Confusion (from Latin confusĭo, -ōnis, noun of action from confundere "to pour together", or "to mingle together" also "to confuse") is the state of being bewildered or unclear in one’s mind about something.
- All the perplexities, confusion and distress in America arise, not from defects in their Constitution or Confederation, not from want of honor or virtue, so much as from the downright ignorance of the nature of coin, credit and circulation.
- Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded.
- When time itself shall be no more,
And all things in confusion hurl'd,
Music shall then exert it's power,
And sound survive the ruins of the world
- Joseph Addison, in Song for St. Cecilia's Day (1692)
- Should the whole frame of Nature round him break,
In ruin and confusion hurled,
He, unconcerned, would hear the mighty crack,
And stand secure amidst a falling world.
- If we seek the liberation of the people by means of a lie, we will surely grow confused, go astray, and lose sight of our objective, and if we have any influence at all on the people we will lead them astray as well — in other words, we will be acting in the spirit of reaction and to its benefit.
- Whatever I learned,
Whatever I knew,
Seems like those faded years of childhood that flew,
Away in some dilemma,
Always in some confusion,
The purpose of this life,
Seems like an illusion!
- Mehek Bassi, in Unveiling Our Illusion: New Moon/ Solar Eclipse, 29 April 2014
- Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.
- Melody Beattie, in The Art of Being: 101 Ways to Practice Purpose in Your Life, Penguin, 17 April 2008, p. 92
- Let nothing be called natural
In an age of bloody confusion,
Ordered disorder, planned caprice,
And dehumanized humanity, lest all things
Be held unalterable!
- Bertolt Brecht, in The Exception and the Rule (1937), Prologue
- Times of great calamity and confusion have been productive for the greatest minds. The purest ore is produced from the hottest furnace. The brightest thunder-bolt is elicited from the darkest storm.
- Charles Caleb Colton, in History of Logan County and Ohio: Containing a History of the State of Ohio ..., O.L. Baskin, 1880, p. 577
- Should feel happy, should feel glad
I'm alive and it can't be bad
But back on planet Earth they shatter the illusion
The world's going 'round in a state of confusion
Lyin' awake in a cold, cold sweat
Am I overdrawn, am I going in debt?
It gets worse, the older that you get
No escape from the state of confusion
State of confusion
- What is important is to spread confusion, not eliminate it.
- Salvador Dalí, in Steven J. Simske Meta-Algorithmics: Patterns for Robust, Low Cost, High Quality Systems, John Wiley & Sons, 28 May 2013, p. 272
- Men tighten the knot of confusion
- Into perfect misunderstanding.
- T.S. Eliot, The Family Reunion (1939)
- A perfection of means, and confusion of aims, seems to be our main problem.
- Confusion of goals and perfection of means seems, in my opinion, to characterize our age.
- Albert Einstein, in Anslie H. Abraham Why Evil Rules - If God Is...: A Question of Believers and Non-Believers Alike, Xlibris Corporation, 13-Apr-2011, p. 9
- History and experience tell us that moral progress comes not in comfortable and complacent times, but out of trial and confusion.
- In spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart. I simply can't build up my hopes on a foundation consisting of confusion, misery and death.
- Outside the ordered universe [is] that amorphous blight of nethermost confusion which blasphemes and bubbles at the center of all infinity—the boundless daemon sultan Azathoth, whose name no lips dare speak aloud, and who gnaws hungrily in inconceivable, unlighted chambers beyond time and space amidst the muffled, maddening beating of vile drums and the thin monotonous whine of accursed flutes.
- H.P. Lovecraft The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath, in At The Mountains of Madness, p. 308.
- We will never be brought to confusion, even in such a baffling and muddled world as ours, if we have a faith in a God of love as the ultimate power in the universe. The words "God is love" have this deep meaning: that everything that is against love is ultimately doomed and damned.
- Halford E. Luccock, in "Keeping Life Out of Confusion" (1938)
- The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing... not healing, not curing... that is a friend who cares.
- Henri Nouwen, in Larry Chang Wisdom for the Soul: Five Millennia of Prescriptions for Spiritual Healing, Gnosophia Publishers, 2006, p. 326
- Chaos is a name for any order that produces confusion in our minds.
- George Santayana, in Larry Chang Wisdom for the Soul: Five Millennia of Prescriptions for Spiritual Healing, Gnosophia Publishers, 2006, p. 117
- In any election, only a percentage of the people vote. Those who can't vote because of age or other disqualifications, and those who don't vote because of confusion, apathy, or disgust at a Tweedledum-Tweedledummer choice can hardly be said to have any voice in the passage of the laws which govern them. Nor can the individuals as yet unborn, who will be ruled by those laws in the future.
- If the Great Way perishes there will morality and duty. When cleverness and knowledge arise great lies will flourish. When relatives fall out with one another there will be filial duty and love. When states are in confusion there will be faithful servants.
- Willingness to change is a strength, even if it means plunging part of the company into total confusion for a while.
- Jack Welch, in Prof. Dr. Patricia Klarner, The Rhythm of Change: A Longitudinal Analysis of the European Insurance Industry, Springer, 12-Aug-2010, p. 1
- Encyclopedic article on Confusion at Wikipedia