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Beginning with the opening villanelle and continuing throughout, Hart addresses God as "Dark One," a phrase that evokes the tradition of "negative theology," which has roots deep in the Christian tradition and thinks about God in terms of what He is not, emphasizing the mysterious, the unknowable nature of the divine.
Mencken once wrote, "Penetrating so many secrets, we cease to believe in the unknowable. But there it sits nevertheless, calmly licking its chops."
I flew for a second; it was the pure joy of naked innocence, Of seeing without thought, Of sensing without reason, Of the later unknowable, of Kants noumena.
In any event, agnostic is undoubtedly rooted in agnostos, a Greek word meaning "unknown" or "unknowable." The ending "-ic" was probably suggested by the previously established English word gnostic.
Longterm intentions of Russia or other states are unknowable.
That unknowable feeling about death was something I suddenly knew very well, something deeply personal and tangible.
The psychopath's drama of fantasy is fatally imagined in Nabokov's Lolita, a novel that recounts Humbert Humbert's quest for an ethereal Lolita, a tortuous journey that ends with his startling revelation that what he has been seeking is at once everywhere and nowhere, an ideal that keeps him in perpetual motion yearning for an unknowable Lolita who is always just beyond his grasp.
I was reminded of one of the central themes in all of Joseph Campbell's teachings--that the myths humans create are our attempts to understand ourselves, our place in the world, and the unknowable. Heroes and miracles are a reflection of our own limitations and possibilities.
The Commission at one point said that additional shale gas development will result from the liquefaction project, the amount, timing and location of such development activity is simply unknowable at this time.
Real Mysteries: Narrative and the Unknowable. Columbus: Ohio State UP, 2013.
Working out what women really want can be a timeconsuming and frustrating business and an ultimately unknowable one, as Freud said.