Gratitude Quotes

A man is very apt to complain of the ingratitude of those who have risen far above him. - Samuel Johnson

 

Take full account of the excellencies which you possess, and in gratitude remember how you would hanker after them, if you had them not. - Marcus Aurelius

 

The gratitude of most men is but a secret desire of receiving greater benefits. - Francois de la Rochefoucauld

 

There are minds so impatient of inferiority that their gratitude is a species of revenge, and they return benefits, not because recompense is a pleasure, but because obligation is a pain. - Samuel Johnson

 

That possession which we gain by the sword is not lasting; gratitude for benefits eternal. [La., Non est diuturna possessio in quam gladio ducimus; beneficiorum gratia sempiterna est] - Curtius Rufus Quintus

 

I hate ingratitude more in a man; Than lying, vainness, babbling, drunkenness, Or any taint of vice whose strong corruption Inhabits our frail blood. (Twelfth Night or What You Will) - William Shakespeare

 

Whoever has lived long enough to find out what life is, knows how deep a debt of gratitude we owe to Adam, the first great benefactor of our race. He brought death into the world. - Mark Twain

 

I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder. - Gilbert Keith Chesterton

 

At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us. - Albert Schweitzer

 

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

 

No duty is more urgent than that of returning thanks. - Unknown

 

Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom. - Marcel Proust

 

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

 

You simply will not be the same person two months from now after consciously giving thanks each day for the abundance that exists in your life. And you will have set in motion an ancient spiritual law: the more you have and are grateful for, the more will be given you. - Sarah Ban Breathnach

 

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

 

There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle. - Albert Einstein

 

Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings. - William Arthur Ward

 

Take full account of the excellencies which you possess, and in gratitude remember how you would hanker after them, if you had them not. - Marcus Aurelius

 

Real life isn’t always going to be perfect or go our way, but the recurring acknowledgement of what is working in our lives can help us not only to survive but surmount our difficulties. - Sarah Ban Breathnach

 

We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude. - Cynthia Ozick

 

Can you see the holiness in those things you take for granted–a paved road or a washing machine? If you concentrate on finding what is good in every situation, you will discover that your life will suddenly be filled with gratitude, a feeling that nurtures the soul. - Rabbi Harold Kushner

 

We can be thankful to a friend for a few acres or a little money; and yet for the freedom and command of the whole earth, and for the great benefits of our being, our life, health, and reason, we look upon ourselves as under no obligation. - Marcus Annaeus Seneca

 

When we become more fully aware that our success is due in large measure to the loyalty, helpfulness, and encouragement we have received from others, our desire grows to pass on similar gifts. Gratitude spurs us on to prove ourselves worthy of what others have done for us. The spirit of gratitude is a powerful energizer. - Wilferd A. Peterson

 

Whatever our individual troubles and challenges may be, it’s important to pause every now and then to appreciate all that we have, on every level. We need to literally count our blessings, give thanks for them, allow ourselves to enjoy them, and relish the experience of prosperity we already have. - Shakti Gawain

 

Thou that has 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

 

Some people have a wonderful capacity to appreciate again and again, freshly and naively, the basic goods of life, with awe, pleasure, wonder, and even ecstasy. - A.H. Maslow

 

If the only prayer you say in your life is thank you, that would suffice. - Meister Eckhart

 

Find the good and praise it. - Alex Haley

 

Give thanks for a little and you will find a lot. - The Hausa of Nigeria

 

What if you gave someone a gift, and they neglected to thank you for it-would you be likely to give them another? Life is the same way. In order to attract more of the blessings that life has to offer, you must truly appreciate what you already have. - Ralph Marston

 

Happiness is itself a kind of gratitude. - Joseph Wood Krutch

 

The moment one gives close attention to anything, even a blade of grass, it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself. - Henry Miller

 

There is a calmness to a life lived in gratitude, a quiet joy. - Ralph H. Blum

 

Gratefulness is the key to a happy life that we hold in our hands, because if we are not grateful, then no matter how much we have we will not be happy - because we will always want to have something else or something more. - Brother David Steindl-Rast

 

Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace and gratitude. - Denis Waitley

 

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 blessed world. - Adabella Radici

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

But the value of gratitude does not consist solely in getting you more blessings in the future. Without gratitude you cannot long keep from dissatisfied thought regarding things as they are. - Wallace Wattles

 

Blessed are those that can give without remembering and receive without forgetting. - Author Unknown

 

If you concentrate on finding whatever is good in every situation, you will discover that your life will suddenly be filled with gratitude, a feeling that nurtures the soul. - Rabbi Harold Kushner

 

Nothing that is done for you is a matter of course. Everything originates in a will for the good, which is directed at you. Train yourself never to put off the word or action for the expression of gratitude. - Albert Schweitzer

 

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

 

Gratitude is a vaccine, an antitoxin, and an antiseptic. - John Henry Jowett

 

Feeling grateful or appreciative of someone or something in your life actually attracts more of the things that you appreciate and value into your life. - Christiane Northrup

 

The best way to pay for a lovely moment is to enjoy it. - Richard Bach

 

Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has plenty; not on your past misfortunes of which all men have some. - Charles Dickens

 

Both abundance and lack exist simultaneously in our lives, as parallel realities. It is always our conscious choice which secret garden we will tend… when we choose not to focus on what is missing from our lives but are grateful for the abundance that’s present - love, health, family, friends, work, the joys of nature and personal pursuits that bring us pleasure - the wasteland of illusion falls away and we experience Heaven on earth. –Sarah Ban Breathnach

 

Whenever we are appreciative, we are filled with a sense of well-being and swept up by the feeling of joy. - M.J. Ryan

 

Gratitude is riches. Complaint is poverty. –Doris Day

 

Many people who order their lives rightly in all other ways are kept in poverty by their lack of gratitude. - Wallace Wattles

 

Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn’t learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn’t learn a little, at least we didn’t get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn’t die; so, let us all be thankful. - Buddha

 

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

 

There is a law of gratitude, and it is . . . the natural principle that action and reaction are always equal and in opposite directions. The grateful outreaching of your mind in thankful praise to supreme intelligence is a liberation or expenditure of force. It cannot fail to reach that to which it is addressed, and the reaction is an instantaneous movement toward you. - Wally Wattles

 

Gratitude should not be just a reaction to getting what you want, but an all-the-time gratitude, the kind where you notice the little things and where you constantly look for the good, even in unpleasant situations. Start bringing gratitude to your experiences, instead of waiting for a positive experience in order to feel grateful. - Marelisa Fábrega