"This must be where Pompeii lies buried," the wise men said.
But the wise men of Norway and Finland assembled and gave the king advice.
Let's proceed then, and compare the condition of any of your wise men with that of this fool.
For who does not know what a dearth there is of wise men, if yet any one be to be found?
And now wise men laugh at these things as foolish, as indeed they are.
And again the wise men of the world refused to hazard a guess.
This I can say: there were wise men in the past when our own world was larger.
Yes, I said, and I might well be incredulous, if I did not know you to be wise men.
They are the parodies of wise men, and their arts are the parodies of true arts and sciences.
Do what they would––and the wise men and the wise women did their utmost––it was of no avail.