A Quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson on men, perception, sanity, and sympathy

The perception of a comic is a tie of sympathy with other men, a pledge of sanity, and a protection from those perverse tendencies and gloomy insanities in which fine intellects sometimes lose themselves.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)

Source: Letters and Social Aims, 1875

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A Quote by P. D. James on fanaticism, sanity, and stupidity

It's possible to fight intolerance, stupidity and fanaticism when they come separately. When you get all three together it's probably wiser to get out, if only to preserve your sanity.

P. D. James

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A Quote by Nora Ephron on insanity, people, and sanity

That is the truest sign of insanity - insane people are always sure that they are fine. It is only the sane people who are willing to admit that they arecrazy.

Nora Ephron (1941 -)

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A Quote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra on life, madness, and sanity

Too much sanity may be madness. And maddest of all, to see life as it is and not as it should be!

Miguel de Cervantes (1547 - 1616)

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A Quote by Martin Mayer on bankers, borrowing, men, money, sanity, and trust

Except for con men borrowing money they shouldn't get and widows visiting handsome young men in the trust department, no sane person ever enjoys visiting a bank.

Martin Mayer

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A Quote by Margaret C. Anderson on sanity


It is rarely that you see an American writer who is not hopelessly sane.

Margaret C. Anderson (1886 - 1973)

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A Quote by Marcel Proust on christ, company, complaints, composers, day, fashion, feeling, force, ideas, jesus, logic, mind, mistakes, poetry, psychiatry, sanity, wives, and words

But this does not exempt the sane from a feeling of alarm when a madman who has composed a sublime poem, after explaining to them in the most logical fashion that he has been shut up by mistake through his wife's machinations, imploring them to intercede for him with the governor of the asylum, complaining of the promiscuous company that is forced upon him, concludes as follows: "You see that man in the courtyard, who I'm obliged to put up with; he thinks he's Jesus Christ. That should give you an idea of the sort of lunatics I've been shut up with: he can't be Jesus Christ, because I'm Jesus Christ!" A moment earlier, you were on the point of going to assure the psychiatrist that a mistake had been made. On hearing these words, even if you bear in mind the admirable poem at which this same man is working every day, you shrink from him. . . .

Marcel Proust (1871 - 1922)

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A Quote by Lyle Alzado on sanity and trust

I don't really trust a sane person.

Lyle Alzado

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A Quote by Joseph Heller on concern, mind, safety, and sanity

There was only one catch and that was Catch22, which specified that a concern for one's safety in the face of dangers that were real and immediate was the process of a rational mind. Orr was crazy and could be grounded. All he had to do was ask, and as soon as he did, he would no longer be crazy and would have to fly more missions. Orr would be crazy to fly more missions and sane if he didn't, but if he was sane he had to fly them. If he flew them he was crazy and didn't have to; but if he didn't want to he was sane and had to.

Joseph Heller (1923 -)

Source: Catch22

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A Quote by Joe R. Lansdale on confusion, logic, and sanity

The logic of a madman is a sane man's confusion

Joe R. Lansdale

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