Phrases with "certain"

His devotion to certain interests has been put to heavy strain, and nothing is more remarkable to me than the changed moral tone with which he reports the situation. Memories and Studies by William James

Don’t forget we know for certain that that Halesworth butcher has been in a madhouse once, and remember — he was born near here and should therefore know every yard of the Thralldom lands. The Hidden Door by Arthur Gask [1934]

Wilkie Collins It was only the glue, he said, that had made him fail hitherto; with cement to aid him, he was quite certain of success. Mr Wray’s Cash Box by Wilkie Collins [1852]

In my own mind I was as certain that he was the man against whom Nikola had warned me as I could well be of anything. Dr Nikola’s Experiment by Guy Boothby [1899]

There were golden plover whistling on the hill behind the inn; he heard them with a certain delight in the fitness of their wild call to that desert. Castle Gay by John Buchan [1930]

Nathaniel Hawthorne Tobias Pearson was agitated and uneasy, but a certain feeling like the consciousness of guilt oppressed him; so that he could not go forth and offer himself as the protector of the child. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Once more Fawley entered Berati’s palatial bureau with a certain trepidation. The Spy Paramount by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Henry Adams The fact seemed to prove that they were born, like birds, with a certain innate balance. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

Francis Bacon For certain it is, that ordnance was known in the city of the Oxidrakes in India; and was that, which the Macedonians called thunder and lightning, and magic. The Essays by Francis Bacon [1601]

G. K. Chesterton Whether what he heard in boyhood was violent Nationalism or virulent Unionism, it was at least something which wanted a certain principle to be in force, not a certain clique to be in office. George Bernard Shaw by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

Gertrude Stein They are all of them quite certain that not any one is going on being living. Geography and Plays by Gertrude Stein

Maria Edgeworth In short — “’Tis bliss but to a certain bound — Beyond, ’tis agony. Leonora by Maria Edgeworth [1806]

D.H. Lawrence She had a woman’s curious passion for details, a woman’s peculiar attachment to certain dear trifles. The Trespasser by D.H. Lawrence

D. H. Lawrence Yet the unscrupulousness of Michaelis had a certain fascination for her. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence

At times above the noise certain painful, never-to-be-forgotten words went straight to one’s heart: “It is not right for you all together to set upon one. In the World by Maksim Gorky

Rudyard Kipling A Polar storm can blow for ten days without a break, and all that while it is certain death to be abroad. The Second Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling [1895]

James Joyce Owens cites Brerfuchs and Warren, a foreign firm, since disseized, registered as Tangos, Limited, for the sale of certain proprietary articles. Finnegans Wake by James Joyce

H. G. Wells The buying of orchids always has in it a certain speculative flavour. The Stolen Bacillus and other incidents by H. G. Wells [1895]

Arnold Bennett He could tell by certain peculiarities of tone and gesture. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

Beginning now to perceive his drift, I had a certain pleasure in keeping cool, and working him up. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

H. G. Wells A certain impatience in the manner of Mr. Garvace presently got upon his nerves. The History of Mr. Polly by H. G. Wells [1910]

Well, just now he has been very much on his toes because the pride of the herd, a beast known as Queen Guinivere, is calving and he is certain that many of his enemies would like to get at her. The Hidden Door by Arthur Gask [1934]

William Morris Nay, such am I now, but that a certain habit of keeping my wits in a fray maketh me of avail to my Lord, so that I am well looked to. The Well At The World’s End by William Morris [1896]

H. G. Wells Bert Smallways was by no means a stupid person, and up to a certain limit he had not been badly educated. The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]

T. H. Huxley Among its fundamental conceptions, there must be no confusion between what is certain and what is more or less probable. Essays by T. H. Huxley

William Hazlitt A certain tender gloom o’erspreads the whole. Characters of Shakespeare’s Plays by William Hazlitt [1817]

Leslie Stephen He attacked the bishops bitterly for offering certain measures which in his view sacrificed the permanent interests of the Church to that of the actual occupants. Swift by Leslie Stephen [1882]

Anthony Trollope In this matter the Duke was quite certain of the propriety of his judgement. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

Guy de Maupassan When she pronounces certain phrases, one would believe that you had left your voice in her mouth. Strong as Death by Guy de Maupassan

Guy de Maupassant It is the same with female intelligence, which, in certain cases, will give superior products, but which is not to be considered in an estimate of the feminine nature as a social factor. Sundays of a Bourgeois (Les Dimanches d’un bourgeois de Paris) by Guy de Maupassant [1880]

Virginia Woolf She cared for me once, I’m certain of that, but I tormented her so with my humors that I let my chances slip, and now she won’t risk marrying me. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

Walter Scott There is, indeed, a certain monotony in most tales of the kind. Letters on Demonology and Witchcraft by Walter Scott [1831]

John Morley A few persons, with an exceptional turn for philosophy, consciously embody their metaphysical principles with a certain detail in all the rest of their thinking. Voltaire by John Morley

Ian Maclaren It has seemed to me as if certain old friends looked out from their prison with appealing glance, and one has been tempted to break the glass and let, for instance, Elia go free. Books and Bookmen by Ian Maclaren

Anton Chekhov Evidently the consciousness of a certain power over us afforded him the greatest gratification. The Chorus Girl and other stories by Anton Chekhov

Henry James There was a certain force in the very amenity of this, but our young lady reflected long enough to remember that it was not the answer Sir Claude himself had made. What Maisie Knew by Henry James [1897]

Anthony Trollope With my caligraphy I was contented, but was certain that I should come to the ground among the figures. An Autobiography by Anthony Trollope [1883]

William Henry Bragg When the determination of the ionisation curve was complete, communication was opened between the bulb and the chamber, and a certain fraction of the gas went over into the bulb. Studies in Radioactivity by William Henry Bragg [1912]

Edgar Allan Poe Let us see what they say: Imprimus. That certain wags in Rotterdam have certain especial antipathies to certain burgomasters and astronomers. The Unparalleled Adventure of One Hans Pfaall by Edgar Allan Poe [1835]

Elizabeth Gaskell I do believe I could make up my mind on certain subjects better if I were left alone, than while being constantly talked to about them. My Lady Ludlow by Elizabeth Gaskell [1858]

How can an inexperienced stranger know for certain that such a statement is a falsehood? And even the just do not love justice —to others— quite so well as they love their own skins. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

Wilkie Collins I will go into no details about Anne Catherick, because I have no certain information to give. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

G. K. Chesterton There is a certain kind of fascination, a strictly artistic fascination, which arises from a matter being hinted at in such a way as to leave a certain tormenting uncertainty even at the end. Robert Browning by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

Anthony Trollope Of course, when so provoked he would declare his passion; that was to be expected; there had been enough between them to make such a fact sure; but it was equally certain that he must be rejected. The Warden by Anthony Trollope

They swore straight enough to having bought cattle with certain brands from Starlight. They didn’t know, of course, at the time whose they were, but they could describe the brands fast enough. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

E. F. Benson But he knew himself well enough to be certain that no passionate impulse of his would cause Lucia to regret that she had made so intimate a proposal. Mapp and Lucia by E. F. Benson [1931]

He had also sometimes a third, or some other customary part of the profits of certain cities, boroughs, or other places within his earldom. The Commonwealth of Oceana by James Harrington

Andrew Lang Mrs. Clifton described a place in a native State, where she had been at a great ‘function,’ in certain gardens beside a river. The Making of Religion by Andrew Lang

As in a stage broadsword combat, every cut has its parry, so in our conversation every remark suggested the reply, and this necessitated a certain rejoinder. The Ocean Wave by Ambrose Bierce

Oscar Wilde They give us, now and then, some of those luxurious sterile emotions that have a certain charm for the weak. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde [1891]

My father married a Christian, but I retain a certain look of his people. The Secret Passage by Fergus Hume

I had completely forgotten the financier de Barral. The girl for me was an orphan, but now I perceived suddenly the force of Fyne’s qualifying statement, “to a certain extent. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

Francis Bacon Overt and apparent virtues, bring forth praise; but there be secret and hidden virtues, that bring forth fortune; certain deliveries of a man’s self, which have no name. The Essays by Francis Bacon [1601]

Arnold Bennett She possessed, after all, a certain amount of quiet self-conceit. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Anthony Trollope When I was a child there used to be certain games at which it was agreed in beginning either that there should be cheating or that there should not. North America by Anthony Trollope

His house seemed still to be well provided, and he brought with him a certain amount of provender. Witch Wood by John Buchan [1927]

Edith Wharton And now she could see by certain spasmodic symptoms that another crisis of pain was approaching — one of the struggles that Wyant, at times, had almost seemed to court and exult in. Fruit of the Tree by Edith Wharton [1907]

Marjorie Bowen Yet there was a certain sting in her transitory triumph also; she had once dreamed it differently. Forget-me-not by Marjorie Bowen [1932]

D. H. Lawrence There’s a certain smell about the skin of those women, that in the end is sickening beyond words — even if you like it at first. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

Rudyard Kipling First I went to London, to a physician of our people, who sold me certain drugs that I needed. Puck of Pook’s Hill by Rudyard Kipling [1906]

Besides, he is certain to be magnificently guarded. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

Tobias Smolle The French, however, with all their absurdities, preserve a certain ascendancy over us, which is very disgraceful to our nation; and this appears in nothing more than in the article of dress. Travels through France and Italy by Tobias Smolle

William Black And so he takes the journey very leisurely until, getting benighted in a certain village, he asks the way to the “best house,” and is directed by a facetious person to the house of the squire. Goldsmith by William Black [1878]

She could remember, as clearly as though it were yesterday, certain dreadful scenes between her father and her mother — scenes that she had witnessed when she was no more than nine years old. A Clergyman’s Daughter by George Orwell

Anthony Trollope A certain Captain Clutterbuck joined him, and dined with him. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

E. F. Benson That then being taken for granted, she turned her mind to certain side-issues, which to a true Riseholmite were of entrancing interest. Queen Lucia by E. F. Benson [1920]

Her coltishness and a certain heavy, naïve immaturity had fallen from her. Notwithstanding by Mary Cholmondeley [1913]

Isabella Bird Every State has its assembly and governor, and to a certain extent has power to make its own laws. The Englishwoman in America by Isabella Bird [1856]

Olaf Stapledon After some days she was inclined to think that she was having a certain amount of success. A Man Divided by Olaf Stapledon

What is to be noted is that even in London, having had time to take a reflective view, poor Flora was far from being certain as to the true inwardness of her violent dismissal. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

G. K. Chesterton The manner of the moulding was indeed somewhat different in the two cases, and in both she watched it with a certain curious interest. Four Faultless Felons by G. K. Chesterton [1930]

There was some stammering, a few broken words; then I heard myself saying distinctly, and with a certain hard emphasis born of the restraint I put upon myself: “I love her! I want to marry her. The Circular Study by Anna Katharine Green

Henry James The faults of the book are, to my sense, a want of reality and an abuse of the fanciful element — of a certain superficial symbolism. Hawthorne by Henry James [1879]

It had seemed certain that she would write. The Web of Maya by Ella D'Arcy [1895]

Theodore Dreiser He was here to deal with the great general needs of the Middle West — to seize upon, if he might, certain well-springs of wealth and power and rise to recognized authority. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

George Gissing Her “book of takings” wasn’t very good, poor thing, and if it didn’t come up to a certain figure at the end of the week she would lose her place. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

Margaret Oliphant I look upon money with a certain awe. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

The same truth is exemplified if we turn to certain great periods of the earth’s history — as, for example, the Mesozoic epoch. Lectures on Evolution by Thomas Henry Huxley

Arnold Bennett The only difference was that the recent reconciliation had inspired her with a certain negligent compassion for her mother, with a curious tenderness that caused her to wonder at herself. Hilda Lessways by Arnold Bennett [1911]

Anthony Trollope They became attached to certain friends, to certain patrons, and to certain parties, and soon learned that a return was expected for the food and for the excitement supplied to them. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

Wilkie Collins Her harmlessness and her fancy for dressing in white excited a certain amount of sympathy. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

Now, it was shown, not only that it was possible for Haire to have started the fire, but that it was nearly certain that he had done so. Mr Polton Explains by R. Austin Freeman [1940]

Henry James It had been Charlotte’s remark that they were at last “beyond” her; whereas he had ever enjoyed believing that a certain easy imagination in her would keep up with him to the end. The Golden Bowl by Henry James [1904]

Anthony Trollope For Mrs Winterfield herself, this desolation had, I think, a certain melancholy attraction. The Belton Estate by Anthony Trollope

George Gissing Do you remember a certain conversation of ours at Posillipo about the education of a certain young lady?” “Yes, I do. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

T. H. Huxley There is not a single peculiarity or characteristic of any kind, bodily or mental, in which offspring may not vary to a certain extent from the parent and other animals. Essays by T. H. Huxley

He could not raise it above a certain height, and when playing cards, for instance, had always to get some one to deal for him. The Judgment of Larose by Arthur Gask [1934]

Algernon Blackwood They did not look at one another for some seconds, and there was a certain tenseness, a sense of deep emotion in the air that each, possibly, sought to hide from the other. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

Wilkie Collins Sir Patrick’s recollections (on leaving Lady Lundie) appeared to have taken him back to that time, and to have inspired him with a certain tenderness for his brother’s memory. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

At a certain height of social position (wealth has got nothing to do with it, we have been ruined in a most righteous cause), at a certain established height one can disregard narrow prejudices. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

E. Phillips Oppenheim It was the girl who had been his companion at the theatre, the Eleanor of his earlier knowledge, who greeted him now half shyly, yet with a certain mischievous look in her clear, soft eyes. A Sleeping Memory by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1902]

Olaf Stapledon We say that it is round, though in certain views it appears or seems oval. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

Wilkie Collins I know a certain city, and a certain temple in that city, where, dressed as you are now, your life would not be worth five minutes’ purchase. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

I could not even be certain that she understood me. A Smile of Fortune by Joseph Conrad [1911]

John Galsworthy For debts, drink, dancers, he had a certain sympathy; but the pearls — no! That was too much! And suddenly he found his mother’s hand squeezing his. In Chancery by John Galsworthy

She was in reality five or six years younger than Madeleine, but her height and a certain natural dignity of carriage and manner gave her the appearance of being much older—by a rose-coloured light. Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley [1893]

He must gamble, drink, womanise to a certain degree, fight duels enough for glory and not enough for scandal, be handsome and dashing and outrageous, but always within the limits of common sense. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

Who was true? Who was good? She looked at him wistfully, and with a certain diffidence. Moth and Rust by Mary Cholmondeley [1912]

Anthony Trollope While performing much of the best of his life’s work he was not sure of his market, not certain of his readers, his publishers, or his price; nor was he certain of himself. Thackeray by Anthony Trollope [1879]

As for the ladies, it is never without a certain dread, which costs me infinite trouble to allay, that they succeed in reaching my quarters. Louise de la Valliere by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

E. Phillips Oppenheim During the last few minutes a certain tension had crept in between the two men. The Great Impersonation by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1920]

The day on which you return from a certain expedition which I have to confide to you, on that day you may yourself take the commission from the drawer. The Vicomte de Bragelonne by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

M. P. Shiel A certain vehemence, exasperation, unrepose distinguished all she said and did. Prince Zaleski by M. P. Shiel [1895]

Theodore Dreiser They had a habit of depositing city and State funds with certain bankers and brokers as authorized agents or designated State depositories. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

I thought that he was certain to obtain the distinction for which he toiled, and equally certain to die a few months after obtaining it. A Strange Story by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1862]

He stooped in standing, but as soon as he moved, showed decision and a certain sort of pride which caused him to hold his head high and his body more than usually erect. A Difficult Problem by Anna Katharine Green

Rudyard Kipling It was proposed, for example, a few weeks ago, that a certain municipality in this province should establish an elementary technical school for the sons of workmen. Under the Deodars by Rudyard Kipling [1888]

Arthur Conan Doyle There was only a certain amount of bread and butter supplied for this, however, and those who came late were likely to find an empty platter. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

The flies buzzed irresolutely, as if pondering a certain plan of action. Mother by Maksim Gorky

Anthony Trollope He had his views and I had mine, each of us having at heart the welfare of the service in regard to his own country — each of us also having certain orders which we were bound to obey. An Autobiography by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Wilkie Collins When I wrote the letter I had no certain knowledge that Major Donthorne was still alive — I despatched it on the chance that he might be living, and able and willing to reply. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

John Galsworthy To the flat landscape poplars gave a certain spirituality; and the russet-tiled farmhouse roofs a certain homeliness. The Silver Spoon by John Galsworthy

H.P. Lovecraft As it was, we made crude notebook sketches of certain salient features after all our films were used up. At the Mountains of Madness by H.P. Lovecraft [1931]

And after, they chose another to be soldan, that they clept Tympieman; and he let deliver Saint Louis out of prison for a certain ransom. The Travels of Sir John Mandeville by John Mandeville

Arthur Conan Doyle I should not dream of doing so were it not absolutely certain that I should be able in four days to reclaim it. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

E. Phillips Oppenheim He had seen it before among a certain type of her countrywomen—the greed of money. Peter Ruff and the Double Four by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1912]

H.P. Lovecraft All were pointing to a certain passage, and every face seemed so distorted with epileptic and reverberant laughter that I almost thought I heard the fiendish echoes. Pickman’s Model by H.P. Lovecraft [1926]

H.P. Lovecraft In response to certain signals I admitted to the house a messenger from those outside — a fellow-human, let me hasten to say. The Whisperer in Darkness by H.P. Lovecraft [1930]

Anthony Trollope He had at this interview affected a certain amount of intimacy with Florence of which he thought that he appreciated the value. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

E. Phillips Oppenheim It was a large, square, mauve envelope, addressed to him in ill-formed, sprawling handwriting, which still possessed a certain character. The Lion and the Lamb by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1930]

He was anything but a coward, and up to a certain point his nature was as strong and self-reliant as could be. The Dark Highway by Arthur Gask [1928]

G. K. Chesterton The trick consists of first repudiating a certain view in unfavourable terms, and then repeating the same view in favourable terms. A Miscellany of Men by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

Victor Hugo On certain brows he saw an indescribable ebbing back towards animalism, and that slow return of man to beast, produced on those below by the dull pressure of the happiness of those above. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Jack London This it was, I am certain — the most indescribable of blood-curdling sounds — that threw me into a panic. The Sea-Wolf by Jack London [1904]

Maria Edgeworth He stood convicted of having said that the lady’s dress was unbecoming — she was certain that he thought more than he said, and that every thing about her was grown disagreeable to him. The Modern Griselda by Maria Edgeworth

H.P. Lovecraft Barzai was wise in the lore of earth’s gods, and listened hard for certain sounds, but Atal felt the chill of the vapours and the awe of the night, and feared much. The Other Gods by H.P. Lovecraft [1921]

H. G. Wells He thought that heavy and clumsy types were not so abundant in the population as they used to be and that certain new mental types were on the increase. Star-Begotten by H. G. Wells [1937]

H. G. Wells The new air police had been waiting with a certain impatience for provocation of this sort. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

Kenneth Grahame Presently I became aware of a certain solace and consolation in my newly-recovered independence of action. Dream Days by Kenneth Grahame

I was interested to discover what she wanted the ‘dragon’s blood’ for, and after a certain amount of hesitation she told me. White Magic by Ella D'Arcy [1894]

Charles Stur It was, therefore, evident that at certain seasons of the year they resorted to it in some numbers, and I was then led to hope for a favourable change in the aspect of the country. Narrative of an expedition into Central Australia by Charles Stur

M. R. James The conclusion arrived at was that certain strokes might have been better, and that in certain emergencies neither player had experienced that amount of luck which a human being has a right to expect. Ghost Stories of an Antiquary by M. R. James

Olaf Stapledon Sir Geoffrey made discreet enquiries about Victor’s relations with a certain young woman. A Man Divided by Olaf Stapledon

Radclyffe Hall He had just then discovered the queer little place down in Seven Dials, and was very proud of it; indeed he was making it rather the fashion among certain literary people. The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

Caroline Lamb I am certain of it,” she continued, throwing herself nearly out of the carriage to gaze upon them. Glenarvon by Caroline Lamb [1816]

Robert Louis Stevenson After all these ups and downs, he seemed still, like the rich student that he was of yore, to breathe of money; seemed still perfectly sure of himself and certain of his end. Memories and Portraits by Robert Louis Stevenson

H. Rider Haggard Then it was, as they walked, that a certain fact came home to them; namely, that they could not avail themselves of their host’s kindness any longer, and, further, that they were quite penniless. The People of the Mist by H. Rider Haggard

He gives a story187 of a supernatural coach that heralds certain events in the family life, charms for securing love as for making refractory butter come when the churn is bewitched, and so forth. The Supernatural in Modern English Fiction by Dorothy Scarborough

Frances Hodgson Burnett Helen Muir left the reverent gloom of the life at the Manse far behind despite her respect for certain meanings they beclouded. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

Ralph Waldo Emerson They accuse the divine Providence of a certain parsimony. Representative Men by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1850]

E. Phillips Oppenheim But I must confess,” he added, “to a certain amount of curiosity. Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1898]

Wilkie Collins I have already alluded to certain reports or scandals which I knew of relating to the early life of Arthur’s father. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

Edgar Allan Poe The article is then washed, and afterward boiled to a certain degree, which must not be too much or too little. The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket by Edgar Allan Poe

I cannot tell you why or how, but I am certain that my husband had no more to do with that deed of blood than you or I.” The woman’s intense earnestness made me stare. The Woman with One Hand by Richard Marsh

Wilkie Collins When I have put certain questions to her, which may possibly lead to very important results, I shall leave a letter for Bishopriggs in Mrs. Inchbare’s hands. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

We felt equally certain we had passed them in Dip Lane, sitting together in the gig; but St. George denied it in toto, affirming that the person with him was a stranger. A Mystery by Ellen Wood [1882]

G. K. Chesterton The more he thought of it, however, the more certain he grew that this was but one of the common illusions of light coming from a different angle. The Man Who Knew Too Much by G. K. Chesterton

He was now certain that Sir Hannibal was innocent and that Anak was only trying to injure him to satisfy the vengeance of his mother. The Crowned Skull by Fergus Hume

Arthur Machen He had spoken quickly, and had gone lightly over many details which might have interested specialists in certain kinds of mania, and Darnell was sorry for his evident distress. A Fragment of Life by Arthur Machen

Lord Reay readily accepted the challenge, and both were confined in the Tower until they found security that they would appear on a certain day appointed by the court to determine the question. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

Robert Green Ingersoll His idea was, that if God had decreed from all eternity that a certain man should die with the small-pox, it was a frightful sin to avoid and annul that decree by the trick of vaccination. The Ghosts and other lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

Like most of these very clever knaves, he was a fool, and proceeded to drink his angel at a certain hostelry in Tergou where was a green devoted to archery and the common sports of the day. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

Henry James There was a certain expectation that she would leave rather formidable memoirs. The Reverberator by Henry James [1888]

H. G. Wells No nurse during a nursery uproar was ever so certain of the inevitable ultimate peace. The World Set Free by H. G. Wells [1914]

Edith Wharton Then I asked her for help — and reminded her of certain things. Fruit of the Tree by Edith Wharton [1907]

D. H. Lawrence But Fred had a certain technical vocabulary. The Virgin and the Gypsy by D. H. Lawrence

Madeleine had not remembered to be good-natured until a certain obstacle to the completion of her ball-party, as she intended it, had arisen. Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley [1893]

The broad bright river, winding in bold curves across the level meads, with here and there a willowy islet, gave a certain charm to scenery which would otherwise have been without a redeeming feature. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

Virginia Woolf And while I was writing this review, I discovered that if I were going to review books I should need to do battle with a certain phantom. The Death of the Moth and other essays by Virginia Woolf [1942]

Thomas Hardy She wrote in an assumed name to the woman who had taken it in, and asked her to meet the writer with the infant at certain places she named. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

Henry James He would ask for more information later; and meanwhile he wished, without resentment, but with a certain helpless, patient longing, that Muniment would treat him with a little more confidence. The Princess Casamassima by Henry James [1886]

Now tells the tale, that on a day Sigurd rode into the wood with hawk, and hound, and men thronging; and whenas he came home his hawk flew up to a high tower and sat him down on a certain window. The Story of the Volsungs by translated by William Morris and Eirikr Magnusson

I once asked an Italian painter if he did not think a certain nobly imagined drawing-room was fine, and he said ‘SI. Ma troppa roba. Literature and Life by William Dean Howells

M. R. James With a certain effort he dismissed the thought of Number 13 from his mind, and sat down to his writing. Ghost Stories of an Antiquary by M. R. James

D. H. Lawrence Lovat, you know I am sincere, don’t you?” There was a certain dignity and pathos in the question. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

Thomas Paine Before anything can be reasoned upon to a conclusion, certain facts, principles, or data, to reason from, must be established, admitted, or denied. The Rights of Man by Thomas Paine [1791]

H. G. Wells Instead he discovered a certain surprise, an expression of restrained and reluctant respect. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

Henry David Thoreau I only know myself as a human entity; the scene, so to speak, of thoughts and affections; and am sensible of a certain doubleness by which I can stand as remote from myself as from another. Walden by Henry David Thoreau

Frances Hodgson Burnett Then she decided to go on because she saw chances that he might, to a certain degree, understand. Robin by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle I hold it, therefore, to be certain that he does know who these men are, and that for reasons of his own he suppresses it. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1894]

Charles Dickens This Sunday evening’s recreation they pursued like mere workmen who had a certain task to do, and did it. Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens [1841]

Jules Verne Whether it be that the stuff it is made of is too much worn, or that the heat of the spiral has melted the gutta-percha, I can observe a certain loss of gas. Five Weeks in a Balloon by Jules Verne [1869]

But at a certain point she met Don Abbondio, trudging on, step after step, and before each step, his walking-stick. I Promessi Sposi by Alessandro Manzoni

Arnold Bennett But after a certain age exams become a nuisance. Hilda Lessways by Arnold Bennett [1911]

He reflected now, this morning, with a certain incredulous interest, upon that unworthy epoch in his life history, which seemed so far behind him, and yet had come to a close only a few weeks ago. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

Robert Louis Stevenson Towards the many considerations on which conduct is built, each man stands in a certain relation. Lay Morals by Robert Louis Stevenson

George Gissing Until a certain day at the end of March, when something happened of which Harvey had no suspicion, but which affected Alma in a way he soon perceived. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

Edgar Allan Poe As she approached, with a certain modest decision of step altogether indescribable. Tales of Natural Beauty by Edgar Allan Poe

R. D. Blackmore It happens to be among very old charters, which happen to be wanted for certain excellent antiquarian purposes. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

All this, to a certain extent, fell out exactly as the mutineers had anticipated. Ralph Rashleigh by James Tucker

G. K. Chesterton Here again it is essential to understand such statements with a certain logical precision. The Return of Don Quixote by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

George Gissing They are graceful, but I often thought of a certain English lady, who has more natural grace of bearing than any one of them. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

Thomas Paine The English Parliament of 1688 did a certain thing, which, for themselves and their constituents, they had a right to do, and which it appeared right should be done. The Rights of Man by Thomas Paine [1791]

Isabella Bird This railway is, however, embarrassed by certain financial difficulties, which may retard for a time the completion of the gigantic undertaking. The Englishwoman in America by Isabella Bird [1856]

Sir Richard Burton Now a certain trader invited us to an entertainment this night, so we went to his house and he set food before us and we ate. The Arabian Nights' Entertainments by Sir Richard Burton

THE Old Regency in Hanover Square was patronised by certain people well known in Society circles and, of its kind, was generally considered good-class, though by no means exclusive. The Man of Death by Arthur Gask [1945]

So Lombard and I have made certain arrangements. The Island of Sheep by John Buchan [1936]

George Borrow This is true to a certain extent: but it chiefly holds good with respect to the upper classes. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

Charles Dickens After a pause, they both heartily congratulated me; but there was a certain touch of sadness in their congratulations that I rather resented. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens [1860]

Kate Chopin The scene had not attracted Melicent. For she had been engaged in observing her companion rather closely; his personality holding her with a certain imaginative interest. At Fault by Kate Chopin

Anthony Trollope I take it that she had first left her uncle at Constantinople, but on this point I never got certain information. Tales of all countries by Anthony Trollope

The officer who brought it gave me a description of a certain private soldier’s bravery, and informed me that the brave fellow was reported to be mortally wounded. ’Long Live the King!’ by Guy Boothby [1900]

Nor was I without a certain sympathetic pensiveness; as if, from the great, silent house, the spirit of the vanished man had issued forth to bear us company. The Eye of Osiris by R. Austin Freeman [1911]

Henry David Thoreau To my imagination it retained throughout the day more or less of this auroral character, reminding me of a certain house on a mountain which I had visited a year before. Walden by Henry David Thoreau

H. G. Wells We were travelling in that world of ours in-Ah! — certain vehicles, when suddenly we discovered ourselves here. Men Like Gods by H. G. Wells [1923]

Over these villages certain headmen, titled Phanze, hold jurisdiction, who take black-mail from travellers with high presumption when they can. The Discovery of the Source of the Nile by John Hanning Speke [1863]

Elizabeth Gaskell But no one would ever be to Mr. Preston what Cynthia had been, and was; and yet he could have stabbed her in certain of his moods. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

Thomas Hardy But I know it was! I feel perfectly certain it was — by the light in her eyes as she looked at me. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

Guy de Maupassan In a few moments, Rose, whom they teased about a certain Count, turned upon her heel and left them. Bel Ami by Guy de Maupassan

His mind remained so extraordinarily clear that he even embarked upon a study of certain mystic practices that the Indians call yoga, and which are based upon various special methods of breathing. Lost Horizon by James Hilton