quotations about sanity
Sanity ... had it ever been more than a convention -- a comfortable set of blinkers, an agreed mode of wishful thinking, which excluded from our view the full strangeness and malevolence of the universe we are compelled to inhabit?
C. S. LEWIS, Perelandra
Sanity is not truth. Sanity is conformity to what is socially expected. Truth is sometimes in conformity, sometimes not.
ROBERT M. PIRSIG, Lila
Facts by themselves can often feed the flame of madness, because sanity is a spirit.
G. K. CHESTERTON, "On the Classics", Selected Essays
Sanity becomes the fantasy that keeps us sane; a rhetorical prop in an unplotted, threatening world.
ADAM PHILLIPS, Going Sane: Maps of Happiness
If we lose our sanity ...
We can but howl the lugubrious howl of idiots,
the howl of the utterly lost
howling their nowhereness.
D. H. LAWRENCE, "At Last"
That millions of people share the same forms of mental pathology does not make these people sane.
ERICH FROMM, The Sane Society
Sanity is a notch above plain old keeping it together.
JOY WATSON, From Stress to Sanity: A Simple Guide to Calm and Empower
There is no point in driving yourself mad trying to stop yourself going mad. You might just as well give in and save your sanity for later.
DOUGLAS ADAMS, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe
Was everybody seeing this stuff and acting as though they weren't? Was insanity just a matter of dropping the act?
SUSANNA KAYSEN, Girl, Interrupted
O' sanity, o' sanity
What am I to do with you?
Drink up, shoot up, anything you please
But she's always standing behind me like a devil in hell
JOHN LENNON & YOKO ONO, "O'Sanity"
Sanity is a full-time job.
BAD RELIGION, "Vanity"
Sanity means the wholeness of the consciousness.
And our society is only part conscious, like an idiot.
D. H. LAWRENCE, "Nemesis"
Too much sanity may be madness. And maddest of all, to see life as it is and not as it should be!
MIGUEL DE CERVANTES, Don Quixote
The sanity of society is a balance of a thousand insanities.
RALPH WALDO EMERSON, "Nominalist and Realist", Essays
Sanity is a valuable possession; I hoard it the way people once hoarded money. I save it, so I will have enough, when the time comes.
MARGARET ATWOOD, The Handmaid's Tale
Inside every sane person there's a madman struggling to get out.... That's what I've always thought. No one goes mad quicker than a totally sane person.
TERRY PRATCHETT, The Light Fantastic
We're all crazy. I'm crazy, you're crazy. The only thing that you can do is tether yourself to things that are stronger and more steady than you, and that shows your sanity.
NOTHING MORE, "Nothing More offer the most incredible advice at Riot Fest--watch", Alt Press, September 16, 2017
Lead me back to sanity's side
I've been a few places darling
Experimented and looked around
It's time I was returning
Get my feet back on solid ground
LITTLE RIVER BAND, "Sanity's Side"
The one impulse in man which cannot be erased is his impulse toward freedom, his impulse toward sanity, toward higher levels of attainment in all of his endeavors.
L. RON HUBBARD, Dianetics 55!
For me, insanity is super sanity. The normal is psychotic. Normal means lack of imagination, lack of creativity.
JEAN DEBUFFET, The New Yorker, June 16, 1973