It was his notion
that the moment one of the people took one of the truths to himself, called it his truth, and tried to live his life by it, he became a grotesque and the truth he embraced became a falsehood.
This is the reason why most dyspeptic religionists cherish such melancholy notions
about their hereafters.
Now, a nigger, you see, what's got to be hacked and tumbled round the world, and sold to Tom, and Dick, and the Lord knows who, 'tan't no kindness to be givin' on him notions
and expectations, and bringin' on him up too well, for the rough and tumble comes all the harder on him arter.
Sandy, one of our number, gave up the notion
, but still encouraged us.
Weston would not be blind to folly, though in his own son; but he is very likely to have a more yielding, complying, mild disposition than would suit your notions
of man's perfection.
But she could hear of no situation that at once answered her notions
of comfort and ease, and suited the prudence of her eldest daughter, whose steadier judgment rejected several houses as too large for their income, which her mother would have approved.
Of these death-white realms I formed an idea of my own: shadowy, like all the half-comprehended notions
that float dim through children's brains, but strangely impressive.
Were I in your place, I would frame high notions
of my birth; and the thoughts of what I was should give me courage and dignity to support the oppressions of a little farmer
Neither, were my notions
of the theological positions to which my Catechism bound me, at all accurate; for, I have a lively remembrance that I supposed my declaration that I was to "walk in the same all the days of my life," laid me under an obligation always to go through the village from our house in one particular direction, and never to vary it by turning down by the wheelwright's or up by the mill.
Who shall I have to work for when father's gone, if you are to go and take notions
in your head and be an old maid, because some folks are no better than they should be?
And these were all the notions
he had concerning that faculty of lying, so perfectly well understood, and so universally practised, among human creatures.
Accordingly, whereas we not infrequently have ideas or notions
in which some falsity is contained, this can only be the case with such as are to some extent confused and obscure, and in this proceed from nothing (participate of negation), that is, exist in us thus confused because we are not wholly perfect.