Last Friday I've been out with nine friends and we went to a new bar in town, called "Take it Easy" bar or something. We had a great time as a group. Well, I think most of the group had. I wasn't paying too much attention, actually. To be honest, I easily get bored by the chit-chat of my friends.

Because of that, I might have been the only one paying attention to the coasters they were using at the bar. They had some abstract line patter on them, or so it seemed at first, but then I noticed that they came in different variants. After a bit of hunting, I could collect a set of ten different coasters. Look, I took a snapshot of them on the table:

10 coasters

From then on, the evening improved substantially. Actually, I don't know when my friends left - way before me, for sure - but it was exactly 7 minutes after 3 a.m. that I finally decoded the hidden "coaster message" and could go home as a happier man than before.

Can you find that message as well?

(It is a quote. Do you know from whom?)

For convenience sake, here are 10 separate images of the coasters:

C1 C2 C3 C4 C5 C6 C7 C8 C9 C10


2 Answers 2


It's possible to get

enter image description here


Googling "people make best things quote" gives
"Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out."
by John Wooden
The numbers of i and w matches, and the mysterious E shape is the top part of T.


The complete image:
enter image description here Rotate the middle row counterclockwise and others clockwise to get the next one.

  • $\begingroup$ +1 The answer qute is correct and you will get the accepted answer check in ~1 day if no "better" answer comes along in the sense of an answer presenting the full jigsaw solution for the complete quote. $\endgroup$
    – BmyGuest
    Jun 13, 2016 at 12:45
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    $\begingroup$ I'm working on this now. $\endgroup$
    – Kujua
    Jun 13, 2016 at 21:55
  • $\begingroup$ Accepted as first and also complete. Well done. $\endgroup$
    – BmyGuest
    Jun 14, 2016 at 9:58

Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out. -John Wooden things Turn Out Best For the people who make the Best of the way things turn Out

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    $\begingroup$ Duplicated words can be constructed in multiple ways, so there are two "best", etc. I didn't find the 3rd "the", though. $\endgroup$
    – user23013
    Jun 14, 2016 at 2:16
  • $\begingroup$ Even better than I thought! I noticed a partial duplicate but thought it was a red herring. Go for it! I got through it much faster with your first partial solution. $\endgroup$
    – Kujua
    Jun 14, 2016 at 2:19
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    $\begingroup$ I printed your attachments, cut them out, went home, and spent time $\endgroup$
    – Kujua
    Jun 14, 2016 at 5:24
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    $\begingroup$ Lol @BmyGuest, sign of the times. I assumed it was some sort of 3d tabletop simulator type software too. What is this "print" and "cut" Kujua speaks of? $\endgroup$
    – Alconja
    Jun 14, 2016 at 6:16
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    $\begingroup$ @Alconja it is the way of the ancients, unbeknownst to the mere mortals of today's fickle world $\endgroup$
    – Xylius
    Jun 14, 2016 at 9:20

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