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Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
The distance between insanity and genius is measured only by success.
You need a little bit of insanity to do great things.
Insanity is knowing that what you're doing is completely idiotic, but still, somehow, you just can't stop it.
'Hamlet' is one of the most dangerous things ever set down on paper. All the big, unknowable questions like what it is to be a human being; the difference between sanity and insanity; the meaning of life and death; what's real and not real. All these subjects can literally drive you mad.
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.
Love: A temporary insanity curable by marriage.
In individuals, insanity is rare; but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule.
I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol, violence, or insanity to anyone, but they've always worked for me.
Hunter S. Thompson
What a fine line there is between artistry and insanity. There's no formula for it, and I think a lot of people when they're around you - even those closest to you - when you're in that whirl of creativity and you're grabbing those things out of the air, there's no rational process.
Bunch together a group of people deliberately chosen for strong religious feelings, and you have a practical guarantee of dark morbidities expressed in crime, perversion, and insanity.
H. P. Lovecraft
There's a fine line between genius and insanity. I have erased this line.
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.
To stand up on a stage alone with an acoustic guitar requires bravery bordering on heroism. Bordering on insanity.
I used to think 'King Lear' was an analysis of insanity, but I don't really think it is. When Lear is supposed to be at his most insane, he is actually understanding the world for the first time.
If someone says 'grunge' or 'punk,' you know what the sound is, but if you say 'No Wave,' it's kind of mysterious. That was the most interesting part and should have been the most inspirational thing about it... here's this collective sonic insanity, and none of it sounds anything alike.
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.
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.
Insanity is often the logic of an accurate mind overtasked.
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
Well, love is insanity. The ancient Greeks knew that. It is the taking over of a rational and lucid mind by delusion and self-destruction. You lose yourself, you have no power over yourself, you can't even think straight.
Insanity - a perfectly rational adjustment to an insane world.
R. D. Laing
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.
Insanity runs in my family. It practically gallops.
The definition of insanity in Texas is so insane that it's impossible to be insane in Texas.
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.
Surrealism had a great effect on me because then I realised that the imagery in my mind wasn't insanity. Surrealism to me is reality.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Maybe all one can do is hope to end up with the right regrets.
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