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Bliss is a state of profound satisfaction, happiness and joy, a constant state of mind, undisturbed by gain or loss.


St. Francis in Ecstasy: Ecstasies enjoyed by religious mystics are usually called religious experiences no matter what the nature of the ecstasy or the trigger inducing it
  • Health is the greatest gift, contentment is the greatest wealth, a trusted friend is the best relative, Nibbana is the greatest bliss.
  • 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.
  • Condition, circumstance, is not the thing;
    Bliss is the same in subject or in king.
  • 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[edit]

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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The way to bliss lies not on beds of down,
    And he that had no cross deserves no crown.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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