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[ Also see Blessedness ]

'Tis not for mortals always to be blest.
      - John Armstrong, Art of Preserving Health
         (bk. IV, l. 260)

Prosperity is the blessing of the Old Testament;
  Adversity is the blessing of the New.
      - Francis Bacon, Of Adversity

Blessings star forth forever; but a curse is like a cloud, it passes.
      - Philip James Bailey

Blessing star forth forever; but a curse
  Is like a cloud--it passes.
      - Philip James Bailey, Festus (sc. Hades)

Our blessings are the least heeded, because the most common events of life.
      - Hosea Ballou

Blessed shall be thy basket and thy store.
      - Bible, Deuteronomy (ch. XXVIII, v. 5)

The blessing of the Lord, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it.
      - Bible, Proverbs (ch. X, v. 22)

Blessings on him, who invented sleep.
      - Cervantes (Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra)

Men live best on moderate means: Nature has dispensed to all men wherewithal to be happy, if mankind did but understand how to use her gifts.
      - Claudian (Claudianus)

Men live best upon a little; Nature has given to all the privilege of being happy, if they but knew how to use their gifts.
      - Claudian (Claudianus)

A spring of love gushed from my heart,
  And I bless'd them unaware.
      - Samuel Taylor Coleridge,
        The Ancient Mariner (pt. IV)

Heaven may have happiness as utterly unknown to us as the gift of perfect vision would be to a man born blind. If we consider the inlets of pleasure from five senses only, we may be sure that the same Being who created us could have given us five hundred, if He had pleased.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

For blessings ever wait on virtuous deeds,
  And though a late, a sure reward succeeds.
      - William Congreve, Mourning Bride
         (act V, sc. 3)

Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has many; not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.
      - Charles Dickens

God bless us every one.
      - Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol
         (stave 3)

Fall silently like dew on roses.
      - John Dryden

O close my hand upon Beatitude!
  Not on her toys.
      - Louise Imogen Guiney, Deo Optimo Maximo

Even the best things ill used become evils; and, contrarily, the worst things used well prove good.
      - Joseph Hall

Words are as they are taken, and things are as they are used. There are even cursed blessings.
      - Joseph Hall

The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables us to count our blessings.
      - Eric Hoffer

To heal divisions, to relieve the oppress'd,
  In virtue rich; in blessing others, bless'd.
      - Homer ("Smyrns of Chios"), The Odyssey
         (bk. VII, l. 95), (Pope's translation)

Of many, imagined blessings it may be doubted whether he that wants or possesses them had more reason to be satisfied with his lot.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

For those to whom much is given, much is required.
      - John Fitzgerald Kennedy

The good things of life are not to be had singly, but come to us with a mixture; like a school-boy's holiday, with a task affixed to the tail of it.
      - Charles Lamb (used pseudonym Elia)

The blessings of fortune are the lowest; the next are the bodily advantages of strength and health; but the superlative blessings, in fine, are those of the mind.
      - Sir Roger L'Estrange

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