Phrases with "visions"

Jack London After that he will be left to gibber his visions to padded walls. The Iron Heel by Jack London [1908]

George Gissing My visions were realised, and I was rich. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Mrs. Hare was better then; the sunshine and the business of stirring life had in some measure effaced the visions of the night, and restored her to her wonted frame of mind. East Lynne by Ellen Wood [1861]

Neither murders nor visions interest him. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

George Eliot With a single drop of ink for a mirror, the Egyptian sorcerer undertakes to reveal to any chance comer far-reaching visions of the past. Adam Bede by George Eliot [1859]

Edgar Allan Poe With her and with her terrible crew went all our gay visions of deliverance and joy. The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket by Edgar Allan Poe

As the visible world is sustained by the invisible, so men, through all their trials and sins and sordid vocations, are nourished by the beautiful visions of their solitary dreamers. As a Man Thinketh by James Allen [1903]

Jack London Nor was she above seeing visions and hearing voices. The Star Rover by Jack London [1915]

Virginia Woolf I wished for you; the same scenes strike us both, and the same kind of visions has amused us both ever since we were born. The Death of the Moth and other essays by Virginia Woolf [1942]

Walter Scott We have seen the palate, in the case of the porridge-fed lunatic, enter its protest against the acquiescence of eyes, ears, and touch, in the gay visions which gilded the patient’s confinement. Letters on Demonology and Witchcraft by Walter Scott [1831]

E. F. Benson Winds take a pensive tone, and stars a tender fire, And visions rise and change, that kill me with desire. Charlotte Bronte by E. F. Benson [1932]

Her spirits were enlivened by the evident change for the better in Elvira, and her fancy presented her with visions bright and pleasing. The Monk by Matthew Lewis [1796]

Algernon Blackwood Uncommon visions met my descending or ascending consciousness, so that while brain and body slept, some deeper part of me went travelling swiftly backwards. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

And, in fact, this conception did stimulate his activity for some time, serving too, as long as it was uncrystallized, to concentrate his visions upon objective realities. Balzac by Frederick Lawton

Edith Wharton At one time he had had musical and literary yearnings, visions of desultory artistic indulgence; but these had of late been superseded by the resolute determination to plunge into practical life. The Reef by Edith Wharton [1912]

These visions needed not that any sound should speak to me, or music mould my feelings. Autobiographical Sketches by Thomas De Quincey [1853]

The credulity of that age had a wide maw, and Peter’s visions must have been absurd and outrageous indeed, when the very men who had believed in the lance refused to swallow any more of his wonders. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

Andrew Lang Have just seen visions on lawn — a soldier in general’s uniform, a young lady kneeling to him, 11. The Book of Dreams and Ghosts by Andrew Lang

George Meredith I remember your saying, “bad visions come under the eyelids. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

Edgar Allan Poe And again I sunk into visions of Ligeia — and again, (what marvel that I shudder while I write,) again there reached my ears a low sob from the region of the ebony bed. Ligeia by Edgar Allan Poe

Ralph Waldo Emerson But when his visions become the stereotyped language of multitudes of persons of all degrees of age and capacity, they are perverted. Representative Men by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1850]

William Blake As glasses discover Worlds In the endless Abyss of space, So the expanding eyes of Immortals Beheld the dark visions of Los, And the globe of life blood trembling 8. The Book of Urizen by William Blake [1794]

Lucy Maud Montgomery Still with rapt face she gazed afar into the sunset west, with eyes that saw visions trooping splendidly across that glowing background. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery [1908]

Olaf Stapledon The dreams and visions that plagued the Dolt might well have risen from the suppressed side of his own nature. A Man Divided by Olaf Stapledon

The visions that had held her helpless — visions of poverty and of escape from poverty — suddenly vanished and left only a shocked realization of what was happening to her. A Clergyman’s Daughter by George Orwell

Richard Burton As they approached the Holy Land, visions of the “Nabbut” caused a change for the better in their manners. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

Adrian despised the narrow views of the politician, and Raymond held in supreme contempt the benevolent visions of the philanthropist. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

George Gissing At the point to which he had been reduced by several days of blank despondency, Peak was able to find genuine encouragement in visions such as this. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

Henry James Her mind, assailed by visions, was in a state of extraordinary activity, and her visions might as well come to her there, where she sat up to meet them, as on her pillow, to make a mockery of rest. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

H.P. Lovecraft There he would meditate upon the visions that filled his mind, and there devise the forms of beauty which later became immortal in breathing marble. The Tree by H.P. Lovecraft [1920]

Theodore Dreiser All her mind ran toward visions of the future, when, somehow, she and he might be together for all time. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

H. G. Wells But the two visions are not seen consistently together, at least by me, and I do not surely know that they exist consistently together. A Modern Utopia by H. G. Wells [1905]

What if his Quinola should be the great attraction of the season! And his mind was filled visions of overflowing houses and showers of gold. Balzac by Frederick Lawton

Anna Katherine Green Her visions were all inner ones. Dark Hollow by Anna Katherine Green

H. G. Wells They became at last instruments to realize the plans and visions of the very men they had hunted, maltreated and murdered in the crude zeal of their first beginnings. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

Robert Louis Stevenson They are dreams and unsubstantial; visions of style that repose upon no base of human meaning; the last heart-throbs of that excited amateur who has to die in all of us before the artist can be born. Collected Essays by Robert Louis Stevenson

E. Phillips Oppenheim It is bewildering to have her so close to me in a chamber peopled many and many a night with thoughts and visions of her. The Postmaster of Market Deignton by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

Anna Katherine Green Despicable! the work of a man without conscience or heart! Yes, and he knew it, and for weeks his sleep was broken by visions and his waking hours rendered dreadful by fears. The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow by Anna Katherine Green

Sinclair Lewis He also saw visions in pipe-smoke, and was very brave and poor and pure. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

George Eliot Wild visions of an impossible future thrust themselves upon him. Felix Holt the Radical by George Eliot [1866]

Olaf Stapledon He had shown me, through years of inner turmoil, the aspirations and reluctances of a primitive being haunted by visions from a higher sphere. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

Edgar Allan Poe In their gray visions they obtain glimpses of eternity, and thrill, in awakening, to find that they have been upon the verge of the great secret. Eleonora by Edgar Allan Poe [1841]

The same lust-exciting visions floated before his eyes: Matilda, in all the pomp of beauty, warm, tender, and luxurious, clasped him to her bosom, and lavished upon him the most ardent caresses. The Monk by Matthew Lewis [1796]

Henry James Disconnected visions passed through it, and sudden dull gleams of memory, of expectation. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

George Meredith His visions of our glorious future enchained me. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

George Meredith Where she was deluded was in supposing that she would no longer dread his impetuous disposition to turn rosy visions into facts. The Tragic Comedians by George Meredith [1880]

It seemed to me as if, while I lavished my heart and my youth upon visions of beauty, I was losing the beautiful realities of actual life. Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1842]

She inherited something of his sanguine nature, and she loved him very dearly, so she may be forgiven if she believed in his vague visions of future grandeur. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Elizabeth Gaskell In all Philip’s visions of future prosperity, it was Sylvia who was to be aggrandized by them; his own life was to be spent as it was now, pretty much between the four shop walls. Sylvia’s Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell [1863]

Olaf Stapledon Little by little I reproduced in myself this cramped and ungenerous mode of the mind; and, as I did so, visions of your world came crowding in upon me with increasing vividness. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

Elizabeth Gaskell The visions come thick upon me, and my sight grows clearer and clearer. Lois the Witch by Elizabeth Gaskell [1859]

Arthur Conan Doyle Percy and Astley were young and hot-headed with wild visions of dashing deeds and knight errantry, but Knolles with cold, clear brain and purpose of iron held ever his object in view. Sir Nigel by Arthur Conan Doyle [1906]

George Eliot Those old stories of visions and dreams guiding men have their truth: we are saved by making the future present to ourselves. Felix Holt the Radical by George Eliot [1866]

As his mind swam along with the gliding, tricksy phantom of a tune, it seemed as if he too could see these visions — as if he gazed at them through her eyes. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

William Godwin They said that her boasted visions were so many delusions of the devil. Lives of the Necromancers by William Godwin [1834]

Marjorie Bowen What could a ghost leave but fairy gold? But she cried all the same in pure disappointment at the loss of the golden visions that the two golden coins had conjured up. Elsie’s Lonely Afternoon by Marjorie Bowen

Olaf Stapledon And the new lure of power was one of the dream visions that confused him. Death into Life by Olaf Stapledon

Thomas Carlyle An outer hull of chaotic confusion, visions of the Devil, nervous dreams, almost semi-madness; and yet such a clear determinate man’s-energy working in the heart of that. On Heroes and Hero Worship and the Heroic in History by Thomas Carlyle

Edith Wharton But all those I had seen at the front, dusty, dirty, mud-encrusted, blood-stained, spent and struggling on; when I try to remember, the two visions merge into one, and my heart is broken with them. A Backward Glance by Edith Wharton [1934]

Rudyard Kipling Whoring not with visions — overwise and overstale. The Seven Seas by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

With the rage and dismay of a betrayed woman, she reviewed the tenor of her life in visions concerned mostly with Stevie’s difficult existence from its earliest days. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad [1907]

John Galsworthy A distracted squeeze, a heavy sigh, and, soon after, sounds from the young man’s motor-cycle called up visions of flying dust and broken bones. To Let by John Galsworthy

He would have no peace of mind till the cheque was cashed — for quite possibly the bank would refuse it — but already a stream of visions was flowing through his mind. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

He fancied her beholding visions as she wrought the music — visions full of barbaric color and romantic forms. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

H.P. Lovecraft As I stared at the uncannily lighted door and windows, I became subject to the most extravagant visions — visions so extravagant that I cannot even relate them. The Temple by H.P. Lovecraft [1920]

She could not tell whether the incredible visions that had manifested would show themselves to her; she did not desire but neither would she avoid them. The Place of the Lion by Charles Williams [1931]

George Meredith What, goin’ to bed? What, you, Tony? I say—I say—dear me!” And during these exclamations intricate visions of tripping by means of gold wires danced before him. Rhoda Fleming by George Meredith [1865]

H.P. Lovecraft For some time I accepted the visions as natural, even though I had never before been an extravagant dreamer. The Shadow Out of Time by H.P. Lovecraft [1935]

H. G. Wells In some odd way these visions mixed up with my dream of in my uncle in his despair. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

It was strange to find her most romantic visions realised; strange, but a strangeness not without pain. The Golden Calf by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Andrew Lang Even on Brougham’s showing, then, this dream was a thing unique in his experience, and not one of the swarm of visions of sleep. The Book of Dreams and Ghosts by Andrew Lang

A knock at the door dispelled Sarah’s visions of that happy day. The Four Million by O. Henry [1906]

Rudyard Kipling The visions departed, and Shame followed Passion:— “He took what I said in this horrible fashion, “I’ll write to Harendra!” With language unsainted The Captain came back to the Bride. . Departmental Ditties and other verses by Rudyard Kipling [1886]

Arthur Machen There are all sorts of ways of breaking down this wall, one of them being brandy, the resulting visions being known as delirium tremens. Dreads and Drolls by Arthur Machen

Henry James This claims to be called a haunted chamber, for thousands upon thousands of visions have appeared to me in it; and some few of them have become visible to the world. Hawthorne by Henry James [1879]

From her childhood she had been acquainted with the grave, and with visions of a world beyond the grave. London Pride by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1896]

Elizabeth Gaskell The visions melted into deep, unconscious sleep. Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

George Meredith They have that whisper and waving of secresy in secret scenery; they beckon to the bath; and they conjure classic visions of the pudency of the Goddess irate or unsighted. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

It was with these golden visions, far more than with visions of glory, above all, of celestial glory, that the Peruvian adventurer fed his gross and worldly imagination. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

Walter Scott Sleeping, to be sure, is the most serious employment of your life — for as to eating, you hardly match a sparrow; but I entreat you to sleep without dreaming, or to keep your visions to yourself. Saint Ronan’s Well by Walter Scott [1824]

Andrew Lang The chamber in which she saw these visions was most vividly represented. Adventures Among Books by Andrew Lang

I could put fear into their hearts, and terrify them with visions of the wrath to come. The Red Paste Murders by Arthur Gask [1924]

I bid you at that particular time, because I can see visions more vividly in the dusky glow of firelight than either by daylight or lamplight. The Life and Genius of Nathaniel Hawthorne by Frank Preston Stearns [1906]

George Meredith Many visions of him they had, and were pleased. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

George Gissing But an hour of contentment sufficed to banish such visions as sheer frenzy. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

Percy Bysshe Shelley The visions of his sleep were changed, for tears came fast from under his eyelids, and a deep sigh burst from his bosom. Zastrozzi by Percy Bysshe Shelley [1810]

Thomas Love Peacock Then we shall see visions of transcendental illumination, and soar on the wings of ideas into the space of pure intelligence. Nightmare Abbey by Thomas Love Peacock

G. K. Chesterton So these figures seemed to stand up, violent and unaccountable, against an ultimate horizon, visions from the verge. The Man Who Was Thursday by G. K. Chesterton

George Borrow Perhaps they are wise, and I am a fool, I know not, but one thing I am certain of, which is, that were I not independent I should be very unhappy: I should have no visions then. The Romany Rye by George Borrow

Charles Dickens Judge, jury and spectators have visions of his lounging about, with an ill-looking, large-whiskered, dissolute young fellow of six feet high. The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens [1840]

Elizabeth Gaskell Either he did not recognize her, or she came in too completely as a part of his sleeping visions for him to be disturbed by her appearance there. My Lady Ludlow by Elizabeth Gaskell [1858]

We doubted whether he had any visions of wealth—for himself, at any rate. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

The nervous terrors and fearful visions which had scared us during the spring, continued to visit our coward troop during this sad journey. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

The man who saw the white fool said of a certain woman, not a peasant woman, “If I had her power of vision I would know all the wisdom of the gods, and her visions do not interest her. The Celtic Twilight by William Butler Yeats [1893]

These visions were self-sustained. Suspiria de Profundis by Thomas De Quincey [1845]

Thomas Wolfe It was inconceivable, and as George listened he grew sick, as one does in some awful nightmare when he visions someone he knows doing some perverse and abominable act. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

Jack London As the time passed, I grew more contented with my lot, and the devil came less and less in my sleep to torment the old Adam in me with lawless visions of tobacco and savoury foods. The Star Rover by Jack London [1915]

Henry James They turned over their schemes together and indulged in visions of romantic hours. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

The Funeral March seemed the very soul of those dark masses whose delegates sat in this hall, building from their obscure visions a new Russia — and perhaps more. Ten Days That Shook the World by John Reed

He has prophetic visions and sensations, which are generally true, but sometimes erroneous. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

The voice which speaks to me in visions does not lie. The Crime and the Criminal by Richard Marsh [1897]

Guy de Maupassan Her eyes were gazing languidly towards the distant horizon as if they sought to follow through the park visions of her youth. The Love of Long Ago by Guy de Maupassan

Caroline Lamb In the struggles of ebbing life, even as the spirit of flame rushed from the bands of mortality, visions of punishment and hell pursued him. Glenarvon by Caroline Lamb [1816]

H.P. Lovecraft On the contrary, my absence from the conscious world was marked by visions of the most unutterable hideousness. Imprisoned with the Pharaohs by H.P. Lovecraft [1924]

Charles Dickens He felt quite happy; and as he leaned upon his staff and mused, a bright smile overspread his face, and none but cheerful visions floated into his brain. Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens [1841]

Anthony Trollope Then there crossed his brain visions of a future life which were injurious to the girl he loved. An Eye for an Eye by Anthony Trollope [1879]

The sea of visions went to the table, and, bending over it, beckoned to Madge to draw closer. Tom Ossington’s Ghost by Richard Marsh [1898]

Rudyard Kipling His sleep was broken by visions dread Of a shining Boh with a silver head. Departmental Ditties and other verses by Rudyard Kipling [1886]

Ralph Waldo Emerson The visions of good men are good; it is the undisciplined will that is whipped with bad thoughts and bad fortunes. The Conduct of Life by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1860]

Willa Cather Then, because the picture-making mechanism was crushed, the disturbing visions flashed into black, and Paul dropped back into the immense design of things. The Troll Garden by Willa Cather [1905]

Andrew Lang But this very popular writer can see no visions in a crystal ball. The Book of Dreams and Ghosts by Andrew Lang

Such are the visions that fade away —   Man proposes and God disposes; Look in the glass and I see to-day Only an old man, worn and grey,   Bending his head to a bunch of roses. The Man from Snowy River and other verses by A. B. Paterson

And all the old love, the old longing,   Broke out in the breasts of the boys, The visions of racing came thronging   With all its delirious joys. The Man from Snowy River and other verses by A. B. Paterson

Olaf Stapledon But since their visions were not as a rule very profound, they and he soon saw all there was to see in them. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

Wilkie Collins Serene visions re Marchesina Potts swam benignant before my eyes. A Passage in the Life of Perugino Potts by Wilkie Collins [1852]

It may be that it drove all practical considerations out of his mind, making room for awful and precise visions which nothing could dislodge afterwards. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

Virginia Woolf Its visions are not fine-spun and white with purity like Louis’. The Waves by Virginia Woolf [1931]

Adam Lindsay Gordon Hugo: Enough; we will start this very day, Thurston, Eric, and I, And the baffled visions will pass away, And the restless fires will die. Poems by Adam Lindsay Gordon

Rudyard Kipling When due and sufficient reasons have been given, weighed and approved, the machinery moves forward, and the dreamer of dreams and the seer of visions is gone from his friends and following. Soldiers Three by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Edith Wharton Never before had Odo so keenly felt the difference between theoretical visions of liberty and their practical application. The Valley of Decision by Edith Wharton [1902]

H.P. Lovecraft Of my visions after 1914 I will here mention only a few, since fuller accounts and records are at the disposal of the serious student. The Shadow Out of Time by H.P. Lovecraft [1935]

Jack London Only in my dreams did he torment me, principally with visions of varied foods and with imagined indulgence in the foul weed called tobacco. The Star Rover by Jack London [1915]

Wilkie Collins And she made matters worse, poor child, by writing in her diary about the visions and supernatural appearances that had terrified her. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

Henry James Besides, she wished to convince herself that she had done everything possible to content her husband; she was determined not to be haunted by visions of his wife’s limpness under appeal. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

Charles Dickens Truth is sacred, and the visions are crowned by a shining white beaver bonnet, impossibly suggestive of a little feminine postboy. The Uncommercial Traveller by Charles Dickens [1860]

Elizabeth Gaskell She’s bad enough as it is, with her dreams and her methodee fancies, and her visions of cities with goulden gates and precious stones. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell [1854]

G. K. Chesterton Crowds of impatient malcontents were adjured to Wait for the Word; and apocalyptic visions were provided, of the scenes of world-change that would follow, when once The Word was spoken. Four Faultless Felons by G. K. Chesterton [1930]

Percy Bysshe Shelley Confused visions flitted in Matilda’s imagination whilst under the influence of sleep; at last they assumed a settled shape. Zastrozzi by Percy Bysshe Shelley [1810]

George Gissing For the moment he had shaken off his visions of Tartarus, and was his saner self once more. Veranilda by George Gissing [1903]

Edmund Burke Here end all the deceitful dreams and visions of the equality and rights of men. Reflections on the Revolution in France by Edmund Burke [1790]

Ann Radcliffe Then visions of pleasure shall float on our sight, While light bounding our spirits shall flow; And the god shall impart a fine sense of delight Which in vain sober mortals would know. A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe [1790]

Andrew Lang The universal idea is that such visions may be ‘clairvoyant. The Making of Religion by Andrew Lang

Charles Dickens Certain people who have a talent for dreaming fortunately, are much sought after; and there are some priests who are constantly favoured with visions of the lucky numbers. Pictures from Italy by Charles Dickens [1846]

Caroline Lamb But a dark malady at times had fallen upon La Crusca. He would see visions of horror; and the sight of a mother and a child threw him into frenzy, till it became necessary to confine him. Glenarvon by Caroline Lamb [1816]

George Eliot A character at unity with itself — that performs what it intends, subdues every counteracting impulse, and has no visions beyond the distinctly possible — is strong by its very negations. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot [1860]

George Eliot Images from the past kept urging themselves upon him like delirious visions strangely blended with thirst and anguish. Romola by George Eliot [1862-3]

Two gates the silent house of Sleep adorn; Of polish’d iv’ry this, that of transparent horn: True visions thro’ transparent horn arise; Thro’ polish’d iv’ry pass deluding lies. The Aeneid by translated by John Dryden

George Eliot I might in time get to be a seer of visions myself, like the Suora Maddalena, and Camilla Rucellai, and the rest. Romola by George Eliot [1862-3]

Gifts, powers, material, intellectual, and spiritual possessions are the fruits of effort; they are thoughts completed, objects accomplished, visions realized. As a Man Thinketh by James Allen [1903]

Willa Cather Then, because the picture making mechanism was crushed, the disturbing visions flashed into black, and Paul dropped back into the immense design of things. Youth and the Bright Medusa by Willa Cather [1920]

Ivan Turgenev Your visions will leave you and, moreover, that dog will be of use to you. The Dog by Ivan Turgenev

I had indulged in visions of better flats than these. The Black Mask by E. W. Hornung [1901]

He was wildly excited by visions of inconceivable promise. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

Henry James They had prolongations of instants that counted as visions of bliss; they had slow approximations that counted as long caresses. The Golden Bowl by Henry James [1904]

Marjorie Bowen Usually when I did this my second sight, or clairvoyance or whatever you called the faculty I had, rewarded me with distinct visions or pictures. Ann Mellor’s Lover by Marjorie Bowen

Wilkie Collins Far down the corridors rise visions of flying phantoms, ever at the same distance before us — their raving voices clanging like the hammers of a thousand forges. Basil by Wilkie Collins [1852]

There is always something to be given up even when our brightest visions are realised; there is always some one figure (a low one perhaps) missing in the fullest sum of earthly happiness. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

George Gissing Perchance he regretted the visions of his youth, the dreams of glory in marble. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

It is impossible to imagine Wordsworth dwelling with zest on visions and imagery, on which Spenser has lavished all his riches. Spenser by R. W. Church [1879]

Edith Wharton His eyes were full of visions of work to be, his hands of the strength of work done. The Children by Edith Wharton [1928]

Andrew Lang But, like dreams, these crystal visions enter the domain of the ghostly only when they are veracious, and contribute information previously unknown as to past, present or future. The Book of Dreams and Ghosts by Andrew Lang

E. F. Benson As some minutes must elapse before he gets into the hypnotic state in which the visions begin, I strolled out on to the balcony for coolness. At Abdul Ali’s Grave by E. F. Benson

Eh! His — er — visions are batrachian. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

Anatole France These visions rendered me lazy. At the Sign of the Reine Pédauque by Anatole France

George Gissing They were the love letters of a poet, one in whom melancholy mingled with every emotion, whose brightest visions of joy were shadowed by brooding mortality. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

H.P. Lovecraft I remember the square of moonlight on the floor, that was not like any other light, and the visions that danced on the moonbeams when my mother sang to me. The Quest of Iranon by H.P. Lovecraft [1921]

The Middle Ages wondered at visions of the truth — alchemy, sorcery, fountains of youth, these are part of the dream. Shadows of Ecstasy by Charles Williams

Their visions of the triumph of justice captivated her and warmed her heart. Mother by Maksim Gorky

Henry James The visions I have just spoken of were mixed with other debates. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

H.P. Lovecraft Instantly, as once before, my visions faded, and I saw again only the evil moonlight, the brooding desert, and the spreading tumulus of palaeogean masonry. The Shadow Out of Time by H.P. Lovecraft [1935]

Elizabeth Barrett Browning And, not without The wreath he died in and the doubt He died by, Tasso, bard and lover, Whose visions were too thin to cover The face of a false woman over. A Vision of Poets by Elizabeth Barrett Browning [1844]

Olaf Stapledon It is easy to point out that alcohol, nitrous oxide, opium and other drugs may induce ecstatic moods and beatific visions remarkably like some aspects of mystical experience. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

His conceptions crowded upon him in vivid, serried multitudes — the wildest visions of fantasy mixed pell-mell with the most vital realizations of fact. Landmarks in Literature--French by Lytton Strachey

Henry James In all Mrs. Luna’s visions of herself, her discretion was the leading feature. The Bostonians by Henry James [1886]

James Joyce Her hopes and visions were so intricate that she no longer saw the white pillows on which her gaze was fixed or remembered that she was waiting for anything. Dubliners by James Joyce

Ivan Turgenev Rainbow-colored visions sometimes glowed before her eyes, but she breathed more peacefully when they faded away, and she did not hanker after them. Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev

At last she startled up, And gazed on the vacant air, With a look of awe, as if she saw Some dreadful phantom there — And then in the pillow she buried her face From visions ill to bear. The Poetical Works of Thomas Hood by with biographical introduction by William Michael Rossetti

G. K. Chesterton The Church in its earthly action has really touched morbid things—tortures and bleeding visions and blasts of extermination. The Ball and the Cross by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

Walter Scott I had wild visions — visions of conducting her as if to some poor retreat, and introducing her at once to rank and fortune she never dreamt of. The Heart of Mid-Lothian by Walter Scott [1818]

Edith Wharton Ten months earlier the amount it stood for had represented the depths of penury; but her standard of values had changed in the interval, and now visions of wealth lurked in every flourish of the pen. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton [1905]

George Gissing He drove about London as usual, but beset with fantastic visions and desires. The Town Traveller by George Gissing [1897]

It was a strange and melancholy illusion, evolved half-consciously like all our illusions, which I suspect only to be visions of remote unattainable truth, seen dimly. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

Arthur Machen Here and there one can hear, as it were, the whisper and the hint of deeper mysteries, visions of a great experiment and a great achievement to which some men may be called. The Secret Glory by Arthur Machen

These, with extraordinary visions seen by the enthusiastic, alternately cheered and depressed them according as they foretold the triumph or pictured the reverses of the cross. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

H.P. Lovecraft As I have said, it was not immediately that these wild visions began to hold their terrifying quality. The Shadow Out of Time by H.P. Lovecraft [1935]

But all through that night Mr. Whitelaw, who was not commonly a seer of visions or dreamer of dreams, had his slumbers disturbed by some unwonted perplexity of spirit. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

She was haunted by visions which sleeplessness enlarged to a gigantic size. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

Theodore Dreiser She took only a mouthful to eat and then practised on, sustained by visions of freedom from financial distress — “The sound of glory ringing in her ears. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

Willa Cather Then she relaxed a little, feeling that there was a barrier to be counted upon between her and that world of visions and quagmires and failure. The Troll Garden by Willa Cather [1905]

E. T. A. Hoffmann The first time I played upon it I somehow fancied that I was only the magnetiser who has the power of moving his subject to reveal of his own accord in words the visions of his inner nature. The Cremona Violin by E. T. A. Hoffmann

Andrew Lang Such are the visions of crystal gazing. The Book of Dreams and Ghosts by Andrew Lang

Elizabeth Barrett Browning I lived with visions for my company Instead of men and women, years ago, And found them gentle mates, nor thought to know A sweeter music than they played to me. Sonnets from the Portuguese by Elizabeth Barrett Browning [1850]

Scared with the visions which seemed to throng with unceasing rapidity and vividness, I threw open the window and looked out upon the quiet scene around. The Purcell Papers by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Such impressions from surrounding objects painfully contradicted the bright visions with which Gertrude had been so much occupied, and which she still secretly indulged in her heart. I Promessi Sposi by Alessandro Manzoni

H.P. Lovecraft It was the largest group in one place that I had seen so far, and so sharply did it impress me that the visions of fabulous aeons faded suddenly away. The Shadow Out of Time by H.P. Lovecraft [1935]

Edith Wharton Now and then he would stop writing and let his visions sweep him away; then he would return with renewed fervour to the minute scrutiny of his imaginary characters. Hudson River Bracketed by Edith Wharton [1929]

Elizabeth Gaskell So she looked fixedly at vacancy; a series of visions passing before her, in all of which her son was the principal, the sole object — her son, her pride, her property. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell [1854]

But besides that, as grief and solitude ripened her heart, and made her tremble at times to think how deeply it could feel, her vague and early visions shaped themselves into an ideal of love. Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1842]

Edith Wharton Her visions of a brilliant marriage for Lily had faded after the first year. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton [1905]

H.P. Lovecraft But when I awaked next morning I felt it had all been a dream, for the visions I had seen were more wonderful than any sound of wild pipes in the night. The Moon-Bog by H.P. Lovecraft [1921]

H.P. Lovecraft It is evident that with time the curious inhibitions somewhat waned, for the scope of my visions vastly increased. The Shadow Out of Time by H.P. Lovecraft [1935]

My visions of a former night really seemed to be prophetic. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

Andrew Lang He can create visions that the waking self can remember, but cannot originate, and cannot trace to any memory of waking impressions. The Valet’s Tragedy by Andrew Lang

Sinclair Lewis For all her visions she could not control her voice, and she was bored by the fiftieth repetition of her few lines as maid. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

They did; and there was an end of it, and went in for all kinds of rose-coloured visions after the fashion of such-like poor mortals in this lower world. The Curate of St. Matthew’s by Ellen Wood [1879]

Olaf Stapledon He was overwhelmed by visions of what might have happened if he had not been able to control his arm. Collected Stories by Olaf Stapledon

Wilkie Collins It dispelled the visions — and it was bearable because it did that. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

George Meredith There shone a strictly feminine quality! according to the romantic visions of the sex entertained by Commander Beauchamp, and by others who would be the objects of it. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

William Harrison Ainsworth No visions seemed to haunt his peaceful slumbers. A Night's Adventure in Rome by William Harrison Ainsworth

These visions faded when I perused, for the first time, those poets whose effusions entranced my soul and lifted it to heaven. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley [1831]