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Gold hath no lustre of its own.
  It shines by temperate use alone.
      - Saint Francis of Assisi

It is much better to have your gold in the hand than in the heart.
      - Thomas Fuller (1)

Because its blessings are abused, must gold be censured, cursed, accused?
      - John Gay

Because my blessings are abus'd,
  Must I be censur'd, curs'd, accus'd?
    Even virtue's self by knaves is made
      A cloak to carry on the trade.
      - John Gay

Oh, bane of man! seducing cheat!
  Can man, weak man, thy power defeat?
    Gold banish'd honor from the mind,
      And only left the name behind;
        Gold sow'd the world with ev'ry ill,
          Gold taught the murderer's sword to kill;
            'Twas gold instructed coward hearts
              In treachery's more pernicious arts.
      - John Gay

Thus, when the villain crams his chest,
  Gold is the canker of the breast;
    'Tis avarice, insolence, and pride,
      And every shocking vice beside:--
        But when to virtuous hands 'tis given,
          It blesses, like the dews of heaven:
            Like heaven, it hears the orphans' cries,
              And wipes the tears from widows' eyes.
      - John Gay

Why lose we life in anxious cares,
  To lay in hoards for future years?
    Can these, when tortur'd by disease,
      Cheer our sick hearts, or purchase ease?
        Can these prolong one gasp of breath,
          Or calm the troubled hour of death?
      - John Gay

I know not whether there exists such a thing as a coin stamped with a pair of pinions; but I wish this were the device which monarchs put upon their dollars and ducats, to show that riches make to themselves wings, and fly away.
      - Gotthold (pseudonym of Christian Scriver)

What female heart can gold despise?
  What cat's averse to fish?
      - Thomas Gray,
        On the Death of a Favorite Cat

That is gold which is worth gold.
      - George Herbert, Jacula Prudentum

Gold! gold! gold! gold!
  Bright and yellow, hard and cold!
      - Thomas Hood, Miss Kilmansegg--Her Moral

Gold loves to make its way through guards, and breaks through barriers of stone more easily than the lightning's bolt.
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus)

Stronger than thunder's winged force
  All-powerful gold can speed its course;
    Through watchful guards its passage make,
      And loves through solid walls to break.
        [Lat., Aurum per medios ire satellites
          Et perrumpere amat saxa potentius
            Ictu fulmineo.]
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus), Ode XVI
         (bk. III, l. 12), (Francis' translation)

For gold the hireling judge distorts the laws.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

It is observed of gold, by an old epigrammatist, "that to have it is to be in fear, and to want it, to be in sorrow."
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

The dangers gather as the treasures rise.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

The lust of gold succeeds the rage of conquest;
  The lust of gold, unfeeling and remorseless!
    The last corruption of degenerate man.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature"),
        Irene (act I, sc. 1)

The friends of gold will have to be extremely wise and moderate if they are to avoid a revolution.
      - John Maynard Keynes

Gold--the picklock that never fails.
      - Philip Massinger

Gold gives to the ugliest thing a certain charming air,
  For that without it were else a miserable affair.
    [Fr., L'or donne aux plus laids certain charme pour plaire,
      Et que sans lui le reste est une triste affaire.]
      - Moliere (pseudonym of Jean Baptiste Poquelin),
        Sganarelle (I)

Rich and rare were the gems she wore,
  And a bright gold ring on her wand she bore.
      - Thomas Moore,
        Irish Melodies--Rich and Rare were the Gems She Wore

Gold is, in its last analysis, the sweat of the poor and the blood of the brave.
      - Joseph Napoleon

You know the Ark of Israel and the calf of Belial were both made of gold. Religion has never yet changed the metal of her one adoration.
      - Ouida (pseudonym of Marie Louise de la Ramee)

Truly now is the golden age; the highest honour comes by means of gold; by gold love is procured.
  [Lat., Aurea nunc vere sunt saecula; plurimus auto
    Venit honos; auro concilatur amor.]
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso), Ars Amatoria
         (bk. II, 277)

Not Philip, but Phillip's gold, took the cities of Greece.
      - Plutarch, Life of Paulus Aemilius,
        quoted as a common saying, referring to Philip II of Macedon

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