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ANTIQUITY
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[ Also see Age Ancestry Chaos Decay History Mythology Novelty Past Present Ruins Time Tradition ]

There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.
      - Bible, Genesis (ch. VI, v. 4)

The ancient and honourable, he is the head; and the prophet that teacheth lies, he is the tail.
      - Bible, Isaiah (ch. IX, v. 15)

Remove not the ancient landmark; and enter not into the fields of the fatherless:
  For their redeemer is mighty; he shall plead their cause with thee.
      - Bible, Proverbs (ch. XXIII, v. 10-11)

When ancient opinions and rules of life are taken away, the loss, cannot possibly be estimated. From that moment we have no compass to govern us; nor can we know distinctly to what port to steer.
      - Edmund Burke

Those old ages are like the landscape that shows best in purple distance, all verdant and smooth, and bathed in mellow light.
      - Edwin Hubbell Chapin

Those were good old times, it may be thought, when baron and peasant feasted together. But the one could not read, and made his mark with a sword-pommel, and the other was held as dear as a favorite dog. Pure and simple times were those of our grandfathers, it may be. Possibly not so pure as we may think, however, and with a simplicity ingrained with some bigotry and a good deal of conceit.
      - Edwin Hubbell Chapin

If the seal of time were to be the signet of truth, there is no absurdity, oppression, or falsehood that might not be revived as gospel; while the gospel itself would want the more an-cient warrant of paganism.
      - Paul Chatfield (a/k/a Horace Smith)

I do by no means advise you to throw away your time in ransacking, like a dull antiquarian, the minute and unimportant parts of remote and fabulous times. Let blockheads read what blockheads wrote.
      - 4th Earl of Chesterfield, Philip Dormer Stanhope

We have a maxim in the House of Commons, and written on the walls of our houses, that old ways are the safest and surest ways.
      - Lord Edward Coke

The rubbish of the past.
      - Louise Colet (nee Revoil)

A thorough-paced antiquary not only remembers what all other people have thought proper to forget, but he also forgets what all other people think is proper to remember.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

It is with antiquity as with ancestry, nations are proud of the one, and individuals of the other; but if they are nothing in themselves, that which is their pride ought to be their humiliation.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

Antiquity is the aristocracy of history.
      - Alexandre Dumas pere

How cunningly Nature hides every wrinkle of her inconceivable antiquity under roses and violets and morning dew!
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

What subsists to-day by violence continues to-morrow by acquiescence and is perpetuated by tradition; till at last the hoary abuse shakes the gray hairs of antiquity at us, and gives it-self out as the wisdom of ages.
      - Edward Everett

The pyramids, doting with age, have forgotten the names of their founders.
      - Thomas Fuller (1)

We have a mistaken notion of antiquity, calling that so which in truth is the world's nonage.
      - Joseph Glanvill

The volumes of antiquity, like medals, may very well serve to amuse the curious, but the works of the moderns, like the current coin of a kingdom, are much better for immediate use.
      - Oliver Goldsmith

Those things which we reverence for antiquity what were they at their first birth? Were they false?--time cannot make them true. Were they true?--time cannot make them more true. The circumstances therefore of time in respect of truth and error is merely impertinent.
      - John Hales ("The Ever Memorable")

Antiquity, what is it else (God only excepted) but man's authority born some ages before us? Now for the truth of things time makes no alteration; things are still the same they are, let the time be past, present, or to come.
  Those things which we reverence for antiquity what were they at their birth? Were they false?--time cannot make them true. Were they true?--time cannot make them more true. The circumstances therefore of time in respect of truth and error is merely impertinent.
      - John Hales ("The Ever Memorable"),
        Of Inquiry and Private Judgment in Religion

Some persons can never relish the full moon, out of respect for that venerable institution, the old one.
      - Douglas William Jerrold

Antiquity! I like its ruins better than its reconstructions.
      - Joseph Joubert

The great men of antiquity were poor.
      - Jean-Baptiste Henri Lacordaire

Antiquity! thou wondrous charm, what art thou? that, being nothing, art everything! When thou wert, thou wert not antiquity,--then thou wert nothing, but hadst a remoter antiquity, as thou calledst it to look back to with blind veneration; thou thyself being to thyself flat, jejune, modern! What mystery lurks in this retroversion? or what half Januses are we, that cannot look forward with the same idolatry with which we forever revert! The mighty future is as nothing, being everything! The past is everything, being nothing!
      - Charles Lamb (used pseudonym Elia)

It is looked upon as insolence for a man to adhere to his own opinion against the current stream of antiquity.
      - John Locke (1)


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