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- Follow your bliss.
- Ecstasies enjoyed by religious mystics are usually called religious experiences no matter what the nature of the ecstasy or the trigger inducing it.
- But such a sacred and home-felt delight,
Such sober certainty of waking bliss,
I never heard till now.
- Some place the bliss in action, some in ease,
Those call it pleasure, and contentment these.
- Alexander Pope, An Essay on Man (1733-34), Epistle IV, line 21.
- Condition, circumstance, is not the thing;
Bliss is the same in subject or in king.
- Alexander Pope, An Essay on Man (1733-34), Epistle IV, line 57.
- The spider's most attenuated thread
Is cord, is cable, to man's tender tie
On earthly bliss; it breaks at every breeze.
- Edward Young, Night Thoughts (1742-1745), Night 1, line 178.
Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations
- Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 72-73.
- To bliss unknown my lofty soul aspires,
My lot unequal to my vast desires.
- John Arbuthnot, Gnothi Seaton, line 3.
- Thin partitions do divide
The bounds where good and ill reside;
That nought is perfect here below;
But bliss still bordering upon woe.
- Weekly Magazine, Edinburgh, Volume XXII, p. 50 (1770).
- The hues of bliss more brightly glow,
Chastis'd by sabler tints of woe.
- Thomas Gray, Ode on the Pleasure arising from Vicissitude, line 45.
- Alas! by some degree of woe
We every bliss must gain;
The heart can ne'er a transport know,
That never feels a pain.
- And my heart rocked its babe of bliss,
And soothed its child of air,
With something 'twixt a song and kiss,
To keep it nestling there.
- Gerald Massey, On a Wedding Day, Stanza 3.
- Bliss in possession will not last;
Remember'd joys are never past;
At once the fountain, stream, and sea,
They were,—they are,—they yet shall be.
- James Montgomery, The Little Cloud.
- The way to bliss lies not on beds of down,
And he that had no cross deserves no crown.
- Francis Quarles, Esther.
- I know I am—that simplest bliss
The millions of my brothers miss.
I know the fortune to be born,
Even to the meanest wretch they scorn.
- Bayard Taylor, Prince Deukalion, Act IV.
- We thinke no greater blisse than such
To be as be we would,
When blessed none but such as be
The same as be they should.
- William Warner, Albion's England, Book X, Chapter LIX, Stanza 68.