An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





Chaos often breeds life, when order breeds habit.


Henry Brooks Adams (1838-1918, American historian)


That man is a creature who needs order yet yearns for change is the creative contradiction at the heart of the laws which structure his conformity and define his deviancy.


Freda Adler (1934-, American author)


Order is a great person's need and their true well being.


Henri Frederic Amiel (1821-1881, Swiss philosopher, poet, critic)


Order is power.


Henri Frederic Amiel (1821-1881, Swiss philosopher, poet, critic)


However fiercely opposed one may be to the present order, an old respect for the idea of order itself often prevents people from distinguishing between order and those who stand for order, and leads them in practice to respect individuals under the pretext of respecting order itself.


Antonin Artaud (1896-1948, French theater producer, actor, theorist)


Order marches with weighty and measured strides. Disorder is always in a hurry.


Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821, French general, emperor)


Good order is the foundation of all things.


Edmund Burke (1729-1797, British political writer, statesman)


When liberty destroys order the hunger for order will destroy liberty.


William J. Durant (1885-1981, American historian, essayist)


When we walk the streets at night in safety, it does not strike us that this might be otherwise. This habit of feeling safe has become second nature, and we do not reflect on just how this is due solely to the working of special institutions. Commonplace thinking often has the impression that force holds the state together, but in fact its only bond is the fundamental sense of order which everybody possesses.


Georg Hegel (1770-1831, German philosopher)


There is a quality even meaner than outright ugliness or disorder, and this meaner quality is the dishonest mask of pretended order, achieved by ignoring or suppressing the real order that is struggling to exist and to be served.


Jane Jacobs (1916-, American urban theorist, author)


The attitude that nature is chaotic and that the artist puts order into it is a very absurd point of view, I think. All that we can hope for is to put some order into ourselves.


Willem De Kooning (1904-,1997, Dutch-born American artist)


Neatness begets order; but from order to taste there is the same difference as from taste to genius, or from love to friendship.


Johann Kaspar Lavater (1741-1801, Swiss theologian, mystic)


An Englishman, even if he is alone, forms an orderly queue of one.


George Mikes


There is no course of life so weak and Scottish as that which is ordered by orders, method, and discipline.


Michel Eyquem De Montaigne (1533-1592, French philosopher, essayist)


If we can, when we have established individual discipline, arrange the children, sending each one to his own place in order, trying to make them understand the idea that thus placed they look well, and that it is a good thing to be thus placed in order, that it is a good and pleasing arrangement in the room, this ordered and tranquil adjustment of theirs -- then their remaining in their places, quiet and silent, is the result of a species of lesson, not an imposition. To make them understand the idea, without calling their attention too forcibly to the practice, to have them assimilate a principle of collective order -- that is the important thing.


Maria Montessori (1870-1952, Italian educator)


Despite crime's omnipresence, things work in society, because biology compels it. Order eventually restores itself, by psychic equilibrium.


Camille Paglia (1947-, American author, critic, educator)


Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.


George S. Patton (1885-1945, American army general during World War II)


Order is Heaven's first law; and this confessed, some are, and must be, greater than the rest, more rich, more wise; but who infers from hence that such are happier, shocks all common sense. Condition, circumstance, is not the thing; bliss is the same in subject or in king.


Alexander Pope (1688-1744, British poet, critic, translator)


There seems to be a kind of order in the universe, in the movement of the stars and the turning of the earth and the changing of the seasons, and even in the cycle of human life. But human life itself is almost pure chaos. Everyone takes his stance, asserts his own rights and feelings, mistaking the motives of others, and his own.


Katherine Anne Porter (1890-1980, American short-story writer, novelist)


His vocation was orderliness, which is the basis of creation. Accordingly, when a letter came, he would turn it over in his hands for a long time, gazing at it meditatively; then he would put it away in a file without opening it, because everything had its own time.


Salvatore Satta (1902-1975, Italian jurist, novelist)


What we imagine is order is merely the prevailing form of chaos.


Kerry Thornley


It's always been and always will be the same in the world: The horse does the work and the coachman is tipped.


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