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The poets appeared to me to be much in the same case; and I further observed that upon the strength of their poetry they believed themselves to be the wisest of men in other things in which they were not wise.
And I am called wise, for my hearers always imagine that I myself possess the wisdom which I find wanting in others: but the truth is, O men of Athens, that God only is wise; and by his answer he intends to show that the wisdom of men is worth little or nothing; he is not speaking of Socrates, he is only using my name by way of illustration, as if he said, He, O men, is the wisest, who, like Socrates, knows that his wisdom is in truth worth nothing.
We may be wise in asserting the advantage in modern times of the democratic form, but to other states of society, in which religion consecrated the monarchical, that and not this was expedient.
The idea after which each community is aiming to make and mend its law, is the will of the wise man.
Jehan, be wise, Jehan, be learned, Jehan, pass not the night outside of the college without lawful occasion and due leave of the master.
The sign says that you are wise," remarked Scraps to the donkey.
They said good-bye to the Wise Donkey and the Foolish Owl and at once resumed their journey.
So he finally quieted down, like a wise doggy, deciding there were too many foxes in Foxville to fight at one time.
Most wise and noble Potentate of Foxville," said the captain, addressing the King in a pompous voice, "I humbly beg to report that I found these strangers on the road leading to your Foxy Majesty's dominions, and have therefore brought them before you, as is my duty.
All the people look towards him while he settles causes with true judgements: and he, speaking surely, would soon make wise end even of a great quarrel; for therefore are there princes wise in heart, because when the people are being misguided in their assembly, they set right the matter again with ease, persuading them with gentle words.
And the unjust is good and wise, and the just is neither?
He strongly held all those wise tenets, which are so well inculcated in that Politico-Peripatetic school of Exchange-alley.
People commended unto Zarathustra a wise man, as one who could discourse well about sleep and virtue: greatly was he honoured and rewarded for it, and all the youths sat before his chair.
They are gone: but Mahtoree is a wise chief, and his eyes can see a great distance
There are some people who can be merry and can't be wise, and some who can be wise (or think they can) and can't be merry.