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  • For whatsoever truth we come to the clear discovery of, from the knowledge and contemplation of our own ideas, will always be certainer to us than those which are conveyed to us by traditional revelation.

    An Essay Concerning Human Understanding

  • Of course he oughtn't to go to sleep, because it's shabby; but the finer a person talks the certainer it is to make you sleep, and so when you come to look at it it ain't nobody's fault in particular; both of them's to blame.

    Tom Sawyer Abroad

  • While we laid off after breakfast to sleep up, both of us being about wore out, I got to thinking that if I could fix up some way to keep pap and the widow from trying to follow me, it would be a certainer thing than trusting to luck to get far enough off before they missed me; you see, all kinds of things might happen.

    Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

  • Concernyng to devide the enemies men, there is no more certainer waie, then to cause their countrie to be assaulted to the intente that being constrained to goe to defende the same, they maie forsake the warre.

    Machiavelli, Volume I

  • AG - thanks similar point, but I imagine the laymans version is easier to understand. (certainer shorter and cheaper)


  • But it would be as great an imperfection, if he had the same indifferency, whether he would prefer the lifting up his hand, or its remaining in rest, when it would save his head or eyes from a blow he sees coming: it is as much a perfection, that desire, or the power of preferring, should be determined by good, as that the power of acting should be determined by the will; and the certainer such determination is, the greater is the perfection.

    An Essay Concerning Human Understanding

  • And as there is no certainer, fo alfo no cheaper way of gain - ing love: a friendly falutation, is as eafy as a frown or reproach: and that kindnefs may be prefervd by them, which, if once forfeited $ will not at a far greater price be recover d.

    The Ladies Calling: In Two Parts

  • But tliey arc confuted by no certainer argument than bythcir owne conlcience.

    The institution of christian religion


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  • A kind of box-coffin used for burying dead certs.

    October 15, 2008