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Published Saturday, March 05, 2016 @ 1:44 PM EST
Mar 05 2016

A life lived in chaos is an impossibility...
-Madeleine L'Engle

America is a passionate idea or it is nothing. America is a human brotherhood or it is a chaos.
-Max Lerner

Anything you build on a large scale or with intense passion invites chaos.
-Francis Ford Coppola

Art is the triumph over chaos.
-John Cheever

At any given moment, public opinion is a chaos of superstition, misinformation, and prejudice.
-Gore Vidal

But one of the attributes of love, like art, is to bring harmony and order out of chaos, to introduce meaning and affect where before there was none, to give rhythmic variations, highs and lows to a landscape that was previously flat.
-Molly Haskell

Change based on principle is progress. Constant change without principle becomes chaos.
-Dwight D. Eisenhower

Chaos in the midst of chaos isn't funny, but chaos in the midst of order is.
-Steve Martin

Chaos is a friend of mine.
-Bob Dylan

Chaos is a name for any order that produces confusion in our minds.
-George Santayana

Chaos is found in greatest abundance wherever order is being sought. It always defeats order, because it is better organized.
-Terry Pratchett

Chaos is rejecting all you have learned. Chaos is being yourself.
-Emile Cioran

Chaos is the score upon which reality is written.
-Henry Miller

Chaos is the worst kind of oppression because there is nothing to resist.
-Bruce Sterling

Chaos often breeds life, when order breeds habit.
-Henry Adams

Civilization begins with order, grows with liberty, and dies with chaos.
-Will Durant

Destroy time, and chaos may be ordered.
-Norman Mailer

Discipline without freedom is tyranny; freedom without discipline is chaos.
-Cullen Hightower

Freedom is just Chaos, with better lighting.
-Alan Dean Foster

Humor is emotional chaos remembered in tranquility.
-James Thurber

I believe that order is better than chaos, creation better than destruction. I prefer gentleness to violence, forgiveness to vendetta. I believe that in spite of the recent triumphs of science, men haven't changed much in the last two thousand years; and in consequence we must still try to learn from history. History is ourselves.
-Kenneth Clark

I cannot believe that there is any being in this universe who has created a human soul for eternal pain. I would rather that every god would destroy himself; I would rather that we all should go to eternal chaos, to black and starless night, than that just one soul should suffer eternal agony.
-Robert G. Ingersoll

I think television has betrayed the meaning of democratic speech, adding visual chaos to the confusion of voices. What role does silence have in all this noise?
-Frederico Fellini

If all mankind were to disappear, the world would regenerate back to the rich state of equilibrium that existed 10,000 years ago. If insects were to vanish, the environment would collapse into chaos.
-Edward O. Wilson

If one man can be allowed to determine for himself what is law, every man can. That means first chaos, then tyranny. Legal process is an essential part of the democratic process.
-Felix Frankfurter

In a world where we are forced to conform to society, it is necessary to have personal chaos.
-Thomas Armstrong

In all chaos there is a cosmos, in all disorder a secret order.
-Carl Jung

In the Beginning, the Big Bang emitted Chaos; and the Chaos was without form, and void, for it was homogeneous and isotropic. And the Singularity moved upon the face of the Chaos and emitted light; and the Universe was no longer homogeneous, for the light was divided from the darkness. And there came forth firmaments and dry land and seas and stars and moons; and the worlds brought forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit trees yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself. It is quite literally true that if you can believe that, you can believe anything; more, you must believe anything. To exclude anything you must make an act of faith.
-Jerry Pournelle

Invention, it must be humbly admitted, does not consist in creating out of void, but out of chaos.
-Mary Shelley

Irony is a clear consciousness of an eternal agility, of the infinitely abundant chaos.
-Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

It's pretty clear now that what looked like it might have been some kind of counterculture is, in reality, just the plain old chaos of undifferentiated weirdness.
-Jerry Garcia

Let chaos reign, then rein chaos.
-Andrew Grove

Life is chaos. It has none of the symmetries and patterning of the novel.
-Martin Amis

Life is divine Chaos. It's messy, and it's supposed to be that way.
-John Keats

Nature does not complete things. She is chaotic. Man must finish, and he does so by making a garden and building a wall.
-Robert Frost

Order is simply a thin, perilous condition we try to impose on the basic reality of chaos.
-William Gaddis

Our policy is directed not against any country or doctrine but against hunger, poverty, desperation and chaos.
-George C. Marshall

Scientific theory is a contrived foothold in the chaos of living phenomena.
-Wilhelm Reich

Since we cannot hope for order let us withdraw with style from the chaos.
-Tom Stoppard

The chaos lies all within.
-V.S. Naipaul

The guiding ideological principles of most American newsrooms are entropy, chaos, procrastination and lunch.
-Renee Loth

The more control, the more that requires control. This is the road to chaos.
-Frank Herbert

The primary function of management is to create the chaos that only management can sort out.
-Theodore Dalrymple

What a chimera then is man! What a novelty! What a monster, what a chaos, what a contradiction, what a prodigy! Judge of all things, feeble earthworm, depository of truth, a sink of uncertainty and error, the glory and the shame of the universe.
-Blaise Pascal

What we imagine is order is merely the prevailing form of chaos.
-Kerry Thornley

When in our isolation we see our lives seeping away as a mere succession of moments, tossed meaninglessly about by accidents and overwhelming events; when we contemplate a history that seems to be at an end, leaving only chaos behind it, then we are impelled to raise ourselves above history.
-Karl Jaspers


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