Puzzles Quotes

Puzzles Quotes by J. Robbins, James Whistler, Brian Jacques, Terry Bradshaw, Yatin Patel, Martin Gardner and many others.

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Because as much as I love figuring out other people’s puzzles, and love putting words together in ways that feel good to sing and sound good together and suit the melody, I think most of the best songs in the world are fairly clear about what they mean to say.
J. Robbins
The masterpiece should appear as the flower to the painter – perfect in its bud as in its bloom – with no reason to explain its presence – no mission to fulfill – a joy to the artist, a delusion to the philanthropist – a puzzle to the botanist – an accident of sentiment and alliteration to the literary man.
James Whistler
I enjoy walking my dog and completing crossword puzzles.
Brian Jacques
I’m taking memory power boost tablets to help me every day and doing the puzzles to help me stay focused.
Terry Bradshaw
Never buy your kid a Puzzle that you can’t solve!
Yatin Patel
Consider a cow. A cow doesn’t have the problem-solving skill of a chimpanzee, which has discovered how to get termites out of the ground by putting a stick into a hole. Evolution has developed the brain’s ability to solve puzzles, and at the same time has produced in our brain a pleasure of solving problems.
Martin Gardner
Energy and curiosity are the lifeblood of universities; the desire to find out, to uncover, to dig deeper, to puzzle out obscurities, is the spirit of the university, and it is a channelling of that unresting curiosity that holds mankind together.
Robertson Davies
Everyone carries with them at least one piece to someone else’s puzzle.
Lawrence Kushner
Amazingly when you add life and consciousness to the equation you can actually explain some of the biggest puzzles of science.
Robert Lanza
Nothing in this world happens without a reason. That we are all exactly where we are supposed to be, and that the pieces of the puzzle have a tendency to come together when you least expect it.
Jane Green
In the end we had the pieces of the puzzle, but no matter how we put them together, gaps remained, oddly shaped emptinesses mapped by what surrounded them, like countries we couldn’t name.
Jeffrey Eugenides
It’s like a puzzle or a painting or music. When I ski, it’s like a song. I can hear the rhythm in my head, and when I start to ski that rhythm and I start to really link my turns together, all of a sudden there’s so much flow and power that I just can’t help but feel amazing. That’s where the joy comes from.
Mikaela Shiffrin
Trying to write is very much like trying to put a Chinese puzzle together. We have a pattern in mind which we wish to work out in words; but the words will not fit the spaces, or, if they do, they will not match the design.
Helen Keller
I am quite a wise old bird, but I am no desert hermit who can only prophesy when his guts are knotted with hunger. I am deep in the old man’s puzzle, trying to link the wisdom of the body with the wisdom of the spirit until the two are one.
Robertson Davies
But that the dread of something after death,
The undiscover’d country from whose bourn
No traveller returns, puzzles the will
And makes us rather bear those ills we have
Than fly to others that we know not of?
William Shakespeare
Jesus is not directing the angelic choir, taking long naps, or doing crossword puzzles. He is completely focused on building his church, the hope of the world.
Bill Hybels
I see a film as a puzzle, with a beginning, middle, and end, but I like to start at the end sometimes.
Claude Lelouch
The markets are the world’s greatest Rubik’s cube. And I love solving puzzles.
Rick Santelli
I wonder if I’ve been changed in the night. Let me think. Was I the same when I got up this morning? I almost think I can remember feeling a little different. But if I’m not the same, the next question is ‘Who in the world am I?’ Ah, that’s the great puzzle!
Lewis Carroll
Mystery writing involves solving a puzzle, but high suspense writing is a situation whereby the writer thrusts the hero/heroine into high drama.
Iris Johansen
Always wait for the trigger. The trigger is the final part of the puzzle, the reason you want to shoot.
Jay Maisel
There is a formal poetry perfect only in form?the number of syllables, the designated and required stresses of accent, the rhymes if wantedthey come off with the skill of a solved crossword puzzle.
Carl Sandburg
My favorite puzzle is trying to work out the parts myself, after all it is a solo effort.
Adrian Belew
A good problem is something you don’t know how to solve. That’s what makes it a good puzzle and a good opportunity.
Paul Lockhart
What puzzles me is the way that some of the smaller, unknown chateaux imagine that because Chinese millionaires pay ludicrous sums for the great names, they can overcharge for their own inferior fluids. There is no trickledown effect in wine prices.
Simon Hoggart
In all the creative work that I have done, what has come first is a problem, a puzzle involving discomfort.
Bertrand Russell
In San Francisco, I found Warren Levinson, who had set up a program to study Rous Sarcoma Virus, an archetype for what we now call retroviruses. At the time, the replication of retroviruses was one of the great puzzles of animal virology. Levinson, Levintow and I joined forces in the hope of solving that puzzle.
J. Michael Bishop
Hollywood can buy a lot of pieces of the puzzle, but the great thing is they can never buy word of mouth.
Steve Tisch
I enjoy logic and logic puzzles. And filmmaking is one fun logic puzzle that you gotta win.
Michael Jai White
A mystery is not a puzzle waiting to be solved, but rather something for which there is no human solution. Mystery’s offspring is not frustration but awe, and that sense of awe grows in tandem with knowledge.
Eric Weiner
People are so stupid. They think they’ve got the whole puzzle figured out, but they’re really so far off.
Laurie Faria Stolarz
To me, families are puzzles that take a lifetime to work out – or not, as often is the case – and I like to explore how people within them try to connect, be it through love, duty, or circumstance.
Khaled Hosseini
My solo albums were each like a half-finished puzzle; they represented only the beginning of a full picture. Simply put, they were inadequate and incomplete.
Grace Slick
I really like that homosexuality is a little bit of an existential puzzle.
Guy Branum
Scientists derive satisfaction from figuring out the puzzle. It’s about the quest, not the grail.
Isaac Asimov
Here I find a puzzle of great beauty: Canada works well in practice, but just doesn’t work out in theory.
B. W. Powe
You can’t lift people out of poverty simply by tweaking the tax system, or by raising the minimum wage by a few cents, or by reducing student debt slightly. These might be necessary components of a larger anti-poverty program, but you have to accept they are pieces of a much larger puzzle.
Sasha Abramsky
There’s a reason I hate jigsaw puzzles. I don’t have the patience to find all the border pieces, especially when they’re all the same shade of gray.
Ann Aguirre
Writing a screenplay is like writing a big puzzle, and so the hardest part, I think, is getting the story.
Grant Heslov
The second album was like being on a completely different planet compared to when we were making the first album. … Even though it was the same musicians, the same artist, the same studio, the same producer, – it felt like a completely different piece of a puzzle.
Katie Melua
Who in the world am I? Ah, that’s the great puzzle.
Lewis Carroll
To remain pure, a novel has to cast a moral puzzle. Anything else is mere negotiation.
Anita Brookner
May I ask you what these questions tend?’ ‘Merely to the illustration of your character,’ said she, endeavouring to shake off her gravity. ‘I am trying to make it out.’ ‘And what is your success?’ She shook her head. ‘I do not get on at all. I hear such different accounts of you as puzzle me exceedingly.
Jane Austen
I get intrigued by a puzzle, and writing a book is the best way to solve it.
Anthony Storr
Sisters have ways of socializing brothers into the mysteries of girls. Brothers have ways of socializing sisters into the puzzle that is boys.
Jeffrey Kluger
I can do some of the number puzzles.
Susie Dent
Saw is like a big jigsaw puzzle. When you put a jigsaw puzzle together, you put the bottom left corner together first, and then you find yourself working on the upper right corner… Thats the way Saw plays out.
Tobin Bell
Magic is not about having a puzzle to solve. It’s about creating a moment of awe and astonishment. And that can be a beautiful thing.
David Blaine
The biggest challenges are fixing the problems, to put all the puzzles together.
Vitali Klitschko
For me, writing a novel is like solving a puzzle. But I don’t intend my novels as puzzles. I intend them as invitations to dance.
Mohsin Hamid
Yes it is true that pro-capitalist forces have a lot of power. But so did slave-holding racists. We give ourselves hope when we conceptualize capitalism as a set of practices that can be challenged by fighting the piece of the puzzle we feel most compelled to fight.
Cynthia Kauffman
I have a really hard time connecting to music that doesn’t feel like I’m somehow solving a puzzle that applies to my life.
Andrew McMahon
After that, he tried to go upstairs through the broom cupboard, and then the yard. This seemed to puzzle him a little. But finally he discovered the stairs, all except the bottom on, and fell up them on his face. The whole castle shook.
Diana Wynne Jones
And I try to piece the puzzle of the universe, Split an eight of shrooms just so I could see the universe !
Kid Cudi
I just consider myself a piece of the puzzle and I’m lucky enough to be asked or invited to the party, if you will. I hope I can bring some laughs and grimaces to the fans.
Adam Baldwin
Together with the puzzle, Mozart gives you the solution.
Ferruccio Busoni
I like to have a project. I live to have something to waste my energy on, something to think about. To figure out like a puzzle.
Kelly Reichardt
I felt like a Tinker toy kid building my own self out of one of those toy building sets; for as she laid her life before me, I reassembled the tableau of her words like a picture puzzle, and as I did, so my own life was rebuilt.
James McBride
Normal science, the activity in which most scientists inevitably spend most all their time, is predicated on the assumption that the scientific community knows what the world is like. Normal science often suppresses fundamental novelties because they are necessarily subversive of its basic commitments.
Thomas Kuhn
One thing that I do find really sexy is a girl who’s good at crossword puzzles.
Chris Pine
My mother was born in June and later, feeling a vacancy, chose her birth month for her middle name. Marry to marry, had kids because that’s what was done. Liked crossword puzzles, liked lilac trees, liked baking in the sun, and liked Bing Crosby.
Judith Viorst
But it is important to know this, to know your roots. To know where you started as a person. If not, your own life seems unreal to you. Like a puzzle. Vous comprenez? Like you have missed the beginning of a story and now you are in the middle of it, trying to understand.
Khaled Hosseini
I do not understand modern physics at all, but my colleagues who know a lot about the physics of very small things, like the particles in atoms, or very large things, like the universe, seem to be running into one queerness after another, from puzzle to puzzle.
Lewis Thomas
Canada is like several puzzles that we are all working on at the same time. Everyone has a part to add, but no one has seen the whole picture yet.
B. W. Powe
Do I remain a revolutionary? Intellectually — without a doubt. But am I prepared to give my body to the struggle or even my comforts? This is what I puzzle about.
Lorraine Hansberry
What is mathematics? It is only a systematic effort of solving puzzles posed by nature.
Shakuntala Devi
A woman’s heart is such a complex problem – the owner thereof is often most incompetent to find the solution to this puzzle.
Baroness Orczy
The solution often turns out more beautiful than the puzzle.
Richard Dawkins
It was used for decades to describe talented computer enthusiasts, people whose skill at using computers to solve technical problems and puzzles was – and is – respected and admired by others possessing similar technical skills.
Kevin Mitnick
May I say that I approve of a piece that tries to remake the entire puzzle?
Garth Nix
It puzzles me when writers say they can’t read fiction when they’re writing fiction because they don’t want to be influenced. I’m totally open to useful influence. I’m praying for it.
Laura van den Berg
Life is a puzzle. Every piece fits together to create who we are, what we do, how we feel. Every experience shapes us into who we will eventually become.
I’m patient with crossword puzzles and the most impatient golfer.
Brett Hull
There are only three great puzzles in the world, the puzzle of love, the puzzle of death, and, between each of these and part of both of them, the puzzle of God. God is the greatest puzzle of all.
Niall Williams
The Cubists are entitled to the serious attention of all who find enjoyment in the colored puzzle pictures of the Sunday newspapers.
Theodore Roosevelt
A doctor has a stethoscope up to a man’s chest. The man asks, “Doc, how do I stand?” The doctor says, “That’s what puzzles me!”
Henny Youngman
You may be a puzzle, but I like the way the parts fit.
Frank Sinatra
I love to move like a mouse inside this puzzle for the body, balancing the wish to be lost with the need to be found.
Billy Collins
The greatest puzzle in the world, young man, the greatest challenge a man can face, a solving the riddle of a women’s heart.
Steve Hamilton
Twinkle, twinkle, quasi-star
Biggest puzzle from afar
How unlike the other ones
Brighter than a billion suns
Twinkle, twinkle, quasi-star
How I wonder what you are.
George Gamow
I don’t really understand why everybody doesn’t want to direct. It’s an absolutely fascinating combination of skills required and puzzles set on every possible level, emotional and practical and technical. It calls upon such a wide variety of skills. I find it completely absorbing.
Hugh Laurie
There is nothing miraculous about puzzles. Competent mentalism is miraculous.
Max Maven
Couples are jigsaw puzzles that hang together by touching in just enough points.
Diane Ackerman
My secret vice is Sudoku puzzles. Can’t stop playing them. My parents are accountants. I blame them entirely.
Lisa Gardner
Codes are a puzzle. A game, just like any other game.
Alan Turing
Movies are in a much longer production conversation before an actor is even involved. I always thought of actors as the last piece of the puzzle – so you’re a tool.
Elizabeth Olsen
If you can’t solve the puzzle, you’re nothing but a loser. (Near)
Tsugumi Ohba
I’m not a great student, so I don’t know that I would have been a great detective. Part of my brain sort of works that way, like wanting to figure out puzzles and figure out what happened and why people do the things they do and who they are and how it happened.
Alexandra Daddario
You could make a very focused exploration game, that was about player creativity and exploration. But then it wouldn’t have these very meticulous scientific kinds of puzzles in it, that Braid has. And so, it was just about picking something and understanding what it was that was chosen, and sticking to it, ruthlessly.
Jonathan Blow
I like to edit my sentences as I write them. I rearrange a sentence many times before moving on to the next one. For me, that editing process feels like a form of play, like a puzzle that needs solving, and it’s one of the most satisfying parts of writing.
Karen Thompson Walker
I think outdoors has been my second home. My parents wouldn’t be like, “Go and do a puzzle,” they’d be like, “Hey, there’s a forest across the street. You need to go play in it.”
Serinda Swan
I try to keep my mind active. I’m a solitaire and puzzle addict. I exercise religiously. I don’t do many things religiously and I’ve taken up golf to have something to do when I have nothing to do.
Morgan Freeman
I’m only 26 – I don’t know anything about life yet. Life is like a puzzle and my pieces are spread all over the world.
Ville Valo
I’m a rewriter. That’s the part I like best . . . once I have a pile of paper to work with, it’s like having the pieces of a puzzle. I just have to put the pieces together to make a picture.
Judy Blume
I have always been a fixer. I am a fixer. I like problems, and I like puzzles, and I like to help people, so I have been a fixer, and I have always been an educator.
Tabatha Coffey
I never can satisfy some need in me to achieve something of incredible hight. For my sake. It puzzles me deeply. And it sours my life. So there is a permanent dissatisfaction.
Maurice Sendak
I love puzzles, but when I’m done putting together a puzzle, I feel accomplished, and then I wonder, “What’s next?” Then I go start another puzzle.
Josh McDermitt
It’s hard to appreciate success in modeling, because it’s not something you feel like you’ve earned, so there is a little bit of bread of shame that comes with that. It’s like somebody giving you a puzzle that’s already put together.
Ashton Kutcher
I think that the melodic piece of the puzzle in music is the most esoteric and difficult to quantify.
Pat Metheny
So now it is time to disassemble the parts of the jigsaw puzzle or to piece another one together, for I find that, having come to the end of my story, my life is just beginning.
Conrad Veidt
To me, Alan Turing was a mystery – it was sort of like something I needed to unravel. And he was also obsessed with puzzles. So I wanted to make the movie like a mystery, like a puzzle that you’re piecing together.
Morten Tyldum
All persons are puzzles until at last we find in some word or act the key to the man, to the woman; straightway all their past words and actions lie in light before us.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
We remember when women were spoken of differently. I don’t mean that we didn’t speak of women sexually – that happened. It was never this crude: there wasn’t the connotations, the violence. I think there’s got to be a relationship between the coarsening of the culture, of which pornography was a piece of the puzzle.
George Pelecanos
Stick to the old truths and the old paths, and learn their di- vineness by sick-beds and in every-day work, and do not darken your mind with intellectual puzzles, which may breed disbelief, but can never breed vital religion or practical usefulness.
Charles Kingsley
Later scientific theories are better than earlier ones for solving puzzles in the often quite different environments to which they are applied. That is not a relativist’s position, and it displays the sense in which I am a convinced believer in scientific progress.
Thomas Kuhn
Kids are great in that they keep you on your toes. They’re like a puzzle… in a blender, haha. You have to take the pieces out and try to put it together on the fly.
Raheem Jarbo
You’re never quite sure where the song is going, because you might not find the word to rhyme with the end of the line. You have to find associative meaning to get you there. So it’s rather like doing a crossword puzzle backwards. A kind of strange, three-dimensional, abstract crossword puzzle.
Annie Lennox
Drifting off to sleep, I thought about her. How nobody is perfect. How you just have to close your eyes and breathe out and let the puzzle of the human heart be what it is.
Sue Monk Kidd
Families are like puzzles. They fit together in a certain way, and if one piece is missing, it throws everything off.
Richard Schiff
Black holes, we all know, are these regions where if an object falls in, it can’t get out, but the puzzle that many struggled with over the decades is, what happens to the information that an object contains when it falls into a black hole. Is it simply lost?
Brian Greene
[Nutrition] is a huge piece of the puzzle. It’s not just about working hard and being physical. It’s about being smart and mindful of what’s going in and out of our bodies.
Kerri Walsh
I write poetry to figure things out. Any time I’m trying to wrap my head around something, poetry is like a puzzle-solving strategy for me.
Sarah Kay
You can involve yourself in electronics, computers, puzzles… there’s a lot of creativity and brain working. There’s a lot to model trains that people don’t realize.
Gary Coleman
To her own heart it was a delightful affair, to her imagination it was even a ridiculous one, but to her reason, her judgment, it was completely a puzzle.
Jane Austen
I think when I started to write The Mysterious Benedict Society that I had that kind of thing in mind – the notion of having to be able to solve puzzles and riddles because enormous stakes rode upon your ability to do that.
Trenton Lee Stewart
Golf is a puzzle without an answer. I’ve played the game for 40 years and I still haven’t the slightest idea how to play.
Gary Player
When weight loss becomes a goal in your life, eating right and exercising are just two pieces of the puzzle. Figuring out why you’ve put on the extra weight is the hardest part.
Ali Vincent
Puzzles lead to logical answers; mysteries often force us to stretch language to its limits in an attempt to describe a reality that is just too great to take in properly.
Alister E. McGrath
Why are people afraid of ghosts? ‘Ooh, no, I wouldn’t want to see one! I’d be too scared’ – accompanied by a tremolo of fear in the voice – is the common reaction. This puzzles me. I’d think anyone would welcome he opportunity. I’ve never heard of a ghost hurting anybody.
Dick Cavett
Time and happenings and the grace of God are the best solvers of puzzles. One must leave much to these, if he is not to worry himself into premature senility.
Alex Dow
To make a bestseller, there are more customers than just your customers: Selling to the end-user is just one piece of the puzzle. In my case, I needed to first sell myself to the publisher to get marketing support and national retail distribution.
Tim Ferriss
It often puzzles me when people think that matters connected with sex ought to be suppressed. Sex itself cannot be suppressed, and the efforts to do it, it seems to me, result in greater damage than it can do itself. After all, it was not an invention of man, but of God.
Maxwell Perkins
Poetry is like a puzzle-solving strategy for me. I like to poem my way through tricky questions and ideas. That’s about the only consistent thread through my poem-creation process.
Sarah Kay
I have to constantly work on my reflexes and hand-eye coordination. I do a lot of puzzles. I play chess.
Bernard Hopkins
I don’t go to see movies to see plots. I’m not interested in puzzles like an Agatha Christie story.
Ti West
I’m terrible at jigsaw puzzles. Other people solve the puzzle but I just keep trying to make the pieces that don’t fit fit. I guess that’s what makes me special, I try to assemble jigsaw puzzles incorrectly.
Thom Yorke
My background is in math and science, and I thrive on complexity, and I think lots of people do. People love puzzles; it’s human nature to want to solve puzzles.
Michael Loceff
With movies and TV, storytelling, it’s a different medium. I really love it, but I’m one part of many, many pieces of that puzzle and a lot of it is out of my control.
Juliette Lewis
All joking aside, I’m a television watcher and I get frustrated with shows sometimes when they set up puzzles and then they don’t give answers. It’s just more questions and more questions.
Sarah Michelle Gellar
When I first set out to ruin SNL, I didn’t think anyone would notice, but I persevered because – like you trying to do a nine-piece jigsaw puzzle – it was a labour of love.
Tina Fey
I don’t think there is a hidden purpose to the universe that you have to puzzle out.
Robert Fulghum
Peter used to say that an artist’s job is to make order out of chaos. You collect details, look for a pattern, and organize. You make sense out of senseless facts. You puzzle together bits of everything. You shuffle and reorganize. Collage. Montage. Assemble.
Chuck Palahniuk
I like to live in my own mind, regardless of everyone and everything, working out the intimate puzzles that are my stories and novels.
T. C. Boyle
What needs to be discharged is the intolerable tenderness of the past, the past gone and grieved over and never made sense of. Music ransoms us from the past, declares an amnesty, brackets and sets aside the old puzzles. Sing a new song. Start a new life, get a girl, look into her shadowy eyes, smile.
Walker Percy
I think people moving through space and the way they say lines, it’s a puzzle to be solved every time. But there’s a right way to do it that feels natural. And it’s just kind of finding that right thing.
Timothy Miller
Acting is a smaller piece in a big puzzle. There are charity things I want to immerse myself in and want to have the time to go and give back to people who don’t have the opportunities I have. It’s a very important thing to me.
Ashley Greene
My recipe for bliss on a Friday night consists of a ‘New York Times’ crossword puzzle and a new episode of ‘Homicide;’ Saturdays and Sundays are oriented around walks in the woods with the dog, human companion in tow some of the time but not always.
Caroline Knapp
It puzzles me how they know what corners are good for filling stations. Just how did they know gas and oil was under there?
Dizzy Dean
We all seek out stress. We hate the wrong kinds of stress but when it’s the right kind, we love it – we pay good money to be stressed by a scary movie, a roller coaster ride, a challenging puzzle.
Robert M. Sapolsky
We do jigsaw puzzles. Here’s a pro tip: Listen to an audiobook while doing it.
Megan Mullally
The Government’s enthusiasm for 24 hour drinking puzzles me… We want people to be responsible, yet we urge them to drink.
Frank Dobson
A-not-complete-unit, or a new unit. The elements in the 3 parts should neither fit nor not fit together. One would like not to be led. Avoid the idea of a puzzle which could be solved. Remove the signs of “thought.” It is not “thought” which needs showing.
Jasper Johns
As a kid, I was into music, played guitar in a band. Then I started acting in plays in junior high school and just got lost in the puzzle of acting, the magic of it. I think it was an escape for me.
Michael J. Fox
I would still describe China as a vast, invigorating puzzle that will never make sense to my western upbringing.
Abigail Washburn
The world comes to us in an endless stream of puzzle pieces that we would like to think all fit together somehow, but that in fact never do.
Robert M. Pirsig
The whole thing with comedy is that you are always in control. Writer, director, actor, producer, and sometimes bouncer. And you are just a piece of their puzzle.
Dane Cook
Good innovators like to solve business crossword puzzles.
Scott D. Anthony
[I want to be remembered] as a small piece of the puzzle sent here to serve a bigger picture.
Aisha Hinds
Looking back, it puzzles me that my parents decided to stay in Shanghai when they must have known that war was imminent. But the cotton works were my father’s responsibility, and duty then counted for something.
J. G. Ballard
I think the teams biggest struggle is remaining a team. It’s kinda like a puzzle, If one piece of the puzzle is missing then the puzzle can’t be completed. Every team member plays an important part.
Katie Cassidy
Not every puzzle is intended to be solved. Some are in place to test your limits. Others are, in fact, not puzzles at all.
Vera Nazarian
Have you seen the new Polish jigsaw puzzle? One piece.
Henny Youngman
If I wasn’t a model I would have liked to be a gardener. It is still a puzzle to me that I ever became a model. I am an extremely private person and I do not have the temperament for fame. I think I was rather ashamed of this trivial way of earning a living.
Jean Shrimpton
There’s something in the human personality which resents things that are clear, and conversely, something which is attracted to puzzles, enigmas, and allegories.
Stanley Kubrick
But one thing about human beings puzzles me the most is their conscious effort to be connected with the object of their affection even if it kills them slowly within.
Sigmund Freud
I think I just have an idea in my head about how big an adventure game should be, so it’s hard for me to design one that’s much smaller than Grim Fandango or Full Throttle. There’s just a certain amount of scope needed to create a complex puzzle space and to develop a real story. At least with my brain, there is.
Tim Schafer
It’s not as if I’m trying to write crossword puzzles to which one might find an answer at the back of the book or anything like that.
Paul Muldoon
My books are not about different components that fit together like pieces in a jigsaw puzzle, it’s about creating the space around the components, which is almost as important as the components themselves. And that space changes and blends depending upon what the components are.
Richard Grossman
Each person is an enigma. You’re a puzzle not only to yourself but also to everyone else, and the great mystery of our time is how we penetrate this puzzle.
Theodore Zeldin
Growing up in Delhi, India, I did puzzles, explored numbers, and searched for patterns in everyday settings long before I ever saw an equation.
Priyamvada Natarajan
One can defend common sense against the attacks of philosophers only by solving their puzzles, i.e., by curing them of the temptation to attack common sense.
Ludwig Wittgenstein
It was as if I had thought all along I was a complete picture and he had revealed I was a puzzle and had taken me apart and put me back together again.
Maggie Stiefvater
Even if all parts of a problem seem to fit together like the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle, one has to remember that the probable need not necessarily be the truth and the truth not always probable.
Sigmund Freud
I constantly do puzzle books. Smash through them. My iPad’s full of them. Logic puzzles. Bridges. Slitherlink.
Mark Cavendish
The writers job is like solving a puzzle, and finally arriving at a solution is a tremendous satisfaction.
William Zinsser
Returning home is the most difficult part of long-distance hiking; You have grown outside the puzzle and your piece no longer fits.
Cindy Ross
Americans don’t have saner gun laws because most Americans, including those citizens who puzzle over better angels, don’t want saner gun laws.
Richard Ford
Every time you try to create an experience with a character who doesn’t use a gun, doesn’t drive a car, doesn’t jump off platforms, doesn’t solve puzzles, you are taking a risk.
David Cage
Most of the places I’ve been, I’ve been a main piece of the puzzle.
Eric Davis
BJJ is like trying to solve a puzzle that keeps changing..so magnificent… yet completely humbling.
Phillipe Nover
I have certainly enjoyed puzzles since an early age, and things that look like impossible things are often particularly intriguing.
Roger Penrose
I’m that sensitive, honest guy who likes people, wants to know why, and who puzzles everyone by continually putting himself in harm’s way.
Poe Ballantine
Thinkers aren’t limited by what they know, because they can always increase what they know. Rather they’re limited by what puzzles them, because there’s no way to become curious about something that doesn’t puzzle you.
Daniel Quinn
One cannot build life from refrigerators, politics, credit statements and crossword puzzles. That is impossible. Nor can one exist for any length of time without poetry, without color, without love.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Most crime fiction plots are not ambitious enough for me. I want something really labyrinthine with clues and puzzles that will reward careful attention.
Sophie Hannah
I think these days an SF connection would be a boost to other books; I’m sure more people have read my two little detective puzzles because of the SF connection.
John Thomas Sladek
As a kid, I loved doing puzzles, solving riddles, and reading mystery books. I also loved animals and always had pets.
Bonnie Bassler
Writing is sort of putting a puzzle together halfway. Then, performing it has always been the completion of it. Once that happens, I’m feeling verbally communal with other people. It’s out there and I feel so much better about it.
Brandi Carlile
If we have optimism without empathy then it doesn’t matter how much we master the secrets of science. We’re not really solving problems, we’re just working on puzzles.
Bill Gates
The great god Ra, whose shrine once covered acres, is filler now for crossword puzzle makers.
Keith Preston
Your whole life and the story of your journey is the landscape picture on the front of the box of a 1,000 piece puzzle. The pieces are each a small sticky note that ends in mid-sentence. You simply need to figure out where each one starts and ends.
Ashly Lorenzana
Puzzles are always a difficult thing, I don’t think I’ve played any games where the puzzles are perfectly contextualised, unless the entire game is a puzzle game built upon that concept.
Cory Barlog
Why are cancer patients so hard to buy for? This question always puzzles me. When people are healthy, things are so simple, including gift buying. A jaunt to the local mall or a day in front of the TV watching QVC can be just enough for all the loved ones on your list.
Jenna Morasca
The art of simplicity is a puzzle of complexity.
Douglas Horton
He’s wearing his official university sweatshirt again, which puzzles me a little. I mean I’d sort of understand it more if it said Yale or Harvard or something, because then it would be a fashion choice. But why advertise the fact that you’re at a university to all the other people who are at the university with you?
David Nicholls
It is an outcome of faith that nature-as she is perceptible to our five senses-takes the character of such a well formulated puzzle.
Albert Einstein
I wanted to play incredibly challenging, multifaceted characters. Because we are all a puzzle.
Kate Winslet
The experience of life that you and I have is pretty much a jigsaw puzzle in the box: Day-to-day experiences of disconnected pieces that don’t seem to justify the efforts we make each day.
Robert Adams
The idea that excites me the most concerns the two greatest puzzles in science: the origin of the universe, and the origin of consciousness. The origin of the universe is what I do for a living, working on string theory. But I am also fascinated by consciousness.
Michio Kaku
Words often spoil a moment of judgment or excitement; in all great puzzles and wars and movements, there is a moment to speak and a moment to accept with silent dignity.
John Gallagher, Jr.
People invent new machines and improve existing ones almost unconsciously, rather as a Somnambulist will go walking in his sleep. The interesting puzzle in our times is that we so willingly sleepwalk through the process of reconstituting the conditions of human existence.
George Orwell
An adventure game is nothing more than a good story set with engaging puzzles that fit seamlessly in with the story and the characters, and looks and sounds beautiful.
Roberta Williams
We hope to find more pieces of the puzzle which will shed light on the connection between this upright, walking ape, our early ancestor, and modern man.
Richard Leakey
I do enjoy the puzzle-solving aspect of making a movie.
Duncan Jones
I don’t use work from the past as a literal guide; rather, those artifacts reinforce a view that simple images can communicate with wide audiences over time. Icon design is like solving a puzzle, trying to marry an image and idea that, ideally, will be easy for people to understand and remember.
Susan Kare
If I wasn’t a writer, I would probably be a watchmaker. I like putting puzzles together, and that is what a watch is, figuring out how all the gears and everything else works together. I’m patient and good at focusing on a single task.
Karin Slaughter
Honestly, as an actor, all I need to know, the way I kind of look at a scene, is like a puzzle. There are certain puzzle pieces that are bigger than others, and all I need to know is if this is going to fit here to make this part of the puzzle work.
Sarah Shahi
I feel more like a father to a child: my Cube inspired thousands of ‘twisty puzzles,’ and I’m amazed how it continues to excite new generations.
Erno Rubik
When I was a college student and I got interested in linguistics the concern among students was, this is a lot of fun, but after we have done a structural analysis of every language in the world what’s left? It was assumed there were basically no puzzles.
Noam Chomsky
I would like a boyfriend. I’m a very happy person and it is the final, final piece of the puzzle. I’m looking for that shout-it-out-from-the-mountaintops, fall-in-love person.
Andy Cohen
I talk about my team a lot. I feel like people are the most important part of the puzzle.
Erica Enders-Stevens
Results have nothing at all whatever to do with the private fun of being an author. There lies the answer to the problem which puzzles many wise people. Now it is plain why there are so many of us … But the public fun of being an author is rather apt to wear thin.
J. E. Buckrose
Let schoolmasters puzzle their brain, With grammar, and nonsense, and learning, Good liquor, I stoutly maintain, Gives genius a better discerning.
Oliver Goldsmith
When I was a kid, what captivated me about detective fiction were the puzzles more than the detectives or their enemies. And as I’ve gotten older, I see a lot of merit in setting your investigative sights higher than figuring out how someone stole Encyclopedia Brown’s bicycle.
Mark Waid
In one equation you can solve all the puzzles of life. It is the equation of giving.
Amit Ray
Songs are puzzles – you get an intro, or maybe an end, but you gotta fill in the rest. Sometimes they come easy and sometimes they’re a pain in the ass.
Mark Kozelek
Finding your style is like putting puzzle pieces together.
Lara Spencer
Women are like puzzles because prior to 1920 neither had the right to vote. Puzzles still don’t.
Bo Burnham
People may be said to resemble not the bricks of which a house is built, but the pieces of a picture puzzle, each differing in shape, but matching the rest, and thus bringing out the picture.
Felix Adler
Our whole life is solving puzzles.
Erno Rubik
Everything happens for a reason, everything is part of a puzzle that, even at the time, if we don’t understand the bigger picture, everything has significant role in what’s to come in the future.
Jon Connor
Missing pieces do more than complete the puzzle, they fill in an empty space.
Luanne Rice
I write poems about relationships, love relationships, and I’m not able to do that all the time. I could go two years without writing poems, and then write a dozen. Having a novel to work on, with the intricate puzzle of character and plot to work out, is satisfying for the time there is no poetry.
May Sarton
What’s popularly known as the evolution of consciousness, in other words that the expansion of cognitive repertoire that occurs in human beings, which has always been a great puzzle to evolutionary theory, I believe, occurred in the presence of a kind of catalyst for the human imagination.
Terence McKenna
The greatest mystery about a human being is not his reaction to sex or praise, but the manner in which he contrives to put in twenty-four hours a day. It is this which puzzles the longshoreman about the clerk, the Londoner about the bushman.
Sinclair Lewis
It starts off like climbing a tree or solving a puzzle – poetry, if nothing else, is just fun to write. But deeper into each and every piece, you no longer hesitate to call it work. It’s passion. A poet’s sense of lyrical accomplishment is then his food and water, his means of survival.
Criss Jami
A cat is like a puzzle with no solution.
Anne Campbell
Fun from games arises out of mastery. It arises out of comprehension. It is the act of solving puzzles that makes games fun. In other words, with games, learning is the drug.
Raph Koster
It is a mystery, and to tell the truth, I am intrigued by mysteries even if this is to be my last week of enjoying them. I would welcome some glimmer of understanding but, failing that, working on the puzzle will suffice.
Dan Simmons
A little girl who finds a puzzle frustrating might ask her busy mother (or teacher) for help. The child gets one message if her mother expresses clear pleasure at the request and quite another if mommy responds with a curt ‘Don’t bother me – I’ve got important work to do.’
Daniel Goleman
If readers must puzzle over unfamiliar or ambiguous words, you are making them work harder than they need to.
Crawford Kilian
Science and art sometimes can touch one another, like two pieces of the jigsaw puzzle which is our human life, and that contact may be made across the boderline between the two respective domains.
M. C. Escher
If you are curious, you’ll find the puzzles around you. If you are determined, you will solve them.
Erno Rubik
The countenance may be rightly defined as the title page which heralds the contents of the human volume, but like other title pages, it sometimes puzzles, often misleads, and often says nothing to the purpose.
William Matthews
I think these days an SF connection would be a boost to other books; I’m sure more people have read my two little detective puzzles because of the SF connection.
John Sladek
I’m a games and theory kind of guy. I love puzzles, so it was fun dissecting Shakespeare’s prose.
Neil Patrick Harris
Golf is a puzzle without an answer.
Gary Player
And a puzzle is for the piecing together, especially for the young, who still believe it can be done.
Gregory Maguire
Alec Nevala-Lee comes roaring out of the gate with a novel that’s asВ thrilling as it is thought-provoking, as unexpected as it is erudite.В The Icon ThiefВ is a wild ride through a fascinating and morally complexВ world, a puzzle Duchamp himself would have applauded. Bravo.
Jesse Kellerman
I like to think of my son as having an extra puzzle piece rather than missing one.
Stuart Duncan
Every time something bad happens, like we lose a day because of weather or an actor gets injured or anything else happens, the schedule has to change. It’s the most challenging Tetris puzzle.
David Benioff
Couples are jigsaw puzzles that hang together by touching in just enough points. They’re never total fits or misfits. In time, a pair invents its own commonwealth, complete with anthems, rituals, and lingos-a cult of two with fallible gods.
Diane Ackerman
I think we live in slavery to fear. Most people don’t have an answer to the death question and really don’t even have a philosophy. That is a puzzle to me. I think even if I was not a Christian, I would want to at least have a personal solution to the death question. Otherwise, death is just a frightening thing.
Max Lucado
Puzzles are like songs – A good puzzle can give you all the pleasure of being duped that a mystery story can. It has surface innocence, surprise, the revelation of a concealed meaning, and the catharsis of solution.
Stephen Sondheim
A lot of my songs, they’re like puzzle pieces, and there’s just one way to put them together. You could, if you needed to, get the scissors out and cut up things to make them work. But I don’t want to do that.
Ryan Adams
To keep faith with life is to experience that everything- everything that comes to us whatever it is- has its place in the puzzle of our existence.
Roger Housden
A good puzzle, it’s a fair thing. Nobody is lying. It’s very clear, and the problem depends just on you.
Erno Rubik
Loyalty cannot be too liberally insisted upon. Altruism in nature remains an exception. It poses a puzzle, being in prima facie conflict with the survival of the fittest and most selfish.
Peter Birks
A writer is always working with whatever she’s managed to store in the brainpan or puzzle out about the world.
Anna Quindlen
Every film is a puzzle really, from an editorial point of view.
Walter Murch
The overwhelming astonishment, the queerest structure we know about so far in the whole universe, the greatest of all cosmological scientific puzzles, confounding all our efforts to comprehend it, is the earth.
Lewis Thomas
It’s the people we love the most who can make us feel the gladdest … and the maddest! Love and anger are such a puzzle!
Fred Rogers
I think that, if we do anything in a positive sense for the world, is provide one little bit of context, that’s very specifically focused, and hopefully people can add to their entire puzzle that gives them a larger picture of what it is that they see.
Jon Stewart
Every relationship has a hard part at the beginning. This is our hard part. It’s not like a puzzle piece where there’s an instant fit. With relationships, you have to shape the pieces on each end before they go perfectly together.
David Levithan
Sydney might not be an expert in personal relationships but puzzles were familiar territory.
Richelle Mead
I’ve written quite a few things, but I’ve put it on hold for now to see how everything fits together. Then I’ll approach it and write specifically to see how the pieces fit in the puzzle.
Matt Sharp
Learning a [skateboard] trick is kind of like a puzzle; you have to keep trying, and trying, and trying, and adapting and changing, and adapting and changing, and finally it works.
Rob Dyrdek
Golf is deceptively simple, endlessly complicated. A child can play it well and a grown man can never master it. It is almost a science, yet it is a puzzle with no answer.
Arnold Palmer
Bush’s memoir is 512 pages. To be fair, 200 of those pages are just games and puzzles.
Craig Ferguson
It’s like a puzzle, putting together your individual accent and what you grew up with or what you heard. It must be insane to be a dialect coach, to balance all that out.
Emma Stone
I try to make puzzles range all the way from easy to hard, and to leave many open at once.
Graham Nelson
Movies don’t look hard, but figuring it out, getting the shape of it, getting everybody’s character right and having it be funny, make sense and be romantic, it’s creating a puzzle. Yes, having been a writer for so long, I have an awareness of when things are going awry, but it doesn’t mean I know how to fix them.
Nancy Meyers
If your job all day is disallowing insurance claims, you can still spend an evening playing games with your friends, and you can be faced with threats and puzzles that are far more exciting than anything you’ve ever imagined facing at work.
Michael A. Stackpole
Music is a lot more like solving an intricate puzzle with moments of pure, random creative bliss… whereas painting is much more purely random creative bliss with moments of problem solving.
Brandon Boyd
I was a keen observer and listener. I picked up on clues. I figured things out logically, and I enjoyed puzzles. I loved the clear, focused feeling that came when I concentrated on solving a problem and everything else faded out.
Sonia Sotomayor
I think, as a choreographer and an action designer, you’re constantly giving your characters problems to overcome. That’s what makes it fun for choreography. But it also makes it fun for the audience to see them solve those puzzles and how they are as a human being.
David Leitch
I’m really good at melodic and sonic things, but I don’t really think I have anything to say. But I really enjoy the puzzle-making of taking words and adding a melody to them.
Meshell Ndegeocello
I’m handed a bunch of existing data. My job is to put that in the best narrative form. That is a puzzle I love to solve.
Hilary Liftin
Shooting videos with lots of effects is like shooting a bunch of puzzle pieces.
Hiro Murai
You just chip away until the puzzle is complete.
Terry Bozzio
For average working folks, America was becoming a puzzle. Who was buying all these two-hundred-dollar copper saucepans, anyway? And how was everyone paying for these BMWs? Were people shrewd or just stupefyingly irresponsible?
Daniel Suarez
I wanna make a jigsaw puzzle that’s 40,000 pieces. And when you finish it, it says ‘go outside.’
Demetri Martin
Nothing puzzles me more than time and space; and yet nothing troubles me less, as I never think about them.
Charles Lamb
IT is an astonishing thing that historians will look back and puzzle over, that in the 21st century, American women were such hunted creatures. Even as Republicans try to wrestle women into chastity belts, the Vatican is trying to muzzle American nuns.
Maureen Dowd
One of the great logical puzzles is how a woman is always like her mother but never like her sister.
Robert Breault
Nothing puzzles me more than the time and space; and yet nothing troubles me less.
Charles Lamb