Reflect upon your present blessings—of which every man has many—not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.

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Sketches by Boz

Reflect upon your present blessings—of which every man has many—not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.” is a quotation from Sketches by Boz, Characters, Chapter 2 (A Christmas Dinner).

Sketches by Boz is a collection of short pieces written by Charles Dickens and published as a book in 1836.

 

Context.

Taken from the following passage in A Christmas Dinner:

Look on the merry faces of your children (if you have any) as they sit round the fire. One little seat may be empty; one slight form that gladdened the father’s heart, and roused the mother’s pride to look upon, may not be there. Dwell not upon the past; think not that one short year ago, the fair child now resolving into dust, sat before you, with the bloom of health upon its cheek, and the gaiety of infancy in its joyous eye. Reflect upon your present blessings—of which every man has many—not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some. Fill your glass again, with a merry face and contented heart. Our life on it, but your Christmas shall be merry, and your new year a happy one!

 

 

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