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Quotes on Normality

Quotes on Normality

"Sanity is relative. For some of us, it's just a distant cousin." -B.J. Zanzibar

Mad, adj. Affected with a high degree of intellectual independence; not conforming to standards of thought, speech and action derived by the conformants from study of themselves; at odds with the majority; in short, unusual. It is noteworthy that persons are pronounced mad by officials destitute of evidence that themselves are sane. For illustration, this present (and illustrious) lexicographer is no firmer in the faith of his own sanity than is any inmate of any madhouse in the land; yet for ought he knows to the contrary, instead of the lofty occupation that seems to him to be engaging his powers he may really be beating his hands against the window bars of an asylum and declaring himself Noah Webster, to the innocent delight of many thoughtless spectators. -Ambrose Bierce

"When no one else listens, talk to walls."

"It's good to know that if I behave strangely enough, society will take full responsibility for me." -Ashleigh Brilliant

"I suppose it is much more comfortable to be mad and not know it than to be sane and have one's doubts." --G.B. Burgin

Hope is the denial of reality.

My inferiority complex is not as good as yours.

When we talk to God, we're praying. When God talks to us, we're schizophrenic. -Lily Tomlin

"As I was walking up the stair,
I met a man who wasn't there.
He wasn't there again today.
I wish, I wish he'd go away."
-Hugh Mearns

"Of course I'm sane! The voices told me so." -Michael DeRosa

Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it doesn't go away. (Philip K. Dick)

Smile..It makes the world wonder what you're up to.

I don't have an reality problem. You have a perception problem

You're just jealous `cause the voices don't talk to you

"See the happy moron.
He doesn't give a damn.
I wish I were a moron.
My God! Perhaps I am!"

Laugh alone and the world thinks you're an idiot

"Neurotics build dream castles, psychotics live in them and psychiatrists collect the rent."

"I feel like a fugitive from the law of averages." - William H. Mauldin.

"Nobody realises that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal."

Insanity is relative. It depends on who has who locked in what cage." Ray Bradbury

Insanity - a perfectly rational adjustment to an insane world. R. D. Lang

We are all born mad. Some remain so. (Samuel Beckett)

Normal is not something to aspire to; it's something to get away from. ~ Jodie Foster ~

Every normal person, in fact, is only normal on the average. His ego approximates to that of the psychotic in some part or other and to a greater or lesser extent. ~ Sigmund Freud ~

"Use what talent you possess: the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except those that sang best." -Henry Van Dyke

Neurosis is the suffering of a soul which has not discovered its meaning. (Jung) More

"In every work of genius we recognize our own rejected thoughts." -Henry David Thoreau

"I may not believe what you say, but I will die for your right to be able to do so." -Voltaire

I'm no lunatic, man! I'm a sane man fighting for his soul! -R.H. Renfield

"Those who danced where thought to be quite insane by those who could not hear the music." --Angela Monet

What we imagine is order is merely the prevailing form of chaos. -Kerry Thornley, Principia Discordia, 5th edition

"There is in every madman a misunderstood genius whose idea, shining in his head, frightened people, and for whom delirium was the only solution to the strangulation that life had prepared for him." -Antonin Artaud, of Van Gogh - More

"If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away." -Henry David Thoreau, "Walden"

"It is not worth an intelligent man's time to be in the majority. By definition, there are already enough people to do that." -G.H. Hardy

"He who joyfully marches to music in rank and file has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would fully suffice." - Albert Einstein

Whenever you find that you are on the side of the majority, it is time to reform. - Mark Twain

One must still have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star. --Friedrich Neitzsche - More

If everybody is thinking alike, then somebody isn't thinking. George S. Patton, Jr.

No excellent soul is exempt from a mixture of madness. ~ Aristotle ~

Better mad with the rest of the world than wise alone. ~ Baltasar Gracian ~

I may be crazy but it keeps me from going insane. ~ Waylon Jennings ~

I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity. ~ Edgar Allan Poe ~

Truly great madness can not be achieved without significant intelligence. - Henrik Tikkanen

"I'm the one that has to die when it's time for me to die, so let me live my life, the way I want to."-- Jimi Hendrix

"In things pertaining to enthusiasm, no man is sane who does not know how to be insane on proper occasions." - H.W. Beecher

"To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing it's best, night and day, to make you everybody else, means to fight the hardest battle which any human can fight, and never stop fighting." - E. Cummings

The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself. ~Friedrich Nietzsche - More

Men fear thought as they fear nothing else on earth, more than ruin, more even than death. Thought is subversive and revolutionary, destructive and terrible, thought is merciless to privilege, established institutions, and comfortable habit. Thought looks into the pit of hell and is not afraid. Thought is great and swift and free, the light of the world, and the chief glory of man. ~Bertrand Russell

Not all those who wander are lost. ~J.R.R. Tolkien

One who walks in another's tracks leaves no footprints. ~Proverb

None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free. ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe - More

If they give you ruled paper, write the other way. ~Juan Ramon Jimenez

The strongest man in the world is he who stands alone. ~Henrik Ibsen

Conformity is that jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth. ~John F. Kennedy

No, no, you're not thinking; you're just being logical. ~Niels Bohr

Mad, adj.: Affected with a high degree of intellectual independence. ~Ambrose Bierce

The plague of mankind is the fear and rejection of diversity: monotheism, monarchy, monogamy and, in our age, monomedicine. The belief that there is only one right way to live, only one right way to regulate religious, political, sexual, medical affairs is the root cause of the greatest threat to man: members of his own species, bent on ensuring his salvation, security, and sanity. ~Thomas Szasz

I don't necessarily agree with everything I say. ~Marshall McLuhan

Don't let people drive you crazy when you know it's in walking distance. ~Unknown

Everything great that we know has come from neurotics… never will the world be aware of how much it owes to them, nor above all what they have suffered in order to bestow their gifts on it. ~ Marcel Proust

Where I am not understood, it shall be concluded that something very useful and profound is couched underneath. Jonathan Swift

The distance between insanity and genius is measured only by success. ~James Bond, Tomorrow Never Dies

Those who can laugh without cause have either found the true meaning of happiness or have gone stark raving mad. ~Norm Papernick

Want a good body? Work at it. Want to be a success? Work at it. Want to be truly exceptional? Be a touch insane...You need a little bit of insanity to do great things. Henry Rollins More