Madness

There is always some madness in love. But there is also always some reason in madness.

There is a great streak of violence in every human being. If it is not channeled and understood, it will break out in war or in madness.

Party-spirit at best is but the madness of many for the gain of a few.

What madness is it for a man to starve himself to enrich his heir, and so turn a friend into an enemy! For his joy at your death will be proportioned to what you leave him.

What madness to anticipate one's troubles.

Excess of grief for the dead is madness; for it is an injury to the living, and the dead know it not.

Be wise to-day - ‘tis madness to defer.

Madness is man’s desperate attempt to reach transcendence, to rise beyond himself.

A fixed idea ends in madness or heroism.

Madness need not be all breakdown. It may also be a breakthrough. It is potentially liberation and renewal as well as enslavement and existential death.

What's madness but nobility of soul at odds with circumstance? The day's on fire! I know the purity of pure despair, my shadow pinned against a sweating wall, that place among the rocks--is it a cave, or winding path? The edge is what I have.

The machine is one of the most compelling rational of human discoveries. The madness is in those who would use a rational thing to further the irrational ends of exploitation and domination.

We need others. We need others to love and we need to be loved by them. There is no doubt that without it, we too, like the infant left alone, would cease to grow, cease to develop, choose madness and even death.

Madness need not be all breakdown. It may also be breakthrough.

The first draught serveth for health, the second for pleasure, the third for shame, and the fourth for madness.

No excellent soul is exempt from a mixture of madness.

The courage of the poet is to keep ajar the door that leads into madness.

Jealousy lives upon doubts. It becomes madness or ceases entirely as soon as we pass from doubt to certainty.

Superabundance of suspicion is a kind of political madness.

A body seriously out of equilibrium, either with itself or with its environment, perishes outright. Not so a mind. Madness and suffering can set themselves no limit; they lapse only when the corporeal frame that sustains them yields to circumstances and changes its habit.