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Ontology is a central branch of metaphysics.
  the philosophical study of being and knowing
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  • Ontology is a central branch of metaphysics.
  • I was thrown out of college for cheating on the metaphysics exam; I looked into the soul of the boy next to me.
    Woody Allen  --  Annie Hall
  • Its effect on me had indeed been so powerful that I had actually speculated—not idly either, but with a moment’s seriousness, which rather scared me—on the physical and spiritual consequences to myself were I, too, to indulge in a little homicide tinged with metaphysics, plunge a knife, say, into the breast of some innocent old woman like Yetta Zimmerman.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • This sounds a lot like metaphysics to me, but the men in the audience don’t seem to take it amiss.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye

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  • ’I told you, Winston,’ he said, ’that metaphysics is not your strong point.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • People would not take his views on art, literature, history, biology, sociology and metaphysics as they took his checks.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • This was a case of metaphysics, at least as difficult for Joe to deal with as for me.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • Now he would take up the position of a practical man and condemn dreamers; now that of a satirist, and laugh ironically at his opponents; now grow severely logical, or suddenly rise to the realm of metaphysics.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • It was a question pertaining to Plato’s metaphysics, which Plato hadn’t had the sense to ask of himself.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • I should find myself, therefore, more at my ease, FACILUS NATANS, in a subject of my own choice, which would be to these hard theological questions what morals are to metaphysics in philosophy.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers

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  • He listened to philosophic discussions, to metaphysics, to esthetics, to impersonal experience.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • At length Candide, having always had a taste for metaphysics, made Cacambo ask whether there was any religion in that country.
    Voltaire  --  Candide
  • I went to school, I went to a university, I studied philosophy, metaphysics, even a little medicine.
    Natalie Babbitt  --  Tuck Everlasting
  • But Lancelot’s mind was not made for metaphysics.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • Everything was then viewed without metaphysics, without exaggeration, without magnifying glass, with the naked eye.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • But we’ve talked enough metaphysics.
    Ivan Turgenev  --  Fathers and Sons
  • Jo knew nothing about philosophy or metaphysics of any sort, but a curious excitement, half pleasurable, half painful, came over her as she listened with a sense of being turned adrift into time and space, like a young balloon out on a holiday.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • The principle of the vis inertiae, for example, seems to be identical in physics and metaphysics.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Purloined Letter
  • I thought of Maritain’s conclusion that the only solution to the problems of man is the return of charity (in the old embracing sense of caritas, not in the stingy literal sense it has assumed in our language and in our days) and metaphysics.
    John Howard Griffin  --  Black Like Me
  • However, I don’t propose to discuss politics, sociology, or metaphysics with you.
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • "A humbug, again!" cried the old gentleman, growing more and more testy at these glimpses of Clifford’s metaphysics.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • Katavasov was very fond of discussing metaphysics, having derived his notions from natural science writers who had never studied metaphysics, and in Moscow Levin had had many arguments with him of late.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • Kant felt he had done the same thing in metaphysics.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • Balk logic with acquaintance that you have, And practise rhetoric in your common talk; Music and poesy use to quicken you; The mathematics and the metaphysics, Fall to them as you find your stomach serves you: No profit grows where is no pleasure ta’en; In brief, sir, study what you most affect.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Taming of the Shrew
  • "My mother is like old George the Third," said the Vicar, "she objects to metaphysics."
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • Thus he shut himself up, he lived there, he was absolutely satisfied with it, leaving on one side the prodigious questions which attract and terrify, the fathomless perspectives of abstraction, the precipices of metaphysics—all those profundities which converge, for the apostle in God, for the atheist in nothingness; destiny, good and evil, the way of being against being, the conscience of man, the thoughtful somnambulism of the animal, the transformation in death, the recapitulation…
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • If your response was like any of them, give yourself an A. If we express the act of reading in scientific or religious terms (since I’m not sure if this will fall into the realm of physics or metaphysics), all these student readings represent, with varying degrees of specificity and depth, almost clinicalanalysis of the observable phenomena of the story.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • There were occasional gatherings of long-coated theatrical natives who discussed metaphysics in English and Bengali, to Mr Lurgan’s great edification.
    Rudyard Kipling  --  Kim
  • Isabel was fond of metaphysics, but was unable to accompany her friend into this bold analysis of the human personality.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • This greatly celebrated legend affords an excellent example of the close relationship maintained in the Orient between myth, psychology, and metaphysics.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • The late Herr Haller, gifted writer, student of Mozart and Goethe, author of essays upon the metaphysics of art, upon genius and tragedy and humanity, the melancholy hermit in a cell encumbered with books, was given over bit by bit to self-criticism and at every point was found wanting.
    Hermann Hesse  --  Steppenwolf
  • If there’s a screw loose in a heavenly body, that’s philosophy; and if there’s screw loose in a earthly body, that’s philosophy too; or it may be that sometimes there’s a little metaphysics in it, but that’s not often.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • (A whisper): Are you interested in metaphysics?
    John Gardner  --  The Sunlight Dialogues
  • Raised in Lubbock, Texas, he studied metaphysics at an ashram, and now lives in Austin.
    Jay Allison, et al.  --  This I Believe II
  • But this banishment to the rocks and echoes no metaphysics can make right or tolerable.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Society and Solitude
  • In these metaphysics, and in these metaphysics alone, it hardly mattered if she came or not.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • That’s metaphysics, my dear fellow.
    Boris Pasternak  --  Doctor Zhivago
  • Don’t listen to his metaphysics, Barbara.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Major Barbara
  • This is metaphysics, Juan.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Man And Superman
  • Eugene looked at the dull earnest faces, lured from the solid pews of Calvinism to the shadowland of metaphysics.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • Do you plan on spending another lifetime indulging in metaphysics-to find new justification for opposing your enemies?
    Roger Zelazny  --  Lord of Light
  • Isabel was fond of metaphysics, but was unable to accompany her friend into this bold analysis of the human personality.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 1
  • In these departments the language will constantly spread, whilst on the other hand it will gradually lose ground in metaphysics and theology.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2
  • He had long come to the conclusion that nothing amused him more than metaphysics, but he was not so sure of their efficacy in the affairs of life.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • In your metaphysics you have denied personality to the Deity; yet when the devout motions of the soul come, yield to them heart and life, though they should clothe God with shape and color.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • Perhaps Margaret grew too old for metaphysics, perhaps Henry was weaning her from them, but she felt that there was something a little unbalanced in the mind that so readily shreds the visible.
    E.M. Forster  --  Howards End
  • Older than the Vedas of Para-Brahm or the Up-Angas of Vyasa, O Melchior; older than the songs of Homer or the metaphysics of Plato, O my Gaspar; older than the sacred books or kings of the people of China, or those of Siddartha, son of the beautiful Maya; older than the Genesis of Mosche the Hebrew—oldest of human records are the writings of Menes, our first king.
    Lew Wallace  --  Ben Hur
  • He, being a humorist, explained to them the method of the celebrated Dickensian essay on Chinese Metaphysics by the gentleman who read an article on China and an article on Metaphysics and combined the information.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Pygmalion
  • Metaphysics in Mecklenburgh street!
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • "Of course I’m not trained in metaphysics, and there was lots I couldn’t quite grasp, but I did feel it was inspiring.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Babbitt
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