Everything great in the world comes from neurotics. They alone have founded our religions and composed our masterpieces.
—Marcel Proust (1871–1922) French Novelist
Schizophrenia cannot be understood without understanding despair.
—R. D. Laing (1927–89) Scottish Psychiatrist
The anguish of the neurotic individual is the same as that of the saint. The neurotic, the saint are engaged in the same battle. Their blood flows from similar wounds. But the first one gasps and the other one gives.
—Georges Bataille (1897–1962) French Philosopher, Writer