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Alfonso X of Castile

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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.
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As quoted in Apothegms (1624) by Francis Bacon, 97.

 
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