Unknowable Quotes

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Robert G. Ingersoll
“Take from the church the miraculous, the supernatural, the incomprehensible, the unreasonable, the impossible, the unknowable, the absurd, and nothing but a vacuum remains.”
Robert G. Ingersoll, The Ghosts and Other Lectures

Edgar Allan Poe
“It is evident that we are hurrying onward to some exciting knowledge—some never-to-be-imparted secret, whose attainment is destruction.”
Edgar Allan Poe, Tales of Mystery and Imagination

Greta Christina
“Religion, by its very nature as an untestable belief in undetectable beings and an unknowable afterlife, disables our reality checks. It ends the conversation. It cuts off inquiry: not only factual inquiry, but moral inquiry. Because God's law trumps human law, people who think they're obeying God can easily get cut off from their own moral instincts.

And these moral contortions don't always lie in the realm of theological game-playing. They can have real-world consequences: from genocide to infanticide, from honor killings to abandoned gay children, from burned witches to battered wives to blown-up buildings.”
Greta Christina

John Dufresne
“I loved her for what I couldn't understand about her. Love searches for the mystery in the beloved, seeks the unknowable.”
John Dufresne, Love Warps the Mind a Little

E. Haldeman-Julius
“It is natural that people should differ most, and most violently, about the unknowable . . . There is all the room in the world for divergence of opinion about something that, so far as we can realistically perceive, does not exist.”
E. Haldeman-Julius

John Buchan
“The secret belongs only to the Maker of good and faithful dogs.”
John Buchan

Kazim Ali
“Where to now? Only the previously unknowable and unspoken will bring us there.”
Kazim Ali, Our Deep Gossip: Conversations with Gay Writers on Poetry and Desire

Benjamin Alire Sáenz
“I wanted to buy a T-shirt that read: I AM UNKNOWABLE.”
Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Barbara Ehrenreich
“Why "revere" the unknowable? Why not find out what it is?”
Barbara Ehrenreich, Living with a Wild God: A Nonbeliever's Search for the Truth about Everything

“Ralph Gomory, the President of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, proposes a tripartite division of science: the known, the unknown, and the unknowable. The known is taught in the schools and universities and is exhibited in the science museums. But scientists are excited by the unknown. Parenthetically, artists go to art museums to learn; scientists do not go to science museums because those museums act as if it's all known and preordained. That may be changing; exemplars are the Exploratorium in San Francisco and the American Museum of Natural History.

Gomory's tripartite division proposes three distinct areas: the known, the unknown which may someday become known, and the unknowable, which will never be known. The unknown and the unknowable form the boundary of science. Here are examples of questions for which the answers are today unknown.”
Joseph Traub

“Ralph Gomory, the President of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, proposes a tripartite division of science: the known, the unknown, and the unknowable. The known is taught in the schools and universities and is exhibited in the science museums. But scientists are excited by the unknown. Parenthetically, artists go to art museums to learn; scientists do not go to science museums because those museums act as if it's all known and preordained. That may be changing; exemplars are the Exploratorium in San Francisco and the American Museum of Natural History.

Gomory's tripartite division proposes three distinct areas: the known, the unknown which may someday become known, and the unknowable, which will never be known. The unknown and the unknowable form the boundary of science. Here are examples of questions for which the answers are today unknown.”
Ralph Gomory

Dexter Palmer
“And so Rebecca consigned herself to, not ignorance, but a judicious incuriosity: she decided, for the time being, to live with the constant, cryptic reminders that the scope of another person's soul could never be fully surveyed.”
Dexter Palmer, Version Control

Edward Lucas White
“The universe no longer seems to me a scene, at least in front of the great, blank curtain of the unknowable, filled by an orderly progress of more or less cognizable and predictable occurrences, depending upon interrelated causes; it seems the playground of the irresponsible, prankish, malevolent somethings, productive of incalculabilities.”
Edward Lucas White, The Stuff of Dreams: The Weird Stories of Edward Lucas White

“Identity confusion... is as if somebody lost their mental road map and has no appreciation of who they are or what is going on in their life. They may know they know but become blustered or baffled as to why they don't. The information is inaccessible and likely would remind a person about things that have gone on in their life that are simply unacceptable and unknowable, in a given moment, because of the emotional gravity involved.”
Richard A. Chefetz, Intensive Psychotherapy for Persistent Dissociative Processes: The Fear of Feeling Real

Mehmet Murat ildan
“Foggy road is a blessing because it is full of surprises and life is such a road! We are incredibly lucky that we all have an unknowable future!”
Mehmet Murat ildan

Jeffrey Eugenides
“Her tragedy hadn't made her more approachable, and in fact lent her the unknowable quality of a person who had suffered more than could be expressed.”
Jeffrey Eugenides, The Virgin Suicides

Peter Høeg
“Time refuses to be simplified and reduced. You cannot say that it is found only in the mind or only in the universe, that it runs only in one direction, or in every one imaginable. That it exists only in biological substructure, or is only a social convention. That it is only individual or only collective, only cyclic, only linear, relative, absolute, determined, universal or only local, only indeterminate, illusory, totally true, immeasurable, measurable, explicable, or unapproachable. It is all of these things.”
Peter Høeg, Borderliners