Mad; adj. Affected with a high degree of intellectual independence; not conforming to standards of thought, speech, and action derived by the conformants from study of themselves; at odds with the majority; in short, unusual. It is noteworthy that persons are pronounced mad by officials destitute of evidence that they themselves are sane.
I tell you: One must still have chaos in one to give birth to a dancing star!
Maybe I am not very human - What I wanted to do was to paint sunlight on the side of a house.
Of course I'm crazy, but that doesn't mean I'm wrong. I'm mad but not ill.
Robert Anton Wilson
There is serenity in Chaos.
Life may have no meaning. Or even worse, it may have a meaning of which I disapprove.
Madness takes its toll. Please have exact change.
Generally speaking, it's a matter of only mild intellectual interest to me whether the earth goes around the sun or the sun goes around the earth. In fact, I don't care a rat's ass either way.
Is there a God? Who knows? Is there an angry unicorn on the dark side of the moon?
Belief? What do I believe in? I believe in sun. In rock. In the dogma of the sun and the doctrine of the rock. I believe in blood, fire, woman, rivers, eagles, storm, drums, flutes, banjos, and broom-tailed horses...
The hidden stone ripens fast, then laid bare like a turnip can easily be cut out at last but even then the danger isn't past. That man lives best who's fain to live half mad, half sane.
Jan Van Stijevoort
Fantastic doctrines (like Christianity or Islam or Marxism) require unanimity of belief. One dissenter casts doubt on the creed of millions. Thus the fear and the hate; thus the torture chamber, the iron stake, the gallows, the labor camp, the psychiatric ward.
Defiance is beautiful. The defiance of power, especially great or overwhelming power, exalts and glorifies the rebel.
Wilderness begins in the human mind.
I always write with my .357 magnum handy. Why? Well, you never know when God may try to interfere.
We live in a time of twin credulities: the hunger for the miraculous combined with a servile awe of science. The mating of the two gives us superstition plus scientism-a Mongoloid metaphysic.
A civilized society is one which tolerates eccentricity to the point of doubtful sanity.
Filling out the form: Race? Human. Religion? Paiute. Occupation? Criminal anarchy. Hobbies? Survival with honor.
Monsters are the result of the sleep of reason.
When we remember that we are all mad, the mysteries disappear and life stands explained.
The world's as ugly as sin, And almost as delightful.
What garlic is to food, insanity is to art.
Insanity in individuals is something rare - but in groups, parties, nations, and epochs it is the rule.
Confusion not only reigns, it pours.
Do not keep saying to yourself, if you can possibly avoid it, 'But how can it be like that?' because you will get 'down the drain,' into a blind alley from which nobody has yet escaped. Nobody knows how it can be like that.
All that we are not stares back at what we are.
Those who can laugh without cause have either found the true meaning of happiness or have gone stark raving mad.
I became a god once. Realized it was a step down, and quit.
You're a wonderful friend and a raving psycho.
What good is the Moon? You can't buy it or sell it.
Ivan F. Boesky
In a world that has been turned on its head, truth is a moment of falsehood.
He's a great writer. If I didn't think so I wouldn't have tried to kill him... I was the champ and when I read his stuff I knew he had something. So I dropped a heavy glass skylight on his head at a drinking party. But you can't kill the guy. He's not human.
F. Scott Fitzgerald
Harris really thought he was wonderful. Once he told me he was going to live to be a hundred. When I asked him what the formula was, he told me it was very simple. He said: 'I've bought myself a stomach pump and one half hour after dinner I pump myself out.' Can you imagine that? Well, it didn't work. It's a wonder it didn't kill him sooner.
Each morning I awake, the sky is grey, the trees are bare. A single crow calls my name as I weep into the pillow, wondering when it will ever end.
It infuriates me to be wrong when I know I'm right.
The careful application of terror is also a form of communication.
Not one shred of evidence supports the notion that life is serious.
The trouble with life is, you're halfway through it before you realize it's a do-it-yourself thing.
Better to rule in Hell than to serve in Heaven.
In a mad world, only the mad are sane.
An intelligent hell would be better than a stupid paradise.
Certain old men prefer to rise at dawn, taking a cold bath and a long walk with an empty stomach and otherwise mortifying the flesh. They then point with pride to these practices as the cause of their sturdy health and ripe years; the truth being that they are hearty and old, not because of their habits, but in spite of them. The reason we find only robust persons doing this thing is that it has killed all the others who have tried it.
It is within the experience of everyone that when pleasure and pain reach a certain intensity they are indistinguishable.
In the early days all I hoped was to make a living out of what I did best. But, since there's no real market for masturbation I had to fall back on my bass playing abilities.
What a wonderful life I've had! I only wish I'd realized it sooner.
What sane person could live in this world and not be crazy?
Ursula K. LeGuin
God is a comic playing to an audience that's afraid to laugh.
Regard all art critics as useless and dangerous.
Manifesto of the Futurists
There is eloquence in screaming.
I don't suffer from insanity. I enjoy every minute of it.
People hear that I am a horror writer and they think that I must be a monster, but actually I have the heart of a small child - I keep it in a jar on my desk.
I'd harbored hopes that the intelligence that once inhabited novels or films would ingest rock. I was, perhaps, wrong.
Life is demented enough as it is. Why I haven't gone crazy, I don't know. But sometimes I wish I were.
But now I have come to believe that the whole world is an enigma, a harmless enigma that is made terrible by our own mad attempt to interpret it as though it had an underlying truth.
I have heard of many going astray even in the village streets, when the darkness was so thick you could cut it with a knife, as the saying is...
Henry David Thoreau
What we imagine is order is merely the prevailing form of chaos.
Truly great madness can not be achieved without significant intelligence.
Facts, or what a man believes to be facts, are delightful...
Say what you will about the sweet miracle of unquestioning faith,
Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
I wouldn't mind dying - it's that business of having to stay dead that scares the shit out of me.
Some men are alive simply because it is against the law to kill them.
Goodbye. I am leaving because I am bored.
George Saunders' dying words
All humans are hypocrites; the biggest hypocrite of all is the one who claims to detest hypocrisy.
Nothing you've ever known is true. Nor nothing you've ever loved. You don't know if there's a Hell below you, or a Heaven above. The Truth, my friend, is somewhere out there, just waiting to be released. But before you embark on your great endeavor, know that you'll never return to peace.
The wind, caressed by darkness, howls through the sky.
The stars in the heavens look upon the corrupt world below,
And as mankind's laid to rest, their fate they do not know.
We should take care not to make the intellect our god; it has, of course, powerful muscles, but no personality.
See the ridiculous in everything.
Being normal is just a figment of everyone else's imagination.
Enjoy life. There's plenty of time to be dead.
When you push yourself to the limits, is it laws of nature or the pain forcing you to give in to them that makes you stop?
The true capacity of the mind can only be measured by the amount of time one has to fill it.
So what if I'm a raving psychotic, at least I know it.
I'm having deja-vu and amnesia at the same time. It's like I think I've forgotten this before.
(contributed by Meg)
Life is simple: you're born, you die.
As I was going up the stair, I met a man who wasn't there. He wasn't there again today. I wish, I wish he'd stay away.
I've got one eye looking at you and one eye looking for you.
old drunken Irish phrase
A casual stroll through the lunatic asylum shows that faith does not prove anything.
When I was a kid I used to get fun out of my horrors.
I think we must all be mad, and we shall awaken to sanity in straight jackets.
Sift through my insanity and revel in my greatness.
A dream's a wish your heart makes... close your eyes and become the nightmare.
I have everything in this world figured out, except people.
Alice tried another question. "What sort of people live about here?"
There was never a genius without a tincture of madness.
Show me a sane man and I will cure him for you.
A psychatrist is someone who hopefully finds out what makes a person tick before they explode.
Alfred E. Neuman
How do we know that the sky is not green and we are all colour-blind?
... Two and two are four. Sometimes, Winston. Sometimes they are five. Sometimes they are three. Sometimes they are all of them at once. You must try harder. It is not easy to become sane.
The extreme limit of wisdom - that is what the public calls madness.
I want to stay as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all kinds of things you can't see from the center.
Reading made Don Quixote a gentleman, but believing what he read made him mad.
George Bernard Shaw
A lifetime of happiness! No man alive could bear it: it would be hell on earth.
George Bernard Shaw
It's useful that there should be Gods, so let's believe there are.
Had I been present at the creation, I would have given some useful hints for the better ordering of the universe.
Alfonso The Wise
I have a most peaceable disposition. My desires are for a modest hut, a thatched roof, but a good bed, good food, very fresh milk and butter, flowers in front of my window and a few pretty trees by my door. And should the good Lord wish to make me really happy, he will allow me the pleasure of seeing about six or seven of my enemies hanged upon those trees.
We seem to have a compulsion these days to bury time capsules in order to give those people living in the next century or so some idea of what we are like. I have prepared one of my own. I have placed some rather large samples of dynamite, gunpowder, and nitroglycerin. My time capsule is set to go off in the year 3000. It will show them what we are really like.
If I can send the flower of the German nation into the hell of war without the smallest pity for the shedding of precious German blood, then surely I have the right to remove millions of an inferior race that breeds like vermin.
It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets.
Insanity is repeating the same actions and expecting different results.
Junk is the ideal product. The ultimate merchandise. No sales talk necessary. The client will crawl through a sewer and beg to buy. The junk merchant does not sell his product to the consumer, he sells the consumer to his product. He does not improve and simplify his merchandise. He degrades and simplifies the client.
William S. Burroughs
I'll get a life when someone demonstrates that it would be superior to what I have now.
Please understand. We don't want no trouble. We just want the right to be different. That's all
Life is a tragedy for those who feel, and a comedy for those who think.
Jean de la Bruyčre
Reason is highly illogical, because logic makes no sense to me.
We live in a society in which it is normal to be sick; and sick to be abnormal.
The ready availability of suicide, like sex and alcohol, is one of life's basic consolations.
The great thing about being the only species that makes a distinction between right and wrong is that we can make up the rules for ourselves as we go along.
Douglas Adams and Mark Carwardine
I gave up my innocence a long time ago, actually I pawned it.
A pessimist is one who builds dungeons in the air.
Please deliver us from matching sweatshirts and 'Chicken in the Rough', from evenings sat on couple row admiring the flock, from Sundays spent parading the aisles of meadowhall, we don't want to live like this. It's bad for our health. Do something soon or it's curtains (just as along as they match with the walls and sofa).
I would never lie. I willingly participated in campaign of misinformation.
David Duchovny (Fox Mulder)
I have no trouble with my enemies. I can take care of my enemies in a fight. But my friends, my goddamned friends, they're the ones who keep me walking the floor at nights!
Warren G. Harding
When I die, I hope to go to Heaven, whatever the Hell that is.
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 commonplace things but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the centerlight pop and everybody goes "AWWWW!!!"
Death twitches my ear. "Live," he says, "I am coming."
"Drop the scythe, and turn around slowly."
Mankind faces a crossroads. One path leads to despair and utter hopelessness, the other to extinction. Let us pray we choose correctly.
Order is for idiots, genius can handle chaos.
The question is not if you are paranoid, it is if you are paranoid enough.
Put a bullet through my head, and end my miseries.
(contributed by Jerrold)
You cannot achieve the impossible without attempting the absurd.
Sell your soul to yourself. You'll make more money.
Experience! That most brutal of teachers. But you learn, my God, do you learn.
C. S. Lewis
Strange as it seems, my life is based on a true story.
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
Every man is a divinity in disguise, a god playing the fool.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
God send me a friend that may tell me my faults, if not an enemy, and he surely will.
I have no idea what the mind of a lowlife scoundrel is like; but I know what the mind of an honest man is like. It is terrifying.
Insanity is hereditary - you get it from your children.
Writing is the only socially acceptable form of schizophrenia.
E. L. Doctorow
It is my ambition to say in ten sentences; what others say in a whole book.
To live alone one must be a beast or a god, says Aristotle. Leaving out the third case: one must be both - a philosopher.
God won't play dice with the universe, but I will.
Life... is like a box of chocolates. A cheap, thoughtless, perfunctoral gift that no one ever asks for. Unreturnable because all you get back is another box of chocolates. So, you're stuck with mostly undefinable whipped mint crap, mindlessly wolfed down when there's nothing else to eat while you're watching the game. Sure, once is a while you get a peanut butter cup or an English toffee but it's gone too fast and the taste is fleeting. In the end, you are left with nothing but broken bits filled with hardened jelly and teeth-shattering nuts, which, if you are desperate enough to eat, leaves nothing but an empty box of useless brown paper.
We do not have to visit a madhouse to find disordered minds; our planet is the mental institution of the universe.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
I want to live my life so that my nights are full of regrets.
To obtain a man's opinion of you, make him mad.
Oliver Wendell Holmes
And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.
God does not play dice with the universe: He plays an ineffable game of His own devising, which might be compared, from the perspective of any of the other players [i.e. everybody], to being involved in an obscure and complex variant of poker in a pitch-dark room, with blank cards, for infinite stakes, with a Dealer who won't tell you the rules, and who smiles all the time.
Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
The Universe has an incredibly sadistic sense of humor. And I, for one, enjoy watching the poor fools who just don't get the joke.
Dieu me pardonnera. C'est son métier.
Heinrich Heine's last words
True sanity is a complete freedom from chaos, and chaos is found in all aspects of life, therefore sanity is achieved only in death.
I like a person who grins when he fights.
Suicide is the biggest criticism life can receive.
If God is in the details, the Devil is in the assumptions.
(contributed by Walt Smith)
I do not believe that civilization will be wiped out in a war fought with the atomic bomb. Perhaps two-thirds of the people of the earth will be killed.
Down that path lies madness. On the other hand, the road to hell is paved with melting snowballs.
I assume that to prevent illness in later life, you should never have been born at all.
George Bernard Shaw
I think most people are curious about what it would be like to be able to meet yourself - it's eerie.
Truth? We search and search. Many have opinions that are laws unto themselves but in trying to impose those laws on others truth probably walked right by laughing or crying, unnoticed.
Sometimes the best reason to get out of bed in the morning is knowing that someday you will not have to get out of bed in the morning.
I was never kinder to the old man than the whole week before I killed him.
Edgar Allen Poe
We all enter this world in the same way: naked, screaming, soaked in blood. But if you live your life right, that kind of thing doesn't have to stop there.
I think that God, in creating man, somewhat overestimated his ability.
Play a joke on your fear, Leo. Elude "helpers" who force you to need them. Ask a soul-deepening question you've never had enough courageous curiosity to imagine... Stand in a wide open space and pray for a slow-motion volcano in your heart... Go wash some water.
Hell, there are no rules here - we're trying to accomplish something.
Thomas A. Edison
If it isn't broken, let's take it apart and see why not.
Boys are made to squirt and girls are made to lay eggs. And if the truth be known, boys don't very much care what they squirt into.
Think how utterly, evilly selfish it is to have a child. Think of it! "Oh, honey, wouldn't a baby just be splendid? With its little hands, and its little feet and its little arms and legs and face and smile. Oh, we have to have one." Great, and once it's done, here is another little human to have to grow and learn what a sick collection of animals it is into which he's been born; who has to learn the pointlessness of the asinine cycle of human life; the pain and unhappiness that accompany; the stupidity of the majority; the outrage of old age and death; the unfair circumstances of competition amongst organisms; the injustice of suffering, the absurdity of doctrines and ideologies; the cold blade of war; the inner demons of hunger, desire, self-loathing; who will be taught to hate and feel shame and fear and remorse, regret, guilt; who will one day suck from nonexistence another little conscious body to continue the hideous lineage of incessant dark-humor; and who will one day die, wrapped in a urine-stained, hospital-issued death-shroud, plugged into beeping, blipping machines, fed through dripping bags armed with needles and at the mercy of smart-ass little nurses, who know not yet that they, too, will be faced with this end. What more horrific and vile an act than that of having a child? There can be none. Torture is not worse, murder is not worse, nor rape or anything else, because it is birth that precludes them all. Were it not for birth, none of these other atrocities would have even a chance to be performed. It is the miracle of birth and life that drowns the light of the world, and it is that selfish obeyance of desire that is hung over the heads of all parents in the look of disgust on their disaffected teenager's face. How can one repay an infinite offense?
It really comes down to parsimony, economy of explanation. It is possible that your car engine is driven by psychokinetic energy, but if it looks like a petrol engine, smells like a petrol engine and performs exactly as well as a petrol engine, the sensible working hypothesis is that it is a petrol engine.
I have never made but one prayer to God, a very short one: "O Lord, make my enemies ridiculous." And God granted it.
By means of shrewd lies, unremittingly repeated, it is possible to make people believe that heaven is hell -- and hell heaven. The greater the lie, the more readily it will be believed.
It's an incredible con job when you think of it, to believe something now in exchange for life after death. Even corporations with all their reward systems don't try to make it posthumous.
Man is the only animal that contemplates death, and also the only animal that shows any sign of doubt of its finality.
William Ernest Hocking
Today I broke my record for consecutive days I've been alive.
Then I saw a sign which said 'Drink Canada Dry' - so we started.
I am woman, but I bet I have more balls than you, seeing as how I have your balls in a jar on a shelf in my room.
When you think you're free, remember you're just who they want you to be.
Why shouldn't things be largely absurd, futile, and transitory? They are so, and we are so, and they and we go very well together.
I'm mad, you're mad, we're all mad here, it's the fad for many a year, if you think we're crazy my dear, you're right cause I'M mad, YOU'RE mad, we're ALL mad here!
Alice in Wonderland
The aim of psychoanalysis is to relieve people of their neurotic unhappiness so that they can be normally unhappy.
Once you see that everything is unreal, you can't see why you should bother to prove it.
E. M. Cioran
No one ever recovers from the disease of being born, a deadly wound if there ever was one.
E. M. Cioran
By all evidence we are in the world to do nothing; but instead of nonchalantly promenading our own corruption, we exude our sweat and grow winded upon the fetid air.
E. M. Cioran
What makes a fellow... want to ignore the mores of his time -- to go around tossing dead cats through stained glass windows, saying "everyone is crazy, and here's why"? It is called the pursuit of happiness.
John Patrick Michael Murphy
There are many who dare not kill themselves for fear of what the neighbours will say.
Vocatus atque non vocatus deus aderit: bidden or not bidden, God is present.
Laughing on the way to your execution is not generally understood by less-advanced life forms, and they call you crazy.
He who desires solitude is either an animal or a god.
Men may come and men may go but I go on forever.
Alfred Lord Tennyson
My life's been too much of a self-created vocation. And there are times when I think I've done everything in the name of defiance.
"A minority of one"... the definition of insanity.
I'm not here, I've gone out to look for myself. If I come back before I return, please tell me to wait.
Dying is an art, like everything else. I do it exceptionally well.
Live life, laugh at life, die laughing... Or do what I do, and don't die at all, it's not very funny...
War should be the only study of a prince. He should consider peace only as a breathing-time, which gives him leisure to contrive, and furnishes as ability to execute, military plans.
Before you kill something make sure you have something better to replace it with...
Every normal person, in fact, is only normal on the average. His ego approximates to that of the psychotic in some part or other and to a greater or lesser extent.
Sometimes it is entirely appropriate to kill a fly with a sledge hammer.
With 2000 years of examples behind us we have no excuse when fighting, for not fighting well.
T. E. Lawrence
Strideth over all mountains, and laugheth at all tragedies.
I never understood alienation. Alienation from what? You have to want to be part of something in order to feel alienated from it.
Darkness, light - what's the difference when you can't truly see in either extreme?
It's a perfect day for letting go.
Robert Smith, The Cure
You laugh at me because I'm different, but I laugh at you because you're all the same.
All are lunatics, but he who can analyze his delusions is called a philosopher.
Life is but a dream, a grotesque and foolish dream.
I wanted to die; I wanted to surrender because I saw no sense in struggling. I felt that nothing would be proved, substantiated, added or subtracted by continuing an existence which I had not asked for.
Einstein said that talking to yourself is a sign of intelligence. Answering yourself, however, is a sign of insanity. I have no problem with you talking to yourself, just as long as it doesn't turn into an argument.
God deliver me from my friends! I'll take care of my enemies myself.
Die Lie der Zertorung ist zugleich eine schaffende Lust! (The urge for distruction is also a creative urge.)
(contributed by Reya)
In an age of madness, to expect to be untouched by madness is a form of madness. But the pursuit of sanity can be a form of madness, too.
People often call me crazy, and I cannot, for the life of me, figure out why they say it like it is a bad thing.
Am I crazy? Or am I so sane that you blew your mind?
While walking through the desert, I saw a creature. Naked, beastial. Who, squatting upon the ground, held it's heart in its hands... and ate of it. 'Is it good, friend?' I asked. "It is bitter... bitter," it replied. "But I like it because it IS bitter. And because it is my heart."
I see now the virtue in madness, for this country knows no law nor any boundary. I pity the poor shades confined to the Euclidean prison that is sanity.
Dr Amedeus Arkham
And who is this pure fool? Lo,In the sagas of old time, legend of scald, of bard, of druid...Cometh he not in green like spring? O thou water that art air, In whom all complex is resolved! OH YES...fill the churches with dirty thoughts! Introduce honesty to the white house! Write letters in dead languages to people you've never met! Paint filthy words on the foreheads of children! Burn your credit cards and wear high heels! Asylum doors, stand open! Fill the suburbs with murder and rape! DIVINE MADNESS! Let there be ECSTACY, ECSTACY in the streets!! Laugh, and the world laughs with you.
Batman: Arkham Asylum
Batman: Arkham Asylum
I especially love driving down a hill directly at a tree and swerving to one side at the last moment. That's my way to relax.
Boris Yeltsin, on the joys of driving his golf buggy
We all live in a multi-colored universe - but what of me who is color blind?
If you want to change the world, don't go vegan. Blow up a bus in the name of Allah.
'I have forgotten more than many others have remembered.
The message is the media; no, the message is the crowd: Sometimes we write for each other, keeps us on our toes, but mostly we write for an audience, we write for the crowd controls.
Madness is giving in to a system that clouds one's mind so thick with meaningless information it is deprived of it's ability to think.
Jordan Allen Wagner
I am but mad north-northwest. When the wind is southerly I know a hawk from a handsaw.
Mad? No. Eccentric perhaps. It must be admitted that I talk to myself, but I also have the good sense not to listen.
If you must mount the gallows, give a jest to the crowd, a coin to the hangman, and make the drop with a smile on your lips.
One bright day in the middle of the night, two dead boys went out to fight. Back to back, they faced eachother, and with their swords they shot each other. A deaf policeman, hearing the noise, came to the rescue of the two dead boys. If you don't believe this lie is true, ask the blind man; he saw it too.
Your emotions make you a monster. The question, then, is "Would you rather be a feeling monster or a non-feeling machine?".
Tedium is the bane of immortality.
If you take someones thoughts and feelings away, bit by bit, consistently, then they have nothing left, except some gritty, gnawing, shitty little instinct, down there, somewhere, worming round the gut, but so far down, so hidden, it's impossible to find. Imagine, if you will, a worldwide conspiracy to deny the existence of the color yellow and whenever you saw yellow they told you no, that isn't yellow, what the fuck's yellow? Eventually, whenever you saw yellow, you would say: that isn't yellow, course, it isnt blue or green or purple, or... you'd say it, yes it is, it's yellow, and become increasingly hysterical, and then go quite berserk.
Leben verstehen wir Deutschen vielleicht nicht, aber sterben, das können wir fabelhaft!
(We, the germans, might not be able to live, but to die, that we marvellously can do!)
If you're rich, you're eccentric; if you're poor, you're crazy.
(contributed by Bat-Winged Boy)
All poets are mad.
Don't mock me my friend. It's a condition of mental divergence. I find myself on the planet Ogo, part of an intellectual elite, preparing to subjugate the barbarian hordes on Pluto. But even though this is a totally convincing reality for me in every way, nevertheless Ogo is actually a construct of my psyche. I am mentally divergent, in that I am escaping certain unnamed realities that plague my life here. When I stop going there, I will be well. Are you also divergent, friend?
L. J. Washington
The only thing that seperates a poet from madness is a thin sheet of paper.
What is maddness but nobility of soul at odds with circumstance?