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Definition of Sage


  1. A suffruticose labiate plant (Salvia officinalis) with grayish green foliage, much used in flavoring meats, etc. The name is often extended to the whole genus, of which many species are cultivated for ornament, as the scarlet sage, and Mexican red and blue sage.
  2. The sagebrush.
  3. Having nice discernment and powers of judging; prudent; grave; sagacious.
  4. Proceeding from wisdom; well judged; shrewd; well adapted to the purpose.
  5. Grave; serious; solemn.
  6. A wise man; a man of gravity and wisdom; especially, a man venerable for years, and of sound judgment and prudence; a grave philosopher.

Sage Quotations

In antiquity the sage kings recognized that men's nature is bad and that their tendencies were not being corrected and their lawlessness controlled.
Xun Zi

The sage does not hoard. The more he helps others, the more he benefits himself, The more he gives to others, the more he gets himself. The Way of Heaven does one good but never does one harm. The Way of the sage is to act but not to compete.
Lao Tzu

The career of a sage is of two kinds: He is either honored by all in the world, Like a flower waving its head, Or else he disappears into the silent forest.
Lao Tzu

The vast sage desert undulates with almost imperceptible tides like the oceans.
Frank Waters

Henry David Thoreau was an oddball job quitter and ne'er-do-well who evolved into the bearded sage of literature, natural history, and civil liberties.
Michael Sims
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Sage Translations

sage in Danish is fornuftig
sage in Dutch is salvia, salie
sage in Finnish is viisas
sage in German is Salbei, klug
sage in Italian is salvia
sage in Spanish is salvia
sage in Swedish is vis, salvia
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