Paranoid Quotes

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Jim Butcher
“Paranoid? Probably. But just because you're paranoid doesn't mean there isn't an invisible demon about to eat your face.”
Jim Butcher, Storm Front

Iain M. Banks
“They speak very well of you".
- "They speak very well of everybody."
- "That so bad?"
- "Yes. It means you can´t trust them.”
Iain M. Banks

Dean Koontz
“In this world only the paranoid survive.”
Dean Koontz, Midnight

Geoffrey Miller
“Imagine a young Isaac Newton time-travelling from 1670s England to teach Harvard undergrads in 2017. After the time-jump, Newton still has an obsessive, paranoid personality, with Asperger’s syndrome, a bad stutter, unstable moods, and episodes of psychotic mania and depression. But now he’s subject to Harvard’s speech codes that prohibit any “disrespect for the dignity of others”; any violations will get him in trouble with Harvard’s Inquisition (the ‘Office for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion’). Newton also wants to publish Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica, to explain the laws of motion governing the universe. But his literary agent explains that he can’t get a decent book deal until Newton builds his ‘author platform’ to include at least 20k Twitter followers – without provoking any backlash for airing his eccentric views on ancient Greek alchemy, Biblical cryptography, fiat currency, Jewish mysticism, or how to predict the exact date of the Apocalypse.

Newton wouldn’t last long as a ‘public intellectual’ in modern American culture. Sooner or later, he would say ‘offensive’ things that get reported to Harvard and that get picked up by mainstream media as moral-outrage clickbait. His eccentric, ornery awkwardness would lead to swift expulsion from academia, social media, and publishing. Result? On the upside, he’d drive some traffic through Huffpost, Buzzfeed, and Jezebel, and people would have a fresh controversy to virtue-signal about on Facebook. On the downside, we wouldn’t have Newton’s Laws of Motion.”
Geoffrey Miller

J.D. Salinger
“I am a kind of paranoid in reverse. I suspect people of trying to make me happy”
J.D. Salinger

Amanda Hocking
“Just because we don't understand why they'd cover up something doesn't mean they aren't," Bobby said, and we both turned to look at him.
"Now you just sound paranoid," I said.
"Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they're not after you," Bobby said with an expression so serious that I couldn't help but laugh.”
Amanda Hocking, Wisdom

Michael Bassey Johnson
“When we are in a wrong environment, we feel so paranoid, yet unwilling to move out. There's no need for pussyfooting, we got to release our poisonous fluid and scream aloud, storming  out of the show like a radical.”
Michael Bassey Johnson, The Infinity Sign

Kamand Kojouri
“You have already lost if you are always fearful of losing everything.”
Kamand Kojouri

Leigh Bardugo
“Cautious was helpful; paranoid was just another word for distracted.”
Leigh Bardugo, Ninth House

Viet Thanh Nguyen
“Every paranoid person is right at least once, said the tall sergeant. When he dies.”
Viet Thanh Nguyen, The Sympathizer

“I knew it was coming. I knew they didn't have the nerve.
Three days in and they've got faces like vexed tomatoes, their skins flaking sci-fi style: burnt to fuck. They were an embarrassment; not only to me and the wife and The Fall fans but to their own generation.”
Mark E. Smith, Renegade

“When do the defense measures of a paranoid country become their own agents of self-destruction?”
Christopher Bollen, Orient

Craig D. Lounsbrough
“The anticipation of loss is much more frightening than the actual loss as anticipation leaves room for the imagination to create that which, in all likelihood, will never transpire.”
Craig D. Lounsbrough

“The Decision

...I wiped my hands on my pinafore
now sullied and stained
not crisp or pressed
as it had been before...”
Muse, Enigmatic Evolution

J.R. Wirth
“No INSECURITY makes us sociopathic; too much makes us paranoid; but a little keeps us humble and introspective-a good thing...”
J.R. Wirth

James Patterson
“Better paranoid then sorry.”
James Patterson

Thomas Pynchon
“Can I say something out loud? Is anybody listening?"
"Everybody. Nobody. Does it matter?”
Thomas Pynchon, Inherent Vice

Stewart Stafford
“Are those conspirators that you spy through your window or is it a mirror reflecting the chattering parasites in your mind?”
Stewart Stafford

Craig D. Lounsbrough
“Sadly, it seems that I have the proclivity to create plenty of devils, but most of the time I don’t even go looking for angels.”
Craig D. Lounsbrough

Patricia Cornwell
“Most of us feel isolated and paranoid during stressful times. We feel alone in the wilderness.”
Patricia Cornwell, Body of Evidence

Lamine Pearlheart
“They are all paranoid." Apparently, this voice does not see itself in the "all" of dementia.”
Lamine Pearlheart

Reshma Valliappan
“The reason I do not wear a watch is because I am always on a watch. I just need to ask the person how long they have been watching me.
- the irony of paranoia”
Reshma Valliappan

“Only the Paranoid Survive...”
Andrew Grove

“I became convinced that I was being watched.

Because self was still leaking everywhere, a part of me began to think it was Mizuko rather than a stranger. I hoped that there might still be a reunion. I hoped it in the shy, sly way hope comes out of the jar, the mistranslated box, last—after everything and everyone else has escaped.”
Olivia Sudjic, Sympathy

Craig D. Lounsbrough
“If my attitude is that the world is out to get me, it’s more likely that my attitude is really what’s out to get me.”
Craig D. Lounsbrough


What is it, to live
Is it to dream, or is it about way back when?
Is it to hassle, or is it about peace?
Is it to hope, or is it about being atheist?

What is it, to lose
Is it to win, or is it about the big bad world outside?
Is it to repeat, or is it about traversing the road less taken?
Is it to sympathy, or is it about trying to make it all worthwhile?

What is it, to die
Is it to cry, or is it about the starry sky?
Is it to love, or is it about the armageddon?
Is it to rest, or is it about when you are done with all the forty winks?

Maybe say yes, or maybe say no
Ugh, how I wish I could know!
Maybe it's a lie, or maybe con
It seems I can't tell anymore!”
Dishebh Bhayana

Steven Magee
“Paranoia, why do you keep watching me?”
Steven Magee

“Beauty is in one's eyes!
True to believe.
Either colourful lovebirds
Add to void.
Or give hope to heart
That's paranoid.”
Somya Kedia

Mick Herron
“Conspiracy theorists, she knew, were paranoid by definition, and usually with good reason – they were indeed being watched, largely because they were standing on an upturned bucket, haranguing the sheeple about their wingnut delusions.”
Mick Herron, Real Tigers

Mick Herron
“For months the previous year she had monitored message boards for suggestions of terrorist activity, and while she'd never entirely thrown off the suspicion that every other poster she encountered was an undercover cop, she'd grown used to eavesdropping on tin-hat conversations, from how the government was controlling the weather to the thought-experiments carried out on anyone who rang HMRC helplines. And all of these philosophers, without exception, were convinced they were under surveillance, their every online foray or mobile chat recorded and stored for future use. That this was probably true was an irrelevance, of course; they were simply caught in the same net as everyone else. Louisa had never trapped a terrorist; never stopped a bomb. She'd read it lot of discussions about 9/11, obviously, but contributions from structural engineers had been conspicuous by their absence. And while the helpline thing wag probably true, that was just the law of averages at work.”
Mick Herron, Real Tigers

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