom King

I knew my ways were unfulfilling. I chased power, pleasure, possessions, something satisfying. I knew I kept getting let down. I knew it was insanity, and I was never going to find fulfillment, but I didn't know what else to look for. -Lecrae

As a writer of fiction, you don't ever want to limit the characters you create to the life you've lived. That's insanity to me. -Courtney A. Kemp

I'm really pretty ridiculous about how much I work on my music, and I don't look at it as necessarily a good quality. I look at it as a side effect of my apparent insanity. It is what it is, man. -El-P

I think that storytelling, at its essence, allows us to feel like we all suffer the same insanity or a similar insanity of existence: that nobody escapes scot-free. We're all going to wind up – at the best-case scenario – 80, 85, 90, broken, in pain, and feeling like it was all a dream and not really understanding the point of any of it. -David Harbour

Most of the depressions are self-created. A few people are pathologically ill: they cannot help it. It just comes from within because of genetic and other factors. But almost everybody else can be driven to madness, because the line between sanity and insanity is quite thin. -Jaggi Vasudev

The truth is that it has not been my pipe dream to have a restaurant. I know restaurateurs, and the amount of work that goes into a restaurant is nothing short of insanity. It's a real commitment, and most restaurants don't make it, so the odds are really against you. -Antoni Porowski

I think everything is its own beast. I think every project has its own unique insanity, and I think that's what's really fun about it. -Max Greenfield

Let's start with the euro. What on earth were we thinking? How could anyone with the faintest grasp of economics have believed it was anything other than sheer insanity to yoke together diverse national economies such as Greece, Ireland, Germany and Finland under a single exchange rate and a single interest rate? -Mehdi Hasan

I got to the point of insanity, but I also got out, but during the insane times, I felt invincible, and I felt creative and wonderful, too, but I was also hiding something. -Duff McKagan

The Trees was four complete nuts. We didn't have a damn thing in common except insanity. So we fought a lot. And we had two brothers – who fought like brothers. -Mark Lanegan

You're so used to being on the road and having a schedule that the insanity seeps in when you're sitting at home and there's nothing going on that day. -Lzzy Hale

I had no idea there was such a thin line between sanity and insanity. I got pushed right to the edge by tragedy in my life, and I couldn't stand up; I couldn't recover. -Margaret Trudeau

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