Cryptic Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old cryptic quotes, cryptic sayings, and cryptic proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Enigmatic - the quality of keeping silent and making people wonder if one is stupid rather than opening one's mouth and removing all doubt.

Mary Jo Putney

Our minds are the most mysterious things about us.     

Elsa Barker

Stay curious! Life is simple but mysterious.     

Debasish Mridha

When you make the obvious mysterious, then the mysterious becomes unavailable.     

Walter Darby Bannard

The mysterious is always attractive. People will always follow a vail.     

Bede Jarrett

A blue eye is a true eye; Mysterious is a dark one, Which flashes like a spark sun! A black eye is the best one.     

William Rounseville Alger

That mysterious independent variable of political calculation, Public Opinion.

Thomas Huxley

Confusion is a luxury which only the very, very young can possibly afford and you are not that young anymore.

James Baldwin

The more mysterious, the more imperfect: that which is mystically spoken is but half spoken.

Benjamin Whichcote

Nothing is wholly obvious without becoming enigmatic. Reality itself is too obvious to be true     

Jean Baudrillard

Life's mysterious, strange, and full of wonders - and only a fool withdraws from it willingly and lets it pass him by.     

Dean Koontz

It is through this mysterious power that we too have our being, and we therefore yield to our neighbors, even to our animal neighbors, the same right as ourselves to inhabit this vast land.     

Sitting Bull

Happiness is a mysterious thing, to be found somewhere between too little and too much.     

Ruskin Bond

The most confused you will ever get is when you try to convince your heart and spirit of something your mind knows is a lie.     

Shannon L. Alder

Do act mysterious. It always keeps them coming back for more.     

Carolyn Keene

Trust is a confusing thing. It seems so simple, but when you try to pin it down, it can be so elusive.

Ze Frank

No object is mysterious. The mystery is your eye.     

Elizabeth Bowen

There were mysterious questions, but a mysterious answer was a contradiction in terms.     

Eliezer Yudkowsky

Human beings are not seamless smooth creations, they have insoluble parts, and the closer you look the more mysterious they become.

Niall Williams

The natural pattern of current astronomy is provided by the cryptic unity of nature itself (belief in which is the chief act of faith of the scientist).     

Nigel Calder

For mysterious things of faith, rely on the proponent, Heaven's authority.     

John Dryden

Be extremely subtle, even to the point of formlessness. Be extremely mysterious, even to the point of soundlessness. Thereby you can be the director of the opponent's fate.     

Sun Tzu

There is this mysterious energy that wants us to keep growing.

Michele Cassou

Life has its enigmatic events, that can make it a mystery, or my misery. It all depends on how I view it.     

Anthony Liccione

Our minds are mysterious; our conscious brain is like a ship on a sea that is obscure to us.     

Meghan O'Rourke

Considering the sense of powerlessness that such a state of affairs would bring about, to have people floating in a pool of mysterious question marks seems like a minor sin.     

Haruki Murakami

It's a very confusing era that we're in.     

Clint Eastwood

It's mysterious what attracts you to a person.

Jeff Goldblum






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