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.
Doubtless, with your capacious understanding, you have treasured up many an invaluable lesson of wisdom
He beheld a war- worn and weather-beaten countenance, full of energy, and expressive of an iron will; but the gentle wisdom
, the deep, broad, tender sympathies, were altogether wanting in Old Blood-and-Thunder's visage; and even if the Great Stone Face had assumed his look of stern command, the milder traits would still have tempered it.
Wise and holy men, the fathers of our religion, have expended their labors in clearing what was revealed from the obscurities of language, and the results of their experience and researches have been em bodied in the form of evangelical discipline That this discipline must be salutary, is evident from the view of the weakness of human nature that we have already taken; and that it may be profitable to us, and all who listen to its precepts and its liturgy, may God, in his infinite wisdom
So saying, he trotted off on the student's nag, and left the poor fellow to gather wisdom
till somebody should come and let him down.
The highest wisdom
is not founded on reason alone, not on those worldly sciences of physics, history, chemistry, and the like, into which intellectual knowledge is divided.
Who, therefore, seeks in these True wisdom
finds her not, or, by delusion Far worse, her false resemblance only meets, An empty cloud.
The word comes from two Greek words, philos loving, sophos wise, and means loving wisdom
For the Olympian gave might to the sons of Aeacus, and wisdom
to the sons of Amythaon, and wealth to the sons of Atreus.
SOCRATES: And in general, all that the soul attempts or endures, when under the guidance of wisdom
, ends in happiness; but when she is under the guidance of folly, in the opposite?
The heroic books, even if printed in the character of our mother tongue, will always be in a language dead to degenerate times; and we must laboriously seek the meaning of each word and line, conjecturing a larger sense than common use permits out of what wisdom
and valor and generosity we have.
I do not think that I misapprehend your meaning, Thrasymachus, I replied; but still I cannot hear without amazement that you class injustice with wisdom
and virtue, and justice with the opposite.