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Experts and specialists lead you quickly into chaos. They are a source of useless nit-picking, the ferocious quibble over a comma.

FRANK HERBERT, Children of Dune

In all chaos there is a cosmos, in all disorder a secret order.

CARL JUNG, "Archetypes of the Collective Unconscious"

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

WILHELM REICH, The Function of the Organism

Freedom is just chaos, with better lighting.

ALAN DEAN FOSTER, To the Vanishing Point

Chaos is rejecting all you have learned, Chaos is being yourself.

EMILE CIORAN, A Short History of Decay

Chaos often breeds life, when order breeds habit.

HENRY ADAMS, The Education of Henry Adams

Injustice alone can shake down the pillars of the skies, and restore the reign of Chaos and Night.

HORACE MANN, A Few Thoughts for a Young Man

Disorder, chaos, anarchy: now that's fun!


Chaos was the law of nature; Order was the dream of man.

HENRY ADAMS, The Education of Henry Adams

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

GEORGE SANTAYANA, Dominations and Powers

If enough of us believe, a new thing can be made to exist. Belief structure creates a filter through which chaos is sifted into order.

FRANK HERBERT, Heretics of Dune

Art ... is an attempt to bring order out of chaos.

STEPHEN SONDHEIM, interview, July 5, 2005

Chaos is a friend of mine.

BOB DYLAN, Newsweek, Dec. 9, 1985

Let chaos storm!
Let cloud shapes swarm!
I wait for form.

ROBERT FROST, "V. Pertinax"

One man's idea of perfect order is another man's chaos.

DEAN KOONTZ, Dark Rivers of the Heart

War is the most readily available form of chaos.

FRANK HERBERT, God Emperor of Dune

Chaos is God's body. Order is the Devil's chains.

JOHN UPDIKE, Rabbit Redux

Throughout human history, as our species has faced the frightening, terrorizing fact that we do not know who we are, or where we are going in this ocean of chaos, it has been the authorities — the political, the religious, the educational authorities — who attempted to comfort us by giving us order, rules, regulations, informing — forming in our minds — their view of reality. To think for yourself you must question authority and learn how to put yourself in a state of vulnerable open-mindedness, chaotic, confused vulnerability to inform yourself.

TIMOTHY LEARY, How to Operate Your Brain

Order generally was a product of human activity. Chaos existed as a raw material from which to create order.

FRANK HERBERT, Chapterhouse: Dune

In the space between chaos and shape there was another chance.

JEANETTE WINTERSON, The World and Other Places

There are men who bloom in chaos. You call them heroes or villains, depending on which side wins the war, but until the battle call they are but normal men who long for action, who lust for the opportunity to throw off the routine of their normal lives like a cocoon and come into their own. They sense a destiny larger than themselves, but only when structures collapse around them do these men become warriors.


They sicken of the calm, who knew the storm.

DOROTHY PARKER, New York World, Jan. 20, 1928

All things tend toward entropy. The whole universe is moving outward, the stars pulling away from one another, God knows what falling through the cracks between them.

CASSANDRA CLARE, City of Lost Souls

When you have once seen the chaos, you must make some thing to set between yourself and that terrible sight; and so you make a mirror, thinking that in it shall be reflected the reality of the world; but then you understand that the mirror reflects only appearances, and that reality is somewhere else, off behind the mirror; and then you remember that behind the mirror there is only the chaos.

JOHN BANVILLE, Doctor Copernicus

Chaos is merely order waiting to be deciphered.


Let a man restore order within himself, and chaos without ceases.

CHRISTIAN NESTELL BOVEE, Intuitions and Summaries of Thought

Chaos half-loosed cannot be long controlled; it is all or nothing.

DEAN KOONTZ, Odd Apocalypse

Chaos is an angel who fell in love with a demon.

CHRISTOPHER POINDEXTER, Remington Typewriter Poetry

You need chaos in your soul to give birth to a dancing star.



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