Madness Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old madness quotes, madness sayings, and madness proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

There is no great genius without some touch of madness.     


You're only given a little spark of madness. You mustn't lose it.     

Robin Williams

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

Friedrich Nietzsche

It is madness for sheep to talk peace with a wolf.     

Thomas Fuller

Too much sanity may be madness.     

Miguel de Cervantes

Madness in method, that's genius.     

Frank Herbert

Madness is surprisingly freeing.     

Mira Grant

Sanity is madness put to good use.     

George Santayana

Madness is no madness when shared.     

Zygmunt Bauman

Madness is the acme of intelligence.     

Naguib Mahfouz

Every desire has a relation to madness.     

Luce Irigaray

You just have to trust your own madness.     

Clive Barker

Resisting madness is the maddest way of being mad.     

Norman O. Brown

At the edge of madness you howl diamonds and pearls.     


You have to quit confusing a madness with a mission.     

Flannery O'Connor

To be sane in a world of madman is in itself madness.     

Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Sometimes it's only madness that makes us what we are.     

Grant Morrison

Madness is the result not of uncertainty but certainty.     

Friedrich Nietzsche

Madness is just what a genius looks like to a tiny mind.     

Steven Moffat

Madness is only an amplification of what you already are.     

Margaret Atwood

Madness need not be all breakdown. It may also be break-through.      

R. D. Laing

Our occasional madness is less wonderful than our occasional sanity.     

George Santayana

Madness is badness of spirit, when one seeks profit from all sources.     


Truly great madness can not be achieved without significant intelligence.     

Henrik Tikkanen

Optimism is the madness of insisting that all is well when we are miserable.     


Madness was only a handicap only if you couldn't control its irrationalities.     

Stuart Hill

Madness is a divine release of the soul from the yoke of custom and convention.      


Madness might sometimes give access to a kind of knowledge. But was not a guarantee.     

Shirley Hazzard

Madness is only a variety of mental nonconformity and we are all individualists here.     

Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

Madness is a regenerating thing. Like a phoenix, when one strand dies, another burns anew.     

Chris Galford