Phrases with "affirm"

If Christ came to affirm the divine he had no need for anything human. Mother by Maksim Gorky

Bronislaw Malinowski We may, therefore, affirm the existence of a very marked sexual division of labour, which seems to present everywhere the same features and to be nearly identical over the whole continent. The Family among the Australian Aborigines by Bronislaw Malinowski [1913]

Bronislaw Malinowski To affirm that in a given society motherhood is individual and not communal (group motherhood), a strict analysis of a whole series of circumstances is necessary. The Family among the Australian Aborigines by Bronislaw Malinowski [1913]

T. H. Huxley Darwin, if we read him rightly, does ‘not’ affirm that every detail in the structure of an animal has been created for its benefit. Essays by T. H. Huxley

An instrument used by the Caucasian to enhance his beauty, by the Mongolian to make a guy of himself, and by the Afro–American to affirm his worth. The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce [1911]

Now it is obvious that we are tempted to affirm activity wherever we find anything going on. Essays in Radical Empiricism by William James

I have warned you, Hyde Stockhausen. By the Great Power that regulates all things, human and divine, I affirm that I speak the truth. Ketira the Gypsy by Ellen Wood [1876]

H. G. Wells But it seemed to me to be equally presumptuous to affirm a scheme of salvation as to deny it. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Bronislaw Malinowski Thirty-five of our forty-one statements explicitly affirm the existence of such feelings. The Family among the Australian Aborigines by Bronislaw Malinowski [1913]

George Gissing I do not hesitate to affirm that he was unpardonably rude in his manner towards me. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Edith Wharton In a moment the necessity for action would snatch her back to a firm footing — her thoughts would clear, her will affirm itself, all the wheels of the complex machine resume their functions. Fruit of the Tree by Edith Wharton [1907]

I affirm he had achieved greatness; but the thing would be dwarfed in the telling, or rather in the hearing. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

Arthur Machen He would even affirm that for crude realism the Eastern Tales were absolutely unique. The Secret Glory by Arthur Machen

Bronislaw Malinowski It is consequently meaningless to affirm that the given feeling here is subservient. The Family among the Australian Aborigines by Bronislaw Malinowski [1913]

George Meredith It was one universal croak—ahi! And Mr. Pericles could, affirm that Purgatory would have no pains for him after the torments he had recently endured. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

Whether he had them or not was a matter of opinion, but he had that which some who have it not strenuously affirm to be of no value — the right outside. Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley [1899]

Jules Verne For my own part, I venture to affirm that the best judge in the Temple would be puzzled what to make of me. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

Nathaniel Hawthorne We must not take upon us to affirm that this was a mistake, although the Face may have looked no more kindly at Ernest than at all the world besides. The Snow Image and other stories by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1851]

It may be rightly used to affirm possession of all the virtues, that is, unity of moral character. Write it Right by Ambrose Bierce [1909]

G. K. Chesterton In vain did Mr. Leveson affirm from time to time, “People always prejudiced against new ideas. The Flying Inn by G. K. Chesterton [1914]

I should have thought his employment a very easy one, but he used to affirm for some reason or other that his job would be the death of him some day. The Shadow Line by Joseph Conrad [1917]

Edith Wharton There were moments when he would have liked to affirm his freedom in however commonplace a way: moments when the vulgarest way would have seemed the most satisfying. The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton [1913]

Edith Wharton Of some men one would have said off-hand: “It’s impossible!” But one couldn’t affirm it of him. Tales of Men and Ghosts by Edith Wharton [1910]

Henry James I don’t pretend to say what his precise position will be when we are relegated; but I affirm that relegation will be our fate. The Princess Casamassima by Henry James [1886]

Daniel Defoe It is the received opinion of abundance of people that they felt, during the impetuous fury of the wind, several movements of the earth, and we have several letters which affirm it. The Storm by Daniel Defoe [1704]

However, it will not be making him too great a compliment if we affirm that he was valuable even in his mistakes. Letters on England by Voltaire [1734]

Ralph Waldo Emerson The Reformers affirm the inward life, but they do not trust it, but use outward and vulgar means. Lecture On The Times by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1841]

Sir Thomas Browne I cannot believe the wisdom of Pythagoras did ever positively, and in a literal sense, affirm his metempsychosis, or impossible transmigration of the souls of men into beasts. Religio Medici by Sir Thomas Browne [1643]

Edith Wharton She had felt an intense desire not to betray any undue eagerness, any crude desire to affirm and define her hold on him. Tales of Men and Ghosts by Edith Wharton [1910]

Bronislaw Malinowski Anyhow it is in opposition to the numerous and reliable statements which affirm that tribal boundaries were strictly kept and never changed. The Family among the Australian Aborigines by Bronislaw Malinowski [1913]

George Berkeley In a large sense, indeed, we may be said to have an idea or rather a notion of spirit; that is, we understand the meaning of the word, otherwise we could not affirm or deny anything of it. A Treatise Concerning the Principles of Human Knowledge by George Berkeley [1710]

This is the reason why I affirm that Kurtz was a remarkable man. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad [1899]

Francis Bacon For to say that a blind custom of obedience should be a surer obligation than duty taught and understood, it is to affirm that a blind man may tread surer by a guide than a seeing man can by a light. The Advancement of Learning by Francis Bacon [1605]

Olaf Stapledon For instance, in explaining the growth of sentiments we may reasonably affirm that in the first instance the object of the sentiment is simply a stimulus to various kinds of instinctive activity. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

Olaf Stapledon To abstract the feeling from the rest, and then affirm that what a man seeks is this abstraction, is a mistake. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

But I venture to affirm that in the main they were kindly, though it is quite possible that in the first moment of surprise he had to keep down a swear-word or two. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

Jules Verne I affirm that not only can the Nautilus disengage itself, but also that it can go further still. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

Algernon Blackwood I can merely affirm that something in me was not absolutely sure. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

Olaf Stapledon It would be more irrational to deny these facts than it is to affirm that God is a supratemporal person. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

Olaf Stapledon That is, contemplating one example of it, we affirm that, murder being such as it is, any conscious being who sees it as it is must necessarily condemn it. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

I cannot explain this to you; I can only affirm it. A Traveler from Altruria by William Dean Howells

Olaf Stapledon But it would be rash to affirm confidently that it does occur. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

Of course there were not wanting people to affirm that she had gone off to her favourite land of promise, Australia, carrying the studs with her. At Miss Deveen’s by Ellen Wood [1869]

H.P. Lovecraft It is no longer in my possession, but my memory holds almost every word of its portentous message; and again I affirm my confidence in the sanity of the man who wrote it. The Whisperer in Darkness by H.P. Lovecraft [1930]

They came with a silent and irresistible appeal — and the appeal, I affirm here, was not to my self-love or my vanity. A Personal Record by Joseph Conrad [1912]

William Makepeace Thackeray They affirm that your wife could not have spoken — their report is unanimous. The Paris Sketch Book by William Makepeace Thackeray [1840]

Some who know her slightly affirm that she can only open her own cheap patent padlock with a secret word on it that everybody knows. Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley [1899]

Olaf Stapledon Yet we have, I believe, in our own immediate experience something in virtue of which we are entitled to affirm that, whatever the issue of the cosmical process, there is great good in it. Saints and Revolutionaries by Olaf Stapledon

To affirm another’s guilt or unworth; most commonly as a justification of ourselves for having wronged him. The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce [1911]

Ralph Waldo Emerson If we must accept Fate, we are not less compelled to affirm liberty, the significance of the individual, the grandeur of duty, the power of character. The Conduct of Life by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1860]

Anatole France And mightily he laughed, and I laughed too, dropping off to sleep, and my mother used to affirm that the smile still remained on my lips on the following morning. At the Sign of the Reine Pédauque by Anatole France

Few will venture to affirm that the reasoning which applies to crocodiles loses its force among other animals, or among plants. On a Piece of Chalk by Thomas Henry Huxley

Henry James I can honestly affirm that!’ For some time he said nothing, and then he remarked that I was very clever, but he did n’t see a word of sense in what I said. Confidence by Henry James [1879]

Rudyard Kipling On the other, we affirm our solidarity with the rest of the world — that temperate world which puts on a thick coat when it looks at the stars. A Book of Words by Rudyard Kipling [1928]

Olaf Stapledon It rejects the view that all reality is essentially mental, and that matter is an illusion; but it does not affirm that mechanical principles can explain everything. Saints and Revolutionaries by Olaf Stapledon

Mrs. Gale, Mrs. Hogg, and Mrs. Whipp — their respective landladies — affirm that ‘it is just for naught else but to give folk trouble. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

George Meredith What wheel it is you think you have sufficient vigour to stop, I am profoundly unaware, but I am prepared to affirm that it is not the wheel of my household. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

Guy de Maupassant The crowd has begun to talk, and some men, who appear to be specialists, affirm with authority that we shall come down before reaching the fortifications. The Trip of Le Horla (Le Voyage du Horla) by Guy de Maupassant [1887]

Walter Scott They affirm also, that one of his attendants broke through the king’s guard, and carried to Gilnockie Tower the news of the bloody catastrophe. The Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border by Walter Scott [1802-1803]

Jonathan Swif I was telling my Lord Angelsea this at Court this morning; and a gentleman by said he had heard my Lord Peterborow affirm the same thing. The Journal to Stella by Jonathan Swif

Whether there were latent faculties in him that might have developed with training, it is impossible to affirm or deny; however, we may be forgiven the doubt. Balzac by Frederick Lawton

John Stuart Mill But both hold equally that morality must be deduced from principles; and the intuitive school affirm as strongly as the inductive, that there is a science of morals. Utilitarianism by John Stuart Mill

I was told that even if there were no issue it was absolutely necessary for the Poles to affirm their national existence. Notes on Life and Letters by Joseph Conrad [1921]

He had for the first time to affirm his will in the face of outspoken opposition. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

John Locke Propositions that do this are instructive; but they are far from such as affirm the same term of itself; which is no way to advance one’s self or others in any sort of knowledge. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke [1690]

Jules Verne Consequently I affirm that, if our projectile had struck the meteor, its speed thus suddenly checked would have raised a heat great enough to turn it into vapor instantaneously. Round the Moon by Jules Verne [1873]

We know that this man has been a kind son, that he is a kind brother: will any one dare to tell me that he will not be a kind husband?’ ‘My uncle would affirm it unhesitatingly. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

Hahnemann and his disciples give catalogues of the symptoms which they affirm were produced upon themselves or others by a large number of drugs which they submitted to experiment. Medical Essays by Oliver Wendell Holmes

John Locke But another man, who never took the pains to observe the demonstration, hearing a mathematician, a man of credit, affirm the three angles of a triangle to be equal to two right ones, assents to it, i. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke [1690]

No; I can’t forget him, though I am not prepared to affirm the fellow was exactly worth the life we lost in getting to him. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad [1899]

Edith Wharton What was really wrong was the situation between Vance and Halo — the ambiguity of a tie which, apparently, he could neither deny nor affirm without offending her. The Gods Arrive by Edith Wharton [1932]

Henry James I hated to appear to pursue her, late in the day as it may appear to affirm that I put my dignity before my curiosity. The Sacred Fount by Henry James [1901]

T. H. Huxley But it is quite another matter to affirm absolutely either the truth or falsehood of Mr. Darwin’s views at the present stage of the inquiry. Essays by T. H. Huxley

Jules Verne All had come to affirm by their presence that nothing could separate them from the partisans of “lighter than air. Robur the Conqueror by Jules Verne [1887]

Henry James He never saw himself as part of a whole; only as the clear-cut, sharp-edged, isolated individual, rejoicing or raging, as the case might be, but needing in any case absolutely to affirm himself. Roderick Hudson by Henry James [1875]

For if any one shall say that it seems the one to one, and the other to another, he will, before he is aware, affirm that they are both the one and the other. Essays and Miscellanies by Plutarch

Henry Adams He could not affirm with confidence, even to himself, that his “largest synthesis” would certainly turn out to be chaos, since he would be equally obliged to deny the chaos. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

William Black No man can affirm that £200 a year is not amply sufficient for all the material wants of life. Goldsmith by William Black [1878]

For if, when we hear Pentheus in the tragedy affirm that he sees two suns and two cities of Thebes, (Euripides, “Bacchae,” 918. Essays and Miscellanies by Plutarch

Some affirm that she saw ghosts. A Book of Ghosts by S. Baring-Gould [1904]

Jane Austen Where Miss Taylor failed to stimulate, I may safely affirm that Harriet Smith will do nothing. Emma by Jane Austen [1816]

I don’t flatter you, I simply state the truth when I affirm that you are the only man in China whose co-operation I would ask. Dr Nikola Returns by Guy Boothby [1896]

In spite of the shortness of her frock and the shabbiness of her straw bonnet, it was impossible for the most spiteful of the British misses to affirm the contrary. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Jules Verne He looked sternly at him in his turn and said: “Oh! so there is no air in the moon? And pray, if you are so good, who ventures to affirm that? “The men of science. From the Earth to the Moon by Jules Verne [1867]

Nathaniel Hawthorne They are not truly wise who would affirm it. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

Now I know not whether any one that shall go about to disprove such things will not show himself more ridiculous than those who assert and affirm them. Essays and Miscellanies by Plutarch

E. F. Benson I have given no one [she wrote] a right either to affirm or hint, in the most distant manner, that I am ‘publishing’—(humbug!). Charlotte Bronte by E. F. Benson [1932]

What I want to affirm is that Mr Verloc’s expression was by no means diabolic. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad [1907]

Guy de Maupassan His opinion as a connoisseur commissioned by the State having the value of that of an official expert, he regarded it as his duty to affirm often, with conviction, the superiority of that painting. Strong as Death by Guy de Maupassan

Mrs. James Ashton continued to affirm that it was William Brook she saw at the station, and could not be shaken out of her belief. A Mystery by Ellen Wood [1882]

Richard Hakluy Homer, Strabo, Aristotle, Dionysius, Mela, Pliny, Pius, affirm the continent of Asia, Africa, and Europe, to be environed with the ocean. Voyages in Search of The North-West Passage by Richard Hakluy

All at her coming in stood up to greet her; and Corinius said, “Lady, thou didst change thy mind quickly since thou didst first affirm thou never wouldst yield up Krothering unto me. The Worm Ouroboros by E. R. Eddison [1922]

Wilkie Collins I can’t affirm that he was on the watch for his brother officer’s speedy appearance in the character of an Ass — I can only say that I strongly suspected it. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

Henry James She was pretty enough, certainly to make her father nervous; but, as regards her innocence, Newman felt ready on the spot to affirm that she had never parted with it. The American by Henry James [1877]

James Joyce The frocken-halted victims! Whore affirm is agains sempry Lotta Karssens. They would lick their lenses before they would negatise a jom petter from kis sodalites. Finnegans Wake by James Joyce

I affirm nothing, and content myself with believing that many more things are possible than one would think. Micromégas by Voltaire [1752]

D. H. Lawrence But he would not any more affirm the miracles as true. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

To which end I affirm that a commonwealth, internally considered, is either equal or unequal. The Commonwealth of Oceana by James Harrington

However, with but little hesitation Fyne ventured to affirm that — yes, her hair was of some dark shade. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

Ralph Waldo Emerson Laws, customs, manners, the very persons and faces, affirm it. English Traits by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1856]

Wilkie Collins I affirm the all-pervading intelligence of that capacity. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

H.P. Lovecraft I affirm — I swear — that I had no share in these extreme aspirations. Hypnos by H.P. Lovecraft [1922]

Bronislaw Malinowski Owing to the scantiness of our information we can hardly say whether sexual jealousy is stronger or weaker in Australian than in other societies; we can safely affirm that it is different. The Family among the Australian Aborigines by Bronislaw Malinowski [1913]

Florence Dixie The Indians affirm that the puma only bears young ones in two years, but whether this be true or not I do not know. Across Patagonia by Florence Dixie [1880]

Jules Verne All that I affirm is, that Captain Grant is in the hands of the natives. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

The novella has in fact been carried so far in the short story that it might be asked whether it had not left the novel behind, as to perfection of form; though one might not like to affirm this. Literature and Life by William Dean Howells

One is always aware of its presence, but really nobody can affirm it has an odour. The Mystery of Choice by Robert W. Chambers [1896]

Jonathan Swift I never yet knew a soldier who would not affirm that any town might be taken if you were content to be at the charge. On the Conduct of the Allies by Jonathan Swift [1711]

What I saw — well! I do not wish to use exaggerated language, so I will not say that it made my blood run cold, but I do affirm that it did not increase my sense of comfort. Capturing a Convict by Richard Marsh [1893]

John Locke For, let us consider, when we affirm that “all gold is fixed,” either it means that fixedness is a part of the definition, i. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke [1690]

No one could undertake to affirm that a frog is not inconvenienced by being wrapped up in a wet rag, and having his toes tied out; and it cannot be denied that inconvenience is a sort of pain. Science and Education by Thomas Henry Huxley

But I would ask that the matter be put to him whom I have accused as principal, and that he deny or affirm it on his solemn oath. Witch Wood by John Buchan [1927]

Olaf Stapledon Some champions of modern science, more zealous than intelligent, affirm that this is inconceivable, not, indeed, for purely logical reasons but because it violates the laws of contemporary science. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

Francis Bacon But on this point I affirm nothing certain. The New Organon by Francis Bacon [1620]

It was not at all what it should have been even if the girl had wished to affirm her right to disregard the feelings of all the world. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

The truth is that which you implicitly affirm in the very attempt to deny it; it is that from which every variation refutes itself by proving self-contradictory. A Pluralistic Universe by William James [1909]

Henry Handel Richardson One would have liked to call to them: Fear not to turn the light of research on the conception of that immortality which you affirm . The Way Home by Henry Handel Richardson

But if he should deny it to be a body, or affirm that it is not illuminated, he would then contradict the senses, as one who admitted neither body, animal, generation, nor sense. Essays and Miscellanies by Plutarch

D. H. Lawrence There was something else she wanted to hear, it was something else she asked for from the Church. But who was she to affirm it? And what was she doing with unsatisfied desires? She was ashamed. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Blaise Pascal According to these definitions, I affirm that two indivisibles united do not make an extension. Of the Geometrical Spirit by Blaise Pascal

Ann Radcliffe When I recovered, it was too late; he had escaped! From that hour to the present, I have never seen him, nor dare I affirm that the person now before me is he. The Italian by Ann Radcliffe [1796]

John Locke I affirm them to be truths, self-evident truths; and so cannot be laid aside. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke [1690]

Wilkie Collins I affirm that the remedy which that admirable lady has proposed is the only remedy that will spare you the horrors of public scandal. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

John Locke And I think those who give this answer will not be forward to affirm that the knowledge of this maxim, “That it is impossible for the same thing to be and not to be,” is a deduction of our reason. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke [1690]

But now, returning to Demosthenes, I affirm that his case is the case of nearly all the classical writers,—at least, of all the prose writers. Oxford by Thomas De Quincey [1835]

By using nor, I affirm the invisibility of both, which is what I wanted to do. Write it Right by Ambrose Bierce [1909]

Anthony Trollope There be those who affirm that he who owes a debt for goods which he cannot pay is no gentleman, and tradesmen when they cannot get their money are no doubt sometimes inclined to hold that opinion. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]

Sigmund Freud It happens that I know the lady, and am able to affirm that she grudges herself salmon just as my patient grudges herself caviar. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

More than this, it is safe to affirm that any one writer who makes a statement concerning a certain work of art at a given time, would have made a somewhat different statement at another time. The Life and Genius of Nathaniel Hawthorne by Frank Preston Stearns [1906]

Jules Verne McNabbs ventured to affirm that no vital part was injured. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

I affirm it with assurance, and I don’t even know now what were the books then lying about the room. A Personal Record by Joseph Conrad [1912]