Posts Tagged ‘On Madness’

All primitive people thought that a lunatic was possessed by a spirit.  When his incoherent words more or less accord with the moral prejudices of the time, the spirit is a good one, and the man is a saint.  In the opposite case, the spirit is evil and the man must be suppressed.  It is just according to the time and place and the doctors, whether a prophetess would be worshiped as a priestess or dunked as a witch.  Innumerable violent lunatics have escaped the cells, thanks to the War, and their very violence has made heroes of them.  And in every Parliament there are at least five or six undisputed idiots who got elected for their madness through the admiration of their constituents.
    —    André Maurois
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2013 Well Written
2012 Related Parts
2011 The King Is Oscar
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