Nay, take my life and all, pardon not that; You take my house when you do take the prop That doth sustain my house; you take my life When you do take the means whereby I live. Shakespeare.Merchant of Venice, Act IV. Scene 1. (Shylock, after the division of his wealth.)
Take what he gives, since to rebel is vain; The bad grows better, which we well sustain; And could we choose the time, and choose aright, Tis best to die, our honour at the height. Dryden.Palamon and Arcite, Book III. Line 1086.