Puzzle Quotes & Sayings

Puzzles have been used as a metaphor for life and challenges through the ages.Today I thought it would be fun to find and share all the different puzzle quotes and sayings. I will continue to update this list as I find them!

Quotes About Puzzles

Willingness to be puzzled is a valuable trait to cultivate, from childhood to advanced inquiry.
– Noam Chomsky

“If the pieces do not fit into your puzzle…Try a different picture.”
– Cass van Krah

“It is one of man’s curious idiosyncrasies to create difficulties for the pleasure of resolving them.”
– Joseph de Maistre

“My ideal beach house has bookshelves full of paperbacks that can tolerate a little sand, a DVD library that includes some Disney classics for the little ones, board games, and jigsaw puzzles.”
– Mary Kay Andrews

“A jigsaw puzzle is my form of meditation. In New York, I glued all of the ones I did together and hung them up on the wall.”
– Carly Chaikin

“Summer is not obligatory. We can start an infernally hard jigsaw puzzle in June with the knowledge that, if there are enough rainy days, we may just finish it by Labor Day, but if not, there’s no harm, no penalty. We may have better things to do.”
– Nancy Gibbs

“Sometimes the hardest pieces of a puzzle to assemble, are the ones missing from the box.”
– Dixie Waters

“I’m terrible at jigsaw puzzles. Other people solve the puzzle but I just keep trying to make the pieces that don’t fit fit. I guess that’s what makes me special, I try to assemble jigsaw puzzles incorrectly.”
Thom Yorke

“You see, every piece of the puzzle is required to complete the scene, while some have rough edges and some smooth, they all have value. Being grateful for each piece is not always easy, but it is necessary.”
– Greg Dutilly

“When you complete a puzzle, you know that you have made all of the right choices.”
Robert, character from the movie Puzzle

“From this, one can make a deduction which is quite certainly the ultimate truth of jigsaw puzzles: despite appearances, puzzling is not a solitary game. Every move the puzzler makes, the puzzle maker has made before; every piece the puzzler picks up, and picks up again, and studies and strokes, every combination he tries, and tries a second time, every blunder and every insight, each hope and each discouragement have all been designed, calculated, and decided by the other.”
– Georges Perec

“The nice thing about doing a crossword puzzle is, you know there is a solution.”
– Stephen Sondheim

“Much like life, you don’t complete a puzzle by throwing away the pieces.”
– Craig D. Lounsbrough

“Life is more fun if you play games.”
– Roald Dahl

“The experience of life that you and I have is pretty much a jigsaw puzzle in the box: Day-to-day experiences of disconnected pieces that don’t seem to justify the efforts we make each day.”
Robert Adams

“I wanna make a jigsaw puzzle that’s 40, 000 pieces. When you finish it, it says ‘go outside’.”
– Demetri Martin

“Maybe I’m not so different from everyone else after all. It’s like somebody gave me a puzzle, but I don’t have the box with the picture on it. So I don’t know what the final thing is supposed to look like. I’m not even sure if I have all the pieces.”
– Sharon M. Draper

“If you read proverbs, you will find answers to every puzzle.”
– Lailah Gifty Akita

“I look at this life as a puzzle without all the pieces in the box.”
Jonathan Anthony Burkett

“You are a piece of the puzzle of someone else’s life. You may never know where you fit, but others will fill the holes in their lives with pieces of you.”
– Bonnie Arbon

“I am that piece of a puzzle, which would never fit in any puzzles out there.”
– Akshay Vasu,

“I was a puzzle with innumerable pieces.” – Suzie Burke

“I am a piece of a very large jigsaw puzzle. One of the corner pieces. The one you go for first – important for a time, different from most of the others. But then, in the end, in the big picture, just one of many.”
– Mark Dunn

“Our whole life is solving puzzles.” -Erno Rubik

“Not every puzzle is intended to be solved. Some are in place to test your limits. Others are, in fact, not puzzles at all…”
– Vera Nazarian

“What happens then is like what happens when we separate a jigsaw puzzle into its five hundred pieces: The over-all picture disappears. This is the state of modern medicine: It has lost the sense of the unity of man.”
– Paul Tournier

“There is no one great man. Only millions of men and women in possession of tiny pieces of greatness, which when put together, when assembled in the aggregate make the whole.”
– Mark Dunn

“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.”
– Deepak Chopra

“The real question one should ask when presented with a puzzle is, ‘Should I solve it? Do I really need to know the answer?”
– Tony DiTerlizzi

“The problem is that we always look for the missing piece of the puzzle instead of finding a place for the one in our hand…”
– Alina Radoi

“The historian has before him a jigsaw puzzle from which many pieces have disappeared. These gaps can be filled only by his imagination.”
– Gaetano Salvemini

“Songwriting is like working on a jigsaw puzzle, and it doesn’t make any sense until you find that last piece. It has to make sense or it doesn’t work.”
– Chrissie Hynde

“Once I began doing stand-up, I didn’t get a kick out of the applause or being the centre of attention – but I did get a kick out of the jigsaw puzzle aspect of it, searching for the right bit, adding another few pieces each night until the bigger picture appears. That’s the appeal: the challenge of it.”
– Stephen Merchant 

“People are like a mathematical puzzle. If you don’t know them, they seem difficult. However, once you understand them, they are a game.”
– Awdhesh Singh

I hope you like these quotes about puzzles! Do you have a favorite saying or quote about doing puzzles? Any I might have missed? Share your favorites in the comments below and I will add them to the list!

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