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Jigsaw Puzzles as Metaphors

Thought we'd share some favorite quotes that use jigsaw puzzles as metaphors:

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

 Marriage is very difficult. Marriage is like a five-thousand-piece jigsaw puzzle, all sky. - Cathy Ladman

What happens then is like what happens when we separate a jigsaw puzzle into its five hundred pieces: The overall picture disappears. This is the state of modern medicine: It has lost the sense of the unity of man. Such is the price it has paid for its scientific progress. It has sacrificed art to science. - Paul Tournier

I learned one thing about eating jigsaw puzzles…an hour later, you’re hungry again. — ALF from ALF (the 1980s TV show) 

Couples are jigsaw puzzles that hang together by touching in just enough points. They're never total fits or misfits. In time, a pair invents its own commonwealth, complete with anthems, rituals, and lingos- a cult of two with fallible gods. - Diane Ackerman

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 puzzlemaker 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 in Life A User’s Manual

 

 

Our whole life is solving puzzles. - Erno Rubik



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