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enigma


As Churchill said about Russia, it is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma.
  something mysterious that seems unexplainable
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  • 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

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  • 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.
    Umberto Eco
  • 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.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  New Moon
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