Quotation by Shakespeare

Heaven doth with us as we with torches do,
Not light them for themselves; for if our virtues
Did not go forth of us, 'twere all alike
As if we had them not.
William Shakespeare (1564–1616), British dramatist, poet. Duke, in Measure for Measure, act 1, sc. 1, l. 32-5.

Echoing various injunctions of Jesus in the gospels, as at Matthew 5:14-16 and Luke 8:16, e.g., "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works"; "all alike" means just the same.
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