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Quotes of the day: confusion

Published Wednesday, March 11, 2015 @ 7:14 PM EDT
Mar 11 2015

Acting is a form of confusion.
-Tallulah Bankead

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

Anyone who isn't confused doesn't really understand the situation.
-Edward R. Murrow

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

Be not careless in deeds, nor confused in words, nor rambling in thought.
-Marcus Aurelius

Before I came here, I was confused about this subject. Having listened to your lecture, I am still confused- but on a higher level.
-Enrico Fermi

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

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.

Covert action should not be confused with missionary work.
-Henry Kissinger

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

Getting your house in order and reducing the confusion gives you more control over your life.
-Larry King

God does plays dice... (and) he sometimes confuses us by throwing them where they can't be seen.
-Stephen Hawking

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

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

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

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

If you're not confused, you're not paying attention.
-Tom Peters

In the confusion we stay with each other, happy to be together, speaking without uttering a single word.
-Walt Whitman

In the early ages of the world, according to the Scripture chronology there were no kings; the consequence of which was, there were no wars; it is the pride of kings which throws mankind into confusion.
-Thomas Paine

It is better to live on the house top than to live in a house full of confusion.
-Bob Marley

It's a mistake to confuse pity with love.
-Stanley Kubrick

It's not because my mind is made up that I don't want you to confuse me with any more facts. It's because my mind isn't made up. I already have more facts than I can cope with.
-John Brunner

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

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

Men tighten the knot of confusion
Into perfect misunderstanding.
-T.S. Eliot

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

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

People get God and religion confused. I think God is a bit too hip to join any of his unauthorized fan clubs.
-John Fugelsang

People look for morals in fiction because there has always been a confusion between fiction and philosophy.
-John Cheever

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.
-Iris Murdoch

Religion is a system of wishful illusions together with a disavowal of reality, such as we find nowhere else but in a state of blissful hallucinatory confusion. Religion's eleventh commandment is 'Thou shalt not question.'
-Sigmund Freud

Religion is so frequently a source of confusion in political life, and so frequently dangerous to democracy, precisely because it introduces absolutes into the realm of relative values.
-Reinhold Neibuhr

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

The good die young- but not always. The wicked prevail- but not consistently. I am confused by life, and I feel safe within the confines of the theatre.
-Helen Hayes

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 mere attempt to examine my own confusion would consume volumes.
-James Agee

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

Truth will sooner come out from error than from confusion.
-Francis Bacon

What is important is to spread confusion, not eliminate it.
-Salvador Dali

When a man no longer confuses himself with the definition of himself that others have given him, he is at once universal and unique.
-Alan Watts

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


(March 12 is also the birthday of Edward Albee and Jack Kerouac.)

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