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I’m not sure if the question’s rhetorical or if she thinks I have a clue to her metaphysical mystery.
Gayle Forman  --  Where She Went
  relating to metaphysics (the philosophical study of being and knowing)


relating to beliefs not proven with the scientific method


without material form or substance


highly abstract and overly theoretical
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  • I’m not sure if the question’s rhetorical or if she thinks I have a clue to her metaphysical mystery.
    Gayle Forman  --  Where She Went
  • I am unversed in the metaphysical, have long become estranged from it, and if this can be so, I believe the metaphysical is as much unversed in me.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • With me the most memorable of dreams, the ones that have achieved that haunting reality so intense as to be seemingly bound up in the metaphysical, have dealt with either sex or death.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • But to destroy, or lose, a deathless thing—to break bonds stronger than the temporal — was a metaphysical uncoupling all its own, a startling new flavor of despair.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch

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  • "Oh yes," said Arthur, "I thought that some of the metaphysical imagery was really particularly effective."
    Douglas Adams  --  The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  • The architect is a metaphysical priest dealing in basic essentials, who has the courage to face the primal conception of reality as nonreality—since there is nothing and he creates nothingness.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • Should you ever be athirst in the great American desert, try this experiment, if your caravan happen to be supplied with a metaphysical professor.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • We shan’t deal with the metaphysical.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lightning Thief
  • While I was writing a thesis on the influence-upon subsequent metaphysical systems-of Aristotle’s theory of the Immovable Mover.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • We may be on the threshold of the greatest psychological and metaphysical discovery of our age!
    Ray Bradbury  --  The Martian Chronicles

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  • He was a metaphysical puzzle to me.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • Here he meets something worse than death, evil, not so much metaphysical evil but rather a power, a malevolence, in nature that threatens man’s tenure in the world.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • Her father liked the metaphysical streak which had unconsciously got into it, so that was allowed to remain though she had her doubts about it.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • Outdoors was the end of something, an irrevocable, physical fact, defining and complementing our metaphysical condition.
    Toni Morrison  --  The Bluest Eye
  • A metaphysical school of the North, impregnated to some extent with fog, has fancied that it has worked a revolution in human understanding by replacing the word Force with the word Will.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Hie thee hither, That I may pour my spirits in thine ear; And chastise with the valor of my tongue All that impedes thee from the golden round, Which fate and metaphysical aid doth seem To have thee crown’d withal.
    William Shakespeare  --  Macbeth
  • It was the secrets of heaven and earth that I desired to learn; and whether it was the outward substance of things or the inner spirit of nature and the mysterious soul of man that occupied me, still my inquiries were directed to the metaphysical, or in its highest sense, the physical secrets of the world.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • But I swear I judge her intellectually, simply from the metaphysical point of view; there is a sort of symbolism sprung up between us, a sort of algebra or what not!
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • Some of his reasonings not appearing to me well founded, I wrote a little metaphysical piece in which I made remarks on them.
    Benjamin Franklin  --  The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
  • (See Shield Wall.) RUH-SPIRIT: in Fremen belief, that part of the individual which is always rooted in (and capable of sensing) the metaphysical world.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • It is at once imaginative and metaphysical,—in short, Greek.
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • But is this interpreter necessarily metaphysical and unembodied?
    Susanna Kaysen  --  Girl Interrupted
  • Levin felt that it would be improper to enter upon a metaphysical discussion with the priest, and so he said in reply merely what was a direct answer to the question.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • Now here were these foreigner upstarts unmasking religion! My old friend Ork sat shaking his head in dismay, saying nothing, brooding, no doubt, on the dark metaphysical implications.
    John Gardner  --  Grendel
  • He said he wanted to ’dismiss all this meaningless nonsense which long has dominated metaphysical thought and brought it into disrepute.’
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • The hypothesis of a plasmic memory, advanced by the Caledonian envoy and worthy of the metaphysical traditions of the land he stood for, envisaged in such cases an arrest of embryonic development at some stage antecedent to the human.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Phaedrus’ second metaphysical phase was a total disaster.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • The things that had filled his days seemed now like a nursery parody of life, or like the wrangles of mediaeval schoolmen over metaphysical terms that nobody had ever understood.
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • Not to the crude eye of the homme sensuel Metaphysically it was the Boss, but how was I to know?
    Robert Penn Warren  --  All the King’s Men
  • Troubles and other realities took on themselves a metaphysical impalpability, sinking to mere mental phenomena for serene contemplation, and no longer stood as pressing concretions which chafed body and soul.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • I became skilled in ignoring these cosmic threats and developed a callousness toward all metaphysical preachments.
    Richard Wright  --  Black Boy
  • The testimony of his contemporaries proclaims—and his life fully confirms—his metaphysical and mystical interests.
    Jorge Luis Borges  --  The Garden of Forking Paths
  • After all, Havilland’s a class act — kind of metaphysical in this business.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • Beethoven’s hero is a lifter of metaphysical weights.
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • Hunting was equally a devotion, full of metaphysical concepts veiled from Carol.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • But he feared the old method: a note slipped under the door by an unknown hand could be effective, not only because it guaranteed the double anonymity of sender and receiver, but because its time-honored ancestry permitted one to attribute to it some kind of metaphysical connection to the designs of Divine Providence.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • Along with all this, I suppose I’m trying to say that I know how bitterly you resent the years when S. and I were regularly conducting home seminars, and the metaphysical sittings in particular.
    J.D. Salinger  --  Franny and Zooey
  • This was very metaphysical; not more so, however, than several observations Madame Merle had already made.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • I discovered that few nu shu documents—whether letters, stories, weavings, or embroideries—have survived, since most were burned at grave sites for metaphysical and practical reasons.
    Lisa See  --  Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
  • But what I couldn’t stand up under at the moment was this glare, when she went so hot and white in the face with its strong nerve and metaphysical reckless assertion.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • You gallop through it in a mackintosh, and presently find yourself in the seat you like best,—a little above or a little below the one on which your goddess sits (it is the same thing to the metaphysical mind, and that is the reason why women are at once worshipped and looked down upon), with a satisfactory confidence that there will be no lady-callers.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • The key to the modern systems of psychological interpretation therefore is this: the metaphysical realm = the unconscious.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • If not too refined, at all events too remote, too shadowy, and unsubstantial in his modes of development to suit the taste of the latter class, and yet too popular to satisfy the spiritual or metaphysical requisitions of the former, he must necessarily find himself without an audience, except here and there an individual or possibly an isolated clique.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  Rappaccini’s Daughter
  • Unless she had now and then indulged her brisk impulses, and breathed rural air in a suburban walk, or ocean breezes along the shore,—had occasionally obeyed the impulse of Nature, in New England girls, by attending a metaphysical or philosophical lecture, or viewing a seven-mile panorama, or listening to a concert,—had gone shopping about the city, ransacking entire depots of splendid merchandise, and bringing home a ribbon,—had employed, likewise, a little time to read the Bible inů
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • One of the merits of the Boosters’ Club was that only two persons from each department of business were permitted to join, so that you at once encountered the Ideals of other occupations, and realized the metaphysical oneness of all occupations—plumbing and portrait-painting, medicine and the manufacture of chewing-gum.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Babbitt
  • This is extremely abstract and metaphysical, Juan.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Man And Superman
  • In this metaphysical reality Thomas has breached, blood also plays a critical role.
    Ted Dekker  --  White: The Great Pursuit
  • Herr Naphta removed guilt and merit from the empirical world to the metaphysical.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • Destructions unnerving, in some metaphysical way unlawful, to Hodge.
    John Gardner  --  The Sunlight Dialogues
  • Surely it will be judged, and judged severely, in both moral and metaphysical terms.
    Elie Wiesel  --  The Perils of Indifference
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