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

Consider, for example, and you will find that almost all the transactions in the time of Vespasian differed little from those of the present day. You there find marrying and giving in marriage, educating children, sickness, death, war, joyous holidays, traffic, agriculture, flatterers, insolent pride, suspicions, laying of plots, longing for the death of others, newsmongers, lovers, misers, men canvassing far the consulship and for the kingdom; yet all these passed away, and are nowhere.
      - Marcus Aurelius (Marcus Aurelius Antoninus)

Time's gradual touch has mouldered into beauty many a tower, which when it frowned with all its battlements was only terrible.
      - John Mason

There is nothing new except that which has become antiquated.
      - Motto, of the Revue Retrospective

Those we call the ancients were really new in everything.
      - Blaise Pascal

The sacred lust of twice ten hundred years.
      - Alexander Pope

With sharpen'd sight pale Antiquaries pore,
  Th' inscription value, but the rust adore.
    This the blue varnish, that the green endears;
      The sacred rust of twice ten hundred years.
      - Alexander Pope, Epistle to Mr. Addison
         (l. 35)

My copper-lamps, at any rate,
  For being true antique, I bought;
    Yet wisely melted down my plate,
      On modern models to be wrought;
        And trifles I alike pursue,
          Because they're old, because they're new.
      - Matthew Prior, Alma (canto III)

Time consecrates; and what is gray with age becomes religion.
      - Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller

It is one proof of a good education, and of true refinement of feeling, to respect antiquity.
      - Lydia Huntley Sigourney

Antiquity is a species of aristocracy with which it is not easy to be on visiting terms.
      - Madame Anne Sophie Swetchine (Soimonoff)

All those things that are now field to be of the greatest antiquity were at one time new; what we to-day hold up by example will rank hereafter as precedent.
      - Tacitus (Caius Cornelius Tacitus)

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.
      - Unknown

Nor rough, nor barren, are the winding ways
  Of hoar Antiquity, but strewn with flowers.
      - Thomas Warton, the Younger,
        written in a blank leaf of Dugdale's Monasticon

Cities, unlike human creatures, may grow to be so old that at last they will become new.
      - William Winter


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