Quotations About / On:
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.)
Chaos is as unnerving as order is settling.
Chaos often breeds life, when order breeds habit.
(Henry Brooks Adams (1838-1918), U.S. historian. The Education of Henry Adams, ch. 16 (1907).)
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).)
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).)
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).)
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.)
Art can make chaos seductive.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Fourteenth Selection, New York (1994).)
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).)
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).)