Those who try to “break on through to the other side” not only cannot predict what they may find there, but are themselves too often broken in the process.
–Charles Shaar Murray
“But I don’t want to go among mad people,” Alice remarked.
“Oh, you can’t help that,” said the Cat. “We’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad.”
“How do you know I’m mad?” said Alice.
“You must be,” said the Cat. “or you wouldn’t have come here.”
–Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
Maybe I’m needy, neurotic, paranoid. Under the circumstances, of course, if I weren’t needy, neurotic, and paranoid, I’d obviously be psychotic.
–Dean Koontz, Seize the Night
And all that weirdness isn’t just going on outside.
It’s in you too, right now,
growing in the dark like magic mushrooms.
Call it the Thing in the Cellar. Call it the Blow Lunch Factor.
Call it the Loony Tunes File.
I think of it as my private dinosaur, huge, slimy, and mindless, stumbling around in the stinking swamp of my subconscious, never finding a tar pit big enough to hold it.
–Stephen King, “Rage”
See, the human mind is kind of like... a piñata. When it breaks open,
there’s a lot of surprises inside. Once you get the piñata perspective,
you see that losing your mind can be a peak experience.
–Jane Wagner, The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe
What happens to the wide-eyed observer
when the window between reality and unreality breaks
and the glass begins to fly?
–Stephen King, in the introduction to “Secret Window, Secret Garden”
I wake … into another day of dread. Dread with no name or face.
Nothing to fight with my body or wits.
Just a gnawing gripping fear. So hard and heavy.
I can’t breathe. I can’t swallow.
I suppose that the human mind can only stand so much grief and anguish.
After that the fuses blow.
–Fynn, Mister God, This is Anna
There’s someone in my head but it’s not me.
–Pink Floyd, “Brain Damage”
In some places it's known as a tornado. In others, a cyclone.
And in still others, the Idiot's Merry-go-round.
Jack Handy quotes
There’s something in us that is very much attracted to madness.
Everyone who looks off the edge of a tall building
has felt at least a faint, morbid urge to jump.
–Stephen King, “The Ballad of the Flexible Bullet”
You’re only given a little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.
Correct me if I'm wrong,
but hasn't the fine line between sanity and madness gotten finer?
A person needs a little madness, or else they never dare cut the rope and be free.
-- Nikos Kazantzakis
Just because you’re paranoid
don’t mean they’re not after you.
–Nirvana, “Territorial Pissings”
It is important to remember that at first blush,
going sane feels just like going crazy.
Stand up to your obstacles and do something about them.
You will find that they haven't half the strength you think they have.
Norman Vincent Peale
You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you
really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself,
'I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.'
Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths.
When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.
I will find a way out or make one.
So tonight, as I am sitting here at the computer working on this page... and quite sure that I am about to have a mental breakdown of sorts... I receive a text from my oldest son, M.
"I think you're an amazing woman and I am lucky to have you for a mom.
Whatever this is.... it WILL pass."
Okay, M... you just totally made my night!!!!!!!!!!! : )