As Churchill said about Russia, it is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma.
It is an enigma. I don’t understand it.
But his thoughts seemed to stumble in the darkness of some not-solved enigma, and soon he fell silent.
Conrad, Joseph -- The Mirror of the Sea
By keenly confronting the enigmas that surround us, and by considering and analysing the observations that I have made, I ended up in the domain of mathematics, Although I am absolutely without training in the exact sciences, I often seem to have more in common with mathematicians than with my fellow artists.
M. C. Escher
I cannot forecast to you the action of Russia. It is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma: but perhaps there is a key. That key is Russian national interest.
Sir Winston Churchill
I have come to believe that the whole world is an enigma, a harmless enigma that is made terrible by our own mad attempt to interpret it as though it had an underlying truth.
Brilliant, enigmatic, lovely Cinna is dead because of me.
Suzanne Collins -- Mockingjay
I do so in the hope that my experiences will throw some oblique light on the enigma of Chris McCandless.
Jon Krakauer -- Into the Wild
beneath were the following enigmatical notices:
Arthur Conan Doyle -- The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
When she did speak, her words were enigmatical, "Something is going out."
Bram Stoker -- Dracula
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Sitting beside him in the truck, Ronnie remained as enigmatic as ever.
Nicholas Sparks -- The Last Song
Jesus Christ was a historical figure of staggering influence, perhaps the most enigmatic and inspirational leader the world has ever seen.
Dan Brown -- The Da Vinci Code
The enigma was more impenetrable than ever.
Victor Hugo -- Les Miserables
He was one of the most noticeable members of the Reform Club, though he seemed always to avoid attracting attention; an enigmatical personage, about whom little was known, except that he was a polished man of the world.
Jules Verne -- Around the World in 80 Days
She, who had never been more than fifty miles from her birthplace, learned to traverse the maze of Spanish-named streets in that enigma that is Los Angeles.
Maya Angelou -- I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
...he found himself hopelessly fascinated by the enigma of the girl’s disappearance.
Stieg Larsson -- The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
As for that enigmatic Scarlet Pimpernel, what is he to you?
Baroness Orczy -- The Scarlet Pimpernel
you speak enigmas
Robert Louis Stevenson -- Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
He had simply babbled on uttering empty phrases, letting slip a few enigmatic words and again reverting to incoherence.
Fyodor Dostoyevsky -- Crime and Punishment
She is an enigmatic figure never explained,
Unknown -- The Epic of Gilgamesh
Cal was an enigma to him.
John Steinbeck -- East of Eden
how a girl not yet seventeen could haul such a wagonload, and do so without "brag," with, rather, merely a radiant jauntiness, was an enigma the community pondered, and solved by saying, "She’s got character."
Truman Capote -- In Cold Blood
seek what could have been the thought concealed beneath those enigmatic words
Victor Hugo -- The Hunchback of Notre Dame
of all great men he is the most enigmatic.
James Joyce -- Ulysses
like a ripple on an unfathomable enigma, a mystery...
Joseph Conrad -- Heart of Darkness
that answer planted an enigma in Fernanda’s heart that she was never able to clarify.
Gabriel Garcia Marquez -- One Hundred Years of Solitude
And on that enigmatic note he waved to Harry, who understood himself to be dismissed.
J.K. Rowling -- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
I tried to read Jacob’s reactions, but his face was enigmatic as I explained how Alice had seen Edward plan to kill himself when he’d heard that I was dead.
Stephenie Meyer -- Eclipse
Levin tried to understand him, and could not understand him, and looked at him and his life as at a living enigma.
Leo Tolstoy -- Anna Karenina
A lot of age-old enigmas have now been explained by science.
Jostein Gaarder -- Sophie’s World
She got up very early, intrigued by the enigma of the dream,
Gabriel Garcia Marquez -- Love in the Time of Cholera
But this land was an enigma.
Willa Cather -- O Pioneers!
By leaving the popular crowd, Michael Sherwood became an enigma.
Sarah Dessen -- Someone Like You
Your answer, sir, is enigmatical:
William Shakespeare -- Much Ado About Nothing
He is fond of enigmas,
Edgar Allan Poe -- The Murders in the Rue Morgue
In spite of her terrifying frankness and overwhelming naivete, he really knew nothing about her and he was tired of living with an enigma.
Betty Smith -- A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
...the enigma of what such a little gentleman could have done that deserved a penalty.
Henry James -- The Turn of the Screw
But the future life—it is such an enigma!
Fyodor Dostoyevsky -- The Brothers Karamazov
No enigma, no dignity, nothing classical, portentous, only this...
Tom Stoppard -- Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
Could she have succeeded in escaping from that enigmatic room?
Haruki Murakami -- After Dark
...he (Bon) seems to have withdrawn into a mere spectator, passive, a little sardonic, and completely enigmatic.
William Faulkner -- Absalom, Absalom!
He looked at me, his eyes enigmatic.
Stephenie Meyer -- Twilight
Poirot smiled rather enigmatically.
Agatha Christie -- Early Cases Of Hercule Poirot
She has to be because she’s the enigma at the centre of the mystery
Robert Ludlum -- The Bourne Supremacy
That was just another of the enigmas he never solved.
Arthur C. Clarke -- Childhood’s End
The enigmatic Bourne does not kill indiscriminately.
Robert Ludlum -- The Bourne Identity
Sometimes she said things that were enigmatic, and he was puzzled.
W. Somerset Maugham -- Of Human Bondage
He sent her a quiet, enigmatic look.
Nora Roberts -- Summer Pleasures
Paris traffic is an endless enigma regardless of the hour of day or night.
Robert Ludlum -- The Bourne Ultimatum
I watched curiously as an enigmatic range of emotions flitted across her face.