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Quotations on Blessings(20)

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When you find yourself in the thick of it
Help yourself to a bit of what is all around you
Silly girl
Take a good look around you
Take a good look you're bound to see
Beatles, Martha My Dear
Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has many; not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.
We know those blessings which we must possess,
And judge of future by past happiness.
Dryden, Coronation of Charles II
The five blessings are long life, riches, serenity, the love of virtue, and the attainment of ambition.
The Hung-Fan, 1100 BC
Make something beautiful of your life.
Be a blessing, not a burden.
Bloom wherever you are planted.
Kathie Lee Gifford, I Can't Believe I Said That, 1992
My God! how little do my countrymen know what precious blessings they are in possession of, and which no other people on earth enjoy.
Thomas Jefferson, letter to James Monroe, 6/17/1785
If you would live happily, do not exaggerate life's evils, nor slight her blessings.
Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must... undergo the fatigue of supporting it.
Thomas Paine
No blessing lasts forever.
Plautus, CUrculio, 200BC
The great blessings of mankind are within us and within our reach; but we shut our eyes, and, like people in the dark, we fall foul upon the very thing we search for, without finding it.
"Let us take care that we sleep not without such a recollection of the actions of the day as may represent anything that is remarkable as matter of sorrow or thanksgiving."
"Blessings are not known till they be lost."
The best way to know God is to love many things.
Vincent Van Gogh
"What seems to us bitter trials are often blessings in disguise."
Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest
"How blessings brighten as they take their flight."
Young, Edward, allibone
life, like ev'ry other blessing, derives its value from its use alone: Not for itself,-- but for a nobler end... virtue!
*Johnson, Irene, P.41
Therefore, in the blessings as well as in the ills of life, less depends upon what befalls us than upon the way in which it is met, that is, upon the kind and degree of our general susceptibility.
Schopenhauer, Arthur
Subjective blessings-- a noble nature, a capable head, a joyful temperament, bright spirits, a well constituted, perfectly sound physique... are the first and most important elements in happiness; so that we should be more intent on promoting and preserving such qualities than on the possession of external wealth and external honor. And of all these, the one which makes us the most directly happy is a genial flow of good spirits; for this excellent quality is its own immediate reward. There is nothing which, like this quality, can so completely replace the loss of every other blessing.
Schopenhauer, Arthur
In general, nine-tenths of our happiness depends upon health alone. With health, everything is a source of pleasure; without it, nothing else, whatever it may be, is enjoyable; even the other personal blessings-- a great mind, a happy temperament-- are degraded and dwarfed for want of it.
Schopenhauer, Arthur
Blessings never come in pairs; misfortunes never come alone.
Chinese porverb