Paranoid Sayings and Quotes

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


The idea of the paranoid style as a force in politics would have little contemporary relevance or historical value if it were applied only to men with profoundly disturbed minds. It is the use of paranoid modes of expression by more or less normal people that makes the phenomenon significant.     

Richard Hofstadter

Paranoia is just another word for ignorance.     

Hunter S. Thompson

Paranoia reduces anxiety and guilt by transferring to the other all the characteristics one does not want to recognize in oneself. It is maintained by selective perception and recall. We only see and acknowledge those negative aspects of the enemy that support the stereotype we have already created.     

Sam Keen

The worm of paranoia begins to eat into even the hardest adversary.     

David Ignatius

Paranoia plays into all of us. Trust is a terrifying idea of not knowing who we can rely on.     

Eric Christian Olsen

Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they aren't after you.     

Kurt Cobain

Paranoia is just a heightened sense of awareness.     

John Lennon

The paranoid is never entirely mistaken.     

Sigmund Freud

A paranoid thinks that sinister forces are out to get him, not realizing that they are out to get everybody.     

Robert Breault

Paranoia is the delusion that your enemies are organized.     

Arthur D. Hlavaty

Paranoia is just another word for longevity.     

Laurell K. Hamilton

Paranoia is reality seen on a finer scale.     

Philo Gant

Don't be afraid of losing a little power in daily associations. People who seek power and knowledge aren't misers. They aren't afraid. That is paranoid.     

Frederick Lenz

Paranoia was always a potential side effect.     

Kimberly Derting

A paranoid is someone who has all the facts.     

William S. Burroughs

Even paranoid people have enemies.     

Henry A. Kissinger

In this world only the paranoid survive.     

Dean Koontz

It's amazing where the paranoid mind can take you.     

Bill Ayers

Sometimes paranoia's just having all the facts.     

William S. Burroughs

There is no such thing as paranoia. No. Not in the 21st century. Paranoia is just another word for ignorance.     

Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

Being slightly paranoid is like being slightly pregnant - it tends to get worse.     

Molly Ivins

We need to tell the difference between being paranoid and being careful.     

Parry Aftab

Paranoia has a sharper taste if the danger is real.     

Pat Conroy

Paranoid is what people who are trying to take advantage call you in an effort to get you to drop your guard.     

Matt Damon

There is no such thing as paranoia. Your worst fears can come true at any moment.     

Hunter S. Thompson

If you act out of a paranoid fear of something happening, you will always make that thing happen.     

John Green

Only the paranoid survive.     

Andy Grove

The secret to a happy, successful life of paranoia is to keep careful track of your persecutors.     

Tyrone Hayes

A paranoid is someone who knows a little of what's going on.     

William S. Burroughs

You're mind is working at its best when you're being paranoid. You explore every avenue and possibility of your situation at high speed with total clarity.     

Banksy