|John Bartlett (18201905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.|
|AUTHOR:||Francis Bacon (15611626)|
|QUOTATION:||The sun, which passeth through pollutions and itself remains as pure as before. 1|
|ATTRIBUTION:||Advancement of Learning. Book ii. (1605).|
The sun, though it passes through dirty places, yet remains as pure as before.Advancement of Learning (ed. Dewey).
The sun, too, shines into cesspools and is not polluted.Diogenes Laertius: Lib. vi. sect. 63.
Spiritalis enim virtus sacramenti ita est ut lux: etsi per immundos transeat, non inquinatur (The spiritual virtue of a sacrament is like light: although it passes among the impure, it is not polluted).Saint Augustine: Works, vol. iii., In Johannis Evang. cap. i. tr. v. sect. 15.
The sun shineth upon the dunghill, and is not corrupted.John Lyly: Euphues, The Anatomy of Wit (Arbers reprint), p. 43.
The sun reflecting upon the mud of strands and shores is unpolluted in his beam.Taylor: Holy Living, chap. i. p. 3.
Truth is as impossible to be soiled by any outward touch as the sunbeam.John Milton: The Doctrine and Discipline of Divorce. [back]