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120. A man can no more diminish God’s glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word, ‘darkness’ on the walls of his cell. (God & Glory & Worship & Lunatic) C S Lewis
438. The whole religious complexion of the modern world is due to the absence, since Jerusalem, of a lunatic asylum. (Religion & Lunacy) Havelock Ellis
545. It’s been pointed out that if you were the only person who held those beliefs you'd probably be locked up in an asylum. But because lots of people hold them it becomes a sort of respectable accepted thing. (Religion & Belief & Lunacy) Professor Richard Dawkins, interviewing Ian McEwan
629. We have names for people who have many beliefs for which there is no rational justification. When their beliefs are extremely common we call them ‘religious’; otherwise, they are likely to be called ‘mad’, ‘psychotic’ or ’delusional’. (Religion & Belief & Mad & Lunacy) Sam Harris, The End of Faith
630. The danger of religious faith is that it allows otherwise normal human beings to reap the fruits of madness and consider them holy. (Religion & Belief & Faith & Mad & Lunacy & Holy) ibid.
1,019. A casual stroll through the lunatic asylum shows that faith does not prove anything. (Faith & Lunacy) Friedrich Nietzsche
6,692. Man is so intelligent that he feels impelled to invent theories to account for what happens in the world. Unfortunately, he is not quite intelligent enough, in most cases, to find correct explanations. So that when he acts on his theories, he behaves very often like a lunatic. (Intelligence & Theory & Act & Lunatic) Aldous Huxley
8,953. Schizoid behaviour is a pretty common thing in children. It’s accepted, because all we adults have this unspoken agreement that children are lunatics. (Children & Lunacy & Mental Health) Stephen King
8,963. A child is a curly, dimpled lunatic. (Children & Lunacy) Ralph Waldo Emerson
58,781. But the thought of being a lunatic did not greatly trouble him; the horror was that he might also be wrong. (Wrong & Lunatic) George Orwell, 1984
79,977. What can you do, thought Winston, against the lunatic who is more intelligent than yourself, who gives your arguments a fair hearing and then simply persists in his lunacy? ibid.
79,959. The world is becoming like a lunatic asylum run by lunatics. David Lloyd George, cited Observer 8th January 1933
79,960. Polonius: I have found
The very cause of Hamlet’s lunacy ...
Queen: I doubt it is no other but the main
His father’s death, and our o’erhasty marriage. William Shakespeare, Hamlet II ii 48-49, Polonius to King