Richer than rubies,
Dearer than gold,
Woman, true woman,
Glad we behold! [ Old love-song ]
The land is dearer for the sea.
The ocean for the shore. [ Lucy Larcom ]
O reputation! dearer far than life. [ Lowell ]
How much the wife is dearer than the bride! [ Lord Lyttleton ]
Curst be the gold and silver which persuade
Weak men to follow far fatiguing trade!
The lily peace outshines the silver store,
And life is dearer than the golden ore.
Yet money tempts us over the desert brown,
To every distant mart and wealthy town. [ Collins ]
O, reputation! dearer far than life.
Thou precious balsam, lovely, sweet of smell.
Whose cordial drops once spilt by some rash hand,
Not all the owner's care, nor the repenting toil
Of the rude spiller, ever can collect
To its first purity and native sweetness. [ Sewell ]
Our country ought to be dearer to us than ourselves. [ Cicero ]
Much dearer be the things which come through hard distress. [ Spenser ]
The dearer it is, the cheaper it is to me, for I shall buy the less. [ Proverb ]
Much money makes a country poor, for it sets a dearer price on everything. [ English Proverb, collected by George Herbert ]
His home, the spot of earth supremely blest, A dearer, sweeter spot than all the rest. [ Montgomery ]
The experience of others adds to our knowledge, but not to our wisdom; that is dearer-bought. [ Hosea Ballou ]
For the gods, instead of what is most pleasing, will give what is most proper. Man is dearer to them than he is to himself. [ Juvenal ]
To a father waxing old, nothing is dearer than a daughter; sons have spirits of a higher pitch, but less inclined to endearing fondness. [ Euripides ]
Reality surpasses imagination; and we see, breathing, brightening, and moving before our eyes sights dearer to our hearts than any we ever beheld in the land of sleep. [ Goethe ]