method to one's madness
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- (idiomatic) A well-thought-out reason for a person's seemingly illogical behavior.
- 1938, Compiled by Henry John Otto, Changes in Classroom Teaching, 1936-1937: The Administrative Problems, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, page 15:
- "Why is my child not reading in his own book? I bought the books – you see that he reads them!" I talked to these parents and convinced them that there really was a "method to my madness". I wanted attractive pre-primers – small books with easy reading material – something to attract his attention to books. Give the child confidence in his first attempts.
- 2015, Roger Lipp, Happy Habits for Every Couple: 21 Days to a Better Relationship, Harvest House Publishers, →ISBN, page 35:
- If 21 days seems like an arbitrary amount of time, let me explain the method to my madness. We've all heard the old adage that it takes 21 days to either make or break a habit, and I've found this to be true in many areas of my life.