A common definition of sanity is”the ability to think and behave in a normal and rational manner”…its society’s way for us to conform to acceptable expectations … however our inner feelings are not always rational and often desires to move in its own direction…following these feelings risk the possibility of being considered abnormal or a misfit… a sign of liberation is when we are not threatened by misleading labels.

“Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes… the ones who see things differently — they’re not fond of rules… You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can’t do is ignore them because they change things… they push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.”. ~Steve Jobs

In a mad world, only the mad are sane. ~ Akira Kurosawa

There was never a genius without a tincture of madness.~ Aristole

In a completely sane world, madness is the only freedom! ~ J G Ballard

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

I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity. ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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

There is a pleasure, sure, In being mad, which none but madmen know. ~ John Dryden

When we remember that we are all mad, the mysteries disappear and life stands explained. ~ Mark Twain

Earth is the insane asylum of the universe. ― Albert Einstein

The schizophrenic is drowning in the same waters in which the mystic swims with delight.~ Joseph Campbell


3 Responses

  1. I do like this in the sense of “mad” being eccentric and not the severe extreme states of mind that many people suffer with. Those can be glorified sometimes, and it’s dangerous territory. But in terms of eccentric stuff, some of these quotes are great. Especially when it comes to some of the labels that are used much too quickly simply because someone doesn’t immediately fit the psychiatrists’ idea of “normal”.

  2. Hi Phyllis,

    I am sorry if I gave the impression I was referring to mental illness in this blog…instead my focus was on unconventional and eccentric behavior.

    Please refer to my blog on “Bipolar Personalities” for a clearer description of a psychological disorder.


  3. I can see why madness can be praised by some; it, in some cases, may allow complete and utter freedom of thought, thinking in an uncultured style, the development of ideas that may have never been concieved by others, but there is an obvious downside: it would seem that you are in a spiraling vortex of oblivion; you wouldn’t be able to percieve, both mentally, visually and physically, everything around you. This may sound like the terrible “Alice in Wonderland” syndrome, but from what I’ve seen in true cases, I would say insanity is still up in the air as to whether it is prefereable or not.

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