100+ Best Tangled Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Profoundly inspirational tangled quotes will challenge the way you think, and make your life worth living.

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We are tangled in a very significant Islamic insurgency in Iraq. — Michael Scheuer

I saw the guys get tangled up and Lee was trying to get free. I didn’t see it all. The referee said Lee threw an elbow. You need to ask them. Technically they can’t use (the replay) to call a foul. They said they already had the foul on the floor, but I never saw it signaled until after they went to the monitor. — Bobby Lutz

Our hands just got caught. I don’t know. She was just really into the game, I guess, and stuff happened and the technical got called. We just got tangled up. — Brenna McGuire

The good and bad are all tangled up together. American popular music is loved around the world because of its African rhythm. But that wouldn’t have happened if it wasn’t for slavery. — Pete Seeger

Motivations are too tangled and complex. — Russell Banks

And the sun had on a crown Wrought of gilded thistledown, And a scarf of velvet vapor And a raveled rainbow gown; And his tinsel-tangled hair Tossed and lost upon the air Was glossier and flossier Than any anywhere. — James Whitcomb Riley

It was as if thousands and thousands of little roots and threads of consciousness in him and her had grown together into a tangled mass, till they could crowd no more, and the plant was dying. Now quietly, subtly, she was unravelling the tangle of his consciousness and hers, breaking the threads gently, one by one, with patience and impatience to get clear. — D. H. Lawrence

Oh, the inmates and the prisoners I found they were my kind And it was there inside the bars I found my peace of mind But the jails they were too crowded Institutions overflowed So they turned me loose to walk upon Life’s hurried tangled road — Bob Dylan

History is a tangled skein that one may take up at any point, and break when one has unravelled enough. — Henry Adams

Francis Wheen takes a hugely enjoyable sweep through the tangled thickets of superstition and gullibility in which modern man likes to ramble. He takes particular delight in reminding us how easily fools are parted from their money and how many of them there are. — Ferdinand Mount

When you make as many speeches and you talk as much as I do and you get away from the text, it’s always a possibility to get a few words tangled here and there. — Dan Quayle

I have seen and really liked the varied movie adaptations of the book, but ‘Little Women’ has a sprawling, richly tangled story that needs time and space to weave its magic. — Susanna Kearsley

No, I had never intentionally caused anyone physical pain, but I had hurt Ian deeply enough just by hurting myself. Human lives were so impossibly tangled. What a mess. — Stephenie Meyer

Some people will pay a premium for the convenience of not having to wait till they get home to download music. They get instant access without any cables to get tangled up in. — Jackie Bostick

But the beginning of things, of a world especially, is necessarily vague, tangled, chaotic, and exceedingly disturbing. How few of us ever emerge from such beginning! How many souls perish in its tumult! — Kate Chopin

Nobody who gets hit by a bus has warm feelings about the bus. People who have tangled with David over the years and come out on the wrong end of those fights harbor some bad feelings. — Bradford Berenson

If the house is to be demolished tomorrow anyhow, people seem to feel, we may as well burn the furniture today. None of our problems are insoluble…But it seems clear that to prevail we humans will have to act with a smartness and selflessness that has so far eluded us during our long and tangled history. — Arthur C. Clarke

In drawing after drawing, pastel after pastel, painting after painting, the contours of Degas’s dancing figures become, at a certain point, darkly insistent, tangled and dusky. It may be around an elbow, a heel, an armpit, a calf muscle, the nape of a neck. — John Berger

In a dream I cannot see tangled abstract phallacy random turmoil builds in me i’m a addicted to chaos -Megadeth, Addicted to Chaos — Sherrilyn Kenyon

As technology has improved, our digital lives have only grown more tangled and cluttered. — Ryan Holmes

No fiction, no myths, no lies, no tangled webs – this is how Irie imagined her homeland. Because homeland is one of the magical fantasy words like unicorn and soul and infinity that have now passed into language. — Zadie Smith

Life in a great society, or for that matter in a small, is a web of tangled relations of all sorts, whose adjustment so that it may be endurable is an extraordinarily troublesome matter. — Learned Hand

I’m going to be singing Dreams and Rhiannon when I’m 75 – and that’s just fine with me. I just hope my chiffon doesn’t get tangled in my rocking chair. — Stevie Nicks

Tangled in one another’s arms and nine times out of ten the things you think about a person make it impossible to touch them. — Rick Moody

I pulled Lena’s necklace out of my pocket. I let the charms roll around in my palm, but they were tangled and meaningless without her. The necklace was heavier than I imagined, or maybe it was the weight of my conscience. — Kami Garcia

Algebra messed up one of those divisions between things that help you make sense of the world and keep it tidy. Letters make words; figures make numbers. They had no business getting tangled up together. — Mal Peet

Matt’s brother and the blond cook spent a good portion of last season tangling the sheets. Historically, said cook tangled many other sheets with dexterity and aplomb. Aplomb It’s a polite way to say she banged often, well and without too much discrimination. That also sounded polite. I was raised well. — Nora Roberts

When designing an interface, imagine that your program is all that stands between the user and hot, sweaty, tangled-bedsheets-fingertips-digging-into-the-back sex. — Randall Munroe

In the pun, two strings of thought are tangled into one acoustic knot. — Arthur Koestler

We’d done an awful lot in a short space of time and it seemed easiest to cut the Gordian knot rather than try and untangle the big tangled ball of string. — Pete Shelley

I had looked for happiness in fast living, but it was not there. I tried to find it in money, but it was not there either. But when I placed myself in tune with what I believe to be the fundamental truths of life, when I began to develop my limited ability, to rid my mind of all kinds of tangled thoughts, and fill it with zeal and courage and love, when I gave myself a chance by treating myself decently and sensibly, I began to feel the stimulating, warm glow of happiness. — Edward Young

Stories are like spiders, with all they long legs, and stories are like spiderwebs, which man gets himself all tangled up in but which look pretty when you see them under a leaf in the morning dew, and in the elegant way that they connect to one another, each to each. — Neil Gaiman

Your hair is a tangled mess,he said, thinking he liked it that way, like a lion’s mane. — Kim Harrison

Once you get to know your neighbors, you are no longer free, you are all tangled up, you have to stop and speak when you are out and you never feel safe when you are in. — Rose Macaulay

All this Americanising and mechanising has been for the purpose of overthrowing the past. And now look at America, tangled in her own barbed wire, and mastered by her own machines. — D. H. Lawrence

He’s such a creative guy. He draws so much attention that I just try to find the open ice. We were a little fortunate that their D got tangled up, but that happened because he made a move to go between them and slipped the puck through. — Shawn Horcoff

You only see the top of a lily pad, but if you pull the lily pad out of the water, it has roots and tangled weeds and all the stuff that comes with it. — Trevor Hall

Europe is not a bright spot; it’s all tangled up in its knickers with all that regulation. — Bobby Miller

Oh, what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to conceive — Don Herold

The water’s going down and they’re coming out. We’re seeing a lot more now. When the water goes down, you see what they’re tangled up on. I expect we’ll see a lot more. — Tom Foreman

When I was growing up, my idea of a writer was someone like Sven Hassel, that mysterious Danish author who wrote thrillers about men clambering over walls and getting tangled in barbed wire. — Andrew O’Hagan

The only noise now was the rain, pattering softly with the magnificent indifference of nature for the tangled passions of humans. — Sherwood Smith

As a thinker I keep discovering that beauty itself is as much a fact, and a mystery…I consider nature’s facts — its beautiful and grotesque forms and events — in terms of the import to thought and their impetus to the spirit. In nature I find grace tangled in a rapture with violence; I find an intricate landscape whose forms are fringed in death; I find mystery, newness, and a kind of exuberant, spendthrift energy. — Annie Dillard

Lord knows I’ve paid my dues getting through, tangled up in blue. — Bob Dylan

Tangled Up in Blue, shifts perspective several times during the song to tell a tangled version of [Bob] Dylan’s marriage and dissolution. — Bob Dylan

Puccini – silver macaroni, exquisitely tangled. — H. L. Mencken

Writing a story is pretty all-consuming for me – it feels a lot like method acting, and for the eight or twelve or fifteen months that I’m working on a story, I’m constantly thinking about how my narrator would react to whatever tangled situation I’m in. — Molly Antopol

In fact, he sorely hoped that it would happen, because otherwise, the world made no sense, there was no justice, and life was just a tangled ball of chaos. — Christopher Moore

We are talking about drift nets the size of football pitches, trailed between two boats, scooping up everything in their way. Dolphins breathe air so if they get tangled up in nets and kept under water they drown. — Nancy Ford

This is one more piece of advice I have for you: don’t get impatient. Even if things are so tangled up you can’t do anything, don’t get desperate or blow a fuse and start yanking on one particular thread before it’s ready to come undone. You have to realize it’s going to be a long process and that you’ll work on things slowly, one at a time. — Haruki Murakami

Biblical references about knowledge and good and evil often get tangled up. — James Rollins

Speak little, learn the words of eternity. Go beyond your tangled thoughts and find the splendor of paradise. — Rumi

My bad luck got tangled up with my bad decisions, and I’m paying for it. — Patrick Rothfuss

Nonbeing must in some sense be, otherwise what is it that there is not? This tangled doctrine might be nicknamed Plato’s beard; historically it has proved tough, frequently dulling the edge of Occam’s razor. — Willard Van Orman Quine

Taking his time, as though he has all of it in the world, in the universe, from the days when tales meant more than they do now, but perhaps less than they will someday, he draws a breath that releases the tangled knot of words in his heart, and they fall from his lips effortlessly. The circus arrives without warning. — Erin Morgenstern

I don’t recall specifically what happened. We just got tangled up. I was so caught up in the moment and trying to win the game when it happened. … There was a lot of commotion and when I saw their coach out on the court, I walked over to our bench so I wouldn’t get caught up in the middle of anything. — Mike Hall

And so it was when anyone tried to speak: their minds would become tangled in remembrance. Words became floods of thought with no beginning or end, and would drown the speaker before he could reach the life raft of the point he was trying to make. It was impossible to remember what one meant, what, after all of the words, was intended. — Jonathan Safran Foer

We look at life from the back side of the tapestry. And most of the time, what we see is loose threads, tangled knots and the like. But occasionally, God’s light shines through the tapestry, and we get a glimpse of the larger design with God weaving together the darks and lights of existence. — John Piper

There can be no summary and dramatic end to a marriage – only a slow and painful unravelling of a tangled skein of threads too stubborn to be broken. — Wallis Simpson

I was screaming. I was out of my mind. I was tangled in my leash, and I closed my eyes because I didn’t want to see my dog ripped up. — Sarah Smith

I got tangled up. It’s feeling pretty good now, much better than I expected, and I will be ready to go. — Peter Harrold

If it weren’t for the people always getting tangled up with the machinery… Earth would be an engineer’s paradise. — Kurt Vonnegut

Somewhere, sometime, somehow you got tangled up in garbage, and you’ve been avoiding God. You’ve allowed a veil of guilt to come between you and your Father. You wonder if you could ever feel close to God again. The message of the torn flesh is you can. God welcomes you. God is not avoiding you. God is not resisting you. The curtain is down, the door is open, and God invites you in — Max Lucado

I know already that I will return to this day whenever I want to. I can bid it alive. Preserve it. There is a still point where the present, the now, winds around itself, and nothing is tangled. The river is not where it begins or ends, but right in the middle point, anchored by what has happened and what is to arrive. — Colum McCann

From what I’m hearing, the UPS truck and car sort of tangled in an accident and the bus became involved later when the UPS truck lost control. The roads were just wet with a little bit of slush at the time of the accident. — Stacey Stegman

Both of my books, ‘Love Is a Mix Tape’ and ‘Talking to Girls About Duran Duran,’ are about how music gets tangled up with all our other emotional memories. Since I’m an obsessive music fan, I’m always seeking out new sonic thrills. — Rob Sheffield

There it was, Eve supposed. There was the answer to why people got tangled up with people. Because when you were down, when you were wallowing, someone you mattered to would ask if you were okay. — Nora Roberts

If time was a string connecting all of your stories, that party would be the point where everything knots up. And that knot keeps growing and growing, getting more and more tangled, dragging the rest of your stories into it. — Jay Asher

Yet through all, we know this tangled skein is in the hands of One, Who sees the end from the beginning: He shall unravel all. — Alexander Smith

Giving customers a view into the status of their dealings with you turns out to be the highest value, and in some ways it’s not high risk, … A lot of companies have problems with the transaction piece, doing that first. They wind up getting all tangled up in their underwear when it comes to security, order entry, and ‘Are we doing a complete job?’ — Patricia Seybold

A part of her wanted to tell him she still loved him, and that even though this love was hopeless and long over, it still consumed her year after year. It was a tangled hairball of feelings and she couldn’t pull forth any one strand. — Ann Brashares

I figured it would happen. I just got tangled up in there and received a hard pull on it. — Erin Gray

Oh, what a tangled web do parents weave when they think that their children are naive. — Ogden Nash

Over any such tangled wave of problems the S-1 secret would be dominant and yet we will not know until after that time probably, until after that meeting, whether this is a weapon in our hands or not. — Henry L. Stimson

I can see no practical application of molecular biology to human affairs… DNA is a tangled mass of linear molecules in which the informational content is quite inaccessible. — Frank Macfarlane Burnet

It turned out that some crooked things looked even worse when straightened. Some tangled knots only made sense once unraveled. — Hugh Howey

Clothes, when abstracted from the flow of present time and their transmogrifying function on the human body, and seen as forms in themselves, are strange tubes and excrescences worthy of being classed with such facial decorations as the ring through the nose or the lip-stretching disk. But how enchanting they become when seen togetherwith the qualities they bestow on their wearer! What happens then is no less than the infusion, into some tangled lines on a piece of paper, of the meaning of a great word. — Robert Musil

If you get all tangled up, just tango on. — Al Pacino

The human mind is so complex and things are so tangled up with each other that, to explain a blade of straw, one would have to take to pieces an entire universe. A definition is a sack of flour compressed into a thimble. — Remy de Gourmont

It’s not one of those injuries that heals even in four or five weeks. It’s one of those that takes a significant amount of time. It’s just unfortunate. It was kind of a funny fluke injury where he just got tangled up with Travis Wilson, I think. And it was a pass skeleton, where it wasn’t even much of a contact drill. He just got kind of tangled up with him. It doesn’t take much sometimes. — Bob Stoops

We are extremely pleased to have this second opportunity for performance, … Hopefully, all who enjoyed the show the first time will return and bring new visitors into this tangled web we have woven! — Chris Taylor

Either things happen for a reason, or they happen for no reason at all. Either one’s life is a thread in a glorious tapestry or humanity is just a hopelessly tangled knot. — Neal Shusterman

I’m not really a storyteller myself – I tend to get all tangled up when I try and tell stories. — Daniel Day-Lewis

Natural DNA is a tractless coil, like an unwound and tangled audiotape on the floor of the car in the dark. — Kary Mullis

He pulled himself out of hard times, dealt with the scars from it, pushed himself to make a mark. A little bit of the wild side there, always. I told myself, oh no, I won’t get tangled up with this one. And I said it again, even when I was tangled up. — Nora Roberts

While foreign competitors, French or Japanese or German, merrily bid for contracts abroad, American companies find themselves tangled in a web of legislation designed to express disapproval, block trade in certain commodities, or perhaps deny resources to disfavored or hostile regimes. — Elliott Abrams

Below Every Tangled Hierarchy Lies An Inviolate Level — Douglas Hofstadter

Somebody’s sent a funny little valentine to me. It’s a bunch of baby-roses in a vase of filigree, And hovering above them … is a fairy cupid tangled in a scarf of poetry. — James Whitcomb Riley

Stahr’s eyes and Kathleen’s met and tangled. For an instant they made love as no one ever dares to do after. Their glance was slower than an embrace, more urgent than a call. — F. Scott Fitzgerald

Who shall measure the heat and violence of the poet’s heart when caught and tangled in a woman’s body? — Virginia Woolf

I do get bottled up in interviews. You’re thinking about what you’re saying, and suddenly you get all tangled. So people think I’m sullen, or that I don’t have much to say. But my friends will tell you: a lot of times I talk too much. — Matt Dillon

A bachelor gets tangled up with a lot of women in order to avoid getting tied up to one. — Helen Rowland

To yearn for a single, and usually simple, explanation of the chaotic materials of the past, to search for a single thread in that most tangled of all skeins, is a sign of immaturity. — Henry Steele Commager

Men become utilitarian out of fear of the alternative the chaos of tangled or tepid desires, of rootlessness and boredom. — John Carroll

Before it was decided that I was going to be adopted, my mother was going to abort me. I was born with tangled legs; they never thought I’d be able to dance… without knowing it, as a child I overcame a lot thanks to really doting, loving parents and a great family and a hard work ethic on my part. — Lindsay Pearce

You get tangled up in your own ego of how you’re perceived. You can lose your way. — Pierce Brosnan

I’ve always done things the hard way. I was born like a piece of tangled yarn. The job is trying to untangle it, and I’ll probably go on doing it for the rest of my life. — Karen Allen

Oh what a tangled web we weave, When first we practice to deceive — Sir Scott

I say that I am myself, but what is this Self of mine But a knot in the tangled skein of things where chance and change combine? Donald R — Don Marquis

I had the idea that I should beat up every player I tangled with and nothing ever convinced me it wasn’t a good idea. — Ted Lindsay

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