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Metaphysics is the finding of bad reasons for what
by F. H. Bradley

Metaphysics is the finding of bad reasons for what
we believe upon instinct;
but to find these reasons is no less an instinct.
- F. H. Bradley

The mood in which my book was conceived and executed,
was in fact to some extent a passing one.
- F. H. Bradley

Adam knew Eve his wife and she conceived.
It is a pity that this is still the only knowledge
of their wives at which some men seem to arrive.
- F. H. Bradley

Another occupation might have been better.
- F. H. Bradley

 

The force of the blow depends on the resistance.
It is sometimes better not to struggle against temptation.
Either fly or yield at once.
- F. H. Bradley

We say that a girl with her doll anticipates the mother.
It is more true, perhaps, that most mothers are still
but children with playthings.
- F. H. Bradley

True penitence condemns to silence.
What a man is ready to recall he would be willing to repeat.
- F. H. Bradley

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The world is the best of all possible worlds,
and everything in it is a necessary evil.
- F. H. Bradley

The one self-knowledge worth having is to know one's own mind.
- F. H. Bradley

The deadliest foe to virtue would be complete self-knowledge.
- F. H. Bradley

It is good to know what a man is, and also what the world takes him for.
But you do not understand him until you have learnt
how he understands himself.
- F. H. Bradley

There are persons who, when they cease to shock us,
cease to interest us.
- F. H. Bradley

The secret of happiness is to admire without desiring.
And that is not happiness.
- F. H. Bradley

Eclecticism - every truth is so true that any truth must be false.
- F. H. Bradley

There are those who so dislike the nude that they find
something indecent in the naked truth.
- F. H. Bradley

Our live experiences, fixed in aphorisms,
stiffen into cold epigrams.
Our heart's blood, as we write it, turns to mere dull ink.
- F. H. Bradley

The man who has ceased to fear has ceased to care.
- F. H. Bradley

One said of suicide, As long as one has brains one
should not blow them out.
And another answered, But when one has ceased to have them,
too often one cannot.
- F. H. Bradley

It is by a wise economy of nature that those who suffer without change,
and whom no one can help, become uninteresting.
Yet so it may happen that those who need sympathy the
most often attract it the least.
- F. H. Bradley

A morning-glory at my window satisfies me more than
the metaphysics of books.
- Walt Whitman

I was thrown out of N.Y.U. my freshman year
for cheating on my metaphysics final ...
I looked within the soul of the boy sitting next to me.
- the Woody Allen movie Annie Hall

Go beyond science, into the region of metaphysics.
Real religion is beyond argument.
It can only be lived both inwardly and outwardly.
- Swami Sivananda

Metaphysics means nothing but an unusually obstinate effort to think clearly.
- William James

He, however, who begins with Metaphysics,
will not only become confused in matters of religion,
but will fall into complete infidelity.
- Maimonides

The knife of historical relativism...
which has cut to pieces all metaphysics and religion
must also bring about healing.
- Wilhelm Dilthey

That's metaphysics, my dear fellow.
It's forbidden me by my doctor, my stomach won't take it.
- Boris Pasternak

Metaphysics is a dark ocean without shores or lighthouse,
strewn with many a philosophic wreck.
- Immanuel Kant

However, the sciences of society and of history retained
their old subservient relation to metaphysics for a long time -
well into the eighteenth century.
- Wilhelm Dilthey

I teach metaphysics and pastor a church.
- Della Reese

It is right that we be concerned with the scientific probity of metaphysics.
- Gabriel Marcel

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.
- Wallace Stevens

When he to whom one speaks does not understand,
and he who speaks himself does not understand,
that is metaphysics.
- Voltaire

Rationalism and Newtonian science has lured us into dark woods,
but a new metaphysics can rescue us.
- Huston Smith

Metaphysics is a science.
- Gabriel Marcel

Ancient metaphysics underwent many changes at the hands
of medieval thinkers who brought it in line with the
dominant religious and theological movements of their day.
- Wilhelm Dilthey

Look, there's no metaphysics on earth like chocolates.
- Fernando Pessoa

Algebra is the metaphysics of arithmetic.
- John Ray

Metaphysics is a restaurant where they give you a thirty thousand page menu,
and no food.
- Robert M. Pirsig

Logic works, metaphysics contemplates.
- Joseph Joubert

So Whitehead's metaphysics doesn't fit very well on
to physics as we understand the process of the world.
- John Polkinghorne

Liberty, according to my metaphysics is a self-determining
power in an intellectual agent.
It implies thought and choice and power.
- John Adams

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.
- William Winwood Reade

The verbal interpretation, on the other hand,
i.e.
the metaphysics of quantum physics, is on far less solid ground.
In fact, in more than forty years physicists have not
been able to provide a clear metaphysical model.
- Erwin Schrodinger

Consequently he who wishes to attain to human perfection,
must therefore first study Logic, next the various
branches of Mathematics in their proper order,
then Physics, and lastly Metaphysics.
- Maimonides

To think Being itself explicitly requires disregarding
Being to the extent that it is only grounded and interpreted
in terms of beings and for beings as their ground,
as in all metaphysics.
- Martin Heidegger

It is only in adventure that some people
succeed in knowing themselves -
in finding themselves.
- Andre Gide

We learn more by looking for the answer
to a question and not finding it
than we do from learning the answer itself.
- Lloyd Alexander

Losing an illusion makes you wiser than finding a truth.
- Ludwig Boerne

Life isn't about finding yourself.
Life is about creating yourself.
- George Bernard Shaw

The true delight is in the finding out,
rather than in the knowing.
- Isaac Asimov

We come to love not by finding the perfect person,
but by learning to see an imperfect person perfectly.
- Angelina Jolie

I think the next best thing to solving a problem is
finding some humor in it.
- Frank Howard Clark

It's all about quality of life and finding a happy
balance between work and friends and family.
- Philip Green

You know they say the most dangerous person of the
world is a member of the United States Congress just
home from a three-day fact-finding trip.
- Johnny Isakson

Marriage is not about age; it's about finding the right person.
- Sophia Bush

The surprising thing about fatherhood was finding my inner mush.
Now I want to share it with the world.
- Christopher Meloni

I'm a father.
It isn't just my life any more.
I don't want my kid finding bottles in the house or
seeing his father completely smashed.
- Billie Joe Armstrong

Finding some quiet time in your life,
I think, is hugely important.
- Mariel Hemingway

The greatest pleasure when I started making money was
not buying cars or yachts but finding myself able to
have as many freshly typed drafts as possible.
- Gore Vidal

Occasionally I have come across a last patch of snow
on top of a mountain in late May or June.
There's something very powerful about finding snow in summer.
- Andy Goldsworthy

We are always paid for our suspicion by finding what we suspect.
- Henry David Thoreau

The judicial system is the most expensive machine ever
invented for finding out what happened and what to do about it.
- Irving R. Kaufman

There is no rule more invariable than that
we are paid for our suspicions
by finding what we suspect.
- Henry David Thoreau

Are you feeling stressed and upset?
If so, you are worrying about tomorrow.
Events that have already occurred may cause you regret,
but they only appear to cause worry.
If you just lost your job, you are not worrying about losing your job -
that already happened.
You are worrying about paying your bills and finding a new job.
Those are worries about tomorrow.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

But each time I seemed to be climbing into a roller
coaster and finding myself coming through the downhill
run with that sort of dazed feeling that we all know.
- Enzo Ferrari

With movies, you are always in search is a good story,
one that everyone will relate to and love.
I love finding those stories and creating a visual world to tell the story.
- Don Bluth

General Pickett, finding the battle broken while the
enemy was still reinforcing,
called the troops off.
- James Longstreet

There's nothing worse than finding yourself in a situation,
a very demanding piece of work, and knowing that you're
not a true ally to the person who's in charge of all that.
- Daniel Day-Lewis

I would say that I'm finding my voice in more ways than one.
- Boz Scaggs

People want change but not too much change.
Finding that balance is tricky for every politician.
- Eleanor Clift

Pray that your loneliness may spur you into finding something to live for,
great enough to die for.
- Dag Hammarskjold


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