Quotes about madness

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„Man is sick and nations have gone mad.“

—  L. Ron Hubbard American science fiction author, philosopher, cult leader, and the founder of the Church of Scientology 1911 - 1986
Context: Man is sick and nations have gone mad. You would not even tolerate for one moment the conduct in an individual that is commonplace in the acts of some nations. You would lock up such a person. "Times Must Change" in Ability # 179 (20 March 1966).

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„And those people should not be listened to who keep saying the voice of the people is the voice of God, since the riotousness of the crowd is always very close to madness.“

—  Alcuin English scholar and abbot 740 - 804
Nec audiendi qui solent dicere, vox populi, vox Dei, quum tumultuositas vulgi semper insaniae proxima sit. Variant translation: We should not listen to those who like to affirm that the voice of the people is the voice of God, for the tumult of the masses is truly close to madness. Works, Epistle 127 (to Charlemagne, AD 800)

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„Proud of my near-madness, as if I had attained a goal.“

—  Peter Handke Austrian writer, playwright and film director 1942
Das Gewicht der Welt [The Weight of the World], p. 16

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„Tense, unnerved, and close to madness before writing—and when I read what I’ve written it looks so calm.“

—  Peter Handke Austrian writer, playwright and film director 1942
Das Gewicht der Welt [The Weight of the World], p. 16

Citát „No great mind has ever existed without a touch of madness.“
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„No great mind has ever existed without a touch of madness.“

—  Aristotle Classical Greek philosopher, student of Plato and founder of Western philosophy -384 - -322 BC

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„The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn, like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes "Awww!"“

—  Jack Kerouac, On the Road
On the Road (1957), Context: They danced down the streets like dingledodies, and I shambled after as I've been doing all my life after people who interest me, because the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes "Awww!" Part One, Ch. 1

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„Too bad the things that make you mad are my favorite things.“

—  Brandon Boyd American rock singer, writer and visual artist 1976
Lyrics, S.C.I.E.N.C.E. (1997)

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„In a mad world, only the mad are sane!“

—  Akira Kurosawa Japanese film maker 1910 - 1998
Ran (1985)

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„I would like to leave behind me the conviction that if we maintain a certain amount of caution and organization we deserve victory. … You cannot carry out fundamental change without a certain amount of madness. In this case, it comes from nonconformity, the courage to turn your back on the old formulas, the courage to invent the future. It took the madmen of yesterday for us to be able to act with extreme clarity today. I want to be one of those madmen. … We must dare to invent the future.“

—  Thomas Sankara President of Upper Volta 1949 - 1987
From 1985 interview with Swiss Journalist Jean-Philippe Rapp, translated from Sankara: Un nouveau pouvoir africain by Jean Ziegler. Lausanne, Switzerland: Editions Pierre-Marcel Favre, 1986. In Thomas Sankara Speaks: The Burkina Faso Revolution 1983-87. trans. Samantha Anderson. New York: Pathfinder, 1988. pp. 141-144.

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