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Quotations about Gratitude
Saying thank you is more than good manners. It is good spirituality. ~Alfred Painter
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
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
~John Kendrick Bangs (1862-1922), "My Song" (October Twenty-sixth), The Cheery Way: A Bit of Verse For Every Day, 1920
Fresh clean sheets are one of life's small joys. ~Animal Crossing: Wild World (Nintendo video game) written by Takayuki Ikkaku, Arisa Hosaka, and Toshihiro Kawabata
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
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, whatwillmatter.com
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.
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
The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables us to count our blessings. ~Eric Hoffer, Reflections On The Human Condition
Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul. ~Henry Ward Beecher
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 take 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
Open your presents at Christmastime but be thankful year round for the gifts you receive. ~Terri Guillemets
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.
Hem your blessings with thankfulness so they don't unravel. ~Author Unknown