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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
 
NUMBER:1941
AUTHOR:Francis Bacon (1561–1626)
QUOTATION:Virtue is like precious odours,—most fragrant when they are incensed or crushed. 1
ATTRIBUTION:Of Adversity.
 
Note 1.
As aromatic plants bestow
No spicy fragrance while they grow;
But crushed or trodden to the ground,
Diffuse their balmy sweets around.
Oliver Goldsmith: The Captivity, act i.

The good are better made by ill,
As odours crushed are sweeter still.
Samuel Rogers: Jacqueline, stanza 3. [back]
 

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