Riddle Collection: What Am I Riddles

What Am I riddles are some of the most ancient of all riddles. They often require the use of good logic, and sometimes a flair for the written word. Often they use metaphors, so don't take them too literally. Other times they mean exactly what they say... That's what makes them so fun! Before you are 25 riddles that all ask the same question: What, or who, is the riddle talking about? It can be anything, from an animal to an idea, from a word to an occupation. Consider all options.

See Without Seeing

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I see without seeing, and noise is an ally. What am I?
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First On Earth, Second in Heaven

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I am first on earth, the second in heaven. I appear twice a week, though you only see me once in a year. What am I?
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A President's Favorite Riddle

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A favorite by Teddy Roosevelt: "I talk, but I do not speak my mind I hear words, but I do not listen to thoughts When I wake, all see me When I sleep, all hear me Many heads are on my shoulders Many hands are at my feet The strongest steel cannot break my visage But the softest whisper can destroy me The quietest whimper can be heard."
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I Get Bigger the More I Lose

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I get bigger the more you take away from me. What am I?
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I Serve By Being Devoured

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My life can be measured in hours. I serve by being devoured. Thin, I am quick. Fat, I am slow. Wind is my foe. What am I?
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Whatever I Touch is Red

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I am always hungry and will die if not fed, but whatever I touch will soon turn red. What am I?
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Never Has to Steer

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What moves across the land but never has to steer? It has delivered our goods year after year. What is it?
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Bottom on Top

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What has a bottom at the top?
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Invisible Measurement

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I can be measured, but never seen. What am I?
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Ears That Can't Hear

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It stalks the countryside with ears that can’t hear. What is it?
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Cut But Never Eaten

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What is cut on a table, but is never eaten?
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Hands But Can't Clap

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What has hands but can't clap?
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Black, Red and White

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What's black when you get it, red when you use it and white when you're done with it?
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Skin of Stone and Tongue of Wood

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Halo of water, tongue of wood, skin of stone, long I've stood. What am I?
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I See You, You See Me

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I see you, you see me; I raise my right hand, you raise your left. What Am I?
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Make, Save, Change and Raise

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People make me, save me, change me, raise me. What am I?
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Drifting Down the Long Canals

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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 a darker place. Colder, sometimes, rougher true. But though I might make living easy, I'm good at killing too. What am I?
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Tall When Young

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I'm tall when I'm young and short when I'm old. What am I?
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White, Black and Fast

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I am white and I am black. I am not fat because I need to be fast. I confuse many people with my style. What am I?
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Gollum's Riddle

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This was Gollum's final riddle from The Hobbit: "This thing all things devours; Bird, beasts, trees, flowers; Gnaws iron, bites steel; Grinds hard stones to meal; Slay king, ruins town, and beats a mountain down."
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13 Hearts

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What has 13 hearts, but no other organs?
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The Shortest Sentence

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I am the shortest complete sentence in the English language.
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Run But Can't Walk

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What can run but can't walk?
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Rows of Soldiers

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Soldiers line up, spaced with pride, two long rows lined side by side. One sole unit can decide, if the rows will unite or divide. What is it?
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At the Sound of Me

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At the sound of me, men may dream or stamp their feet. At the sound of me, women may laugh or sometimes weep. What am I?
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