C.N. Douglas, comp. Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical. 1917.


The bliss that can be told is but half-bliss.


And for our country ’tis a bliss to die.


Every one speaks of it,—who has known it?

Mme. Necker.

Pure felicity is reserved for the heavenly life; it grows not in an earthly soil.


Who falls from all he knows of bliss, cares little into what abyss.


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

  • Some place the bliss in action, some in ease,
  • Those call it pleasure, and contentment these.
  • Pope.

    Though duller thoughts succeed, the bliss e’en of a moment still is bliss.

    Joanna Baillie.

  • Vain, very vain, my weary search to find
  • That bliss which only centres in the mind.
  • Goldsmith.

  • Domestic happiness, thou only bliss
  • Of Paradise, that has survived the fall!
  • Cowper.

    We may anticipate bliss but who ever drank of that enchanted cup unalloyed?


  • Condition, circumstance, is not the thing;
  • Bliss is the same in subject or in king.
  • Pope.

  • Health is the vital principle of bliss,
  • And exercise of health.
  • Thomson.

    The happiest woman sees not gladness alone reflected from her mirror; its surface will inevitably be sometimes dimmed with sighs.

    Mme. Louise Colet.

  • Alas! by some degree of woe
  • We every bliss must gain;
  • The heart can ne’er a transport know,
  • That never feels a pain.
  • Lord Lyttleton.

  • 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.
  • Montgomery.