Gold: (silver...diamond...pearl...treasure )

A diamond is a chunk of coal that made good under pressure. --- Anon xxxx

An inch of gold will not buy an inch of time. --- Chinese Proverb xxxx

Do not stand at my grave and weep; I am not there. I do not sleep. I am a thousand winds that blow. I am the diamond glints on snow. I am the sunlight on ripened grain. I am the gentle autumn's rain. When you awaken in the morning's hush, I am the swift uplifting rush of quiet birds in circled flight. I am the soft stars that shine at night. Do not stand at my grave and cry; I am not there. I did not die. --- Anon xxxx

Gold, for the instant, lost its luster in his eyes, for there were countless treasures of the heart which it could never purchase. --- Charles Dickens 1812

Life moves on, whether we act as cowards or heroes. Life has no other discipline to impose, if we would be realize it, than to accept life unquestioningly. Everything we shut our eyes to, everything we run away from, everything we deny, denigrate or despise, serves to defeat us in the end. What seems nasty, painful, evil, can become a source of beauty, joy, and strength, if faced with an open mind. Every moment is a golden one for him who has the vision to recognize it as such. --- Henry Miller

Love is like quicksilver in the hand. Leave the fingers open and it stays. Clutch it, and it darts away. --- Dorothy Parker 1893

Many individuals have, like uncut diamonds, shining qualities beneath a rough exterior. --- Juvenal

Pearls lie not on the seashore. If thou desirest one thou must dive for it. --- Chinese Proverb xxxx

To improve the golden moment of opportunity, and catch the good that is within our reach, is the great art of life. --- William James 1842

Treasure the love you receive above all. It will survive long after your gold and good health have vanished. --- Og Mandino 1923

Under this tree, where light and shade speckle the grass like a Thrush's breast, here in this green and quiet place I give myself to peace and rest. The peace of my contented mind, that is to me a wealth untold when the Moon has no more silver left, and the Sun's at the end of his gold. --- W H Davies 1870

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