Quotes about madness

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„One would go mad if one took the Bible seriously; but to take it seriously one must be already mad.“

—  Aleister Crowley poet, mountaineer, occultist 1875 - 1947

Source: Magick: Liber ABA: Book 4

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„Follow your inner moonlight, don’t hide the madness.“

—  Allen Ginsberg, book Howl and Other Poems

Variant: Follow your inner moonlight; don't hide the madness.
Source: Howl and Other Poems

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„Let us speak of our madness. We are always being called mad.“

—  Edith Sitwell British poet 1887 - 1964

Yea and Nay : A series of lectures and counter-lectures given at the London school of economics in aid of the hospitals of London (1923) edited by C David Stelling, Section IV, Poetry and Modern Poetry
Context: Let us speak of our madness. We are always being called mad. If we are mad — we and our brothers in America who are walking hand in hand with us in the vanguard of progress — at least we are mad in company with most of our great predecessors and all the most intelligent foreigners. Beethoven, Schumann, and Wagner, Shelley, Blake, Keats, Coleridge, Wordsworth were all mad in turn. We shall be proud to join them in the Asylum to which they are now consigned.

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„You're only given a little spark of madness and if you lose that, you're nothing.“

—  Robin Williams American actor and stand-up comedian 1951 - 2014

A Night at the Roxy (1978)

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„People get really mad when you don't let them use you.“

—  Christian Canlubo Filipino Internet Entrepreneur 2002

Source: https://twitter.com/canlubochris/status/1239121399731458048 | Christian Canlubo personal Twitter account

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„I guess I’m just an old mad scientist at bottom. Give me an underground laboratory, half a dozen atom-smashers, and a beautiful girl in a diaphanous veil waiting to be turned into a chimpanzee, and I care not who writes the nation’s laws.“

—  S.J. Perelman American humorist, author, and screenwriter 1904 - 1979

"Captain Future, Block That Kick!," The New Yorker (20 January 1940) p. 23 http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/1940/01/20/captain-future-block-that-kick
Published in book form under the same title in The Most of S. J. Perelman (1992) p. 71

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„I have never met a man like my father. He is so mad, terrible and vehement at the same time. Because of him, I never knew anything other than passion. When I began to meet other people I saw that it wasn’t normal.“

—  Nastassja Kinski German actress 1961

Georgina Howell, The Demanding Nastassia Kinski http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1309&dat=19860102&id=MQROAAAAIBAJ&sjid=MJwDAAAAIBAJ&pg=6682,494045, New Straits Times, January 2, 1986

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„Don't forget love;
it will bring all the madness you need
to unfurl yourself across the universe.“

—  Meera Bai Hindu mystic poet

Mīrābāī, in ” Love Poems from God: Twelve Sacred Voices from the East and West”, p. 251

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