Isn't it rather self explanatory? It basically says that while we are out searching for new things, there are probably lots of things out there that are just sitting there waiting to be discovered. When we find them, they won't be new in God's eyes, but in our eyes they will be "new."
By the by, some sources say it's from his "Devil's Dictionary" but I did a search of the etext of it and couldn't find it.
, adj. In that stage of usefulness which is not inconsistent with
general inefficiency, as an old man. Discredited by lapse of time
and offensive to the popular taste, as an old book. "Old books? The devil take them!" Goby said.
"Fresh every day must be my books and bread."
Nature herself approves the Goby rule
And gives us every moment a fresh fool.
~ Harley Shumhttp://sunsite.berkeley.edu/Literature/ ... y/K-O.html