Los metaf|sicos de Tl o« n no buscan la verdad ni siquiera la verosimilitud: buscan el asombro. Juzgan que la metaf|sica es una rama de la literatura fanta stica. The metaphysicians of Tlo« n do not seek for the truth or even for verisimilitude, but rather for the astounding. They judge that metaphysics is a branch of fantastic literature. Jorge Luis Borges
Ficciones,'Tlo« n, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius' (1963).
Metaphysics is the finding of bad reasons for what we believe upon instinct, but to find these reasons is no less an instinct. Francis Herbert Bradley
Appearance and Reality, preface.
And Coleridge, too, has lately taken wing, But, like a hawk encumbered with his hood, Explaining metaphysics to the nation I wished he would explain his explanation. Rochdale
^24 Don Juan, canto1, dedication, stanza 2.
When we run over libraries, persuaded of these principles, what havoc must we make? If we take in our hand any volume; of divinity or school metaphysics, for instance; let us ask, Does it contain any abstract reasoning concerning quantity or number? No. Does it contain any experimental reasoning concerning matter of fact or existence? No.Commit itthen tothe flames: for it can contain nothing but sophistry and illusion. David Hume
An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding, section12, pt.3.
Metaphysics means nothing but an unusually obstinate effort to thinkclearly. William James
The Principles of Psychology, ch.6.
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. H(enry) L(ouis) Mencken
'Minority Report'. Collected in Notebooks (1956).
Science cannot exist without some small portion of metaphysics. Max Karl Ernst PlanckSearch Quotes Webster's New World Dictionary of Quotations Copyright © 2010 by Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd. All rights reserved. Published by Wiley, Hoboken, NJ. Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
The Universe in the Light of Modern Physics, ch.7.
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