Top 50 Chaos Quotes For When Life Gets Hectic

Merlyn Mathews
Dec 12, 2023 By Merlyn Mathews
Originally Published on Feb 23, 2021
Edited by Monisha Kochhar
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The English word 'chaos' is borrowed from the Greek word 'abyss' which translates to emptiness that existed before things came into being, which was a topic of interest to philosophers.

By 1600 through, classical authors used the word widely in literature and other texts and the word began to gain popularity. There is little information on the origins of chaos and its role in ancient society, perhaps since there was no organized worship or cult dedicated to chaos in Ancient Greece.

English speakers adopted the word which denotes utter confusion or disorganization. Popularly, chaos creators are referred to as troublemakers, although this varies in each language around the world.

Given that life can get hectic at times for various reasons, it would only be right to deal with it through patience and focusing on the better things in life.

Not only has the concept of chaos been a part of life, but it has also been represented as a central theme in various books, movies, and television shows, giving us many chaos quotes.

Chaos is used to create a sense of confusion, excitement, humor as well as contempt in various instances as represented in several texts. In this article, we will take a look at quotes about and on the topic of chaos from various eminent personalities.

If you like this article on chaos quotes, have a read of life is strange quotes and nightmare quotes too.

Quotes About Chaos

Here is a chaos quote list of chaos quotes from eminent personalities. These chaos quotes show their ideas and views about chaos whether it be in work or just in life every day. Check out these chaos quotes and see if they'll inspire you to accept troubles better next time you find yourself in a hectic situation.  

1."If your tendency is to make sense out of chaos, start chaos."

-Carlos Castaneda

2."We adore chaos because we love to produce order."

-M.C. Escher

3."Chaos in the world brings uneasiness, but it allows the opportunity for creativity and growth."

-Tom Barett

4."Chaos at the bottom means order at the top. Order at the bottom means chaos at the top."

-Stephen K Hayes

5."Man's greatest fear is chaos."

-Marilyn Manson

6."Chaos is the score upon which reality is written."

-Henry Miller

7."Out of chaos God made a world, and out of high passions comes a people."

-Lord Byron

8."Chaos is inherent in all compound things. Strive on with diligence."


9."Chaos is a good thing."

-Robert Lepage  

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

-Carl Jung

11."I bring peace into moments of chaos."

-Johnathan Lockwood Huie

12."Chaos in nature is immediately challenging and forces a good artist to impose some type of order on his perception of a site."  

-Wolf Kahn

13."Chaos was the law of nature. Order was the dream of man."  

-Henry Adams

14."Chaos always breeds life, when order breeds habit."

-Henry Adams

15."Chaos contains information that can lead to knowledge-even wisdom."

-Toni Morrison

16."I want to create a little chaos and make people's heads turn."

-Scott Caan

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

-George Santayana

18."Without order, nothing can exist-without chaos nothing can evolve. Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing."

-Oscar Wilde

19."Space, time, mass, and energy originate from chaos, have their being in chaos, and through the agency of the aether are moved by chaos into the multiple forms existence."

-Peter J. Caroll  

20."Chaos in the midst of chaos isn't funny, but chaos in the midst of order is."

-Steve Martin  

Famous Chaos Quotes

Take a look at quotes on chaos from celebrities, movies, the book world, television shows, and various other personalities through history. These chaos quotes are sure to make you think a little about how you consider and accept chaos in your life. So, read these chaos quotes which you may then want to share with others too.

21."Maybe there is a beast...Maybe it's only us."

-William Golding, 'Lord Of The Flies'

22."Something wicked this way comes."

-William Shakespeare, 'Macbeth'

23."Invention it must be humbly admitted does not consist in creating out of void but out of chaos."

-Mary Shelley, 'Frankenstein'

24."Eros has degenerated; he began introducing order and harmony, and now he brings back chaos."

-George Eliot, 'Middlemarch'  

25."It was the best of times, It was the worst times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness... It was the season of darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair."

-Charles Dickens, 'Tale Of Two Cities'

26."I have felt very still and empty, the way the eye of a tornado must feel, moving dully along in the middle of the surrounding hullabaloo."

- Sylvia Plath, 'The Bell Jar'

27."The pentacle- The ancients envisioned their world in two halves -masculine and feminine. Their gods and goddesses worked to keep balance in power...When make and females were balanced, there was harmony in the world. When they were unbalanced there was chaos."

-Dan Brown, 'The Da Vinci Code'

28."...You cease to be a unique entity unto yourself but exist simply as chaos. And not just the chaos that is you; your chaos is also my chaos. To wit, existence is communication, and communication, existence."

-Haruki Murakami, 'A Wild Sheep Chase'

29."Not chaos, not the darkest pit of lowest Erebus, Nor aught of blinder vacancy, scooped out by help of dreams -can breed such fear and awe as fall upon us often when we look into our minds, into the mind of man."

-William Wordsworth  

30."Everything you see is in the process of making or unmaking or dying or living. Everything is in a state of change."

-Kelly Barnhill, 'The Girl Who Drank The Moon'

31."I tell you: one must still have chaos in oneself to give birth to a dancing star. I tell you: you still have chaos in yourselves."

-Friedrich Nietzche, 'Thus Spoke Zarathustra'  

32."Awake, chaos: we have napped."

-E.E.Cummings, 'Complete Poems, 1913-1962'

33."I accept chaos, I'm not sure if it accepts me."

-Bob Dylan

34."Chaos is a friend of mine."

-Bob Dylan

35."Political chaos is connected with the decay of can probably bring about some improvement by starting at the verbal end."

-George Orwell, 'Politics and The English Language' 1946

36."The things that really change the world, according to chaos theory, are the tiny things. A butterfly flaps its wings in the Amazonian jungle and subsequently a storm ravages half of Europe."

-Neil Gaiman, 'Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter'

37."The task of art today is to bring chaos into order."

-Theodor W. Adorno

38."To find a form that accommodates the mess, that is the task of the artist now."

-Samuel Beckett, 'Waiting For Godot'  

39."Every passion borders on the chaotic, but the collector's passion borders on the chaos of memories."

-Walter Benjamin

40."No chaos, no creation. Evidence: the kitchen at mealtime."

-Mason Cooley

41."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

42."All genius is a conquering of chaos and mystery."

-Otto Weininger

43."Humor is emotional chaos remembered in tranquility."

-James Thurber

44."It's amazing how easily people are led to fury and chaos. Unhappy people with guns are not going to make this country great."

-Meryl Streep

45."Everybody's a mad scientist, and life is their lab. We are all trying to experiment to find a way to live, to solve problems, to fend of madness and chaos."

-David Cronenberg, 'Biography'

46."I sung of chaos and Eternal Night, taught by the heav'nly Muse to venture down the dark descent, and up to reascend."

- John Milton, 'Milton's Paradise Lost'

47."Our task is not to bring order out of chaos, but to get work done in the midst of chaos."

-George Peabody  

48."Freedom is just chaos with better lighting."

-Alan Dean Foster

49."We will have total chaos without books, literature, and library."

-Anne Waldman

50."I like to get people moving and jumping. I think it's good to add more emotion and chaos."

-Chuck Palahnuik

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly quotesfor everyone to enjoy! If you liked our suggestions for chaos quotes then why not take a look at life goes on quotes, or lightning quotes.  

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Written by Merlyn Mathews

Bachelor of Arts specializing in English, Masters of English Literature

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Merlyn MathewsBachelor of Arts specializing in English, Masters of English Literature

As a multilingual content writer, Merlyn's command over multiple languages and her strong academic background in English enhance her writing capabilities. She holds a Bachelor's degree in English from Christ University and a Master's degree in English from the University of Leeds.Her professional journey includes internships at The Lagoon School and The Guardian Newspaper, both in Nigeria, enriching her experience and lending depth to her understanding of diverse work environments. Additionally, her volunteer work with Oxfam and Handout Foundation reflects her dedication to social causes.

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