The art of progress is to preserve order amid change, and to preserve change amid order. Life refuses to be embalmed alive. The more prolonged the halt in some unrelieved system of order, the greater the crash of the dead society.
—Alfred North Whitehead (1861–1947) English Mathematician, Philosopher, Logician
When liberty destroys order, the hunger for order will destroy liberty.
—William C. Durant (1861–1947) American Industrialist
There is a time and place for everything.
Watch out for the fellow who talks about putting things in order! Putting things in order always means getting other people under your control.
—Denis Diderot (1713–84) French Philosopher, Writer
Fretfulness of temper will generally characterize those who are negligent of order.
—Hugh Blair (1718–1800) Scottish Preacher, Scholar, Critic
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 Journalist, Essayist, Short Story Writer, Novelist, Activist
Odd how the creative power at once brings the whole universe to order.
—Virginia Woolf (1882–1941) English Novelist
Music creates order out of chaos: for rhythm imposes unanimity upon the divergent, melody imposes continuity upon the disjointed, and harmony imposes compatibility upon the incongruous.
—Yehudi Menuhin (1916–99) American-born British Violinist, Conductor
Chaos often breeds life, when order breeds habit.
—Henry Adams (1838–1918) American Journalist, Historian, Academic, Novelist
It is best to do things systematically, since we are only humans, and disorder is our worst enemy.
—Hesiod (b.1493) Greek Poet, Economist