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I am precious to you,
but kill me you do.

I am older than you,
but still ever new.

I cannot be sold,
for money or gold.

I can EVEN fly.
Yet wings have not I.

This is no game,
what is my name?

Give the name and a brief reasoning.

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    $\begingroup$ Your name is G. Rassovsky. :^) $\endgroup$ – yuritsuki Nov 21 '14 at 17:29
  • $\begingroup$ @Mazura I flagged a moderator to edit my comment but nothing happened so I've deleted my comment. Here it is again in non-spoiler format: "(+10) I guessed the answer just from the title. I think this type of riddle is overused." $\endgroup$ – Mateen Ulhaq Nov 29 '14 at 21:55
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You are:

Time

Explanation
I am precious to you,

Time is precious

but kill me you do.

One kills time.

I am older than you,

Time has always been

but still ever new.

What has not been seen is fresh

I cannot be sold, for money or gold.

Money does not buy time

I can EVEN fly. Yet wings have not I.

"Time flies". AND it progresses in an "EVEN"/steady/constant manner - i.e. "at an even pace".

This is no game, what is my name?

Poetic style :)

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  • $\begingroup$ No cheating intended :D $\endgroup$ – Andrea Gottardi Nov 21 '14 at 13:55
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    $\begingroup$ Oh goodness. I was too slow... well I think mine was up first (I know you didn't cheat) :p but I had no explanation $\endgroup$ – d'alar'cop Nov 21 '14 at 13:57
  • $\begingroup$ This comment was actually up first (like 10 seconds) :D $\endgroup$ – Andrea Gottardi Nov 21 '14 at 13:58
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    $\begingroup$ I'd like to argue against this tradtional answer: Every working person sells their time for money, and that equation is as old as work itself. So you cannot buy time with money, but you can definitely sell your own. $\endgroup$ – Zibbobz Nov 21 '14 at 14:36
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    $\begingroup$ @Zibbobz, +1, also I'd like to argue that you can buy time. I believe that this is the main motivation behind employing workers or hiring contractors - you free up your time to do whatever it is you feel is more important. $\endgroup$ – yoniLavi Nov 23 '14 at 21:17
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Something different!

Bacteria in/on your body

I am precious to you, but kill me you do.

We wouldn't be able to survive long without it however our body is constantly killing off bacteria

I am older than you, but still ever new.

It's been around longer than humans but what is with us is constantly rejuvenating.

I cannot be sold, for money or gold.

Not so typical to sell your bacteria (unlike our time how many people get paid per the hour...)

I can EVEN fly. Yet wings have not I.

We sneeze, its airborne...

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  • $\begingroup$ Love the creativity. My wife has bought (the product you mentioned) for making certain cheeses, but you make a good point that it's similar to buying someone's time. $\endgroup$ – phatfingers Nov 21 '14 at 19:42
  • $\begingroup$ You can sell bacteria, just not on eBay... ;-) $\endgroup$ – smci Nov 21 '14 at 22:38
  • $\begingroup$ +1 from me for creativity. You maxed out your rep on your first day. Not too shabby. ;) $\endgroup$ – COTO Nov 24 '14 at 1:02
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You are... The Precious! enter image description here (Lord of the Rings, imdb)

I am precious to you, but kill me you do.

"It is precious to me, though I buy it with a great pain."

I am older than you, but still ever new.

An ancient artifact, harmed only by the fires that forged it.

I cannot be sold, for money or gold.

No ring bearer would ever part with the Precious for something so paltry as money.

I can EVEN fly. Yet wings have not I.

"The Ring of Power has a will of its own. It betrayed Isildur, to his death." Getting even and 'flying' from its bearer.

This is no game, what is my name?

"DO NOT TAKE ME FOR SOME CONJURER OF CHEAP TRICKS."

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Time

I am precious to you, but kill me you do.

Time is money

I am older than you, but still ever new.

There is always a quantity of time bigger than your age

I cannot be sold, for money or gold.

You cannot buy time

I can EVEN fly. Yet wings have not I.

Sometimes you say "time flies"

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You are...

Air

I am precious to you, but kill me you do.

We need air to survive, but constantly consume it in our metabolisms. We also spoil it by polluting.

I am older than you, but still ever new.

Air has been around for ages, but is constantly "renewed" by photosynthesis which converts carbon dioxide in it to oxygen which can be breathed again.

I cannot be sold, for money or gold.

While bottled air is a thing in certain dystopic scenarios, breathing air is commonly accepted as a universal right that shouldn't need to be bought.

I can EVEN fly. Yet wings have not I.

Air flies, in its way, despite having no wings.

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  • $\begingroup$ Along the same lines, I was thinking specifically oxygen. $\endgroup$ – Dacio Nov 23 '14 at 18:08
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Time.
Time is precious, and yet sometimes we "kill" it, as in waste it.
He's "older" than anyone, since it existed before anyone, and yet there's always more time, so "when" we're living is, technically, new time.
Can't be sold, well, I dont know what more I can say about this :)
Time flies, usually when you're having fun, despite not having wings

edit: Ninja'd :(

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  • $\begingroup$ sorry Ciacciu :( $\endgroup$ – d'alar'cop Nov 21 '14 at 13:58
  • $\begingroup$ Np :D I just noticed i was double-ninja'd :) $\endgroup$ – Ciacciu Nov 21 '14 at 14:00
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The environment

I am precious to you, but kill me you do.

Everybody needs the environment but are destroying it.

I am older than you, but still ever new.

The environment was there long before anybody, but new plants, animals are being born every day.

I cannot be sold, for money or gold.

You cannot buy the environment.

I can EVEN fly. Yet wings have not I.

The environment can "fly" from place-to-place.

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    $\begingroup$ what do you mean by the environment being able "fly" from place-to-place? This part didn't click at all for me. Do you mean the entire planet? because that would really affect the entire answer. $\endgroup$ – yoniLavi Nov 23 '14 at 21:20
  • $\begingroup$ @yoniLavi Fungal Spores can fly and they don't have wings and they are part of the enviroment. $\endgroup$ – Joao Nov 24 '14 at 6:20

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