The idea that to make a man work you've got to hold gold in front of his eyes is a growth, not an axiom. We’ve done that for so long that we've forgotten there’s any other way.
F. SCOTT FITZGERALD, This Side of Paradise
All that glitters is not gold.
- Gold? Yellow, glittering, precious gold?...
- This yellow slave
- Will knit and break religions, bless th’ accursed,
- Make the hoar leprosy adored, place thieves,
- And give them title, knee and approbation
- With senators on the bench.
WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, Timon of Athens
The scholar does not consider gold and jade to be precious treasures, but loyalty and good faith.
CONFUCIUS, The Wisdom of Confucius
He who wakes up early finds gold.
- O Gold! I still prefer thee unto paper,
- Which makes bank credit like a bark of vapour.
Gold conjures up a mist about a man, more destructive of all his old senses and lulling to his feelings than the fumes of charcoal.
CHARLES DICKENS, Nicholas Nickleby
Hunger for gold is made greater as more gold is acquired.
AURELIUS CLEMENS PRUDENTIUS, Hamartigenia
Gold often commends the unworthy.
True gold fears no fire.
- When every blessed thing you hold
- Is made of silver, or of gold,
- You long for simple pewter.
W.S. GILBERT, The Gondoliers
- Gold and iron are good
- To buy iron and gold.
RALPH WALDO EMERSON, Politics
To what do you not drive human hearts, cursed for craving gold!
ARIANA FRANKLIN, Mistress of the Art of Death
Time will run back and fetch the Age of Gold.
JOHN MILTON, On the Morning of Christ's Nativity
Gold is so heavy it settles down upon the lowest souls.
AUSTIN O'MALLEY, Keystones of Thought
Those who whorship Gold in a world so corrupt as this we live in, have at least one thing to plead in defence of their idolatry--the power of their Idol. It is true, that like other Idols, it can neither move, see, hear, feel, or understand; but, unlike other Idols, it has often communicated all these powers to those who had them not, and annihilated them in those who had. This Idol can boast of two peculiarities; it is worshipped in all climates, without a single temple, and by all classes, without a single hypocrite.
CHARLES CALEB COLTON, Lacon
Poor is the man who can boast of nothing more than gold.
WILLIAM SCOTT DOWNEY, Proverbs
- Let us rejoice that we are poor,
- And have no gold to keep:
- We do not need to bar the door
- Ere we can go to sleep.
ROBERT LEIGHTON, "Let Us Rejoice That We Are Poor"
Society established gold and silver as a circulating medium and as a legal tender in order that exchanges of commodities might be facilitated; but society blundered in so doing; for, by this very act, it gave to a certain class of men the power of saying what exchanges shall, and what exchanges shall not, be facilitated by means of this very circulating medium. The monopolizers of othe precious metals have an undue power over the community: they can say whether money shall, or shall not, be permitted to exercise its legitimate functions.
WILLIAM BATCHELDER GREENE, Socialistic, Communistic, Mutualistic, and Financial Fragments
Gold gathers more than a shovel.
- Whose gold is double with a careful hand,
- His cares are double.
If a man could make gold, he would incur a double danger, first, from his own avarice, and secondly from the avarice of other men. The first would make him a slave, or the second a prisoner; for princes and potentates would think a goldmaker a very convenient member of their exchequer.
CHARLES CALEB COLTON, Lacon
- A prize fighter in a corner is told
- Hit where it hurts - For Silver and Gold
- You can stop the world from turning around
- You just gotta pay a penny in the pound.
- Gold is a living god and rules in scorn,
- All earthly things but virtue.
PERCY BYSSHE SHELLEY, Queen Mab
A mask of gold hides all deformities.
THOMAS DEKKER, Old Fortunatus
Because silver and gold have their value from the matter itself, they have first this privilege, that the value of them cannot be altered by the power of one, nor of a few commonwealths, as being a common measure of the commodities of all places. But base money may easily be enhanced or abased.
When Gold argues the cause, eloquence is impotent.
PUBLILIUS SYRUS, The Moral Sayings of Publilius Syrus
The dead spend no gold.
ROY THOMAS & CLARA NOTO, Red Sonja, vol. 1, no. 4
- Gold thou mayst safely touch; but if it stick
- Unto thy hands, it woundeth to the quick.
GEORGE HERBERT, The Church-Porch
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