Tangled quotes

  • 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

    #Years #Tangled #Long

  • 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

    #Jail #Tangled #Mind

  • So now I'm going back again I got to get her somehow All the people we used to know They're an illusion to me now Some are mathematicians Some are carpenter's wives Don't know how it all got started I don't what they're doing with their lives But me I'm still on the road Heading for another joint We always did feel the same We just saw it from a different point of view Tangled up in Blue.
    -- Bob Dylan

    #Blue #Views #Tangled

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

    #Europe #Tangled #Underwear

  • The honeysuckle was everywhere the day the letter arrived, like heat. Wild roses bloomed in hedges of tendrils and perfume. There were fat bees, dirigible bees, plump and miniature. It was a sweet, tangled morning, and the sun rose, leisurely, in a spectacular blush.
    -- Cathleen Schine

    #Sweet #Morning #Tangled

  • Here was my first lesson on the resolutely maintained untidiness and ill-health of the English upper orders. In baggy evening dress and old before their time, they displayed gapped and tangled teeth in loosely open mouths. Gently shedding dandruff, they lurched across the lawn. When they stood at the bar they looked like Lee Trevino Putting.
    -- Clive James

    #Humorous #Order #Tangled

  • 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

    #Wind #Rivers #Tangled

  • I get all tangled up in your ribbons.
    -- Consuelo de Saint-Exupéry

    #Tangled #Ribbons

  • 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

    #Roots #Tangled #Dying

  • Below Every Tangled Hierarchy Lies An Inviolate Level
    -- Douglas Hofstadter

    #Lying #Tangled #Levels

  • History is tangled, messy, contradictory. But is where we are.
    -- Eamon Duffy

    #History #Tangled #Messy

  • A gentleman can hardly continue to sit,' he explained, in his serenest and most level voice, 'when he asks a very remarkable young lady to do him the honor of marrying him. And - 'he somehow contrived to grin at me wickedly, 'I usually get what I want, Miss Grahame,' he added, and pitched over in a tangled heap on the floor.
    -- Elizabeth Marie Pope

    #Voice #Tangled #Missing

  • 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

    #Men #Tangled #Delight

  • 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

    #Dna #Tangled #Molecules

  • 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

    #Patience #Blow #Tangled

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

    #Tangled #Made #Knots

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

    #Biblical #Evil #Tangled

  • 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

    #Hair #Rainbow #Tangled

  • They leave things behind sometimes, the guests. A bottle of scent. A crumpled handkerchief. A pearl button that fell off a dress and rolled under a bed. And sometimes they leave other sorts of things. Things you can't see. A sigh trapped in a corner. Memories tangled in the curtains. A sob fluttering against the windowpane like a bird that flew in and can't get back out. I can feel these things. They dart and crouch and whisper.
    -- Jennifer Donnelly

    #Memories #Tangled #Bird

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

    #Men #Boredom #Tangled

  • Every heart is a package tangled up in knots someone else tied.
    -- Josh Ritter

    #Heart #Tangled #Knots

  • 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

    #Tangled #Necklaces #Pockets

  • 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

    #Jobs #Yarn #Tangled

  • 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

    #Tangled #Soul #World

  • Sometimes I feel like we're a knot, too tangled to be taken apart.
    -- Kiera Cass

    #Taken #Tangled #Sometimes

  • Your hair is a tangled mess,"he said, thinking he liked it that way, like a lion's mane.
    -- Kim Harrison

    #Thinking #Hair #Tangled

  • Forgetting your mission leads, inevitably, to getting tangled up in details-details that can take you completely off your path.
    -- Laurie Beth Jones

    #Tangled #Details #Path

  • 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

    #Tangled #May #Matter

  • Hangovers are a vivid form of vengeance. Last night my apartment became the venue for a small, introverted chardonnay festival. A melancholy choir of Bulgarians provided the entertainment, via a set of headphones that ended up irredeemably tangled beneath the bed. Part of me just watched. The other part was in charge.
    -- Liz Jensen

    #Hangover #Night #Tangled

  • Spending some time getting quiet can really be the best remedy for tangled situations. Taking a step back from all the emotion, frustration, and exhaustion to sit quietly with Jesus will do more to untangle a mess than anything else I've ever found.
    -- Lysa TerKeurst

    #Jesus #Frustration #Tangled

  • Right and wrong can be like bloody snakes: so tangled up that you can't tell which is which until you've shot 'em both, and then it's too late.
    -- M. L. Stedman

    #Snakes #Tangled #Too Late

  • 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

    #Numbers #Tangled #Together

  • Bedeviled, / human, your plight, in waking, is to choose from the words / that even now sleep on your tongue, and to know that tangled / among them and terribly new is the sentence that could change your life.
    -- Marie Howe

    #Sleep #Tangled #Tongue

  • 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

    #Thinking #Tangled #People

  • 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

    #Father #Doors #Tangled

  • 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

    #Tangled #Humanity #Life Is

  • 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

    #Morning #Men #Tangled

  • 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

    #Brother #Tangled #Too Much

  • My bad luck got tangled up with my bad decisions, and I'm paying for it.
    -- Patrick Rothfuss

    #Tangled #Decision #Luck

  • 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

    #Tangled #Together #World

  • Curiosity is a raw and genuine sign from deep inside our tangled psyches, and we'd do well to follow the direction it points us in.
    -- Po Bronson

    #Psych #Tangled #Curiosity

  • 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

    #Sex #Tangled #Design

  • 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

    #Tangled #Mind #Perception

  • The truth of the matter is, we all come to prayer with a tangled mass of motives altruistic and selfish, merciful and hateful, loving and bitter. Frankly, this side of eternity we will never unravel the good from the bad, the pure from the impure. God is big enough to receive us with all our mixture.
    -- Richard J. Foster

    #Prayer #Selfish #Tangled

  • 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

    #Thinking #Tangled #Nine

  • More than a needed biography of Ehrenburg . . . Tangled Loyalties is a contribution of much significance to our understanding of the history of Russia in Stalin's time and of her relations with the West.
    -- Robert C. Tucker

    #Loyalty #Russia #Tangled

  • 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

    #Clothes #Tangled #Quality

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

    #Tangled #Paradise #Littles

  • Motivations are too tangled and complex.
    -- Russell Banks

    #Motivation #Tangled

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

    #Rain #Passion #Tangled

  • When life gets tangled there's something so reassuring about climbing a mountain. The challenge is unambiguous.
    -- Stacy Allison

    #Climbing #Tangled #Challenges

  • 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

    #Hurt #Pain #Tangled

  • 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

    #Player #Ideas #Tangled

  • 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

    #Marriage #Divorce #Tangled

  • 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

    #Plato #Tangled #Razors

  • 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

    #Lying #Tangled #Soul

  • The variety of shape, pattern, and color found in the languages of the world is a testament to the wonder of nature, to the breathtaking array of possibilities that can emerge, tangled and wild, from the fertile human endowments of brain and larynx, intelligence and social skills.
    -- Arika Okrent

    #Color #Skills #Tangled

  • The illness has only made certain ambivalences I'd always been conscious of that much more acute. Life versus Death, the absolute randomness of one's position, privilege, and place, the lot one draws, and so on. It has made previously suspicious-seeming clichés seem more tolerable. Love may not be all you need, but it is certainly a necessity. My desire to survive has been exponentially magnified by the fact that there is someone intimately tangled up in me who would be left alone with the world.
    -- Ben Doller

    #Tangled #Desire #World

  • Evaluation and coaching get tangled together. When this occurs, the noise of evaluation drowns out coaching efforts. Think of this like a term paper. When you get your assignment grade back (evaluation) you tend to tune out the professor notes in the margins (coaching) if the grade is higher or lower than expected.
    -- Sheila Heen

    #Thinking #Term Paper #Tangled

  • 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

    #Tangled #Safe #Speak