Heaven doth with us, as we with torches do;
Not light them for themselves: for if our virtues
Did not go forth of us, 'twere all alike
As if we had them not.
SHAKS.: _M. for M.,_ Act i., Sc. 1.
Men's evil manners live in brass; their virtues
We write in water.
SHAKS.: _Henry III.,_ Act iv., Sc. 2.
Assume a virtue if you have it not.
SHAKS.: _Hamlet,_ Act iii., Sc. 4.
Virtue may be assail'd, but never hurt;
Surpris'd by unjust force, but not enthrall'd;
Yea, even that which mischief meant most harm,
Shall in the happy trial prove most glory.
MILTON: _Comus,_ Line 589.
Sometimes virtue starves while vice is fed,
What then? Is the reward of virtue bread?
POPE: _Essay on Man,_ Epis. iv., Line 149.