What rage for fame attends both great and small!
Better be damned than mentioned not at all.
To the Royal Academicians; reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).
No, let the monarch’s bags and others hold
The flattering, mighty, nay, al-mighty gold.
To Kien Long; reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919). Ode iv. Compare: "Whilst that for which all virtue now is sold,
And almost every vice,—almighty gold", Ben Jonson, Epistle to Elizabeth, Countess of Rutland.
Care to our coffin adds a nail, no doubt,
And every grin so merry draws one out.