madness

A Quote by Democritus on divinity, enthusiasm, inspiration, madness, and poets

Whatever a poet writes with enthusiasm and a divine inspiration is very fine. Earliest reference to the madness or divine inspiration of poets.

Democritus (460 - 400 BC)

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A Quote by Blaise Paschal on madness and men

Men are so necessarily mad that not to be mad would amount to another form of madness.

Blaise Paschal

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A Quote by Bertrand Arthur William Russell on madness and sanity

Sanity calms, but madness is more interesting.

Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970)

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A Quote by Aristotle on genius and madness

There was never a genius without a tincture of madness.

Aristotle (384 - 322 BC)

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A Quote by Aristotle on excellence, madness, and soul

No excellent soul is exempt from a mixture of madness. Found in Plato's writings and quoted by Seneca.

Aristotle (384 - 322 BC)

Source: Problem, sect. 30.

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A Quote by Aristotle on genius and madness

No great genius is without an admixture of madness.

Aristotle (384 - 322 BC)

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A Quote by Ambrose Gwinett Bierce on madness

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RUM, n. Generically, fiery liquors that produce madness in total abstainers.

Ambrose Bierce (1842 - 1914)

Source: The Devil's Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce

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A Quote by Algernon Charles Swinburne on beginning, death, endurance, gifts, grief, heaven, hell, life, love, madness, pain, pleasure, strength, tears, and time

Before the beginning of years There came to the making of man Time with a gift of tears, Grief with a glass that ran, Pleasure with pain for leaven, Summer with flowers that fell, Remembrance fallen from heaven, And Madness risen from hell, Strength without hands to smite, Love that endures for a breath; Night, the shadow of light, And Life, the shadow of death.

Algernon Swinburne (1837 - 1909)

Source: Atalanta in Calydon. Chorus.

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A Quote by Alfred North Whitehead on divinity, madness, mathematics, and spirit

Let us grant that the pursuit of mathematics is a divine madness of the human spirit, a refuge from the goading urgency of contingent happenings.

Alfred Whitehead (1861 - 1947)

Source: N. Rose Mathematical Maxims and Minims, Raleigh NC:Rome Press Inc., 1988.

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A Quote by Alexander Pope on madness and spirit

Party-spirit, which at best is but the madness of many for the gain of a few.

Alexander Pope (1688 - 1744)

Source: Letter to E. Blount, August 27, 1714

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