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Hoyt & Roberts, comps.  Hoyt’s New Cyclopedia of Practical Quotations.  1922.
 
Purity
 
Quell’ onda, che ruina
Dalla pendice alpina,
Balza, si frange, e mormora
Ma limpida si fa.
  That water which falls from some Alpine height is dashed, broken, and will murmur loudly, but grows limpid by its fall.
        Metastasio—Alcide al Bivio.
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Qual diverrà quel fiume,
Nel lungo suo cammino,
Se al fonte ancor vicino
É torbido così?
  What will the stream become in its lengthened course, if it be so turbid at its source?
        Metastasio—Morte d’ Abele. I.
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  Les choses valent toujours mieux dans leur source.
  The stream is always purer at its source.
        Pascal—Lettres Provinciales. IV.
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Whiter than new snow on a raven’s back.
        Romeo and Juliet. Act III. Sc. 2. L. 19.
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Unto the pure all things are pure.
        Titus. I. 15.
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