It is best to do things systematically, since we are only humans, and disorder is our worst enemy.
—Hesiod (b.1493) Greek Poet, Economist
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
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
There is a time and place for everything.
Chaos often breeds life, when order breeds habit.
—Henry Adams (1838–1918) American Journalist, Historian, Academic, Novelist
When liberty destroys order, the hunger for order will destroy liberty.
—William C. Durant (1861–1947) American Entrepreneur, Business
Odd how the creative power at once brings the whole universe to order.
—Virginia Woolf (1882–1941) English Novelist
Fretfulness of temper will generally characterize those who are negligent of order.
—Hugh Blair (1718–1800) Scottish Clergyman, Rhetorician, Literary Critic, Philosopher