Riddles

(If you need the answers, tell me for what)

Chapter 1

I did not create these. Have fun figuring them out!

1. I am always hungry,
I must always be fed,
The finger I touch,
Will soon turn red.

2. Until I am measured,
I am not known,
Yet how you miss me
When I have flown.

3. I drive men mad
For love of me,
Easily beaten,
Never free.

4. Lighter than what
I am made of,
More of me is hidden
Than is seen.

5. Each morning I appear
To lie at your feet
All day I will follow
No matter how fast you run,
Yet I nearly perish
In the midday sun.

6. My life can be measured in hours,
I serve by being devoured.
Thin, I am quick
Fat, I am slow
Wind is my foe.

7. I am seen in the water
If seen in the sky,
I am in the rainbow,
A jay's feather,
And lapis lazulli.

8. Glittering point
That downward thrust,
Sparkling spears
That never rust.

9. You heard me before,
Yet you hear me again,
Then I die,
'Till you call me again.

10. Three lives have I.
Gentle enough to soothe the skin,
Light enough to caress the sky,
Hard enough to crack rocks.

11. At the sound of me, men may dream
Or stamp their feet
At the sound of me, women may laugh
Or sometimes weep

12. What does man love more than life
Fear more than death or mortal strife
What the poor have, the rich require
and what contented men desire,
What the miser spends and the spendthrift saves
And all men carry to their graves?

13. I build up castles.
I tear down mountains.
I make some men blind,
I help others to see.
What am I?

14. Two in a corner,
1 in a room,
0 in a house, but one in a shelter. What am I?

15. When young, I am sweet in the sun.
When middle-aged, I make you happy.
When old, I am valued more than ever.

16. If you break me
I do not stop working
If you touch me
I may be snared,
If you lose me
Nothing will matter.

17. Whoever makes it, tells it not.
Whoever takes it, knows it not.
Whoever knows it, wants it not.

18. I am, in truth, a yellow fork
From tables in the sky
By inadvertent fingers dropped
The awful cutlery.
Of mansions never quite disclosed
And never quite concealed
The apparatus of the dark
To ignorance revealed.
--Emily Dickenson

19. One by one we fall from heaven
down into the depths of the past
And our world is ever upturned
so that yet some time we'll last

20. I drift forever with the current
down these long canals they've made
Tame, yet wild, I run elusive
Multitasking to your aid.
Before I came, the world was darker
Colder, sometimes, rougher, true
But though I might make living easy,
I'm good at killing people too.

21. Kings and queens may cling to power
and the jester's got his call
But, as you may discover
the common one outranks them all.

22. Every dawn begins with me
At dusk I'll be the first you see
And daybreak couldn't come without
What midday centers all about
Daisies grow from me, I'm told
And when I come, I end all cold
But in the sun I won't be found
Yet still, each day I'll be around

23. Soft and fragile is my skin
I get my growth in mud
I'm dangerous as much as pretty
For if not careful, I draw blood.

24. An iron horse with a flaxen tail.
The faster the horse runs,
the shorter his tail becomes.

25. A mile from end to end
Yet as close as to a friend.
A precious commodity, freely given
Seen on the dead and on the living.
Found on the rich, poor, short and tall,
But shared among children most of all.

26. I am a word of meanings three.
Three ways of spelling me there be.
The first is an odor, a smell, if you will.
The second some money, but not in a bill.
The third is past tense, a method of passing things on or around.

Can you tell me now, what these words are, that have the same sound?

27. It's red, blue, purple and green
No one can reach it
Not even the queen.
What is it?

28. Alive without breath
As cold as death
Clad in mail never clinking
Never thirsty, ever drinking.

29. It cannot be seen, it cannot be felt,
Cannot be heard, cannot be smelt,
Lies behind stars and under hills,
And empty holes it fills.
Comes first follows after,
Ends life, kills laughter.

30. Black we are and much admired,
men seek us if they are tired,
We tire the horse, comfort man,
guess this riddle if you can.

31. I cannot be other than what I am
Until the man who made me dies
Power and glory will fall to me finally
Only when he last closes his eyes

32. Two in a whole and four in a pair
And six in a trio you see
And eight's a quartet but what must you get
Is the name that fits just one of me?

33. Three little letters
A paradox to some.
The worse that it is
The better it becomes.

34. I appear in the morning but am always there.
You can never see me though I am everywhere.
By night I am gone, though I sometimes never was.
Nothing can defeat me, but I am easily gone.
What am I?

35. In the marble walls as white as wilk,
Lined with skin as soft as silk,
Within a fountain crystal clearm
A golden apple does appear.
No doors are there to this stronghold
Yet thieves break in and steal the gold.

36. I am here, I am there
I am burned into the mind of none
I walk on fire and live on ice
My words are meaningless for I talk not
I hate everyone yet fear no one
I have lived for centuries
Yet I have never existed.
What am I?

37. I wear a robe
With staff in my hand,
And a stone in my throat.
Cut me and I weep red tears
What am I?

38. Tear one off and scratch my head
What once was red is black instead
What am I?

39. The thunder comes before the lightning,
And the lightning comes before the cloud,
The rain dries all the land it touches,
Wrapping the earth in a blood red shroud.
What am I?

40. I am the beginning of the end, and the end of space and time. I am essential to creation and I surround every place. What am I?

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