Riddle Quotes

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J.R.R. Tolkien
“It cannot be seen, cannot be felt,
Cannot be heard, cannot be smelt,
It lies behind stars and under hills,
And empty holes it fills,
It comes first and follows after,
Ends life, kills laughter.”
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, or There and Back Again

J.R.R. Tolkien
“This thing all things devours:
Birds, beasts, trees, flowers;
Gnaws iron, bites steel;
Grinds hard stones to meal;
Slays king, ruins town,
And beats high mountain down.”
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, or There and Back Again

J.R.R. Tolkien
“A box without hinges, key, or lid,
Yet golden treasure inside is hid.”
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, or There and Back Again

Dorothy Parker
“Q: What's the difference between an enzyme and a hormone?

A: You can't hear an enzyme.”
Dorothy Parker

J.R.R. Tolkien
“Alive without breath,
As cold as death;
Never thirsty, ever drinking,
All in mail never clinking.”
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, or There and Back Again

Marissa Meyer
“Why is a raven like a writing-desk?”
Marissa Meyer, Heartless

J.R.R. Tolkien
“What have I got in my pocket?" he said aloud. He was talking to himself, but Gollum thought it was a riddle, and he was frightfully upset.
"Not fair! not fair!" he hissed. "It isn't fair, my precious, is it, to ask us what it's got in it's nassty little pocketsess?”
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, or There and Back Again

Steven Wright
“If it’s zero degrees outside today and it’s supposed to be twice as cold tomorrow, how cold is it going to be?”
Steven Wright

Cassandra Clare
Oh, what is brighter than the light?
What is darker than the night?
What is keener than an axe?
What is softer than melting wax?

Truth is brighter than the light,
Falsehood darker than the night.
Revenge is keener than an axe,
And love is softer than melting wax.

Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Princess

Trenton Lee Stewart
“The answer to this riddle has a hole in the middle,
And some have been known to fall in it.
In tennis it's nothing, but it can be received,
And sometimes a person may win it.
Though not seen or heard it may be perceived,
Like princes or bees it's in clover.
The answer to this riddle has a hole in the middle,
And without it one cannot start over.”
Trenton Lee Stewart, The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Prisoner's Dilemma

Karl Marx
“Communism is the riddle of history solved, and it knows itself to be this solution.”
karl marx, Economic & Philosophic Manuscripts of 1844

Juliet Marillier
“Stronger than iron
crueler than death
sweeter than springtime
it lives beyond breath”
Juliet Marillier

Thomas  Harris
“Did you ever think, Clarice, why the Philistines don't understand you? It's because you are the answer to Samson's riddle. You are the honey in the lion.”
Thomas Harris, Hannibal

“Life may be an arcane riddle, a play with many complementary acts or an unfinished chronicle with odd sequences. Still and all, whatever we might think or do, let us above all be attentive and expectant, since everyone is waiting for the pieces to fall into place, at one time or another. ("Drunken sailor" )”
Erik Pevernagie

Rick Riordan
“Polyphemus stiffened. "Who said that?"

"Nobody!" Annabeth yelled.

That got exactly the reaction she'd been hoping for. The monster's face turned red with rage.

"Nobody!" Polyphemus yelled back. "I remember you!"

"You're too stupid to remember anybody," Annabeth taunted. "Much less Nobody.”
Rick Riordan, The Sea of Monsters

Maureen Johnson
“10/30/38
Where do you look for someone who's never really there?
Always on a staircase but never on a stair”
Maureen Johnson, Truly Devious

J. Aleksandr Wootton
“Live in the moment... but don't be led by the moment, or the people who belong to it.”
J. Aleksandr Wootton, Her Unwelcome Inheritance

“Silver hidden in the gold,
Young man hidden in the old,
Laughing lord with weeping eyes,
Bring king and ring before sunrise!
-Hilarion, The Great and Terrible Quest”
Margaret Lovett, The Great and Terrible Quest

L.M. Fields
“I never talk back. I listen and always remember your every word, so come pen or mouse, never forget that I will treasure your thoughts forever. Yours truly, Paper.”
L.M. Fields

Jennifer Lynn Barnes
“That's the thing, Mystery Girl. I don't think I'm turning anything into a riddle. I don't think I have to. You are a riddle, a puzzle, a game - my grandfather's last.”
Jennifer Lynn Barnes, The Inheritance Games
tags: riddle

George Eliot
“What can promote innocent mirth, and I may say virtue, more than a good riddle?”
George Eliot, Middlemarch

Maureen Johnson
“Where do you look for someone who's never really there?
Always on a staircase but never on a stair.”
Maureen Johnson, The Vanishing Stair

Liz Braswell
“Hands she has but does not hold; teeth she has but does not bite; feet she has but they are cold; eyes she has but without sight”
Liz Braswell, Unbirthday

Liz Braswell
I have mine and you have yours
It's needed in a painting
But in the end none agree on
the meaning of the thing.

Liz Braswell, Unbirthday

Alyssa  Moon
“To unravel any mystery, find the start. Untie that riddle, and the rest will follow.”
Alyssa Moon, Delphine and the Silver Needle

K.J. Mecklenfeld
“▼ În mijlocul verii ▼
▼ Când Pământul doarme ▼
▼ La ora bufniţei ▼
▼ Luna vorbeşte ▼”
K.J. Mecklenfeld, Cartea Miracolelor

Liz Braswell
“Why is a raven like a writing desk?" she prompted.
"I don't know, why?" he asked gamely.
"No- you asked me that, last time. I never figured out the answer myself. But I asked everyone when I woke up- er, came back to Angleland, and even read a great many books on puzzles and riddles to try and solve it. So now I have several answers. So tell me which one is right!"
She began counting on her fingers.
"One: because they both have quills dipped in ink."
Her audience just looked at her gravely.
Alice hurried on to the next.
"Two: the American author, Mr. Edgar Allan Poe, wrote on both."
The Dodo and the Gryphon looked at each other and shrugged helplessly.
"And three- my friend Charles came up with this- because each can produce a few notes, tho' they are very flat!”
Liz Braswell, Unbirthday

M. Funk
“Intimacy, now there’s a word with a wealth of underutilized dimensions . . . its greater worth may be found in this riddle: name the means by which one embraces tightest without touching and plunges deepest without spilling a drop of blood.”
M. Funk, The Book of True Believer

“Weak argument: talk loudly.' Winston Churchill's famous marginal note is a classic example of a meta-equation. More precisely, it is a reminder of the basic principle of total valency: both halves of any equation strive toward self-repetition. In this respect, an equation is the ideal image of any reflection. Mimesis is tautological, and tautology as a universal phenomenon has its equivalent not only in mathematics but also in art; if in mathematics it takes form in an equation, then its ideal genre equivalent lies the riddle (the equation is the rationalization of a riddle, and detective fiction is its dramatization). As it grows into 'higher' genres, the riddle preserves its principle: two equal sides with unknowns, in which the sides demonstrate that they are identical. A riddle is a game. The process of solving it essentially boils down to proving the obvious; one knows from the start that the meanings of the two functions given are equal. This transforms the whole process into a sort of intellectual ostensibility.”
Evgeny Dobrenko, Late Stalinism: The Aesthetics of Politics

Walter Tevis
“Peter Piper picked up a peck of pickled peppers.”
Walter Tevis, The Queen's Gambit

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