Best Quotes About Paranoid

I am a kind of paranoid in reverse. I suspect people of plotting to make me happy. -J. D. Salinger

Even a paranoid can have enemies. -Henry Kissinger

I'm not a paranoid deranged millionaire. -Howard Hughes

A paranoid is someone who knows a little of what's going on. -William S. Burroughs

My husband gave me a necklace. It's fake. I requested fake. Maybe I'm paranoid, but in this day and age, I don't want something around my neck that's worth more than my head. -Rita Rudner

If the national mental illness of the United States is megalomania, that of Canada is paranoid schizophrenia. -Margaret Atwood

Methamphetamine is a hideous drug. Meth makes a person become paranoid, violent, and aggressive – making them a serious threat to society and law enforcement. And maybe more importantly, meth users are a threat to their own children and families. -Dirk Kempthorne

I'm shy, paranoid, whatever word you want to use. I hate fame. I've done everything I can to avoid it. -Johnny Depp

I guess the line between being paranoid and being a rock star is smaller than one would expect. -Brian Molko

Just because they really are out to get you doesn't mean you aren't paranoid. -Steven Brust

I sometimes joke, Paula, even paranoid people have enemies. -Rahm Emanuel

He was a psychotic. He was a borderline psychotic. He was a terrific, sensational actor, with a magical screen presence, you couldn't keep your eyes off him, but he was paranoid. He was sure everybody was out to get him. -Mark Rydell

In America, they are paranoid about ruining the reputations of people once they are dead and cannot answer back. They have this fascination which to me seems cruel and morbid. I do not want any part of it. -Isabella Rossellini

Christ, he was paranoid about criticism. I used to say: why doesn't he worry about the team and forget what people are saying? He got Phil Thompson, who was a kid coming through when I was a Liverpool player, to have a go at me. So now I don't talk to him. -Ian St. John

My own nature hovers between neurotic and paranoid. I've developed the habit of mentally listing things that make me optimistic about the future. I do it every day. -Martha Beck

I've often entertained paranoid suspicions about my fridge and what it's been doing to my poetry when I'm not looking, but I never even considered that my fan was thinking about me. -George Murray

If you start becoming withdrawn and looking over your shoulder, being careful about what you say, that's being paranoid. This is an open, accessible team. That's been my trademark for years. -Art Modell

And I know I'm paranoid and neurotic, I've made a career out of it. -Thom Yorke

I get paranoid about people staring at me. Even now I don't deal with people looking at me. I can't do it sometimes. I can't go out. I don't know how to react when people stare. -Robbie Fowler

It used to be that I was always paranoid or a loser or something so there's usually something that you seem to associate yourself with at one time or another. -Colin Firth

Plus, I am paranoid by nature. I need to be in control. -Taylor Dayne

To keep the record straight, it wasn't always John and Yoko. We've all accused one another of various business things; we tend to be pretty paranoid by now, as you can imagine. There's a lot of money involved. -Paul McCartney

My paranoia never ends, but I haven't been paranoid about being spied on my shadowy forces for some time now. -Jon Ronson

The Academy is paranoid about its image. -Roger Ebert

What is going on in America is extreme. The youth cult, they worship youth so much it's almost paranoid. And LA is the Mecca of it all; they're taking it to the hilt. -Billie Joe Armstrong

Even paranoids have real enemies. -Golda Meir

You can never be comfortable with your success, you've got to be paranoid you're going to lose it. -Louis V. Gerstner, Jr.

Being slightly paranoid is like being slightly pregnant – it tends to get worse. -Molly Ivins

I envy paranoids; they actually feel people are paying attention to them. -Susan Sontag

Bond is part of the system. He's an imperialist and a misogynist, and he laughs at killing people, and he sits there slugging martinis. It'll never be the same thing as this, because Bourne is a guy who is against the establishment, who is paranoid and on the run. I just think fundamentally they're just very different things. -Matt Damon

Only the paranoid survive. -Andy Grove

A wingnut is someone on the far-right wing or far-left wing of the political spectrum – the professional partisans, the unhinged activists and the paranoid conspiracy theorists. They're the people who always try to divide rather than unite us. -John Avlon

I've had paranoid panic attacks. -Katherine Heigl

I don't know, maybe I'm overly paranoid that they're going to be spoiled, but I want to keep them going as kids for as long as I can. I want to keep them innocent and free. -Stella McCartney

I suppose there must be some way in which I'm compelled to show some side of myself – or of people – that's paranoid and fraught and beleaguered and downtrodden, just as Tom Cruise wants to show that he's terrifyingly upbeat and terrifyingly heroic all the time. -Paul Giamatti

Actual gay people can make many others feel uncomfortable and paranoid because they don't know and can't articulate what makes a person gay, and they worry that maybe they themselves are gay. -Dan Savage

During the lifetime of Japan I became very neurotic, very paranoid. -David Sylvian

When I was a teenager, if anyone recognized me for anything I did, it would ruin my day. I couldn't handle it. It was some sort of neurotic phobia. I guess I was paranoid that people would treat me differently, or in an unfair way, because of my job. -Joseph Gordon-Levitt

It's amazing where the paranoid mind can take you. -Bill Ayers

I was a child, and my mother was psychotic. She loved me, but I didn't really feel I had a mother. And when you live with somebody who is paranoid and thinks you're trying to kill them all the time, you tend to feel a little betrayed. -Alan Alda

There are stars who are proficiently paranoid enough to hide what they really think. I can't. -Shirley MacLaine

I'm really ultra-affected by things, I feel things deeper, and I cry at the drop of a hat, and offended and sensitive and I'm almost paranoid very easily, and that's who I am. -Andy Dick

Success breeds complacency. Complacency breeds failure. Only the paranoid survive. -Andy Grove

The country makes me more paranoid, you know? I think the crazy people out there are little crazier. -Jean-Michel Basquiat

I used to be more paranoid and stressed, constantly worrying about my Plan B. But the truth is I don't have one. -Uma Thurman

I was mugged when I was 12. I had a portable radio, and I ran into this building and these two guys came in and hit me, busted me up and took the radio. After that I was very paranoid and I started taking kung fu and karate. But I didn't want to fight. -Freddie Prinze

I'm terrified of bugs and I travel with sprays, lotions, potions; the lot. I have to check the room before I go to sleep and if I come across a bug and fail to remove it I have to sleep in a separate room as I'm paranoid that I'll be taken advantage of as I sleep. -Freema Agyeman

I am lazy, but for some reason, I am so paranoid that I end up working hard. -Seth Rogen

We have a shotgun we inherited from my father-in-law, a paranoid Englishman living in Texas. I have a .22 Marlin rifle, similar to the one Annie Oakley had, and my husband has a .357 Magnum pistol. All those are locked up tight, of course. We have a couple of pellet guns that get more use than the real guns. -Bonnie Jo Campbell

My mom was paranoid about my safety. -Jane Smiley

Novelists tend to go off at 70, and I'm in a funk about it, I've got myself into a real paranoid funk about it, how the talent dies before the body. -Martin Amis

I've always been fascinated by the human body, but you can become quite morbid and paranoid if you think too much. -Ellie Goulding

Ever since I've been young I've been fascinated by the human body. I've written songs about it, but you can become quite morbid if you think about it too much – paranoid and a hypochondriac. -Ellie Goulding

The popular image that Hollywood is ruined by difficult prima donna actors is nonsense. They're certainly very nice to directors. I can't say the same about producers, who I found difficult, paranoid, and certifiably insane, mostly. -Nigel Cole

I will never be one of the happy stupid that were born somewhere. This way of life is excellent for the imagination. It develops your paranoia. You feel paranoid when you don't understand a country, and being paranoiac is excellent for fiction. -Amelie Nothomb

One of the most important things for me in terms of my working method is doubt. I get very insecure about my ideas. And I don't say 'insecure' in kind of a paranoid way. I mean just: 'Are they good enough?' 'Is this the right thing to do?' I really beat myself up over that. -Bill Viola

There's an overwhelming sense of paranoia in the suburbs. People there seem so much more paranoid to me than people in the city about their kids being kidnapped or their parties being raided or their drinks being spiked. There's a kind of hysteria about that. -Meg Rosoff

When you're young and beautiful, you're paranoid and miserable. -Helen Mirren

Suburbia is all about private ownership and not having to share, and it leads to a paranoid, defensive mindset. I know this, having grown up in Essex. -Hari Kunzru

Even paranoids have real enemies. -Delmore Schwartz

The world of 'The Hunger Games' is a paranoid survivalist's dream. -Kenneth Oppel

I always do get a little bit paranoid when I get a lot of attention. But I get used to it. -Brian Wilson

High culture is paranoid about sentiment. But human beings are intensely sentimental. -Thomas Kinkade

I love conspiracy theories. I used to just live on it. You know it's all hype and garbage, but you're still really paranoid afterwards. It's fun entertainment. -Doug Stanhope

There is a paranoid streak in American life. Radio talk show hosts tend to foment that paranoid streak in American life. -Alan Dershowitz

This paranoid Islam, which blames outsider, 'infidels', for all the ills of Muslim societies, and whose proposed remedy is the closing of those societies to the rival project of modernity, is presently the fastest growing version of Islam in the world. -Salman Rushdie

Let me say this: I'm paranoid of the government. They've lost my trust. They've lied to me so many times that I don't know what to believe from them anymore. -Jesse Ventura

Bob Weir calls me a saint, but I'm 'Saint Misbehavin'.' They're making a documentary about my life, and that's the current shooting title. I can roll with that, but otherwise the s-word makes me really paranoid. -Wavy Gravy

I'm an athlete and I'm black, and a lot of black athletes go broke. I do not want to become a statistic, so maybe I overcompensate. But I'm paranoid. Oprah told me a long time ago, 'You sign every check. Never let anyone sign any checks.' -Serena Williams

Sometimes even paranoids have enemies. -Delmore Schwartz

Of course I don't think I have it made by any means. I'm too insecure, obsessive and paranoid for that. -Harvey Pekar

People treat you according to your energy or what you put out there, so what I put out there is very open. I'm not paranoid or scared, I'm open. That's how I treat people, with respect and speak truthfully. -Ziggy Marley

Being a pop star is something I don't think I'm very good at. I'm worried it's making me too paranoid, because all of a sudden, life has become this constant assessment. When you put something out there and people get to hear it, then those people react to it, socially, culturally. -Laura Mvula

I had braces; I was lucky, 'cause I had some snaggle teeth. I always try and keep my retainer on me 'cause I'm paranoid about my teeth. It was run over by a car, so half of it's missing, but it still works. -Kreayshawn

My dad's cooking was magic in the kitchen. But eventually over the years, his personality changed and his ability to remember recipes failed. He became paranoid and thought people were stealing from him, when often he was just misplacing things. -Tess Gerritsen

I feel that Julian Assange came to be both paranoid and self-regarding in ways that ultimately undermined his own mission. And so, the transparency radical became a secret-keeper instead of a secret-leaker. And that, I think, is a big problem. -Alex Gibney

The difference between being a victim and a survivor is often a low level of situational awareness. You can't be a super-spy, watchful and paranoid every day. But I am more watchful than the average American. -Barry Eisler

I'm paranoid about shopping. I get irritable. I find it tedious and taxing. People say shopping is retail therapy, but I need therapy after shopping. -Anushka Sharma

Drugs seem to turn people into paranoid bores. Why would anyone want to go there? -Jasmine Guinness

I think one of the odd things about public life, coming from the outside, is that people seem to be paranoid. Maybe they were quite frank initially, but then they did one thing which went wrong. -Rory Stewart

It is easy to dismiss the world as 'irrelevant,' or consumed by 'paranoid anti-Americanism,' but perhaps not wise. -Noam Chomsky

The 'peace movement' exists only in the fantasies of the paranoid. -Noam Chomsky

Some journal writers choose to password-protect their site, which is either an incredibly responsible act or a paranoid one. -Jami Attenberg

'TMZ' took the illusion of privacy away. Now the paranoid star just assumes someone is always there. Decoy cars and false itineraries are floated to throw 'TMZ' off the scent. -Stephen Rodrick

If I compared myself to my kids, they know everything, and they're like small little hackers. I feel also that my identity can be stolen; I'm very paranoid about it compared to other people in the younger generation. -Michael Nyqvist

I think the most successful are the most paranoid. The first thing people do when they buy a mansion is they build the biggest wall you could possibly build around it. What happens is, now you become a target. If I go into the hood, I'm at a disadvantage. They could carry guns. I can't. They can hit me in the face. I can't. -Ice T

Weirdly, there have been a lot of critics of conservatism, but very few critics of innovation. As a culture, we are deeply paranoid about politics, but we gaze upon innovation with rapturous adulation. -Jill Lepore

I went on a date once with a police officer, unbeknownst to me. I thought he was a regular guy. And when I found out that he was a police officer… I wasn't so into it. I got paranoid that I would illegally cross the street and get a ticket for jay walking. -Nina Dobrev

Guerrilla leaders win wars by being paranoid and ruthless. Once they take power, they are expected to abandon those qualities and embrace opposite ones: tolerance, compromise and humility. Almost none manages to do so. -Stephen Kinzer

I'm a bad interview because I want to always feel like I'm being totally honest, but at the same time, I'm absolutely paranoid. That combination results in a lot of spaces. -Gale Harold

I love to be scared. Not, 'Hey, I think I smell smoke…' scared, but creepy, paranoid, what's-that-out-there-in-the-dark, ghost story scared. It's no surprise that I was the girl who got invited to the slumber parties because I could be counted on to tell a tale to scare the bejesus out of you. -Libba Bray

I don't sleep well. I'm a very nervous – by my nature – anxious, almost paranoid person and reporter. -Andrew Ross Sorkin

I think aging and maturing is really interesting, and it's a shame that Americans are so panicky and paranoid about it. -Justine Bateman

I ignore the jealous, I ignore the malicious, I ignore the ignorant, and I ignore the paranoid. If the shoe fits anyone, wear it. -Rick Pitino

I'm always thinking as an outsider, and I'm always mindful of whether a company can be impactful on a global basis. Frankly, I'm paranoid about anyone anywhere who could be a competitive threat. -Danny Rimer

Only the paranoid survive. -Sophia Amoruso

I'm not paranoid, no. I'm different in that I have enemies. Very real ones. -Gore Vidal

I'm constantly paranoid that I'll be unemployed for the rest of my life… and have to go back folding shirts at the Gap, which you know… you gotta do what you gotta do. -Constance Wu

I thought that the fashion world could be a bit fake sometimes, but it's nothing compared to Hollywood. These girls would walk over their grandmothers' graves to get a part, and the producers talk about actresses like they're dirt, picking over every part of them so that they end up paranoid and having surgery. -Elizabeth Jagger

Even after he was gone, I still loved my father. I looked Norwegian, like him, with a long face, strong jaw, thin mouth, and flashing eyes. And, like him, I was verbal, easygoing, and low-key on the surface, and, deep down, proud, socially paranoid, full of self-loathing, and prone to rage at injustice. -Kate Christensen

If you don't have a tonne of optimism, you're not going to make it… you won't be able to evangelise to everyone else. On the other hand, if you aren't constantly paranoid about what can go wrong and put plans in place, then you're going to get bitten at some point. -Astro Teller

I always have a rough outline, but I'm shocked at how little I actually follow it. Those characters keep doing things that I never expected. I think if I crept up to my keyboard and peeked, they'd be talking about things behind my back. Okay, that's a little paranoid and delusional… but just a little. -Eric Walters

It's way easier to write for other people. Yourself isn't in it. When you write for yourself, you overthink, and you become paranoid. When you write for others, it isn't about you. -Sam Dew

Science fiction writers have usually been very poor prognosticators of the future, either in literary or technological terms, and that's because we're all too human and, I think, have the tendency to see what we want to or, in the case of those more paranoid, what we fear. -L. E. Modesitt, Jr.

Several paranoid suspicions occurred to me, the worst of which was that my whole identity was merely a patched-together set of behaviors designed to keep my parents joined to each other – the repertoire of tricks of a small but intelligent dog. -Amity Gaige

I may have a slightly paranoid nature, a fear of losing control of my life. -Wayne Rogers

As a child actor, you experience a lot of depression and anxiety… Yes, I went through depression, and it was not comfortable. Yes, I struggle with anxiety and being paranoid, trying to figure out who I am. -Keke Palmer

For a long time, I was an assistant in the NFL to George Allen, and George was paranoid that other teams were cheating on him… that they were offering bounties, that they were wiring our locker room, that they were putting food poisoning into the pregame meal of the other team's stars, stuff like that. -Marv Levy

Governments sometimes turn paranoid. And they fear things. And sometimes the thing they fear the most is the populace. -John McAfee

I'm a paranoid person. I really am. -John McAfee

I've been called 'paranoid,' 'schizophrenic,' 'the wild child of Silicon Valley.' -John McAfee

I've thought about adopting, but I'm a bit paranoid that because I'm gay and disabled I'd be put straight off the list. My mother thinks that I would jump the queue because they like minorities adopting. I have great genes, though, and I would like to pass them on. -Lee Pearson

Women pay attention to how men drive because it's a good indicator of what kind of character you have. They want someone who's going to be intelligent and cautious and assertive and confident when you need to be, but not overly aggressive and reckless, and also not timid and overly paranoid. -James Marsden

If I get back into theater, I think I'd want to do a play. I enjoy singing, but it beats me up a bit. I get super paranoid and self-conscious about my voice. -Chris Wood

Being British, I don't want to be all paranoid and arrogant and think people are looking at me because, really, I'm nothing. -Alexa Chung

There are two worldviews in thriller writing: the paranoid view, like Chuck Logan's, that everything is inside a large clockwork. I like those books; they're intricate and thought out, but my view is that everything is chaotic and stupid. Chaos reigns, and civilized people do what they can to hold it back. -John Sandford

In a competitive industry, only paranoid incumbents – those constantly striving for betterment – have any hope of surviving. -Raghuram Rajan

I became paranoid for a long time: I thought that people were out to harm me. -Jens Lekman

Fame really drove me into my house. I was very paranoid. I didn't like going out. I had no idea how to be comfortable with the press. I was very young. It was really hard for me. -Peggy Lipton

I much prefer doing comedy. I get a little paranoid when the audience is not laughing. -Vicki Lawrence

I won't speak for the entertainment industry. I speak for Disney. I've seen people in the industry come to work every morning paranoid about what the other person or other company is doing. That means you're spending time and focus on somebody else's business instead of your own. -Bob Iger

The first time I flew after September 11, I honestly was a little paranoid. As I was going to the metal detector, I was looking at my duffel bag, and I'm like, 'Do I have anything that's like a weapon?' I was really paranoid they were gonna find something sharp, and I was gonna get in trouble. -Maz Jobrani

A waning United States would likely be more nationalistic, more defensive about its national identity, more paranoid about its homeland security, and less willing to sacrifice resources for the sake of others' development. -Zbigniew Brzezinski

It's always good, when it comes to immigration, to always be paranoid. You can never be too paranoid. -Ann Coulter

Rather than worrying about entities, we should worry about the trends in technology that may cause disruptions… if we get so paranoid that banking is no longer going to exist and banks are going to get disrupted, I think that is a different worry. -Chanda Kochhar

I used to think of it as a joke that all paranoids were right. That was a joke in the '60s, but now I'm convinced that people should be paranoid reflexively – and then pare it down from there if there's any indication that they're wrong. -Richard Belzer

As a black man, sometimes you can't tell if what you're seeing has underlying bigotry, or it's a normal conversation and you're being paranoid. That dynamic in itself is unsettling. I admit sometimes I see race and racism when its not there. -Jordan Peele

I think there's this tradition of a culture of NDAs that has spanned all the way back to the '70s and '80s when game developers where very paranoid about cloning and people copying one another's ideas and business sabotage. -Jason Schreier

Bolshevism was a mind-set, an idiosyncratic culture with an intolerant paranoid wordview obsessed with abstruse Marxist ideology. -Simon Sebag Montefiore

I'm an extraordinarily anxious person. I'm a typical actor: narcissistic and paranoid and all them things. -Joe Gilgun

Like most dictators, Col Gaddafi detests the metropolis. His vision of Libya is a kind of Bedouin romantic medievalism, suspicious of universities, theatres, galleries and cafes, and so monitors the cities' inhabitants with paranoid suspicion. -Hisham Matar

You have to treat every day as a new challenge, and you have to remain paranoid, as they say. -Anand Mahindra

I'm not a paranoid schizophrenic. -Augustus Sol Invictus

There was always the paranoid strain in American politics, particularly on the Right. -Charlie Sykes

When I dabble in watching the news and reading about current events, I tend to get a future negative view, and that's something I've dealt with through music. It's quite possible I'm slightly paranoid. But I'd say making music is an expression of feelings of helplessness and lack of control that I think a lot of people can relate to. -Matt Bellamy

The best businesses are the ones that are the most paranoid. -Omar Amanat

I was 24 when I was embroiled in a high-profile lawsuit. This was 2014, long before, en masse and on social media, we said #MeToo and #TimesUp. At the time, I felt completely alone. Visceral, hateful online harassment from strangers left me paranoid and anxious for years afterward. -Whitney Wolfe Herd

I've gotten a lot more paranoid in my older age. -Kurt Vile

It's almost kind of satisfying when you get direct proof that someone stole your bit. It makes the times you had the paranoid suspicion feel less crazy. -Matt Besser

You have to listen very carefully and tell the truth if you are going to get a paranoid person to open up to you. -Jordan Peterson

I feel like a crazy person all the time, and I feel like people are watching me, and I feel paranoid. -Soccer Mommy

I knew something was wrong; I was constantly tired, and I'd developed numbness on my left side. I'd also become paranoid that my boyfriend was cheating on me. I thought I was having a nervous breakdown. One psychiatrist told me I was bipolar. -Susannah Cahalan

Even if the world outside is destroying itself and fragmented and paranoid and fearful, the job of the artist is to embrace and hold people and say, 'It's OK, be safe here.' -Genesis P-Orridge

I'm paranoid of people hating on me. -Skepta

My mother had very poor hearing for many years, until she went basically into – I guess I would call it a psychotic break. She was OK one day, and the next day she was completely cuckoo, violent, paranoid. -Joan Allen

I use Twitter to be my best self: fun, dateable. I don't get paranoid with Twitter, only in real life. I write so I feel comfortable, not speaking. -Christine and the Queens

I'm paranoid. -YG

Being skint, drunk, paranoid – no, I don't wish that for myself. -Pete Doherty

Like every mother, I also want Alia and Shaheen to be happy. Whatever they do, they should feel satisfied doing it. I'm not a paranoid mother who pushes them to settle down. -Soni Razdan

I do think your environment really plays into how you create. I lived in San Francisco for a bit, and I felt like I lived in the Matrix – so my music had that paranoid-of-the-outside sound to it. -Flying Lotus

You do get a bit paranoid that you're becoming a sort of narcissist, an artistic solipsist when you're doing stand-up. -Tim Minchin

Sleep deprivation over quite a short period of time can make you paranoid. -Michael Portillo

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