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"He's right: They have to put madmen with madmen." - Alexandre Dumas

"God always helps madmen, lovers, and drunkards." - Marguerite de Navarre

"Kings fight for empires, madmen for applause." - John Dryden

"Calumny is only the noise of madmen." - Diogenes of Sinope

"Calumny is only the noise of madmen." - Diogenes

"Materialists and madmen never have doubts." - Gilbert K Chesterton

"We painters use the same license as poets and madmen." - Paolo Veronese

"Madmen always think it's the others who are mad." - Carlos Ruiz Zafon

"Nations are as equal as so many madmen or drunkards." - Fritz Leiber

"Ambition is a drug that makes its addicts potential madmen." - Emil Cioran

"A country without a memory is a country of madmen." - George Santayana

"Madmen and fools see everything through the medium of humor." - Francois de La Rochefoucauld

"The madmen seem to live on forever, don't they?" - Lauren Bacall

"I smell blood and an era of prominent madmen." - W H Auden

"Tis the times' plague, when madmen lead the blind." - William Shakespeare

"Make no mistake: peaceful madmen are ahead of the future." - Gabriel Garcia Marquez

"Ambition is a drug that makes its addicts potential madmen." - Emile M Cioran

"The worst of madmen is a saint run mad." - Alexander Pope

"We believed ourselves indestructable... watching only the madmen outside our frontiers, and we remained defenseless against our own madmen." - Jacobo Timerman

"We, who are dying, are doing better, than they, who will live. For Crete doesn't need householders, she needs madmen like us. These madmen make Crete immortal." - Nikos Kazantzakis

"The numbers are a catalyst that can help turn raving madmen into polite humans." - Philip J. Davis

"Artists are meant to be madmen, to disturb and shock us." - Anne Rice

"He was endowed with the extraordinary powers of endurance characteristic of madmen and simpletons." - Vasily Grossman

"When you live entirely among madmen, it is difficult to know how sane you are." - Robert Aickman

"There is a pleasure in being mad, which none but madmen know." - John Dryden

"Except for fools and madmen, everyone knows that nuclear war would he an unprecedented human catastrophe." - Carl Sagan

"The sane would do no good if they made themselves mad to help madmen." - C S Lewis

"This cold night will turn us all to fools and madmen." - William Shakespeare

"The genius of art finds sanctuary among children and madmen to survive.That is who we are." - Marilyn Manson

"There is a pleasure sure In being mad which none but madmen know." - John Dryden

"There is a pleasure in being mad which none but madmen know." - John Dryden

"I'd rather stay here with all the madmen than perish with the sadmen roaming free." - David Bowie

"I am able to play monsters well. I understand monsters. I understand madmen." - Anthony Hopkins

"All men are mad in some way or the other, and inasmuch as you deal discreetly with your madmen, so deal with God's madmen too, the rest of the world." - Bram Stoker

"Had the routine of our life at this place been known to the world, we should have been regarded as madmen -; although, perhaps, as madmen of a harmless nature." - Edgar Allan Poe

"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

"There is less harm to be suffered in being mad among madmen than in being sane all by oneself." - Denis Diderot

"The world is so full of simpletons and madmen, that one need not seek them in a madhouse." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"Only madmen and fools are pleased with themselves; no wise man is good enough for his own satisfaction." - Benjamin Whichcote

"We are really so prejudiced by our educations, that, as the ancients deified their heroes, we deify their madmen." - Lord Chesterfield

"Lovers and madmen have such seething brains Such shaping fantasies, that apprehend More than cool reason ever comprehends." - William Shakespeare

"This is still a dangerous world. It's a world of madmen and uncertainty and potential mental losses." - George W Bush

"The usefulness of madmen is famous: they demonstrate society's logic flagrantly carried out down to its last scrimshaw scrap." - Cynthia Ozick

"On the pavement of my trampled soul the steps of madmen weave the prints of rude crude words." - Vladimir Mayakovsky

"Chess players are madmen of a certain quality, the way the artist is supposed to be, and isn't, in general." - Marcel Duchamp

"I have to lie, if I don't want to take madmen seriously and become a madman myself" - Milan Kundera

"I love men. I've always been drawn to poets, artists, and madmen. Sometimes all three in one" - Jessica Lange

"On the pavement of my trampled soul the steps of madmen weave the prints of rude crude words." - Vladimir Mayakovsky

"For virtue's self may too much zeal be had; the worst of madmen is a saint run mad." - Alexander Pope

"The most dangerous madmen are those created by religion, and... people whose aim is to disrupt society always know how to make good use of them on occasion." - Denis Diderot

"When the world is destroyed, it will be destroyed not by its madmen but by the sanity of its experts and the superior ignorance of its bureaucrats." - John Le Carre

"At many a moment on many a day, I am convinced that pro football must be a game for madmen, and I must be one of them." - Vince Lombardi

"Over there, in Europe, all was shame and anger. Here it was exile or solitude, among these languid and agitated madmen who danced in order to die." - Albert Camus

"Julian spoke with the clear, unequivocal lucidity of madmen who have escaped the hypocrisy of having to abide by a reality that makes no sense." - Carlos Ruiz Zafon

"A man must sometimes laugh at himself or go mad,' said he. 'Few realize it. That is why there are so many madmen in the world." - Rafael Sabatini

"I have been known as a crank, faddist, madman. Evidently the reputation is well deserved. For wherever I go, I draw to myself cranks, faddists, and madmen." - Mahatma Gandhi

"All of the promises of politicians, generals, madmen, and crusaders that war can create peace have yet to be borne out." - Barbara Kingsolver

"Humanity can be divided into madmen and cowards. My personal tragedy is in being born into a world where sanity is held to be a character flaw." - Mark Lawrence

"Love is merely a madness, and, I tell you, deserves as well a dark house and a whip as madmen do." - William Shakespeare

"A man must sometimes laugh at himself or go mad," said he. "Few realize it. That is why there are so many madmen in the world." - Rafael Sabatini

"Now this is the point. You fancy me a mad. Madmen know nothing. But you should have seen me. You should have seen how wisely I proceeded..." - Edgar Allan Poe

"Let's sum up: an unknown number of enemies with unknown capabilities, supported by a gang of madmen, packs of attack animals, and superhumanly intelligent pocket change." - Jim Butcher

"True literature can exist only where it is created, not by diligent and trustworthy functionaries, but by madmen, hermits, heretics, dreamers, rebels, and skeptics." - Yevgeny Zamyatin

"Little prigs and three-quarter madmen may have the conceit that the laws of nature are constantly broken for their sakes." - Friedrich Nietzsche

"In short, herein seems to lie the difference between idiots and madmen, that madmen put wrong ideas together, and so make wrong propositions, but argue and reason right from them: but idiots make very few or no propositions, and reason scarce at all." - John Locke

"That is why embittered people find heroes and madmen a perennial source of fascination, for they have no fear of life or death. Both heroes and madmen are indifferent to danger and will forge ahead regardless of what other people say." - Paulo Coelho

"People who remember court madness through pain, the pain of the perpetually recurring death of their innocence; people who forget court another kind of madness, the madness of the denial of pain and the hatred of innocence; and the world is mostly divided between madmen who remember and madmen forget." - James A Baldwin

"Does the madman know he is mad? Or are the madmen those who insist o. Convincing him of his unreason in order to safeguard their own idea of reality?" - Carlos Ruiz Zafon

"The materialist is sure that history has been simply and solely a chain of causation, just as the [lunatic] is quite sure that he is simply and solely a chicken. Materialists and madmen never have doubts." - Gilbert K Chesterton

"Covetous men are fools, miserable wretches, buzzards, madmen who live by themselves, in perpetual slavery, fear, suspicion, sorrow, discontent, with more of gall than honey in their enjoyments; who are rather possessed by their money than possessors of it." - Robert Burton

"I hate these potent madmen, who keep all Mankind awake, while they by their great deeds Are drumming hard upon this hollow world, Only to make a sound to last for ages." - John Crowne

"Anger and jealousy's all that he sells us, he's content when you're under his thumb. Madmen oppose him, but your kindness throws him, to survive it you play deaf and dumb." - Bob Dylan

"Great minds struggle to cure diseases so that people may live longer, but only madmen ask why. One lives longer in order that he may live longer. There is no other purpose." - Robert M Pirsig

"Life is short; this being so, who would pursue great things and not bear with what is at hand? These are the ways of madmen and men of evil counsel, at least in my judgment." - Euripides

"They used to be seen as insane or unthinkable acts of madmen. But if they take place they'll be called "war" too. And there will still be no conventional war." - Bruce Sterling

"I believe in the power of the imagination to remake the world, to release the truth within us, to hold back the night, to transcend death, to charm motorways, to ingratiate ourselves with birds, to enlist the confidences of madmen." - J G Ballard

"Society is older than government. But every persisting society implies the existence of government and laws; for a society without government and laws is at once overturned by its madmen and scoundrels and lapses into barbarism." - William Batchelder Greene

"When we start deceiving ourselves into thinking not that we want something... but that it is a moral imperative that we have it, that is when we join the fashionable madmen." - Joan Didion

"All pictures that's painted with sense and with thought / Are painted by madmen as sure as a groat; / For the greater the fool in the pencil more blest, / And when they are drunk they always paint best." - William Blake

"Oh, sons of earth! attempt ye still to rise. By mountains pil'd on mountains to the skies? Heav'n still with laughter the vain toil surveys, And buries madmen in the heaps they raise." - Alexander Pope

"The vast majority of human beings dislike and even actually dread all notions with which they are not familiar... Hence it comes about that at their first appearance innovators have generally been persecuted, and always derided as fools and madmen." - Aldous Huxley

"They used to be seen as insane or unthinkable acts of madmen. But if they take place they'll be called 'war' too. And there will still be no conventional war." - Bruce Sterling

"To think the world therefore a general Bedlam, or place of madmen, and oneself a physician, is the most necessary point of present wisdom: an important imagination, and the way to happiness." - Thomas Traherne

"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

"We're certain there are people that can't stand what America stands for... We're certain there are madmen in this world, and there's terror, and there's missiles and I'm certain of this, too: I'm certain to maintain the peace, we better have a military of high morale, and I'm certain that under this administration, morale in the military is dangerously low." - George W Bush

"He who without the Muse's madness in his soul comes knocking at the door of poesy and thinks that art will make him anything fit to be called a poet, finds that the poetry which he indites in his sober senses is beaten hollow by the poetry of madmen." - Plato

"These infinitesimal distinctions between man and man are too paltry for an Omnipotent Being. How these madmen give themselves away! The real God taketh heed lest a sparrow fall. But the God created from human vanity sees no difference between an eagle and a sparrow." - Bram Stoker

"What a fool I was! and yet, in the sight of angels, are we any wiser as we grow older? It seems to me, only, that our illusions change as we go on; but, still, we are madmen all the same." - Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu

"We, at least, are not loyal men: we confess to having more respect and honour for the raggedest child of the poorest labourer in Ireland today than for any, even the most virtuous, descendant of the long array of murderers, adulterers and madmen who have sat upon the throne of England." - James Connolly

"It is reported here that the King of Prussia has gone mad and has been locked up. There would be nothing bad about that: at leastthat might of his would no longer be a menace, and you could breathe freely for a while. I much prefer madmen who are locked up to those who are not." - Lord Chesterfield

"As though God had turned away from the wise, and written his decrees, not in the mind of man but in the entrails of beasts, or left them to be proclaimed by the inspiration and instinct of fools, madmen, and birds. Such is the unreason to which terror can drive mankind!" - Baruch Spinoza

"Love is merely a madness; and, I tell you, deserves as well a dark house and a whip as madmen do; and the reason why they are not so punish'd and cured is that the lunacy is so ordinary that the whippers are in love too." - William Shakespeare

"If to break loose from the bounds of reason, and to want that restraint of examination and judgment which keeps us from choosing or doing the worst, be liberty, true liberty, madmen and fools are the only freemen: but yet, I think, nobody would choose to be mad for the sake of such liberty, but he that is mad already." - John Locke

"Love is merely a madness; and, I tell you, deserves as well a dark house and whip as madmen do; and the reason why they are not so punished and cured is that the lunacy is so ordinary that the whippers are in love too." - William Shakespeare

"But if man loses all, when life is lost, He lives a coward, or a fool expires. A daring infidel (and such there are, From pride, example, lucre, rage, revenge, Or pure heroical defect of thought), Of all earth's madmen, most deserves a chain." - Edward Young

"Practical men who believe themselves to be quite exempt from any intellectual influence, are usually the slaves of some defunct economist. Madmen in authority, who hear voices in the air, are distilling their frenzy from some academic scribbler of a few years back" - John Maynard Keynes

"There are periods of history when the visions of madmen and dope fiends are a better guide to reality than the common-sense interpretation of data available to the so-called normal mind. This is one such period, if you haven't noticed already." - Robert Anton Wilson

"If the [Vestiges] be true, the labours of sober induction are in vain; religion is a lie; human law is a mass of folly, and a base injustice; morality is moonshine; our labours for the black people of Africa were works of madmen; and man and woman are only better beasts!" - Adam Sedgwick

"The range of derivatives contracts is limited only by the imagination of man (or sometimes, so it seems, madmen). Say you want to write a contract speculating on the number of twins to be born in Nebraska in 2020. No problem-at a price, you will easily find an obliging counterparty." - Warren Buffett

"It's a question to ask ourselves if we're not mad. But who are the madmen, in God's name? Those who wonder about it, or the others? If we ever began to speak out loud, what would they do with us, tell me?" - Victor Serge

"Bush equals Clinton equals Bush equals Obama equals Clinton. It's the same policies...immigration policies that may turn us into Europe, where hordes of Islamic madmen are raping, killing, pillaging, defecating in public fountains, harassing private citizens, elderly people - that's what's coming." - Roger Stone

"Unfortunately even in India there are people who talk like that. And they're the same ones who say, 'We should never have accepted the existence of Pakistan. Now that it exists, it ought to be destroyed.' But these are only a few madmen who have no following among the masses." - Indira Gandhi

"There are a few of us - madmen all! - who are in love with knowing, who would sell the last shirt from our backs for one small truth, one tiny star-fire to light up the murk and mystery of what we call our life... We may go blind before we see it, that's the haunting -" - Morris West

"Practical men, who believe themselves to be quite exempt from any intellectual influences, are usually the slaves of some defunct economist. Madmen in authority, who hear voices in the air, are distilling their frenzy from some academic scribbler of a few years back." - John Maynard Keynes

"To save the audience we must fill the stage with murderers, adulterers and madmen; in short, we must fire a salvo of monsters at them. They are our monster which we will temporarily free ourselves from only to face another day." - Nelson Rodrigues

"but ignorance is a kind of insanity in the human animal. People who delight in torturing defenseless children or tiny creatures are in reality insane. The terrible thing is that people who are madmen in private may wear a totally bland and innocent expression in public." - Akira Kurosawa

"I prefer sinners and madmen, who can learn, who can change, who can teach-or people like myself, if I may say so, who are not afraid to eat a lobster alone as they take on their shoulders the monumental weight of thirty years" - James A Baldwin

"Intellectual despair results in neither weakness nor dreams, but in violence. It is only a matter of knowing how to give vent to one's rage; whether one only wants to wander like madmen around prisons, or whether one wants to overturn them." - Georges Bataille

"We have to have armies! We have to have military power! We have to have police forces, whether it's police in a great city or police in an international scale to keep those madmen from taking over the world and robbing the world of its liberties." - Billy Graham

"In our new age of terrifying, lethal gadgets, which supplanted so swiftly the old one, the first great aggressive war, if it should come, will be launched by suicidal little madmen pressing an electronic button. Such a war will not last long and none will ever follow it. There will be no conquerors and no conquests, but only the charred bones of the dead on and uninhabited planet." - William L. Shirer

"It was the ghost of rationality itself ... This is the ghost of normal everyday assumptions which declares that the ultimate purpose of life, which is to keep alive, is impossible, but that this is the ultimate purpose of life anyway, so that great minds struggle to cure diseases so that people may live longer, but only madmen ask why. One lives longer in order that he may live longer. There is no other purpose. That is what the ghost says." - Robert M Pirsig

"He knew that he was the stuff of which fanatics and madmen are made and that he had turned his destiny as if with his bare will. He kept himself upright on a very narrow line between madness and emptiness and when the time came for him to lose his balance he intended to lurch toward emptiness and fall on the side of his choice." - Flannery O'Connor

"When we start deceiving ourselves into thinking not that we want something or need something, not that it is a pragmatic necessity for us to have it, but that it is a moral imperative that we have it, then is when we join the fashionable madmen, and then is when the thin whine of hysteria is heard in the land, and then is when we are in bad trouble." - Joan Didion

"Along with supernature and science, there is one other major source of horror movies disorder: the human psyche, most commonly homicidal psychosis. Unlike 'mad' scientists, horror-movies madmen are not visionary obsessives, glorifying in scientific reason as they single-mindedly purse their researches. They are, rather, victims of overpowering impulses that well up from within; monsters brought forth by the sleep of reason, not by its attractions." - Andrew Tudor

"Psychiatry's a young science. Yesterday's madman may be tomorrow's genius. Beethoven and Van Gogh were both a bit loopy. In my view, most madmen are remarkable. They're explorers, travelers beyond the rim of consciousness. Not surprising if they pick up a few bugs and get sick. That's all it is, madness. Mad just means sick. If you get fluid on the lungs it's pleurisy. If it's fluid on the brain, it's insanity." - Clare Boylan

"Madness is consistent; which is more than can be said for poor reason. Whatever may be the ruling passion at the time continues equally so throughout the whole delirium, though it should last for life. Madmen are always constant in love; which no man in his senses ever was. Our passions and principles are steady in frenzy; but begin to shift and waver, as we return to reason." - Laurence Sterne

"If it so happened that I had once written a best-seller, this was a pure accident, due to inattention and naivete, and I would take very good care never to do the same again. If I had a message for my contemporaries, I said, it was surely this: Be anything you like, be madmen, drunks, and bastards of every shape and form, but at all costs avoid one thing: success." - Thomas Merton

"The thing about Zen is that it pushes contradictions to their ultimate limit where one has to choose between madness and innocence. Zen suggests that we may be driving toward one or the other on a cosmic scale. Driving toward them because, one way or the other, as madmen or innocents, we are already there. It might be good to open our eyes and see." - Thomas Merton

"In my view, madness is a place. You go. You come back. And I think we all take turns being the mental patient. Without a touch of crazy, literature can be a desolate place. In the current climate of careful speech, even fearful speech, smoke-free film scripts, thought-free songs, and child-proof locks on American minds, the oft-repeated lament of the arts is "Where have all those wonderful madmen gone?"" - Carol O'Connell

"It's very contradictory for a man to teach about the murder in corporate capitalism, to isolate and expose the murderes behind it, to instruct that these madmen are completely without stops, are licentious, totally depraved - and then not make adequate preparations to defend himself from the madman's attack. Either they don't really believe their own spiel or they harbor some sort of subconscious death wish" - George Jackson

"When suicide is out of fashion we conclude that none but madmen destroy themselves; and all the efforts of courage appear chimerical to dastardly minds ... Nevertheless, how many instances are there, well attested, of men, in every other respect perfectly discreet, who, without remorse, rage, or despair, have quitted life for no other reason than because it was a burden to them, and have died with more composure than they lived?" - David Hume

"If they [Plato and Aristotle] wrote about politics it was as if to lay down rules for a madhouse. And if they pretended to treat it as something really important it was because they knew that the madmen they were talking to believed themselves to be kings and emperors. They humored these beliefs in order to calm down their madness with as little harm as possible." - Blaise Pascal

"According to our social science, we can be or become wise in all matters of secondary importance, but we have to be resigned to utter ignorance in the most important respect: we cannot have any knowledge regarding the ultimate principles of our choices, i.e. regarding their soundness or unsoundness... We are then in the position of beings who are sane and sober when engaged in trivial business and who gamble like madmen when confronted with serious issues." - Leo Strauss

"As the dominant social ethic changed from a religious to a secular one, the problem of heresy disappeared, and the problem of madness arose and became of great social significance. In the next chapter I shall examine the creation of social deviants, and shall show that as formerly priests had manufactured heretics, so physicians, as the new guardians of social conduct and morality, began to manufacture madmen." - Thomas Szasz

"Then it is in me, too, the psychotic streak. A psychotic world we live in. The madmen are in power. How long have we known this? Faced this? And-how many of us do know it? ... Perhaps if you know you are insane then you are not insane. Or you are becoming sane, finally. Waking up. I suppose only a few are aware of all this. Isolated persons here and there. But the broad masses-what do they think? All these hundreds of thousands in this city, here. Do they imagine that they live in a sane world? Or do they guess, glimpse, the truth...?" - Philip K Dick

"And when you say the policies are what caused this war - American policies - that's not to say that they're wrong. It's not to say that the policies were made by madmen or evil people. It's simply to say that you better understand the motivation of your enemy if you're going to defeat him. And the man who is motivated by a belief that his religion is being attacked by a superpower is much more dangerous than a man who's mad at you because you have women in the workplace." - Michael Scheuer

"Yes, what we are doing is probably mad, and probably it is good and necessary all the same. It is not a good thing when man overstrains his reason and tries to reduce to rational order matters that are susceptible of rational treatment. Then there arise ideals such as those of the Americans or of the Bolsheviks. Both are extraordinarily rational, and both lead to a frightful oppression and impoverishment of life, because they simplify it so crudely. The likeness of man, once a high ideal, is in process of becoming a machine-made article. It is for madmen like us, perhaps, to ennoble it again." - Hermann Hesse



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