madness

A Quote by George Santayana on good, madness, and sanity

Sanity is a madness put to good use.

George Santayana (1863 - 1952)

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A Quote by Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche on madness and nations

Madness is rare in individuals - but in groups, parties, nations, and ages it is the rule.

Friedrich Nietzsche (1844 - 1900)

Source: Jenseits von Gut und Böse [Beyond Good and Evil]

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A Quote by Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche on madness

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Where is the lightning to lick you with its tongue? Where is the madness with which you should be cleansed? Behold, I show you the Superman. He is this lightning, he is this madness.

Friedrich Nietzsche (1844 - 1900)

Source: Zarathustra

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A Quote by Fernando de Rojas on madness

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The first step towards madness is to think oneself wise.

Fernando de Rojas (1465 - 1538)

Source: La Celestina

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A Quote by Emily Dickinson on madness

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A little madness in the Spring Is wholesome even for the King.

Emily Dickinson (1830 - 1886)

Source: The Single Hound, 1875

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A Quote by Emily Dickinson on madness

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Much Madness is divinest Sense - To a discerning Eye - Much Sense -the starkest Madness -

Emily Dickinson (1830 - 1886)

Source: The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson, no. 435, ed. Thomas H. Johnson, 1955.

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A Quote by Edward Young on day and madness

Be wise to-day; 't is madness to defer.

Edward Young (1683 - 1765)

Source: Night Thoughts. Night i. Line 390.

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A Quote by Edgar Allan Poe on angels, fear, food, funerals, god, heroism, hope, madness, mortality, music, play, solitude, soul, tears, and tragedy

Lo! 'tis a gala night Within the lonesome latter years! An angel throng, bewinged, bedight In veils, and drowned in tears, Sit in a theatre, to see A play of hopes and fears, While the orchestra breathes fitfully The music of the spheres. Mimes, in the form of God on high, Mutter and mumble low, And hither and thither fly -- Mere puppets they, who come and go At bidding of vast formless things That shift the scenery to and fro, Flapping from out their Condor wings Invisible Wo! That motley drama! --oh, be sure It shall not be forgot! With its Phantom chased forever more, By a crowd that seize it not, Through a circle that ever returneth in To the self-same spot, And much of Madness and more of Sin And Horror the soul of the plot. But see, amid the mimic rout, A crawling shape intrude! A blood-red thing that writhes from out The scenic solitude! It writhes! --it writhes! --with mortal pangs The mimes become its food, And the seraphs sob at vermin fangs In human gore imbued. Out - out are the lights - out all! And over each quivering form, The curtain, a funeral pall, Comes down with the rush of a storm, And the angels, all pallid and wan, Uprising, unveiling, affirm That the play is the tragedy, "Man," And its hero the Conqueror Worm.

Edgar Allan Poe (1809 - 1849)

Source: The Conqueror Worm, 1843

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A Quote by Denton Welch on birth, bitterness, death, earth, heart, life, love, madness, and water

When you long with all your heart for someone to love you, a madness grows there that shakes all sense from the trees and the water and the earth. And nothing lives for you, except the long deep bitter want. And this is what everyone feels from birth to death.

Denton Welch

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A Quote by Denis Diderot on genius, madness, and men

Oh! how near are genius and madness! Men imprison them and chain them, or raise statues to them.

Denis Diderot (1713 - 1784)

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