Crazy / Insanity Quotes

“Afrikaner author Laurens van der Post told a story about a conversation between psychologist Carl Jung and Ochwiay Biano, a Pueblo Indian chief. Jung asked Biano to offer his views about white people. ‘White people must be crazy because they think with their heads,’ said the chief, ‘and it is well-known that only crazy people do that.’ Jung asked him what the alternative was. Biano said that his people think with their hearts.’” (I ran across this in my posting ‘Crazy People’ but don’t remember now where I’d picked it up.)

“Withholding love distorts reality. It makes the people who do the withholding ugly and small-hearted. It makes the people from whom things are withheld crazy and desperate and incapable of knowing what they actually feel. Don’t be strategic or coy. Strategic and coy are for jackasses. Be brave. Be authentic. Practice saying the word love to the people you love, so when it matters the most to say it, you will.” – Cheryl Strayed, quoted in the wonderful collection Brave Enough

“I encourage people to pursue excellence, to pursue love, to pursue what they love to do. I don’t think these are crazy ideas, actually – and I also encourage people to remain calm because nothing is under control, certainly not under our control anyway.” – Guy McPherson in an interview & article here (Warning: you might not like the short prognosis he provides for our species)

 “… gaze bemused when our children are ripped almost crazy when we separate.” – Dr. Martin Shaw, in the foreword to Die Wise – A Manifesto for Sanity and Soul, by Stephen Jenkinson

“Love the earth and the animals, despise riches, give alms to everyone that asks, stand up for the stupid and the crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants and argue not concerning God.” – Walt Whitman

“What sane person could live in this world and not be crazy?” – Ursula K. LeGuin

“I imagine there’s probably so much quiet where you are when you’re cold and dead, you might as well say how crazy you are about people while you have a mouth and teeth and tongue.” ~ Fictional character Ruth, in The Book of Ruth, by Jane Hamilton

Tom Robbins on “crazy wisdom”:Crazy wisdom is the wisdom that evolves when one, while refusing to avert one’s gaze from the sorrows and injustices of the world, insists on joy in spite of everything. Ancient Egyptians believed that when a person died, the gods immediately placed his or her heart in one pan of a set of scales. In the other pan was a feather. If there was imbalance, if the heart of the deceased weighed more than the feather, he or she was denied admittance to the afterworld. Only the lighthearted were deemed advanced enough to merit immortality.”

“Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.” – Apple marketing phrase (apparently)

“Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” – Albert Einstein (I’ve heard it wasn’t actually Einstein who said this.)

“The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.” – Benjamin Franklin

***** Yeah, I’ve heard it was neither of them. Mis-attribution of quotations is a rather major phenomenon, I gather.

***** HERE! 785 quotes about insanity. They say the quote comes from Narcotics Anonymous.

“When we remember we are all mad, the mysteries disappear and life stands explained.” – Mark Twain (more Twain here)

 “My own definition of Dada: an insane lyrical impulse to remain light and carefree, always looking for something to wonder or marvel at, or love, or laugh at, but always remaining illogical and joyous in a world gone mad with too much logic, seriousness, science, newspapers, war, and destruction.” – Irving Stettner

We Americans are locked in an asylum for the criminally insane with the criminally insane, and they are armed to the hilt. We are in a dangerous place. Yet we continue to call ourselves free. Psychosis and delusion is not freedom.” – Charles Sullivan in ‘Contesting the Systems of Power

& 1 quote about falling apart:

“It is good to realize that falling apart is not such a bad thing. Indeed, it is as essential to evolutionary and psychological transformation as the cracking of outgrown shells.” – from World as Lover, World as Self Courage for Global Justice and Ecological Renewal, by Joanna Macy

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