In the meantime, it has made marvellous progress among us, especially in those great armies composed of honest well-disciplined hirelings, who decide the destiny of states; for we may safely affirm that when an army of thirty thousand men fights another of an equal number, there are about twenty thousand of them p-x-d on each side.
Candide did not quite agree to that, but he affirmed nothing.
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Maria affirmed that she has complete faith in the other members of the team.
The artist has one function—to affirm and glorify life.