Quotations on Confusion

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All the perplexities, confusion and distress in America arise, not from defects in their Constitution or Confederation, not from want of honor or virtue, so much as from the downright ignorance of the nature of coin, credit and circulation.
- John Adams
(Keywords: Nature, Virtue, America, Confusion, Constitution, Credit, Honor, Ignorance, Want)

The use of the polygraph has done little more than create confusion, ambiguity and mistakes.
- Aldrich Ames
(Keywords: Ambiguity, Confusion, Mistakes)

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
(Keywords: Time, Idea, Progress, Confusion, Nothing)

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
(Keywords: Ideas, Answers, Confusion, Machine, Question, Right, Will, Wrong)

Truth emerges more readily from error than from confusion.
- Francis Bacon
(Keywords: Truth, Confusion, Error)

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
(Keywords: Home, Life, Gratitude, Friend, Acceptance, Chaos, Clarity, Confusion, Denial, Order)

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
(Keywords: Peace, Thought, Confusion, Events, Fashion, Help, Obvious)

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
(Keywords: Poetry, Confusion, Psychology)

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
(Keywords: Life, Confusion, Identity, Quiet, Rebellion, World)

Mixed feelings, like mixed drinks, are a confusion to the soul.
- George Carman
(Keywords: Soul, Feelings, Confusion, Drinks)

People look for morals in fiction because there has always been a confusion between fiction and philosophy.
- John Cheever
(Keywords: People, Confusion, Fiction, Morals, Philosophy)

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
(Keywords: Business, Thought, Confusion, News, Value)

Almost all the ideas we have about being a man or being a woman are so burdened with pain, anxiety, fear and self-doubt. For many of us, the confusion around this question is excruciating.
- Andrew Cohen
(Keywords: Fear, Ideas, Anxiety, Being, Confusion, Man, Pain, Question, Self, Woman)

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
(Keywords: God, Churches, Confusion, Will)

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
(Keywords: Goal, Clarity, Confusion, Content, Language)

Perfection of means and confusion of ends seem to characterize our age.
- Albert Einstein
(Keywords: Age, Confusion, Perfection)

Confusion of goals and perfection of means seems, in my opinion, to characterize our age.
- Albert Einstein
(Keywords: Age, Goals, Confusion, Opinion, Perfection)

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
(Keywords: Chaos, Confusion, Meaning, Silence, Speech, Television)

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
(Keywords: Death, People, Heart, Confusion, Misery)

I simply can't build my hopes on a foundation of confusion, misery and death... I think... peace and tranquillity will return again.
- Anne Frank
(Keywords: Peace, Death, Confusion, Misery, Will)

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
(Keywords: Life, Wisdom, Confusion, Delight)

A superstition which pretends to be scientific creates a much greater confusion of thought than one which contents itself with simple popular practices.
- Johan Huizinga
(Keywords: Thought, Confusion, Popular, Superstition)

It was a weak spot in any nation to have a large body of disaffected people within its confusion.
- Zora Neale Hurston
(Keywords: People, Body, Confusion, Nation)

Instead of this confusion, we need the unifying force of an official language, English, which is the language of success in America.
- Ernest Istook
(Keywords: Success, America, Confusion, English, Force, Language)

As one gets older one sees many more paths that could be taken. Artists sense within their own work that kind of swelling of possibilities, which may seem a freedom or a confusion.
- Jasper Johns
(Keywords: Work, Artists, Confusion, Freedom, May, Possibilities, Sense)

All comparisons between America's current place in the world and anything legitimately called an empire in the past reveal ignorance and confusion about any reasonable meaning of the concept empire, especially the comparison with the Roman Empire.
- Donald Kagan
(Keywords: America, Comparisons, Confusion, Ignorance, Meaning, Past, World)

Getting your house in order and reducing the confusion gives you more control over your life. Personal organization some how releases or frees you to operate more effectively.
- Larry King
(Keywords: Life, Control, Confusion, Order)

Hitler and Mussolini were only the primary spokesmen for the attitude of domination and craving for power that are in the heart of almost everyone. Until the source is cleared, there will always be confusion and hate, wars and class antagonisms.
- Jiddu Krishnamurti
(Keywords: Power, Heart, Attitude, Class, Confusion, Hate, Will)

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
(Keywords: Change, People, Body, Causes, Confusion, Old, Years)

Family traditions counter alienation and confusion. They help us define who we are; they provide something steady, reliable and safe in a confusing world.
- Susan Lieberman
(Keywords: Family, Alienation, Confusion, Help, Traditions, World)

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
(Keywords: Business, Life, Time, Possibility, Confusion, Dignity, Law, Order, Sense)

I noticed that there are no B batteries. I think that's to avoid confusion, cause if there were you wouldn't know if someone was stuttering. 'Yes, hello I'd like some b-batteries.' 'What kind?' 'B-batteries.' 'What kind?' 'B-batteries!' and D-batteries that's hard for foreigners. 'Yes, I would like de batteries.'
- Demetri Martin
(Keywords: Cause, Confusion, Foreigners)

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
(Keywords: Thought, Childhood, Confusion, Repression, Schools)

Amidst the confusion of the times, the conflicts of conscience, and the turmoil of daily living, an abiding faith becomes an anchor to our lives.
- Thomas S. Monson
(Keywords: Faith, Confusion, Conscience, Living)

I don't know how many sacred cows there are today. I think there's a little confusion between humor and gross passing for humor. That's kind of regrettable.
- Bob Newhart
(Keywords: Humor, Confusion, Cows, Today)

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
(Keywords: Friend, Bereavement, Confusion, Despair, Grief, Healing)

When you face the perils of weariness, carelessness, and confusion, don't pray for an easier life. Pray instead to be a stronger man or woman of God.
- Luis Palau
(Keywords: God, Life, Confusion, Man, Woman)

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
(Keywords: Sister, Husband, Being, Confusion, Woman)

I think this confusion leads intellectuals and artists themselves to believe that the elite arts and humanities are a kind of higher, exalted form of human endeavor.
- Steven Pinker
(Keywords: Artists, Confusion, Intellectuals)

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
(Keywords: Life, Work, Artist, Chaos, Confusion, May, Meaning)

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

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
(Keywords: Art, Mistake, Confusion, First, Possession)

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
(Keywords: Time, Confusion, World)

Yet, it ought to be obvious that good music generally occupies a higher plane that mere politics. Great writers can express moods through melody and capture experiences we share most powerfully - love, lust, longing; joy, rage, fear; triumph, yearning and confusion.
- Tony Snow
(Keywords: Music, Love, Politics, Fear, Confusion, Joy, Longing, Lust, Moods, Obvious, Writers, Yearning)

When a man's knowledge is not in order, the more of it he has the greater will be his confusion.
- Herbert Spencer
(Keywords: Knowledge, Confusion, Man, Order, Will)

I would warn you that I do not attribute to nature either beauty or deformity, order or confusion. Only in relation to our imagination can things be called beautiful or ugly, well-ordered or confused.
- Baruch Spinoza
(Keywords: Beauty, Imagination, Nature, Confusion, Order, Ugly)

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
(Keywords: Beauty, Feelings, Wealth, Confusion, Earth, Force, Man, Photography)

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
(Keywords: Love, Morality, Knowledge, Cleverness, Confusion, Duty, Lies, Relatives, states, Will)

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
(Keywords: Beauty, Confusion, Geometry, Respect, Rules, Variety, Vice)

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