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Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed often used as a warning against overconfidence. The saying is recorded from the early 18th century, and the poet Alexander Pope (1688–1744) described this in a letter of October 1727 as ‘a ninth Beatitude’, with ironical reference to the blessings listed by Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount.

Blessed Virgin Mary a title given to Mary as the mother of Jesus.

single blessedness a humorous expression for the state of being unmarried, originally a quotation from Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream.

See also blessed are the dead that the rain rains on, Blessed Sacrament at sacrament.


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