Gratitude Quotes

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I complained because I had no shoes until I met a man with no feet.


Do not expect thanks.
The next time you feel like complaining, remember that your garbage disposal probably eats better than 30% of the people in the world.


Swift gratitude is the sweetest.
— Greek proverb

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Gratitude is the heart's memory.
— French proverb

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What soon grows old?  Gratitude.
Gratitude is the memory of the heart.
Gratitude is the sign of noble souls.
Joy is the simplest form of gratitude.
Gratefulness is the poor man's payment.


Forget injuries; never forget kindnesses.

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Forget injuries, never forget kindnesses.


Gratitude is the remembrance of the heart.
The public have neither shame nor gratitude.
Trust your gut. Forgive yourself. Be grateful.

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Revenge is profitable, gratitude is expensive.


Silent gratitude isn't very much use to anyone.
Gratitude is the most exquisite form of courtesy.
From the moment we expect gratitude, we forfeit it.
Who does not thank for little will not thank for much.


Get down on your knees and thank God you are on your feet.
— Irish proverb

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When eating bamboo sprouts, remember the man who planted them.
— Chinese proverb

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Gratitude is a burden, and all burdens are made to be cast off.
It takes a great nature to bear the weight of a great gratitude.
Next to ingratitude the most painful thing to bear is gratitude.
I had no shoes and complained, until I met a man who had no feet.

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Gratitude, like love, is never a dependable international emotion.
If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.


Friendships begin with liking or gratitude—roots that can be pulled up.


Wear gratitude like a cloak and it will feed every corner of your life.
One single grateful thought raised to heaven is the most perfect prayer.


Silent gratitude isn't very much use to anyone who has done a lot for you.
Sometimes we need to remind ourselves that thankfulness is indeed a virtue.
Envy is the art of counting the other fellow's blessings instead of your own.


When you live with constant gratitude, your life will become a living prayer.
Gratitude is a dialysis of sorts. It flushes the self-pity out of our systems.
Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others.
The gratitude of most men is merely a secret desire to receive greater benefits.
Gratitude is a fruit of great cultivation; you do not find it among gross people.
The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables us to count our blessings.
He who receives a benefit with gratitude repays the first installment on his debt.
If the only prayer you say in your entire life is "Thank You," that would suffice.

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No one is as capable of gratitude as one who has emerged from the kingdom of night.
Gratitude is one of the least articulate of the emotions, especially when it is deep.
Give thanks for what you are now, and keep fighting for what you want to be tomorrow.
Thankful people focus less on the pillows we lack and more on the privileges we have.
Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.
He who forgets the language of gratitude can never be on speaking terms with happiness.
Gratitude is indeed a duty which we are bound to pay, but which benefactors cannot exact.
Do not blame God for having created the tiger, but thank him for not having given it wings.

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Be grateful to all men for the teachings they give, be it in understanding or in tolerance.
If you don't get everything you want, think of the things you don't get that you don't want.
God has been very good to me. I attempt to go everywhere spreading an attitude of gratitude.
When gratitude has become a matter of reasoning, there are many ways of escaping from its bonds.
Gratitude is the foundation of happiness.  So if you want to start being happy, get grateful first.


To the generous mind
The heaviest debt is that of gratitude,
When 'tis not in our power to repay it.
Blessed is he who expects no gratitude, for he shall not be disappointed. gratitude, disappointment.
To know the value of generosity, it is necessary to have suffered from the cold indifference of others.
I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought; and gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.


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

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Be glad of life because it gives you the chance to love and to work and to play and to look up at the stars.
Gratitude is a debt which usually goes on accumulating like blackmail; the more you pay, the more is exacted.
Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul; and the heart of man knoweth none more fragrant.
We ought to dance with rapture that we should be alive and in the flesh, and part of the living, incarnate cosmos.
It seems like the first law of Nature is that everybody likes to receive things, but nobody likes to feel grateful.
My wish for you
Is that you continue
To let gratitude be the pillow
Upon which you kneel to
Say your nightly prayer.


One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings.

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


To see life through the lens of death is to approach the condition of gratitude for the gift (or simply the fact) of our existence.

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There are—or there may be—
Two kinds of gratitude: The sudden kind
We feel for what we take, the larger kind
We feel for what we give.
Gratitude always leaves us looking at God and away from dread. It does to anxiety what the morning sun does to valley mist. It burns it up.


In normal life one is often not at all aware that we always receive infinitely more than we give, and that gratitude is what enriches life.


Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer. And let faith be the bridge you build to overcome evil and welcome good.


Gratitude is a sometime thing in this world. Just because you've been feeding them all winter, don't expect the birds to take it easy on your grass seed.


Sweet is the breath of vernal shower,
The bee's collected treasures sweet,
Sweet music's melting fall, but sweeter yet
The still small voice of gratitude.
When a person doesn't have gratitude, something is missing in his or her humanity.  A person can almost be defined by his or her attitude toward gratitude.
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.
Gratitude is a very pleasant sensation, both for those who feel and to those who excite it. No one who confers a favor can say with truth that they "want no thanks."  They always do.
In me, one of those flaws had proven to be a chronic restlessness; an inability to appreciate, no matter how well things were going, those blessings that were right there in front of me.


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.
In everyone's life, at some time, our inner fire goes out.  It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being.  We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.


... say something like, "Father, I want to thank You that my payday is coming. You said no good thing will You withhold, because I walk uprightly. And I believe even right now You are arranging things in my favor."


As we approach Thanksgiving—and as we experience it, and even after—I carefully maintain an attitude of gratitude. And I have changed that old saying around from "give 'till it hurts" and now I tell myself "give 'til it helps."


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.
Every acknowledgment of gratitude is a circumstance of humiliation; and some are found to submit to frequent mortifications of this kind, proclaiming what obligations they owe, merely because they think it in some measure cancels the debt.
It is necessary, then, to cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously.  And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.


The evacuation of Petersburg and Richmond, and the surrender of the principal insurgent army, give hope of a righteous and speedy peace whose joyous expression can not be restrained. In the midst of this, however, He, from Whom all blessings flow, must not be forgotten. A call for a national thanksgiving is being prepared, and will be duly promulgated.

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To be grateful for all life's the best condition for a happy life.  A joke, a good meal, a fine spring day, a work of art, a human personality, a voice, a glance—but this is not all.  For there is another kind of gratitude...the feeling that makes us thankful for suffering, for the hard and heavy things of life, for the deepening of our natures which perhaps only suffering can bring.
We have forgotten the gracious hand which has preserved us in peace and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us, and have vainly imagined in the deceitfulness of our hearts that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving Grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us.