dross (drŏs) noun
1. The scum that forms on the surface of molten metal.
2. Waste or foreign matter; impurity
3. Something that is base, trivial, or inferior.
What the eyes perceive in herbs or stones or trees is not yet a remedy; the eyes see only the dross. - Paracelsus
The day is not far distant when the man who dies leaving behind him millions of available wealth, which was free for him to administer during life, will pass away "unwept, unhonored, and unsung," no matter to what uses he leave the dross which he cannot take with him. Of such as these the public verdict will then be: "The man who dies thus rich dies disgraced." Such, in my opinion, is the true gospel concerning wealth, obedience to which is destined some day to solve the problem of the rich and the poor.
- Andrew Carnegie
Etymology: from Old English dros, dregs.