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Quotation by Shakespeare
But earthlier happy is the rose distilled
Than that which, withering on the virgin thorn,
Grows, lives, and dies in single blessedness.
William Shakespeare (1564–1616), British dramatist, poet. Theseus, in A Midsummer Night's Dream, act 1, sc. 1, l. 76-8.
"Rose distilled" means literally distilled to perfume, but figuratively suggests marriage (and happiness on this earth).
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