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Gold! Gold! Gold! Gold!
Bright and yellow, hard and cold.
To virgin minds, which yet their native whiteness hold,
Not yet discoloured with the love of gold
(That jaundice of the soul,
Which makes it look so gilded and so foul)
~ Abraham Cowley

Gold is a chemical element with the symbol Au (from Latin: aurum "gold") and an atomic number of 79. Gold is a dense, soft, shiny metal and the most malleable and ductile metal known. Pure gold has a bright yellow color and luster traditionally considered attractive, which it maintains without oxidizing in air or water. It has been a valuable and highly sought-after precious metal for coinage, jewelry, and other arts since long before the beginning of recorded history.

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  • In a cartoon... King: "REMEMBER THE GOLDEN RULE!" Peasant: "WHAT’S THAT?" Another peasant: "WHOEVER HAS THE GOLD, MAKES THE RULES!"
    • Remember the Golden Rule (1971), by Brant Parker and Johnny Hart (collection of 1967 The Wizard of Id newspaper cartoons) [1]

Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical QuotationsEdit

Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 325-26.
  • You shall not press down upon the brow of labor this crown of thorns—you shall not crucify mankind upon a cross of gold!
  • A thirst for gold,
    The beggar's vice, which can but overwhelm
    The meanest hearts.
  • And yet he hadde "a thombe of gold" pardee.
  • Every honest miller has a golden thumb.
  • For gold in phisik is a cordial;
    Therefore he lovede gold in special.
  • Gold begets in brethren hate;
    Gold in families debate;
    Gold does friendship separate;
    Gold does civil wars create.
  • To virgin minds, which yet their native whiteness hold,
    Not yet discoloured with the love of gold
    (That jaundice of the soul,
    Which makes it look so gilded and so foul)
  • What female heart can gold despise?
    What cat's averse to fish?
  • That is gold which is worth gold.
  • Gold! Gold! Gold! Gold!
    Bright and yellow, hard and cold.
  • Aurum per medios ire satellites
    Et perrumpere amat saxa potentius
    Ictu fulmineo.
    • 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.
    • Horace, Ode XVI, Book III, line 12. Francis' translation.
  • The lust of gold succeeds the rage of conquest;
    The lust of gold, unfeeling and remorseless!
    The last corruption of degenerate man.
  • L'or donne aux plus laids certain charme pour plaire,
    Et quo sans lui le reste est une triste affaire.
    • Gold gives to the ugliest thing a certain charming air,
      For that without it were else a miserable affair.
    • Molière, Sganarelle I.
  • Aurea nunc vere sunt specula; plurimus auro
    Venit honos; auro conciliatur amor.
    • Truly now is the golden age; the highest honour comes by means of gold; by gold love is procured.
    • Ovid, Ars Amatoria, Book II. 277.
  • Not Philip, but Philip's gold, took the cities of Greece.
    • Plutarch, Life of Paulus Æmilius, quoted as a common saying, referring to Philip II of Macedon.
  • What nature wants, commodious gold bestows;
    'Tis thus we cut the bread another sows.
  • L'or est une chimère.
    • Gold is a vain and foolish fancy.
    • Scribe and Delavigne, Robert le Diable, Chapter I, scene 7.
  • How quickly nature falls into revolt
    When gold becomes her object!
    For this the foolish over-careful fathers
    Have broke their sleep with thoughts, their brains with care,
    Their bones with industry:
    For this they have engrossed and pil'd up
    The canker'd heaps of strange-achieved gold;
    For this they have been thoughtful to invest
    Their sons with arts and martial exercises.
  • Thou that so stoutly hast resisted me,
    Give me thy gold, if thou hast any gold;
    For I have bought it with an hundred blows.
  • Commerce has set the mark of selfishness,
    The signet of its all-enslaving power
    Upon a shining ore, and called it gold;
    Before whose image bow the vulgar great,
    The vainly rich, the miserable proud,
    The mob of peasants, nobles, priests, and kings,
    And with blind feelings reverence the power
    That grinds them to the dust of misery.
    But in the temple of their hireling hearts
    Gold is a living god, and rules in scorn
    All earthly things but virtue.
  • Quid non mortalia pectora cogis,
    Auri sacra fames?
    • Accursed thirst for gold! what dost thou not compel mortals to do?
    • Virgil, Æneid (29-19 BC), III. 56.

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