Mental Illness Sayings and Quotes

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

It is sometimes an appropriate response to reality to go insane.     

Philip K. Dick

Men were always quick to believe in the madness of women.     

Alison Goodman

We know that mental illness is not something that happens to other people. It touches us all. Why then is mental illness met with so much misunderstanding and fear?     

Tipper Gore

To ignore the evidence, and hope that it cannot be true, is more an evidence of mental illness.     

William Blase

There is in every madman a misunderstood genius whose idea, shining in his head, frightened people, and for whom delirium was the only solution to the strangulation that life had prepared for him.     

Antonin Artaud

One person's craziness is another person's reality.     

Tim Burton

I do not know a better cure for mental illness than a book.     

Irving Stone

Nothing more isolating than a mental illness.     


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

John Dryden

I do not believe that any mental illness exists other than demons, and no medication can straighten it out, other than the power of God.     

Doyle Davidson

When a man mistakes his thoughts for persons and things, this is madness.     

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Mental health disorders and self hatred are so closely tied to each other because they fuel each other.     


People assume you aren't sick unless they see the sickness on your skin like scars forming a map of all the ways you're hurting.     

Emm Roy

Your illness is not your identity. Your chemistry is not your character.     

Pastor Rick Warren

Mentall Illness is not contagious. You can't catch it by being kind.     


One in four people has a mental illness. You can be the one that helps.     


Any breakdown is a breakthrough.     

Marshall McLuhan

A sick thought can devour the body's flesh more than fever or consumption.     

Guy De Maupassant

Mental illness is so much more complicated than any pill that any mortal could invent.     

Elizabeth Wurtzel

Sometimes you climb out of bed in the morning and you think, I'm not going to make it, but you laugh inside — remembering all the times you've felt that way.     

Charles Bukowski

Crazy isn't being broken, or swallowing a dark secret. It's you or me, amplified.     

Winona Ryder

All of us are crazy in one or another way.     

Theodore Isaac Rubin

We do not have to visit a madhouse to find disordered minds; our planet is the mental institution of the universe.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Minds that are ill at ease are agitated by both hope and fear.     


The acknowledgement of having suffered evil is the greatest step forward in mental health.     

Stefan Molyneux

Mental illness is nothing to be ashamed of, but stigma and bias shame us all.     

William J. Clinton

Mental illness is not a choice, but recovery is.     


Mental illness leaves a huge legacy, not just for the person suffering it but for those around them.     

Lysette Anthony

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

Robin Williams

The only antidote to mental suffering is physical pain.     

Karl Marx