: to offer or represent to (as a person) a problem difficult to solve or situation difficult to resolve
: challenge mentally
archaic : complicate, entangle
: to solve with difficulty or ingenuity
Puzzle (v.): 1590s, pusle “bewilder, confound,” origin unknown.
“The art of simplicity is a puzzle of complexity.”
Douglas Horton (1891-1968, American Protestant clergyman and academic leader who was noted for ecumenical relations and unity among major Protestant bodies of his day)
“Who in the world am I? Ah, that’s the great puzzle.”
Lewis Carroll (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, 1832-1898, English writer, mathematician, logician, Anglican deacon, photographer, and author of the children’s classics, “Alice in Wonderland” and “Looking through the .)
“Each person is an enigma. You’re a puzzle not only to yourself but also to everyone else, and that great mystery of our time is how we penetrate this puzzle.”
Theodore Zeldin (b. 1933, age 82, an Oxford scholar and thinker whose books have searched for answers to three questions. Where can a person look to find more inspiring ways of spending each day and each year?)
“Everyone now knows how to find the meaning of life within himself. But mankind wasn’t always so lucky. Less than a century ago, men and women did not have easy access to the puzzle boxes within them.”
Kurt Vonnegut (1922-2007, American writer and humorist, whose career spanned over 50 years; he published 14 novels, 3 short story collections, 5 plays and five works of non-fiction.)
“Tell the truth so as to puzzle and confound your adversaries.”
Henry Wotton (1568-1639, Sir Henry Wotton, English author, diplomat, politician, who sat in the House of Commons in 1614 and 1625.)
“When I studied graphic design, I learned a valuable lesson: There’s no perfect answer to the puzzle, and creativity is a renewable resource.”
Biz Stone (b. 1974, age 41, co-founder of Twitter, Inc and also helped create and launch Xanga, Odeo, The Obvious Corporation and Medium. In 2012, Stone co-founded a start-up called Jelly Industries where he serves as CEO.)
“There is 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 (b. 1947, age 67, Indian American author of more than 80 books, including 22 New York Times bestsellers and public speaker. He also received his medical training in internal medicine and endocrinology.)
“Why do we take pleasure in gruesome death, neatly packaged as a puzzle to which we may find a satisfactory solution through clues – or if we are not clever enough, have it revealed by he all-powerful tale-teller at the end of the book? It is something to do with being reduced to, and comforted by, playing by the rules.”
A.S. Byatt (b. 1926, age 79, English novelist and poet. In 2008, The Times newspaper named her on its list of the 50 greatest British writers since 1945.)
I love puzzles, not so much the jigsaw kind. I never really had the patience for those very complex brain games. Although, I have a lot of respect for those people who love the challenge.
My sister, Evelyn, who is mathematical genius loved, as a child, putting together 10,000 + – piece jigsaw puzzles. I, on the other hand, had very little patience for them. By the way, Evelyn was also a chess master when we were children. She beat me many times all while reading a romance novel. I only beat her once when somehow she blinked. But, it was one of my most exciting victories, although short-lived.
Researching and qualifying information, and then connecting the dots are the puzzles I personally find the most exciting, whereby I am able to glean, design and synthesize information in such a way that it inspires further epiphanies.
It can also be an exploration, not only of information for information sake, but a discovery of well-worn maps and blueprints of the lives of great thought-leaders and visionaries, who came before and also live now.
For instance, I didn’t know that Mahatma Gandhi (Mahatma means “Great Soul”) in addition to being a brilliant lawyer, great spiritual leader, and peace revolutionary, had six attempts on his life, mainly because he was a proponent of the interfaith movement, and believed that all religions were valid.
That spoke volumes of why the interfaith service held at Ground Zero on September 25, 2015 with Pope Francis and other spiritual leaders from multiple religious faiths was such a revolutionary idea and still on the cutting edge.
The interfaith movement, with mutual respect for one another’s beliefs and faiths, will be an essential part of our collective and evolutionary shift.
I predict we will see more of these kinds of services that will eventually allow us to untangle the mysteries of our world and have the courage express our love for one another.
Being inspired by Lewis Carroll’s quote,“Who in the world am I? Ah, that’s the great puzzle,” maybe it will be possible to ask ourselves this: Who or what in the world are we? Ah, that’s the greatest puzzle.
Peace Always, Tonya