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affirm as in:  I affirm the statement

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  • Maria affirmed that she has complete faith in the other members of the team.
    affirmed = stated that something is true
  • The servants affirmed they had not seen her.   (source)
    affirmed = stated that it was true that
  • Chris smiled and sort of nodded, a response that Walt and Billie took as an affirmation that he would visit them in Annandale before the summer was out, and then they said their goodbyes.   (source)
    affirmation = a statement that something is true
  • "Said you were looking to find credit for about thirty families."
    Papa and Uncle Hammer neither affirmed nor denied this.   (source)
    affirmed = stated that it was true
  • I recalled that great affirmation, that proclamation, that promise: Always to shine, to shine everywhere, to the very depths of the last days ….   (source)
    affirmation = encouraging statement that something is true
  • "First day Walter comes back to school'll be his last," I affirmed.   (source)
    affirmed = stated firmly
  • I can get used to these daily positive affirmations.   (source)
    affirmations = things firmly stated as true (for encouragement)
  • Here was a man whose chi said nay despite his own affirmation.   (source)
    affirmation = firm statement that something is true
  • Affirmation to counteract the negative feelings I have inside. I am a creative, positive, successful, and happy person...
    affirmation = something firmly stated as true (for encouragement)
  • Still averted from her, the young man made a sign of affirmation.   (source)
    affirmation = agreement that something is true
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  • "I do leave it alone," affirmed the accused hollowly.   (source)
    affirmed = stated that something is true
  • "I t'ink so mineself," Hans affirmed.   (source)
    affirmed = agreed
  • Some affirmed that the Reverend Mr. Dimmesdale, on the very day when Hester Prynne first wore her ignominious badge, had begun a course of penance—which he afterwards, in so many futile methods, followed out—by inflicting a hideous torture on himself.   (source)
    affirmed = stated
  • The sun does not more certainly shine in the heavens than that which I now affirm is true.   (source)
    affirm = firmly state (that something is true)
  • The saying of the elders was not true—that if a man said yea his chi also affirmed.   (source)
    affirmed = firmly stated that something is true
  • The bearer of my daily doses of positive affirmation.   (source)
    affirmation = things firmly stated as true (for encouragement)
  • Phillip has been teaching me how to use affirmations to change my thinking process.   (source)
  • And there, as the sun begins to rise, he is overcome with thoughts of an affirmation, a proclamation, a promise—a promise to shine everywhere and always to very depths of the last days—which, after all, is all that anyone has ever asked of love.   (source)
    affirmation = encouraging statement that something is true
  • "Yes," affirmed the Count.   (source)
    affirmed = saying that something is true
  • Prepare to be bombarded for the next six months with endless annoying texts of nothing but positive affirmations about Sky.   (source)
    affirmations = things firmly stated as true (for encouragement)
  • Affirmations:
    1. Only I can make it happen.
    2. I control what I eat.
    3. Every day I become the person I want to be.
    4. I have the strength to do everything I set my mind to.   (source)
  • ...one or two affirmed that there was no mystery at all,   (source)
    affirmed = agreed
  • Some affirm that the lady of the governor was there.   (source)
    affirm = say it was true
  • "An' of course the dogs can hike along all day with that contraption behind them," affirmed a second of the men.   (source)
    affirmed = agreed
  • It may not be too much to affirm, on the whole, (the people being then in the first stages of joyless deportment, and the offspring of sires who had known how to be merry, in their day), that they would compare favourably, in point of holiday keeping, with their descendants, even at so long an interval as ourselves.   (source)
    affirm = state
  • I must not be understood affirming that, in the dressing up of the tale, and imagining the motives and modes of passion that influenced the characters who figure in it, I have invariably confined myself within the limits of the old Surveyor's half-a-dozen sheets of foolscap.   (source)
    affirming = to be stating
  • A large number—and many of these were persons of such sober sense and practical observation that their opinions would have been valuable in other matters—affirmed that Roger Chillingworth's aspect had undergone a remarkable change while he had dwelt in town, and especially since his abode with Mr. Dimmesdale.   (source)
    affirmed = stated
  • But the infection Hans Castorp knew was going round had even influenced the Freemason's clear intellect, robbing him of his laughter, leaving him seriously vulnerable to the inflammatory charms of slaps exchanged in the name of honor; in addition, though he had his good days, which were more like teasing setbacks, the old affirmer of life had turned gloomy watching the inexorable deterioration in his health; feeling intensely ashamed, he cursed it and despised himself when it forced him to take to his bed every few days now.†   (source)
  • I was about to shake my head, to reaffirm that my cello had no place among the jamming guitars, no place in the punk-rock world.   (source)
    reaffirm = say again (that something is true)
    standard prefix: The prefix "re-" in reaffirm means again. This is the same pattern you see in words like reconsider, rearrange, and regenerate.
  • He went on to praise Kathy and Jesus and reaffirm the primacy of his and their faith, but by then she was hardly listening.   (source)
    reaffirm = state again (as true)
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affirm as in:  her actions affirm my concerns

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  • The court's ruling affirms the principle of freedom to expression.
    affirms = supports
  • The peaceful transfer of authority is rare in history, yet common in our country. With a simple oath, we affirm old traditions and make new beginnings.
    affirm = demonstrate support for
  • A few places, like the Farmers Trust Bank, had GOLDWATER FOR PRESIDENT signs in their windows, sometimes with a bumper sticker across the bottom saying AFFIRMATION VIETNAM.   (source)
    affirmation = support
  • ...and after class, he asked me what I was thinking about, and I told him. He listened, and he nodded and made "affirmation" sounds.   (source)
    affirmation = encouraging (expressing support)
  • The ritual affirmed who we were despite the humiliating restrictions outside our door.   (source)
    affirmed = demonstrated
  • Consider sharing this book with someone you know who could use affirmation of God's existence and love.   (source)
    affirmation = support in the belief
  • ...purposeful and life-affirming schooling and work (jobs and more jobs);   (source)
    affirming = supporting
  • But I find comfort in it, in the idea of a pattern, of a narrative of my life taking shape, like a photograph in a darkroom, a story that slowly emerges and affirms the good I have always wanted to see in myself.   (source)
    affirms = demonstrates
  • My chance encounter had affirmed a golden rule in journalism: everyone has a story, so get out of the office and talk to people.   (source)
    affirmed = demonstrated as true
  • I've never been more loved and appreciated than when I tried to "justify" and affirm someone's mistaken beliefs;   (source)
    affirm = demonstrate support or the truth of something
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  • Then again the drums; and once more the men's deep savage affirmation of their manhood.   (source)
    affirmation = demonstration
  • ...while the large, deep-brown eyes fixed on me in a mixture of appeal and affirmation.   (source)
    affirmation = support
  • As I think back to that moment, it seems like we ripped them off in unison, an affirmation of our solidarity and victory.   (source)
    affirmation = demonstration
  • Actors and musicians resisted by creating makeshift stages in hidden courtyards and performing plays and skits and holding concerts, affirming that beauty and culture could exist even in the midst of the horrible circumstances of the ghetto.   (source)
    affirming = demonstrating
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  • We sat down, having affirmed our collective pride in something we can't pronounce.†   (source)
  • Let us also affirm all the ways we can say "yes."†   (source)
  • The appellate courts affirmed his conviction and sentence.†   (source)
  • Was the same man who made me sign a form affirming my purity suggesting that I let Maxon have it if he wanted it?†   (source)
  • We passed the graves of Bonaventure's two most famous residents, Johnny Mercer and Conrad Aiken—Mercer's epitaph affirming a hereafter in which angels sing, Aiken's raising the specter of doubt and of destinations unknown.†   (source)
  • Affirm, Flight.†   (source)
  • All of this was affirmed by our own star, Ardsley himself, who said that when he saw a Mica cheerleader giving comfort to the enemy, the heart went out of him.†   (source)
  • Life affirmed.†   (source)
  • By midmorning that Friday, her aggregate for the week was at 97, and the affirmations were coming from everyone in the Circle.†   (source)
  • If I had been a different person with a different set of experiences—if I had been another Nirmala, as they'd expected—then Professorji's lesson would be life-affirming, invaluable, inexpressibly touching.†   (source)
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  • "All that way," Ned affirmed.†   (source)
  • Briony studied her mother's face for every trace of shifting emotion, and Emily Tallis obliged with looks of alarm, snickers of glee and, at the end, grateful smiles and wise, affirming nods.†   (source)
  • Ben was still making assertions of affirmation when I hung up the phone.†   (source)
  • In those peaceful times, such a comment wasn't meant in a hostile way, but as an affirmation of how strange we seemed to those whose religious practices differed from ours.†   (source)
  • No one had ever given them such affirmation before.†   (source)
  • It was that exchange, when we finally mentioned the closing of Hailsham, that suddenly brought us close again, and we hugged, quite spontaneously, not so much to comfort one another, but as a way of affirming Hailsham, the fact that it was still there in both our memories.†   (source)
  • Life-affirming stuff.†   (source)
  • "Affirm," he said.†   (source)
  • In that dark, cold place it seemed a kind of affirmation.†   (source)
  • In chapter 27, Colton affirms a rendering of Jesus painted by Akiane, a child who also visited heaven at age four.†   (source)
  • I look at him and I see the validation he has always looked for in his life, an affirmation that the time he's spent with his nose in the conspiracy rags, looking for clues to his father's disappearance, wasn't in vain.†   (source)
  • Loni nodded a violent affirmation, nearly battering Trapis' cheek with the back of his head.†   (source)
  • I realized at that instant just how surely the affirmation of demons or the summoning of Satan somehow can affirm the reality of their mystic antithesis-the God of Abraham.†   (source)
  • We would normally see his love of books as something that is affirming of values, improving, and educational—all of which we know as positive virtues.†   (source)
  • He is, Scatty affirmed.†   (source)
  • Another affirmation for me occurred when I treated a young lady who had brachial palsy.†   (source)
  • "Always," Dede affirms, used to this fixed, monolithic language around interviewers and mythologizers of her sisters.†   (source)
  • At times the scenes he saw challenged his vision of Jackson Park, at other times they affirmed it.†   (source)
  • That's affirm, but they probably think we're flying Pan Am.†   (source)
  • Zeus had affirmed her right with a clap of thunder.†   (source)
  • All he had to do was affirm his earlier statement and that would be the end of it.†   (source)
  • Dealing with our dyslexia with wisdom, Mom not only affirmed that we were wonderful creations of God, with our God-given intelligence and abilities, but she gave us the confidence to learn as well.†   (source)
  • He hadn't planned to talk about the email, but maybe he needed someone else to affirm that he wasn't overreacting, that it was normal to be a little freaked out by what had happened.†   (source)
  • "The whole of your lot," she affirmed with relish.†   (source)
  • The three dancers in the piece, all recent graduates of Juilliard themselves, bring a distinctive vocabulary to the montage, drawing viewers into an experience that is at once life-affirming and joyful, without any bubble-gum sentimentality.†   (source)
  • Saphira growled in affirmation.†   (source)
  • They demand it, When they see a show over and over again, they not only are understanding it better, which is a form of power, but just by predicting what is going to happen, I think they feel a real sense of affirmation and self-worth.†   (source)
  • The boy's head tremored with the slightest affirmation.†   (source)
  • This got even a louder affirmation from the assembly, followed by some truly hearty spitting.†   (source)
  • Correct answers must be affirmed.†   (source)
  • To plot is to affirm life, to seek shape and control.†   (source)
  • Takahashi offers his wordless affirmation.†   (source)
  • There's a happy ending, and the final image echoes the last scene of a classic Hollywood Western, affirming the spirit of freedom and independence.†   (source)
  • How do You compare to this stricken mass gathered to affirm to You their faith, their anger, their defiance?†   (source)
  • I affirmed that I was "a loyal and disciplined member of the African National Congress."†   (source)
  • Mia cups my chin up and lifts my face, this time apparently seeking some affirmation that this moment was real.†   (source)
  • Jamie, I affirmed, sighing out loud.†   (source)
  • LINDNER (More encouraged by such affirmation) That we don't try hard enough in this world to understand the other fellow's problem.†   (source)
  • I'm not sure if he meant to affirm the truth of what he'd said or if he was pleased to have elicited a sign of life from me at last.†   (source)
  • I detected in my tone a need for his approval, his affirmation—that was the last thing I wanted.†   (source)
  • As often as she could she caught her son's eye, nodded at him and simulated a smile which, though flimsily constructed, affirmed her loyalty.†   (source)
  • I looked up, noticing they were both flushed, and Jennifer Anne was as relaxed as I'd ever seen her, as if she'd had a double dose of self-esteem affirmations that day.†   (source)
  • It's affirmation.†   (source)
  • It would always be there to comfort and affirm when she would have nothing else.†   (source)
  • Or had their life-partner affirmation, whatever—we all went out there and celebrated like mental patients.†   (source)
  • She, Chiniqua, and Cedric all nod affirmations at each other.†   (source)
  • At the same time I wondered why my citizenship had to be so loudly affirmed, and I couldn't imagine why affirming it would really make any difference.†   (source)
  • Larry came to see me every week, and I lived for those visits—they were the highlight of my life in Danbury, a chest-filling affirmation of how much I loved him.†   (source)
  • I gave her an affirming nod.†   (source)
  • There were such moments, he knew, when the world chose thus to reveal itself not, as it might seem, to mock our plight or our irrelevance but simply to affirm, for us and for all life, the very act of being.†   (source)
  • Ophelia thought that Paul had a fairly complex personality, built of oppositions—a need for frenzied activity that verged, she thought, on desperation, and a towering self-confidence oddly combined with a hunger for affirmation.†   (source)
  • The intention now, he affirmed, was to send a powerful sea and land force across the Atlantic.†   (source)
  • My father probably felt that need to seek out comrades for an affirmation of feelings.†   (source)
  • Small signs like this, once more affirming the man in black's essential humanity, never failed to please him.†   (source)
  • I don't want to give him affirmation, but it is what I was thinking.†   (source)
  • —Or so I ardently, desperately affirmed.†   (source)
  • All they wanted of me was one belch of affirmation and I'd bellow it out loud.†   (source)
  • America was desperate to lose itself in anything that offered affirmation.†   (source)
  • "Bald head and all," affirmed Alex.†   (source)
  • "Real, real, and real," she affirmed quietly as her fingers brushed clothing, desk, the spines of books.†   (source)
  • And therefore it represents an affirmation of life in all its complexities and contradictions.†   (source)
  • She answered by the silent affirmation of closing her eyes and inclining her head.†   (source)
  • In returning Antonio to the heirs of Captain Ferrer, Judson was also affirming that foreign slaves could not look to the United States for asylum.†   (source)
  • Johnstone thinks this local accent, which is different from how people talk elsewhere, is really a way of identifying and affirming their place: they are talking about who they are and where they live and what it means to live here.†   (source)
  • He seemed to understand this, and sometimes he would catch my eye from across the room when other people were heatedly talking or arguing and nod affirmingly.†   (source)
  • They nodded in affirmation.†   (source)
  • Thus, I was able to sit patiently and watch the hurt foot being washed, cold-poulticed, and bound up, and perceive no connexion between it and the affirmation which I had heard almost every Sunday of my life.†   (source)
  • I also accept my responsibility, which I will discharge unconditionally, to honor the new president elect and do everything possible to help him bring Americans together in fulfillment of the great vision that our Declaration of Independence defines and that our Constitution affirms and defends.†   (source)
  • But now I must affirm that it is just as wrong, or perhaps even more so, to use moral means to preserve immoral ends.†   (source)
  • Clause Affirms Federal Authority†   (source)
  • Kidnapped," he affirmed.†   (source)
  • The way I looked at the world, enemies criticized and friends affirmed.†   (source)
  • She looked disgusted, and I nodded my head in affirmation to try to help.†   (source)
  • (from North) In one of the poems best known to students in my generation, a poem which could be said to have taken the nutrients of the symbolist movement and made them available in capsule form, the American poet Archibald MacLeish affirmed that "A poem should be equal to/not true.†   (source)
  • Something that speaks with a powerful voice of affirmation, that says yes to this city, yes to the future, yes to freedom.†   (source)
  • That night Mark wrote to the Bishop and the Bishop's answer affirmed it.†   (source)
  • The idea of God is affirmed and at the same time disfigured and perverted.†   (source)
  • And when Sophie again affirmed all that she had been saying, he looked at her with compassion and murmured, very bitterly for him, "Oy vey, what a farshtinkener world is this."†   (source)
  • Juba said, by way of affirmation.†   (source)
  • She nodded, in affirmation, and went again to lock the back door.†   (source)
  • I believed that the court would have a hard time affirming a conviction with so little evidence.†   (source)
  • He will affirm that both of them are indeed divine messengers, but of different kinds.†   (source)
  • It was deeply affirming to meet someone whose work so powerfully animated his life.†   (source)
  • Which brings us to the affirmations portion of this presentation.†   (source)
  • I would haul it all down in a second for the affirmation of life in my precious child.†   (source)
  • K made a noise in her throat, as if to affirm me and rescue me at once.†   (source)
  • I half listened, making affirming noises when necessary, and picked at my salad and pasta.†   (source)
  • "Upon pain of death," the colonel affirmed.†   (source)
  • "Chee-cah-go," affirmed X. "He saw what was going on and went nuts.†   (source)
  • She'd be the type to take control, show strength and affirmation.†   (source)
  • Because we gave them the opportunity to express their feelings, to affirm themselves.†   (source)
  • Suddenly he turned his eyes toward me for understanding, for affirmation.†   (source)
  • Both affirmed that the figure in question was not Hank Hansen and that it probably was Harlon Block.†   (source)
  • It was my affirmation of life and they couldn't send me away for something I didn't do.†   (source)
  • One made of sticks and stones and rivers and mountains the grandiose affirmation of human heads.†   (source)
  • "The aesthetic response is in large part a response to order as moral affirmation," Freeman said.†   (source)
  • The stars, the black skies affirm his humanity, his validity as a human being.†   (source)
  • Grace's will is of the negative female variety — she can deny and reject much more easily than she can affirm or accept.†   (source)
  • He had affirmed death sentences from his seat on an appellate bench, and that had not been easy—even for men who had richly deserved their fates.†   (source)
  • I realized at that instant just how surely the affirmation of demons or the summoning of Satan somehow can affirm the reality of their mystic antithesis-the God of Abraham.†   (source)
  • But I had no intention of burdening myself with even one scrap of extra work, no matter how life-affirming in nature.†   (source)
  • I want to take this opportunity to affirm my husband's undying loyalty to Your Person and to avow that both myself and my daughters will continue in his footsteps as your loyal and devoted subjects.†   (source)
  • During the airport arrest police found in Swango's possession a notebook in which he had copied passages from certain books, either for the inspiration they provided or because of some affirming resonance.†   (source)
  • Force them to make a public affirmation of the oaths sworn her father by the lords they served, and then call on them for succor, and her a woman, yes, that was sweet.†   (source)
  • It is while looking at him that she chooses to see, instead of the reality of the hardship the man's death leaves to his family, an affirmation of her own lifestyle.†   (source)
  • He offered a rousing oration on the brilliance of the future exposition and the need now for the great men in the banquet hall to think first of the fair, last of themselves, affirming that only through the subordination of self would the exposition succeed.†   (source)
  • Once removed from death row and back in Monroe County, Myers affirmed his initial accusations against McMillian.†   (source)
  • We were devastated when the Court of Criminal Appeals issued a ruling affirming her conviction and sentence.†   (source)
  • Armelia Hand, Walter McMillian's older sister, paused while the crowd in the small trailer called out in affirmation.†   (source)
  • I'd love to come over and listen," I'd always say, affirming that I understood what to do when I arrived.†   (source)
  • The seventy-page opinion from the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals affirming his conviction and death sentence was devastating.†   (source)
  • Using "separate but equal" language that previewed the Court's infamous decision in Plessy v. Ferguson twenty years later, the Court unanimously upheld Alabama's restrictions on interracial sex and marriage and affirmed the prison terms imposed on Tony Pace and Mary Cox.†   (source)
  • With rhetoric that would be quoted frequently over the next several decades, Alabama's highest court affirmed the convictions, using language that dripped with contempt for the idea of interracial romance: The evil tendency of the crime [of adultery or fornication] is greater when committed between persons of the two races....Its result may be the amalgamation of the two races, producing a mongrel population and a degraded civilization, the prevention of which is dictated by a sound policy affecting the highest interests of society and government.†   (source)
  • Roose Bolton summons all leal lords to Barrowton, to affirm their loyalty to the Iron Throne and celebrate his son's wedding to ...†   (source)
  • "Of course," Lexie affirmed.†   (source)
  • With every vote of affirmation, what skin was visible of Vermund's face grew ever whiter, until he appeared like a ghost dressed in the clothes of his former life.†   (source)
  • Not affirming, not exhilarating, but okay, and he somehow knew it meant he was finally beginning to heal.†   (source)
  • "And ours," affirmed Orik.†   (source)
  • In her essay, she affirmed her commitment and dedication to helping prevent a worldwide ecological crisis.†   (source)
  • Affirm, sir.†   (source)
  • "The war," she affirmed.†   (source)
  • They surrounded her throughout the day, urging her to eat something when she didn't want to eat, watching to see that she wasn't disturbed when she was busy, making the arrangements for the arrival of the queen of Eddis so that there was little for her to do but affirm their decisions.†   (source)
  • We don't affirm him.†   (source)
  • "I am," he affirmed.†   (source)
  • Her tone was relieved and satisfied, as though his answer had affirmed something to her about the world.†   (source)
  • But Charles assured them he was never happier, and Nabby affirmed it to have been the best possible step for him.†   (source)
  • The clause that bans State import and export taxes is called a negative pregnant—that is, a negation of one thing and an affirmation of another.†   (source)
  • Even with my affirmation, though, they continued to stare at me, to the point that I started to wonder if I had ink on my face, or my underwear was showing.†   (source)
  • Affirm, LZ secure ....Wait on ETA.†   (source)
  • The tender fire of distant stars flickered a heavenly affirmation, as if God were announcing His presence somewhere else.†   (source)
  • As he picked her up, carried her, ran with her, every tear that fell from his eyes onto her face she would have interpreted as affirmations of his love.†   (source)
  • We must come to see that, as the federal courts have consistently affirmed, it is wrong to urge an individual to cease his efforts to gain his basic constitutional rights because the quest may precipitate violence.†   (source)
  • She was born into poverty, forcibly relocated during World War II, survived the premature deaths of her husband and a son—and yet, her outlook was so life-affirming.†   (source)
  • She saw Galt answering him by an open glance held steady for an instant, like a signal of affirmation.†   (source)
  • "I am your man for a new country," Thomas affirmed, convinced that his own legal career in Philadelphia was going nowhere.†   (source)
  • I believe I may, with great truth, affirm that no man perhaps since the first institution of armies ever commanded one under more difficult circumstances than I have done....Many of my difficulties and distresses were of so peculiar a cast that in order to conceal them from the enemy, I was obliged to conceal them from my friends, indeed from my own army, thereby subjecting my conduct to interpretations unfavorable to my character.†   (source)
  • At the same time I wondered why my citizenship had to be so loudly affirmed, and I couldn't imagine why affirming it would really make any difference.†   (source)
  • The following day, E W. de Klerk was sworn in as acting president and affirmed his commitment to change and reform.†   (source)
  • Blood calls to blood, and if ever your Family should need help, do then what you can for the Church and for others who acknowledge the power of our Dread Lord...To affirm and reaffirm our fealty to the Triumvirate, recite with me the Nine Oaths...By Gorm, Ilda, and Fell Angvara, we vow to perform homage at least thrice a month, in the hour before dusk, and then to make an offering of ourselves to appease the eternal hunger of our Great and Terrible Lord...We vow to observe the strictures as they are presented in the book of Tosk...We vow to always carry our Bregnir on our bodies and to forever abstain from the twelve of twelves and the touch of a many-knotted rope, lest it corrupt ....†   (source)
  • "Level," he affirmed.†   (source)
  • Go down fighting,she affirmed grimly.†   (source)
  • "Not roughly, but precisely," affirmed the deputy director of immigration, removing a small notebook from the breast pocket of his uniform.†   (source)
  • The streets and sidewalks of Bedley Run truly seemed as much mine as any person's, their almost affirming solidity underfoot, bouncing me along on my diurnal way.†   (source)
  • Singing in front of the other kids feels fine, with people clapping and humming, affirming his specialness, sort of like he used to feel in church.†   (source)
  • I sat there beside him till morning-and as I watched his face in the starlight, then the first ray of the sun on his untroubled forehead and closed eyelids, what I experienced was not a prayer, I do not pray, but that state of spirit at which a prayer is a misguided attempt: a full, confident, affirming self-dedication to my love of the right, to the certainty that the right would win and that this boy would have the kind of future he deserved.†   (source)
  • I realize that it's not just that I'm a friendly and outgoing silver-hair, and that I genuinely enjoy meeting people, but also because I've lived here as long as any, and my name, after all, is Japanese, a fact that seems both odd and delightful to people, as well as somehow town-affirming.†   (source)
  • Should, however, the rebels make a move on Dorchester, then, Howe affirmed, "We must go at it with our whole force."†   (source)
  • I don't know, but I think it is appropriate for me to decide how to die: not to take control that I will immediately relinquish, but to unify my life, to give it an artful shape, to affirm at the last that everything is not merely haphazard, to honor what I believe, and, perhaps for one last time, even should it mean nothing, to express my love.†   (source)
  • The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by oath or affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.†   (source)
  • Finally he affirmed an "unshaken confidence" in the spirit of the American people, "on which I have often hazarded my all."†   (source)
  • I complained quite vociferously about our clothing, affirming that we did not want to wear short trousers and needed proper clothing including socks and underwear, which we were not then given.†   (source)
  • Though he had had a congressional appointment to West Point, he had chosen to attend the Institute instead, in affirmation of his belief in the South and in Southern ways.†   (source)
  • It was an image the public had fallen in love with, seeming to find in it an affirmation of the national purpose at its very origins that no politician, no history book had ever matched.†   (source)
  • Cedric realizes they're both looking at him-wanting some response-and he nods an enthusiastic affirmation.†   (source)
  • And John Adams's letter of January 6, describing New York as "a kind of key to the whole continent" and affirming that "no effort to secure it ought to be omitted," was anything but ambiguous.†   (source)
  • No, wait, let me confess ....I feel the urge to affirm my feelings ....I feel that here, after a long and desperate and uncommonly blind journey, I have come home ....Home!†   (source)
  • Then, still holding the recaptured sensation of what she had felt for him in the past, she grasped a quality that had always been part of it, now suddenly clear to her for the first time: if that desire was a celebration of one's life, then what she had felt for Francisco had always been a celebration of her future, like a moment of splendor gained in part payment of an unknown, total, affirming some promise to come.†   (source)
  • "Yes, yes, yes," I say, dumb and glad that I am affirming both notions of Liv's, especially because they immediately occur to me as somehow off, not at all wrong or terrible but perhaps improbable; and I feel, too, suddenly overwhelmed with the wide flows of information that have come to me today, the flash flood after the rains, and perhaps naturally I imagine good Anne Hickey again, though more clearly now, in her white turtleneck and leaf-colored sweater, greeting me on a wondrous autumn afternoon in front of the beveled glass door of my shop, her hair and eyes aglow in the lovely, burnishing light.†   (source)
  • I observed her unconscious flowering, the effortless rosy bloom of her complexion, which seemed so vital and basic and life-affirming in that period of gestation in which I had no legitimate part.†   (source)
  • That he still relies on her for that affirmation is among her most valuable assets, something she's won, she feels, by mixing her affection with real firmness, by not giving approval or praise unless it's warranted.†   (source)
  • But she took heart, she said, from the late successes of General Washington, an affirming figure for a dark passage.†   (source)
  • This idea was strongly affirmed by Manilal Gandhi, the Mahatma's son and the editor of the newspaper Indian Opinion, who was a prominent member of the SAIC.†   (source)
  • As the hundred Italians clad in pajamas would undoubtedly have affirmed, the world had simply come to an end.†   (source)
  • Did he mean to affirm the principle, which they themselves had dreamed into being out of the chaos and darkness of the feudal past, and which they had violated and compromised to the point of absurdity even in their own corrupt minds?†   (source)
  • They questioned me extensively on the issue of violence, and while I was not yet willing to renounce violence, I affirmed in the strongest possible terms that violence could never be the ultimate solution to the situation in South Africa and that men and women by their very nature required some kind of negotiated understanding.†   (source)
  • The entry, dated November 7, affirmed that General Howe had by then established headquarters just six miles above King's Bridge, and that the next move would "probably be against Fort Washington."†   (source)
  • Something in me was congruent with this land, something affirmed when I witnessed the startled, piping rush of shrimp or the flash of starlight on the scales of mullet.†   (source)
  • A small textbook edition of Cicero's Orations became one of his earliest, proudest possessions, as he affirmed with the note "John Adams Book 1749/50" written a half dozen times on the title page.†   (source)
  • There wasa general slowdown; it was a time of patience, of hard yet productive reflection, and a vast torpor that ate away at the part of me that was excessive, cynical, life-affirming, and curious to a fault.†   (source)
  • And he wrote periodically to Vergennes, affirming his faith in the French-American alliance and passing along what little news from America came his way.†   (source)
  • To bring them on board, we proposed certain significant compromises: we agreed to the use of double ballots for provincial and national legislatures; guarantees of greater provincial powers; the renaming of Natal province as KwaZulu/Natal; and the affirmation that a principle of "internal" self-determination would be included in the constitution for groups sharing a common cultural and language heritage.†   (source)
  • I condemn and affirm, say no and say yes, say yes and say no. I denounce because though implicated and partially responsible, I have been hurt to the point of abysmal pain, hurt to the point of invisibility.†   (source)
  • Or was it, did he mean that we should affirm the principle because we, through no fault of our own, were linked to all the others in the loud, clamoring semi-visible world, that world seen only as a fertile field for exploitation by Jack and his kind, and with condescension by Norton and his, who were tired of being the mere pawns in the futile game of "making history"?†   (source)
  • On December 7, 1798, Adams walked to Congress Hall, and in the presence of Generals Washington and Hamilton, Secretary of State Pickering, and both houses of Congress, he affirmed again America's need for defensive strength and America's desire for peace.†   (source)
  • Was it that we of all, we, most of all, had to affirm the principle, the plan in whose name we had been brutalized and sacrificed-not because we would always be weak nor because we were afraid or opportunistic, but because we were older than they, in the sense of what it took to live in the world with others and because they had exhausted in us, some-not much, but some-of the human greed and smallness, yes, and the fear and superstition that had kept them running.†   (source)
  • Affirming his "high respect" for her husband, he closed saying, "I have thus, my dear madam, opened myself to you without reserve, which I have long wished an opportunity of doing; and, without knowing how it will be received, I feel relief from being unbosomed."†   (source)
  • This stone and several others [it read] have been placed in this yard by a great, great, grandson from a veneration of the piety, humility, simplicity, prudence, frugality, industry and perseverance of his ancestors in hopes of recommending an affirmation of their virtues to their posterity.†   (source)
  • They had to investigate the charges against me, but the assignment was their unsentimental affirmation that their belief in me was unbroken.†   (source)
  • Even when the shirt-sleeved crowd cried out in angry affirmation of some remark of the speaker, they paid no attention.†   (source)
  • But on April 22 in Philadelphia, before Genet arrived, Washington issued a Proclamation of Neutrality, a decision Adams had no part in but affirmed what he had long said about keeping free from the affairs ofEurope.†   (source)
  • A strong, even passionate appeal for cooperation, it began by affirming that the American people were "unalterably determined" to maintain their independence and that if ever there was a "natural alliance," it would be between the two republics of the Netherlands and the United States.†   (source)
  • So I became ill of affirmation, of saying "yes" against the nay-saying of my stomach-not to mention my brain.†   (source)
  • Filled with self-reproach, she affirmed that there was "something estimable" in everyone, "and the liberal mind regards not what nation or climate it springs up in, nor what color or complexion the man is of."†   (source)
  • This I had believed with all my being, but now, though still inwardly affirming that belief, I felt a blighting hurt which prevented me from trying further to defend myself.†   (source)
  • with Great Britain has been or is likely to be given; but the whole force of that kingdom, aided by foreign mercenaries, is to be exerted for the destruction of the good people of these colonies; and whereas it appears absolutely irreconcilable to reason and good conscience, for people of these colonies to take the oaths and affirmations necessary for the support of any government under the crown of Great Britain ....it is [therefore] necessary that the exercise of every kind of authority under the said crown should be totally suppressed, and all the powers of government exerted under the authority of the people of the colonies, for the preservation of internal peace, virtue, an†   (source)
  • voice sounds of the Founder and knew the accents and echo of his promise; your gray old head cocked with the young around you, your eyes closed, face ecstatic, as I toss the word sounds in my breath, my bellows, my fountain, like bright-colored balls in a water spout-hear me, old matron, justify now this sound with your dear old nod of affirmation, your closed-eye smile and bow of recognition, who'll never be fooled with the mere content of words, not my words, not these pinfeathered flighters that stroke your lids till they flutter with ecstasy with but the mere echoed noise of the promise.†   (source)
  • The Federalist press declared the United States had been grievously insulted by France; the Republican press affirmed American friendship with the French and, while expressing the hope that the President would remain true to his inaugural pledge to seek peace, reported that a "certain ex-Secretary" (Hamilton) was secretly preaching war to further his political ambitions.†   (source)
  • While it did not guarantee freedom of religion, it affirmed the "duty" of all people to worship "The Supreme Being, the great creator and preserver of the universe," and that no one was to be "hurt, molested, or restrained in his person, liberty, or estate for worshipping God in the manner most agreeable to the dictates of his own conscience," provided he did not disturb the public peace.†   (source)
  • A tone of absolute clarity and elevated thought was established in the opening lines, in a Preamble, a new feature in constitutions, affirming the old ideal of the common good founded on a social compact: The end of the institution, maintenance, and administration of government is to secure the existence of the body politic; to protect it; and to furnish the individuals who compose it with the power of enjoying, in safety and tranquility, their natural rights and the blessings of life; and whenever these great objects are not obtained, the people have a right to alter the government, and to take measures necessary for their safety, happiness, and prosperity.†   (source)
  • Was it not supremely simple, then, to restore his belief in God, and at the same time to affirm his human capacity for evil, by committing the most intolerable sin that he was able to conceive?†   (source)
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