Battle royal was waged, amid the smoking of many cigarettes and the expectoration of much tobacco-juice, wherein the tramp successfully held his own, even when a socialist workman sneered, "There is no god but the Unknowable, and Herbert Spencer is his prophet." Martin was puzzled as to what the discussion was about, but when he rode on to the library he carried with him a new-born interest in Herbert Spencer, and because of the frequency with which the tramp had mentioned "First Principles," Martin drew out that volume.
Arthur and Norman, he found, believed in evolution and had read Spencer, though it did not seem to have made any vital impression upon them, while the young fellow with the glasses and the mop of hair, Will Olney, sneered disagreeably at Spencer and repeated the epigram, "There is no god but the Unknowable, and Herbert Spencer is his prophet."
Further, by the dim, shadowy ways of intuition, he knew his weakness in that merciless sea with no heart of warmth, that threatened the unknowable
thing, vaguely but terribly guessed, namely, death.
It was a mystical city in which the imagination faltered like one who steps out of the light into darkness; the soul walked naked to and fro, knowing the unknowable
, and conscious strangely of experience, intimate but inexpressible, of the absolute.
His tones were no longer those of the erudite pedant theorizing upon the abstract and the unknowable
; but those of the man of action-- determined, but tinged also by a note of indescribable hopelessness and grief which wrung an answering pang from Clayton's heart.
Death, unseen and of unknown form, seemed close upon them, and because unseen and unknowable
infinitely more terrifying.
After all, pure spirit was unknowable
, a thing to be sensed and divined only; nor could it express itself in terms of itself.
"Verily, in the all-wise and unknowable
providence of God, who moveth in mysterious ways his wonders to perform, have I never heard the fellow to this question for confusion of the mind and congestion of the ducts of thought.
My interest is keenest, perhaps, not so much in relation to known facts as to speculation upon the unknowable
of the two centuries that have rolled by since human intercourse between the Western and Eastern Hemispheres ceased--the mystery of Europe's state following the termination of the Great War--provided, of course, that the war had been terminated.
To blaspheme the earth is now the dreadfulest sin, and to rate the heart of the unknowable
higher than the meaning of the earth!
The characteristic mark by which we recognize a series of actions which display hunger is not the animal's mental state, which we cannot observe, but something in its bodily behaviour; it is this observable trait in the bodily behaviour that I am proposing to call "hunger," not some possibly mythical and certainly unknowable
ingredient of the animal's mind.
A daughter of Hope and Fear, explaining to Ignorance the nature of the Unknowable