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Blupete's Weekly Commentary


November 28th, 1999.

"Old Things."

"Certain things are not appreciated while they are in their 'green state.' Certain things are good for nothing until they have been kept a long while; and some are good for nothing until they have been kept and used. Of the first, wine is the illustrious and immortal example. Of those which must be kept and used I will name three, - meerschaum pipes, violins, and poems." (Holmes, Professor at the Breakfast Table.)

"Alonso of Aragon was wont to say in commendation of age, that age appears to be best in four things: old wood best to burn, old wine to drink, old friends to trust, and old authors to read." (Francis Bacon, The New Atlantis (1627), no. 97.)

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