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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
  Virtuous men … like some herbs and spices that give not out their sweet smell till they be broken or crushed.
            —Francis Bacon
  Virtuous as holy truth.
            —Beaumont and Fletcher
  Virtuous as a briar-rose.
            —Ralph Waldo Emerson
  A truly virtuous person is like good metal,—the more he is fired, the more he is fined; the more he is opposed, the more he is approved. Wrongs may well try him and touch him, but they cannot imprint on him any false stamp.

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