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Quotations about Gratitude

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The test of all happiness is gratitude... ~Gilbert K. Chesterton, "The Ethics of Elfland," Orthodoxy, 1908

Saying thank you is more than good manners. It is good spirituality. ~Alfred Painter

Gratitude turns what we have into enough. ~Author Unknown

Wouldn't it be an exhilarating tonic for the soul to take a moment to appreciate the simple, good things in life which are so bountiful...? ~Author unknown, c.1949

God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today. Have you used one to say "thank you?" ~William A. Ward

The Pilgrims made seven times more graves than huts. No Americans have been more impoverished than these who, nevertheless, set aside a day of thanksgiving. ~H.U. Westermayer

Silent gratitude isn't very much use to anyone who has done a lot for you. ~G. B. Stern, Robert Louis Stevenson: The Man Who Wrote 'Treasure Island,' 1954

If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, "thank you," that would suffice. ~Meister Eckhart

There is no such thing as gratitude unexpressed. If it is unexpressed, it is plain, old-fashioned ingratitude. ~Robert Brault,

Gratitude is the memory of the heart. ~Jean Baptiste Massieu, translated from French

Thanking God today for the love of family, the loyalty of friends and the kindness of strangers. ~Robert Brault,, 2020

Children are grateful when Santa Claus puts in their stockings gifts of toys or sweets. Could I not be grateful to Santa Claus when he put in my stockings the gift of two miraculous legs? ~Gilbert K. Chesterton, "The Ethics of Elfland," Orthodoxy, 1908

The only people with whom you should try to get even are those who have helped you. ~Knight's Treasury of Illustrations by Walter B. Knight, 1963  [Knight "gleaned from a wide variety of sources" for his treasury. I've seen this quotation attributed to Jack Herbert, quoted 1966; Mae Maloo, quoted 1975; and John E. Southard, quoted 1977. –tg]

Gratitude is an art of painting an adversity into a lovely picture. ~Kak Sri, November 2010 winner of The Quote Garden create your own quote contest on Twitter

If you have lived, take thankfully the past. ~John Dryden

As each day comes to us refreshed and anew, so does my gratitude renew itself daily. The breaking of the sun over the horizon is my grateful heart dawning upon a blessèd world. ~Terri Guillemets

I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought; and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.  ~G.K. Chesterton

You say grace before meals. All right. But I say grace before the concert and the opera, and grace before the play and pantomime, and grace before I open a book, and grace before sketching, painting, swimming, fencing, boxing, walking, playing, dancing and grace before I dip the pen in the ink. ~G.K. Chesterton

For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food, for love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

If a fellow isn't thankful for what he's got, he isn't likely to be thankful for what he's going to get. ~Frank A. Clark

The unthankful heart... discovers no mercies; but let the thankful heart sweep through the day and, as the magnet finds the iron, so it will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings! ~Henry Ward Beecher

Grace isn't a little prayer you chant before receiving a meal. It's a way to live. ~Attributed to Jacqueline Winspear

Praise the bridge that carried you over. ~George Colman

If you count all your assets, you always show a profit. ~Robert Quillen

He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has. ~Epictetus

What a miserable thing life is: you're living in clover, only the clover isn't good enough. ~Bertolt Brecht, Jungle of Cities, 1924

Gratitude is the best attitude. ~Author unknown

Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving. ~W.T. Purkiser

We thank Thee, O Father of all, for... all the soul-help that sad souls understand. ~Will Carleton

We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures. ~Thornton Wilder

One can never thank people, I thought regretfully, at least not by piling gratitude on top of them like heavy American Beauty roses. One can never pay in gratitude; one can only pay "in kind" somewhere else in life. ~Anne Morrow Lindbergh, "Our Early Mornings," Listen! the Wind, 1938

Perhaps you cannot make anyone's thankless task less difficult, but you can always make it less thankless. ~Robert Brault,

The roots of all goodness lie
In the soil of appreciation for goodness.
~Dalai Lama III, Essence of Refined Gold, by the Third Dalai Lama, 1978

Even if you have countless blessings, it's good to count them anyway. ~J.L.W. Brooks

Two kinds of gratitude: The sudden kind we feel for what we take; the larger kind we feel for what we give. ~Edwin Arlington Robinson

Demonstrate gratitude for the simple things in life. Show your child that you are a person who is truly grateful for the simple, good things in life: a sunset, rain, insects, birds, children laughing, or a kind gesture.... Appreciative people are happy; they see the beauty in life while others miss it. ~Richard Carlson, Celebrate Your Child: The Art of Happy Parenting, 1992

Gratitude is a quality similar to electricity: it must be produced and discharged and used up in order to exist at all. ~William Faulkner

The struggle ends when the gratitude begins. ~Neale Donald Walsch

I like people who don't take life too seriously but who do take very seriously the gratitude for being alive. ~Terri Guillemets

If you want to turn your life around, try thankfulness. It will change your life mightily. ~Gerald Good

Gratitude is the mother of the virtues. ~Cicero

Gratitude is the least of the virtues, but ingratitude is the worst of vices. ~Thomas Fuller

Ingratitude is the daughter of pride. ~Miguel de Cervantes

Gratitude is an opener of locked-up blessings. ~Marianne Williamson

Replace fear with gratitude, and the whole world changes. ~Terri Guillemets, "A renewed outlook," 2007

There is not a more pleasing exercise of the mind than gratitude. It is accompanied with such an inward satisfaction that the duty is sufficiently rewarded by the performance. ~Joseph Addison

Gratitude is the music of the heart, when its chords are swept by the breeze of kindness. ~Author Unknown

Every day, spread the magical stardust of thankfulness into your life. ~Terri Guillemets

Whatever be the depth of woe
Along the path that I must go,
I'll sing my song—
My song of joy for all the love
That's lavished on us from above,
And count no loss of treasure-trove
When things go wrong.
I'll sing the sunlight, and the bright
Soft smiling stars that gem the night;
For gifts of good
That God hath spread along my way,
The lilt of birds in tuneful play,
The harvests full and flowers gay,
The whole day long
I'll sing my song
Of gratitude!
~John Kendrick Bangs (1862-1922), "My Song" (October Twenty-sixth), The Cheery Way: A Bit of Verse For Every Day, 1920

You pray in your distress and in your need; would that you might pray also in the fullness of your joy and in your days of abundance. ~Khalil Gibran

Wherever I have knocked, a door has opened. Wherever I have wandered, a path has appeared. ~Alice Walker, In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens (Acknowledgments)

O Infinite Father, I'm grateful to Thee
      For the moon and the stars and deep rolling sea;
      For beauties of nature, where e'er they may be...
For the handclasp of friends, so firm and so true;
      For sunrise and sunset and glistening dew;
      The fleecy white clouds and the Heavens, so blue;
      For these wonderful gifts, dear Lord, I thank you!
~Gertrude T. Buckingham, "My Song of Thanksgiving"

Gratitude is the sum of Great + Attitude. ~Avi Liran, November 2010 entry to The Quote Garden create your own quote contest on Twitter

Appreciation is the purest vibration that exists on the planet today. ~Abraham–Hicks

Gratitude is as important for feeding your soul as eating is important for feeding your body. ~J.L.W. Brooks

I humbly thank the gods benign,
For all the blessings that are mine...
The morning drips her dew for me,
Noon spreads an opal canopy.
Home-bound, the drifting cloud-crafts rest
Where sunset ambers all the west;
Soft o'er the poppy-fields of sleep,
The drowsy winds of dreamland creep.
What idle things are wealth and fame
Beside the treasures one could name!
~Robert Loveman (1864–1923)

I feel a very unusual sensation — if it is not indigestion, I think it must be gratitude. ~Benjamin Disraeli

There is no greater difference between men than between grateful and ungrateful people. ~R.H. Blyth

Courtesies of a small and trivial character are the ones which strike deepest in the grateful and appreciating heart. ~Henry Clay

The world has enough beautiful mountains and meadows, spectacular skies and serene lakes. It has enough lush forests, flowered fields and sandy beaches. It has plenty of stars and the promise of a new sunrise and sunset every day. What the world needs more of is people to appreciate and enjoy it. ~Michael Josephson,

My socks may not match, but my feet are always warm. ~Maureen McCullough

Who does not thank for little will not thank for much. ~Estonian Proverb

Whatever Juice this sky will pour
     this gaping parched old throat will drain;
What time the Harper harps I'll dance:
     'tis He, not I, who shall complain.
Meal may be scarce and cakes be burnt,
     yet I weep not nor even scold:
The sun is food enough for me,
     't is large, and has not yet grown cold.
~Frederic Ridgely Torrence, The House of a Hundred Lights: A Psalm of Experience After Reading a Couplet of Bidpai, 1899

New blessings and old, frequent blessings and those once in a blue moon, appreciate them all. ~Terri Guillemets

Give thanks because contentment only grows when you shower upon it gratefulness. ~Hasan Gopalani, November 2009 entry to The Quote Garden create your own quote contest on Twitter

Thou hast given so much to me,
Give one thing more, — a grateful heart;
Not thankful when it pleaseth me,
As if Thy blessings had spare days,
But such a heart whose pulse may be Thy praise.
~George Herbert

Appreciate comfort. Also appreciate those things that knock us off course enough to realize we should appreciate the comfort. ~Terri Guillemets

Gratitude… staying humble when fate smiles on you. ~Quintus Nienaber, November 2010 entry to The Quote Garden create your own quote contest on Twitter

I am too little to contain my joy,
It flows above the narrow banks, Aurelia:
What shall I say? let me bathe here eternally,
And study new arithmetic, to count
Our blessings.
~James Shirley, Changes, or Love in a Maze, 1631  ["The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables us to count our blessings." ~Eric Hoffer, Reflections on the Human Condition, 1973 —tg]

Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul. ~Henry Ward Beecher

Gratitude is the glue that makes just about everything else stick. ~Terri Guillemets, "Holding it together," 2002

When our perils are past, shall our gratitude sleep? ~George Canning (1770–1827)

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. ~John Fitzgerald Kennedy

When something does not insist on being noticed, when we aren't grabbed by the collar or struck on the skull by a presence or an event, we take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude. ~Cynthia Ozick

Only a stomach that rarely feels hungry scorns common things. ~Horace

The grateful person, being still the most severe exacter of himself, not only confesses, but proclaims, his debts. ~Robert South

Give thanks for the life you live, for the love you have, for the happiness you give. ~Laura, @lnw1, November 2009 entry to The Quote Garden create your own quote contest on Twitter

Do not take anything for granted — not one smile or one person or one rainbow or one breath, or one night in your cozy bed. ~Terri Guillemets

Gratitude is merely the secret hope of further favors. ~François de La Rochefoucauld

Most human beings have an almost infinite capacity for taking things for granted. ~Aldous Huxley

Fearing to lose what you have is not the same as appreciation. You have to move a step beyond that. ~Terri Guillemets

When eating bamboo sprouts, remember the man who planted them. ~Chinese Proverb

Thanks are justly due for boons unbought. ~Ovid

In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican. ~H.L. Mencken

Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it. ~William Arthur Ward

With arms outstretched I thank.
With heart beating gratefully I love.
With body in health I jump for joy.
With spirit full I live.
~Terri Guillemets

Hem your blessings with thankfulness so they don't unravel. ~Author Unknown

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