Quotations About / On: CHAOS

  • 1.
    I have great belief in the fact that whenever there is chaos, it creates wonderful thinking. I consider chaos a gift.
    (Septima Clark (1898-1987), African American civil rights activist. As quoted in I Dream a World, by Brian Lanker (1989). Clark, a native of South Carolina, said this in 1986.)
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  • 2.
    Chaos often breeds life, when order breeds habit.
    (Henry Brooks Adams (1838-1918), U.S. historian. The Education of Henry Adams, ch. 16 (1907).)
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  • 3.
    In all chaos there is a cosmos, in all disorder a secret order.
    (Carl Jung (1875-1961), Swiss psychiatrist. "Archetypes of the Collective Unconscious," vol. 9, pt. 1, Collected Works, ed. William McGuire (1959).)
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  • 4.
    Progress everywhere today does seem to come so very heavily disguised as Chaos.
    (Joyce Grenfell (1910-1979), British actor, writer. "English Lit." Stately as a Galleon (1978).)
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  • 5.
    Every passion borders on the chaotic, but the collector's passion borders on the chaos of memories.
    (Walter Benjamin (1892-1940), German critic, philosopher. repr. In Illuminations, ed. Hannah Arendt (1968). Unpacking My Library (1931).)
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  • 6.
    Whoever lights the torch of war in Europe can wish for nothing but chaos.
    (Adolf Hitler (1889-1945), German dictator. Speech, May 21, 1935, Reichstag, Berlin.)
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  • 7.
    Art can make chaos seductive.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Fourteenth Selection, New York (1994).)
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  • 8.
    Irony is a clear consciousness of an eternal agility, of the infinitely abundant chaos.
    (Friedrich Von Schlegel (1772-1829), German philosopher. Idea 69 in Selected Ideas (1799-1800), translated by Ernst Behler and Roman Struc, Dialogue on Poetry and Literary Aphorisms, Pennsylvania University Press (1968).)
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  • 9.
    Chaos was the law of nature; Order was the dream of man.
    (Henry Brooks Adams (1838-1918), U.S. historian. The Education of Henry B. Adams, p. 1132, The Library of America (1983).)
  • 10.
    Chaos is a name for any order that produces confusion in our minds.
    (George Santayana (1863-1952), U.S. philosopher, poet. Dominations and Powers, bk. 1, pt. 1, ch. 1 (1951).)
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