1. "Susan adored her and worshiped her style, / Loved her pronouncements of "perfect" and "vile," / Loved the sheer whim, the madcap willy-nillyness / And how deeply seriously Nonnie took her own silliness"
- David Rakoff, Love
2. "Children, be curious. Nothing is worse (I know it) than when curiosity stops. Nothing is more repressive than the repression of curiosity. Curiosity begets love. It weds us to the world. It's part of our perverse, madcap love for this impossible planet we inhabit. People die when curiosity goes. People have to find out, people have to know."
- Graham Swift, Waterland
3. "Sometimes I dream that everything in the world is here, in my room, in a great closet, named and orderly, and I am here too, in front of it, hardly able to see for the flash and the brightness— and sometimes I am that madcap person clapping my hands and singing; and sometimes I am that quiet person down on my knees."
- Quote by Mary Oliver
4. "During the time at home, Chris focused on a peculiar story he’d first heard years before. An elderly friend had asked him to trim some of her overgrown trees, and as a thank-you she’d given Chris a book about the strange adventures of Patrick Leigh Fermor, known to everyone as Paddy. Paddy was Chris’s kind of adventurer—gallant, literary, madcap, merry. Chris dug around for more and soon learned about Paddy’s daffy scheme to kidnap a German general."
- Christopher McDougall, Natural Born Heroes: Mastering the Lost Secrets of Strength and Endurance
5. "But it is to the school that Tagore devotes central emphasis in The Religion of Man.14 He begins by expressing his lifelong dissatisfaction with the schools he attended: The inexpensive power to be happy, which, along with other children, I brought to this world, was being constantly worn away by friction with the brick-and-mortar arrangement of life, by monotonously mechanical habits and the customary code of respectability (144). In effect, children begin as madcap Bauls, full of love, longing, and joy in the presence of nature. Their love of play and their questioning spirit need to be strengthened, not crushed. But schools usually crush all that is disorderly,"
- Martha C. Nussbaum, Political Emotions
6. "I cried, sitting by her bed, and I told her the story of us. It’s about the feed, I said. It’s about this meg normal guy, who doesn’t think about anything until one wacky day, when he meets a dissident with a heart of gold. I said, Set against the backdrop of America in its final days, it’s the high-spirited story of their love together, it’s laugh-out-loud funny, really heartwarming, and a visual feast. I picked up her hand and held it to my lips. I whispered to her fingers. Together, the two crazy kids grow, have madcap escapades, and learn an important lesson about love. They learn to resist the feed. Rated PG-13. For language, I whispered, and mild sexual situations."
- M.T. Anderson, Feed
7. " a wino on a spit-spattered bench in the park, than to come to that very comfortable belief in your own special significance. Blessed is the madcap artist, who smashes his sculpture with relish- hungry and cold-but free from degrading belief in himself."
- Quote by Yevgeny Yevtushenko