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Published Thursday, April 11, 2013 @ 6:48 AM EDT
Apr 11 2013

When it's 6 am and I'm staring at a blank screen, sometimes I'll just jump over to my database quote page and stick in a word fragment. Today, it's "confus":

Advertising is 85 percent confusion and 15 percent commission.
-Fred Allen

All the perplexities, confusion and distress in America arise, not from defects in their Constitution or Confederation, not from want of honor or virtue, so much as from the downright ignorance of the nature of coin, credit and circulation.
-John Adams

Ants are so much like human beings as to be an embarrassment. They farm fungi, raise aphids as livestock, launch armies into wars, use chemical sprays to alarm and confuse enemies, capture slaves, engage in child labor, exchange information ceaselessly. They do everything but watch television.
-Lewis Thomas

As societies grow decadent, the language grows decadent, too. Words are used to disguise, not to illuminate, action: you liberate a city by destroying it. Words are to confuse, so that at election time people will solemnly vote against their own interests.
-Gore Vidal

Confusing monogamy with morality has done more to destroy the conscience of the human race than any other error.
-George Bernard Shaw

Confusion is a word we have invented for an order which is not understood.
-Henry Miller

Confusion is always the most honest response.
-Marty Indik

Confusion not only reigns, it pours.
-Unattributed

Don't confuse fame with success. Madonna is one; Helen Keller is the other.
-Erma Bombeck

Don't confuse having a career with having a life.
-Hillary Rodham Clinton

Don't confuse the water with the pump.
-Tom Wolfe

Fifty states, and I had to go and pick Confusion.
-Unattributed

[G]od does plays dice... [and] he sometimes confuses us by throwing them where they can't be seen.
-Stephen Hawking

Here in America we are descended in blood and in spirit from revolutionists and rebels- men and women who dare to dissent from accepted doctrine. As their heirs, may we never confuse honest dissent with disloyal subversion.
-Dwight D. Eisenhower

Hindsight is 20/20, but don't confuse it with insight.
-Unattributed

I have nothing to offer anybody except my own confusion.
-Jack Kerouac

I'm as confused as a baby at a topless bar.
-Unattributed

If I look confused it's because I'm thinking.
-Samuel Goldwyn

It would be a good thing to buy books if one could also buy the time to read them; but one usually confuses the purchase of books with the acquisition of their contents.
-Arthur Schopenhauer

Lots of folks confuse bad management with destiny.
-Frank McKinney (Kin) Hubbard

Lovers of print are simply confusing the plate for the food.
-Douglas Adams

May the Forces of Evil become confused on the way to your house.
-George Carlin

Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat.
-F. Scott Fitzgerald

Never confuse movement with action.
-Ernest Hemingway

Never confuse the faith with the supposedly faithful.
-Randy K. Milholland

Official Project Stages: (1) Uncritical Acceptance. (2) Wild Enthusiasm. (3) Dejected Disillusionment. (4) Total Confusion. (5) Search for the Guilty. (6) Punishment of the Innocent. (7) Promotion of the Non-participants.
-Unattributed

On the one hand, the Republicans are telling industrial workers that the high cost of food in the cities is due to this government's farm policy. On the other hand, the Republicans are telling the farmers that the high cost of manufactured goods on the farm is due to this government's labor policy. That's plain hokum. It's an old political trick: ”If you can't convince 'em, confuse 'em.“ But this time it won't work.
-Harry S. Truman

One learns in life to keep silent and draw one's own confusions.
-Cornelia Otis Skinner

People everywhere confuse what they read in newspapers with news.
-A.J. Liebling

Perfection of means and confusion of goals seem- in my opinion- to characterize our age.
-Albert Einstein

Perhaps misguided moral passion is better than confused indifference.
-Jean Iris Murdoch

Sixty minutes of thinking of any kind is bound to lead to confusion and unhappiness.
-James Thurber

The great secret that all old people share is that you really haven't changed in seventy or eighty years. Your body changes, but you don't change at all. And that, of course, causes great confusion.
-Doris Lessing

The modern city is ugly not because it is a city but because it is not enough of a city, because it is a jungle, because it is confused and anarchic, and surging with selfish and materialistic energies.
-G.K. Chesterton

The past is gone; the present is confusing; and the future scares the hell out of me.
-David L. Stein

The thing about democracy, beloveds, is that it is not neat, orderly, or quiet. It requires a certain relish for confusion.
-Molly Ivins

Truth is eternal, knowledge is changeable. It is disastrous to confuse them.
-Madeleine L'Engle

Vietnam was the first war ever fought without any censorship. Without censorship, things can get terribly confused in the public mind.
-William C. Westmoreland

We are a purely idealistic Nation, but let no one confuse our idealism with weakness.
-Jimmy Carter

We have confused the free with the free and easy.
-Adlai E. Stevenson II

We have, I fear, confused power with greatness.
-Stewart Udall

We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty. When the loyal opposition dies, I think the soul of America dies with it.
-Edward R. Murrow

When the search for truth is confused with political advocacy, the pursuit of knowledge is reduced to the quest for power.
-Alston Chase

You have confused a war on religion with not getting everything you want.
-Jon Stewart


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