Virtue is bold, and goodness never fearful.
 William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure (1623). copy citation

Author William Shakespeare
Source Measure for Measure
Topic virtue bravery goodness
Date 1623
Language English
Note Written between 1603 and 1604


“I do make myself believe that you may most uprighteously do a poor wronged lady a merited benefit; redeem your brother from the angry law; do no stain to your own gracious 195 person; and much please the absent Duke, if peradventure he shall ever return to have hearing of this business.
Isab. Let me hear you speak farther. I have spirit to do any thing that appears not foul in the truth of my spirit.
DUKE. Virtue is bold, and goodness never fearful. Have III. 1
200 you not heard speak of Mariana, the sister of Frederick the great soldier who miscarried at sea? Isab. I have heard of the lady, and good words went with her name.
DUKE. She should this Angelo have married; was affianced 205 to her by oath, and the nuptial appointed: between which time of the contract and limit of the solemnity, her brother Frederick was wrecked at sea, having in that perished vessel the dowry of his sister.” source

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