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 infold.
 William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice (1600). copy citation

Author William Shakespeare
Source The Merchant of Venice
Topic gold appearances
Date 1600
Language English
Reference The Merchant of Venice, Act II, Scene 7
Note Written between 1596 and 1599 Prince of Morocco line

Meaning and analysis

Kwize Master While Portia is courted by many suitors, she must obey her father's will to marry whoever chooses the box that contains her picture. The Prince of Morocco chooses the gold box because he thinks it is the most appropriate, but it appears to contain an image of Death, with a text explaining that gold is only a superficial thing that can corrupt the weakest souls.
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