„The first step towards madness is to think oneself wise.“

—  Fernando de Rojas, Act II.
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„Be wise to-day; 'tis madness to defer.“

—  William Wordsworth English Romantic poet 1770 - 1850
Actually Night I, line 390 of Edward Young's Night Thoughts.

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„The first step is the last step. The first step is to perceive, perceive what you are thinking, perceive your ambition, perceive your anxiety, your loneliness, your despair, this extraordinary sense of sorrow, perceive it, without any condemnation, justification, without wishing it to be different.“

—  Jiddu Krishnamurti Indian spiritual philosopher 1895 - 1986
Context: The first step is the last step. The first step is to perceive, perceive what you are thinking, perceive your ambition, perceive your anxiety, your loneliness, your despair, this extraordinary sense of sorrow, perceive it, without any condemnation, justification, without wishing it to be different. Just to perceive it, as it is. When you perceive it as it is, then there is a totally different kind of action taking place, and that action is the final action. Right? That is, when you perceive something as being false or as being true, that perception is the final action, which is the final step. Now listen to it. I perceive the falseness of following somebody else, somebody else’s instruction — Krishna, Buddha, Christ, it does not matter who it is. I see, there is the perception of the truth that following somebody is utterly false. Because your reason, your logic and everything points out how absurd it is to follow somebody. Now that perception is the final step, and when you have perceived, you leave it, forget it, because the next minute you have to perceive anew, which is again the final step. p. 50

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„In living through this "great epoch," it is difficult to reconcile oneself to the fact that one belongs to that mad, degenerate species that boasts of its free will. How I wish that somewhere there existed an island for those who are wise and of good will! In such a place even I should be an ardent patriot!“

—  Albert Einstein German-born physicist and founder of the theory of relativity 1879 - 1955
Letter to Paul Ehrenfest, early December 1914. Collected Papers of Albert Einstein, Vol. 8, Doc. 39. Quoted in The New Quotable Einstein by Alice Calaprice (2005), p. 3

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„Now such an one for daughter Creon had
As maketh wise men fools and young men mad.“

—  William Morris author, designer, and craftsman 1834 - 1896
Life and Death of Jason, Book xvii, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).

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„Superstition is to religion what astrology is to astronomy, the mad daughter of a wise mother. These daughters have too long dominated the earth.“

—  Voltaire French writer, historian, and philosopher 1694 - 1778
"Whether it is useful to maintain the people in superstition," Treatise on Toleration (1763)

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„The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.“

—  Anatole France French writer 1844 - 1924
William Shakespeare, As You Like It, Act v, Scene i

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