And to describe them as wise men
sounds to me like a downright contradiction in terms.
It hath been observed, by wise men or women, I forget which, that all persons are doomed to be in love once in their lives.
He was one of those wise men who regard beauty in the other sex as a very worthless and superficial qualification; or, to speak more truly, who rather chuse to possess every convenience of life with an ugly woman, than a handsome one without any of those conveniences.
Therefore a wise prince ought to hold a third course by choosing the wise men
in his state, and giving to them only the liberty of speaking the truth to him, and then only of those things of which he inquires, and of none others; but he ought to question them upon everything, and listen to their opinions, and afterwards form his own conclusions.
For the wise men
in our country say that to see all things, or as they express it, OMNIVIDENCE, is the attribute of God alone." There was something of scorn in the voice of my Teacher as he made answer: "Is it so indeed?
"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.
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.
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.
WITH a giant toothy reindeer, a warehouse full of pants and a mischievous nod towards It's A Wonderful Life, No Wise Men
is a long way from traditional panto.
But John Nicholson, of theatre company Peepolyksus, began planning No Wise Men
just after we all boxed up our decorations at the beginning of this year.
Things have got so bad that this bunch are planning to save money by rewriting the greatest story ever told with an absurd plan to scrap the three wise men
from their city's nativity display.
French President Nikolas Sarkozy's recent proposal to set up a special committee of wise men
' to contribute to ongoing discussion on the future of Europe's political project is winning growing support in the EU.