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In plain words, Chaos was the law of nature; Order was the dream of man. (Henry Brooks Adams)

Frankly, I organize for freedom, not for hard work. (David Allen, author)

By writing I put order in the world, give it a handle so I can grasp it. (Gloria Anzaldua)

Geometry is to the plastic arts what grammar is to the art of the writer. (Guillaume Apollinaire)

Without artists, the order which we find in nature, and which is only an effect of art, would at once vanish. (Guillaume Apollinaire)

Order is a necessary condition for making a structure function. A physical mechanism, be it a team of laborers, the body of an animal, or a machine, can work only if it is in physical order. (Rudolf Arnheim)

In many instances, order is apprehended first of all by the senses. (Rudolf Arnheim)

-Dadaland...
While guns rumbled in the distance, we sang, painted, made collages and wrote poems with all our might. We were seeking an art based on fundamentals, to cure the madness of the age, and find a new order of things that would restore the balance between heaven and hell. (Hans Jean Arp)

Creative mess equals creative thought. (Timothy Atwood)

Great art is deeply ordered. Even if within the order there may be enormously instinctive and accidental things, nevertheless they come out of a desire for ordering and for returning fact onto the nervous system in a more violent way. (Francis Bacon)

Self-organized criticality is a new way of viewing nature... perpetually out-of-balance, but organized in a poised state. (Per Bak)

Painting is the passage from the chaos of the emotions to the order of the possible. (Balthus)

The order of the world is always right - such is the judgment of God. For God has departed, but he has left his judgment behind, the way the Cheshire Cat left his grin. (Jean Baudrillard)

-Endgame,1957...
I love order. It's my dream. A world where all would be silent and still, and each thing in its last place, under the last dust. (Samuel Beckett)

A child... never takes time off as a child; time off does not begin until the principles of order have been accepted. (Heinrich Boll)

Art gives a sense of order, life is basically chaotic, and there's a tension between them. A sense of order comes from chaos and contains a bit of it, but it's the sense of order that is important in a work of art... (Alfred Brendel)

Order is the shape upon which beauty depends. (Pearl S. Buck)

Good order is the foundation of all things. (Edmund Burke)

-of the forest...
Perfectly ordered disorder designed with a helter-skelter magnificence. (Emily Carr)

The blizzard of the world has crossed the threshold and it's overturned the order of the soul... (Leonard Cohen)

I bring to my life a certain amount of mess. (Kitty O'Neill Collins)

To put the world in order, we must first put the nation in order; to put the nation in order, we must put the family in order; to put the family in order, we must cultivate our personal life; and to cultivate our personal life, we must first set our hearts right. (Confucius)

Learn the order of things so you can unlearn the order of things and fly free. (Louise Corke)

Set up your study or picture in an orderly fashion. This order should not cramp either the linearist or the colorist... Never lose sight of that first impression by which you were moved. (Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot)

Is not the whole world a vast house of assignation of which the filing system has been lost? (Quentin Crisp)

If you disturb the colors of the rainbow, the rainbow is no longer beautiful. (Denis Diderot)

Cleanliness and order are not matters of instinct; they are matters of education, and like most great things, you must cultivate a taste for them. (Benjamin Disraeli)

The entire natural world is ordered, from the smallest subatomic particles to the largest of plants and beasts. Order is what we are... and then life gets in the way. (Carolynn Doan)

For those orderly folks who have life all neatly arranged in their heads, who do more accepting than questioning, unschooling is a disturbing thing. (Sandra Dodd)

Order is the greatest grace. (John Dryden)

In my youth I stressed freedom, and in my old age I stress order. I have made the great discovery that liberty is a product of order. (Will Durant)

We live in a beautiful and orderly world, not in a chaos without norms, even though this is how it sometimes appears. (M. C. Escher)

Art is not order. (Olinda Everett)

I like playing with the knowns, the givens. And then I throw a small wrench into that order. I like to be ordered, but not too ordered. (Jonathan Forrest)

Although order in a composition is important, order without variety and personal expression can be boring. (Britton Francis)

Clean up your own mess. (Robert Fulghum)

To me, art is about arranging certain stuff, in a certain order, in a certain place, with a certain end in mind. (Walter Hamady)

The image gets built one way or another... it doesn't get done by following the natural order of things, but arises instead from an order that you have in your mind. (Jean Helion)

Art tends toward balance, order, judgment of relative values, the laws of growth, the economy of living – very good things for anyone to be interested in. (Robert Henri)

Well, it takes all kinds to make a mess. (Benjamin Hoff)

...to organize nature as well as possible in the rectangle provided. (E. J. Hughes)

Getting your house in order and reducing the confusion gives you more control over your life. Personal organization somehow releases or frees you to operate more effectively. (Larry King)

The attitude that nature is chaotic and that the artist puts order into it is a very absurd point of view. All that we can hope for is to put some order into ourselves. (Willem de Kooning)

It is intelligence that brings order, not discipline. (Jiddu Krishnamurti)

Order and simplification are the first steps toward mastery of a subject – the actual enemy is the unknown. (Thomas Mann)

I set out to make statements, in visual terms, concerning the things I see, and to make clear the order that exists between objects which sometimes seem opposed. (Robert McBryde)

Nature is organized confusion, man is confused organization. (James O. McIntyre)

The world is not to be put in order; the world is order, incarnate. It is for us to harmonize with this order. (Henry Miller)

Organizing is what you do before you do something, so that when you do it, it's not all mixed up. (A. A. Milne)

-The Speed of Dark...
I like it that order exists somewhere even if it shatters near me. (Elizabeth Moon)

Human beings have long looked for signs of order in the unruly variety of our own natures. (Annie Murphy Paul)

Do not think me fussy when I specify tidiness. It is essential... In printing, remember that cleanliness and order wait upon success. (Walter J. Phillips)

What the artist gains in the way of liberty he loses in the way of order. (Pablo Picasso)

Order is heaven's first law. (Alexander Pope)

There is that elementary principle of organization in any art that nothing gets in anything else's way, and everything is at its own limit of possibilities. (Fairfield Porter)

Order seems to come from searching for disorder, and awkwardness from searching for harmony or likeness, or the following of a system. The truest order is what you already find there, or that will be given if you don't try for it. When you arrange, you fail. (Fairfield Porter)

The profoundest order is revealed in what is most casual. (Fairfield Porter)

-The War of Art
The professional will not tolerate disorder... He wants the carpet vacuumed and the threshold swept, so the Muse may enter and not soil her gown. (Steven Pressfield)

A place for everything and everything in its place. (English proverb)

I've found that keeping my studio and artist materials organized is important so that I don't waste valuable time and energy looking or waiting for supplies. (Stephen Quiller)

Disorder. But completeness... (Milton Resnick)

Looking over this page, I'm struck by how much of my life doesn't fall neatly into a category. I thought my life was neater. (Scott Roeben)

We must have order, allocating to each thing its proper place and giving to each thing is due according to its nature. (Ludwig Mies van der Rohe)

Keep a record of every picture you paint, have them photographed and write down where they went. Some day, when one reaches a great age, there will be calls for a Retrospective Exhibition of a life's work. (Keith Shackleton)

The artist seeks to record his awareness of order in life. (John Sloan)

Art is ordering, really. Making a shape out of the chaos of real life. (Lee Smith)

Hardening of the categories causes art disease. (W. Eugene Smith)

-I'd rather be in the studio
Clutter in your studio and office leads to clutter in your mind... it is always there to remind you of things you haven't done. (Alyson B. Stanfield)

Order is the disposition of things in which each gives to the other its room, its own proper place. That's the external aspect. The other is that order that springs from love: there's no other way of establishing order except through love. (David Steindl-Rast)

A violent order is disorder; and a great disorder is an order. These two things are one. (Wallace Stevens)

If anyone wishes to see how the soul dwells in its body, let him observe how this body uses its daily habitation; that is to say, if this is devoid of order and confused, the body will be kept in disorder and confusion by its soul... (Leonardo da Vinci)

Nature knows best how to organise. (Maharishi Mahesh Yogi)


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