Puzzle

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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

A puzzle is a game, problem, or toy that tests a person's ingenuity.

Quotes[edit]

If you make people think they're thinking, they'll love you; but if you really make them think, they'll hate you. ~ Don Marquis.
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.
  • We are caught in the contradiction of finding life a rather perplexing puzzle which causes us a lot of misery, and at the same time being dimly aware of the boundless, limitless nature of life. So we begin looking for an answer to the puzzle.
  • 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.
  • There are no extra pieces in the universe. Everyone is here because he or she has a place to fill, and every piece must fit itself into the big jigsaw puzzle.
  • "Winwood Reade is good upon the subject," said Holmes. "He remarks that, while the individual man is an insoluble puzzle, in the aggregate he becomes a mathematical certainty. You can, for example, never foretell what any one man will do, but you can say with precision what an average number will be up to. Individuals vary, but percentages remain constant. So says the statistician."
    • Arthur Conan Doyle, in The Sign of Four (1890), Ch. 10, p. 137; this actually differs from Reade's remarks in his The Martyrdom of Man (1872), where he states: "As a single atom man is an enigma: as a whole he is a mathematical problem."
  • 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, as quoted in Kubrick : Inside a Film Artist's Maze (2000) by Thomas Allen Nelson, p.10
  • 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.
  • When I studied graphic design, I learned a valuable lesson: There's no perfect answer to the puzzle, and creativity is a renewable resource.
  • I could see why Archimedes got all excited. There was nothing finer than the feeling that came rushing through you when it clicked and you suddenly understood something that had puzzled you. It made you think it just might be possible to get a handle on this old world after all.

External links[edit]

  • Encyclopedic article on Puzzle at Wikipedia
  • The dictionary definition of puzzle at Wiktionary
  • Media related to Puzzles at Wikimedia Commons