Riddles Quotes

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Patrick Rothfuss
“Elodin proved a difficult man to find. He had an office in Hollows, but never seemed to use it. When I visited Ledgers and Lists, I discovered he only taught one class: Unlikely Maths. However, this was less than helpful in tracking him down, as according to the ledger, the time of the class was 'now' and the location was 'everywhere.”
Patrick Rothfuss, The Name of the Wind

J.R.R. Tolkien
“Voiceless it cries,
Wingless flutters,
Toothless bites,
Mouthless mutters.”
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit

J.K. Rowling
“Which came first, the phoenix or the flame?'
'Hmm . . . What do you think, Harry?' said Luna, looking thoughtful.
'What? Isn’t there just a password?'
'Oh no, you’ve got to answer a question,' said Luna.
'What if you get it wrong?'
'Well, you have to wait for somebody who gets it right,' said Luna. 'That way you learn, you see?'
'Yeah . . . Trouble is, we can’t really afford to wait for anyone else, Luna.'
'No, I see what you mean,' said Luna seriously. 'Well then, I think the answer is that a circle has no beginning.'
'Well reasoned,' said the voice, and the door swung open.”
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Isaac Asimov
“A circle has no end.”
Isaac Asimov, Second Foundation

Robin Hobb
“Is time the wheel that turns, or the track it leaves behind?”
Robin Hobb, Fool's Errand

Vladimir Nabokov
“I could isolate, consciously, little. Everything seemed blurred, yellow-clouded, yielding nothing tangible. Her inept acrostics, maudlin evasions, theopathies - every recollection formed ripples of mysterious meaning. Everything seemed yellowly blurred, illusive, lost.”
Vladimir Nabokov, Tyrants Destroyed and Other Stories

Stephen King
“It's just that I take riddling seriously. I was taught that the ability to solve them indicates a sane and rational mind.”
Stephen King, The Waste Lands

Ruth Frances Long
“Every game has its Jacks,' she said, the sadness of it pulling down the elation of sudden understanding. 'The thing that acts as a wild card. It can't be counted on or predicted. A weapon, even. But he's in other places, too, isn't he? And do you know what else a Jack is, Puck?...I do.”
Ruth Frances Long, The Treachery of Beautiful Things

J.A. Redmerski
“The longer you look the more you see," said the twins at the same time, "the more you see, the less you are.”
J.A. Redmerski, Dirty Eden

Criss Jami
“From time to time
I once wondered how one wanders from time to time
And think up the paradox line
Speak of Epoch's crime
Oh I lied, it hasn't happened yet
But bet you better believe it's such a habit that
I just said that in a past mindset”
Criss Jami, Diotima, Battery, Electric Personality

“Dechymic pwy yw.
Creadt kyn dilyw.
Creadur kadarn
Heb gic heb ascwrn.
Heb wytheu heb waet.
Heb pen aheb traet.
Ny bed hyn ny byd ieu.
No get y dechreu.
Ny daw oe odeu
Yr ofyn nac agheu.
Ny dioes eisseu
Gan greaduryeu.

Guess who it is.
Created before the deluge.
A creature strong,
Without flesh, without bone,
Without veins, without blood,
Without head, and without feet.
It will not be older, it will not be younger,
Than it was in the beginning.
There will not come from his design
Fear or death.
He has no wants
From creatures.”

Ragnar Tørnquist
“You're just being cryptic again. It's like soap opera sex. Lots of boring dialogue and when they finally do go to bed, everything's dark and covered by blankets.”
Ragnar Tørnquist

Fyodor Dostoyevsky
“Too many riddles weigh men down on earth. We must solve as we can, and try to keep a dry skin in the water.”
Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov

Gerald Hausman
“There is an Anglo-Saxon form of riddling that plays with the polarities of words like bright and dark, cold and warm, throwing them against one another and crafting lines of rich, humorous nonsense like this poem that has been around for so many hundreds of years that you just have to sit back and, with nothing else in mind, laugh out loud. ”
Gerald Hausman, The American Storybag

Brian Spellman
“The glass is three fifths full of gas.”
Brian Spellman

Haruki Murakami
“Samsa certainly had no idea what lay ahead. He was in the dark about everything: the future, of course, but the present and the past as well . What was right, and what was wrong? Just learning how to dress was a riddle.”
Haruki Murakami, Samsa in Love

Neal Shusterman
“Let’s all forsake,
The Land of Wake,
And break for the Land of Nod.

Where we can try,
To touch the sky,
Or dance beneath the sod.

A toll for the living,
A toll for the lost,
A toll for the wise ones,
Who tally the cost,

So let’s escape,
Due south of Wake,
And make for the Land of Nod.”
Neal Shusterman, Thunderhead

William Shakespeare
Come, how wouldst thou praise me?

I am about it; but indeed my invention
Comes from my pate as birdlime does from frieze;
It plucks out brains and all: but my Muse labours,
And thus she is deliver'd.
If she be fair and wise, fairness and wit,
The one's for use, the other useth it.

Well praised! How if she be black and witty?

If she be black, and thereto have a wit,
She'll find a white that shall her blackness fit.

Worse and worse.

How if fair and foolish?

She never yet was foolish that was fair;
For even her folly help'd her to an heir.

These are old fond paradoxes to make fools laugh i'
the alehouse. What miserable praise hast thou for
her that's foul and foolish?

There's none so foul and foolish thereunto,
But does foul pranks which fair and wise ones do.”
William Shakespeare, Othello

Sean F. Hogan
“What goes up must come down. But what is up? And what is down? Are you up there looking down on me? Or is it I who has the trick with gravity? Reach for me and I'll reach for you. For in the middle is where grounds stand true. 'Tis not a lie nor a deceived eye, but an understanding between you and I. So I ask again to a friend with a cup, have a drink with me if you know what's up!”
Sean F. Hogan, Painting Angels


I will never
cease to talk
in riddles,
I will never
try to feel

I may be
unusual for them,
but that’s alright
with me.”
Tara Estacaan

Sean F. Hogan
“What goes up must come down. But what is up? And what is down? Are you up there looking down on me? Or is it I who has the trick with gravity? Reach for me and I'll reach for you. For in the middle is where grounds stand true. 'Tis not a lie nor a deceived eye, but an understanding between you and I. So I ask again to a friend with a cup, have a drink with me if you know what's up?”
Sean F. Hogan, Painting Angels

Deyth Banger
“Humans, when you talk me about them... I more likely see them as a unsolveable unlogicalable problem... than something else.”
Deyth Banger

Enock Maregesi
“Kwa nini Biblia imejaa mafumbo? Biblia imejaa mafumbo kwa sababu akili za watu bado hazijakomaa kuupokea ukweli. Yesu na waandishi wote wa Biblia waliongea na kuandika kimafumbo, ili Neno la Mungu lijidhihirishe lenyewe kiroho katika mawazo ya mtu.”
Enock Maregesi

Kata Mlek
“Nighttime riddles plague your mind
so what you’ve dreamt, you quickly write.
A notebook, words—that’s all you get,
No faint idea have you yet.
Be patient, and look close to see
what the riddle’s answer be
‘Cause only one who learns that key
can read truth in my prophecies
So think, my dearest, long and deep
You might just find the news I keep.”
Kata Mlek, Absolute Sunset

“The riddle we'll ever solve is how to get along.”
Marty Rubin

Roland Barthes
“To expend oneself, to bestir oneself for an impenetrable object is pure religion. To make the other into an insoluble riddle on which my life depends is to consecrate the other as a god; I shall never manage to solve the question the other asks me, the lover is not Oedipus. Then all that is left for me to do is to reverse my ignorance into truth.”
Roland Barthes, A Lover's Discourse: Fragments

“Let me eat and I will live,
but give me water
and I will surely die.
What am I?

I weigh nothing,
but you can see me.
Put me in a bucket of water,
and I'll make it lighter.
What am I?”
Richard Wolfrik Galland, Alice's Puzzles in Wonderland