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Quotes on Rubies and Other Gems

I don’t know about you but there’s something I love about quotes. They’re mini-lessons on life, love…and in this case jewelry!


Some asked me where the rubies grew,
And nothing I did say;
But with my finger pointed to
The lips of Julia.
~Robert Herrick


The difference between false memories and true ones is the same as for jewels:  it is always the false ones that look the most real, the most brilliant.  ~Salvador Dalí

Among Life’s precious jewels,
Genuine and rare,
The one that we call friendship
Has worth beyond compare.
~Author Unknown

For me the diamond dawns are set
In rings of beauty…
~John Townsend Trowbridge

The questions are diamonds you hold in the light.  Study a lifetime and you see different colors from the same jewel.  The same questions, asked again, bring you just the answers you need just the minute you need them.  ~Richard Bach, Running From Safety

Adversity is the diamond dust Heaven polishes its jewels with.  ~Thomas Carlyle

The story of Harold Ross, the New Yorker and me is a mere footnote to the story of our time, and we might as well face the truth that to researchers of the future, poking about among the ruins of time, we shall all be tiny glitters.  But then, so are diamonds.  ~James Thurber

The rarest things in the world, next to a spirit of discernment, are diamonds and pearls.  ~Jean de la Bruyere, translated from French

It was as though he had cut up the sky, melted down a flower garden, tossed in some jewels and made it into glass.  ~Hugh McKean, referring to Tiffany’s glass

Some men’s memory is like a box where a man should mingle his jewels with his old shoes.  ~George Savile

Gold cannot be pure, and people cannot be perfect.  ~Chinese Proverb

I would rather be adorned by beauty of character than jewels.  Jewels are the gift of fortune, while character comes from within.  ~Titus Maccius Plautus

Not on one strand are all life’s jewels strung.  ~William Morris

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

Manners must adorn knowledge and smooth its way in the world, without them it is like a great rough diamond, very well in a closet by way of curiosity, and also for its intrinsic value; but most prized when polished.  ~Lord Chesterfield