That which is past is gone, and irrevocable; and wise men
have enough to do, with things present and to come; therefore they do but trifle with themselves, that labor in past matters.
Besides, it is for the sake of the soul that these things are desirable; and it is on this account that wise men
should desire them, not the soul for them.
And each doctrine did not simply leave that faith unshaken, each doctrine seemed essential to complete that great miracle, continually manifest upon earth, that made it possible for each man and millions of different sorts of men, wise men
and imbeciles, old men and children--all men, peasants, Lvov, Kitty, beggars and kings to understand perfectly the same one thing, and to build up thereby that life of the soul which alone is worth living, and which alone is precious to us.
Master," said Gossip Tourangeau, as he took leave of the archdeacon, "I love wise men
and great minds, and I hold you in singular esteem.
When we grumbled Big-Fat arose, and with the voice of God said that God had chosen the wise men
to own the land and the goats and the fish-trap, and the fire-brew, and that without these wise men
we would all be animals, as in the days when we lived in trees.
And to describe them as wise men
sounds to me like a downright contradiction in terms.
A Star, not seen before, in heaven appearing, Guided the Wise Men
thither from the East, To honour thee with incense, myrrh, and gold; By whose bright course led on they found the place, Affirming it thy star, new-graven in heaven, By which they knew thee King of Israel born.
It is there that the wise men
of old time used to go to get whatever it was they came for to this country, and it is there now that our kings are buried in the Place of Death.
At last the King decided to call a council of his wise men
, and to ask each one what he thought of this new teaching.
However, there was a tradition amongst the wise men
of the country that the Dragon might be overcome by one who possessed King Solomon's signet-ring, upon which a secret writing was engraved.
While one thick garment is, for most purposes, as good as three thin ones, and cheap clothing can be obtained at prices really to suit customers; while a thick coat can be bought for five dollars, which will last as many years, thick pantaloons for two dollars, cowhide boots for a dollar and a half a pair, a summer hat for a quarter of a dollar, and a winter cap for sixty-two and a half cents, or a better be made at home at a nominal cost, where is he so poor that, clad in such a suit, of his own earning, there will not be found wise men
to do him reverence?
But you are just a man, for an Indian; and as I suppose you hold their gifts, your fathers must have been brave warriors, and wise men
at the council-fire.