The Paris slums are a gathering-place for eccentric people people who have fallen into solitary, half-mad grooves of life and given up trying to be normal or decent. Poverty frees them from normal standards of behaviour, just as money frees people from work. Some of the lodgers in our hotel lived lives that were curious beyond words.
She is a half-mad old bag lady. The Finchley Whinger.lord stratford
In 1970s Britain, conservative philosophy was the preoccupation of a few half-mad recluses.roger scruton
To say that a great genius is half-mad, while recognizing his artistic prowess, is worth as much as saying that he was rheumatic, or that he suffered from diabetes. Madness, in fact, is a medical expression to which a balanced critic should pay no more heed than he would to the accusation of heresy brought by the theologian, or to the accusation of immorality brought by the public prosecutor.james joyce