Quotes and Sayings about Chaos



"Chaos often breeds life, when order breeds habit."
- Henry B. Adams
(Related: Life, Habit, Chaos, Order)

"Chaos was the law of nature; Order was the dream of man."
- Henry B. Adams
(Related: Nature, Dream, Chaos, Law, Man, Order)

"The task of art today is to bring chaos into order."
- Theodor Adorno
(Related: Art, Chaos, Order, Today)

"Painting is the passage from the chaos of the emotions to the order of the possible."
- Balthus
(Related: Chaos, Emotions, Order, Painting)

"Chaos in the world brings uneasiness, but it also allows the opportunity for creativity and growth."
- Tom Barrett
(Related: Opportunity, Creativity, Growth, Chaos, World)

"Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend."
- Melody Beattie
(Related: Home, Life, Gratitude, Friend, Acceptance, Chaos, Clarity, Confusion, Denial, Order)

"I knew I wanted children in my life. The acting was always in relation to it. Life at home is chaos. They're wonderful. They're such interesting human beings. I just love it. I'm lucky."
- Annette Bening
(Related: Home, Life, Love, Acting, Chaos, Children)

"Every passion borders on the chaotic, but the collector's passion borders on the chaos of memories."
- Walter Benjamin
(Related: Chaos, Memories, Passion)

"The battlefield is a scene of constant chaos. The winner will be the one who controls that chaos, both his own and the enemies."
- Napoleon Bonaparte
(Related: Chaos, Enemies, Will)

"My son is not wild about going back to Iraq, but he'd sure rather do that than sacrifice all that he and his fellow soldiers have accomplished by leaving too early and inviting chaos."
- Kit Bond
(Related: Son, Sacrifice, Chaos, Iraq, Soldiers)

"A society deadened by a smothering network of laws while finding release in moral chaos is not likely to be either happy or stable."
- Robert Bork
(Related: Society, Chaos, Laws, Network)

"You can reconstruct the picture from chaos and memory's ruins."
- Kay Boyle
(Related: Chaos, Memory)

"The events of September 11 and what has happened since have made people understand that even a small, distant and far away country like Afghanistan cannot be left to break up into anarchy and chaos without consequences for the whole world."
- Lakhdar Brahimi
(Related: People, Afghanistan, Anarchy, Chaos, Consequences, Country, Events, World)

"The world is chaos. Nothingness is the yet-to-be-born god of the world."
- Georg Buchner
(Related: God, Chaos, Nothingness, World)

"Chaos is inherent in all compounded things. Strive on with diligence."
- Buddha
(Related: Chaos, Diligence)

"Iraq is no diversion. It is a place where civilization is taking a decisive stand against chaos and terror, we must not waver."
- George W. Bush
(Related: Civilization, Chaos, Iraq, Terror)

"After the chaos and carnage of September 11th, it is not enough to serve our enemies with legal papers."
- George W. Bush
(Related: Legal, Chaos, Enemies)

"Out of chaos God made a world, and out of high passions comes a people."
- Lord Byron
(Related: God, People, Chaos, World)

"I want to create a little chaos and make people's heads turn."
- Scott Caan
(Related: People, Chaos, Want)

"I am still making order out of chaos by reinvention."
- John Le Carre
(Related: Chaos, Order)

"We live in a rainbow of chaos."
- Paul Cezanne
(Related: Chaos)

"Art is the triumph over chaos."
- John Cheever
(Related: Art, Chaos)

"In the midst of movement and chaos, keep stillness inside of you."
- Deepak Chopra
(Related: Chaos)

"Chaos is rejecting all you have learned, Chaos is being yourself."
- Emile M. Cioran
(Related: Being, Chaos)

"I have great belief in the fact that whenever there is chaos, it creates wonderful thinking. I consider chaos a gift."
- Septima Clark
(Related: Belief, Chaos, Fact, Thinking)

"In a world with no systems, with chaos, everything becomes a guerilla struggle, and this predictability is not there. And it becomes almost impossible to save lives, educate kids, develop economies, whatever."
- William J. Clinton
(Related: Chaos, Kids, Struggle, World)

"There is no significant man-made Global Warming underway and the science on which the computer projections of weather chaos are based is badly flawed."
- John Coleman
(Related: Science, Chaos, Computer, Global warming, Man, Weather)

"No chaos, no creation. Evidence: the kitchen at mealtime."
- Mason Cooley
(Related: Chaos, Creation, Kitchen)

"You just let your lower self go, and then it takes on all these aspects of the society - the city with horns blowing, the people yelling things at each other, and the all-in-all violence and chaos of the city. Put that on stage with music, and that's what this is."
- Alice Cooper
(Related: Society, Music, People, Chaos, Self, Violence)

"Anything you build on a large scale or with intense passion invites chaos."
- Francis Ford Coppola
(Related: Chaos, Passion)

"Blame is just a lazy person's way of making sense of chaos."
- Doug Coupland
(Related: Blame, Chaos, Sense)

"No one will expect the British Government or the Government of India to give way to threats of violence, disorder and chaos; and, indeed, representatives of large sections of Indian opinion have expressly warned us that we must not do so."
- Stafford Cripps
(Related: Government, Chaos, Disorder, Opinion, Violence, Will)

"Gandhi has asked that the British Government should walk out of India and leave the Indian people to settle differences among themselves, even if it means chaos and confusion."
- Stafford Cripps
(Related: Government, People, Chaos, Confusion)

"Everybody's a mad scientist, and life is their lab. We're all trying to experiment to find a way to live, to solve problems, to fend off madness and chaos."
- David Cronenberg
(Related: Life, Chaos, Madness, Problems, Trying)

"James Garner is like a peaceful river through our chaos."
- Kaley Cuoco
(Related: Chaos)

"Just as the strength of the Internet is chaos, so the strength of our liberty depends upon the chaos and cacophony of the unfettered speech the First Amendment protects."
- Judge Dalzell
(Related: Strength, Chaos, First, Internet, Liberty, Speech)

"A schedule defends from chaos and whim. It is a net for catching days. It is a scaffolding on which a worker can stand and labor with both hands at sections of time."
- Annie Dillard
(Related: Time, Chaos, Labor, Whim)

"As a restaurateur, my job is to basically control the chaos and the drama. There's always going to be chaos in the restaurant business."
- Rocco DiSpirito
(Related: Business, Control, Chaos, Drama, Job)

"All art is exorcism. I paint dreams and visions too; the dreams and visions of my time. Painting is the effort to produce order; order in yourself. There is much chaos in me, much chaos in our time."
- Otto Dix
(Related: Art, Dreams, Time, Chaos, Effort, Order, Painting, Visions)

"NYC is chaotic. And I am attracted to chaos."
- Trevor Dunn
(Related: Chaos)

"Civilization begins with order, grows with liberty and dies with chaos."
- Will Durant
(Related: Civilization, Chaos, Liberty, Order)

"Chaos is a friend of mine."
- Bob Dylan
(Related: Friend, Chaos)

"I accept chaos, I'm not sure whether it accepts me."
- Bob Dylan
(Related: Chaos)

"While Haiti has recently celebrated more than 200 years of independence from French colonial rule, the citizens of the island remain vulnerable to poverty, poor health, and political chaos."
- Eliot Engel
(Related: Health, Chaos, Independence, Poor, Poverty, Years)

"We adore chaos because we love to produce order."
- M. C. Escher
(Related: Love, Chaos, Order)

"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?"
- Federico Fellini
(Related: Chaos, Confusion, Meaning, Silence, Speech, Television)

"Freedom is just Chaos, with better lighting."
- Alan Dean Foster
(Related: Chaos, Freedom)

"I guess darkness serves a purpose: to show us that there is redemption through chaos. I believe in that. I think that's the basis of Greek mythology."
- Brendan Fraser
(Related: Chaos, Darkness, Mythology)

"Most people go, I wish for world peace. But chaos has a place in balancing out the light and the dark in the world. I don't know if I would wish for world peace."
- Brendan Fraser
(Related: Peace, People, Chaos, Light, World)

"Oh, God, why don't I remember that a little chaos is good for the soul?"
- Marilyn French
(Related: God, Soul, Chaos)

"Our culture is in moral chaos. On TV we celebrate freaks instead of honest, decent people."
- Kathie Lee Gifford
(Related: People, Chaos, Culture)

"To the indefinite, uncertain mind of the American radical the most contradictory ideas and methods are possible. The result is a sad chaos in the radical movement, a sort of intellectual hash, which has neither taste nor character."
- Emma Goldman
(Related: Ideas, Character, American, Chaos, Mind, Radical, Result, Taste)

"I believe, as Lenin said, that this revolutionary chaos may yet crystallize into new forms of life."
- Mikhail Gorbachev
(Related: Life, Chaos, May)

"The fact that New York continues in the face of all of the chaos, of the crime, of the madness, you just think that it would just pop and vanish, just explode."
- Spalding Gray
(Related: Chaos, Crime, Fact, Madness)

"Everything is contingent, and there is also chaos."
- Spalding Gray
(Related: Chaos)

"Progress everywhere today does seem to come so very heavily disguised as Chaos."
- Joyce Grenfell
(Related: Progress, Chaos, Today)

"Zippy accepts chaos as what it is, which is the real order of everything."
- Bill Griffith
(Related: Chaos, Order)

"It is only a step from boredom to disillusionment, which leads naturally to self-pity, which in turn ends in chaos."
- Manly Hall
(Related: Boredom, Chaos, Disillusionment, Self)

"When the mind withdraws into itself and dispenses with facts it makes only chaos."
- Edith Hamilton
(Related: Chaos, Facts, Mind)

"My heart is so light that it's amazing. I get to play all this grief, all this loss, all this disaster and chaos. It's hysterically funny. I am very light."
- Linda Hamilton
(Related: Funny, Heart, Chaos, Disaster, Grief, Light, Loss, Play)

"Big cities are chaotic. And chaos for humans - who have experience from their ancestors - is the last step before conflict. So, in the park, every kind of visual contradiction has been eliminated."
- John Hench
(Related: Experience, Chaos, Cities, Conflict, Contradiction)

"To study history means submitting to chaos and nevertheless retaining faith in order and meaning."
- Hermann Hesse
(Related: Faith, History, Chaos, Meaning, Order, Study)

"Whoever lights the torch of war in Europe can wish for nothing but chaos."
- Adolf Hitler
(Related: War, Chaos, Europe, Nothing)

"In all chaos there is a cosmos, in all disorder a secret order."
- Carl Jung
(Related: Chaos, Cosmos, Disorder)

"Our enemy of international terrorism respects no laws of warfare or morality, and its individual members take innocent lives, just to create chaos for news cameras."
- Mark Kennedy
(Related: Morality, Chaos, Enemy, Laws, News, Terrorism)

"We have traded a dictator for a chaos that has left America less secure."
- John F. Kerry
(Related: America, Chaos)

"It seems like the chaos of this world is accelerating, but so is the beauty in the consciousness of more and more people."
- Anthony Kiedis
(Related: Beauty, People, Chaos, Consciousness, World)

"There is an immutable conflict at work in life and in business, a constant battle between peace and chaos. Neither can be mastered, but both can be influenced. How you go about that is the key to success."
- Philip Knight
(Related: Life, Peace, Success, Work, Business, Battle, Chaos, Conflict, Key)

"When tempest tossed, embrace chaos."
- Dean Koontz
(Related: Chaos)

"Democracy is fatal for the arts; it leads only to chaos or the achievement of new and lower common denominators of quality."
- Walter Legge
(Related: Quality, Achievement, Chaos, Democracy)

"I'm a study of a man in chaos in search of frenzy."
- Oscar Levant
(Related: Chaos, Man, Study)

"Part of the plot was a knock that V wanted to bring down the government and bring chaos. I don't know why I thought of Guy Fawkes, because it was during the summer. I thought that would be great if he looked like Guy Fawkes, kind of theatrical."
- David Lloyd
(Related: Government, Thought, Chaos, Summer)

"Living in continual chaos is exhausting, frightening. The catch is that it's also very addictive."
- Lorna Luft
(Related: Chaos, Living)

"No one welcomes chaos, but why crave stability and predictability?"
- Hugh Mackay
(Related: Chaos, Stability)

"Of course, the EU is not going to fall apart, but at best it will stagnate for the foreseeable future and we will be dealing with quite a lot of internal chaos."
- Peter Mandelson
(Related: Chaos, Future, Will)

"The chaos can act as a magnifier of quantum fluctuations so that they can produce sizable effects in the world around us. But we know that that can happen often."
- Murray Gell Mann
(Related: Act, Chaos, World)

"Of course the word chaos is used in rather a vague sense by a lot of writers, but in physics it means a particular phenomenon, namely that in a nonlinear system the outcome is often indefinitely, arbitrarily sensitive to tiny changes in the initial condition."
- Murray Gell Mann
(Related: Chaos, Physics, Sense, Word, Writers)

"Chaos in the midst of chaos isn't funny, but chaos in the midst of order is."
- Steve Martin
(Related: Funny, Chaos, Order)

"We must win in Iraq. If we withdraw, there will be chaos; there will be genocide; and they will follow us home."
- John McCain
(Related: Home, Chaos, Genocide, Iraq, Will)

"Music creates order out of chaos: for rhythm imposes unanimity upon the divergent, melody imposes continuity upon the disjointed, and harmony imposes compatibility upon the incongruous."
- Yehudi Menuhin
(Related: Music, Harmony, Order)

"Chaos is the score upon which reality is written."
- Henry Miller
(Related: Chaos, Reality)

"Design, in its broadest sense, is the enabler of the digital era - it's a process that creates order out of chaos, that renders technology usable to business. Design means being good, not just looking good."
- Clement Mok
(Related: Design, Technology, Business, Being, Chaos, Order, Sense)

"I'm interested in anything about revolt, disorder, chaos, especially activity that appears to have no meaning. It seems to me to be the road toward freedom."
- Jim Morrison
(Related: Chaos, Disorder, Freedom, Meaning, Road)

"I am interested in anything about revolt, disorder, chaos-especially activity that seems to have no meaning. It seems to me to be the road toward freedom... Rather than starting inside, I start outside and reach the mental through the physical."
- Jim Morrison
(Related: Chaos, Disorder, Freedom, Meaning, Road)

"Here the skeptic finds chaos and the believer further evidence that the hand that made us is divine."
- Robert Moses
(Related: Chaos)

"We want to get this good music to as many people as possible because I think it heals, it soothes, I think music is incredibly important, especially in today's chaos."
- Graham Nash
(Related: Music, People, Chaos, Today, Want)

"I'm definitely more attracted to chaos than to order."
- Connie Nielsen
(Related: Chaos, Order)

"One must still have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star."
- Friedrich Nietzsche
(Related: Chaos, Dancing)

"You must have chaos within you to give birth to a dancing star."
- Friedrich Nietzsche
(Related: Chaos, Dancing)

"Any change is resisted because bureaucrats have a vested interest in the chaos in which they exist."
- Richard M. Nixon
(Related: Change, Chaos, Interest)

"Political chaos is connected with the decay of language... one can probably bring about some improvement by starting at the verbal end."
- George Orwell
(Related: Chaos, End, Improvement, Language)

"The mind cannot support moral chaos for long. Men are under as strong a compulsion to invent an ethical setting for their behavior as spiders are to weave themselves webs."
- John Dos Passos
(Related: Men, Behavior, Chaos, Mind, Spiders, Support)

"If it's just screaming - and I know this sounds so ridiculous - that gets old. But sometimes when there's literal chaos, it's like being in a war zone, and that's kind of exciting. You're just running through the crowd of people chasing after you and no one knows what's going on."
- Robert Pattinson
(Related: War, People, Being, Chaos, Old, Running, Zone)

"Generality is, indeed, an indispensable ingredient of reality; for mere individual existence or actuality without any regularity whatever is a nullity. Chaos is pure nothing."
- Charles Sanders Peirce
(Related: Chaos, Existence, Nothing, Reality)

"But on the other hand, in the midst of the chaos, you find normal people. You find people who are willing to risk their lives to tell you what they saw, even though they have no dog in the fight."
- John Pomfret
(Related: People, Chaos, Fight, Risk)

"Human life itself may be almost pure chaos, but the work of the artist is to take these handfuls of confusion and disparate things, things that seem to be irreconcilable, and put them together in a frame to give them some kind of shape and meaning."
- Katherine Anne Porter
(Related: Life, Work, Artist, Chaos, Confusion, May, Meaning)

"The irreversibility of time is the mechanism that brings order out of chaos."
- Ilya Prigogine
(Related: Time, Chaos, Order)

"There is a good principle which created order, light, and man, and an evil principle which created chaos, darkness, and woman."
- Pythagoras
(Related: Chaos, Darkness, Evil, Light, Man, Order, Woman)

"If we wish to make a new world we have the material ready. The first one, too, was made out of chaos."
- Robert Quillen
(Related: Chaos, First, World)

"I don't know if it's a sign of all the chaos that is happening out there or not, but I've lately craved the structure and order of classical music, the balance and symmetry."
- Helen Reddy
(Related: Music, Balance, Chaos, Order)

"Scientific theory is a contrived foothold in the chaos of living phenomena."
- Wilhelm Reich
(Related: Chaos, Living, Theory)

"Gang violence in America is not a sudden problem. It has been a part of urban life for years, offering an aggressive definition and identity to those seeking a place to belong in the chaos of large metropolitan areas."
- Dave Reichert
(Related: Life, America, Chaos, Identity, Violence, Years)

"It's about not letting the internal enemy, the real enemy, have his way because the more he does the stronger he becomes. The film's about the devastating results that can manifest from the internal enemy being unbridled and allowed to unleash chaos."
- Guy Ritchie
(Related: Being, Chaos, Enemy, Film, Results)

"With Stacy, it was interesting because you know he was within all this chaos, all these different lives that were so broken and so much anger and so much frustration and their skating came out of that, their different styles came out of that."
- John Robinson
(Related: Anger, Chaos, Frustration)

"Regarding Syria, we already call for dialogue between Syria and all parties concerned, in order to avoid any kind of escalation in the region which may expose the whole area to chaos."
- Ali A. Saleh
(Related: Chaos, May, Order)

"The World, form'd out of Chaos. Man is made."
- George Sandys
(Related: Chaos, Man, World)

"Chaos is a name for any order that produces confusion in our minds."
- George Santayana
(Related: Chaos, Confusion, Name, Order)

"Religion must completely encircle the spirit of ethical man like his element, and this luminous chaos of divine thoughts and feelings is called enthusiasm."
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel
(Related: Religion, Feelings, Enthusiasm, Thoughts, Chaos, Man, Spirit)

"Irony is a clear consciousness of an eternal agility, of the infinitely abundant chaos."
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel
(Related: Chaos, Consciousness, Irony)

"He has a very extensive public relations apparatus that is paid for by the taxpayers of this state. They are some of the best in the business. and he is a master at getting not only television but other media exposure on the basis of confrontation and chaos."
- Bill Scott
(Related: Business, Chaos, Media, Public, State, Television)

"Literally every department of state government has gone through, or is in a period of, chaos. Not just fiscal chaos, but certainly as we saw in the Department of Children and Family Services and State Fair Agency and many of Walker's departments, there is absolute chaos."
- Bill Scott
(Related: Family, Government, Chaos, Children, State)

"If Iraq were to descend into chaos, the Europeans would feel the effects just as much as we would."
- Brent Scowcroft
(Related: Chaos, Iraq)

"Invention, it must be humbly admitted, does not consist in creating out of voice, but out of chaos."
- Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
(Related: Chaos, Invention, Voice)

"The Middle East is more angry than ever. I'm afraid that the sort of deceit on the route to war was linked to the lack of preparation for afterwards and the chaos and suffering that continuous - so it won't go away will it?"
- Clare Short
(Related: War, Chaos, Deceit, Preparation, Suffering, Will)

"I loved the house the way you would any new house, because it is populated by your future, the family of children who will fill it with noise or chaos and satisfying busy pleasures."
- Jane Smiley
(Related: Family, Chaos, Children, Future, Will)

"We have arrived at an intellectual chaos."
- Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
(Related: Chaos)

"Art, in itself, is an attempt to bring order out of chaos."
- Stephen Sondheim
(Related: Art, Chaos, Order)

"When you read and understand a poem, comprehending its rich and formal meanings, then you master chaos a little."
- Stephen Spender
(Related: Chaos)

"Architecture can't fully represent the chaos and turmoil that are part of the human personality, but you need to put some of that turmoil into the architecture, or it isn't real."
- Frank Stella
(Related: Architecture, Chaos, Personality)

"In a world without the law of God, you have chaos, oppression, tyranny, and everyone doing what is right in their own eyes."
- Randall Terry
(Related: God, Chaos, Eyes, Law, Oppression, Right, Tyranny, World)

"The more chaos there is, the more science holds on to abstract systems of control, and the more chaos is engendered."
- William Irwin Thompson
(Related: Science, Control, Chaos)

"The conscious purpose of science is control of Nature; its unconscious effect is disruption and chaos."
- William Irwin Thompson
(Related: Science, Nature, Control, Purpose, Chaos, Effect, Unconscious)

"Idealistic reformers are dangerous because their idealism has no roots in love, but is simply a hysterical and unbalanced rage for order amidst their own chaos."
- William Irwin Thompson
(Related: Love, Chaos, Idealism, Order)

"Organized religion preaches Order and Love but spawns Chaos and Fury. Why?"
- Kerry Thornley
(Related: Love, Religion, Chaos, Order)

"What we imagine is order is merely the prevailing form of chaos."
- Kerry Thornley
(Related: Chaos, Order)

"Humor is emotional chaos remembered in tranquility."
- James Thurber
(Related: Humor, Chaos, Tranquility)

"I don't mind being a grandfather; I've been a mother for so many years. You just can't believe what it's like being a father. Especially when you come out of the chaos of the road to getting married and having children."
- Steven Tyler
(Related: Mother, Father, Being, Chaos, Children, Mind, Road, Years)

"Good designers can create normalcy out of chaos; they can clearly communicate ideas through the organizing and manipulating of words and pictures."
- Jeffery Veen
(Related: Ideas, Chaos, Words)

"Undermine their pompous authority, reject their moral standards, make anarchy and disorder your trademarks. Cause as much chaos and disruption as possible but don't let them take you ALIVE."
- Sid Vicious
(Related: Anarchy, Authority, Cause, Chaos, Disorder)

"We go in to liberate Cuba, but Cuba still isn't free; we don't really think through what we'll do after the initial treaty is signed, but we're still occupying. There's chaos and torture and finally an outcry."
- Sarah Vowell
(Related: Chaos)

"Our soldiers have done a valiant effort in fighting terrorism and bringing a semblance of law and order to the chaos in the region and it would be shortsighted to lay out a specific timetable to bring U.S. troops home prematurely before their mission is accomplished."
- James T. Walsh
(Related: Home, Chaos, Effort, Fighting, Law, Mission, Order, Soldiers, Terrorism, Troops)

"All genius is a conquering of chaos and mystery."
- Otto Weininger
(Related: Genius, Chaos, Mystery)

"The splendid discontent of God With chaos made the world. And from the discontent of man The worlds best progress springs."
- Ella Wheeler Wilcox
(Related: God, Progress, Chaos, Discontent, Man, World)

"So every creative act strives to attain an absolute status; it longs to create a world of beauty to triumph over chaos and convert it to order."
- Rowan D. Williams
(Related: Beauty, Act, Chaos, Order, World)

"If all mankind were to disappear, the world would regenerate back to the rich state of equilibrium that existed ten thousand years ago. If insects were to vanish, the environment would collapse into chaos."
- E. O. Wilson
(Related: Chaos, Environment, Insects, Mankind, State, World, Years)

"Some actresses seem to thrive on chaos, and I've often wondered if they felt they had to be that way in order to perform well?"
- Marie Windsor
(Related: Chaos, Order)

"I feel this is very important for us to have serene buildings because our civilization is chaotic as it is, you see; our whole machine age has brought about a chaos that has to be somehow counterbalanced, I think."
- Minoru Yamasaki
(Related: Age, Civilization, Chaos, Machine)