American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. One of the magi who paid homage to the baby Jesus; a magus.
- n. A sage.
- n. a wise and trusted guide and advisor
“Veglio, who loved to be merry, made as if he were angry with him, and answered thus; “Father Francis, when a man is losing, he is in no condition of giving alms; and for a wise man as you are, you have made a very gross mistake in this unseasonable demand.””
“A very wise man once said that the invention of the Arabic system of decimal numeration was the greatest single intellectual achievement of the human mind.”
“But as Iris Saltzman, the renowned psychic astrologer, quotes to all who attend her sessions and classes in Miami, “The fool obeys the planets; the wise man heeds them.””
“So much so, that we hear from every wise man the declaration that as many minds are ruined by over-education as from the want of education.”
“Hardy-dardy offers himself as a servant to Haman; and after Haman has urged him with sundry remarks in dispraise of fools, he sagely replies, that “some wise man must be fain sometime to do on a fool's coat.””
“Onesicritus explained the teachings of Socrates, Diogenes, and Pythagoras who also believed in reincarnation to Dandamis, but the wise man said that although each had his good points, they seemed too concerned about following rules.”
“At this point, the Indian wise man Calanus who had accompanied Alexander from the Punjab suddenly fell ill with an acute intestinal disorder and decided to put an end to his own life.”
“He was just the sort of person a wise man would avoid and a clever one would use -- a dangerous, sharp, ill-handled tool.”
“The fable which is naturally and truly composed, so as to satisfy the imagination, ere it addresses the understanding, beautiful though strange as a wild-flower, is to the wise man an apothegm, and admits of his most generous interpretation.”
“Diogenes the cynic was a wise man for despising them; but a fool for showing it.”
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