— Aristotle Classical Greek philosopher, student of Plato and founder of Western philosophy -384 - -322 v.Chr
„Great wits are sure to madness near alli'd;
And thin partitions do their bounds divide“
— John Dryden, Context: A daring pilot in extremity; Pleas'd with the danger, when the waves went high He sought the storms; but for a calm unfit, Would steer too nigh the sands, to boast his wit. Great wits are sure to madness near alli'd; And thin partitions do their bounds divide: Else, why should he, with wealth and honour blest, Refuse his age the needful hours of rest? Punish a body which he could not please; Bankrupt of life, yet prodigal of ease? And all to leave, what with his toil he won To that unfeather'd, two-legg'd thing, a son: Got, while his soul did huddled notions try; And born a shapeless lump, like anarchy. Pt. I, lines 159–172.
— H.P. Lovecraft American author 1890 - 1937
„Every day I discover
more and more
It’s enough to drive one mad.
I have such a desire
to do everything,
my head is bursting with it.“
— Claude Monet French impressionist painter 1840 - 1926
„Human rights' are a fine thing, but how can we make ourselves sure that our rights do not expand at the expense of the rights of others. A society with unlimited rights is incapable of standing to adversity. If we do not wish to be ruled by a coercive authority, then each of us must rein himself in... A stable society is achieved not by balancing opposing forces but by conscious self-limitation: by the principle that we are always duty-bound to defer to the sense of moral justice.“
— Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Rebuilding Russia: Reflections and Tentative Proposals
„Mad Matter: "Have I gone mad?"
Alice: "I'm afraid so. You're entirely bonkers. But I'll tell you a secret. All the best people are.“
— Tim Burton, Alice in Wonderland: Based on the Motion Picture Directed by Tim Burton
— Allen Ginsberg American poet 1926 - 1997
— Charles Bukowski American writer 1920 - 1994
— Jack Welch American executive: General Electric CEO 1935