Quotes about madness

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„And now have I not told you that what you mistake for madness is but over-acuteness of the senses?“

—  Edgar Allan Poe, book The Tell-Tale Heart

The Tell-Tale Heart (1843)
Context: And now have I not told you that what you mistake for madness is but over-acuteness of the senses? -- now, I say, there came to my ears a low, dull, quick sound, such as a watch makes when enveloped in cotton. I knew that sound too. It was the beating of the old man's heart. It increased my fury, as the beating of a drum stimulates the soldier into courage.

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„If I do not write to empty my mind, I go mad.“

—  George Gordon Byron English poet and a leading figure in the Romantic movement 1788 - 1824

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„Billie and I got chased through the traffic once in a car. You expect paparazzi to do that, but when it's normal people you start to think the world's gone a bit mad.“

—  David Tennant Scottish actor 1971

Radio Times interview (April 2007) http://www.radiotimes.com/content/show-features/doctor-who/david-tennant-interview-2007/

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„Collective madness is called sanity..“

—  Paulo Coelho Brazilian lyricist and novelist 1947

Source: Veronika Decides to Die

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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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