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Cleanse the fountain if you would purify the streams.
      - Amos Bronson Alcott

Nobody is more dangerous than he who imagines himself pure in heart; for his purity, by definition, is unassailable.
      - James Baldwin

Purity in person and in morals is true godliness.
      - Hosea Ballou

Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
      - Bible, Matthew (ch. V, v. 8)

Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled.
      - Bible, Titus (ch. I, v. 15)

Purity of heart is the noblest inheritance, and love the fairest ornament, of woman.
      - Matthias Claudius

If a woman be herself pure and noble-hearted, she will come into every circle as a person does into a heated room, who carries with him the freshness of the woods where he has been walking.
      - Frances P. Cobbe

The sun, though it passes through dirty places, yet remains as pure as before.
      - Lord Edward Coke

Purity lives and derives its life solely from the Spirit of God.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

There dwelleth in the sinlessness of youth a sweet rebuke that vice may not endure.
      - Emma Catherine Embury

The smallest speck is seen on snow.
      - John Gay

By the ancients, courage was regarded as practically the main part of virtue; by us, though I hope we are not less brave, purity is so regarded now.
      - Julius Charles Hare

Let thy mind's sweetness have its operation upon thy body, clothes, and habitation.
      - George Herbert

God be thanked that there are some in the world to whose hearts the barnacles will not cling.
      - Josiah Gilbert Holland (used pseudonym Timothy Titcomb)

As to the pure mind all things are pure, so to the poetic mind all things are poetical.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

That water which wall from some Alpine height is dashed, broken, and will murmur loudly, but grows limpid by its fall.
  [It., Quell' onda, che ruina
    Dalla pendice alpina,
      Balza, si frange, e mormora
        Ma limpida si fa.]
      - Metastasio (pseudonym of Antonio Domenico Bonaventura Trapassi Pietro),
        Alcide al Bivio

What will the stream become in its lengthened course, if it be so turpid as its source?
  [It., Qual diverra quel fiume,
    Nel lungo suo cammino,
      Se al fonte ancor vicino
        E torbido cosi?]
      - Metastasio (pseudonym of Antonio Domenico Bonaventura Trapassi Pietro),
        Morte d' Abele (I)

A spirit pure as hers,
  Is always pure, even while it errs:
    As sunshine, broken in the rill,
      Though turned astray, is sunshine still.
      - Thomas Moore

The stream is always purer at its source.
  [Fr., Les choses valent toujours mieux dans leur source.]
      - Blaise Pascal, Lettres Provinciales (IV)

Spring has no blossom fairer than thy form;
  Winter no snow-wreath purer than thy mind;
    The dew-drop trembling to the morning beam
      Is like thy smile, pure, transient, heaven-refin'd.
      - Lydia Jane Pierson

Pure and chaste as the falling snow.
      - Thomas Buchanan Read

The purer the golden vessel, the more readily is it bent; the higher worth of woman is sooner lost than that of man.
      - Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (Johann Paul Richter) (used ps. Jean Paul)

As pure in thought as angels are, to know her was to love her.
      - Samuel Rogers

The love of woman is a precious treasure. Tenderness has no deeper source, devotion no purer shrine, sacrifice no more saintlike abnegation.
      - Germain-Francois Pollain de Saint-Foix

Who has a breast so pure but some uncleanly apprehensions keep leets and law-days and in session sit with meditations lawful?
      - William Shakespeare

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