"Oh, it's terrible to feel oneself
so in this man's power," thought Rostov.
What enjoyment it would be to feel oneself
thus suspended in ether, more favored than the birds who must use their wings to keep themselves up!"
To feel oneself
meaningfully linked to the whole of Being is not possible before puberty.
Indeed, to stand in any part of Yosemite is to feel oneself
transported to a different epoch.
One can almost feel oneself
sway to the evocative rhyming verses in this gentle book.
I think it's incumbent upon us to participate in the creation of the world, to feel oneself
at the center of creation," he said.
The betrayal, which he described as providential, forced Auden "to know in person what it is like to feel oneself
the prey of demonic powers, in both the Greek and the Christian sense, stripped of self-control and self-respect, behaving like a ham actor in a Strindberg play" (qtd.
His loneliness bewildered him for a minute, in the bleak perspective of the bachelors' corridor: a sense close to panic that he didn't belong in this house with these people." He doesn't--and Hollinghurst's subtle reinforcement of this fact is so relentless that three-quarters of the way through this extremely witty book one may feel oneself
strangely weary, as if the cocaine that eats away at its characters is eating away at you, too.
To feel oneself
held and cherished and accompanied, and yet to be alone.
To read this book is to feel oneself
on Chandler's side of the table during the many conversations, to feel as though one has found a friend.
It is rather surprising to read a book which argues that 'Nineteen Eighty-Four is in many ways simply an underlining of the gloomier predictions of Brideshead Revisited' (169), even more surprising, perhaps, to feel oneself
a poor reader of novels because one had not noticed how obvious the connection is.
As ever with James's work, to read American Civilization is to feel oneself
in the company of a great mind and a generous spirit.