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Craziness   /krˈeɪzinəs/   Listen

Informal terms for insanity.  Synonyms: daftness, flakiness.
The quality of being rash and foolish.  Synonyms: folly, foolishness, madness.  "Adjusting to an insane society is total foolishness"
Foolish or senseless behavior.  Synonyms: folly, foolery, indulgence, lunacy, tomfoolery.

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"Craziness" Quotes from Famous Books

... than any other that has been seen since, not excepting that of E.L. Davenport. And in all kindred characters he showed himself a man of genius. His success was great. The admiration that he inspired partook of zeal that almost amounted to craziness. When he walked in the streets of Boston in 1857 his shining face, his compact figure, and his elastic step drew every eye, and people would pause and turn in groups to ...
— Shadows of the Stage • William Winter

... any one of several other books, and they would have illustrated my point snugly and more conveniently; but just that right touch of craziness that Nobel had in mind, and that goes with great experiment of spirit—the chill, Nietzsche-like wildness, that bravado before God and man and before Time, that swinging one's self out on Eternity, which make Upward a typical man of genius, would have been lacking. K—— (whose ...
— Crowds - A Moving-Picture of Democracy • Gerald Stanley Lee

... the very depth of folly or craziness or I know not what. Often I cannot help dreading that some evil angel is persecuting us. For some ribaldry or petty spite or silly jest—in fact, for any reason whatsoever you invite hirelings to address you, and laugh ...
— Authors of Greece • T. W. Lumb

... naturally they did, being scorched by fever into his brain; but how did they happen to remain on his belief as gospel truths? The delirium had vanished: why had not the painted scenery of the delirium vanished, except as visionary memorials of a sorrow that was cancelled? Why was it that craziness settled upon this mariner's brain, driving him, as if he were a Cain, or another Wandering Jew, to 'pass like night—from land to land;' and, at uncertain intervals, wrenching him until he made rehearsal of his errors, even at the hard price of 'holding children from their play, and old ...
— Narrative And Miscellaneous Papers • Thomas De Quincey

... she was, and how smartly she played at injured innocence! But he wouldn't cut her. Winterbourne came forward again and went toward the great cross. Daisy had got up; Giovanelli lifted his hat. Winterbourne had now begun to think simply of the craziness, from a sanitary point of view, of a delicate young girl lounging away the evening in this nest of malaria. What if she WERE a clever little reprobate? that was no reason for her dying of the perniciosa. "How long have you been ...
— Daisy Miller • Henry James

... all our really big men—the men anywhere near Manderson's size: did you ever hear of any one of them losing his senses? They don't do it—believe me. I know they say every man has his loco point,' Mr Bunner added reflectively, 'but that doesn't mean genuine, sure-enough craziness; it just means some personal eccentricity in a hating cats...or my own weakness of not being able to touch ...
— Trent's Last Case - The Woman in Black • E.C. (Edmund Clerihew) Bentley

... this "natural" explanation for a long time. At last I ventured to express to a third infidel friend my dissatisfaction with it. "Not only," said I, "is such a perpetual and felicitous genius for gross blundering, such absolute craziness of credulity, in strange contrast with the intellectual and moral elevation which the New Testament writers everywhere evince, and especially in the conception of that Ideal of Excellence which even those who reject all that is supernatural in Christianity acknowledge ...
— The Eclipse of Faith - Or, A Visit To A Religious Sceptic • Henry Rogers

... Ha, Ha, the folly and the craziness of men! To see him changing them from one thing to the next, as if they wouldn't be a two-legged laughing stock whatever way ...
— Three Wonder Plays • Lady I. A. Gregory

... turning wildly to Mr. Hamilton, who still sat, pale and speechless, in his chair; "Zoeth," he demanded, "did you ever hear such craziness in your life? Did you ever ...
— Mary-'Gusta • Joseph C. Lincoln

Words linked to "Craziness" :   clowning, harlequinade, meshugaas, frolic, gambol, caper, insanity, crazy, japery, foolery, frivolity, stupidity, mishegaas, play, prank, buffoonery, flakiness, romp, mishegoss

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