THE VALUE OF A SENSE OF VALUE

An art connoisseur from Europe, while recently visiting in the United States, went to a public display of antiques and art objects in one of the large cities. He had gained, over a period of years, through study, observation, and experience an unusually accurate sense of art values.

As he walked down an aisle between the dealers' exhibits, he saw two small glass ornaments on display. These he recognized as being rare and of unusual value. They had been made by skilled artisans in China several centuries ago. Examination showed them to be in excellent condition. The connoisseur inquired if they were for sale, and the dealer stated his price— his sense of their value. It was comparatively nominal. They were purchased forthwith and the connoisseur was assured of a handsome profit. Why? All because of his discerning sense of value, which he had gained through honest and persistent effort over a period of years. Thousands passed them by, ignorant of their value.

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