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GOLD MINING    •    GOLD IN NATURE    •    GOLD IN SOCIETY    •    GOLD IN ART

Golden Words

Gold specimen from Nova Scotia containing 17.7 troy ounces.

The depth to which society values gold is reflected in our language. The use of the word “gold” has become part of our everyday language. It is found in our most common expressions used to denote wealth, rarity, value, and significance. Here are some popular sayings and quotes. Can you think of more?

Gold Phrases

  • Heart of gold
  • All that glitters is not gold
  • The golden word
  • As good as gold
  • Dripping with gold
  • A gold mine of information
  • Black gold (oil)
  • Worth its weight in gold
  • Pot of gold
  • Sitting on a gold mine
  • Gold-digger
  • Go for gold (gold medal)
  • The goose that laid the golden egg
  • There’s gold in them there hills!
  • The golden age
  • Golden years
  • Golden anniversary (50th)
  • Golden oldies
  • Golden parachute
  • Golden handshake
  • Silence is golden
  • The streets are paved with gold

Quotes Featuring “Gold”

“Even the just may sin with an open chest of gold before them” — Latin Proverb

“Gold and silver from the dead turn often into lead” — Buckminster Fuller

“Gold will be slave or master” — Horace

“Gold makes the ugly beautiful” — Moliere

“Gold’s father is dirt, yet it regards itself as noble” — Yiddish Proverb

“Gold like the sun, which melts wax, but hardens clay, expands great souls” — Antoine Rivarol

“More gold has been mined from the thoughts of men than has been taken from the earth” — Napoleon Hill

“The desire for gold is the most universal and deeply rooted commercial instinct of the human race” — Gerald M. Loeb

“The desire of gold is not for gold. It is for the means of freedom and benefit” — Ralph Waldo Emmerson

“Gold does not rust on the ground, and rocks don’t get soaked in the rain” — Turkish Proverb

“When we have gold we are in fear, when we have none we are in danger” — English Proverb

“As every thread of gold is valuable, so is every moment of time” — Anonymous

“Gold is forever. It is beautiful, useful, and never wears out. Small wonder that gold has been prized over all else, in all ages, as a store of value that will survive the travails of life and the ravages of time” — James Blakely

“If you are truthful, you will have as much gold as you want” — Greek Proverb

“Nothing Gold Can Stay” — Robert Frost

“Chains of gold are stronger than chains of iron” — Thomas Fuller

“A mask of gold hides all deformities” — Thomas Dekker

“All the gold which is under or upon the earth is not enough to give in exchange for virtue” — Plato