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Gratitude Quotes

Gratitude Quotes Gratitude Thankfulness

Source: Various

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-04-18

Author: Various


“It’s not happy people who are thankful, but thankful people who are happy.” [Author unknown]

“Thanksgiving, to be truly thanksgiving, is first thanks, then giving.” [Author unknown]

“Gratitude bestows reverence, allowing to encounter everyday epiphanies, those transcendent moments of awe that change forever how we experience life and the world.” [John Milton (1608 –1674) was an English poet, best known for his work Paradise Lost.]

“Joy is the most important Christian emotion. Duty calls only when gratitude fails to prompt.” [William Sloane Coffin (1924 – 2006) was an American Christian clergyman and peace activist.]

“Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgiving, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” [William Arthur Ward (1921–1994), was an author, poet, columnist, and one of America's most quoted writers of inspirational maxims.]

“A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all the other virtues.” [Cicero (106 BC – 43 BC) was a Roman philosopher, politician, lawyer, orator, political theorist, consul and constitutionalist.]

“What if you woke up tomorrow with only the things you thanks God for today?” [Author unknown]

“I was complaining that I had no shoes till I met a man who had not fee.” [Confucius (551–479 BC) was a Chinese teacher and philosopher.]

“Forgiveness is a form of gratitude. When we forgive others, we show them the mercy that we have often received and been thankful for.” [Sarah Ban Breathnach is a contemporary American self-help writer and author of the best selling book SIMPLE ABUNDANCE.]

“It doesn’t matter if the glass is half empty or half full. Be grateful that you have a glass, and there is something in it.” [Author unknown]

“Be thankful for what you have. Your life, no matter how bad you think it is, is someone else’s fairy tale.” [Wale Ayeni (1984 - ) is an American rapper.]

“If you are grateful for everything, then whatever you have is enough.” [J. Baadsgaard is a contemporary American author and columnist.]

“I do not think of all the misery, but of the glory that remains. Go outside into the fields, nature and the sun, go out and seek happiness in yourself and in God. Think of the beauty that again and again discharges itself within and without you and be happy …” [Anne Frank (1929 – 1945) was a German-born diarist, writer, and one of the most famous Jewish victims of the Holocaust, best known for her diary titled The Diary of a Young Girl.

“I am grateful for what I am and have. My thanksgiving is perpetual…O how I laugh when I think of my vague indefinite riches. No run on my bank can drain it, for my wealth is not possession but enjoyment.” [Henry David Thoreau (1817 – 1862) was an American author, poet, philosopher, abolitionist, naturalist, tax resister, development critic, surveyor, and historian.]

“Give thanks for a little and you will find a lot.” [Author unknown]

“Trade your expectation for appreciation and the world changes instantly.” [Tony Robbins (1960 - ) is an American life coach and self-help guru/author.]

“The miracle of gratitude is that it shifts your perception to such an extent that it changes the world you see.” [Dr. Robert Holden (1965 - ) is a British psychologist, author, and broadcaster, who works in the field of positive psychology and well-being.]

"Beggar that I am, I am even poor in thanks." [William Shakespeare from Hamlet, Act 2, Scene 2.]

“Look back in forgiveness, forward in hope, down in compassion, and up with gratitude.” [Zig Ziglar (1926 – 2012) was an American author, salesman, and world famous motivational speaker.]

"A single grateful thought raised to heaven is the most perfect prayer." G.E. Lessing (1729-1781), German critic and dramatist

“Saying thank you is more than good manners. It is good spirituality.” [Alfred Painter (no biographical information available).]

“If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, "thank you," that would suffice.” Meister Eckhart (c. 1260 – c. 1328), was a German theologian, philosopher and mystic.

“Gratitude turns what we have into enough.” Author Unknown

“The only people with whom you should try to get even are those who have helped you.” [Attributed to John E. Southard (No biographical information available)]

“Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of


Many of the above quotes provide their own points of application. They do not necessarily represent the views of Orthodox Christianity; neither do they necessarily represent the views of Illustration Exchange.