„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 okay, then it's you.“
Many sources attribute this quote to Brown without giving a specific reference to her writings. The earliest located is the following variation from p. 47 of Musgrave Landing: Musings on the Writing Life by Susan Musgrave (1994), which Musgrave quotes as "Rita Mae Brown's warning": "If you become the kind of writer who calls forth heated emotional states, be careful. There are a lot of unbalanced people out there. The statistics on insanity are that one out of every four people is suffering from some form of mental illness. Think of your three best friends. If they're okay, then it's got to be you."
„Rule number three: Best friends always think you deserve the best guy even if the best guy barely knows you exist.“
— Candace Bushnell, книга The Carrie Diaries
Источник: The Carrie Diaries
„As Carl Jung said, avoidance of legitimate suffering is the root of all mental illness. And one truth you must suffer is that everything and everyone you love will eventually die.
— Malcolm Azania, книга From the Notebooks of Dr. Brain
Источник: From the Notebooks of Dr. Brain (2007), Chapter 2 “Facing the Ultimate Archenemy” (p. 57)
„People who say not to speak ill of the dead are hypocrites, because you can take it ot the bank they're thinking ill.“
— Nora Roberts American romance writer 1950
Источник: High Noon
„At every crisis in one's life, it is absolute salvation to have some sympathetic friend to whom you can think aloud without restraint or misgiving.“
— Woodrow Wilson American politician, 28th president of the United States (in office from 1913 to 1921) 1856 - 1924
Letter to Mary Allen Hulbert Peck (1 August 1909), PWW 19:321
„You aren't thinking or really existing unless you're willing to risk even your own sanity in the judgement of your existence.“
— Frank Herbert, книга Children of Dune
Источник: Children of Dune
„In order to know about the illnesses of society, you have to know what men are suffering from, how they suffer.“
— Ernesto Che Guevara Argentine Marxist revolutionary 1928 - 1967
As quoted in Testimonies About Che (2006) by Marta Rojas, p. 85
„I don't think all artists are mad, but there is statistical medical evidence that a lot of creative people suffer from various mood disorders.“
— Elizabeth Hand American writer 1957
Strange Horizons interview (2004)
Контексте: I don't think all artists are mad, but there is statistical medical evidence that a lot of creative people suffer from various mood disorders. They fall somewhere on the spectrum of being bipolar, of being borderline autistic and so on. These things are there. Now of course these days you can go to college and when you come out you are a professional artist and you can run a gallery as a business and have a career. That is a very valid way for an artist to make a living. But it doesn't make for a very interesting story. It doesn't have a lot of mythic subtext. … For me a lot of the world really is like that. The scenes in my book that people describe as "such a hallucinatory sequence" … I don't see the world like that all the time, but I see the world like that a lot.
So what am I going to do about that? Am I going to go crazy? Am I going to institutionalize myself? Am I going to go and work in a cubicle as a telemarketer so that I don't give vent to that? Or am I going to take that and channel it into my work? It is a gift.
„Every time I know we have to go out on tour, there’s about three or four weeks where I’m terrified—where I start thinking: That’s not me. I’m not Freddie Mercury.“
— Chris Cornell American singer-songwriter, musician 1964 - 2017
Then I go out onstage and it’s like diving into the cold Puget Sound after spending five weeks in Hawaii—there’s a shock to the system, but the fear goes away. You get used to it, which is pretty cool, because if I stopped performing, I could just disappear and end up being some weird chattering man that walks the streets in rags, staring only at the pavement. At first you rationalize that going to a club where people recognize you is a bad idea; then going to a neighborhood bar becomes a bad idea, too. Going to the grocery store becomes a bad idea. Answering the phone becomes a bad idea. Then every time the dog barks, you think the National Guard is on your roof ready to drill holes in the shingles and shoot at you. So I have to deal with the outside world on sort of a maintenance level—go out to a bar every so often and just be around people.
Interview with Details Magazine, December 1996 https://pitchfork.com/features/article/10081-chris-cornell-searching-for-solitude/,
On being anti-social
„You might have noticed that I never complain about politicians. I leave that to others. And there's no shortage of volunteers; everyone complains about politicians. Everyone says they suck. But where do people think these politicians come from? They don't fall out of the sky; they don't pass through a membrane from a separate reality. They come from American homes, American families, American schools, American churches, and American businesses. And they're elected by American voters. This is what our system produces, folks. This is the best we can do. Let's face it, we have very little to work with. Garbage in, garbage out.“
— George Carlin American stand-up comedian 1937 - 2008
Books, Napalm and Silly Putty (2001)
„Etymologically, patient means sufferer. It is not suffering as such that is most deeply feared but suffering that degrades. That illness can be not an epic of suffering but the occasion of some kind of self-transcendence is affirmed by sentimental literature and, more convincingly, by case histories offered by doctor-writers. Some illnesses seem more apt than others for this kind of meditation.“
— Susan Sontag American writer and filmmaker, professor, and activist 1933 - 2004
Источник: AIDS and Its Metaphors, (1989), ch. 4, p. 125, Farrar, Straus and Giroux ISBN 0-312-42013-7 ; later published in combination with Illness As Metaphor. This combined edition is the one referenced here.
„The thinking in the show, the hacker thinking of how do you approach every problem, I think they're hacking life more than they're hacking systems.“
— Walter O'Brien Irish businessman, founder of Scorpion Computer Services 1975
„In some situations however, when you are deeply with your problem, you feel at home anywhere just thinking about your problem. Some of my best work was done in hotels, on the train, and there's no rule. More important when you think is what goes on inside rather outside. […] The best thoughts can be nearly everywhere.“
— Cédric Villani French mathematician 1973
"The Mathematician's Office - Numberphile". youtube.com. August 25, 2016. Retrieved September 16, 2018.
„Now I understand what you tried to say to me
How you suffered for your sanity
How you tried to set them free
They would not listen —
They did not know how,
Perhaps they'll listen now.“
— Don McLean American Singer and songwriter 1945
Song lyrics, American Pie (1971), Vincent
„In America you can ease into middle age with the accoutrements of adolescence still prominent and suffer relatively minor embarrassment: okay, so the guy's still got his sideburns and rod and beer and beergut and wife and three kids and a duplex and never grew up. So what? You're not supposed to grow up in America. You're supposed to consume. But in Britain it seems there is some ideal, no, some dry river one is expected to ford, so you can enter that sedate bubble where you raise a family, contributing in your small way to your society and keep your mouth shut. Until you get old, that is, when you can become an "eccentric"“
— Lester Bangs American music critic and journalist 1948 - 1982
do and say outrageous things, naughty things, because it's expected of you, you've crossed to the other mirror of the telescope of childhood.
"The Clash" (December 1977), p. 239
Psychotic Reactions and Carburetor Dung (1988)
„Sometimes they're grey/green, sometimes they're grey, and some people think they are blue. So, I can't tell you!“
— Sarah Brightman British soprano, musical theatre actress, and dancer 1960
The Straits Times (Singapore) (2001); on the colour of her eyes.