Madness Quotes

Here, we’ve compiled a list of the best Madness Quotes from famous persons: Anne Sexton, Ted Cruz, Hikaru Nakamura, Nellie Bly, James Frain. The wide variety of quotes available makes it possible to find a quote to suit your needs. You’ve likely heard some of the Madness Quotes before, but that’s because they truly are great.

Madness is a waste of time. It creates nothing.

Madness is a waste of time. It creates nothing.
Anne Sexton
When, President Obama, do you mean to cease abusing our patience? How long is that madness of yours still to mock us? When is there to be an end to that unbridled audacity of yours swaggering about as it does now?
The image that everyone has of a chess player is not necessarily positive. I think it’s partly due to Bobby Fischer – his rise to fame and then his descent into madness. That left a lot of people with negative stereotypes, of nerds who aren’t interesting.
What a mysterious thing madness is. I have watched patients whose lips are forever sealed in a perpetual silence. They live, breathe, eat; the human form is there, but that something, which the body can live without, but which cannot exist without the body, was missing.
I don’t keep a record of the parts I’ve played, and I don’t compare characters, but maybe I should? I could construct a graphic that grades badness and madness levels? Interesting idea.
James Frain
The extreme limit of wisdom, that’s what the public calls madness.
Jealousy is bred in doubts. When those doubts change into certainties, then the passion either ceases or turns absolute madness.
The romantic idea of the penniless writer is false. It’s terrible. I hated being in debt. I hated the anxiety of not knowing whether we could pay our rent that month. Thankfully, I had a wife who was very supportive and had faith and shared my madness.
Most of the depressions are self-created. A few people are pathologically ill: they cannot help it. It just comes from within because of genetic and other factors. But almost everybody else can be driven to madness, because the line between sanity and insanity is quite thin.
The courage of the poet is to keep ajar the door that leads into madness.
Success can create more madness than happiness.
Billy Ocean
The natural world is the only one we have. To try to not see the natural world – to put on blinders and avoid seeing it – would for me seem like a form of madness. I’m also interested in the way landscape shapes individuals and populations, and from that, cultures.
Rick Bass
You can’t complain about the pressures, the paparazzi, the madness. Because that is the job. I’ve always understood that’s the deal.
We derive our vitality from our store of madness.
There is a method to the madness of James Patterson’s success. Co-writing with him is a terrific learning experience, particularly in the art of crafting a perfect thriller. The collaboration also gives me an opportunity to access a wider global audience.
I never ever Google myself. That way madness lies.
What I’ve tried to do is bring the madness out in the open. Keep it under wraps, and it erupts into wars and violence.
Dory Previn
Nothing is so wretched or foolish as to anticipate misfortunes. What madness is it to be expecting evil before it comes.
If this be not love, it is madness, and then it is pardonable.
William Congreve
Backstage at the Victoria‘s Secret show is pure madness. Big personalities, big hair, and tons of press.
I believe that always, or almost always, in all childhoods and in all the lives that follow them, the mother represents madness. Our mothers always remain the strangest, craziest people we’ve ever met.
Marguerite Duras
Government is either organized benevolence or organized madness; its peculiar magnitude permits no shading.
I think that dwelling on other people’s perception of you is the road to complete madness, unfortunately. I try and resist that.
I like wee arguments, I’ve never been into jokes. I’m more into strange things and madness and things escalating and things not really making sense.
I really wanted to do a deep-dive into the idea that women are always called ‘crazy,’ and we are painted with such broad strokes because it’s so easy to stereotype women and write them off. I got tired of that, and I wanted to explain: We are not crazy. There’s a method to our madness.
Nothing like stopping at Balthazar in between NYFW madness. Their shrimp cocktail is delicious and healthy.
Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.
What is madness but nobility of soul at odds with circumstance.
Theodore Roethke
Everybody’s a mad scientist, and life is their lab. We’re all trying to experiment to find a way to live, to solve problems, to fend off madness and chaos.
Party-spirit at best is but the madness of many for the gain of a few.
I read The Old Curiosity Shop before I began Blackwood Farm. I was amazed at the utter madness in that book.
Everybody’s youth is a dream, a form of chemical madness.
When love is not madness, it is not love.
Pedro Calderon de la Barca
A whole lot of us believers, of all different religions, are ready to turn back the tide of madness by walking together, in both the dark and the light – in other words, through life – registering voters as we go, and keeping the faith.
But mathematics is the sister, as well as the servant, of the arts and is touched by the same madness and genius.
Marston Morse
A musician‘s attempt to summarize his or her work leads to all this prescriptive chatter, or what I call the ‘Modifier’s Madness.’ A lot of adjectives working overtime.
But my doubt would not be overcome. Kierkegaard had declared that it was only to the consciousness of sin that Christianity was not horror or madness. For me it was sometimes both.
Fashion week is very tiring, so I take a little nap backstage before the hair and make-up madness starts.
Sasha Luss
Freedom of the press without responsibility is madness.
I love Jermaine Dupri. He’s very smart at what he does. There’s always a method to his madness.
You can only make the work that you have to make. And I am old enough now to know that I can’t start making shows that are going to win awards. That way madness lies.
You can’t satirise darts, because it’s hyper-real as it is; there’s already enough over-the-top madness to it.
When you’re in a different place every day, there’s this kind of madness that sets in.
It seems to me madness to wake up in the morning and do something other than paint, considering that one may not wake up the following morning.
Frank Auerbach
There’s not many people that can handle my sheer madness.
The Chinese say that having two homes is the way to madness. I’m not mad, but I definitely wish Hollywood would move to Trafalgar Square. But the life of an actor is a life of movement, isn’t it?
You cannot carry out fundamental change without a certain amount of madness.
Thomas Sankara
Culture is perishing in overproduction, in an avalanche of words, in the madness of quantity.
There is just so much hurt, disappointment, and oppression one can take… The line between reason and madness grows thinner.
I didn’t use a voice change to do Bilbo. I have a distinctive voice anyway. I did an attitude change, making Bilbo kind of fussy – fussy and proper – then gradually dropped the fussiness and properness as the madness of battle really affects him.
A lot of people thought this dream must be madness, but we are not crazy.
Gloria Trevi
Even though I’ve been putting out bodies of work for years, ‘Beauty Behind the Madness’ felt like the beginning.
For you to ask advice on the rules of love is no better than to ask advice on the rules of madness.
There is in the DNA of the Italians a bit of madness, which in the overwhelming majority of cases is positive. It is genius. It is talent. It’s the masterpieces of art. It’s the food, fashion, everything that makes Italy great in the world.
Matteo Renzi
America is beyond power; it acts as in a dream, as a face of God. Wherever America is, there is freedom, and wherever America is not, madness rules with chains, darkness strangles millions. Beneath her patient bombers, paradise is possible.
I always have an item in mind that I want to wear; then, the next day, I put it on, and I love the 20-minute rush of frantically tearing clothes out of my wardrobe to go with it. And I honestly feel that’s the best way to do it; there’s no method to my fashion madness so to speak.
Afflicted by love’s madness all are blind.
Sextus Propertius
There is a kind of euphoria of grief, a degree of madness.
Madness is tonic and invigorating. It makes the sane more sane. The only ones who are unable to profit by it are the insane.
There’s a method to the madness in filmmaking, where everything’s very specifically laid out, the shots and what they need – but there also can be a freedom to allowing the actors to find genuine moments.
The great proof of madness is the disproportion of one’s designs to one’s means.
Genocide is not just a murderous madness; it is, more deeply, a politics that promises a utopia beyond politics – one people, one land, one truth, the end of difference. Since genocide is a form of political utopia, it remains an enduring temptation in any multiethnic and multicultural society in crisis.
It is madness for sheep to talk peace with a wolf.
It’s madness to hand in a script to a director, leave them alone, and for the director not to want the writer there with rehearsals and the shoot.
The most beautiful things are those that madness prompts and reason writes.
Can a moment of madness make up for an age of consent?
Basil Bunting
March Madness is an incredible three weeks. I firmly believe it’s the greatest three weeks in sports. You have the Super Bowl; you have the World Series.
Dick Vitale
I don’t necessarily find superheroes in general, for me, that appealing. I’d much prefer to play, if I was to be cast in a superhero film, I’d prefer to play the villain because there’s a reason, there’s a motive behind their madness.
The fact that New York continues in the face of all of the chaos, of the crime, of the madness, you just think that it would just pop and vanish, just explode.
Madness is rare in individuals – but in groups, parties, nations, and ages it is the rule.
Catch-22’s first readers were largely of the generation that went through World War II. For them, it provided a startlingly fresh take, a much-needed, much-delayed laugh at the terror and madness they endured.
In Jenny Offill’s remarkable first novel, ‘Last Things,’ 7-year-old Grace Davitt watches her mother, Anna, descend into madness and tries to make sense of the claustrophobic world that Anna has created for her.
Nancy Willard
Even if one takes every reefer madness allegation of the prohibitionists at face value, marijuana prohibition has done far more harm to far more people than marijuana ever could.
Mike Mignola’s ‘Hellboy’ was influenced by Lovecraft big time. He wanted to make his monsters Lovecraftian. But I think many other films have been influenced by Lovecraft – like ‘Alien,’ which is almost an outer-space version of ‘At The Mountains Of Madness.’
Jealousy lives upon doubts. It becomes madness or ceases entirely as soon as we pass from doubt to certainty.
Not only is the statistical madness an assault on individuality, it’s also one on temporality too. Statisticseven when accurate – are only an image of the past that can then be Photoshopped before being pasted on to the future.
So long as man is protected by madness – he functions – and flourishes.
What is life? A madness. What is life? An illusion, a shadow, a story. And the greatest good is little enough; for all life is a dream, and dreams themselves are only dreams.
Pedro Calderon de la Barca
It’s an incredible experience to interact with fans in first person, get immediate responses to your music and see the madness that your music creates.
With the introduction of agriculture mankind entered upon a long period of meanness, misery, and madness, from which they are only now being freed by the beneficent operation of the machine.
No excellent soul is exempt from a mixture of madness.
When it comes to something like Brexit, I am part of the liberal-media London bubble, and so, to me, voting to leave was madness. My perspective was that it was cutting off your nose to spite your face.
Madness isn’t altogether a bad thing in comedy.
I find myself hoping a total end of all the unhappy divisions of mankind by party-spirit, which at best is but the madness of many for the gain of a few.
I am dreaming of winning the treble again. I will never forget how I felt after winning it in 2012-13. It was like we were flying. It’s a great feeling, it’s utter madness. I definitely want to have that feeling again at some stage of my career.
Money is our madness, our vast collective madness.
I play a simple, fun-loving girl who adds madness to ‘Mubarakan.’
Men are so necessarily mad, that not to be mad would amount to another form of madness.
It’s hard for me to hear about the things that I believed during my madness.
We love live because of the roughness round the edges, the excitement, the madness, and stuff going off on all sorts of weird tangents. It’s like hosting a jolly in your house. We’re welcoming people in and giving them snacks.
Madness doesn’t happen to someone alone. Very few people have experiences that are theirs alone.
To put meaning in one’s life may end in madness, But life without meaning is the torture Of restlessness and vague desire-It is a boat longing for the sea and yet afraid.
Edgar Lee Masters
The first draught serveth for health, the second for pleasure, the third for shame, and the fourth for madness.
Everywhere you turn in New Zealand, there’s something exciting to do. It’s the gem of the world. It’s so far away from the madness, and so you get that element. It was just stunning.
My dad‘s method in his madness was to try every sport and then observe what I liked. I played football, tennis, golf, cricket but I loved my snooker.
Ronnie O’Sullivan
I can calculate the motion of heavenly bodies, but not the madness of people.
It is madness to attempt to hold. In the first place the troops cannot do it and in the second place if they do not retreat they will be destroyed. I repeat that this order be rescinded or that you find someone else.
Gerd von Rundstedt
It’s a kind of madness in cosmopolitan cities now.
We work in the dark – we do what we can – we give what we have. Our doubt is our passion and our passion is our task. The rest is the madness of art.
Optimism is the madness of insisting that all is well when we are miserable.
The essential truth is that sometimes you’re worried that they’ll find out it’s a fluke, that you don’t really have it. You’ve lost the muse or – the worst dread – you never had it at all. I went through all that madness early on.
For the record, I’ve never taken a bung in my life. I might have enjoyed a meal or a bottle of wine on an agent or two but that is it. I was earning £1.5m a year, so I didn’t need a little bit extra from an agent. It would have been madness.
Drunkenness is nothing but voluntary madness.
When I was in high school watching college games, I was like ‘I can’t wait to get to March Madness.’
I understand the insecurities that come with being a part of showbiz. You need not just talent but a little bit of madness to be on top of the game.
Hey, don’t knock Judy Blume. Without her, my younger self would never have been able to decode the random acts of madness perpetrated by the fascinating creature known as the teenage girl.
Books have led some to learning and others to madness.
There’s nothing more that I enjoy doing as much as touring. It’s basically being able to connect with the fans without all the madness that goes on in my regular life.
I probably follow all sports a little bit. I like hockey quite a bit. I like football. I like college basketball when it gets down to March Madness. I like baseball. I enjoy them all. I watch them all.
Anger is a momentary madness, so control your passion or it will control you.
G. M. Trevelyan
It’s like Richard Petty always said, ‘Racing isn’t the job. That’s where we get away from our job.’ That’s where we go out and have fun and get away from the madness. No one can bother you in there. There’s no phones, no interviews – it’s just you, driving.
There is no great genius without some touch of madness.
People are getting permanent tattoos of my name. It’s madness. People come and touch my feet. Initially it was really weird, but now I think people see me as an inspiration. So I need to set the right example.
Excess of grief for the dead is madness; for it is an injury to the living, and the dead know it not.
Ideologists of all kinds find a strange sort of comfort in the madness of the crowd; it confirms them in their suspicion that history, far from being made by the great mass of individuals – as Marx averred – is rather unmade by a single massive individual, a collective Other, who stands in stark contrast to you and he.
By August 2008, we had left Voikovskaya and moved into a wooden dacha in the artistscolony of Sokol in north-west Moscow. The house was a haven amid the madness of the city: lily of the valley grew near our front gate, Virginia creeper decked the green picket fence.
There was a kind of madness in the country. Eamon De Valera, the prime minister, had this vision of an Ireland where we’d all be in some kind of native costume – which doesn’t exist – and we’d be dancing at the crossroads, babbling away in Gaelic, going to Mass, everyone virginal and pure.
For me, collages manage to – it satisfies all of my madness, like I’m able to make these obsessive things, but then I’m also able to make these very strong statements. I don’t know what they mean to other people, but in my mind, they have a very strong particular resonance; there’s sort of a power.
‘Fill Me In’ went to number one at the same time Destiny‘s Child released ‘Say My Name.’ Having a number one over Destiny’s Child at their peak was just madness to me.
Turin is a city which entices a writer towards vigor, linearity, style. It encourages logic, and through logic it opens the way towards madness.
I just think that playing in a championship game and playing in every game in March Madness, that’s just more time for critics to watch you and more time for them to nitpick at what you don’t do well or what they feel you don’t do well.
Between the Dinosaur Jr. albums and his recent solo albums, ‘Several Shades of Why’ and ‘Heavy Blanket,’ J Mascis is emerging as one of the last men from all that ’80s indie madness, still writing songs that you want to listen to over and over.
Our world is so glutted with useless information, images, useless images, sounds, all this sort of thing. It’s a cacophony, it’s like a madness I think that’s been happening in the past twenty-five years. And I think anything that can help a person sit in a room alone and not worry about it is good.
It takes madness to find out madness.
Howard Hughes was able to afford the luxury of madness, like a man who not only thinks he is Napoleon but hires an army to prove it.
Ted Morgan
About half my designs are controlled fantasy, 15 percent are total madness and the rest are bread-and-butter designs.
The world has always gone through periods of madness so as to advance a bit on the road to reason.
Hermann Broch
I don’t think you can rely on Iran. I don’t think you can rely on other radicals like the Taliban. They dispatched Al Qaida to bomb New York and Washington. What were they thinking? Were they that stupid? They weren’t stupid. There is an irrationality there, and there is madness in this method.
We have for too long been taught that the sight of a man speaking to himself is a sign of eccentricity or madness; we are no longer at all habituated to our own voices, except in conversation or from within the safety of a shouting crowd.
There is always some madness in love. But there is also always some reason in madness.
I like ‘nerves‘! I like the word ‘migraineur’. I like the word ‘madness’. These are OK words. The 19th century had a very handy term: ‘neurasthenic’. I think that’s a very useful word. We all know what that means: it means extra-sensitive.
A tavern is a place where madness is sold by the bottle.
Sometimes the crowd is the madness – at others it’s the absence of the crowd that is.
America has entered one of its periods of historic madness, but this is the worst I can remember.
The explosion of jihad and its desire to export its contagious madness to all areas of the world have changed the way we view immigration.
I like playing someone with a certain stability at the periphery of the madness.
But what is liberty without wisdom, and without virtue? It is the greatest of all possible evils; for it is folly, vice, and madness, without tuition or restraint.
I think mental illness or madness can be an escape also. People don’t develop a mental illness because they are in the happiest of situations, usually. One doctor observed that it was rare when people were rich to become schizophrenic. If they were poor or didn’t have too much money, then it was more likely.
You’re on your own with the book. And while you are writing fiction, you’re spending all this time with people who don’t actually exist, which is just madness.
Despite its obscurity, probably no element on the periodic table has as colorful a history as antimony. Money, madness, poison, linguistics, charlatanism, sexpretty much every theme that runs through the periodic table can be found in Element 51.
Mathematicians always hoped their field was the one human endeavor where reason would prevail over woke madness. But no such luck. The Mathematical Association of America has succumbed.
If you actually read the ‘New Gods‘ tetralogy, this epic without an ending, it’s like dipping your head into madness. You feel a little bit like the Joker for a little while. And I mean that in the best way possible.
You cannot properly bring up children when you are 69 or 70 and they are 12 and at the height of their madness. You can physically do it, but I don’t think it’s morally justified.
I struggled with kind of fighting with the inner illnesses within myself where my psychological madness and I have always kind of struggled with different disorders and mental things and so the biggest thing that I was kind of always ashamed of or being embarrassed of was kind of that.
I’m eclectic in my tastes because of my trauma. It’s madness. It’s almost ADHD.
Our constancy, same might call it our madness, was necessary to wear down the oppressive forces of the old democracy which, in Spain, was a hundred years behind the times.
Federica Montseny
Party-spirit at best is but the madness of many for the gain of a few.
In madness, I thought I was the most important person in the world.
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.
To seek trouble – this is not courage, this is madness. Courage is the willingness of man to sensibly face the troubles he cannot avoid.