Metaphysics Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old metaphysics quotes, metaphysics sayings, and metaphysics proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Metaphysics, the science which determines what can and what cannot be known of being and the laws of being.     

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Metaphysics attempts to discover the ultimate nature of reality, and in this sense, the innerspace of science fiction is metaphysical fiction.     

Kate Wilhelm

Metaphysics is almost always an attempt to prove the incredible by an appeal to the unintelligible.     

H. L. Mencken

Metaphysics abstracts the mind from the senses, and the poetic faculty must submerge the whole mind in the senses. Metaphysics soars up to universals, and the poetic faculty must plunge deep into particulars.     

Giambattista Vico

Metaphysics must be based on what exists, for it has the task of explicating it.     

Franz Grillparzer

Metaphysics is a dark ocean without shores or lighthouse, strewn with many a philosophic wreck.     

Immanuel Kant

Metaphysics is a cobweb that the mind weaves around things.     

Edward Abbey

Metaphysics is universal and is exclusively concerned with primary substance. And here we will have the science to study that which is, both in its essence and in the properties which it has.     

Aristotle

Metaphysics, in whatever latitude the term be taken, is a science, or complement of sciences, exclusively occupied with mind.     

Sir William Hamilton 9th Baronet

Metaphysics is the attempt of the mind to rise above the mind.     

Thomas Carlyle

Metaphysics is the finding of bad reasons for what we believe upon instinct; but to find these reasons is no less an instinct.     

F. H. Bradley

In metaphysics, the notion that earth and all that's on it is a mental construct is the product of people who spend their lives inside rooms. It is an indoor philosophy.     

Edward Abbey

Metaphysics means nothing but an unusually obstinate effort to think clearly.     

William James

We call metaphysics the Science of Life, because to know pure metaphysics is to renew the life and make death and accident impossible.     

Emma Curtis Hopkins

It is right that we be concerned with the scientific probity of metaphysics.     

Gabriel Marcel

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