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To be honest, I’m not entirely certain he realizes it’s a ruse. He may just be deluded enough to think that he really does understand what’s going on, and somehow he manages to extend that delusion to include those in the immediate vicinity. As the originator of the delusion, he then becomes a sort of expert guide to those lost in its fog.

Robert Kroese, Starship Grifters [Bookshop, Amazon]

Hermetic quote Kroese Starship Grifters extend that delusion

“So you think I’m mad?” said Conway at length. Mallinson broke into a nervous laugh. “Well, I should damn well say so, after a tale like that. I mean … well, really … such utter nonsense … it seems to me rather beyond arguing about.”

James Hilton, Lost Horizon: A Novel [Bookshop, Amazon, Publisher]

Hermetic quote Hilton Lost Horizon utter nonsense beyond arguing

The book was, in fact, a subtle and eloquent parody of the intellectual parasitism of the critic, and much of the delight lay in the knowledge that both the errors of play and the articulate nonsense of the commentary were so arcane that most readers would nod along in grave agreement.

Trevanian, Shibumi: A Novel [Bookshop, Amazon]

Hermetic quote Trevanian Shibumi knowledge errors nonsense commentary arcane

“Life always has room for heroism.” It was not just romantic nonsense but a precise and sober statement of the fact that our Soviet life is not the ultimate instance of reality but only, as it were, its anteroom.

Victor Pelevin, trans. Andrew Bromfield, Omon Ra [Bookshop, Amazon, Publisher]

Hermetic quote Pelevin Bromfield Omon Ra romantic nonsense precise sober fact reality

In the tradition of all great America ideas, [they] have created a confident plan for action, no matter how costly, impractical, or dangerous.

Sean Bonner and Allen Morgenstern, The New Oklahoma [Amazon]

Hermetic quote Bonner Morgenstern The New Oklahoma confident costly impractical dangerous