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Insanity Quotes and Sayings
Quotes about Insanity

Please enjoy these Insanity Quotes from the wise, the romantic, and the famous of the past and present.

Insanity is doing the same thing, over and over again,
but expecting different results.
- Rita Mae Brown, also attributed to Einstein

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The definition of insanity is doing the same thing
over and over and expecting different results.
- Albert Einstein

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

Well excuse me - we've got something
a little unusual going on here -
time travel, parallel universes,
or just a little common ordinary insanity.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

 

Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again
and expecting different results.
- Albert Einstein (attributed)

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

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

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There is a fine line between perseverance and insanity.
At what point have you tried your best,
and it's time to do something different?
It's a balance - a paradox.
If you get in the habit of giving up
as soon as something gets difficult,
your life won't work,
but if you keep tilting at windmills -
madly trying the same thing again and again,
your life also won't work.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Insanity is knowing that what you're doing is completely idiotic,
but still, somehow, you just can't stop it.
- Elizabeth Wurtzel

What garlic is to salad, insanity is to art.
- Augustus Saint-Gaudens

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

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

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

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

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

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

Insanity - a perfectly rational adjustment to an insane world.
- R. D. Laing

Insanity is hereditary; you get it from your children.
- Sam Levenson

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

Insanity runs in my family. It practically gallops.
- the movie Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)

Insanity is often the logic of an accurate mind overtasked.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

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

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

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

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

Religion is induced insanity.
- Madalyn Murray O'Hair

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

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

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

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

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

I wouldn't recommend sex, drugs or insanity for everyone,
but they've always worked for me.
- Hunter S. Thompson

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

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

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

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

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

Control your life through insanity.
- Cliff Burton

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

In all matters of opinion,
our adversaries are insane.
- Oscar Wilde

It would be insane for me to
lose sleep over the opinions of others.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If there were no schools to take the children away
from home part of the time,
the insane asylums would be filled with mothers.
- Edward W. Howe

Building one space station for everyone was and is insane:
we should have built a dozen.
- Larry Niven

If a man would follow, today, the teachings of the Old Testament,
he would be a criminal.
If he would follow strictly the teachings of the New,
he would be insane.
- Robert Green Ingersoll

It is possible to lead astray an entire generation,
to strike it blind, to drive it insane,
to direct it towards a false goal.
Napoleon proved this.
- Alexander Herzen

If I couldn't laugh I just would go insane,
If we couldn't laugh we just would go insane,
If we weren't all crazy we would go insane.
- Jimmy Buffett

I have been insane on the subject of moneymaking all my life.
- Cornelius Vanderbilt

Old age realizes the dreams of youth:
look at Dean Swift;
in his youth he built an asylum for the insane,
in his old age he was himself an inmate.
- Soren Kierkegaard

I shuddered to think how completely the insane were
in the power of their keepers,
and how one could weep and plead for release,
and all of no avail, if the keepers were so minded.
- Nellie Bly

Movies are usually difficult, often insane,
constantly challenging and always strangely amusing to make.
- Yahoo Serious

San Francisco is a mad city - inhabited for the most
part by perfectly insane people whose women are of a remarkable beauty.
- Rudyard Kipling

They're caught where there's no way out or where you can't see out.
What are you going to do about it? I don't have the answer.
If I did there would be no insane asylums.
- Ric Ocasek

The history of saints is mainly the history of insane people.
- Benito Mussolini

What is the most innocent place in any country? Is
it not the insane asylum? These people drift through life truly innocent,
unable to see into themselves at all.
- Arthur Miller

Because artists can be extremely eccentric and insane,
and unfortunately, the people they hurt the most are
the people that are closest to them.
- Maynard James Keenan

Five exclamation marks, the sure sign of an insane mind.
- Terry Pratchett

I think you're the opposite of a paranoid.
I think you go around with the insane delusion that people like you.
- the Woody Allen movie Deconstructing Harry

I may be crazy, but it keeps me from going insane.
- Waylon Jennings

The world we see that seems so insane is the result
of a belief system that is not working.
To perceive the world differently, we must be willing
to change our belief system,
let the past slip away, expand our sense of now,
and dissolve the fear in our minds.
- William James

In the early days of his reign, Bismarck confided to
a friend that it would some day be necessary for Germany
to confine William II in an insane asylum.
- Kelly Miller

I think what drove me insane for a long time is feeling
like I hadn't earned most of what I achieved because it came so fast.
- Charlie Sheen

I haven't gone completely insane, but it might happen soon.
- Megan Fox

If it's a close election, then it's better for the
Supreme Court to pick the president,
whether or not he won the election.
It's just insane on its face.
- Vincent Bugliosi

Of course, you would have to be insane to hope your
child grows up to be a playwright or poet.
Given the odds, you would have to be quite cavalier
about your children's future.
- Mark Helprin


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