It is terrible indeed to feel oneself a cumberer of the earth, unable to suffice to oneself, far less to others.
It is delirium-of-bliss to feel oneself living though shadows be pitch-black.
"Oh, it's terrible to feel oneself so in this man's power," thought Rostov.
It was pleasant to boast to Cressy, to feel oneself part of the superior literary world Cressy inhabited.
It was a great sensation to feel oneself at last merged into the great army life and no longer free to come and go.
What a blessing to feel oneself safe from visitors—to be far from the noise of large hotels and the bustle of the town!
To enter a house where tapestries abound, is to feel oneself welcomed even before the host appears.
To feel oneself skimming along by one's own will, and yet with a power beyond oneself, was delightful past words.
The second condition is that one should feel oneself as a link in the general life.
It is a strange and almost bewildering thing to feel oneself adrift.
Old English felan "to touch, perceive," from Proto-Germanic *foljan (cf. Old Saxon gifolian, Old Frisian fela, Dutch voelen, Old High German vuolen, German fühlen "to feel," Old Norse falma "to grope"), from PIE root *pal- "to touch, feel, shake, strike softly" (cf. Greek psallein "to pluck (the harp)," Latin palpare "to touch softly, stroke," palpitare "to move quickly"), perhaps ultimately imitative.
The sense in Old English was "to perceive through senses which are not referred to any special organ." Sense of "be conscious of a sensation or emotion" developed by late 13c.; that of "to have sympathy or compassion" is from c.1600. To feel like "want to" attested from 1829.
early 13c., "sensation, understanding," from feel (v.). Meaning "action of feeling" is from mid-15c. "Sensation produced by something" is from 1739. Noun sense of "sexual grope" is from 1932; from verbal phrase to feel (someone) up (1930).
v. felt (fělt), feel·ing, feels
To perceive through the sense of touch.
To perceive as a physical sensation, as of pain.
To be conscious of a particular physical, mental, or emotional state.
To touch, caress, or handle the buttocks, breasts, legs, crotch, etc; cop a feel (1930+)