Such are the things of this life, beautiful as they appear, unsubstantial shadows all.'
They pity them, too, as the unhappy devotees of a faith which sober reason and all the experience of the past prove to be as unsubstantial as the moonbeams that dance upon the waters at midnight.
Or in a softer moment I'll trim its unsubstantial towers with pageantry and rest upon my elbow until I fall asleep.
We, in our dry atmosphere, are getting too nervous, haggard, dyspeptic, extenuated, unsubstantial, theoretic, and need to be made grosser.
Nor do they subsist, says he, together with intellect, in the same manner as those slender conceptions which are denominated universals abstracted from sensibles, according to the hypothesis of Longinus: for if that which subsists is unsubstantial, it cannot be consubsistent with intellect.
Whole hillsides of chámisal ("chamìz" or greasewood) bore their delicate, spirea-like, cream-colored blossomswhen seen at a distance, like a hovering breath, as unsubstantial as dew, or as the well-named bloom on a plum or black Hamburg grape.
And yet, and yet, And still, and ever whilst I breathe this air: Nay, after death, my unsubstantial soul, Like a good angel, shall attend on him, And keep him from all harm.
inexistent^, nonexistent &c 1; negative, blank; missing, omitted; absent &c 187; insubstantial, shadowy, spectral, visionary. unreal, potential, virtual; baseless, in nubibus [Lat.]; unsubstantial &c 4; vain.
Adj. unsubstantial; baseless, groundless; ungrounded; without foundation, having no foundation.
V. rarefy, expand, dilate, subtilize^. Adj. rare, subtile, thin, fine, tenuous, compressible, flimsy, slight; light &c 320; cavernous, spongy &c (hollow) 252. rarefied &c v.; unsubstantial; uncompact^, incompressed^; rarefiable^. 323.
The ancient Teuton could not have endured a heaven with mere airy, unsubstantial joys.
In retrospect it was again as unsubstantial as a phantom.
When we think of the "unsubstantial pageant" of the recent "Festival," and associate its fleeting show with the desert remains of this venerable pile, our feelings deepen into melancholy, and the smoking fragments of art seem to breathe
"Hopes, you perceive, continue bright, but they are somewhat unsubstantial to an empty purse.
He saw, with a thrill of exultation, that henceforth he had really nothing to fear from such womanly defences as he had counted on,coldness, prejudice, disdain,that all he had taken for these were but unsubstantial shadows.
I have read some theories, or rather hypotheses, of apparitions, in which the authors attempt to account for the appearance of those unsubstantial shadows, resembling the forms of living men, by circumstances connected with the physical laws of matter.
It was not however an unsubstantial honour and barren power that formed the objects of their pursuit: no, their views were deeper than that.
One woman, indeed, went so far as to declare that she had seen the doctor's figure, dim and unsubstantial, standing before the fireplace in the twilight, and that once, as she came up the cellar stairs, something followed her and laid a cold hand on her shoulder; but as she was a nervous, hysterical person, and moreover was known to be somewhat given to exaggeration, no one paid much attention to her tale.
" SECTION XXXV "Bhima said, 'O king, unsubstantial as thou art like froth, unstable like a fruit (falling when ripe), dependent on time, and mortal, having entered into an agreement in respect of time, which is infinite and immeasurable, quick like a shaft or flowing like a stream, and carrying everything before it like death itself, how canst regard it as available by thee?
the earth we pace Again appears to be 30 An unsubstantial, faery place; That is fit home for Thee!
He turns, and his unsubstantial love sinks back into the realm of shadows with the cry:
In any case they afford a very unsubstantial basis of comparison to the student who seeks to infer from them her general character.
Mr. Emerson is a great searcher for facts, but they seem to melt away and become unsubstantial in his grasp.
But when he started to smoke in the twilight, all you could see was the glowing cigarette, shaken by an arm as unsubstantial as the smoke that came from it.
It was a small house, not well built, and as he walked about in his room the unsubstantial little house fairly shook with his tread.