Phrases with "illusion"

Jules Verne Birds passed overhead with loud flapping of wings, and in consequence of this optical illusion the smallest of them appeared as large as a condor or a vulture. The Fur Country by Jules Verne [1873]

Olaf Stapledon This illusion of inferiority was aggravated by their slow sexual development; for at twenty they were sexually equivalent to a normal child of thirteen. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

Theodore Dreiser Woe to him who places his faith in illusion — the only reality — and woe to him who does not. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

F. Scott Fitzgerald The fruit of youth or of the grape, the transitory magic of the brief passage from darkness to darkness — the old illusion that truth and beauty were in some way entwined. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

Arnold Bennett He had the illusion that they were by themselves not in the room but in the universe. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

This illusion lasted three hours; during two of which he went forward in search of his friend—in the last he returned to the house. The Vicomte de Bragelonne by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Marcel Prous Maintenant, à la maison, on n’avait plus aucune illusion sur M. Legrandin, et nos relations avec lui s’étaient fort espacées. Du côté de chez Swann by Marcel Prous

Edith Wharton At that moment she hated it, as she did everything else that mocked her with the barren illusion of youth. The Mother’s Recompense by Edith Wharton [1925]

He wanted the illusion of affairs; and his acquisition of the Fair Maid preserved the continuity of his life. End of the Tether by Joseph Conrad [1902]

Virginia Woolf The illusion is upon me that something adheres for a moment, has roundness, weight, depth, is completed. The Waves by Virginia Woolf [1931]

As I have just said, the man from his appearance might have been taken for a soldier, a cavalry officer for preference, but when he spoke the illusion vanished like breath upon a razor blade. The Race of Life by Guy Boothby [1906]

Oscar Wilde Would it teach him to loathe his own soul? Would he ever look at it again? No; it was merely an illusion wrought on the troubled senses. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde [1891]

Abraham Merri But not before I had seemed to see within that lake of illusion — if illusion it were — a gigantic shadowy shape, huge black tentacles stretching out from a vast and nebulous body . Dwellers in the Mirage by Abraham Merri

Morbid self-esteem accordingly pervaded the dreadful illusion by which the man I now speak of was possessed. A Strange Story by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1862]

H. G. Wells The machine of the vision had vanished! It was an illusion — a projection of the subjective — an assertion of the immateriality of mind. The Chronic Argonauts by H. G. Wells [1888]

H.P. Lovecraft He dared not disobey the summons for fear it might prove an illusion like the urges and aspirations of waking life, which do not lead to any goal. Celephaïs by H.P. Lovecraft [1920]

Edith Wharton He recalled the unfinished piece of work on his desk, and for a moment had the odd illusion that it was there before him . The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton [1913]

I continued gazing on this figure with a dreadful incredulity, and the indistinct feeling that it must be an illusion — and that if I could only wake up completely, it would vanish. Wylder’s Hand by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

If they lived together the illusion would go, I suppose, but custom and comfort would step in to prevent a jar. The hesitation of Miss Anderson by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1903]

Anatole France And yet to produce that sort of illusion a man does not need much. The Red Lily by Anatole France [1894]

Edith Wharton There was his grandmother, indeed, whose generosity was no illusion — at a word she would shoulder all his difficulties. Hudson River Bracketed by Edith Wharton [1929]

They are revived every morning by some delicious illusion of cunning madness, soothing them with the hope of escaping, baffling or tormenting their keeper; my sanity precludes all such hope. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

It was an illusion merely — but the walls seemed to have closed in a foot or two, and the ceiling to have dropped down proportionably, and he felt himself confined and oppressed. The House by the Church-Yard by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Henry James The hopes connected with that project were now a phase that she had left behind her; she had not to-day an illusion about her sister large enough to cover a sixpence. A London Life by Henry James [1888]

George Meredith The foolish frizzle of bacon sang in his ears as he walked from end to end of the room; an illusion of his fancy pricked by a frost-edged appetite. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

Arnold Bennett But whereas Karkeek was privately ashamed, Dayson was proud of his rôle, which gave him the illusion of power and glory. Hilda Lessways by Arnold Bennett [1911]

George Gissing A strange, unreal hope, an illusion of her tortured mind, even now sometimes visited her. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

Jules Verne An illusion perhaps, but still an illusion to be respected, and one which the sailor did not wish to destroy. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

G. K. Chesterton It seems somehow to be right on the border of illusion and reality. The Return of Don Quixote by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch My legs positively raced up this slope, and upon the summit I hardly dared to look for a moment, knowing that if the light were an illusion all my hope must die with it. A Blue Pantomime by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch [1893]

Arnold Bennett Edwin had the illusion of trembling, and yet he knew that he did not tremble, even inwardly. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

Two children may be standing at the first street corner, to whom your respectability and your property may at once become illusion and your outlawry the delightful fact. The Imperialist by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1904]

Ivan Turgenev Allow me to point out,” he resumed, turning again to Bazarov, “you probably think that your doctrine is a novelty? That is an illusion of yours. Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev

A scrupulous writer, being also as ingenious as Sterne, could have found some means of indicating the source from which he was borrowing without destroying the dramatic illusion of the scene. Sterne by H. D. Traill [1882]

I was conscious of illusion creating symptoms, tipsy with excess of sunshine. My Tropic Isle by E. J. Banfield

Nikolai Gogol This peculiarity, this strange illusion achieved by the artist, attracted the attention of nearly all. The Mysterious Portrait by Nikolai Gogol

H.P. Lovecraft I can still believe my whole experience an illusionespecially if, as I devoutly hope, that hellish abyss is never found. The Shadow Out of Time by H.P. Lovecraft [1935]

Their enchantress sat there, the last illusion still with her, the illusion of love itself, she could not believe her breasts were dry. Descent into Hell by Charles Williams [1937]

Theodore Dreiser This illusion ended when another young man passed along the aisle and poked her indifferently in the ribs with his thumb. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

George Gissing That state of illusion is too contemptible. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

George Meredith Merthyr’s transformation, too, helped some form of illusion in her brain that she was cut off from any kindred feeling with other people. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

Abraham Merri He had the illusion of vast distances — the hills of mist were real mountains, the valleys between them were not illusory. The Woman of the Wood by Abraham Merri

Robert Louis Stevenson Not an illusion remained to the knight-errant; not a hope was left him, but to be speedily relieved from this disreputable business. The Dynamiter by Robert Louis Stevenson

Robert Louis Stevenson It is a kind of illusion easy to produce. Virginibus Puerisque by Robert Louis Stevenson

H.P. Lovecraft As the whole illusion dissolved to churning opalescence we began to look earthward again, and saw that our journey’s end was not far off. At the Mountains of Madness by H.P. Lovecraft [1931]

I thought she said, ‘My child! my child!’ but perhaps it was an illusion of my brain. The Adventures of Hajji Baba of Ispahan by James Justinian Morier

Andrew Lang On the other hand, that such an illusion should perch exactly on the rail where ‘white man’s blood’ was later found, would be a very remarkable coincidence. The Valet’s Tragedy by Andrew Lang

Edith Wharton They had never before avowed their inclination so openly, and Ethan, for a moment, had the illusion that he was a free man, wooing the girl he meant to marry. Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton [1911]

D. H. Lawrence But an illusion which is a real experience is worth having. The Captain’s Doll by D. H. Lawrence

This was undoubtedly an illusion — how should it be anything else? That would be too terrible! But there is no insanity; you are working too hard at the bank. Can Such Things Be? by Ambrose Bierce [1893]

For that while, the temple was not only emptied of all the other idols, but I had a richly flattering illusion of being his only worshipper. My Literary Passions by William Dean Howells

Signa had had his first illusion broken. Signa by Ouida

In this case they were not complete enough to render the illusion perfect, so the little man was confused between the present and the past. The Supernatural in Modern English Fiction by Dorothy Scarborough

Ralph Waldo Emerson There are as many pillows of illusion as flakes in a snow-storm. The Conduct of Life by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1860]

Rudyard Kipling I saw them at one time and in one place; for they were within the Soul. By this I knew the Soul had passed beyond the illusion of Time and Space and of Things. By this I knew that I was free. Kim by Rudyard Kipling [1901]

H.P. Lovecraft When I brought the torchlight close to one of the queer places I did not like what I saw — for the illusion of regularity became very great. The Shadow Out of Time by H.P. Lovecraft [1935]

She was under no illusion and sensed the threat to her implied in his last words. The Man of Death by Arthur Gask [1945]

Elizabeth Gaskell But he himself had done much to destroy the illusion which had hung about his memory for years, whenever Ruth had allowed herself to think of it. Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

G. K. Chesterton The veil of Isis was more and more merely the veil of Maya; illusion, ending with the last illusion that the veil of Isis is rent; the last and worst illusion that we are really disillusioned. Autobiography by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

And we know, at all events,’ I added, unguardedly, ‘that she could never have had an illusion about him. The Pool in the Desert by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1903]

John Galsworthy He even moved differently, like a man who has lost illusion and doubts whether it is worth while to move at all. In Chancery by John Galsworthy

Ralph Waldo Emerson There is illusion that shall deceive even the performer of the miracle. The Conduct of Life by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1860]

Ralph Waldo Emerson The red men told Columbus, “they had an herb which took away fatigue;” but he found the illusion of “arriving from the east at the Indies” more composing to his lofty spirit than any tobacco. The Conduct of Life by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1860]

Jane Austen Her mother, sisters, Fanny, all had been conscious of his regard for her at Norland; it was not an illusion of her own vanity. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen [1811]

Ralph Waldo Emerson There is illusion that shall deceive even the elect. The Conduct of Life by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1860]

Arthur Schopenhauer There lies the illusion — an illusion, it is true, in which the individual is held fast: but, if he reflects, he can break the fetters and set himself free. Studies in Pessimism by Arthur Schopenhauer

He was not the man to renounce an illusion for such a trifle. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

E. F. Benson But if Worship imagined that Tilling intended to follow her example, the sooner she got rid of that fond illusion the better. Trouble for Lucia by E. F. Benson [1939]

A young Spaniard and two young Spanish girls helped out the illusion with their gentle movements and their muted gutturals, and we looked forward to dinner with fond expectation. Familiar Spanish Travels by William Dean Howells

After all, the progress illusion is not so very subtle. The Revolutionist’s Handbook and Pocket Companion by George Bernard Shaw

Dante was to him no more ridiculous than Voltaire; disillusion was as much an illusion as illusion itself. Shadows of Ecstasy by Charles Williams

Sinclair Lewis She was trying to feed her illusion of adventure by staring at unfamiliar houses . Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

Victor Hugo Take illusion from love, and you take from it its aliment. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Arnold Bennett George loved these private and laconic signallings, which produced in him the illusion that he was getting nearer to the enigma of life. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

H. G. Wells It may be illusion but that does not matter so long as it remains bright and alive. Meanwhile by H. G. Wells [1927]

Willa Cather The illusion was marred only by the consciousness that she ought to brush her teeth before she went to bed, and that she never used to do it. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

Even these few words would have destroyed all chance of illusion in the case of his mate. Stingaree by E. W. Hornung [1905]

Virginia Woolf She seemed physically to have stepped beyond the region where the light of illusion still makes it desirable to possess, to love, to struggle. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

I feel, besides, a kind of sentimental tenderness for this illusion fated to have so short a life. The Ghost Ship by Richard Middleton

D. H. Lawrence You could call it an illusion if you liked. The Captain’s Doll by D. H. Lawrence

Arnold Bennett And then by an illusion of her wrought nerves, tightened minute by minute throughout the day, she began to fancy that her sciatica was easier. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

As I said in the beginning, I have a theory about this affair; a theory based on other alleged phenomena of illusion in which, to be frank, I have never previously had any belief whatever. Claimed! by Francis Stevens

Henry James They say that life itself is an illusion — that this world is a shadow of which the reality is yet to come. Madame de Mauves by Henry James [1874]

G. K. Chesterton But a real life of anybody is a very difficult thing to write; and as I have failed two or three times in trying to do it to other people, I am under no illusion that I can really do it to myself. Autobiography by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

The illusion of perfect immobility seemed to fall upon her from the luminous blue dome without a stain arching over a flat sea without a stir. End of the Tether by Joseph Conrad [1902]

Arnold Bennett But in her mind it had always been differentiated from the common province; it had always had an air, a distinction, and especially St. Luke’s Square! That illusion was now gone. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Robert Louis Stevenson If it be an illusion it is one very deeply rooted, and in which my eyesight is accomplice. Across the Plains by Robert Louis Stevenson

Virginia Woolf Even this theory she was ready to discard in favour of one which made chaos triumphant, things happening for no reason at all, and every one groping about in illusion and ignorance. The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf [1915]

My anxiety to see Madame, without the illusion of even the short distance between us, induced me to join the file of the faithful who were slowly approaching the seated woman. The Bronze Hand by Anna Katharine Green

Virginia Woolf The true order of things — this is our perpetual illusion — is now apparent. The Waves by Virginia Woolf [1931]

And now fear cometh upon me that eld draweth a veil of illusion athwart mine eyes, portending the approach of death or ever I perform my will. The Worm Ouroboros by E. R. Eddison [1922]

Marcel Prous Alors, à défaut de la croyance disparue, le costume signifie la suppléance à celle-ci par le moyen d’une illusion volontaire. Le Côté de Guermantes by Marcel Prous

Olaf Stapledon Bewildered, they wake at last from the nightmare illusion into which they were born, and that they could not but take for reality. Death into Life by Olaf Stapledon

We may thank him that he did not dispel the illusion of his poetic imagery by the introduction of well-known historical characters. The Life and Genius of Nathaniel Hawthorne by Frank Preston Stearns [1906]

Olaf Stapledon Multiplicity is merely an illusion of the human intelligence. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

Maria Edgeworth It is not for me to dissipate this illusion prematurely — it is not for me to weaken this confidence in her husband. Leonora by Maria Edgeworth [1806]

Arthur Machen He fought against the nightmare, against the illusion that bewildered him. The Hill of Dreams by Arthur Machen [1907]

Theodore Dreiser Bright eyes, a pert manner, clever remarks — these assisted to create an illusion of charm, though, as she often said, it was of little use. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

George Gissing Egremont was under no illusion on this point; he knew well that the loveliest lyric would appeal to a man like Bower no more than an unintelligible demonstration of science. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

Virginia Woolf The illusion of her presence became more and more complete. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

He cast off the abiding illusion of his existence. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

H.P. Lovecraft Detain me here forever if you will; confine or execute me if you must have a victim to propitiate the illusion you call justice; but I can say no more than I have said already. The Statement of Randolph Carter by H.P. Lovecraft [1919]

G. K. Chesterton In fact, there was in that business nothing of an illusion or of a disillusion. Autobiography by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

Willa Cather Sometimes, as she lay thus luxuriously idle, her eyes closed, she used to have an illusion of being lifted up bodily and carried lightly by some one very strong. O Pioneers! by Willa Cather [1913]

D. H. Lawrence It was just like James to have planted his endeavour down in the stagnant dust and rust of potteries and foundries, where no illusion could bloom. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

Anatole France She was happy to feel him near her in this region where she did not know herself, and where she gave to herself the illusion of being lost with him. The Red Lily by Anatole France [1894]

Henry James His illusion has lasted because so many of us have been pledged till this moment to turn our faces the other way. The Next Time by Henry James [1895]

Robert Louis Stevenson Death has not been suffered to take so much as an illusion from his heart. Virginibus Puerisque by Robert Louis Stevenson

He would finger himself here and there, trying to make sure that it was not an illusion that his muscles were growing rounder and his skin tauter. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

Rudyard Kipling All maya — illusion — you see! Then we clinked over sulphur in crystals; there was a waterfall of boiling water; and a road across a level park hotly contested by the beavers. From Sea to Sea by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Virginia Woolf More than anything, perhaps, creatures of illusion as we are, it calls for confidence in oneself. A room of one’s own by Virginia Woolf [1929]

Arthur Conan Doyle It stood on a small pedestal table with an old dressing-gown of Holmes’s so draped round it that the illusion from the street was absolutely perfect. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

John Galsworthy Not an illusion about it! Good thing to look at once a day, and see what you’d got to avoid. Swan Song by John Galsworthy

Arnold Bennett He lived in a dream and illusion of ultimate perfection. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

James Joyce They reason thus because, blinded by the gross illusion of the flesh and the darkness of human understanding, they are unable to comprehend the hideous malice of mortal sin. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

When placed in the dock he lost his steadiness as if some sustaining illusion had gone to pieces within him suddenly. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

Edith Wharton She seemed the genius of logic and understanding, but the demon of illusion spoke through her lips. The Long Run by Edith Wharton [1916]

That illusion of life and character which charms one in men’s finest handiwork radiated from her. The Shadow Line by Joseph Conrad [1917]

Walter Scott Another illusion of the same nature we have the best reason for vouching as a fact, though, for certain reasons, we do not give the names of the parties. Letters on Demonology and Witchcraft by Walter Scott [1831]

Wilkie Collins But he was no longer in the delightful world of illusion which Scott had opened to him. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

Ralph Waldo Emerson As soon as you enter England, which, with Wales, is no larger than the State of Georgia, 1 this little land stretches by an illusion to the dimensions of an empire. English Traits by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1856]

Arnold Bennett Nevertheless, he awaited a second dose of it in the undestroyed illusion of its curative property. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

The carré and the youthful group lost the illusion of sunset. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

Has the defendant overcome this difficulty? Illusion is the best proof of insanity; and a serious endeavour was certainly made to fasten an illusion on the plaintiff about a sum of L. 14,000. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

D. H. Lawrence The Colonel was looking into his coffee-cup as wistfully as if it contained the illusion of tawny port. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

As to the marvellous illusion of conquered love that had visited him for a moment in the agitated watches of the night, which might have been his last on earth, he comprehended now its true nature. A Set of Six by Joseph Conrad [1908]

Henry James One always ended, however, by feeling that a charming surface doesn’t necessarily prove one superficial; this was an illusion in which, in one’s youth, one had but just escaped being nourished. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

D. H. Lawrence Perhaps this disillusion was a greater illusion than the illusion itself. The Captain’s Doll by D. H. Lawrence

I had the illusion of a narrow streak of light on the wall of the house as if it had been cracked. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

Marcel Prous Cette illusion peut étonner de la part de quelqu’un d’aussi fin, d’aussi inquiet. Sodome et Gomorrhe by Marcel Prous

It is an illusion under which we live. A Pluralistic Universe by William James [1909]

Guy de Maupassan So everyone was treacherous, and untrue and faithless! Her eyes filled with tears, for sometimes it is as bitter to see an illusion destroyed as to witness the death of a friend. Une Vie (A Woman’s Life) by Guy de Maupassan

Percy Bysshe Shelley He raised his almost nerveless arm, and passed it across his eyes, as if to convince himself, that what he saw was not an illusion of the imagination. Zastrozzi by Percy Bysshe Shelley [1810]

Olaf Stapledon Clearly conceived extension, including figure and number, seemed to Descartes indubitable; yet even figure and number may deceive, since they also may occur in illusion and dream. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

Edith Wharton Her intellectual independence gave a touch of comradeship to their intimacy, prolonging the illusion of college friendships based on a joyous interchange of heresies. The Touchstone by Edith Wharton [1900]

Virginia Woolf The entire bay quivered; the lighthouse wobbled; and she had the illusion that the mast of Mr. Connor’s little yacht was bending like a wax candle in the sun. Jacob’s Room by Virginia Woolf [1920]

H. G. Wells He did contrive finally to impose the illusion of a definitive World War upon great masses of people. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

The illusion subsided at length; and as the mind rapidly passes to opposite extremes, he remembered the injunction of his uncle to destroy the portrait. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

He nurses the illusion that he is one of the lost arms of the Venus de Milo, and hopes that the French Government may be persuaded to buy him. The Chronicles of Clovis by Saki

All rulers in all ages have tried to impose a false view of the world upon their followers, but they could not afford to encourage any illusion that tended to impair military efficiency. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

It was the creature which had lingered outside the illusion of Eden for the man who had consented to its company. Descent into Hell by Charles Williams [1937]

Edith Wharton This time there was no illusion in the thin envelope between her fingers; she could feel through it the hard knife-edge of reality. The Mother’s Recompense by Edith Wharton [1925]

In a big town the throng and bustle give one at least the illusion of companionship, and in the country everyone is interested in everyone else — too much so, indeed. A Clergyman’s Daughter by George Orwell

Willa Cather As she lay with her eyes closed, she had again, more vividly than for many years, the old illusion of her girlhood, of being lifted and carried lightly by some one very strong. O Pioneers! by Willa Cather [1913]

Jean-Jacques Rousseau The conjuring tricks of our political theorists are very like that; they first dismember the Body politic by an illusion worthy of a fair, and then join it together again we know not how. The Social Contract by Jean-Jacques Rousseau

H.P. Lovecraft From that point forward my impressions are scarcely to be relied on — indeed, I still possess a final, desperate hope that they all form parts of some daemonic dream or illusion born of delirium. The Shadow Out of Time by H.P. Lovecraft [1935]

Olaf Stapledon In this view the bush-cow illusion must be described somewhat as follows. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

Captain Dodd could prove Alfred’s soi-disant illusion to be the simple truth. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

D. H. Lawrence But isn’t it really an illusion to think you can get out of it? After all, a cottage in the Abruzzi, or wherever it may be, isn’t a new world. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

F. Scott Fitzgerald This was an illusion made by the enchantment of the music, the unfamiliar lighting, and the surrounding presence of water. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

D. H. Lawrence The illusion of love was gone for ever. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

H. G. Wells I was never under any illusion that my classes would open up a way of return for me to genuine scientific work and my spirit resounded richly to this piratical note. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Edith Wharton She knew that she had at last emerged into the bald light of day from the mist of illusion she had tried to create about her marriage. Hudson River Bracketed by Edith Wharton [1929]

Henry Adams There was no concealment, no delicacy, and no illusion about it. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

For the fraction of a second he had the illusion and the fear of the scoundrel having died there before the enraged glance of his eyes. An Outcast of the Islands by Joseph Conrad [1896]

Anatole France You will only add another illusion to the illusion of love and beauty. The Red Lily by Anatole France [1894]

G. K. Chesterton Yet, despite this vast nightmare of illusion and morbidity and ignorance of the world, “Jane Eyre” is perhaps the truest book that was ever written. Varied Types by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

Arnold Bennett He told her now and then that she belonged to that large class of people who have the illusion that a clock stands still at the last moment while last things are being done. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

Henry James Not further to anticipate, at all events, that climax was for a while but vaguely in sight, and the illusion of felicity continued from season to season to shut us in. A small boy and others by Henry James [1913]

They had gone down the hill together, the man and that creature of illusion which had grown like the flowers of Eastern magic between the covering and uncovering of a seed. Descent into Hell by Charles Williams [1937]

Edith Wharton It is an illusion often nursed by novelists, especially those who, like James, are gradually dominated by the sense of “situation,” the strictly scenic element, in their subjects. A Backward Glance by Edith Wharton [1934]

D. H. Lawrence So she flitted along, keeping an illusion that she was unnoticed. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

H. G. Wells For a moment I entertain an illusion that really I am unworthy to hear the impalpable inconclusiveness of what he said to her and of what she said to him. A Modern Utopia by H. G. Wells [1905]

A la lampe, l’armoire à glace, la pendule et ce qui restait des rideaux, faisaient encore illusion aux hommes. Nana by Emile Zola [1880]

George Gissing He explained, and, in doing so, quite dispelled the girl’s illusion that he was come on her account. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

Robert Louis Stevenson The illusion only endured an instant; but it left him somewhat unmanned, rubbing his eyes and staring at the outline of the house and the black night behind it. Will O’ the Mill by Robert Louis Stevenson

It can REINTRODUCE people, having deprived them of their mutual illusion under which they married. The hesitation of Miss Anderson by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1903]

Henry James At the same time he had no illusion about the effect of his refusal; he perfectly saw how it would make for a rupture. The Altar of the Dead by Henry James [1895]

G. K. Chesterton In a queer way he seems to see existence as an illusion and yet as an obligation. George Bernard Shaw by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

H. G. Wells No! I suffered from the sort of illusion that burnt witches in the seventeenth century. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

For the first time the illusion seemed to possess Sir Walter that he had paid off all the debt for which he was liable, and that he was once more free to give as his generosity prompted. Sir Walter Scott by Richard H. Hutton [1878]

Jules Verne Leur illusion fut de courte durée. L’Ile Mystérieuse by Jules Verne [1874]

Edith Wharton At nineteen it was almost the last illusion she had left. Twilight Sleep by Edith Wharton [1927]

They were vice-conscious, and virtue did not abide in their minds than as a dream which was an illusion and a lie. Demi-Gods by James Stephens

Edith Wharton The play was written, the actors were bespoken, and it was too late to withdraw; but I don’t think either of us had a moment’s illusion as to the ultimate result. A Backward Glance by Edith Wharton [1934]

Her set, white face gave an illusion of placidity. A Set of Six by Joseph Conrad [1908]

Benjamin Disraeli It was no illusion of a heated fancy; again the eyelids trembled, there was a melancholy smile, and then they closed. Vivian Grey by Benjamin Disraeli [1827]

Edith Wharton It reminded him that the little Wheaters’ hold on him was not half as frail as his own on them, and that it was folly to indulge the illusion that he could really direct or control their fate. The Children by Edith Wharton [1928]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Then Amory opened his eyes, half afraid that sight would spoil the rich illusion of harmony. This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The barrister was under no illusion as to why he had received this invitation to Lord Bosworth’s country house. Barbara Rebell by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1905]

Guy de Maupassant Yes, perhaps there was more of illusion than of reality in our passion; but these illusions lift you into the clouds, while realities always leave you trailing in the dust. Julie Romain by Guy de Maupassant [1886]

Anthony Trollope The illusion was but for a moment, though during that moment it completely took possession of her. The Macdermots of Ballycloran by Anthony Trollope [1847]

Arthur Conan Doyle An illusion was absurd when all had the same impression. The Land of Mist by Arthur Conan Doyle [1926]

Anatole France Does anybody take him seriously in the political world? You may be sure that he never gave an illusion to any woman, not even his wife. The Red Lily by Anatole France [1894]

Mirage — illusion — dream — whatsoever the vision’s nature, it had the appearance at least of solid reality. Claimed! by Francis Stevens

M. R. James The note was little, if at all, louder than before, and repetition broke the illusion — no picture followed, as he had half hoped it might. Ghost Stories of an Antiquary by M. R. James

Ralph Waldo Emerson There is none but a strict and faithful dealing at home, and a severe barring out of all duplicity or illusion there. The Conduct of Life by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1860]

For a minute we could have had the illusion that he had stolen away, unheard, on the thick mats. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

F. Scott Fitzgerald All this was her love — the vital and feminine illusion that had directed itself toward him one April night, many months before. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

By now the illusion of adventure that had reconciled me to leaving home was in a desperate state, and I drank my tea and consumed my cakes without enjoyment. The Ghost Ship by Richard Middleton

The point of rubbing garlic on bread is that the taste lingers and gives one the illusion of having fed recently. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

Henry James When it shows signs of having been groped and fumbled for, the needful illusion is of course absent and the failure complete. Hawthorne by Henry James [1879]

Wilkie Collins Another illusion gone! I hope you won’t think I am offended, if I say a bold word. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

Arnold Bennett He had the illusion that if only he could maintain a silence sufficiently august his error of fact and of manner would cease to be an error. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

George Gissing Poor, poor N. F.! Something whispers to me that perhaps I was always under an illusion about him. Will Warburton by George Gissing [1903]

But it is not that I cherish any illusion about Georges. He was neither strong nor faithful; I loved him as he was—not as a Perfect Being, whom, in fact, I should have detested. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

Anatole France From that time forth, I regarded it as my duty to write his true history, without permitting myself any illusion as to the success of such an undertaking. The Seven Wives of Bluebeard by Anatole France [1920]

Jules Verne Harry se demandait donc s’il n’était pas le jouet d’une illusion d’acoustique, de quelque bizarre ou fantasque écho. Les Indes Noires by Jules Verne [1877]

Virginia Woolf But why say ‘blame’? Why, if it was an illusion, not praise the catastrophe, whatever it was, that destroyed illusion and put truth in its place? For truth . A room of one’s own by Virginia Woolf [1929]

Henry Adams As usual, Adams found himself fifty years behind his time, but a number of belated wanderers kept him company, and they produced on each other the effect or illusion of a public opinion. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]