Dreaming permits each of and every one of us to be quietly and safely insane every night of our lives.
Insanity: Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
Insanity in individuals is something rare - but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule.
If you talk to God, you are praying; If God talks to you, you have schizophrenia. If the dead talk to you, you are a spiritualist; If you talk to the dead, you are a schizophrenic.
The Second Sin, Anchor/Doubleday, Garden City, NY. 1973, Page 113
In this topsy-turvy, crazy, illogical world, Man has made laws for himself. He has fenced himself round with them, mainly with the idea of keeping communities together, and gain for the strongest. No woman was consulted in the making of laws. And nine-tenths of the people who are daily obeying--or fighting against--Nature's laws, have no real opinion. Opinion means deduction, after weighing the matter, and deep thought upon it. They simply echo feeling, because for generations forbears have laid something down as an axiom. They do not investigate or weigh for themselves. The axiom of the forbears was, 'It is immoral to follow God's law, unless bound by man's law and a wedding ring.'
quoted in Mark Twain on Three Weeks, Elinor Glyn
Heaven knows insanity was disreputable enough, long ago; but now that the lawyers have got to cutting every gallows rope and picking every prison lock with it, it is become a sneaking villainy that ought to hang and keep on hanging its sudden possessors until evil-doers should conclude that the safest plan was to never claim to have it until they came by it legitimately. The very calibre of the people the lawyers most frequently try to save by the insanity subterfuge ought to laugh the plea out of the courts, one would think.
"Unburlesquable Things," The Galaxy Magazine, July 1870
Really, what we want now, is not laws against crime, but a law against insanity.
"A New Crime"
Do you notice how all the self-sacrificing women in history; Joan of Arc, Mother Theresa, can't think of any others; they all die alone. The men, on the other hand, get so much fuzz, it's crazy.
House, TB or Not TB. By Dr. Gregory House.
I can't decide which is riskier; taking crazy risks, or taking advice on crazy risks from a crazy risk taker.
House, Last Resort. By Dr. Gregory House.
You talk to God, you're religious. God talks to you, you're psychotic.
House, House vs. God. By Dr. Gregory House. Paraphrase of Thomas Szasz, "If you talk to God, you are praying; If God talks to you, you have schizophrenia. If the dead talk to you, you are a spiritualist; If you talk to the dead, you are a schizophrenic." (The Second Sin, Anchor/Doubleday, Garden City, NY. 1973, Page 113)
Isn't it interesting... religious behavior is so close to being crazy that we can't tell them apart.
House, House vs. God. By Dr. Gregory House.
I went crazy, not stupid.
House, Epic Fail. By Dr. Gregory House.