And I had little difficulty in determining the objects with which it was necessary to commence, for I was already persuaded that it must be with the simplest and easiest to know, and, considering that of all those who have hitherto sought truth in the sciences, the mathematicians alone have been able to find any demonstrations, that is, any certain
and evident reasons, I did not doubt but that such must have been the rule of their investigations.
The chevalier had repudiated the ridiculous costume still preserved by certain
monarchical old men; he had frankly modernized himself.
Meanwhile, John had gone upon his holidays without a word, which was irregular; and there had disappeared with him a certain
sum of money, which was out of all bounds of palliation.
In the latter country, an honest development of democracy is certain
to be stigmatized as tainted with this crime.
Indeed, it is by no means certain
that the occupation would ever have been successful had not one of the three brothers, Paul, despicably, but very decisively declined to abide these things any longer, and, by surrendering all the secrets of the insurrection, ensured its overthrow and his own ultimate promotion to the post of chamberlain to Prince Otto.
The trial also of different causes is allotted to different persons; as at Lacedaemon all disputes concerning contracts are brought before some of the ephori: the senate are the judges in cases of murder, and so on; some being to be heard by one magistrate, others by another: and thus at Carthage certain
magistrates determine all causes.
I feel the need to ascribe to him fantastic theories about his predecessors, and it is with a certain
sense of disillusion that I confess he thought about them pretty much as does everybody else.
Again, it is certain
that the archdeacon had been seized with a singular passion for the symbolical door of Notre- Dame, that page of a conjuring book written in stone, by Bishop Guillaume de Paris, who has, no doubt, been damned for having affixed so infernal a frontispiece to the sacred poem chanted by the rest of the edifice.
He was like an explorer now who has reasoned that certain
natural features must present themselves, and, beating up a broad river, finds here the tributary that he expected, there the fertile, populated plains, and further on the mountains.
But now methinks that thou and I might sing some fair song together; dost thou not know a certain
dainty little catch called `The Loving Youth and the Scornful Maid'?
If we assume as the historians do that great men lead humanity to the attainment of certain
ends- the greatness of Russia or of France, the balance of power in Europe, the diffusion of the ideas of the Revolution general progress or anything else- then it is impossible to explain the facts of history without introducing the conceptions of chance and genius.
Him, too, I liked in passages and in certain
poems which I knew before I read Wordsworth at all; I read him throughout, but I did not try to imitate him, and I did not try to imitate Wordsworth.
For though what may be called professed Wordsworthians, including Matthew Arnold, found a value in all that remains of him-- could read anything he wrote, "even the 'Thanksgiving Ode,'-- everything, I think, except 'Vaudracour and Julia,'"--yet still the decisiveness of such selections as those made by Arnold himself, and now by Professor Knight, hint at a certain
very obvious difference of level in his poetic work.
I heard by telephone, just before you came," Thomson announced, "that a certain
very distinguished person was on his way to see me.
The instant it was over Polly rushed away and bought not only the kids but a bonnet frame, a bit of illusion, and a pink crape rose, which had tempted her for weeks in a certain
shop window, then home and to work with all the skill and speed of a distracted milliner.