|John Bartlett (18201905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.|
|AUTHOR:||William Shakespeare (15641616)|
|QUOTATION:||Thyself and thy belongings|
Are not thine own so proper as to waste
Thyself upon thy virtues, they on thee.
Heaven doth with us as we with torches do,
Not light them for themselves; for if our virtues
Did not go forth of us, t were all alike
As if we had them not. Spirits are not finely touchd
But to fine issues, nor Nature never lends
The smallest scruple of her excellence
But, like a thrifty goddess, she determines
Herself the glory of a creditor,
Both thanks and use.
|ATTRIBUTION:||Measure for Measure. Act i. Sc. 1. [text]|
|WORKS:||William Shakespeare Collection.|