Let us settle ourselves, and work and wedge our feet downward through the mud and slush of opinion, and prejudice, and tradition, and delusion
, and appearance, that alluvion which covers the globe, through Paris and London, through New York and Boston and Concord, through Church and State, through poetry and philosophy and religion, till we come to a hard bottom and rocks in place, which we can call reality, and say, This is, and no mistake; and then begin, having a point d'appui, below freshet and frost and fire, a place where you might found a wall or a state, or set a lamp-post safely, or perhaps a gauge, not a Nilometer, but a Realometer, that future ages might know how deep a freshet of shams and appearances had gathered from time to time.
Backward they always gaze toward dark ages: then, indeed, were delusion
and faith something different.
The resulting delusions
in very many cases disappear if the hysteric or lunatic can be made to face the facts about himself.
He was one of the martyrs to that terrible delusion
, which should teach us, among its other morals, that the influential classes, and those who take upon themselves to be leaders of the people, are fully liable to all the passionate error that has ever characterized the maddest mob.
It is plain, then, that phrenologically the head of this Leviathan, in the creature's living intact state, is an entire delusion
It would be wasted time to try to argue her out of her delusion
, it couldn't be done; I must just humor it.
While he spoke, Emma's mind was most busy, and, with all the wonderful velocity of thought, had been ableand yet without losing a word to catch and comprehend the exact truth of the whole; to see that Harriet's hopes had been entirely groundless, a mistake, a delusion
, as complete a delusion
as any of her ownthat Harriet was nothing; that she was every thing herself; that what she had been saying relative to Harriet had been all taken as the language of her own feelings; and that her agitation, her doubts, her reluctance, her discouragement, had been all received as discouragement from herself.
When the doubt had first suggested itself she had treated it as a mere delusion
He had long known that the delusion
was partly due to a trap laid for him by Dunstan, who saw in his brother's degrading marriage the means of gratifying at once his jealous hate and his cupidity.
When occasions present themselves, in which the interests of the people are at variance with their inclinations, it is the duty of the persons whom they have appointed to be the guardians of those interests, to withstand the temporary delusion
, in order to give them time and opportunity for more cool and sedate reflection.
He rather enjoyed the voyage, for he was well fed and well lodged, took a great interest in the scenes through which they were passing, and consoled himself with the delusion
that his master's whim would end at Bombay.
I would go out into the streets to fight with my delusion
, and prowling women would mew after me; furtive, craving men glance jealously at me; weary, pale workers go coughing by me with tired eyes and eager paces, like wounded deer dripping blood; old people, bent and dull, pass murmuring to themselves; and, all unheeding, a ragged tail of gibing children.
But there are none; and our forefathers soon became convinced that they had been led into a terrible delusion
Reuter to her senses; her sagacity, her judgment, so long misled by a fascinating delusion
, struck again into the right track the moment that delusion
You are under a delusion
," said Prince Vasili, as he entered.