is raised, and some long mistake, some complicated edifice of self-delusion
, over- confidence, and wrong reasoning is brought down in a fatal shock, and the heart-searing experience of your ship's keel scraping and scrunching over, say, a coral reef.
Apply the contemptible system of self-delusion
which my confession has revealed, to that holiday arrangement for a tour in the north which has astonished and annoyed you.
What she compelled herself to believe -- what, finally, she reasoned upon as her motive for continuing a resident of New England -- was half a truth, and half a self-delusion
She could only resolve to avoid such self-delusion
in future, and think with heightened gratitude of the extraordinary blessing of having one such truly sympathising friend as Lady Russell.
Suppose we turn from outside estimates of a man, to wonder, with keener interest, what is the report of his own consciousness about his doings or capacity: with what hindrances he is carrying on his daily labors; what fading of hopes, or what deeper fixity of self-delusion
the years are marking off within him; and with what spirit he wrestles against universal pressure, which will one day be too heavy for him, and bring his heart to its final pause.
Ultimate success depended solely on the revolutionary self-delusion
which credited Razumov with a mysterious complicity in the Haldin affair.
No amount of self-delusion
can help Cayetano convince the world to fall in love with another Idi Amin.
It was the City of Lights though this was always a myth but the spirit of self-delusion
runs deep in Karachiites and no opportunity to deny reality is missed.
The themes Ishiguro is most associated with are already present here: memory, time, and self-delusion
These people refuse to learn the lesson of history which the professor teaches, that heroes have been misled into self-delusion
, from separate countries, time and time again, to slaughter foreign heroes.
From in-depth interviews with Crowhurst's family and friends and telling excerpts from his logbooks, Tomalin and Hall develop a tale of tragic self-delusion
and public deception.
THERE is a huge difference between self belief and self-delusion