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Definition the philosophical study of being and knowing
  • 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
  • Eugene looked at the dull earnest faces, lured from the solid pews of Calvinism to the shadowland of metaphysics.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • "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
  • 'I told you, Winston,' he said, 'that metaphysics is not your strong point.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • Don't listen to his metaphysics, Barbara.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Major Barbara
  • "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
  • 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
  • People would not take his views on art, literature, history, biology, sociology and metaphysics as they took his checks.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • The principle of the vis inertiae, for example, seems to be identical in physics and metaphysics.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Purloined Letter
  • This is metaphysics, Juan.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Man And Superman
  • 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
  • But Lancelot's mind was not made for metaphysics.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • 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 went to school, I went to a university, I studied philosophy, metaphysics, even a little medicine.
    Natalie Babbitt  --  Tuck Everlasting
  • In these metaphysics, and in these metaphysics alone, it hardly mattered if she came or not.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • But we've talked enough metaphysics.
    Ivan Turgenev  --  Fathers and Sons
  • But this banishment to the rocks and echoes no metaphysics can make right or tolerable.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Society and Solitude
  • 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
  • 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

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