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Insanity Quotes

I hope you find value in these encouraging quotes about Insanity.

Insanity is doing the same thing, over and over again,
but expecting different results.
- Rita Mae Brown, also attributed to Einstein

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The definition of insanity is doing the same thing
over and over and expecting different results.
- Albert Einstein

There's a fine line between genius and insanity.
I have erased this line.
- Oscar Levant

Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again
and expecting different results.
- Albert Einstein (attributed)

 

Well excuse me - we've got something
a little unusual going on here -
time travel, parallel universes,
or just a little common ordinary insanity.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Insanity runs in my family. It practically gallops.
- the movie Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)

There is a fine line between perseverance and insanity.
At what point have you tried your best,
and it's time to do something different?
It's a balance - a paradox.
If you get in the habit of giving up
as soon as something gets difficult,
your life won't work,
but if you keep tilting at windmills -
madly trying the same thing again and again,
your life also won't work.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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The distance between insanity and genius is measured only by success.
- Bruce Feirstein

In individuals, insanity is rare;
but in groups, parties, nations and epochs,
it is the rule.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

Love: A temporary insanity curable by marriage.
- Ambrose Bierce

I voluntarily inflicted a certain level of insanity on myself.
- Jonathan Franzen

I am told that the clinical definition of insanity
is the tenancy to do the same thing over and over again
and expect different results.
- Stephen F. Lynch

Acting is a way of living out one's insanity.
- Isabelle Huppert

Insanity - a perfectly rational adjustment to an insane world.
- R. D. Laing

Genius is one of the many forms of insanity.
- Cesare Lombroso

For me, insanity is super sanity.
The normal is psychotic.
Normal means lack of imagination, lack of creativity.
- Jean Dubuffet

I think if one wants to be in a continual state of
insanity one should stay married to that writing partner.
- Barry Mann

To stand up on a stage alone with an acoustic guitar
requires bravery bordering on heroism.
Bordering on insanity.
- Richard Thompson

I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol, violence,
or insanity to anyone, but they've always worked for me.
- Hunter S. Thompson

The whole decathlon is ridiculous, but the 1,500 meters is insanity.
- Rafer Johnson

Sickness, insanity and death were the angels that surrounded
my cradle and they have followed me throughout my life.
- Edvard Munch

What garlic is to salad, insanity is to art.
- Augustus Saint-Gaudens

Disease, insanity, and death were the angels that attended my cradle,
and since then have followed me throughout my life.
- Edvard Munch

Religion is induced insanity.
- Madalyn Murray O'Hair

Surrealism had a great effect on me
because then I realized that
the imagery in my mind wasn't insanity.
Surrealism to me is reality.
- John Lennon

I wouldn't recommend sex, drugs or insanity for everyone,
but they've always worked for me.
- Hunter S. Thompson

I've had my moments of insanity.
But there is a certain responsibility to set proper
examples for your children,
and that influences your choices in every aspect of your life.
- Andy Garcia

Insanity is often the logic of an accurate mind overtasked.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

Control your life through insanity.
- Cliff Burton

It's insanity for a party that believes in freedom
to allow some Republicans to seize an agenda that is
totally alien to the agenda that was established in the election.
- Malcolm Wallop

Insanity is hereditary; you get it from your children.
- Sam Levenson

Look, we're all saddled with things that make us better or worse.
This world is a crazy place, and I've chosen to make
my work about that insanity.
- Barbara Kruger

Insanity is knowing that what you're doing is completely idiotic,
but still, somehow, you just can't stop it.
- Elizabeth Wurtzel

In the late '70s I started to search for the perfect sound -
whatever that might be,
before that I was mainly interested in drugs,
insanity and the rock'n'roll lifestyle.
- Lou Reed

We're much more controlled now.
We were kids back then, we each had our own demons.
It was insanity.
- Peter Criss

There's a big difference between sanity and insanity.
- Megan Gallagher

I can choose to accelerate my disease to an alcoholic
death or incurable insanity,
or I can choose to live within my thoroughly human condition.
- Mercedes McCambridge

Human beings have speculated about the relationship
between inspiration and insanity for centuries.
- Patty Duke

Everything in Italy that is particularly elegant and
grand borders upon insanity and absurdity or at least
is reminiscent of childhood.
- Alexander Herzen

Bunch together a group of people deliberately chosen
for strong religious feelings,
and you have a practical guarantee of dark morbidities expressed in crime,
perversion, and insanity.
- H. P. Lovecraft

Their coverage on the Fox News Channel has been atrocious.
The stuff that comes out of Sean Hannity's mouth has been infuriating.
The stuff that Bill O'Reilly says has been illogical.
You go up and down the schedule and it's insanity over there.
The number of lies, perpetuated, promoted by Fox News
is just shameful and it hurts everybody.
- David Shuster

People in the business will stay with you through drugs
and alcohol and divorces and insanity and everything else,
but you have a failure, pal, and they don't want to know nothing about you!
- Don Johnson

I doubt if a single individual could be found from
the whole of mankind free from some form of insanity.
The only difference is one of degree.
A man who sees a gourd and takes it for his wife is
called insane because this happens to very few people.
- Desiderius Erasmus

Well, love is insanity.
The ancient Greeks knew that.
It is the taking over of a rational and lucid mind
by delusion and self-destruction.
You lose yourself, you have no power over yourself,
you can't even think straight.
- Marilyn French

I was disappointed, not because we had lost the war
but because our people had allowed it to go on for so many years,
instead of heeding the few voices of protest against
all that mass insanity and slaughter.
- George Grosz

I want a world without war, a world without insanity.
I want to see people do well.
I don't even think it's as much as what I want for myself.
It's more what I want for the people around me.
That's what I want.
- Tom Cruise

It would be insane for me to
lose sleep over the opinions of others.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

In all matters of opinion,
our adversaries are insane.
- Oscar Wilde

I think you're the opposite of a paranoid.
I think you go around with the insane delusion that people like you.
- the Woody Allen movie Deconstructing Harry

If a man would follow, today, the teachings of the Old Testament,
he would be a criminal.
If he would follow strictly the teachings of the New,
he would be insane.
- Robert Green Ingersoll

If there were no schools to take the children away
from home part of the time,
the insane asylums would be filled with mothers.
- Edward W. Howe

Building one space station for everyone was and is insane:
we should have built a dozen.
- Larry Niven

I think what drove me insane for a long time is feeling
like I hadn't earned most of what I achieved because it came so fast.
- Charlie Sheen

I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity.
- Edgar Allan Poe

Movies are usually difficult, often insane,
constantly challenging and always strangely amusing to make.
- Yahoo Serious

Many people think it's in bad taste to advertise for an insane asylum...
but come on down.
We're going crazy.
- Colin Mochrie

Insane people are always sure that they are fine.
It is only the sane people who are willing to admit that they are crazy.
- Nora Ephron

New Year's was insane!
It was the best show I've ever played for New Year's.
- Les Claypool

The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority,
but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane.
- Marcus Aurelius

Old age realizes the dreams of youth:
look at Dean Swift;
in his youth he built an asylum for the insane,
in his old age he was himself an inmate.
- Soren Kierkegaard

I feel that everyone has a right to be insane.
- Madalyn Murray O'Hair

Of course, you would have to be insane to hope your
child grows up to be a playwright or poet.
Given the odds, you would have to be quite cavalier
about your children's future.
- Mark Helprin

I'm kind of insane when it comes to music,
a little obsessed.
- Elijah Wood

We have much to be judged on when he comes,
slums and battlefields and insane asylums,
but these are the symptoms of our illness and the result of our failures in love.
- Madeleine L'Engle

I shuddered to think how completely the insane were
in the power of their keepers,
and how one could weep and plead for release,
and all of no avail, if the keepers were so minded.
- Nellie Bly

The world we see that seems so insane is the result
of a belief system that is not working.
To perceive the world differently, we must be willing
to change our belief system,
let the past slip away, expand our sense of now,
and dissolve the fear in our minds.
- William James

I'm not a racist, that's what so insane about this,
and yet it's said, it comes through,
it fires out of me,
and even now in the passion that's here as I confront myself.
- Michael Richards

Could I pass a week in the insane ward at Blackwell's
Island? I said I could and I would.
And I did.
- Nellie Bly

It is possible to lead astray an entire generation,
to strike it blind, to drive it insane,
to direct it towards a false goal.
Napoleon proved this.
- Alexander Herzen

Being a producer, I deal with a lot of different directors,
and some of them would drive me insane with all the different histrionics,
and the mystique that they carry.
- Matthew Vaughn

The book is openly a kind of spiritual autobiography,
but the trick is that on any other level it's a kind
of insane collage of fragments of memory.
- Jonathan Lethem


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