Great Throughts Treasury

This site is dedicated to the memory of Dr. Alan William Smolowe who gave birth to the creation of this database.


"Recommend to your children virtue; that alone can make them happy, not gold." -

"Agriculture is the noblest of all alchemy; for it turns earth, and even manure, into gold, conferring upon its cultivator the additional reward of health." - Paul Chatfield, pseudonym for Horace Smith

"Expel avarice, the mother of all wickedness, who, always thirst for more, opens wide her jaws for gold." -

"Praise, like gold and diamonds, owes its value only to its scarcity. It becomes cheap as it becomes vulgar, and will no longer raise expectation or animate enterprise." -

"You are rich, though you do not know it. You have wells of kindness within your heart. At times man will bless you more for a smile, a kindly glance, a gesture of forgiveness, than for treasures of gold." - BaMishol HaTzar. Kabak

"Thinkers are scarce as gold; but he whose thoughts embrace all his subject, and who pursues it uninterruptedly and fearless of consequences, is a diamond of enormous size." - Johann Kaspar Lavater

"To seek virtue for the sake of reward is to dig for iron with a spade of gold." - Nikita Ivanovich Panin

"If you want to live more you must master the art of appreciating the little, everyday blessings in life. This is not altogether a golden world, but there are countless gleams of gold to be discovered in it if we give our minds to them." - Henry Alford Porter

"Jung said the truth of the matter is that the shadow is ninety percent gold. Whatever has been repressed holds a tremendous amount of energy, with a great positive potential. So the shadow, no matter how troublesome it may be, is not intrinsically evil. The ego, in its refusal of insight and its refusal to accept the entire personality, contributes much more to evil than the shadow." - John A. Sanford, aka Jack

"Although men are accused for not knowing their own weakness, yet perhaps as few know their own strength. It is in men as in soils, where sometimes there is a vein of gold which the owners knows not of." - Jonathan Swift, pen names, M.B. Drapier, Lemuel Gulliver, Isaac Bickerstaff

"Sacredness of human life! The world has never believed it! It has been with life that we settled our quarrels, won wives, gold and land, defended ideas, imposed religions. We have held that a death toll was a necessary part of every human achievement, whether sport, war, or industry. A moment’s rage over the horror of it, and we have sunk into indifference." - Ida Tarbell, fully Ida Minerva Tarbell

"Wisdom to gold prefer; for 'tis much less to make our fortune than our happiness." -

"If all the gold in the world were melted down into a solid cube, it would be about the size of an eight-room house. If a man got possession of all that gold - billions of dollars' worth, he could not buy a friend, character, peace of mind, clear conscience, or a sense of eternity." - Charles F. Banning

"Blessed is the man who finds wisdom, the man who gains understanding, for she is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold. She is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her." - Bible or The Bible or Holy Bible NULL

"Exhaust the little moment. Soon it dies. And be it gash or gold it will not come again in this identical disguise." - Gwendolyn Elizabeth Brooks

"Real wealth is not gold but mind." -

"A man that hoards up riches and enjoys them not, is like an ass that carries gold and eats thistles." - Richard Francis Burton, fully Sir Richard Francis Burton

"Praise, like gold and diamond,s owes its value only to its scarcity." - Samuel Butler

"Every man will have his own criterion in forming his judgment of others. I depend very much on the effect of affliction. I consider how a man comes out of the furnace; gold will lie for a month in the furnace without losing a grain." - Richard Cecil

"A good name is better than bags of gold (riches)." - Miguel de Cervantes, fully Miguel de Cervantes Saaversa

"Bewail lost time far more than gold in store. ‘For chattels lost may yet recovered be, but time lost ruins us for aye, says he. It will not come again, once it has fled... Let’s not grow moldy thus in idleness." - Geoffrey Chaucer

"There is no place invincible, wherein an ass loaded with gold may enter." - Stephen Collett

"Gold that buys health can never be ill-spent." - Thomas Dekker

"Al that glistreth is not gold." - John Florio

"Early morning hath gold in its mouth." - Benjamin Franklin

"In the long run, digging for truth has always proved not only more interesting but more profitable than digging for gold." -

"Gold is the most cowardly and treacherous of all metals. It makes no treaty that it does not break. It has no friend whom it does not sooner or later betray." - John James Ingalls

"To the true teacher, time’s hourglass should still run gold-dust." -

"Be avaricious of time; do not give any moment without receiving it in value; only allow hours to go from you with as much regret as you give to your gold; do not allow a single day to pass without increasing the treasure of your knowledge and virtue." - Nicolas Le Letourneux

"There is gold in the golden rule for the man who does not estimate others by the rule of gold." - Elmer G. Leterman

"Truth, like gold is not less so for being newly brought out of the mine." - John Locke

"Proverbs are in the world of thought what gold coin is in the world of business - great value in small compass, and equally current among all people. Sometimes the proverb may be false, the coin counterfeit, but in both cases the false proves the value of the true." - Daniel March

"To most people loneliness is a doom. Yet loneliness is the very thing which god has chosen to be one of the schools of training for His very own. It is the fire that sheds the dross and reveals the gold." - Bernard M. Martin, D.D

"As every thread of gold is valuable, so is every moment of time." - John M. Mason, fully John Mitchell Mason

"Gold is an unseen tyrant." -

"Did a person but know the value of an enemy, he would purchase him with pure gold." - Armand Jean le Bouthillier de Rancé, Abbé de Rancé

"Charms, which, like flowers, lie on the surface and always glitter, easily produce vanity; hence women, wits, players, soldiers, are vain, owing to their presence, figure and dress. On the contrary, other excellences, which lie down like gold and are discovered with difficulty - strength, profoundness of intellect, morality - leave their possessors modest and proud." -

"Ranks and riches are chains of gold, but still chains." - Giovani Ruffini

"If a piece of worthless stone can bruise a cup of gold, its worth is not increased, nor that of the gold diminished." - Sa'di (or Saadi), pen name of Abū-Muḥammad Muṣliḥ al-Dīn bin Abdallāh Shīrāzī, born Muslih-uddin NULL

"Is pure water different whether it be contained in a goblet of gold or an earthen sewer?" - Sa'di (or Saadi), pen name of Abū-Muḥammad Muṣliḥ al-Dīn bin Abdallāh Shīrāzī, born Muslih-uddin NULL

"One of the principal ingredients in the happiness of childhood is freedom from suspicion - why may it not be combined with a more extensive intercourse with mankind? A disposition to dwell on the bright side of character is like gold to its possessor; but to imagine more evil than meets the eye, betrays affinity for it." - Lydia Sigourney, fully Lydia Huntley Sigourney, née Lydia Howard Huntley

"More things are wrought by prayer than this world dreams of. Wherefore let thy voice rise like a fountain for me night and day. For what are men better than sheeps or goats that nourish a blind life within the brain, if, knowing God, they lift not hands of prayer both for themselves and those who call them friend? For so the whole round earth is every way bound by gold chains about the feet of God." - Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson, Commonly called Alfred Lord Tennyson

"The chains of love are never so binding as when the links are made of gold." - Royall Tyler

"Meditation is like a needle after which comes a threatd of gold, composed of affections, prayers and resolutions." - Alphonsus Liguori, fully Saint Alphonsus Maria de Liguori

"Would you sell both your eyes for a million dollars… or your two legs… or your hands… or your hearing? Add up what you have, and you’ll find that you wouldn’t sell it at all for all the gold in the world." -

"Your contact with God lies in recognizing your identity, the “I am.” The “I am” is everything you arrogate to yourself in thought. If you say, “I am sick,” you have ordered your own. If you say, “I am well, I am one with God,” you have ordered your own. God is universal - “I am what I am” - and you as an individual particularize it when you say, “I am.” When you use your “I am” in an inverted or negative sense, you are using it against yourself and will bring sickness, poverty, controversy, and fear into your life. When you particularize, or individualize, Divine Power by using “I am” constructively, then you will get health, prosperity, and abounding happiness, for you will have identified yourself with God - the gold mine within." - Emmet Fox

"When the light of the star which flows into my eyes as a drop of gold first pierced the darkness in space, there was not a single eye on earth looking at the sky." - Nâzım Hikmet

"Treasure the love you receive above all. It will survive long after your gold and good health have vanished." -