Sanity is in the Eye of the Beholder

On Saturday Jon Stewart ended his rally speech with this sentiment:
Sanity will always be and has always been in the eye of the beholder.
It reminds me of the diverse things that people have said about sanity and insanity:

Sanity is a cozy lie. -Susan Sontag

Perhaps a lunatic was simply a minority of one. -George Orwell

In all matters of opinion, our adversaries are insane. -Oscar Wilde

The distance between insanity and genius is measured only by success.” -Bruce Feirstein

No man is sane who does not know how to be insane on the proper occasions. -Henry Ward Beecher

“Insanity in individuals is something rare, but in groups, parties, nations and epochs it is the rule. -Friedrich Nietzsche

Sanity is a madness put to good use. -George Santayana

Too much sanity may be madness. -Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

One of the definitions of sanity is the ability to tell real from unreal. Soon we'll need a new definition. -Alvin Toffler


  1. Bob, I've heard it preached that the only perfectly sane man who has ever lived is our Lord Jesus Christ. If that is true, it would seem (in varying degrees) sin makes us all insane.

  2. @jrchaard - Love that Seinfeld episode - one of may favorites.

    @crownring - Great thought! I guess (in)sanity is just a matter of degree.


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