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  • Her favorite Beatitude is "Blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the earth."
  • ...the standard cure for one who is sunk is to consider those in actual destitution or physical suffering—this is an all-weather beatitude for gloom...
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Pasting it Together
  • ...she had no appetite, and could only sit and smile upon everyone in a general state of beatitude.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • The soul which is in the soul of each, craving a perfect beatitude, detects incongruities, defects and disproportion in the behavior of the other.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Essays, First Series

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  • The dream, if I can call it that, would come to me at the end of the working day, in the last hour between six and seven when there were never any more customers or calls from salesmen and I was hungry and enervated and in a state that must be a kind of retail beatitude, a mind of placid emptiness and vulnerability.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • All of his depravity had been enacted in a vacuum of sinless and businesslike godlessness, while his soul thirsted for beatitude.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • I have memorized the names of all the books of the Bible, in order, and the Ten Commandments and the Lord’s Prayer, and most of the Beatitudes.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • She stayed till Hannah came to take her home to dinner, but she had no appetite, and could only sit and smile upon everyone in a general state of beatitude.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • Still, they were remarkable photographs, and what made them so was Perry’s expression, his look of unflawed fulfillment, of beatitude, as though at last, and as in one of his dreams, a tall yellow bird had hauled him to heaven.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • I affirm that he shared the general beatitude, and that, quite the reverse of La Fontaine, who, at the presentation of his comedy of the "Florentine," asked, "Who is the ill-bred lout who made that rhapsody?"
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame

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  • If I wasn’t having one tonight it wasn’t because I had passed beyond it into a state of beatitude.
    Robert Penn Warren  --  All the King’s Men
  • How comes it that while the first beatitude promises the kingdom of heaven to the poor of heart the second beatitude promises also to the meek that they shall possess the land?
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • Then, when she had her medal, she looked at it, and a smile of beatitude spread over her face; and as she walked away they could hear her muttering "I’ll give it to our cure up home, to say some masses for me!"
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • It was during such a solitude, with his body sinking and his mind lifted to beatitude, that he had hoped to give up his soul …. but it did not happen so.
    James Hilton  --  Lost Horizon
  • The unfortunate father is the first radical intrusion of another order of reality into the beatitude of this earthly restatement of the excellence of the situation within the womb; he, therefore, is experienced primarily as an enemy.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • In a large bedroom upstairs, the window of which was thickly curtained with a great woollen shawl lately discarded by the landlady, Mrs Rolliver, were gathered on this evening nearly a dozen persons, all seeking beatitude; all old inhabitants of the nearer end of Marlott, and frequenters of this retreat.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • Like a saint’s vision of beatitude.
    Eugene O’Neill  --  Long Day’s Journey into Night
  • She was weeping, her face contorted by the comical and ugly grimace that is far more terrible than any quiet beatitude of sorrow.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • A strange look of beatitude overspread his features, his eyes sparkled in the light of the candle burning between us; he positively smiled!
    Joseph Conrad  --  Lord Jim
  • The prince had confessed unreservedly to himself that the feeling of intense beatitude in that crowded moment made the moment worth a lifetime.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Idiot
  • Then may I ask, Commander, why you have left Heaven to come here and wallow, as you express it, in sentimental beatitudes which you confess would once have driven you to cut your throat?
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Man And Superman
  • Someone had uncovered the story of Clara’s childhood muteness and the curse of Father Restrepo— that saintly man who the Church was hoping would become the first in the country to attain beatitude.
    Isabel Allende  --  The House of Spirits
  • There Kerouac joined the poet Allen Ginsberg and others in the Beat Movement, in alcohol-and-drug-fueled protest against the conformity and crass consumerism of 1950s America, which made them feel beaten, longing for the beatitude, or blessedness, of the natural world.
    Robert MacNeil and William Crane  --  Do You Speak American?
  • Beatitude flawless.
    Henry Roth  --  Call It Sleep
  • In the time it took Lara, clutching her pennies in her fist, to make her way to the door past the worshippers without disturbing them, buy two candles for herself and Olia, and turn back, Prov Afanasievich had rattled off nine of the beatitudes at a pace suggesting that they were well enough known without him.
    Boris Pasternak  --  Doctor Zhivago
  • In his autobiography, in which he always referred to himself in the third person, he described himself as "an innocent with his heart wrapped up in the arts, in the philosophies, in the religions, in the beatitudes of nature’s loveliness, in his search for the reality of man, in his profound faith in the beneficence of power."
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • For lunch it was the Beatitudes.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Handmaid’s Tale
  • Blessed be the eight beatitudes.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Not till I had repeated the Blessings’ (he meant the Buddhist Beatitudes) ’did I achieve calm.
    Rudyard Kipling  --  Kim
  • Yet, thinking on the Beatitudes, on the Sermon on the Mount, on St. John and his direct seeing and interpretation of Christ and God.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • He stood before the pier-glass, viewing his trim dinner-coat, his beautiful triple-braided trousers; and murmured in lyric beatitude, "By golly, I don’t look so bad.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Babbitt
  • …Father from above, From the pure empyrean where he sits High thron’d above all highth, bent down his eye His own works and their works at once to view: About him all the Sanctities of Heaven Stood thick as stars, and from his sight receiv’d Beatitude past utterance; on his right The radiant image of his glory sat, His only son; on earth he first beheld Our two first parents, yet the only two Of mankind in the happy garden plac’d Reaping immortal fruits of joy and love, Uninterrupted…
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • You look like a Christian Beatitude.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • She followed him, verse after verse, through the Beatitudes and Let your light so shine, and on, skipping, to Consider the lilies.
    Ouida Sebestyen  --  Words by Heart
  • The reward for perfect observance was Beatitude, or absorption into the being of Brahm, which was not existence as much as absolute rest.
    Lew Wallace  --  Ben Hur
  • His patients, who were all women, stood in smiling poses—provocative poses, Matron thought—that Charcot had labeled "Crucifixion" and "Beatitude."
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • But then the Church came to the front, with an axe to grind; and she was wise, subtle, and knew more than one way to skin a cat—or a nation; she invented "divine right of kings," and propped it all around, brick by brick, with the Beatitudes —wrenching them from their good purpose to make them fortify an evil one; she preached (to the commoner) humility, obedience to superiors, the beauty of self-sacrifice; she preached (to the commoner) meekness under insult; preached (still to the…
    Mark Twain  --  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
  • The spot on deck where Gianfranco had been transformed into a not entirely pure beatitude was empty, as were all the others.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • British Beatitudes!
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • How comes it that while the first beatitude promises the kingdom of heaven to the poor of heart the second beatitude promises also to the meek that they shall possess the land?
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • With a little, deprecating laugh, his mother stood before the candles, and bowing her head before them, murmured through the hands she spread before her face the ancient prayer for the Sabbath …. The hushed hour, the hour of tawny beatitude … ~~~SECTION BREAK~~~ X HIS mother rose, lit the gas lamp.
    Henry Roth  --  Call It Sleep
  • The voice was pleasantly soothing, and touched with a very gentle melancholy that fell upon Conway with strange beatitude; though once again the skeptic in him was inclined to hold the temperature responsible.
    James Hilton  --  Lost Horizon
  • The ineffable teaching of the beatitude beyond imagination comes to us clothed, necessarily, in figures reminiscent of the imagined beatitude of infancy; hence the deceptive childishness of the tales.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • The ineffable teaching of the beatitude beyond imagination comes to us clothed, necessarily, in figures reminiscent of the imagined beatitude of infancy; hence the deceptive childishness of the tales.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • Kingly power and earthly possession, riches and might, friends and sons, wife and followers, everything that lures the senses: I wanted them all, because I believed that these would bring me beatitude.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • Hers was an idiotic sort of attachment, full of admiration for him, of voluptuousness for her, a beatitude that benumbed her; her soul sank into this drunkenness, shrivelled up, drowned in it, like Clarence in his butt of Malmsey.
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • My version of the Beatitudes.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • Yet beyond this threshold of the cross—for the cross is a way (the sun door), not an end—is beatitude in God.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • (The beatitudes, Dixon, Madden, Crotthers, Costello, Lenehan, Bannon, Mulligan and Lynch in white surgical students’ gowns, four abreast, goosestepping, tramp fist past in noisy marching) THE BEATITUDES: (Incoherently) Beer beef battledog buybull businum barnum buggerum bishop.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • (The beatitudes, Dixon, Madden, Crotthers, Costello, Lenehan, Bannon, Mulligan and Lynch in white surgical students’ gowns, four abreast, goosestepping, tramp fist past in noisy marching) THE BEATITUDES: (Incoherently) Beer beef battledog buybull businum barnum buggerum bishop.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
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