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BLESSINGS
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[ Also see Blessedness ]

We mistake the gratuitous blessings of heaven for the fruits of our own in-dustry.
      - Sir Roger L'Estrange

A man's best things are nearest him,
  Lie close about his feet.
      - Richard Monckton Milnes, Lord Houghton,
        The Men of Old (st. 7)

Nothing raises the price of a blessing like its removal; whereas it was its continuance which should have taught us its value. There are three requisitions to the proper enjoyment of earthly blessings,--a thankful reflection on the goodness of the Giver, a deep sense of our unworthiness, a recollection of the uncertainty of long possessing them. The first would make us grateful; the second, humble; and the third, moderate.
      - Hannah More

God's blessing is not always to be distinguished from His wrath.
      - Joyce Carol Oates, Bellefleur

The blest to-day is as completely so,
  As who began a thousand years ago.
      - Alexander Pope, Essay on Man
         (ep. I, l. 75)

God bless us every one, prayed Tiny Tim,
  Crippled and dwarfed of body yet so tall
    Of soul, we tiptoe earth to look on him,
      High towering over all.
      - James Whitcomb Riley,
        God Bless Us Every One

The benediction of these covering heavens
  Fall on their heads like dew, for they are worthy
    To inlay heaven with stars.
      - William Shakespeare, Cymbeline
         (Belarius at V, v)

Blessings we enjoy daily; and for most of them, because they be so common, most men forget to pay their praises; but let not us, because it is a sacrifice so pleasing to Him that made the sun and us, and still protects us, and gives us flowers and showers and meat and content.
      - Izaak Walton

It is too generally true that all that is required to make men unmindful what they owe to God for any blessing is that they should receive that blessing often enough and regularly enough.
      - Archbishop Richard Whately

I dimly guess, from blessings known, of greater out of sight.
      - John Greenleaf Whittier

Like birds, whose beauties languish half concealed,
  Till, mounted on the wing, their glossy plumes
    Expanded, shine with azure, green and gold;
      How blessings brighten as they take their flight.
      - Edward Young, Night Thoughts
         (night II, l. 589)

Amid my list of blessings infinite,
  Stands this the foremost, "That my heart has bled."
      - Edward Young, Night Thoughts
         (night IX, l. 497)


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