Flaming serpents, chimaeras, and dragons rose and fell and rose again
J.K. Rowling -- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
To you, then, my goal is as much a chimera as perpetual motion?
London, Jack -- Martin Eden
The Chimera charged, its lion teeth gnashing.
Rick Riordan -- The Lightning Thief
Jim slipped his hand through the leather mouth and hefted forth a metal shaft clustered with chimeras, Chinese dragons all fang, eyeball and moss-green armour, all cross and crescent; every symbol around the world that made men safe, or seemed to, clung there, greaving the boys’ hands with odd weight and meaning.
Ray Bradbury -- Something Wicked This Way Comes
I am almost ashamed to own—that the terror and horror with which the animal inspired me, had been heightened by one of the merest chimaeras it would be possible to conceive.
Edgar Allan Poe -- The Black Cat
"Chimera," Henri says.
Pittacus Lore -- I Am Number Four
…young associate, Dr. Seymour Katz (who came in after office hours to help take care of the prodigious overflow of sufferers), had worked; suppose the chain of events that led from the vandalizing finger to the sacral vertebra to the compressed fifth lumbar nerve not only had proved not to be a chiropractic chimera but had been terminated in triumph, radiantly, healthfully, as a result of Blackstock’s and Katz’s fortnight of thumping and stretching and drubbing of her tormented spine.
William Styron -- Sophie’s Choice
Besides, were not those riches chimerical?
Alexandre Dumas -- The Count of Monte Cristo
With his head bent, and his big feet spread apart, he began explaining his reasons for thinking the abbe’s plan chimerical.
Leo Tolstoy -- War and Peace
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His heart was, I knew, affected, and the constant anxiety in which he lived, however chimerical the cause of it might be, was evidently having a serious effect upon his health.
Arthur Conan Doyle -- The Hound of the Baskervilles
With trees growing out of pure vegetation? I felt satisfaction because such a geology confirmed that I was right, that this island was a chimera, a play of the mind.
Yann Martel -- Life of Pi
As I groped out the door, and knocked at it hesitatingly, I felt that last idea to be a mere chimera.
Charlotte Bronte -- Jane Eyre
Tony’s form became chimerical, indistinct.
Stephen King -- The Shining
I was required to exchange chimeras of boundless grandeur for realities of little worth.
Mary Shelley -- Frankenstein
Mercy is a chimera.
Frank Herbert -- Dune
Machines is their cry, their chimera, their panacea.
James Joyce -- Ulysses
"There might be," said Pococurante, "if only one of those rakers of rubbish had shown how to make pins; but in all these volumes there is nothing but chimerical systems, and not a single useful thing."
Voltaire -- Candide
The aerial being which was dimly outlined amid this quivering of wings, appeared to you chimerical, imaginary, impossible to touch, impossible to see.
Victor Hugo -- The Hunchback of Notre Dame
The new house was almost finished when Ursula drew him out of his chimerical world in order to inform him that she had an order to paint the front blue and not white as they had wanted.
Gabriel Garcia Marquez -- One Hundred Years of Solitude
And there was Don Quixote observing all these strange proceedings attentively without uttering a word, and attributing the whole to chimeras of knight-errantry.
Miguel de Cervantes -- Don Quixote
In an instant the magnitude of her own mistake was revealed to her, and she asked herself, appalled, how she could have nurtured such a chimera in her heart for so long and with so much ferocity.
Gabriel Garcia Marquez -- Love in the Time of Cholera
And it was the white blood which sent him to the minister, which rising in him for the last and final time, sent him against all reason and all reality, into the embrace of a chimera, a blind faith in something read in a printed Book.
William Faulkner -- Light in August
The foreground of the scene had grown funereally dark, and near objects put on the hues and shapes of chimaeras.
Thomas Hardy -- Jude the Obscure
Hence those strange monsters in lace and embroidery, in silks and brocades, with vast wigs and hoops; which, under the name of lords and ladies, strut the stage, to the great delight of attorneys and their clerks in the pit, and of the citizens and their apprentices in the galleries; and which are no more to be found in real life than the centaur, the chimera, or any other creature of mere fiction.
Henry Fielding -- Tom Jones
Not one of these dangers was chimerical.
Jules Verne -- A Journey to the Center of the Earth
Mum galloped away, skidding around a gleaming exhibit of a half-grown chimera.
Henry H. Neff -- The Second Siege
The form of government which is usually termed mixed has always appeared to me to be a mere chimera.
Alexis de Toqueville -- Democracy In America, Volume 1
His captivity, his dependence, were not different from other forms of compulsion in life, which are often equally invisible and intangible, and seem to be nonexistent and merely a figment of the imagination, a chimera.
Boris Pasternak -- Doctor Zhivago
It would have been inconsistent with her character if in these visits she had been pursuing a chimera; her project was not chimerical at all; she was building on a firm basis—on her knowledge of the character of the Epanchin family, especially Aglaya, whom she studied closely.
Fyodor Dostoyevsky -- The Idiot
Although it took all his energy to climb against the wind, he made for that chimerical something, which often vanished entirely in the gloom, and when he finally arrived he realized—in dizzy outrage, amazement, and terror—that it was the familiar hut, the hayshed with its roof weighted down by stones, which he had now reconquered after many a detour and so much upright exertion.
Thomas Mann -- The Magic Mountain
Legends, chimeras, the soul, immortality, paradise, the stars, are provided for them to swallow.
Victor Hugo -- Les Miserables
He preserved this opinion even after the feast, with the remnants of which he repaired his own long abstinence; but when in the evening he made his master’s bed, the chimeras of Planchet faded away.
Alexandre Dumas -- The Three Musketeers
These sad fancyings—chimeras, doubtless, of a sick and silly brain—led on to other and more special thoughts, concerning the eccentricities of Bartleby.
Herman Melville -- Bartleby, the Scrivener: a Story of Wall Street
…of rewarding merit, great abilities, eminent services; of instructing princes to know their true interest, by placing it on the same foundation with that of their people; of choosing for employments persons qualified to exercise them, with many other wild, impossible chimeras, that never entered before into the heart of man to conceive; and confirmed in me the old observation, "that there is nothing so extravagant and irrational, which some philosophers have not maintained for truth."
Jonathan Swift -- Gulliver’s Travels
With their discovery that the patterns and logic of fairy tale and myth correspond to those of dream, the long discredited chimeras of archaic man have returned dramatically to the foreground of modern consciousness.
Joseph Campbell -- The Hero With a Thousand Faces
They are so far from minding chimeras and fantastical images made in the mind that none of them could comprehend what we meant when we talked to them of a man in the abstract as common to all men in particular (so that though we spoke of him as a thing that we could point at with our fingers, yet none of them could perceive him) and yet distinct from every one, as if he were some monstrous Colossus or giant; yet, for all this ignorance of these empty notions, they knew astronomy, and…
Thomas More -- Utopia
I wrote to Albus, describing, perhaps insensitively, the wonders of my journey, from narrow escapes from chimaeras in Greece to the experiments of the Egyptian alchemists.
J.K. Rowling -- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Like it were put to makeshift for enoughgreen to go around among the trees and even the blue of distance not that rich chimaera.
William Faulkner -- The Sound and the Fury
Or not expect perhaps, not even hope; not even dream since dreams don’t come in pairs, and had I not come twelve miles drawn not by mortal mule but by some chimaera-foal of nightmare’s very self?
William Faulkner -- Absalom, Absalom!
Deep repose, mysterious refreshment for Swann,—for him whose eyes, although delicate interpreters of painting, whose mind, although an acute observer of manners, must bear for ever the indelible imprint of the barrenness of his life,—to feel himself transformed into a creature foreign to humanity, blinded, deprived of his logical faculty, almost a fantastic unicorn, a chimaera-like creature conscious of the world through his two ears alone.
Marcel Proust -- Swann’s Way
For obligations were palpable, soundly rooted in reciprocal deeds; possibilities on the other hand were chimeras, flimsy and worthless, dangerous even.
Nicholas Evans -- The Horse Whisperer
The attempt was unjust and unwise; but it was not in speculation absolutely chimerical.
Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay -- The Federalist Papers
President Truscott said, "Really, I’m too engrossed to consider chimerical schemes, however ingenious they may be.
Sinclair Lewis -- Arrowsmith
], a chimera of wittol, fool, and knave: And, reverend fathers, since we all can hope Nought but a sentence, let’s not now dispair it.
Ben Jonson -- Volpone
] It is therefore chimerical to suppose that the spirit of association, when it is repressed on some one point, will nevertheless display the same vigor on all others; and that if men be allowed to prosecute certain undertakings in common, that is quite enough for them eagerly to set about them.
Alexis de Toqueville -- Democracy In America, Volume 2
Through many a dark and dreary vale They passed, and many a region dolorous, O’er many a frozen, many a fiery alp, Rocks, caves, lakes, fens, bogs, dens, and shades of death— A universe of death, which God by curse Created evil, for evil only good; Where all life dies, death lives, and Nature breeds, Perverse, all monstrous, all prodigious things, Obominable, inutterable, and worse Than fables yet have feigned or fear conceived, Gorgons, and Hydras, and Chimeras dire.
John Milton -- Paradise Lost
He kept saying nobody in their right mind would rather study Knarls than Chimaeras — oh, I don’t think he’s got a Chimaera,’ she added at the appalled look on Harry and Ron’s faces, ’but that’s not for lack of trying, from what he said about how hard it is to get eggs.
J.K. Rowling -- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Fictions Materiall Images And whereas a man can fancy Shapes he never saw; making up a Figure out of the parts of divers creatures; as the Poets make their Centaures, Chimaeras, and other Monsters never seen: So can he also give Matter to those Shapes, and make them in Wood, Clay or Metall.
Thomas Hobbes -- Leviathan
Before the passage, horrid Hydra stands, And Briareus with all his hundred hands; Gorgons, Geryon with his triple frame; And vain Chimaera vomits empty flame.