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.
A fool seemeth this wise
man with his forty thoughts: but I believe he knoweth well how to sleep.
And is not the unjust like the wise and good and the just unlike them?
Clearly the musician is wise, and he who is not a musician is foolish.
They said good-bye to the Wise
Donkey and the Foolish Owl and at once resumed their journey.
It may be objected, that very wise
men have been notoriously avaricious.
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.
The idea after which each community is aiming to make and mend its law, is the will of the wise
The smoke curled up toward the sun and shadowed the plain so that the stupid birds thought it was going to rain; but the wise
one knew better.
Not the world,' but the 'one wise
man,' is still the paradox of Socrates in his last hours.
And it has always been the opinion and judgment of wise
men that nothing can be so uncertain or unstable as fame or power not founded on its own strength.
Then no man, however wise
, will be able to avert the consequences that must ensue.