Riddle Quotes

Quotes tagged as "riddle" (showing 1-30 of 72)
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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“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

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

Munia Khan
“Give me one more night to taste the dark
When wolves imitate a lone dog's bark
Let those secrets remain unspoken
Fallen angel's heart now lover's token
Light grows dim burying riddle’s death
Just breathe to free your one last breath”
Munia Khan

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

Sarah J. Maas
“By the Valg, three were made,
Of the gate-Stone of the Wyrd:
Obsidian the gods forbade
And stone they greatly feared.

In grief, he hid one in the crown
Of her he loved so well,
To keep with her where she lay down
Inside the starry cell.

The second one was hidden
In a mountain made of fire,
Where all men are forbidden
Despite their great desires.

Where the third lies
Will never be told
By voice or tongue
Or sum of gold.”
Sarah J. Maas, Crown of Midnight

Deyth Banger
“Now they have a riddle.

- Criminal Minds”
Deyth Banger, All As None and More

Shannon Hale
“Willow tree
And whispers three
Together make a tasty tea
In forests they do glow
Whence we do not know
But in the teapot they will go”
Shannon Hale, The Unfairest of Them All: Preview
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Shannon Hale
“The crown of terror past
The shell inside still lasts
The item you seek, a toy of the weak
Majesty downed, run around in town
To echo how naught but happy sounds”
Shannon Hale, The Unfairest of Them All
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Shannon Hale
“The stoniest of greens
Plague queens not yet queens
Just one beneath can steal the sleep
Of maidens counting sheep”
Shannon Hale, The Unfairest of Them All

“For every thinking and reflecting man the existence of evil is a riddle he cannot escape.”
François Petit, The Problem of Evil

Matt Suddain
“The first question is: what is a sound that makes no sound?' And by the time Captain Lambestyo has thought of an answer and opened his eyes, the sun was rising.”
Matt Suddain

Frances Hardinge
“Mother was like this sometimes. Conversations became riddles with traps in them, and your answers had consequences.”
Frances Hardinge, A Skinful of Shadows

“I have a little pussy,/ And her coat is silver-gray;/ She lives in a great wide meadow/ And she never runs away./ She always is a pussy,/ She'll never be a cat./Because--she's a pussy willow!/Now what do you think of that.”
Stories of Childhood

“Apparently, in the realm of higher animals, it takes 2 to make 1. The arithmetic of this mystery seems to suggest 1 + 1 = 1.”
Roscoe Webster

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