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To have you as long as possible near me, to hear your eloquent speech, -- which embellishes my mind, strengthens my soul, and makes my whole frame capable of great and terrible things, if I should ever be free, -- so fills my whole existence, that the despair to which I was just on the point of yielding when I knew you, has no longer any hold over me; and this -- this is my fortune -- not chimerical, but actual.
With his head bent, and his big feet spread apart, he began explaining his reasons for thinking the abbe's plan chimerical.
A few months had changed his life in the most amazing way - when he looked back upon it now it was with a sense of unreality - surely all these things which had happened were part of a chimerical dream.
Some fanciers caught at the idea without believing it practicable, but such is the power of imagination among florists, that although considering the undertaking as certain to fail, all their thoughts were engrossed by that great black tulip, which was looked upon to be as chimerical as the black swan of Horace or the white raven of French tradition.
But although the notion of an absolute criterion is chimerical, there may be relative criteria, which increase the probability of truth.
If, instead of this remark, my father had taken the pains to explain to me that the principles of Agrippa had been entirely exploded and that a modern system of science had been introduced which possessed much greater powers than the ancient, because the powers of the latter were chimerical, while those of the former were real and practical, under such circumstances I should certainty have thrown Agrippa aside and have contented my imagination, warmed as it was, by returning with greater ardour to my former studies.
The theories which I have expressed there, and which appear to you to be so chimerical are really extremely practical -- so practical that I depend upon them for my bread and cheese.
With the finding of the plane's parts, the closure the families of the crash victims have been so heart-rendingly seeking all these months appears to be more real than chimerical despite the understandable scepticism of some whose hope has frayed beyond repair.
Although Timberlake's policy recommendations are appealing and mirror Lawrence White's proposal ("Making the Transition to a New Gold Standard," Cato Journal 32 [Spring-Summer 2012]: 411-21), I believe the idea of constitutional money is largely chimerical.
As Vitrano notes, I say explicitly that "at one important level Fred's happiness is chimerical," and I do contrast his happiness with what I refer to as "real happiness.
If you talk through your hat to seem heroic and reap the benefits of a feigned-valor in the face of the chimerical beast of interest rates, in total disregard of the fragility of the markets, you make things worse.
Meanwhile, the training of Syrian moderates remains as chimerical as the Bashar al-Assad regime's barrel bombs are real, and Congress continues, Corker notes disapprovingly, to fund America's wars off budget.