rite that should bring persons or property share in divine power or grace
May God give you...For every storm a rainbow, for every tear a smile, for every care a promise and a blessing in each trial. For every problem life sends, a faithful friend to share, for every sigh a sweet song and an answer for each prayer. ~ Anonymous Irish blessing

Blessings are the infusion or bestowal of something with holiness, spiritual redemption, divine will, or one's hope or approval.


  • Life is a creative endeavor. It is active, not passive. We are the yeast that leavens our lives into rich, fully baked loaves. When we experience our lives as flat and lackluster, it is our consciousness that is at fault. We hold the inner key that turns our lives from thankless to fruitful. That key is "Blessing."
    • Julia Cameron, Blessings : Prayers and Declarations for a Heartful Life (1998).
  • The growth of one blesses all. I am commited to grow in love. All that I touch, I leave in love. I move through this world consciously and creatively.
    • Julia Cameron, Blessings : Prayers and Declarations for a Heartful Life (1998).
  • I honor my importance and the importance of others. None of us is dispensable, none of us is replacable. In the chorus of life each of us brings a True Note, a perfect pitch that adds to the harmony of the whole. I act creatively and consciously to actively endorse and encourage the expansion of those whose lives I touch. Believing in the goodness of each, I add to the goodness of all. We bless each other even in passing.
    • Julia Cameron, Blessings : Prayers and Declarations for a Heartful Life (1998).
  • A spring of love gushed from my heart,
    And I bless'd them unaware.
  • For blessings ever wait on virtuous deeds,
    And though a late, a sure reward succeeds.
  • Like a led Victim, to my Death I'll go,
    And, dying, bless the Hand that gave the Blow.
    • John Dryden, The Spanish Friar (1681), Act II, Scene I.
  • I will not let thee go, except thou bless me.
  • Das Leben ist der Güter höchstes, und das schlimmste Übel ist der Tod.
    • Life is the greatest of blessings, and death the worst of evils.
    • Heinrich Heine, Ideen (1835), Das Buch Le Grand, Ch. 3.
  • When God at first made man,
    Having a glass of blessings standing by,
    'Let us,' said he, 'pour on him all we can:
    Let the world's riches, which dispersed lie,
    Contract into a span.'
  • Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
    Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
    Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
    Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
    Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
    Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
    Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.
    Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
    Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.
    Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
  • Thomas, because you have seen me, you have believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.
  • It is more blessed to give than to receive.
  • The blest to-day is as completely so,
    As who began a thousand years ago.
  • In vita itaque apprime utile est, intellectum seu rationem, quantum possumus, perficere, et in hoc uno summa hominis feticitas seu beatitudo consistit; quippe beatitudo nihil aliud est, quam ipsa animi acquiescentia, quae ex Dei intuitiva cognitione oritur.
    • Thus in life it is before all things useful to perfect the understanding, or reason, as far as we can, and in this alone man's highest happiness or blessedness consists, indeed blessedness is nothing else but the contentment of spirit, which arises from the intuitive knowledge of God.
    • Baruch Spinoza, Ethics (1677), Part IV, Appendix, IV.
  • Blessedness is not the reward of virtue, but virtue itself. We do not enjoy blessedness because we keep our lusts in check. On the contrary, it is because we enjoy blessedness that we are able to keep our lusts in check.
    • Baruch Spinoza, Ethics (1677), Book 5, Proposition 42, as translated by Samuel Shirley, Complete Works (2002), p. 382
  • Felix qui potuit rerum cognoscere causas.
    • Blessed is he who has been able to win knowledge of the causes of things.
    • Virgil, Georgics (c. 37 BC), Book II, line 490.
  • 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 (1742-1745), Night II, line 589.
  • Amid my list of blessings infinite,
    Stands this the foremost, "That my heart has bled."
    • Edward Young, Night Thoughts (1742-1745), Night IX, line 497.

Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical QuotationsEdit

Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 71-72.
  • 'Tis not for mortals always to be blest.
    • John Armstrong, The Art of Preserving Health (1744), Book IV, line 260.
  • Blessed shall be thy basket and thy store.
    • Deuteronomy, XXVIII. 5.
  • To heal divisions, to relieve the oppress'd,
    In virtue rich; in blessing others, bless'd.
    • Homer, The Odyssey, Book VII, line 95. Pope's translation.
  • A man's best things are nearest him,
    Lie close about his feet.
  • 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.

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