quote by Claud Cockburn

What arouses the indignation of the honest satirist is not, unless the man is a prig, the fact that people in positions of power or influence behave idiotically, or even that they behave wickedly. It is that they conspire successfully to impose upon the public a picture of themselves as so very sagacious, honest and well-intentioned.

— Claud Cockburn

Revolutionary Sagacious quotations

Every man, however wise, needs the advice of some sagacious friend in the affairs of life.

When you talk to the half-wise, twaddle;

when you talk to the ignorant, brag; when you talk to the sagacious, look very humble and ask their opinion.

Nature is a good teacher; he who can read the nature well, he can learn sagacious things belong to life from it. Once you stepped in the nature, your philosophical education starts. A black vulture teaches you many things; a bear teaches you many things; a bird making its nest and a rosehip which resists being frozen, they teach you many things!

It has been sagaciously conjectured, that the artful legislator indulged the stubborn prejudices of his countrymen.

Consider the little mouse, how sagacious an animal it is which never entrusts its life to one hole only.

Some men are called sagacious, merely on account of their avarice;

whereas a child can clench its fist the moment it is born.

The race of children possesses magically sagacious powers.

So scented the grim Feature, and upturn'd His nostril wide into the murky air, Sagacious of his quarry from so far.

Why is one man richer than another? Because he is more industrious, more persevering and more sagacious.

Simply stated, it is sagacious to eschew obfuscation.

So powerfully does fortune appear to sway the destinies of men, putting a silver spoon into one man's mouth, and a wooden one into another's, that some of the most sagacious of men, as Cardinal Mazarin and Rothschild, seem to have been inclined to regard luck as the first element of worldly success; experience, sagacity, energy, and enterprise as nothing, if linked to an unlucky star.

We hardly know an instance of the strength and weakness of human nature so striking and so grotesque as the character of this haughty, vigilant, resolute, sagacious blue-stocking, half Mithridates and half Trissotin, bearing up against a world in arms, with an ounce of poison in one pocket and a quire of bad verses in the other.

You should keep dogs-fine animals-sagacious.

Knowing what is right does not make a sagacious man.

Let us acknowledge it wiser, if not more sagacious to follow out one's day-dream to its natural consummation, although if the vision has been worth the having, it is certain never to be consummated otherwise than by a failure.

There is no more sagacious animal than the Icelandic horse.

He is stopped by neither snow, nor storm, nor impassable roads, nor rocks, glaciers, or anything. He is courageous, sober, and surefooted. He never makes a false step, never shies. If there is a river or fjord to cross (and we shall meet with many) you will see him plunge in at once, just as if he were amphibious, and gain the opposite bank.

To give freedom is still more easy. It is not necessary to guide; it only requires to let go the rein. But to form a free government; that is, to temper together these opposite elements of liberty and restraint in one work, requires much thought, deep reflection, a sagacious, powerful, and combining mind.

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