posted on May, 25 2010 @ 08:42 PM
I love eccentric people.. here are some of my favorite quotes regarding the subject, I think they're apt:
"Eccentricity is not, as dull people would have us believe, a form of madness. It is often a kind of innocent pride, and the man of genius and the
aristocrat are frequently regarded as eccentrics because genius and aristocrat are entirely unafraid of and uninfluenced by the opinions and vagaries
of the crowd." - Edith Sitwell
"To seek understanding before taking action, yet to trust my instincts when action is called for. Never to avoid danger from fear, never to seek out
danger for its own sake. Never to conform to fashion from fear of eccentricity, never to be eccentric from fear of conformity." - Steven Brust
"Eccentricity has always abounded when and where strength of character had abounded; and the amount of eccentricity in a society has generally been
proportional to the amount of genius, mental vigor, and courage which it contained." - John Stuart Mill
"No one can be profoundly original who does not avoid eccentricity."
- Andre Maurois
“The world thinks eccentricity in great things is genius, but in small things, only crazy.” - Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton
"People of uncommon abilities generally fall into eccentricities when their sphere of life is not adequate to their abilities."
- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
"The sound principle of a topsy-turvy lifestyle in the framework of an upside-down world order has stood every test." - Karl Kraus
"They enjoy thinking. They enjoy being creative. They enjoy having ideas. Most people do not enjoy thinking at all." - Edward de Bono
"I always was a rebel... but on the other hand, I wanted to be loved and accepted... and not just be a loudmouth, lunatic, poet, musician. But I
cannot be what I am not." - John Lennon
"Be virtuous and you will be eccentric." - Mark Twain
"Maybe he was crazy. Maybe crazy is what they call anybody who's got magic in them after they're no longer a child." - Robert R. McGammon
"What sane person could live in this world and not be crazy?"
- Ursula K. LeGuin
"Eccentricity comes from the mind and a playfulness about life and language, manifesting itself in real individualistic character."
- Coulter Watt
"The painter must be solitary. For if you are alone you are completely yourself, but if you are accompanied by a single companion, you are only half
yourself." - Leonardo da Vinci
"Creativity is at the heart of eccentricity." - David Weeks
"I dare affirm that any artist... who has nothing singular, eccentric, or at least reputed to be so, in his person, will never become a superior
"The artist's task is to become a successful eccentric, a strange but wise duck able to venture out of solitary confinement and mingle among
society." - Eric Maisel
"I am getting so far out one day I won't come back at all."
- William S. Burroughs
"Society doesn't need that everybody is behaving in the full normal way... like people in a Buddhist monastery... But eccentricity may also connect
with the irrational." - John Muir
"Sometimes people say I should see a therapist, but I don't want any therapist wrecking my weirdness." - Peter Wolf
"True elegance is for me the manifestation of an independent mind."
- Isabella Rossellini
"I used to think anyone doing anything weird was weird. Now I know that it is the people that call others weird that are weird." - Paul McCartney
"Affected with a high degree of intellectual independence; at odds with the majority; in short, unusual. It is noteworthy that persons are pronounced
mad by officials destitute of evidence that they themselves are sane."
- Ambrose Bierce
"When a true genius appears in the world, you may know him by this sign, that the dunces are all in confederacy against him." - Jonathan Swift
"Be daring, be different, be impractical; be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the
creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary." - Cecil Beaton
"Eccentric people have these happy obsessive preoccupations, and a wonderful, unusual sense of humor, and this gives them a significant meaning in
life. And they are far healthier than most people because of that." - David Weeks
"I was intrigued and enormously drawn to extremism by people who had blown their lives or who had taken their lives outside the normal conventions of
society." - Brett Whiteley
"Men are of necessity so mad, that not to be mad were madness in another form." - Blaise Pascal
"What am I in the eyes of most people, a nonentity, an eccentric, or an unpleasant person--somebody who has no position in society and will never
have; in short, the lowest of the low. All right, then - even if that were absolutely true, then I should one day like to show by my work what such an
eccentric, such a nobody has in his heart." - Vincent Van Gogh
"Since the age of fifteen poetry has been my ruling passion and I have never intentionally undertaken any task or formed any relationship that seemed
inconsistent with poetic principles; which has sometimes won me the reputation of an eccentric." - Robert Graves
"Poets and monks... We're both sort of peripheral to the world."
- Kathleen Norris
"It's far too easy to qualify as an eccentric nowadays." - Stephanie Mills