In this way, without any preconceived
intention, a body of epic poetry was built up by various writers which covered the whole Trojan story.
But there is no species of self-hypnotism equal to that of a man who gazes persistently at a photograph with the preconceived
idea that he is in love with the original of it.
"There is something--a something, Monsieur Frederic Larsan, much graver than the misuse of logic the disposition of mind in some detectives which makes them, in perfect good faith, twist logic to the necessities of their preconceived
Candor will oblige us to admit that even such men may be actuated by upright intentions; and it cannot be doubted that much of the opposition which has made its appearance, or may hereafter make its appearance, will spring from sources, blameless at least, if not respectable -- the honest errors of minds led astray by preconceived
jealousies and fears.
All this strangely conflicted with Betts' preconceived
opinion of a French woman's selfishness, and, while he was disposed to believe his adored perfection, he almost feared it was a trick.
He had preconceived
ideas about everything, and his idea about Americans was that they should be engineers or mechanics.
Jane's alertness in moving, proved her as ready as her aunt had preconceived
. She was immediately up, and wanting to quit the table; but so many were also moving, that she could not get away; and Mr.
The water foamed as it fell in rapids and cataracts, which confirmed the doctor in his preconceived
ideas on the subject.
"Nor did it precisely comport with my preconceived
ideas of the dignity of divine messengers," remarked Professor Porter, "when the--ah--gentleman tied two highly respectable and erudite scholars neck to neck and dragged them through the jungle as though they had been cows."
For in the first hour of meeting you, I had an impression of your eminent and perhaps exclusive fitness to supply that need (connected, I may say, with such activity of the affections as even the preoccupations of a work too special to be abdicated could not uninterruptedly dissimulate); and each succeeding opportunity for observation has given the impression an added depth by convincing me more emphatically of that fitness which I had preconceived
, and thus evoking more decisively those affections to which I have but now referred.
Evidently it was no less difficult for him to readjust his preconceived
conclusions than it is for most human beings; but finally the idea percolated--which it might never have done had he been a man, or I might qualify that statement by saying had he been some men.
"You have more preconceived
notions than any man I ever met.