The Psyche, Marriage, and
Insanity in individuals is something rare—but in groups, parties, nations, and epochs, it is the rule.
Abraham Lincoln told the story about an asylum patient who claimed to be George Washington. The doctors were not sure how to proceed because they wanted to dispel the delusion without seeming to criticize the patient's choice of so admirable a role model. Fortunately, a week later he claimed that he was Napoleon—an easier syndrome to treat, or so they presumed. But to be certain, one of the doctors asked the patient if he was still Washington. He replied: "Yes, certainly, but that was by a different mother."