Gild the Lily?
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, King John:
Pride Goeth before a Fall?
|Pride goeth before destruction,
and an haughty spirit before a fall.
- Proverbs 16:18
Soothe the Savage Beast?
|Music hath charms to soothe the savage breast,
To soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak.
- William Congreve, The Mourning Bride, 1.1
All that Glitters?
|All that glisters is not gold;
Often have you heard that told.
Many a man his life hath sold
But my outside to behold.
Gilded tombs do worms enfold.
- William Shakespeare,