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    confusion Quotes

    A sage steers by the bright light of confusion and doubt.
    — Zhuangzi
    tags: sage  doubt  confusion 
    So on the Tuesday night deadline, while Abu Qatada was appealing to European Court judges, the Home Secretary, who thought the deadline was Monday night, was partying with "X Factor" judges. When the Home Secretary is accused of not knowing what day of the week it is, confusion and chaos have turned into farce.
    — Yvette Cooper
    In Africa, there is much confusion.... Before, there was no radio, or other forms of communication.... Now, in Africa ... the government talks, people talk, the police talk, the people don't know anymore. They aren't free.
    — Youssou N'Dour
    Confusion has become a state of mind, more of less; we're trained to be confused. Quite simply, the people in power are keeping us down, keeping us docile and keeping us consuming with this confusion. It's a cultural confusion and it is deliberate.
    — Yoko Ono
    tags: people  power  confusion  mind 
    I worry more about the marketing that's taken hold since the 70s. The Jazz era, the Swing era, those were huge. Entire decades were named for music. In the 1940s - after World War II - changes in taxation, ballrooms closing, people moving to the suburbs, and the onset of target marketing and the confusion of commerce with art caused some things to happen as a result that have taken us away from jazz and what jazz offers us.
    — Wynton Marsalis
    Many persons entertain a prejudice against mathematical language, arising out of a confusion between the ideas of a mathematical science and an exact science. ...in reality, there is no such thing as an exact science.
    — William Stanley Jevons
    The facts of the present won't sit still for a portrait. They are constantly vibrating, full of clutter and confusion.
    — William Macneile Dixon
    tags: present  facts  confusion 
    It is equally demonstrable that so far as Texas is concerned, there have been equal confusion, insecurity and injustice in the administration of the State governments.
    — William H. Wharton
    We're all mad, the whole damned race. We're wrapped in illusions, delusions, confusions about the penetrability of partitions, we're all mad and in solitary confinement.
    — William Golding
    tags: illusion  confusion  race 
    O, nothing is more alluring than a levee from a couch in some confusion.
    — William Congreve
    tags: confusion 
    Guilt is ever at a loss, and confusion waits upon it; when innocence and bold truth are always ready for expression.
    — William Congreve
    An expert is a man who tells you a simple thing in a confused way in such a fashion as to make you think the confusion is your own fault.
    — William Castle
    tags: fashion  men  confusion 
    But, as Bacon has well pointed out, truth is more likely to come out of error, if this is clear and definite, than out of confusion, and my experience teaches me that it is better to hold a well-understood and intelligible opinion, even if it should turn out to be wrong, than to be content with a muddle-headed mixture of conflicting views, sometimes miscalled impartiality, and often no better than no opinion at all.
    — William Bayliss
    I think that Texas is forever ruined unless the citizens make a manly, energetic effort to save themselves from anarchy and confusion, which are the worst of all evils. Let us march like a band of brothers.
    — William B. Travis
    Confusion of sign and object is original sin coeval with the word.
    — Willard Van Orman Quine
    tags: confusion  sin 
    None who are shod with fleshly shoes can stand on the holy ground of God's service. Many failures and much waste and confusion which have resulted are due to men's coming to work, instead of being sent out to work.
    — Watchman Nee
    tags: failure  work  service  confusion  god  holy 
    A democracy which fails to concentrate authority in an emergency inevitably falls into such confusion that the ground is prepared for the rise of a dictator.
    — Walter Lippmann
    For the most part we do not first see, and then define, we define first and then see. In the great blooming, buzzing confusion of the outer world we pick out what our culture has already defined for us, and we tend to perceive that which we have picked out in the form stereotyped for us by our culture.
    — Walter Lippmann
    tags: world  culture  confusion 
    But, when it comes to global warming, the public- at-large really doesn't know whom to believe anymore. And NASA has contributed to that confusion.
    — Walter Cunningham
    tags: believe  confusion 
    You know that the nucleus of a time is notThe poet but the poem, the growth of the mindOf the world, the heroic effort to live expressedAs victory. The poet does not speak in ruinsNor stand there making orotund consolations.He shares the confusions of intelligence.
    — Wallace Stevens
    Floating upward through a confusion of dreams and memory, curving like a trout through the rings of previous risings, I surface. My eyes open. I am awake.
    — Wallace Stegner
    tags: memory  eyes  awake  confusion  dreams 
    This general tendency to eliminate, by means of unverifiable speculations, the limits of the categories nature presents to us is the inheritance of biology from The Origin of Species. To establish the continuity required by theory, historical arguments are invoked, even though historical evidence is lacking. Thus are engendered those fragile towers of hypothesis based on hypothesis, where fact and fiction intermingle in an inextricable confusion.
    — W. R. Thompson
    Economists treat economics as if it is a pure science divorced from the facts of life. The result of this false accountancy is a willful confusion under cover of which industry wreaks its havoc scot-free and ignores the environmental cost.
    — Vivienne Westwood
    Comedy comes from confusion.
    — Vir Das
    tags: comedy  confusion 
    Awareness of your weakness and confusion makes you strong because conscious awareness is the bright light that destroys the darkness of negativity. Detection of inner negativity is not a negative act, but a courageously positive act that makes you a new person.
    — Vernon Howard
    Your central self is totally untouched by grief, confusion, desperation.
    — Vernon Howard
    tags: grief  self  confusion 
    Insight into the two selves within a man clears up many confusions and contradictions. It was our understanding that preceded our victory.
    — Vernon Howard
    The fog of illusion, the fog of confusion is hanging all over the world.
    — Van Morrison
    Confusion is the best form of communication. It's left to be unexplained.
    — Twiggy
    The truth is that when it comes to suffering, if we do not go to our graves in confusion, we will not go to our graves trusting. Explanations are a substitute for trust.
    — Tullian Tchividjian
    The context of the general teachings is one of talking to a sentient being who is experiencing uninterrupted bewilderment – one thought or emotion after another like the surface of the ocean in turmoil, without any recognition of mind essence. This confusion is continuous, without almost any break, life after life.
    — Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche
    The basic nature of all conscious beings is 'self-existing wakefulness'. Self-existing meaning spontaneous or without effort and wakefulness meaning natural awareness. To ignore our basic nature, is to wander in fear and confusion, to directly realise our essential nature is to be Enlightened.
    — Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche
    I'd get suspicious looks from people just walking down the streets. Where are you from? They'd ask. I'd reply in whatever language they'd addressed me in using the same accent that they used. There would be a brief moment of confusion, and then the suspicious look would disappear.
    — Trevor Noah
    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
    Scripture would not only solve the individual and family divisions, but it would also solve the ecclesiastical confusion.
    — Tony Evans
    tags: confusion 
    The problem with movies is that movies end and your life doesn't.This doesn't appear to cause any trouble, but it does cause confusion, which is almost as bad.
    — Tom O'Brien
    tags: problem  bad  confusion  movie 
    If the Loki in 'Thor' was about a spiritual confusion - 'Who am I? How do I belong in this world?' - the Loki in 'Avengers' is, 'I know exactly who I am, and I'm going to make this world belong to me.'
    — Tom Hiddleston
    I think there are many advantages to not knowing any of my prior work. The narrative threads, I think, are totally accessible to anyone who may never have heard of me. There's a beginning, a middle, and an end - I don't think there's going to be any confusion there.
    — Todd Solondz
    I think that dogs accept that they can live together and not understand one another, and I think that we somehow always try to have a complete and transparent understanding of one another, which just leads to more confusion.
    — Toby Barlow
    Psychedelic drugs cause paranoia, confusion, and total loss of reality in politicians that have never taken them.
    — Timothy Leary
    tags: reality  loss  confusion  drugs 
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