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  • All that glitters is not gold.
    (William Shakespeare, "The Merchant of Venice")

  • It is that fery person for all the orld, as just as you
    will desire; and seven hundred pounds of moneys, and
    gold, and silver, is her grandsire upon his death's-bed-Got
    deliver to a joyful resurrections!
    (William Shakespeare, "The Merchant of Venice")

  • Therefore, to be possess'd with double pomp, To guard a title that was rich before, To gild refined gold, to paint the lily, To throw a perfume on the violet, To smooth the ice, or add another hue Unto the rainbow, or with taper-light To seek the beauteous eye of heaven to garnish, Is wasteful and ridiculous excess.
    (William Shakespeare)

  • I did send to you for certain sums of gold, which you denied me.
    (William Shakespeare)

  • Here is no use for gold.
    (William Shakespeare, "The Merchant of Venice")


  • Gold were as good as twenty orators,
    And will, no doubt, tempt him to anything.
    (William Shakespeare, "The Merchant of Venice")

  • I see the jewel best enamelled
    Will lose his beauty; yet the gold bides still
    That others touch and, often touching, will
    Where gold; and no man that hath a name
    By falsehood and corruption doth it shame.
    (William Shakespeare, "The Merchant of Venice")

  • Your father was ever virtuous, and holy men at their death
    have good inspirations; therefore the lott'ry that he hath
    devised in these three chests, of gold, silver, and lead- whereof
    who chooses his meaning chooses you- will no doubt never be
    chosen by any rightly but one who you shall rightly love.
    (William Shakespeare, "The Merchant of Venice")

  • It makes a man a coward. . . . It fills a man full of obstacles. It made me once restore a purse of gold that by chance I found. It beggars any man that keeps it. It is turned out of towns and cities for a dangerous thing, and every man that means to live well endeavors to trust to himself and live without it.
    (William Shakespeare)

  • Gold is worse poison to a man's soul, doing more murders in this loathsome world, than any mortal drug.
    (William Shakespeare)

  • Gold that's put to use more gold begets.
    (William Shakespeare)

  • Yet
    there has been knights, and lords, and gentlemen, with
    their coaches; I warrant you, coach after coach, letter after
    letter, gift after gift; smelling so sweetly, all musk, and so
    rushling, I warrant you, in silk and gold; and in such alligant
    terms; and in such wine and sugar of the best and the
    fairest, that would have won any woman's heart; and I
    warrant you, they could never get an eye-wink of her.
    (William Shakespeare, "The Merchant of Venice")

  • That book in manys eyes doth share the gloryThat in gold clasps locks in the golden story.
    (William Shakespeare)

  • Lo, here the gentle lark, weary of rest,
    From his moist cabinet mounts up on high,
    And wakes the morning, from whose silver breast
    The sun ariseth in his majesty;
    Who doth the world so gloriously behold
    That cedar-tops and hills seem burnish'd gold.
    (William Shakespeare, "The Merchant of Venice")

  • Now this follows,
    Which, as I take it, is a kind of puppy
    To th' old dam treason: Charles the Emperor,
    Under pretence to see the Queen his aunt-
    For 'twas indeed his colour, but he came
    To whisper Wolsey-here makes visitation-
    His fears were that the interview betwixt
    England and France might through their amity
    Breed him some prejudice; for from this league
    Peep'd harms that menac'd him-privily
    Deals with our Cardinal; and, as I trow-
    Which I do well, for I am sure the Emperor
    Paid ere he promis'd; whereby his suit was granted
    Ere it was ask'd-but when the way was made,
    And pav'd with gold, the Emperor thus desir'd,
    That he would please to alter the King's course,
    And break the foresaid peace.
    (William Shakespeare, "The Merchant of Venice")


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