31 Fascinating Quotes About Gold

Gold is a truly timeless metal. For at least five thousand years, people have sought after and used gold. It never rusts or corrodes. It’s also the most malleable metal that exists on the planet Earth.

Because gold is a substance with these very special properties, it has a long history of symbolic meaning for humanity. As such, there are many famous quotes about gold across different times and cultures around the world.

Inspirational Gold Quotes

"The pot of gold is at the end of the rainbow, not the beginning."


"Gold medals aren’t really made of gold. They’re made of sweat, determination, and a hard-to-find alloy called guts."
—Dan Gable

"If you want to find gold, you’ve got to love the process of digging."
—Alan Menken

"Gold never comes to the dreamers—except in dreams."
—Anais Nin

"The desire for gold is not for gold. It is for the means of freedom and benefit."
—Ralph Waldo Emerson


"It is extraordinary how many emotional storms one may weather in safety if one is ballasted with ever so little gold."
—William McFee


"Gold is the money of kings; silver is the money of gentlemen; barter is the money of peasants; but debt is the money of slaves."
—Norm Franz


Gold coins have been used as money for thousands of years.

"It was not curiosity that killed the goose who laid the golden egg, but an insatiable greed that devoured common sense."
—E.A. Bucchianeri


"A person may not like someone else’s religion, but he’ll accept his gold."
—Robert Kiyosaki

Gold Proverbs Throughout History

"The Golden Rule: He who has the gold makes the rules."

"Gold will be slave or master."

"Where gold speaks, every tongue is silent."
—Italian proverb

"Brass shines as fair to the ignorant as gold to the goldsmiths."
—Queen Elizabeth I

"The castle gates will always open for gold-laden donkeys."
—Russian proverb


"Real gold is not afraid of the melting pot."—Chinese proverb


"Eloquence avails nothing against the voice of gold."
—Latin proverb

"The miser does not own the gold, the gold owns the miser."
—Chinese proverb

Gold And Money

"Gold is money. Everything else is credit."
—JP Morgan


"Although gold and silver are not by nature money, money by nature is gold and silver."
—Karl Marx


"Gold and silver are constituted, by the nature of things, money, and universal money, independent of all convention, and all laws."
—Anee-Robert-Jacques Turgot

"Gold still represents the ultimate form of payment in the world. Fiat money in extremis is accepted by nobody. Gold is always accepted."
—Alan Greenspan

"Governments lie; bankers lie; even auditors sometimes lie. Gold tells the truth."
—Lord Rees Mogg

"Because gold is honest money, it is disliked by dishonest men."
—Ron Paul

"We have gold because we cannot trust governments."
—Herbert Hoover

"Gold will be around, gold will be money when the dollar and the euro and the yuan and the ringgit are mere memories."
—Richard Russell

The Gold Standard

"The superiority of the Gold Standard consists in the fact that the value of gold develops independent of political actions."
—Ludwig von Mises

"In the absence of the Gold Standard, there is no way to protect savings from confiscation through inflation. There is no safe store of value."
—Alan Greenspan

"The Federal Reserve Act as it stands seems to me to open the way to a vast inflation of the currency. I do not like to think that any law can be passed that will make it possible to submerge the gold standard in a flood of irredeemable paper currency."
—Henry Cabot Lodge

"[I]f the overriding objective is price stability, we did better with the nineteenth-century gold standard and passive central banks, with currency boards, or even with 'free banking.' The truly unique power of a central bank, after all, is the power to create money, and ultimately the power to create is the power to destroy."
—Paul Volcker

"The reason we need to have a gold and silver-based currency is to bring discipline to the financial system so the government can’t go out and do all sorts of bad things."
—Bernard von NotHaus

"A real gold standard is thoroughly consistent with [classical] liberal principles and I, for one, am entirely in favor of measures promoting its development."
—Milton Friedman

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Steven Cochran

Precious Metals Market Analyst | BS University of South Florida (2002)

A published writer, Steven's coverage of precious metals goes beyond the daily news to explain how ancillary factors affect the market.

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