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View Quote The judge who sits over the murderer and looks into his face, and at one moment recognizes all the emotions and potentialities and possibilities of the murderer in his own soul and hears the murderer’s voice as his own, is at the next moment one and indivisible as the judge, and scuttles back into the shell of his cultivated self and does his duty and condemns the murderer to death. And if ever the suspicion of their manifold being dawns upon men of unusual powers and of unusually delicate perceptions, so that, as all genius must, they break through the illusion of the unity of the personality and perceive that the self is made up of a bundle of selves, they have only to say so and at once the majority puts them under lock and key, calls science to aid, establishes schizomania and protects humanity from the necessity of hearing the cry of truth from the lips of these unfortunate persons.
View Quote Herman Hesse, Steppenwolf, B. Creighton, trans., (New York: 1990), pp. 58-59
View Quote Hitler went on to cite “as examples . . . cases in which the mentally ill could only be bedded on sand or sawdust because they continually befouled themselves,” and in which “patients put their own excrement into their mouths, eating it and so on.” Hitler pointed out that in this way “a certain saving in hospitals, doctors, and nursing personnel could be brought about.”
View Quote Adolf Hitler; as quoted by Robert Lifton (1986). The Nazi Doctors: Medical Killing and the Psychology of Genocide. New York: Basic Books. ISBN 978-0-465-04904-2.
View Quote Insanity is often the logic of an accurate mind over tasked. Good mental machinery ought to break its own wheels and levers, if anything is thrust among them suddenly which tends to stop them or reverse their motion. A weak mind does not ac****ulate force enough to hurt itself; stupidity often saves a man from going mad.
View Quote Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., The Autocrat at the Breakfast Table (1858)
View Quote The days of visitation are come, the days of recompence are come; Israel shall know it: the prophet is a fool, the spiritual man is mad.
View Quote Hosea 9:7 KJV.
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