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  • I account that man more honourable than that great captain of antiquity who boasted of taking as many walled towns.
  • But to all these her old antiquities, were added new and marvellous features, pertaining to the wild business that for more than half a century she had followed.
  • For according to King Juba, the military elephants of antiquity often hailed the morning with their trunks uplifted in the profoundest silence.
  • Winding far down from within the very heart of this spiked Hotel de Cluny where we here stand—however grand and wonderful, now quit it;—and take your way, ye nobler, sadder souls, to those vast Roman halls of Thermes; where far beneath the fantastic towers of man’s upper earth, his root of grandeur, his whole awful essence sits in bearded state; an antique buried beneath antiquities, and throned on torsoes!
  • Nor must there be omitted another strange attestation of the antiquity of the whale, in his own osseous post-diluvian reality, as set down by the venerable John Leo, the old Barbary traveller.
  • But not alone has this Leviathan left his pre-adamite traces in the stereotype plates of nature, and in limestone and marl bequeathed his ancient bust; but upon Egyptian tablets, whose antiquity seems to claim for them an almost fossiliferous character, we find the unmistakable print of his fin.
  • The more I dive into this matter of whaling, and push my researches up to the very spring-head of it so much the more am I impressed with its great honourableness and antiquity; and especially when I find so many great demi-gods and heroes, prophets of all sorts, who one way or other have shed distinction upon it, I am transported with the reflection that I myself belong, though but subordinately, to so emblazoned a fraternity.

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  • There are long passages now before us of the most despicable trash, with no merit whatever beyond that of their antiquity.
    The Works of Edgar Allan Poe (Vol 5 of the Raven Edition)  -- 01/01/00)
  • All the illustrious persons of antiquity, and indeed of every age, have passed through this fiery persecution. There is no defense against reproach but obscurity...
    Joseph Addison

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