Accordingly I went to one who had the reputation of wisdom, and observed him--his name I need not mention; he was a politician whom I selected for examination--and the result was as follows: When I began to talk with him, I could not help thinking that he was not really wise
, although he was thought wise
by many, and still wiser by himself; and thereupon I tried to explain to him that he thought himself wise
, but was not really wise
; and the consequence was that he hated me, and his enmity was shared by several who were present and heard me.
They considered that the Congress was composed of many wise
and experienced men.
I climbed the topmost summit, And my gaze swept far and wide For the garden roof where my brother stood, And I fancied that he sighed: My brother serves as a soldier With his comrades night and day; But my brother is wise
, and may yet return, Though the dead lie far away.
Some of the wise
even among themselves 'exclaim against their own succession,' as Hamlet puts it; but lyrically, dramatically, and even historically, I am tenderly attached to them.
But the wise
know that foolish legislation is a rope of sand which perishes in the twisting; that the State must follow and not lead the character and progress of the citizen; the strongest usurper is quickly got rid of; and they only who build on Ideas, build for eternity; and that the form of government which prevails is the expression of what cultivation exists in the population which permits it.
Brother," resumed the hypocrite, "you are so good to me, and you give me such wise
counsels that I always return to you.
Owls are supposed to be so very wise
, generally, that a foolish one is unusual, and you perhaps know that anything or anyone unusual is sure to be interesting to the wise
King Dox of Foxville; the great and wise
sovereign who rules over our community.
For nine nights did wise
Zeus lie with her, entering her holy bed remote from the immortals.
And do the unjust appear to you to be wise
Such credulity would better become one of us weak women, than that wise
sex which heaven hath formed for politicians.
The magi, as you know, were wise
men--who brought gifts to the Babe in the manger.