A Quote by Joseph R. Garber on balance, certainty, danger, darkness, editors, force, government, madness, painting, people, science, time, trust, world, and writing

Such is the stuff of waking nightmares, incipient madness, the sort of now-bewildered but soon-to-be-deranged thoughts that cause once well-balanced people to peek under their beds at night, suspect that their phones are tapped, and, in time, become certain that sinister forces are monitoring their every move. Maybe it's the government, maybe it's the Trilateral Commission, maybe it's the saucer people. You can't trust anyone because anyone and everyone may be one of Them or on of Their Agents. And pretty soon you begin writing long letters to the editor of Scientific American, or maybe you don't because the editors are probably part of the conspiracy too. And you think about lining your room with aluminum foil to keep the radio waves out, and at night you roam the streets spray-painting mystic symbols on the walls to repel strange forces, and all the while you gibber to yourself and what you say makes sense to you if to no one else, and in the end you put your belongings in a shopping bag, better to be mobile, and you look for a dark place you can hide during the daylight hours, because They are out there, and They are searching, and They want you in their crosshairs. . . . The headshrinkers call it paranoia, and when it gets bad they put you away. Because, after all, people who think everyone in the world wants to kill them can be dangerous.

Joseph R. Garber

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A Quote by John Milton on madness and melancholy

Moping melancholy And moon-struck madness.

John Milton (1608 - 1674)

Source: Paradise Lost. Book xi. Line 485.

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A Quote by John Dryden on madness


Great wits are sure to madness near allied, And thin partitions do their bounds divide.

John Dryden (1631 - 1700)

Source: Absalom and Achitophel

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A Quote by John Calvin on architecture, body, chance, day, earth, excellence, god, madness, nature, respect, soul, and universe

At this day . . . the earth sustains on her bosom many monster minds, minds which are not afraid to employ the seed of Deity deposited in human nature as a means of suppressing the name of God. Can anything be more detestable than this madness in man, who, finding God a hundred times both in his body and his soul, makes his excellence in this respect a pretext for denying that there is a God? He will not say that chance has made him different from the brutes; . . . but, substituting Nature as the architect of the universe, he suppresses the name of God.

John Calvin (1509 - 1564)

Source: The Institutes of the Christian Religion

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A Quote by Hunter S. Thompson on books, faith, language, love, madness, music, power, purity, religion, and writing

I have stolen more quotes and thoughts and purely elegant little starbursts of writing from the Book of Revelation than anything else in the English language - and it is not because I am a biblical scholar, or because of any religious faith, but because I love the wild power of the language and the purity of the madness that governs it and makes it music.

Hunter S. Thompson (1939 -)

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A Quote by Quintus Horatius Flaccus Horace on anger and madness

Anger is a short madness.

Horatius (65 - 8 BC)

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A Quote by Henry van Dyke on desires, dreams, giving, goodness, honor, life, love, madness, peace, pleasure, and purity

Love is not getting, but giving, not a wild dream of pleasure, and madness of desire- . . . it is goodness, and honor, and peace and pure living.

Henry van Dyke (1852 - 1933)

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A Quote by Henrik Tikkanen on achievement, intelligence, and madness

Truly great madness cannot be achieved without significant intelligence.

Henrik Tikkanen

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A Quote by Henri Frédéric Amiel on common sense, delusion, madness, superiority, and wisdom

Wisdom consists in rising superior both to madness and to common sense, and in lending oneself to the universal delusion without becoming its dupe.

Henri Frederic Amiel (1821 - 1881)

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A Quote by Henry Graham Greene on fear, madness, therapy, wonder, and writing

Writing is a form of therapy. Sometimes I wonder how all those who do not write, compose or paint can manage to escape the madness, the melancholia, the panic fear which is inherent in the human situation.

Graham Greene (1904 - 1991)

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