65 Baffled Quotes On Success In Life

These baffled quotes will inspire you. Baffled, totally bewilder or perplex or restrain or regulate (a fluid, sound, etc.).

Below you will find a collection of motivating, happy, and encouraging baffled quotes, baffled sayings, and baffled proverbs.

Best Baffled Quotes

  1. “For most of my life, one of the persons most baffled by my own work was myself.” ~ Benoit Mandelbrot
  2. “I was raised in an Orthodox Jewish household and I wouldn’t say so much it’s informed my views, but it’s informed my interest, so I think as a child I was often very baffled by knowledge claims.” ~ Rebecca Goldstein
  3. “But what if I fail of my purpose here? It is but to keep the nerves at strain, to dry one’s eyes and laugh at a fall, and baffled, get up and begin again.” ~ Robert Browning
  4. “Nothing more completely baffles one who is full of trick and duplicity himself, than straight forward and simple integrity in another.” ~ Charles Caleb Colton
  5. “This is one of those cases in which the imagination is baffled by the facts.” ~ Adam Smith

  6. “I am always baffled by age, but to be honest with you, I feel like I am about 34. I feel better now and I am certainly healthier than I was in my early 30s. I am more rounded too.” ~ Julia Sawalha
  7. “‘Arbitrary’ and ‘odd’ are the words which best describe the pattern of my career. I’m perpetually baffled by the whole thing.” ~ Moby
  8. “If you can’t dazzle them with brilliance, baffle them with bull.” ~ W. C. Fields
  9. “I do have friends that are Republicans, and we have very spirited conversations on a whole range of issues. I am often baffled by why they are Republicans, but I enjoy the dialogue and can move beyond politics to find common ground in my personal relationships.” ~ Barbra Streisand
  10. “Every anarchist is a baffled dictator.” ~ Benito Mussolini

  11. “There are 10,000 books in my library, and it will keep growing until I die. This has exasperated my daughters, amused my friends and baffled my accountant. If I had not picked up this habit in the library long ago, I would have more money in the bank today; I would not be richer.” ~ Pete Hamill
  12. “When public men indulge themselves in abuse, when they deny others a fair trial, when they resort to innuendo and insinuation, to libel, scandal, and suspicion, then our democratic society is outraged, and democracy is baffled. It has no apparatus to deal with the boor, the liar, the lout, and the antidemocrat in general.” ~ J. William Fulbright
  13. “I’ve met people who are baffled by children, as though they were never children themselves.” ~ Maya Rudolph
  14. “One who never turned his back but marched breast forward, never doubted clouds would break, Never dreamed, though right were worsted, wrong would triumph, Held we fall to rise, are baffled to fight better, sleep to wake.” ~ Robert Browning
  15. “We are prepared for insults, but compliments leave us baffled.” ~ Mason Cooley

  16. “Lord, for the erring thoughtNot into evil wrought:Lord, for the wicked willBetrayed and baffled still:For the heart from itself kept,Our thanksgiving accept.” ~ William Dean Howells
  17. “Now I’ve heard there was a secret chord That David played, and it pleased the Lord But you don’t really care for music, do you? It goes like this the fourth, the fifth The minor fall, the major lift The baffled king composing Hallelujah” ~ Leonard Cohen
  18. “Nothing baffles the schemes of evil people so much as the calm composure of great souls.” ~ Honore Gabriel Riqueti, comte de Mirabeau
  19. “I don’t even listen to rap. My apartment is too nice to listen to rap in.” ~ Kanye West
  20. “Books are in no hurry. An act of creation is in no hurry; it reads us, it privileges us infinitely.” ~ George Steiner

  21. “The real difficulty, the difficulty which has baffled the sages of all times, is rather this: how can we make our teaching so potent in the motional life of man, that its influence should withstand the pressure of the elemental psychic forces in the individual?” ~ Albert Einstein
  22. “Men are simpler than you imagine my sweet child. But what goes on in the twisted, tortuous minds of women would baffle anyone.” ~ Daphne du Maurier
  23. “It may be that when we no longer know… which way to go we have begun our real journey. The mind that is not baffled is not employed. The impeded stream is the one that sings.” ~ Wendell Berry
  24. “Like all mystics (and many novelists, not least the present one) he is baffled, a child, before the real now; far happier out of it, in a narrative past or a prophetic future, locked inside that weird tence grammar does not allow, the imaginary present.” ~ John Fowles
  25. “I am disgraced, impeached, and baffled here,

    Pierced to the soul with slander’s venomed spear.” ~ William Shakespeare

  26. “God has sovereignly pulled back the curtain on His glory. He has disclosed Himself on the platform of both creation and redemption that we might stand awestruck in His presence, beholding the sweet symmetry of His attributes, pondering the unfathomable depths of His greatness, baffled by the wisdom of His deeds and the limitless extent of His goodness. This is His beauty.” ~ Sam Storms
  27. “It is sometimes of God’s mercy that men in the eager pursuit of worldly aggrandizement are baffled; for they are very like a train going down an inclined plane – putting on the brake is not pleasant, but it keeps the car on the track.” ~ Henry Ward Beecher
  28. “Many a profound genius, I suppose, who fills the world with fame of his exploding renowned errors, is yet everyday posed and baffled by trivial questions at his own supper table.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
  29. “We don’t always know what makes us happy. We know, instead, what we think SHOULD. We are baffled and confused when our attempts at happiness fail.” ~ Julia Cameron
  30. “Many investigators feel uneasy stating in public that the origin of life is a mystery, even though behind closed doors they admit they are baffled.” ~ Paul Davies

  31. “I have never really got used to being on this earth. Sometimes I think our presence here is due to a cosmic blunder, that we were meant for another planet altogether, with other arrangements, and other laws, and other, grimmer skies. I try to imagine it, our true place, off on the far side of the galaxy, whirling and whirling. And the ones who were meant for here, are they out there, baffled and homesick, like us? No, they would have become extinct long ago. How could they survive, these gentle earthlings, in a world that was made to contain us.” ~ John Banville
  32. “Quid est ergo tempus? Si nemo ex me quaerat, scio; si quaerenti explicare velim, nescio. What, then, is time? I know well enough what it is, provided that nobodyasksme; but if Iamasked what it is and try to explain, I am baffled.” ~ Saint Augustine
  33. “Every theory I’ve seen that contains an explanation of war fails. I think they fail for the same reason that explanations of sex fail. War derives from things so deep and so complex, I’m thoroughly baffled by it at the end of the day.” ~ George Friedman
  34. “The Canadian is often a baffled man because he feels different from his British kindred and his American neighbours, sharply refused to be lumped together with either of them, yet cannot make plain his difference.” ~ J. B. Priestley
  35. “The dead are happy, having no desire. I rise and fall, and rise and fall again, Something is in me, famishing for bread, Baffled and unappeasable as fire.” ~ Arthur Symons

  36. “I am still baffled by those who feel that criticizing America is unpatriotic, a view increasingly being adopted in the United States since 9/11 as an excuse to render suspect what has always been an American right. An active, brave, outspoken (and heard) citizenry is essential to a healthy democracy.” ~ Jane Fonda
  37. “Lord, for the erring thought
    Not unto evil wrought:
    Lord, for the wicked will
    Betrayed, and baffled still:
    For the heart from itself kept,
    Our thanksgiving accept.
    For ignorant hopes that were
    Broken to our blind prayer:
    For pain, death, sorrow, sent
    Unto our chastisement:
    For all loss of seeming good,
    Quicken our gratitude.” ~ William Dean Howells
  38. “Even death after a long illness is without warning. The moment you had prepared for so carefully took you by storm. The troops broke through the window and snatched the body and the body is gone. … Death reduces us to the baffled logic of a small child. If yesterday why not today?” ~ Jeanette Winterson
  39. “Now, personally, I am baffled by the concept of racial prejudice. Why hate someone based on the color of their skin when, if you take the time to get to know them as a human being, you can find so many other things to hate them for?” ~ Dennis Miller
  40. “What baffled him was that there should be all this fuss about something so simple as love.” ~ Gustave Flaubert

  41. “She knew that she belonged to this man, body and soul. Every trace of shame departed; it was burnt out by the fire that consumed her. She gave him a thousand opportunities; she fought to turn his words to serious things. He baffled her with his shallow smile and ready tongue, that twisted all topics to triviality. By six o’clock she was morally on her knees before him; she was imploring him to stay to dinner with her. He refused.” ~ Aleister Crowley
  42. “I’ve wandered over many lands, and reaped withal no fruit, I’ve laid my pride of rank aside, and pressed my baffled suit, At stranger boards, like shameless crow, I’ve eaten bitter bread, But fierce Desire, that raging fire, still clamours to be fed.” ~ Bhartrhari
  43. “My heart is tuned to sorrow, and the strings Vibrate most readily to minor chords, Searching and sad; my mind is stuffed with words Which voice the passion and the ache of things: Illusions beating with their baffled wings Against the walls of circumstance.” ~ Amy Lowell
  44. “If it is permitted to the enlightened but baffled Statesman, when deserted and fallen from his place, to appeal from the voices of the moment to the judgment of more impartial times, with what right can we call in question the loftier form of the same prophetic trust which looks to a present God rather than to future men?” ~ James Martineau
  45. “Every time [Chris Bryant] asks a question I become more and more baffled why anyone would want to hack his phone and listen to his messages” ~ Nick Clegg

  46. “The difference between ignorant and educated people is that the latter know more facts. But that has nothing to do with whether they are stupid or intelligent. The difference between stupid and intelligent people-and this is true whether or not they are well-educated-is that intelligent people can handle subtlety. They are not baffled by ambiguous or even contradictory situations-in fact, they expect them and are apt to become suspicious when things seem overly straightforward.” ~ Michael Moore
  47. “Indian Art broadened my seeing, loosened the formal tightness I had learned in England’s schools. Its bigness and stark reality baffled my white man’s understanding… I had been schooled to see outsides only, not struggle to pierce.” ~ Emily Carr
  48. “If you’re texting Magnus to say ‘I think u r kewl,’ I’m going to kill you.” “Who’s Magnus?” Max inquired. “He’s a warlock,” said Alec. “A sexy, sexy warlock,” Isabelle told Max, ignoring Alec’s look of total fury. “But warlocks are bad,” protested Max, looking baffled. “Exactly,” said Isabelle.” ~ Cassandra Clare
  49. “To me writing was not a career but a necessity. And so it remains, though I am now, technically, a professional writer. The strength of this inborn desire to write has always baffled me. It is understandable that the really gifted should feel an overwhelming urge to use their gift; but a strong urge with only a slight gift seems almost a genetic mistake.” ~ Dervla Murphy
  50. “The mealy look of men today is the result of momism and so is the pinched and baffled fury in the eyes of womankind.” ~ Philip Wylie

  51. “I’d like somebody to breed a male, genus homo, who could go and fetch a 12″ x 8″ black suède purse lying in the middle of a white bedspread and not come back looking baffled and saying he couldn’t find it.” ~ Margaret Halsey
  52. “The fanatical Communist refuses to believe any unfavorable report or evidence about Russia, nor will he be disillusioned by seeing with his own eyes the cruel misery inside the Soviet promised land. It is the true believer’s ability to “shut his eyes and stop his ears” to facts that do not deserve to be either seen or heard which is the source of his unequaled fortitude and constancy. He cannot be frightened by danger, nor disheartened by obstacles, nor baffled by contradictions because he denies their existence.” ~ Eric Hoffer
  53. “I’m sort of laughing and so Zach [ Galifianakis] started laughing [on the set of The Hangover]. And Todd [Phillips] was baffled because what we were saying wasn’t that funny, you know what I mean? And it was like all the baby’s face. So Todd was like, ‘What is going on? Get it together guys.'” ~ Ed Helms
  54. “Each time I undertake to reread Virginia Woolf, I am somewhat baffled by the signature breathlessness and relentlessly “poetic” tone, the shimmering impressionism, so very different from the vivid, precise, magisterial (and often very funny) prose of her contemporary James Joyce.” ~ Joyce Carol Oates
  55. “Talk not of genius baffled. Genius is master of man. Genius does what it must, and Talent does what it can.” ~ Edward Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

  56. “My belief, for what it is worth, is that city dwellers cannot understand the world. Insulated from reality by complex and expert systems of provision and police, baffled by fashion and spectacle, city dwellers can distinguish neither the sources of their existence nor the consequences.” ~ James Buchan
  57. “Actually, most mathematics courses do not teach reasoning of any kind. Students are so baffled by the material that they are obliged to memorize in order to pass examinations.” ~ Morris Kline
  58. “The thing that has always baffled me about people’s perception of my writing is the sense that I’m a very controversial, opinionated, polarizing person. I feel like I write about things that I’m interested in, and I describe why they’re interesting to me. I could be negative, I guess. It’s far easier to write why something is terrible than why it’s good.” ~ Chuck Klosterman
  59. “I’m especially baffled by the idea of taking insurance against a U.S. default. If America defaults, we’re talking about a chaotic world – Mad Max, more or less – in which case, who imagines that insurance claims will be honored?” ~ Paul Krugman
  60. “I don’t have clear-cut positions. I get baffled by things. I have viewpoints. Sometimes they change.” ~ Annie Lennox

  61. “I’ve always been baffled by how much we over-rate the statistically insignificant differences that separate competitors at the top end of the distribution.” ~ Malcolm Gladwell
  62. “youth, balancing itself upon hope, is forever in extremes: its expectations are continually aroused only to be baffled, and disappointment, like a summer shower, is violent in proportion to its brevity.” ~ Letitia Elizabeth Landon
  63. “Life is a phenomenon sui generis, a primal fact in its own right, like energy. Cut flesh or wood how you like, hack at them in a baffled fury—you cannot find life itself, you can only see what it built out of the lifeless dust.” ~ Donald C. Peattie
  64. “Spooky things happen in houses densely occupied by adolescent boys. When I checked out a four-inch dent in the living room ceilingone afternoon, even the kid still holding the baseball bat looked genuinely baffled about how he possibly could have done it.” ~ Mary Blakely
  65. “The person I am now, compared with the person in the dream, has been baffled and defeated and only supposes he enjoys a full life. In the dreams, I see what a full life really consists of, and it is not what I really have.” ~ Philip K. Dick

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