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The Idiot
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  • "I assure you, you are under a delusion," said the prince, calmly and politely.
  • Convinced, therefore, that in this respect at all events he had been under no delusion, he left the shop and went on.
  • But believe me, believe me, my simple-hearted friends, that in this highly moral verse, in this academical blessing to the world in general in the French language, is hidden the intensest gall and bitterness; but so well concealed is the venom, that I dare say the poet actually persuaded himself that his words were full of the tears of pardon and peace, instead of the bitterness of disappointment and malice, and so died in the delusion.
  • Now and then I was able to persuade her almost to see light around her again; but she would soon fall, once more, into her old tormenting delusions, and would go so far as to reproach me for placing myself on a pedestal above her (I never had an idea of such a thing!

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  • She is a sincere but deluded idealist.
  • delusions of grandeur

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