sage reflection

See: maxim
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I evolved this sage reflection, as, lost deep down in the green alleys of the dingle, having fortified the romantic side of my nature with sandwiches and sherry, I lazily put the question to myself as to what manner of girl I expected the Golden Girl to be.
But no one heard this sage reflection, nor would anyone have acknowledged its justice.
But the gleam of a bright red fire through the parlour window had more effect in cheering my spirits, and rebuking my thankless repinings, than all the sage reflections and good resolutions I had forced my mind to frame; - for I was young then, remember - only four-and-twenty - and had not acquired half the rule over my own spirit that I now possess - trifling as that may be.
When Wilson talked about the "white heat of technology" in the early 1960s it was pure rhetoric - an attempt to bolster the polls ahead of his 1964 election victory rather than a sage reflection on rapidly changing times.
But then there's Mike Nelson from the band Lyckwyd, relating to it with the same passion - but with the sage reflection that comes with age.