quote by Louise Bogan

I cannot believe that the inscrutable universe turns on an axis of suffering; surely the strange beauty of the world must somewhere rest on pure joy!

— Louise Bogan

Revealing Inscrutable quotations

Familiarity with nature never breeds contempt.

The more one learns, the more one expects surprises, and the more one becomes aware of the inscrutable.

Before exulatation had vanished, I felt as if I had been granted a marvellous privilege. Out of the inscrutable waters a beautiful fish had somehow leaped to show me fleetingly the life and spirit of his element.

The nearest approximation to an understanding of life is to feel it--to realize it to the full--to be a profound and inscrutable mystery.

Tomorrow's sun is on it's way - a relentless sun, inscrutable like life.


Dust as we are, the immortal spirit grows Like harmony in music;

there is a dark Inscrutable workmanship that reconciles Discordant elements, makes them cling together In one society.

For there is nothing mysterious to a seaman unless it be the sea itself, which is the mistress of his existence.

America is not only big and rich, it is mysterious;

and its capacity for the humorous or ironical concealment of its interests matches that of the legendary inscrutable Chinese.

One pits his wits against apparently inscrutable nature, wooing her with ardor but nature is blind justice who cannot recognize personal identity.

caves so often symbolize rebirth. It's a hidden space, an expected, inscrutable space. Strange things live in there - eyeless salamanders, albino fish, a prophet's epiphanies.


Shame on such a morality that is worthy of pariahs, and that fails to recognize the eternal essence that exists in every living thing, and shines forth with inscrutable significance from all eyes that see the sun!

Inscrutably involved, we live in the currents of universal reciprocity.

I was a fan of Hitchcock, but more importantly than that, he is such an inscrutable man, and a very carefully inscrutable man. He apparently was blank-faced with a calm and controlled presence. I was immediately anxious and thought, 'How am I going to get behind that?'

The inscrutable wisdom through which we exist is not less worthy of veneration in respect to what it denies us than in respect to what it has granted.

It is the business of a general to be serene and inscrutable, impartial and self-controlled.


The quiet and solitary man apprehends the inscrutable.

He seeks nothing, holds to the mean, and remains free from entanglements.

This world, after all our science and sciences, is still a miracle;

wonderful, inscrutable, magical and more, to whosoever will think of it.

I hate women, hate them generally, not in particular but in an abstract way.

I hate them because one never really learns anything about them. They are inscrutable.

The ways of Providence being inscrutable, and the justice of it not to be scanned by the shallow eye of humanity, nor to be counteracted by the utmost efforts of human power or wisdom, resignation, and as far as the strength of our reason and religion can carry us, a cheerful acquiescence to the Divine Will, is what we are to aim.

Mothers are inscrutable beings to their sons, always.


Cats must have three names-an everyday name, such as Peter;

a more particular, dignified name, such as Quaxo, Bombalurina, or Jellylorum; and, thirdly, the name the cat thinks up for himself, his deep and inscrutable singular Name.

And yet the motives of women are so inscrutable.

You remember the woman at Margate whom I suspected for the same reason. No powder on her nose - that proved to be the correct solution. How can you build on such a quicksand? Their most trivial action may mean volumes, or their most extraordinary conduct may depend upon a hairpin or a curling tongs.

Time to plant tears, says the almanac.

The grandmother sings to the marvelous stove and the child draws another inscrutable house.

Cruel, but composed and bland,Dumb, inscrutable and grand,So Tiberius might have sat,Had Tiberius been a cat.

When you meet silent and inscrutable people, don't tell them what you are thinking. When you meet irritable and self-serving people, be careful what you say.


We arc the miracle of miracles, the great inscrutable mystery of God.

I have always felt that no matter how inscrutable its ways and means, the universe is working perfectly and working according to a greater plan than we can know.

O wise humanity, terribly wise humanity! How inscrutable is the civilization where men toil and work and worry their hair gray to get a living and forget to play!

The brain seems to be made up of a bewildering complexity of parts, and the cells within the parts seem to be characterized by an inscrutable complexity of form, extent, and relationships with each other.

Human language can but imperfectly describe God's ways.

I am sensible of the fact that they are indescribable and inscrutable. But if mortal man will dare to describe them, he has no better medium than his own inarticulate speech.


I believe in the efficacy of prayer and I have a deep and sorrowful sympathy for one who is without faith. I believe our Father answers every prayer-all prayers-with His matchless, inscrutable wisdom, with infinite compassion and with love.

These warriors of the Sacred Band were inscrutable;

they loved their war and death and picking through the bones of time to sort out right from wrong, good from bad, holy from profane, honor from dishonor.

He gave me an inscrutable look that said maybe he would and maybe he wouldn't.

Mister was a cat, and cats generally considered it the obligation of the universe to provide shelter, sustenance, and amusement as required. I think Mister considered it beneath his dignity to plan for the future.

I didn’t look to the shore much after this first long and memorable glimpse.

I looked up at Heaven and her court of mythical creatures fixed forever in the all powerful and inscrutable stars. Ink black was the night beyond them, and they so like jewels that old poetry came back to me, the sound even of hymns sung only by men.

We have our little theory on all human and divine things.

Poetry, the workings of genius itself, which, in all times, with one or another meaning, has been called Inspiration, and held to be mysterious and inscrutable, is no longer without its scientific exposition. The building of the lofty rhyme is like any other masonry or bricklaying: we have theories of its rise, height, decline and fall -- which latter, it would seem, is now near, among all people.

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