(a) method to (one's) madness

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(a) method to (one's) madness

A specific, rational purpose in what one is doing or planning, even though it may appear crazy or absurd to another person. Usually used in the phrase "have/there is (a) method to (one's) madness." You may have method to your madness, but these radical changes to the business could still prove catastrophic. I know you don't understand my motivation for this decision, but after the dust settles you'll see that there is a method to my madness.
See also: madness, method

method to one's madness

Do things in an unorthodox fashion, yet nevertheless achieve the intended result. Yet again Shakespeare's Hamlet provided a phrase that was picked up and used through the ages. Having observed Hamlet rave on in what appeared to be senseless sentences, Polonious makes a comment that turns out to be true: “Though this be madness, yet there is method in't.” Under less dramatic circumstances, the phrase applies to getting the right outcome by what seems to be the wrong method, and we've all done that.
See also: madness, method
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He is Daniel Rafferty, described as such: ``Some say there is a method to his madness, some say there's a madness to his method - he has never lost.
Saddam Hussein, at least after invading Kuwait, has certainly been subjected to the most intense vilification and villainization, but even his critics generally allow that there has been a method to his madness (although, as Humphreys admits, all analyses of his "logic" are ultimately based on little more than informed speculation).