Sanity Quotes

Christopher Moore

If you think anyone is sane you just don't know enough about them.

Charles Baxter

The twentieth century has built up a powerful set of intellectual shortcuts and devices that help us defend ourselves against moments when clouds suddenly appear to think.

Tawny Lara

Sometimes you have to go a little crazy before you can find sanity. I think I'm close.

Terry Goodkind

When the whole world is crazy, it doesn't pay to be sane.

Carla H. Krueger

Writing is a solitary existence, especially if you forget to chat to your friends – sorry, I meant characters.

Stephen King

The concept of dreaming is known to the waking mind but to the dreamer there is no waking, no real world, no sanity; there is only the screaming bedlam of sleep.

Cameron Jace

The world is too sane. It could use a little madness.

Thomm Quackenbush

In this decaying world, these moments with her help keep me sane.

Anaïs Nin

What I cannot love, I overlook.

Allen Ginsberg

I really believe, or want to believe, really I am nuts, otherwise I'll never be sane.

Marcus Aurelius

The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane.

Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.

Insanity is often the logic of an accurate mind overtasked. Good mental machinery ought to break its own wheels and levers, if anything is thrust among them suddenly which tends to stop them or reverse their motion. A weak mind does not accumulate force enough to hurt itself; stupidity often saves a man from going mad.

Rabih Alameddine

I wonder if being sane means disregarding the chaos that is life, pretending only an infinitesimal segment of it is reality.

Dale Wasserman

Too much sanity may be madness - and maddest of all: to see life as it is, and not as it should be!

Karen Quan

Some of us walk around with a necklace of hope, an armour of sanity, but at the end of the day, they always come off. We reveal our naked, vulnerable, real selves.

Mark Twain

Sanity and happiness are an impossible combination.

Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra

Here lies a gentleman bold
Who was so very brave
He went to lengths untold,
And on the brink of the grave
Death had on him no hold.
By the world he set small store-
He frightened it to the core-
Yet somehow, by Fate's plan,
Though he'd lived a crazy man,
When he died he was sane once more.

Stacey Jay

But maybe that isn't possible. Maybe the mind of the majority is always the healthy mind, simply by virtue of its numbers. Maybe it's the definition of madness to believe I'm right and everyone else if wrong, to find my thoughts rational and reasonable when almost the entire world finds them damaged and flawed.

George Orwell

At present nothing is possible except to extend the area of sanity little by little. We cannot act collectively. We can only spread our knowledge outwards from individual to individual, generation after generation.

Yasmina Khadra

If you haven’t lost your mind yet, that’s because you haven’t seen very much.

Stefan Molyneux

When people have invested their identities into clichés, the only counter argument they have is 'being offended'.

Carla H. Krueger

Trap yourself inside your own brain, switch off the light, block all the escape routes, then turn your back on everything you know to be reality and try and survive there. Try. Living. Nowhere.

Carla H. Krueger

Time is not an enemy as such, but a missing person, sending cryptic postcards from the past.

Carla H. Krueger

At first, I didn’t understand. Understanding came very slowly.

Carla H. Krueger

I need a new trick if I am to walk without legs, see without eyes or speak without words.

Carla H. Krueger

It’s unpleasant magic, the kind that darkens the senses, the kind no one wants to experience, but once in a lifetime might not be able to avoid.

Carla H. Krueger

No trees, sky or ground. No other buildings or fields. No winding path, no brambles, no outhouse or pond or flowers, no sunshine or children playing. Just blackness.

Carla H. Krueger

Even though I knew, deep down, what she was trying to do, I couldn’t hate her. Even when she hurt me, I forgave her.

Carla H. Krueger

Right now, in this dusty anti-paradise, I have absolutely no hand in the future at all.

Carla H. Krueger

I have always hated lies; my own and everyone else’s.

Carla H. Krueger

I used to love lulling, running water – a sound so infrequent in cityscapes. Its loss always made me feel lonely when I lived amongst concrete.

Carla H. Krueger

Truth starts with a sense.

Carla H. Krueger

A thick rivulet of lost blood reflects a city that will mourn but never die.

Carla H. Krueger

Dwelling on the loneliness inherent in a city such as this when you dream of endless mountains and expanses of blue sky is a recipe for torment.

Carla H. Krueger

Pain is usually all on the surface, but this terror is internal; not just a hurt, but a new language of feeling.

Casey Renee Kiser

I can't get his bones
to go down the fucking drain.
I try to stuff the tiny holes,
too tiny for this pain.

I can't get his bones
to break any way for my gain.
Break them back a little too far,
never too far for the sake of sane.

Anne Morrow Lindbergh

It isn't for the moment you are struck that you need courage, but for that long uphill climb back to sanity and faith and security.

Edgar Allan Poe

Men have called me mad; but the question is not yet settled, whether madness is or is not the loftiest intelligence– whether much that is glorious– whether all that is profound– does not spring from disease of thought– from moods of mind exalted at the expense of the general intellect.

Louis-Ferdinand Céline

People don't deserve the restraint we show by not going into delirium in front of them.

Diana Rowland

Just because I'm insane doesn't mean I have to act all crazy.

Sara Sheridan

In the 1950s at least less was expected of women. Now we're supposed to build a career, build a home, be the supermum that every child deserves, the perfect wife, meet the demands of elderly parents, and still stay sane.

Margaret Atwood

I lie on the floor, washed by nothing and hanging on. I cry at night. I am afraid of hearing voices, or a voice. I have come to the edge, of the land. I could get pushed over.

Hal Tipper

Letting go is the willingness to change your beliefs in order to bring more peace and joy into your life instead of holding onto beliefs that bring pain and suffering…

William S. Burroughs

I began to get a feeling familiar to me from my bartending days of being the only sane man in a nuthouse. It doesn't make you feel superior but depressed and scared, because there is nobody you can contact.

Roman Payne

The moment her hymen was plucked from her body in the wilderness,
Her soul was taken from sanity.

Peter Clines

Nobody sane loves working in an office, It’s against human nature to be locked up in a cubicle all day long.


An idea can destroy the mind of a human being, twist it into a dark path of destruction and illness. But only the human can destroy the mind with a bullet to the soul. Ideas do not kill people; they ruin them. People kill people.

Tim Burton

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

Shirley Jackson

No live organism can continue for long to exist sanely under conditions of absolute reality.

Graeme Galton

One concrete way in which we all landscape our sanity is by having our experience of reality confirmed by others. When our experience of reality is disconfirmed by others, our confidence in our own sanity can be undermined.
(page 125, Chapter 9, Graeme Galton)

Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Reality is a hallucination shared by most sane men.

Dorothea Tanning

Art has always been the raft onto which we climb to save our sanity. I don't see a different purpose for it now.

Tom Robbins

Well, Daddy, I used to believe that artists went crazy in the process of creating the beautiful works of art that kept society sane. Nowadays, though, artists make intentionally ugly art that’s only supposed to reflect society rather than inspire it. So I guess we’re all loony together now, loony rats in the shithouse of commercialism.

Barbara Marciniak

The history of your world is filled with the voice of the victor, the voice of power, although it was not always a voice of sanity, by any means.

Gore Vidal

Once people get hung up on theology, they've lost sanity forever. More people have been killed in the name of Jesus Christ than any other name in the history of the world.

Uke Family Motto

Sanity is for the weak

Terry Pratchett

Inside every sane person there's a madman struggling to get out," said the shopkeeper. "That's what I've always thought. No one goes mad quicker than a totally sane person.

Jim Butcher

The human mind is not a terribly logical or consistent place.

Edgar Allan Poe

Yet mad I am not...and very surely do I not dream.

Daniel J. Rice

The mountains knew the definition of freedom. They provided a place where he could find his mind.

Music is my therapy and my straitjacket. Music keeps me sane and keeps my mind on something. It's fragile up there.

Nancy Sleeth

The Amish are islands of sanity in a whirlpool of change.

Dean Koontz

I don't desire a change of scenery or exotic experiences. My heart yearns for familiarity, stability, the comfort of home- and my sanity depends on it.

Jeff Jarvis

The only sane response to change is to find the opportunity in it.

Émile Durkheim

Melancholy suicide. - This is connected with a general state of extreme depression and exaggerated sadness, causing the patient no longer to realize sanely the bonds which connect him with people and things about him. Pleasures no longer attract;

Christian Baloga

Minds that have withered into psychosis are far more terrifying than any character of fiction.

Erich Fromm

That millions of people share the same forms of mental pathology does not make these people sane.

D.W. Winnicott

We are poor indeed if we are only sane.

Craig Harrison

[...] nobody anywhere seemed to be willing to ponder for a moment the possibility that a human being who refused to participate, who refused to speak or listen, who failed to ‘interact with his peer group‘, might not be all that crazy, and might even have arrived at an understandable response to the world in which we lived.

Kurt Vonnegut

A society, on occasion, can be the worst possible describer of mental health.

Mokokoma Mokhonoana

In any sane society, a farmer is a billion times more important than an economist.

Aldous Huxley

Individual insanity is immune to the consequences of collective insanity

Christopher Page

I would much rather have my grotesque products of the imagination compared to your delusional sanity.

Bernard Malamud

Where to look if you've lost your mind?

Ashly Lorenzana

You never know what lurks just beneath the surface of my fragile sanity.

David Wong

We rode in silence, I think all of us wondering what was behind the flowery wallpaper our perceptions had always pasted on the unknown. All the things the mind won't allow us to see, to protect our sanity, or our soul, or maybe just to keep the shit out of our pants.

Jaeda DeWalt

Sanity is transmuting all the insane parts of your brain into a creative outlet.

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