Complete Chaos

Sunday, August 29, 2021 – Complete Chaos 

Chaos was the law of nature; order was the dream of man. ~ Henry Adams

To study history means submitting to chaos and nevertheless retaining faith in order and meaning. ~ Hermann Hesse

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

Civilization is like a thin layer of ice upon a deep ocean of chaos and darkness. ~ Werner Herzog

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

In politics, an absurdity is not a handicap. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte

Life is full of infinite absurdities, which, strangely enough, do not even need to appear plausible, since they are true. ~ Luigi Pirandello

The irrationality of a thing is no argument against its existence, rather a condition of it. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

Chaos is merely order waiting to be deciphered. ~ José Saramago

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

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

Chaos is a friend of mine. ~ Bob Dylan

I accept chaos. I’m not sure whether it accepts me. ~ Bob Dylan

We adore chaos because we love to produce order. ~ M. C. Escher

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

The world is not to be put in order. The world is order. It is for us to put ourselves in unison with this order. ~ Henry Miller

Chaos is inherent in all compounded things. Strive on with diligence. ~ Buddha

One must still have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

In chaos, there is fertility. ~ Anaïs Nin

We live in a rainbow of chaos. ~ Paul Cezanne

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

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

Chaos is the first condition. Order is the first law. Continuity is the first reflection. Quietude is the first happiness. ~ James Stephens

I’m a study of a man in chaos in search of frenzy. ~ Oscar Levant

I like order. It allows me to have chaos in my head. ~ Dwight Yoakam

Chaos is rejecting all you have learned; chaos is being yourself. ~ Emile M. Cioran

Chaos is what we’ve lost touch with. This is why it is given a bad name. It is feared by the dominant archetype of our world, which is Ego, which clenches because its existence is defined in terms of control. ~ Terence McKenna

Every morning I jump out of bed and step on a landmine. The landmine is me. After the explosion, I spend the rest of the day putting the pieces together. ~ Ray Bradbury, Zen in the Art of Writing

The only geniuses produced by the chaos of society are those who do something about it. Chaos breeds geniuses. It offers a man something to be a genius about. ~ B. F. Skinner, Walden Two

Why shouldn’t things be largely absurd, futile, and transitory? They are so, and we are so, and they and we go very well together. ~ George Santayana

Our real discoveries come from chaos, from going to the place that looks wrong and stupid and foolish. ~ Chuck Palahniuk, Invisible Monsters

The order that our mind imagines is like a net, or like a ladder, built to attain something. But afterward you must throw the ladder away, because you discover that, even if it was useful, it was meaningless. ~ Umberto Eco

All order, I’ve come to understand, is theoretical, unreal – a harmless, sensible, smiling mask men slide between the two great, dark realities, the self and the world – two snake pits. ~ John Gardner, Grendel

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

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

Blame is just a lazy person’s way of making sense of chaos. ~ Douglas Coupland

It is only a step from boredom to disillusionment, which leads naturally to self-pity, which in turn ends in chaos. ~ Manly Hall

Humor is emotional chaos remembered in tranquility. ~ James Thurber

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

You know, how much order is good? And when does order become too restrictive? Is a little bit of chaos okay, or is chaos always an evil force? I mean, these are questions that any kid who’s ever been in a school cafeteria can relate to. ~ Rick Riordan

Let’s just say that if complete and utter chaos were lightning, then he’d be the sort to stand on a hilltop in a thunderstorm wearing wet copper armor and shouting “All Gods are bastards.” ~ Terry Pratchett

There is a good principle which created order, light, and man, and an evil principle which created chaos, darkness, and woman. ~ Pythagoras

Chaos is complexity viewed through a reductionist filter. ~ Silvia Hartmann

As complexity rises, precise statements lose meaning, and meaningful statements lose precision. ~ Lotfi Zadeh

When in doubt, mumble; when in trouble, delegate; when in charge, ponder. ~ James H. Boren

He attacked everything in life with a mix of extraordinary genius and naive incompetence, and it was often difficult to tell which was which. ~ Douglas Adams

But unpredictability was not the reason physicists and mathematicians began taking pendulums seriously again in the sixties and seventies. Unpredictability was only the attention-grabber. Those studying chaotic dynamics discovered that the disorderly behavior of simple systems acted as a creative process. It generated complexity: richly organized patterns, sometimes stable and sometimes unstable, sometimes finite and sometimes infinite, but always with the fascination of living things. That was why scientists played with toys. ~ James Gleick, Chaos: Making a New Science

Postmodern science – by concerning itself with such things as undecidables, the limits of precise control, conflicts characterized by incomplete information, “fracta”, catastrophes, and pragmatic paradoxes – is theorizing its own evolution as discontinuous, catastrophic, nonrectifiable, and paradoxical. ~ Jean-François Lyotard, The Postmodern Condition: A Report on Knowledge

Perhaps I’m old and tired, but I always think that the chances of finding out what really is going on are so absurdly remote that the only thing to do is to say hang the sense of it and just keep yourself occupied. ~ Douglas Adams

Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like. ~ Lao Tzu

They sicken of the calm who know the storm. ~ Dorothy Parker

The ideal of calm exists in a sitting cat. ~ Jules Renard

When the odds are hopeless, when all seems to be lost, then is the time to be calm, to make a show of authority, or at least of indifference ~ Ian Fleming, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service