Quotes: metaphysics

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  • Walt Whitman
    Walt Whitman
    American poet, essayist, and journalist 1819-1892
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    A morning glory at my window satisfies me more than the metaphysics of books.
  • Walt Whitman
    Walt Whitman
    American poet, essayist, and journalist 1819-1892
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    A morning-glory at my window satisfies me more than the metaphysics of books.
  • W. Winwood Reade
    W. Winwood Reade
    British historian, explorer, and philosopher 1838-1875
    W. Winwood Reade
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    A religion so cheerless, a philosophy so sorrowful, could never have succeeded with the masses of mankind if presented only as a system of metaphysics. Buddhism owed its success to its catholic spirit and its beautiful morality.
  • Voltaire
    Voltaire
    French writer and philosopher (ps. of Fran├žois Marie Arouet) 1694-1778
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    Four thousand volumes of metaphysics will not teach us what the soul is.
  • Woody Allen
    Woody Allen
    American movie director and actor 1935 -
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    I was thrown out of college for cheating on the metaphysics exam; I looked into the soul of the boy sitting next to me.
  • Woody Allen
    Woody Allen
    American movie director and actor 1935 -
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    I was thrown out of N.Y.U. my freshman year for cheating on my metaphysics final. You know, I looked within the soul of the boy sitting next to me.
  • John Adams
    John Adams
    President of the USA (2nd) 1735-1826
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    Liberty, according to my metaphysics is a self-determining power in an intellectual agent. It implies thought and choice and power.
  • Joseph Joubert
    Joseph Joubert
    French writer 1754-1824
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    Logic works, metaphysics contemplates.
  • Giambattista Vico
    Giambattista Vico
    Italian philosopher, historian 1688-1744
    Giambattista Vico
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    Metaphysics abstracts the mind from the senses, and the poetic faculty must submerge the whole mind in the senses. Metaphysics soars up to universals, and the poetic faculty must plunge deep into particulars.
  • Francis H. Bradley
    Francis H. Bradley
    British Philosopher 1846-1924
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    Metaphysics is the finding of bad reasons for what we believe upon instinct; but to find these reasons is no less an instinct.
  • William James
    William James
    American philosopher 1842-1910
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    Metaphysics means nothing but an unusually obstinate effort to think clearly.
  • Boris Pasternak
    Boris Pasternak
    Russian writer 1890-1960
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    That's metaphysics, my dear fellow. It's forbidden me by my doctor, my stomach won't take it.
  • Carl Sagan
    Carl Sagan
    American astronomer, cosmologist, astrophysicist and author 1934-1996
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    The difference between physics and metaphysics is not that the practitioners of one are smarter than the practitioners of the other. The difference is that the metaphysicist has no laboratory.
    Source: Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark (2011) 64
  • Wallace Stevens
    Wallace Stevens
    American poet 1879-1955
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    To regard the imagination as metaphysics is to think of it as part of life, and to think of it as part of life is to realize the extent of artifice. We live in the mind.
  • Voltaire
    Voltaire
    French writer and philosopher (ps. of Fran├žois Marie Arouet) 1694-1778
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    When he to whom a person speaks does not understand, and he who speaks does not understand himself, that is metaphysics.
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