Quotes / Bedlam House

"Another unfortunate casualty to tide of time: Insane Asylums. I lament their loss, not only as brokerage houses for the bredth and depth of human psychosis, but also I shall mourn the disappearance of the peculiar environment present only in an insane asylum: that palpable atmosphere of blistered brains and churning bowels, the odiferous deluge of freely flowing bodily humors, that gently rolling cacophony of distant sobs and screams, the muttered cursing of perceived enemies and the blissful gurgling of the lobotomized. Like a new born babe discovering the sky."

"A casual stroll through the lunatic asylum shows that faith does not prove anything."
Friedrich Nietzsche note 

(Sung to the tune of Away in a Manger)
Away in a madhouse, confined to my bed
From visions and nightmares that filled me with dread
The doctor has sweetly inserted a probe
To sever completely my pre-frontal lobe!
Electroshock therapy, mind-numbing pills
They change my behavior to cure all my ills
I love the asylum, My own padded cell
I'll stay here forever for outside is hell!
— The H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society

Homer Simpson: Be quiet or we'll put you in a home.
Abraham Simpson: You already put me in a home!
Homer Simpson: Then we'll put you in that crooked home we saw on Sixty Minutes.
Abraham Simpson: [Pathetically] I'll be good.

"I'm used to the dark, but this feels like a house full of bad dreams."

"No-one leaves the Wishing Well, doctor's orders! Hahahaha!"
Crazy Doctor, Ice Cream Man

David: Arkham Asylum, which is apparently on top of a straight-up mesa with sheer cliff faces.
Chris: It looks so much like Castlevania that I expected to see a dude in a loincloth whipping Medusa Heads.
David: There, we see Freeze being brought in, and hes actually in a locked fridge with his head through the freezer door. It even has the hinges the door used to be on.
Chris: Arkham Asylum in a nutshell. No wonder they cant keep anyone locked up when this is the best specialized equipment that they can afford.
Chris Sims and David Uzumeri on Batman & Robin

Martha: This is what you call a hospital? Where the patients are whipped to entertain the gentry?! And you put your friend in here? ... But you're clever! Do you honestly think this place does any good?
William Shakespeare: I've been mad. I've lost my mind. Fear of this place set me right again. Serves its purpose.
Doctor Who, on the real Bedlam House.

Asylums with doors open wide
Where people had paid to see inside
For entertainment they watch his body twist
Behind his eyes he says, "I still exist."

"Have you ever seen the inside of a madhouse, Maurice? You wouldn't last a week."