Taught from infancy that beauty is woman's scepter, the mind shapes itself to the body, and roaming round its gilt cage, only seeks to adorn its prison.
— Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

Open the book. (The gilt rubs off the edges of the pages and pollinates the fingertips.)
Elizabeth Bishop gilt quote

For a moment Jack felt the strongest inclination to snatch up his little gilt chair and beat the white-faced man down with it...
— Patrick O'Brian

Taught from infancy that beauty is woman's sceptre, the mind shapes itself to the body, and roaming round its gilt cage, only seeks to adorn its prison.
— Mary Wollstonecraft

Quicksilver is used for many purposes; without it, neither silver nor brass can be properly gilt.
— gilt quotation by Marcus V. Pollio