Epicureanism thought that " the wise man fears not death, before which most men tremble; for, if we are, it is not; if it is, we are not."
The senses are "bad witnesses" (KaKoi, uapTvpes); only the wise man can obtain knowledge.
1-3, 12-15) quite in the style of the book of Proverbs, some of them contrasting the wise man and the fool; these appear to be the insertions of an editor.
Catholic in spirit rather than dogmatic, John ranks himself at times among the Academics, " since, in those things about which a wise man may doubt, I depart not from their footsteps."
Knowledge being impossible, a wise man should practise E7roxi 7 (suspension of judgment).
The wise man and the ignorant, the enthusiast and the man of the world, could all find acceptance here, and there was laid on no one more than he was able and willing to bear.
The truly wise man will therefore live as much as possible in conformity with nature, (i.e.
The non-rational man aims at self-preservation, and the wise man will imitate him deliberately, and when he fails he will suffer with equanimity.
For the Stoics attached but slight importance to external circumstances, since only the wise man is really free, and all the unwise are slaves.
In all that the older Stoics taught there breathes that enthusiasm for righteousness in which has been traced the earnestness of the Semitic spirit; but nothing presents more forcibly the pitch of their moral idealism than the doctrine of the Wise Man.
To be but a hand's-breadth below the surface of the sea ensures drowning as infallibly as to be five hundred fathoms deep. Now the wise man is drawn as perfect.
- but the wise man was rarer, he thought, than the phoenix.
Seneca gives the true Stoic answer in his treatise On Providence: the wise man cannot really meet with misfortune; all outward calamity is a divine instrument of training, designed to exercise his powers and teach the world the indifference of external conditions.
Beyond this no wise man will go, and short of it hardly any unprejudiced man will stop.
Early one morning, we are told, in the fourth month, he got up, and with his hands behind his back, dragging his staff, he moved about his door, crooning over " The great mountain must crumble, The strong beam must break, The wise man must wither away like a plant."
The wise man is he who has acquired a habit of wise action; human wisdom is liable to lapses at any moment.
Religious hatred had less part in the action of the ruling party, and even from its worst actions a wise man might have predicted that the day of toleration was not so fr~r off as it seemed.
This " disproportionateness " between the human mind and the universe of reality imposes deliberation in the selection of studies, and disregard for those which lie out of the way of a wise man.
Total scepticism he would probably have regarded as unworthy of the serious attention of a wise man.
The ethical element in the " dark " philosophizing of Heraclitus (c. 530-470 B.C.), though it anticipates Stoicism in its conceptions of a law of the universe, to which the wise man will carefully conform, and a divine harmony, in the recognition of which he will find his truest satisfaction, is more profound, but even less systematic.
Among the prejudices from which the wise man was free he included all regard to customary morality beyond what was due to the actual penalties attached to its violation; though he held, with Socrates, that these penalties actually render conformity reasonable.
Such knowledge, he here maintains, is really mensuration of pleasures and pains, whereby the wise man avoids those mistaken under-estimates of future feelings in comparison with present which we commonly call " yielding to fear or desire."
From such passionate errors the truly wise man will of course be free.
It is possible, however, that after the Roman conquest Italians drifted in, and it is fairly certain that after the Roman Empire fell German conquerors brought German settlers, though in what numbers no wise man will guess.
2 The idea, he wrote to Washington, was " one of those visionary things none but madmen could undertake, and that no wise man will believe " (1792).
should induce the wise man to withdraw into himself, avoiding the stress and emotion which belong to the contest of vain imaginings.
His publications include The Reality of Religion (1884); The Poetry of Tennyson (1889); The Other Wise Man (1896); Ships and Havens (1897); The Toiling of Felix, and Other Poems (1900); The Poetry of the Psalms (1900); The Blue Flower (1902); Days Off (1907); The House of Rimmon (1908); Out-of-Doors in the Holy Land (1908); Collected Poems (191 I); The Bad Shepherd (1911); The Unknown Quantity (1912); The Lost Boy (1914); Fighting for Peace (1917); The Valley of Vision (1919); and Golden Stars (1919) .
He like a wise man acquainted his brethern with the matter, and so I was denied.
Wagner A wise man finds agreeable, A dog that's learned its lesson well.
beloved of a wise man 's affection.
cognate with the word " sophos, " which means " wise man.
My wit, being folly, is not by your wise man understood; there- fore, I'll to the purpose.
Kotar did, so a wise man didn't offer him any unnecessary provocation.
If wealth be thus a vain thing, yet a sage might be supposed to find satisfaction in wisdom, that is, practical good sense and sagacity; but this also the author puts aside as bringing no lasting advantage, since a wise man must finally give up the fruit of his wisdom to someone else, who may be a fool, and in any case the final result for both fools and wise men is the same - both are forgotten (ii.
Like many of the leading modern utilitarians, they combined with their psychological distrust of popular judgments of right and wrong, and their firm conviction that all such distinctions are based solely on law and convention, the equally unwavering principle that the wise man who would pursue pleasure logically must abstain from that which is usually denominated "wrong" or "unjust."
Practically all hedonists have argued that what are known as the "lower" pleasures are not only ephemeral in themselves but also productive of so great an amount of consequent pain that the wise man cannot regard them as truly pleasurable; the sane hedonist will, therefore, seek those so-called "higher" pleasures which are at once more lasting and less likely to be discounted by consequent pain.
"We know nothing, not even our ignorance"; therefore the wise man will be content with an agnostic attitude.
seen first in " assent "; if to a true presentation the result is " simple apprehension " (KarecX771/its: this stands in close relation to the KaTaXIj7rTLK' Oavra g ia, of which it is the necessary complement); if to a false or unapprehensive presentation, the result is " opinion " (64a), always deprecated as akin to error and ignorance, unworthy of a wise man.
set up for a sage; Persaeus himself, who had exposed the pretensions of Aristo, is twitted with having failed to conform with the perfect generalship which was one trait of the wise man when he allowed the citadel of Corinth to be taken by Aratus (Athen.
"Do so, my child," said the Minister; "and I hope that when you grow up you will become a wise man and a great orator."
"Certainly," answered the wise man.
So he employed a wise man whose name was Al Farra to be their teacher.
He knocked at the door and the wise man himself opened it.
Tell the wise man why you bring it, and repeat to him the words of the oracle.
A wise man will not leave the right to the mercy of chance, nor wish it to prevail through the power of the majority.
Oh, a very wise man is Prince Kutuzov!
In Greek monachism the old Hellenic ideal of the wise man who has no wants (abraprcaa) was from the first fused with the Christian conception of unreserved self-surrender to God as the highest aim and the highest good.
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