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1. "... While much recent historicist criticism has assumed early nineteenth-century readers attuned to subtle ideological nuances in poetry, actual responses from readers often come closer to clulessness. ... It is no surprise that no one understood Blake, but other poets fared not much better. ... Coleridge's 'Christabel' was 'the standing enigma which puzzles the curiosity of literary circles. What is it all about?', while another reviewer asked about Shelley, 'What, in the name of wonder on one side, and of common sense on the other, is the meaning of this metaphysical rhapsody about the unbinding of Prometheus?'. Even Keats was condemned for 'his frequent obscurity and confusion of language' and his 'unintelligible quaintness'. Byron, never to be outdone, boasted in 'Don Juan' that not only did he not understand many of his fellow poets, he did not understand himself either: 'I don't pretend that I quite understand / My own meaning when I would be very fine.' ..."
Author: Andrew Elfenbein
2. "One cannot live any longer on refrigerators, on politics, on balance-sheets and cross-word puzzles. One cannot live any longer without poetry, colour and love."
Author: Antoine De Saint Exupéry
3. "Some people do crossword puzzles. I do books."
Author: Betty Smith
4. "I enjoy walking my dog and completing crossword puzzles."
Author: Brian Jacques
5. "Nothing puzzles me more than the time and space; and yet nothing troubles me less."
Author: Charles Lamb
6. "But the other half of my motivation came from farther back in my brain, in the curious part that I inherited. It came from the spot in my skull that feels the burning need to unravel puzzles, finish crosswords, indulge in Internet games, and read all the mystery books I can get my grubby little paws on. Like it or not, need it or not, and want it or not, I can't leave a good mystery alone."
Author: Cherie Priest
7. "...Nothing puzzles God"
Author: Chinua Achebe
8. "His bedroom was a reflection of Bryant's mind, its untidy shelves filled with games and puzzles stacked in ancient boxes, statues and mementoes competing for space with books on every subject imaginable, from Sensation and Perception in the History of Experimental Psychology to Illustrated British Ballads and A History of Indian Philosophy. "What are you reading at the moment?' asked May. "Batman," said Bryant. "The drawings are terribly good."
Author: Christopher Fowler
9. "Sorry, it's all those crossword puzzles I do. I love words..."
Author: Dakota Cassidy
10. "It's very hard — weirdly hard — to clear your mind of all that crap so that you can just sit down and write and find that place where you're just involved and enjoying the imaginary place you've discovered. All the other "problems" with writing are just puzzles, and they can be interesting to try to crack, even when it's frustrating."
Author: Dan Chaon
11. "The monkeys solved the puzzle simply because they found it gratifying to solve puzzles. They enjoyed it. The joy of the task was its own reward."
Author: Daniel H. Pink
12. "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."
Author: Daniel Quinn
13. "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?"
Author: David Nicholls
14. "When asked "What do we need to learn this for?" any high-school teacher can confidently answer that, regardless of the subject, the knowledge will come in handy once the student hits middle age and starts working crossword puzzles in order to stave off the terrible loneliness."
Author: David Sedaris
15. "Oh, they'll never believe a woman could solve such puzzles. They'll just assume I'm humoring you by editing it myself and allowing you to put your name to it."She raised her eyebrows. "But you wouldn't be."He humphed. "They'll never hear me admit it.""I will," she said, a smile curving her lips.He shrugged. "They'll believe me, not you."
Author: Deeanne Gist
16. "In so far as I listen with interest to a record, it's usually to figure out how it was arrived at. The musical end product is where interest starts to flag. It's a bit like jigsaw puzzles. Emptied out of the box, there's a heap of pieces, all shapes, sizes and colours, in themselves attractive and could add up to anything--intriguing. Figuring out how to put them together can be interesting, but what you finish up with as often as not is a picture of unsurpassed banality. Music's like that."From "Derek Bailey and the Story of Free Improvisation" by Ben Watson, Verso, London, 2004, p. 440."
Author: Derek Bailey
17. "But I'm really enjoying my retirement. I get to sleep in every day. I do crossword puzzles and eat cake."
Author: Derek Landy
18. "Couples are jigsaw puzzles that hang together by touching in just enough points. They're never total fits or misfits. ... We marry children who have grown up and still rejoice in being children .... [p. 15]"
Author: Diane Ackerman
19. "I don't believe some teachers consider whether their classroom instruction fosters the development of reading habits in their students. Reflecting on the landslide of crossword puzzles, dioramas, annotations, and reading logs assigned to their students for every book they read, teachers might realize that instead of encouraging students to read, these mindless assignments make kids hate reading. Primarily assigned to generate grades and give teachers a false sense that they are holding students accountable for reading, these counterfeit activities—that no wild reader completes on his or her own—guarantee that their students will avoid reading. If we care about our students' reading lives, we must foster their lifelong reading habits and eliminate or reduce the negative influences of classroom practices that don't align with what wild readers do."
Author: Donalyn Miller
20. "In Maurice I tried to create a character who was completely unlike myself or what I supposed myself to be: someone handsome, healthy, bodily attractive, mentally torpid, not a bad business man and rather a snob. Into this mixture I dropped an ingredient that puzzles him, wakes him up, torments him and finally saves him."
Author: E.M. Forster
21. "Dear heart," he murmured, "do not look on me with those dear, scared eyes of yours. If there is aught that puzzles you in what I said, try and trust me a little longer. Remember, I must save the Dauphin at all costs; mine honor is bound with his safety. What happens to me after that matters but little, yet I wish to live for your dear sake."
Author: Emmuska Orczy
22. "One only wants puzzles to be difficult after they're finished. That way one can feel proud of one's accomplishment. However, while we're in the act of doing them, it is preferred that they are easy."
Author: Galen Beckett
23. "Murder was so trivial in the stories Harold loved. Dead bodies were plot points, puzzles to be reasoned out. They weren't brothers. Plot points didn't leave behind grieving sisters who couldn't find their shoes."
Author: Graham Moore
24. "Collecting secrets was and is crucial to solving foreign policy puzzles."
Author: Gregory F. Treverton
25. "Thinking about language, while thinking _in_ language, leads to puzzles and paradoxes."
Author: James Gleick
26. "I've put in so many enigmas and puzzles that it will keep the professors busy for centuries arguing over what I meant, and that's the only way of insuring one's immortality."
Author: James Joyce
27. "Ninjas are far more important to science than anyone realises. If we could capture one to study, I think most of science's biggest puzzles might be resolved."
Author: Jasper Fforde
28. "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."
Author: John Sladek
29. "Wilson has some fancy name for it, butI call lit macanaccady. Anything I can't analyze in the eatingline I call macanaccady and anything wet that puzzles me I callshallamagouslem."
Author: L.M. Montgomery
30. "Mazie, Mazie." Untangling his long frame, Trent pressed away from the window. "I find you a puzzle. Unfortunately, I never did enjoy puzzles much as a child. There was always the mess of missing pieces and the temptation to force parts where they did not fit. I much prefer the whole picture, unclouded and unveiled."
Author: Leigh LaValle
31. "My secret vice is Sudoku puzzles. Can't stop playing them. My parents are accountants. I blame them entirely."
Author: Lisa Gardner
32. "Mathematics began to seem too much like puzzle solving. Physics is puzzle solving, too, but of puzzles created by nature, not by the mind of man."
Author: Maria Goeppert Mayer
33. "People who work crossword puzzles know that if they stop making progress, they should put the puzzle down for a while."
Author: Marilyn Vos Savant
34. "Math, it's a puzzle to me. I love figuring out puzzles."
Author: Maya Lin
35. "My being a writer and playing Scrabble are connected. If I have a good writing day, I'll take a break and play online Scrabble. My favorite word as a child was 'carrion,' before I knew what it meant. I later created crossword puzzles, which was a lot about puns, and how words would create these strange, strange things."
Author: Meg Wolitzer
36. "He provides the example of a philosopher who puzzles about the reality of time, but who nonetheless applies for a research grant to work on the philosophical problem of time during next year's sabbatical—without doubting the reality of next year's arrival."
Author: Nassim Nicholas Taleb
37. "I'm a games and theory kind of guy. I love puzzles, so it was fun dissecting Shakespeare's prose."
Author: Neil Patrick Harris
38. "Others with names like myths, names like puzzles, names we had never heard before: Virgilio, Balamugunthan, Faheem, Abdulrahman, Aziz, Baako, Dae-Hyun, Ousmane, Kimatsu. When it was hard to say the many strange names, we called them by their countries. So how on earth do you do this, Sri Lanka?Mexico, are you coming or what?Is it really true you sold a kidney to come to America, India?Guys, just give Tshaka Zulu a break, the guy is old, I'm just saying.We know you despise this job, Sudan, but deal with it, man.Come, Ethiopia, move, move, move; Israel, Kazakhstn, Niger, brothers, let's go!"
Author: NoViolet Bulawayo
39. "Readers don't want to read about somebody else having powerful emotions. . . . Readers want to become somebody else for a few hours, to live an exciting life, to find true love, to face down unimaginable terrors, to solve impossible puzzles, to feel a lightning jolt of adrenaline."
Author: Randy Ingermanson
40. "Sydney might not be an expert in personal relationships but puzzles were familiar territory."
Author: Richelle Mead
41. "Amazingly when you add life and consciousness to the equation you can actually explain some of the biggest puzzles of science."
Author: Robert Lanza
42. "When I Asked God for StrengthHe Gave Me Difficult Situations to FaceWhen I Asked God for Brain & BrawnHe Gave Me Puzzles in Life to SolveWhen I Asked God for HappinessHe Showed Me Some Unhappy PeopleWhen I Asked God for WealthHe Showed Me How to Work HardWhen I Asked God for FavorsHe Showed Me Opportunities to Work HardWhen I Asked God for PeaceHe Showed Me How to Help OthersGod Gave Me Nothing I WantedHe Gave Me Everything I Needed."
Author: Swami Vivekananda
43. "I'm taking memory power boost tablets to help me every day and doing the puzzles to help me stay focused."
Author: Terry Bradshaw
44. "Eyes landing on the flowers, she pursed her lips in confusion. "Okay, a puzzle. I like puzzles. You bought me flowers, but you're clearly angry with me. Were they that expensive?" "I didn't buy them." Daniel took little comfort in her look of surprise. He couldn't think past the foreign emotions burning through his gut. "They're from him." "Him…who?" Recognition dawned in her eyes. "Fisher? Why would he send me flowers?" She shook her head. "Roses, at that. He always bought me sunflowers."
Author: Tessa Bailey
45. "Between the shadows of the earth and the dark depths of the sky, human life lay slumbering, with all its unsolved puzzles."
Author: Theodor Storm
46. "Under normal conditions the research scientist is not an innovator but a solver of puzzles, and the puzzles upon which he concentrates are just those which he believes can be both stated and solved within the existing scientific tradition."
Author: Thomas Kuhn
47. "That's what Jesus meant," whispers the ghost of Slothrop's first American ancestor William, "venturing out on the Sea of Galilee. He saw it from the lemming point of view. Without the millions who had plunged and drowned, there could have been no miracle. The successful loner was only the other part of it: the last piece to the jigsaw puzzle, whose shape had already been created by the Preterite, like the last blank space on the table.""Wait a minute. You people didn't have jigsaw puzzles.""Aw, shit."
Author: Thomas Pynchon
48. "Not every puzzle is intended to be solved. Some are in place to test your limits. Others are, in fact, not puzzles at all..."
Author: Vera Nazarian
49. "It puzzles the will."
Author: William Shakespeare
50. "But that the dread of something after death,The undiscover'd country from whose bournNo traveller returns, puzzles the willAnd makes us rather bear those ills we haveThan fly to others that we know not of?"
Author: William Shakespeare

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