They are not to follow the delusions of their personal fancy, but to seek the common denominator, which will bring their work close to the heart of the masses.
Just drop that fool delusion that you’re better than everybody else—and go to work.
Well, I was at a party where Toohey said—" Francon chuckled—"he said: ’If Mr. Durkin suffers under the delusion that he is an architect, someone should mention to him the broad opportunities offered by the shortage of skilled plumbers.’
Some looked at him across the desk, kindly and vaguely, and their manner seemed to say that it was touching, his ambition to be an architect, touching and laudable and strange and attractively sad as all the delusions of youth.
Through the sleepless nights the decision had become clear and hard in his mind: he had to close the issue at once; he had to take advantage of Francon’s deluded hopes before the winner of the competition was announced; he had to force Heyer out and take his place; he had only a few days left.
When circumstances delude us into thinking that free action is indicated.
He’s not really struggling even for material wealth, but for the second-hander’s delusion—prestige.