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Chaos originally referred to the unordered state of matter in classical accounts of cosmogony. It has since come to mean any state of disorder, or any confused or amorphous mixture or conglomeration.


  • What do we have left once we abandon the lie?
    A gaping pit waiting to swallow us all.
    Chaos isn't a pit.
    Chaos is a ladder.
    Many who try to climb it fail and never get to try again.
    The fall breaks them. And some are given a chance to climb, but they refuse. They cling to the realm or the gods or love.
    Only the ladder is real.
    The climb is all there is.
    • David Benioff & D. B. Weiss, screenwriters for the episode The Climb (2013, S03E06) in the fantasy television show Game of Thrones, through the character Petyr Baelish
  • The world was void,
    The populous and the powerful was a lump,
    Seasonless, herbless, treeless, manless, lifeless—
    A lump of death—a chaos of hard clay.
  • The chaos of events.
    • Lord Byron, Prophecy of Dante, Canto II, line 6; reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 97.
  • The thesis that the human being seeks God because of the disorder he perceives in himself does not take into account that the human being seems to prefer disorder.
    • Fausto Cercignani in: Brian Morris, Simply Transcribed. Quotations from Fausto Cercignani, 2014, p. 35.
  • Chaos, that reigns here
    In double night of darkness and of shades.
  • Fate shall yield
    To fickle Chance, and Chaos judge the strife.
  • Then rose the seed of Chaos, and of Night,
    To blot out order and extinguish light.
  • Lo: thy dread empire, Chaos, is restored;
    Light dies before thy uncreating word:
    Thy hand, great Anarch! lets the curtain fall;
    And universal darkness buries all.
  • Nay, had I power, I should
    Pour the sweet milk of concord into hell,
    Uproar the universal peace, confound
    All unity on earth.

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