To refrain from intercepting an enemy whose banners are in perfect order, to refrain from attacking an army drawn up in calm and confident
array:--this is the art of studying circumstances.
I talked to him professionally in a cheery tone, and ended with the confident
And now the day of the Final at the Crystal Palace approached, and all England was alert, confident
of a record-breaking contest.
Only the poet or the saint can water an asphalt pavement in the confident
anticipation that lilies will reward his labour.
Knowing Dede as he did, Daylight was confident
that he would find her somewhere in this grove where the storm effects were so pronounced.
It was a body of cruelty so horrible that I am confident
no normal person exists who, once aware of it, could ever enjoy looking on at any trained-animal turn.
You have been too hasty and too confident
about yourself and about me.
After all these years I am still confident
that excavations which I have neither the legal right to undertake nor the wealth to make would disclose the secret of the disappearance of my unhappy friend, and possibly of the former occupants and owners of the deserted and now destroyed house.
Had I been a weakling of a child, I am confident
that it would have killed me.
All these reasons justify the view that the poems with which we now have to deal were later than the "Iliad" and "Odyssey", and if we must recognize the possibility of some conventionality in the received dating, we may feel confident
that it is at least approximately just.
He speaks in the Phaedo of the words with which he has comforted himself and his friends, and will not be too confident
that the description which he has given of the soul and her mansions is exactly true, but he 'ventures to think that something of the kind is true.
She seemed to me to look like a confident
slut: and to be sure she hath laid the child to young Mr Jones.
Quietly, but with confident
courage, Pollyanna ascended the chapel steps, pushed open the door and entered the vestibule.
Then we shall see," Stepan Arkadyevitch said to himself, and getting up he put on a gray dressing-gown lined with blue silk, tied the tassels in a knot, and, drawing a deep breath of air into his broad, bare chest, he walked to the window with his usual confident
step, turning out his feet that carried his full frame so easily.
It has been often enough remarked that women have a curious power of divining the characters of men, which would seem to be innate and instinctive; seeing that it is arrived at through no patient process of reasoning, that it can give no satisfactory or sufficient account of itself, and that it pronounces in the most confident
manner even against accumulated observation on the part of the other sex.