Confusion Quotes

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


I believe that the moment is near when by a procedure of active paranoiac thought, it will be possible to systematize confusion and contribute to the total discrediting of the world of reality. - Salvador Dali


Innumerable confusions and a feeling of despair invariably emerge in periods of great technological and cultural transition. - Marshall McLuhan


Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive him to be; and whatever your labours and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace with your soul. With all its shams, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy. (Desiderata) - Max Ehrmann


I used to go away for weeks in a state of confusion. - Albert Einstein


The people grow tired of a confusion whose end is not in sight. - Alexis de Tocqueville


One of the satisfactions of fiction, or drama, or poetry from the perpetrator's point of view is the selective order it imposes upon the confusion of a lived life; out of the daily welter of sensation and impression these few verbal artifacts, these narratives or poems, are salvaged and carefully presented. - John Updike


The multitude which is not brought to act as a unity, is confusion. That unity which has not its origin in the multitude is tyranny. - Blaise Pascal


If confusion is the first step to knowledge, I must be a genius. - Larry Leissner


I have never been lost, but I will admit to being confused for several weeks. - Daniel Boone


Political and social events must also be effective, but not in a very obvious fashion. But political confusion and prolonged peace undoubtedly affect creative thought but whether they respectively hinder or help it is not at all certain.-John Desmond Bernal


She was good at playing abstract confusion in the same way that a midget is good at being short.-Clive James


Sixty minutes of thinking of any kind is bound to lead to confusion and unhappiness.-James Thurber


Some respected and beloved brethren insist that the forming and organising of churches is, according to God's will, the only means of finding blessing in the midst of that confusion which is acknowledged to exist.-John Nelson Darby


The business of the law is to make sense of the confusion of what we call human life - to reduce it to order but at the same time to give it possibility, scope, even dignity.-Archibald MacLeish


The figure a poem makes. It begins in delight and ends in wisdom... in a clarification of life - not necessarily a great clarification, such as sects and cults are founded on, but in a momentary stay against confusion.-Robert Frost


The first, that their pretensions to this possession of an art properly so called in their art of speaking are entirely unfounded; and the second, that they are involved in a profound mistake in their confusion of the good with the pleasant.-Friedrich Schleiermacher


The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing... not healing, not curing... that is a friend who cares.-Henri Nouwen


The great secret that all old people share is that you really haven't changed in seventy or eighty years. Your body changes, but you don't change at all. And that, of course, causes great confusion.-Doris Lessing


The interval between the decay of the old and the formation and establishment of the new constitutes a period of transition which must always necessarily be one of uncertainty, confusion, error, and wild and fierce fanaticism.-John C. Calhoun


The Lord Jesus will be revealed mightily, and will make bare his holy Arm, as well in the confusion of Antichrist, as in the conversion of the Jews, before the last judgment, and the end of all things.-George Gillespie


The mere attempt to examine my own confusion would consume volumes.-James Agee


The mystic purchases a moment of exhilaration with a lifetime of confusion; and the confusion is infectious and destructive. It is confusing and destructive to try and explain anything in terms of anything else, poetry in terms of psychology.-Basil Bunting


The thing about democracy, beloveds, is that it is not neat, orderly, or quiet. It requires a certain relish for confusion.-Molly Ivins


The use of the polygraph has done little more than create confusion, ambiguity and mistakes.-Aldrich Ames


There is sometimes a peculiar confusion in the West that equates progress to whatever is recent or whatever is new, and it is time we understood that progress has nothing to do with the chronology of an idea.-Barbara Amiel


There was a time I could have been mistaken for Burt Reynolds. I had a moustache and so did he. But he was the number one star in the world, so there wasn't really much confusion.-Tom Selleck


Those who cultivate moral confusion for profit should understand this: we will name their names and shame them as they deserve to be shamed.-Bob Dole


Times of great calamity and confusion have been productive for the greatest minds. The purest ore is produced from the hottest furnace. The brightest thunder-bolt is elicited from the darkest storm.-Charles Caleb Colton


Tis this desire of bending all things to our own purposes which turns them into confusion and is the chief source of every error in our lives.-Sarah Fielding


If the Great Way perishes there will morality and duty. When cleverness and knowledge arise great lies will flourish. When relatives fall out with one another there will be filial duty and love. When states are in confusion there will be faithful servants.-Lao Tzu


In spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart. I simply can't build up my hopes on a foundation consisting of confusion, misery and death.-Anne Frank


In the confusion we stay with each other, happy to be together, speaking without uttering a single word.-Walt Whitman


In things to be seen at once, much variety makes confusion, another vice of beauty. In things that are not seen at once, and have no respect one to another, great variety is commendable, provided this variety transgress not the rules of optics and geometry.-Christopher Wren


Instead of this confusion, we need the unifying force of an official language, English, which is the language of success in America.-Ernest Istook


It has not been an easy cross to bear. It has caused considerable confusion. My husband constantly complained about the awkwardness of being married to a woman whom he called Sister.-Sister Parish


It is equally demonstrable that so far as Texas is concerned, there have been equal confusion, insecurity and injustice in the administration of the State governments.-William H. Wharton


It is possible to resolve childhood repression safely and without confusion - something that has always been disputed by the most respected schools of thought.-Alice Miller


It is still not enough for language to have clarity and content... it must also have a goal and an imperative. Otherwise from language we descend to chatter, from chatter to babble and from babble to confusion.-Rene Daumal


It was a weak spot in any nation to have a large body of disaffected people within its confusion.-Zora Neale Hurston


Let me say that the path I did take for a brief period of my life was not of reckless drug use, hurting others, but it was a path of quiet rebellion, of a little experimentation of a darker side of my confusion in a confusing world, lost in the midst of finding my identity.-Jennifer Capriati


Logic is the last scientific ingredient of Philosophy; its extraction leaves behind only a confusion of non-scientific, pseudo problems.-Rudolf Carnap


Mixed feelings, like mixed drinks, are a confusion to the soul.-George Carman


My earlier poems were sadder than my poems are today, perhaps because I wrote them in confusion or when I was unhappy. But I am not a melancholy person, quite the contrary, no one enjoys laughing more than I do.-Anne Stevenson


Nature is garrulous to the point of confusion, let the artist be truly taciturn.-Paul Klee


On two occasions I have been asked, 'Pray, Mr. Babbage, if you put into the machine wrong figures, will the right answers come out?' I am not able rightly to apprehend the kind of confusion of ideas that could provoke such a question.-Charles Babbage


One is that that's the way we started and we thought there would be more value and less confusion if the business model was just based on delivering news that's of value to Web sites.-Jay Chiat


People look for morals in fiction because there has always been a confusion between fiction and philosophy.-John Cheever


Perfection of means and confusion of ends seem to characterize our age.-Albert Einstein


Photography records the gamut of feelings written on the human face, the beauty of the earth and skies that man has inherited, and the wealth and confusion man has created. It is a major force in explaining man to man.-Edward Steichen

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