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Gold is a wonderful clearer of the understanding; it dissipates every doubt and scruple in an instant.
      - Joseph Addison

Yellow-colored objects appear to be gold.
      - Aristotle

If all were rich, gold would be penniless.
      - Philip James Bailey

Gold! gold! in all ages the curse of mankind,
  Thy fetters are forged for the soul and the mind.
    The limbs may be free as the wings of a bird,
      And the mind be the slave of a look and a word.
        To gain thee men barter eternity's crown,
          Yield honour, affection, and lasting renown.
      - Park Benjamin

The plague of gold strikes far and near.
      - Elizabeth Barrett Browning

You shall not press down upon the brow of labor this crown of thorns--you shall not crucify mankind upon a cross of gold!
      - William Jennings Bryan,
        at the Democratic Convention

For gold the merchant ploughs the main,
  The farmer ploughs the manor.
      - Robert Burns

And mammon wins his way where seraphs might despair.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

Thou more than stone of the Philosopher!
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

Thou true magnetic pole, to which all hearts point duly north, like trembling needles!
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

A thirst for gold,
  The beggar's vice, which can but overwhelm
    The meanest hearts.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        The Vision of Judgment (st. 43)

Midas longed for gold. He got gold, so that whatever he touched became gold; and he, with his long ears, was little the better for it.
      - Thomas Carlyle

Every honest miller has a golden thumb.
      - Geoffrey Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales,
        old saying

For gold in phisik is a cordial;
  Therefore he lovede gold in special.
      - Geoffrey Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales
         (prologue, l. 443)

And yet he hadde "a thombe of gold" pardee.
      - Geoffrey Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales
         (prologue, l. 563)

As the touchstone tries gold, so gold tries men.
      - Chilo of Sparta (Chilon)

There is no place invincible, wherein an ass loaden with gold may not enter.
      - Collett

There are two metals, one of which is omnipotent in the cabinet, and the other in the camp--gold and iron. He that knows how to apply them both may indeed attain the highest station.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

Those who worship gold in a world so corrupt as this we live in have at least one thing to plead in defense of their idolatry--the power of their idol. It is true that, like other idols, it can neither move, see, hear, feel, nor 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

Gold is a treasure, and he who possesses it does all he wishes to in this world, and succeeds in helping souls into paradise.
      - Christopher Columbus

Gold begets in brethren hate;
  Gold in families debate;
    Gold does friendship separate;
      Gold does civil wars create.
      - Abraham Cowley, Anacreontics--Gold (l. 17)

Abundance is a blessing to the wise;
  The use of riches in discretion lies:
    Learn this, ye men of wealth--a heavy purse
      In a fool's pocket is a heavy curse.
      - Richard Cumberland, Bishop of Peterborough (1)

A mask of gold hides all deformities.
      - Thomas Dekker (Decker)

Gold is the strength, the sinews of the world;
  The health, the soul, the beauty most divine;
    A mask of gold hides all deformities;
      Gold is heaven's physic, life's restorative.
      - Thomas Dekker (Decker)

Gold is the fool's curtain, which hides all his defects from the world.
      - Owen Felltham (Feltham)

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