Our Current Chaos

Sunday, May 8, 2016 – Our Current Chaos

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

We live in a rainbow of chaos. ~ Paul Cezanne

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

Chaos is a friend of mine. ~ Bob Dylan

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In chaos, there is fertility. ~ Anaïs Nin

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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, The Name of the Rose

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