100+ Best Insanity Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Profoundly inspirational insanity quotes will challenge the way you think, and make your life worth living.

Famous Insanity Quotes

I have a 15-year-old boy, and we are about to give him car keys, which seems like an act of insanity when you know what you know about 15-year-old boy behavior. But in 2018, we’ll have self-driving cars, and it will be so much better. My son may be the last generation of kids who learns to drive. — Nick Hanauer

Everything in Italy that is particularly elegant and grand borders upon insanity and absurdity or at least is reminiscent of childhood. — Alexander Herzen

Belane, are you nuts? Who knows? Insanity is comparative. Who sets the norm? — Charles Bukowski

I will not counter the insanity of the PATRIOT Act with an overblown fear of my rights being taken away. — Penn Jillette

Human beings have speculated about the relationship between inspiration and insanity for centuries. — Patty Duke

You should never argue with a crazy mind, you ought to know my now. — Billy Joel

Unity is what we are afraid of so fear is insanity. Let’s love each other. — Chris Brown

Today I felt pass over me A breath of wind from the wings of madness. — Charles Baudelaire

Everyone is more or less mad on one point. — Rudyard Kipling

In the late ’70s I started to search for the perfect sound – whatever that might be, before that I was mainly interested in drugs, insanity and the rock’n’roll lifestyle. — Lou Reed

Insanity runs in my family. It practically gallops. — Cary Grant

Anyway, madness and genius. They’re the disturbed pals of the human condition. The Bonnie and Clyde, the Thelma and Louise, the baking soda and vinegar. Insanity just walks alongside the brilliant like some creepy, insistent shadow. — Deb Caletti

By far the greater part of violence that humans inflicted on each other is not the work of criminals or mentally deranged, but of normal, respectable citizens service of the collective ego. One can go so far as to say that on this planet normal equals insane. What is it that lies at the root of this insanity? Complete identification with thought and emotion, that is to say, ego. — Eckhart Tolle

I can calculate the motion of heavenly bodies, but not the madness of people. — Isaac Newton

That in you which recognizes madness as madness (even if it is your own) is sanity, is the arising awareness, is the end of insanity. — Eckhart Tolle

Tracy, the leader of the CDH group, looks at me with eyes that seem to belong to someone three times her age. It’s something beyond wisdom, all the way to insanity and back. It’s like her eyes are scarred from all the things she’s seen. — Augusten Burroughs

I was awfully curious to find out why I didn’t go insane. — Abraham Maslow

Religion is insanity by consensus. — Bill Maher

All sin is a form of insanity. Satan is the most insane being of all because he still believes he can defeat God — Edwin Louis Cole

I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked. — Allen Ginsberg

Psychopaths know the technical difference between right and wrong – which is one of the reasons their insanity pleas in criminal cases so rarely succeed; they just fail to act on that knowledge. — Jeffrey Kluger

Insanity is relative. Who sets the norm? — Charles Bukowski

The different sorts of madness are innumerable. — Avicenna

I see the winos talking to themselves and I can understand. — Billy Joel

The insanity of the collective egoic mind, amplified by science and technology, is rapidly taking our species to the brink of disaster. Evolve or die: that is our only choice now. — Eckhart Tolle

From the town of Lincoln Nebraska with a sawed off .410 on my lap, through the Badlands of Wyoming I killed everything in my path. — Bruce Springsteen

Those whom God wishes to destroy, he first makes mad. — Euripides

No man is sane who does not know how to be insane on proper occasions. — Henry Ward Beecher

I realize that I live on the bubble of insanity. I feel the weight of human suffering, loneliness and despair on me all the time. It’s not getting easier; if anything, it’s always right on the edge of my skin. — Erwin McManus

Sanity is a small box; insanity is everything. — Charles Manson

He found insanity no excuse, however, for irrational behavior. — Brandon Sanderson

Insanity is often the logic of an accurate mind overtasked. — Oliver Wendell Holmes

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

When dealing with the insane, the best method is to pretend to be sane. — Hermann Hesse

To rush to throw away your magazine business and move it on the iPad is just sheer insanity and insecurity and fear. — Jann Wenner

Insanity hovered close at hand, like an eager waiter at an expensive restaurant. — Arundhati Roy

I do like taking stuff seriously that a lot of people look at as nonsense. I enjoy the insanity of that. And I like the commitment that is needed for that. — Christian Bale

If he were insane, however, his was a very cool and collected insanity. — Charlotte Bronte

Had I known of the actual horrors of the German concentration camps, I could not have made The Great Dictator, I could not have made fun of the homicidal insanity of the Nazis. — Charlie Chaplin

Sickness, insanity and death were the angels that surrounded my cradle and they have followed me throughout my life. — Edvard Munch

There are people who want me to do a cologne. They want to call it ‘Patrick.’ I was offered a fortune to make exercise videos. Posters, all kinds of stuff – something like $10 million worth. It’s insanity. I’m not going to do any of it. — Patrick Swayze

Insanity is arguing with reality. — Byron Katie

The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane. — Marcus Aurelius

A man should not strive to eliminate his complexes but to get into accord with them: they are legitimately what directs his conduct in the world. — Sigmund Freud

The space involving insanity and genius is calculated only by good results. — Bruce Feirstein

I may be crazy, but it keeps me from going insane. — Waylon Jennings

Look, we’re all saddled with things that make us better or worse. This world is a crazy place, and I’ve chosen to make my work about that insanity. — Barbara Kruger

I want to wake up one morning and know how to write page one, or page 10, or page 250. But I never seem to know how to do it. Every book is different and takes a different structure, style, process, etc. And relearning how to write is where the insanity comes from. — Sarah MacLean

Writing and the hope of writing pulls me back from the edges of despair. I believe insanity and despair are at times one and the same. — bell hooks

I think if one wants to be in a continual state of insanity one should stay married to that writing partner. — Barry Mann

All are lunatics, but he who can analyze his delusions is called a philosopher. — Ambrose Bierce

I am told that the clinical definition of insanity is the tendency to do the same thing over and over again and expect different results. — Stephen F. Lynch

The process of writing and directing drives you to such extremes that it’s natural to feel an affinity with insanity. I approach that madness as something dangerous, and I’m afraid, but also I want to go to it, to see what’s there, to embrace it. I don’t know why, but I’m drawn. — Dario Argento

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

I’ve got a dream lover, so I don’t have to dream alone. — Bobby Darin

I don’t know why I go to extremes. — Billy Joel

Insanity is just a state of mind. — Alan Alda

There’s the Hollywood sign; there’s Griffith Observatory; there’s the great, amazing Los Angeles Basin. It’s 465 square miles of insanity and the best food on the planet. — Robert Crais

I can choose to accelerate my disease to an alcoholic death or incurable insanity, or I can choose to live within my thoroughly human condition. — Mercedes McCambridge

Einstein wrote that insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. That said, is it crazier to repeatedly throw yourself against a window, or to repeatedly open that window, believing the creatures that are throwing themselves against it might come into your house, take a look around, and leave with no hard feelings? — David Sedaris

Professional comedians, surprisingly, have a lack of humor. They’re insensitive to the insanity of our times. — Mort Sahl

No excellent soul is exempt from a mixture of madness. — Aristotle

Could anything be more indicative of a slight but general insanity than the aspect of the crowd on the streets of Chicago? — Charles Horton Cooley

Disease, insanity, and death were the angels that attended my cradle, and since then have followed me throughout my life. — Edvard Munch

The scientists of today think deeply instead of clearly. One must be sane to think clearly, but one can think deeply and be quite insane. — Nikola Tesla

Today I had a strange warning. I felt the wind of insanity brush my mind. — Charles Baudelaire

I’m a nut, but not just a nut. — Bill Murray

Federal legislation is urgently needed to stop this insanity of wild animals in captivity. — Tippi Hedren

Most men are within a finger’s breadth of being mad. — Diogenes

Get away from the place that makes you feel comfortable with your depression. The reality is it’s never as bad as the insanity you’ve created in your head. — Ben Huh

If human beings were shown what they’re really like, they’d either kill one another as vermin, or hang themselves. — Aldous Huxley

Insanity is a lack of proportion. — Barbara Grizzuti Harrison

I’ve had my moments of insanity. But there is a certain responsibility to set proper examples for your children, and that influences your choices in every aspect of your life. — Andy Garcia

Genius is one of the many forms of insanity. — Cesare Lombroso

I go through insanity before a show. It’s not really a process but it’s like absolute mortal fear. — Regina Spektor

Frankly, goin’ crazy was the best thing that ever happened to me. I don’t say it’s for everybody; some people couldn’t cope. — Jane Wagner

The definition of insanity in Texas is so insane that it’s impossible to be insane in Texas. — Malcolm McDowell

Insanity has infected all the central banks of the world. — David Stockman

Insanity is believing your hallucinations are real. Religion is believing that other peoples’ hallucinations are real. — Dan Barker

In loquaciousness lay insanity. — Alan Dean Foster

I am interested in imperfections, quirkiness, insanity, unpredictability. That’s what we really pay attention to anyway. We don’t talk about planes flying; we talk about them crashing. — Tibor Kalman

I would say any behavior that is not the status quo is interpreted as insanity, when, in fact, it might actually be enlightenment. Insanity is sorta in the eye of the beholder. — Chuck Palahniuk

We cannot unthink unless we are insane. — Arthur Koestler

I’m Galladon, from the sovereign realm of Duladel. I’m most recently from Elantris, land of sludge, insanity, and eternal perdition. Nice to meet you. — Brandon Sanderson

There’s no way I can stop writing, it’s a form of insanity. — Charles Bukowski

I think the hardest thing about making music now is being a great dad at the same time. There’s an insanity that goes with writing – a mad scientist thing that you have to go through – and sacrificing a kid’s upbringing to do that is not an option. — Eddie Vedder

If the Devil says you cannot pray when you are angry, tell him it is none of his business, and pray until that species of insanity is dispelled and serenity is restored to the mind. (p. 175) — Brigham Young

Acting is a way of living out one’s insanity. — Isabelle Huppert

I grew up around a lot of aggressive guys. My parents used to take me to AA meetings when I was very young. So I know aggression, I know insanity. — Shia LaBeouf

Between threading a needle and raving insanity is the smallest eye in creation. — Caitlin Thomas

Quentin Tarantino is controlled insanity, I would say. He’s very loud and fun. I don’t think there’s anybody on the planet like him that I have ever met. — Rose McGowan

We are all more intelligent than we are capable, and awareness of the insanity of love has never saved anyone from the disease. — Alain de Botton

Nationalism is a type of insanity in which the boundaries of a land replace God. — Billy Collins

We all have a face that we hide away forever, and we take them out and show ourselves when everyone has gone. — Billy Joel

Russian humor is to adapt or make some sense or nonsense out of the insanity of their lives. — Ian Frazier

The insanity has to stop…It affects each and every one of us, in multiple and nefarious ways: our self-image, how we show up in our relationships and at work, our sense of our worth, value, and potential as human beings. Join in-and help change-the Conversation. — Ashley Judd

To stand up on a stage alone with an acoustic guitar requires bravery bordering on heroism. Bordering on insanity. — Richard Thompson

The great proof of madness is the disproportion of one’s designs to one’s means. — Napoleon Bonaparte

A genuine invention in the realm of ideas must first emerge as an abstruse and even partial concept? At first blusha new idea appearstobe verycloseto insanity because to be new it must reverse important basic beliefs and assumptions which, in turn, have been institutionalized and are administered by one or another kind of priesthood with a vested interest in an old idea. — Arthur Miller

At night I wake up with my sheets soaking wet and a freight train running through the middle of my head. — Bruce Springsteen

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