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  • What sane person could live in this world and not be crazy?

  • ... it's better to be crazy on one point and happy, than sane on all points and unhappy.

  • Sanity is a matter of culture and convention. If it's a crazy culture you live in, then you have to be irrational to want to conform. A completely rational person would recognize that the culture was crazy and refuse to conform. But by not conforming, he is the one who would be judged crazy by that particular society.

  • The statistics on sanity are that one out of every four Americans is suffering from some form of mental illness. Think of your three best friends. If they're OK, then it's you.

    • Rita Mae Brown,
    • in Susan Musgrave, Musgrave Landing: Musing on the Writing Life ()
  • In every society, the definitions of sanity and madness are arbitrary — are, in the largest sense, political.

    • Susan Sontag,
    • "Approaching Artaud," in The New Yorker ()
  • Sanity is a cozy lie.

    • Susan Sontag,
    • in Charles Ruas, Conversations With American Writers ()
  • Sanity is sometimes a matter of going on, outwardly, as if everything is all right.

  • Sanity ... is the most profound moral option of our time.

  • How crazy craziness makes everyone, how irrationally afraid. The madness hidden in each of us, called to, identified, aroused like a lust. And against that the jaw sets. The more I fear my own insanity the more I must punish yours ...

  • ... sanity, in my opinion, is an achievement. I have seen very few well-balanced people in my life who were not dunces.

  • What is sanity, after all, except the control of madness?

  • The root of sanctity is sanity. A man must be healthy before he can be holy. We bathe first, and then perfume.