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sage 1

One venerated for experience, judgment, and wisdom.
adj. sag·er, sag·est
1. Having or exhibiting wisdom and calm judgment.
2. Proceeding from or marked by wisdom and calm judgment: sage advice.
3. Archaic Serious; solemn.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Vulgar Latin *sapius, from Latin sapere, to be wise; see sep- in Indo-European roots.]

sage′ly adv.
sage′ness n.

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common sage
Salvia officinalis

sage 2

a. Any of various plants of the genus Salvia of the mint family, especially S. officinalis, having aromatic grayish-green leaves.
b. The leaves of S. officinalis used as a seasoning.
2. Any of various similar or related plants, chiefly in the mint family.
3. Sagebrush.

[Middle English sauge, from Old French, from Latin salvia, from salvus, healthy; see sol- in Indo-European roots.]
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"You don't know how much you don't know, because you don't know," he added with an almost Confucius-like sageness, leaving the 23-year-old crushed.
According to Billeter (see Chung, 2014), it is not practical in the real world to move onto the path of "inward sageness and outward kingliness" ([TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII]), and those arguments of Mou Zong-San and Hsu Fu-Kuan rely merely on the self-consciousness of sages without any necessary institutional structures to be provided (in the sense of providing some philosophical arguments rather than creating a new system of practical political institutions).
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