— Sophocles ancient Greek tragedian -496 - -406 a.C.
Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919), Vit. Anon, page 64 (Plumptre's Trans.).
„Go! you may call it madness, folly;
You shall not chase my gloom away!
There's such a charm in melancholy
I would not if I could be gay.“
— Samuel Rogers British poet 1763 - 1855
To ———, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).
— Abu Nuwas Arabic poet 762 - 814
— Jonathan Larson American composer and playwright 1960 - 1996
tick, tick... BOOM! (1990)
— Herman Melville American novelist, short story writer, essayist, and poet 1818 - 1891
„As I am never better than when I am mad; then methinks I am a brave fellow; then I do wonders: but reason abuseth me, and there's the torment, there's the hell.“
— Thomas Kyd English dramatist 1558 - 1594
Misattributed, Act III, sc. xiia
— André Breton, What is Surrealism?: Selected Writings
„As incompetent in life as in death, I loathe myself and in this loathing I dream of another life, another death. And for having sought to be a sage such as never was, I am only a madman among the mad.“
— Emil M. Cioran, libro Breviario de podredumbre
A Short History of Decay (1949)
— Roland Barthes French philosopher, critic and literary theorist 1915 - 1980
„I have never met a man like my father. He is so mad, terrible and vehement at the same time. Because of him, I never knew anything other than passion. When I began to meet other people I saw that it wasn’t normal.“
— Nastassja Kinski German actress 1961
Georgina Howell, The Demanding Nastassia Kinski http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1309&dat=19860102&id=MQROAAAAIBAJ&sjid=MJwDAAAAIBAJ&pg=6682,494045, New Straits Times, January 2, 1986
— Ben Jonson English writer 1572 - 1637