It was a folly, with the materiality of this daily life pressing so intrusively upon me, to attempt to fling myself back into another age, or to insist on creating the semblance of a world out of airy matter, when, at every moment, the impalpable beauty of my soap-bubble was broken by the rude contact of some actual circumstance.
Nathaniel Hawthorne -- The Scarlet Letter
To the coarse materiality of that rivalry it added an inflaming soul.
Thomas Hardy -- The Mayor of Casterbridge
Something of the light that blazes invisible within the abysses of its normally opaque materiality breaks forth, with an increasing uproar.
Joseph Campbell -- The Hero With a Thousand Faces
Now, in the natural sciences truth is always a desideratum; and I confess it would seem to be equally so in the present case of domestic uncertainty, which may be called a vacuum where according to the laws of physic, there should exist some pretty palpable proofs of materiality.
James Fenimore Cooper -- The Prairie
) "And the Angels that kept not their first estate, but left their owne habitation, hee hath reserved in everlasting chaines under darknesse unto the Judgement of the last day;" though it prove the Permanence of Angelicall nature, it confirmeth also their Materiality.