Quotation by Shakespeare

O, he sits high in all the people's hearts;
And that which would appear offence in us
His countenance, like richest alchemy,
Will change to virtue and to worthiness.
William Shakespeare (1564–1616), British dramatist, poet. Casca, in Julius Caesar, act 1, sc. 3, l. 157-60.

Describing Brutus; "countenance" means appearance, and support; the aim of alchemy was to transmute base metals into gold.
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