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Schizophrenia Quotes

Schizophrenia Quotes

Lots of memorable people have had lots of memorable things to say about schizophrenia!  If you know of any good quotes that haven’t been listed below, please place them in the comments and we’ll get them added!  Let’s take a look at the funniest, understanding and comforting, and thought-provoking quotes from people of all walks of life, professions, and art form preferences. Schizophrenia affects our entire society and has no bias. From diagnosed and untreated individuals to friends, family, and all those contributing to society. To gain a better comprehension of the role schizophrenia plays for all of us, please read the quotes about schizophrenia below and share them with your friends.

The Best Schizophrenia Quotes

The quotes have been separated into appropriate categories for your enjoyment.

Funny Schizophrenia Quotes

  • “Schizophrenia beats dining alone.” ~ Oscar Levant – pianist, composer, author, comedian, and actor
  • “If you talk to God, you are praying.  If God talks to you, you have schizophrenia.” ~ Thomas Szasz – psychiatrist
  • “Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia.” ~ E. L. Doctorow – author
  • “Roses are red, violets are blue, I’m schizophrenic, and so am I.” ~ Oscar Levant – pianist, composer, author, comedian, and actor
  • “If you think this Universe is bad, you should see some of the others.” ~ Philip K. Dick – author
  • “Oh, and I certainly don’t suffer from schizophrenia. I quite enjoy it. And so do I.” ~ Emilie Autumn – singer-songwriter

Empathetic Schizophrenia Quotes

  • “Schizophrenia cannot be understood without understanding despair.” ~ R. D. Laing – psychiatrist
  • “The problem is that you have a disease, but the disease is abnormal integrity, loyalty to a view of the world that the schizophrenic is willing to stake his life on.” ~ Carl Whitaker – psychiatrist and therapist
  • “Adults with schizophrenia are not attractive in the way that an abandoned baby or abused dog is.” ~ Paula Sellmeyer – social worker
  • “When I talk to someone with schizophrenia, I understand them hearing voices. It puts them at ease to know they’re not the only one.” ~ Barbara Lindsay – playwright
  • “Knowing that you’re crazy doesn’t make the crazy things stop happening.” ~ Mark Vonnegut – pediatrician and memoirist
  • “Am I a mindless fool? My life is a fragment, a disconnected dream that has no continuity. I am so tired of senselessness. I am tired of the music that my feelings sing, the dream music.” ~ Ross David Burke – author
  • “Minds that have withered into psychosis are far more terrifying than any character of fiction.” ~ Christian Baloga – author

Treatment-Related Schizophrenia Quotes

  • “They’ve always tried to help me, but having schizophrenia it was hard to receive the help.” ~ Robert Lawton – film producer, writer, and director
  • “When it comes to the treatment of patients with chronic schizophrenia, the glass is only half-full.” ~ Jeffrey Lieberman – psychiatrist
  • “I was diagnosed with everything from schizophrenia to multiple personality disorder.” ~ Darrell Hammond – actor and comedian
  • “The ever quickening advances of science made possible by the success of the Human Genome Project will also soon let us see the essences of mental disease. Only after we understand them at the genetic level can we rationally seek out appropriate therapies for such illnesses as schizophrenia and bipolar disease.” ~ James D. Watson – molecular biologist, geneticist, and zoologist
  • “We think that both our genetic rodent model as well as a new learning and memory test we developed may provide valuable tools in the investigation of schizophrenia.” ~ Robert Greene – author and speaker
  • “In my opinion, our health care system has failed when a doctor fails to treat an illness that is treatable.” ~ Kevin Alan Lee – author

Thought-Provoking Schizophrenia Quotes

  • “Schizophrenia may be a necessary consequence of literacy.” ~ Marshall McLuhan – philosopher
  • “There is no such condition as schizophrenia, but the label is a social fact and the social fact a political event.” ~ R. D. Laing – psychiatrist
  • “I guess music, particularly the Blues, is the only form of schizophrenia that has organized itself into being both legal and beneficial to society.” ~ Alexis Korner – musician and radio broadcaster
  • “I believe that the human race has developed a form of collective schizophrenia in which we are not only the slaves to this imposed thought behavior, but we are also the police force of it.” ~ David Icke – writer, footballer, and metaphysician
  • “Acting is not that far from mental disease: An actor works on splitting his character into others.  It is like a kind of schizophrenia.” ~ Vittorio Gassman – theatre and film actor and director
  • “If the national mental illness of the United States is megalomania, that of Canada is paranoid schizophrenia.” ~ Margaret Atwood – poet, novelist, and activist
  • “In our age there is no such thing as ‘keeping out of politics.’  All issues are political issues, and politics itself is a mass of lies, evasions, folly, hatred, and schizophrenia.” ~ George Orwell – novelist and journalist
  • “The old philosophy was that parents, especially mothers, caused their kids to become schizophrenic.  Now we see that when a kid is this crazy, he’ll make the family begin to seem crazy.” ~ John Talbott – author, finance expert
  • “Hollywood was born schizophrenic.  For 75 years it has been both a town and a state of mind, an industry and an art form.” ~ Richard Corliss – writer and film critic
  • “There are a lot of mental cases on the streets. A lot of them have schizophrenia and they tend to use drugs a lot.” ~ David Davis – politician
  • “We children of schizophrenics are the great secret keepers, the ones who don’t want you to think that anything is wrong.” ~ Mira Bartok – author
  • “Schizophrenia is when the total personalities of your past lives or the memories of invading spirits enter your body.” ~ Raymond Holder – author
  • “Maybe each human being lives in a unique world, a private world different from those inhabited and experienced by all other humans. . . If reality differs from person to person, can we speak of reality singular, or shouldn’t we really be talking about plural realities? And if there are plural realities, are some more true (more real) than others? What about the world of a schizophrenic? Maybe it’s as real as our world. Maybe we cannot say that we are in touch with reality and he is not, but should instead say, His reality is so different from ours that he can’t explain his to us, and we can’t explain ours to him. The problem, then, is that if subjective worlds are experienced too differently, there occurs a breakdown in communication … and there is the real illness.” ~ Philip K. Dick – author


  1. Many are called but few are chosen,because of the circumstances and conditions of their thoughts.
    Through GRACE we are healed not to stumble and through GRACE we are welcomed and accepted.
    What more can we ask for?

    yours Schizofriend

  2. Schizophrenia cannot fully be explained or understood in human terms because of the limitations of the current human perspective,Yet this perspective can shift,All Human race needs is one more shifter here and there,One more person committed to schiz life.

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