Metaphysics means nothing but an unusually obstinate effort to thinkclearly.
Metaphysics is the finding of bad reasons for what we believe upon instinct, but to find these reasons is no less an instinct.1893 Appearance and Reality, preface.
Metaphysics may be, after all, only the art of being sure of something that is not so, and logic only the art of going wrong with confidence.Joseph Wood Krutch (1929), The Modern Temper
The capacity of human beings to bore one another seems to be vastly greater than that of any otheranimals. Some of their most esteemed inventions have no other apparent purpose, for example, the dinner party of more than two, the epic poem, and thescience of Metaphysics.'Minority Report'. Collected in Notebooks (1956).
It's so hard to believe in anything anymore. I mean, it's like, religion, you really can't take it seriously, because it seems so mythological, it seems so arbitrary...but, on the other hand, science is just pure empiricism, and by virtue of its method, it excludes Metaphysics. I guess I wouldn't believe in anything any more if it weren't for my lucky astrology mood watch.steve martin
I think Metaphysics is good if it improves everyday life; otherwise forget it.Ch. 20 (Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (1974))
Ptolemy... against the champions of this or that cosmology of the heavens... had dared to claim that it is legitimate to interpret the facts of astronomy by the simplest geometrical scheme which will 'save the phenomena,' no matter whose Metaphysics might be upset. His conception of the physical structure of the earth, however, prevented him from carrying through in earnest this principle of relativity, as his objections to the hypothesis that the earth moves amply show.ptolemy
The metaphysical apologia at least betrayed the injustice of the established order through the incongruence of concept and reality. The impartiality of scientific language deprived what was powerless of the strength to make itself heard and merely provided the existing order with a neutral sign for itself. Such neutrality is more metaphysical than Metaphysics.theodor adorno
It has never been in my power to study anything, mathematics, ethics, Metaphysics, gravitation, thermodynamics, optics, chemistry, comparative anatomy, astronomy, psychology, phonetics, economics, the history of science, whist, men and women, wine, metrology, except as a study of semeiotic .charles sanders peirce
Occultism is the Metaphysics of dunces.Theodor W. Adorno, "Theses Against Occultism" in Minima Moralia, (1951), p. 238-41
Now these two questions Does there exist a material reality distinct from sensible appearances? and What is the nature of reality? do not have their source in experimental method, which is acquainted only with sensible appearances and can discover nothing beyond them. The resolution of these questions transcends the methods used by physics; it is the object of Metaphysics. Therefore, if the aim of physical theories is to explain experimental laws, theoretical physics is not an autonomous science; it is subordinate to Metaphysics.pierre duhem
God is growth, God is structure/knowledge, God is everything and nothing simultaneously. And, rather heretically for the Abrahamic religions, to perceive i.e. to cognate i.e. to be of matter i.e. to be structured energy generating a gravimetric field is an aspect of God relating to another aspect of God through light, which is of course God. In this, the underlying Metaphysics are most definitely Pandeist.Niall Douglas, Freeing Growth - A Neo-Capitalist Manifesto, 2009, page 8.
Ptolemy... against the champions of this or that cosmology of the heavens... had dared to claim that it is legitimate to interpret the facts of astronomy by the simplest geometrical scheme which will 'save the phenomena,' no matter whose Metaphysics might be upset. His conception of the physical structure of the earth, however, prevented him from carrying through in earnest this principle of relativity, as his objections to the hypothesis that the earth moves amply show.Edwin Arthur Burtt, The Metaphysical Foundations of Modern Physical Science (1924)
Madame de Staël thought it was pride in man to endevour to penetrate the secret of the universe; and speaking of the higher Metaphysics she said: "I prefer the Lord's Prayer to it all."Anne Louise Germaine de Staël, in Albertine-Adrienne Necker de Saussure, Sketch of the Life, Character and Writings of Baroness de Staël-Holstein (1820), p. 329
Hinduism has produced the profoundest Metaphysics that we know of.Count Hermann Keyserling, The Huston Smith Reader.
Religion is the only Metaphysics that the multitude can understand and adopt.Joseph Joubert, reported in Josiah Hotchkiss Gilbert, Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895), p. 504.