Gratitude Quotes

  1. “Act with kindness, but do not expect gratitude.” – Proverb
  2. “A man’s indebtedness is not virtue; his repayment is. Virtue begins when he dedicates himself actively  to the job of gratitude.” — Ruth Benedict
  3. “Ambition breaks the ties of blood, and forgets the obligations of gratitude.” – Sallust
  4. “Appreciation can make a day, even change a life. Your willingness to put it into words is all that is necessary.” — Margaret Cousins
  5. “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” — John F. Kennedy
  6. “Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation.” — Brian Tracy
  7. “Don’t pray when it rains if you don’t pray when the sun shines.” — Satchell Paige
  8. “Every professional athlete owes a debt of gratitude to the fans and management, and pays an installment every time he plays. He should never miss a payment.” — Bobby Hull
  9. “Friendship based solely upon gratitude is like a photograph; with time it fades.” — Carmen Sylva
  10. “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.” — David Steindl-Rast
  11. “Gratitude bestows reverence, allowing us to encounter everyday epiphanies, those transcendent moments of awe that change forever how we experience life and the world.” — John Milton
  12. “Gratitude changes the pangs of memory into a tranquil joy.” — Dietrich Bonhoeffer
  13. “Gratitude helps you to grow and expand; gratitude brings joy and laughter into your life and into the lives of all those around you.” — Eileen Caddy
  14. “Gratitude is a burden upon our imperfect nature, and we are but too willing to ease ourselves of it, or at least to lighten it as much as we can.” — Philip Stanhope
  15. “Gratitude is a duty which ought to be paid, but which none have a right to expect.” — Jean-Jacques Rousseau
  16. “Gratitude is one of those things that cannot be bought. It must be born with men, or else all the obligations in the world will not create it.” — Edward F. Halifax
  17. “Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul.” — Henry Ward Beecher
  18. “Gratitude is the inward feeling of kindness received. Thankfulness is the natural impulse to express that feeling. Thanksgiving is the following of that impulse.” — Henry Van Dyke
  19. “Gratitude is the most exquisite form of courtesy.” — Jacques Maritain
  20. “Gratitude is the sign of noble souls.” – Aesop
  21. “Gratitude is when memory is stored in the heart and not in the mind.” — Lionel Hampton
  22. “Gratitude isn’t a burdening emotion.” — Loretta Young
  23. “Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” — Melody Beattie
  24. “Gratitude to gratitude always gives birth.” – Sophocles
  25. “Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.” — Melody Beattie
  26. “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
  27. “Happiness is itself a kind of gratitude.” — Joseph Wood Krutch
  28. “If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, ‘thank you,’ that would suffice.” — Meister Eckhart
  29. “It’s a sign of mediocrity when you demonstrate gratitude with moderation.” — Roberto Benigni
  30. “Joy is a heart full and a mind purified by gratitude.” — Marietta McCarty
  31. “Joy is the simplest form of gratitude.” — Karl Barth
  32. “Kindness trumps greed: it asks for sharing. Kindness trumps fear: it calls forth gratefulness and love. Kindness trumps even stupidity, for with sharing and love, one learns.” — Marc Estrin
  33. “Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” — Marcel Proust
  34. “Maybe the only thing worse than having to give gratitude constantly is having to accept it.” –William Faulkner
  35. “Next to ingratitude the most painful thing to bear is gratitude.” — Henry Ward Beecher
  36. “No one who achieves success does so without acknowledging the help of others. The wise and confident acknowledge this help with gratitude.” — Alfred North Whitehead
  37. “One can never pay in gratitude: one can only pay ‘in kind’ somewhere else in life.” — Anne Morrow Lindbergh
  38. “One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings. The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child.” — Carl Jung
  39. “One of the surest evidences of friendship that one individual can display to another is telling him gently of a fault. If any other can excel it, it is listening to such a disclosure with gratitude, and amending the error.” — Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton
  40. “Thankfulness is the beginning of gratitude. Gratitude is the completion of thankfulness. Thankfulness may consist merely of words. Gratitude is shown in acts.” — Henri Frederic Amiel
  41. “The debt of gratitude we owe our mother and father goes forward, not backward. What we owe our parents is the bill presented to us by our children.” — Nancy Friday
  42. “The deepest craving of human nature is the need to be appreciated.” — William James
  43. “The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude.” — Friedrich Nietzsche
  44. “The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables us to count our blessings.” — Eric Hoffer
  45. “There is as much greatness of mind in acknowledging a good turn, as in doing it.” – Seneca
  46. “To educate yourself for the feeling of gratitude means to take nothing for granted, but to always seek out and value the kind that will stand behind the action. 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
  47. “We are told that people stay in love because of chemistry, or because they remain intrigued with each other, because of many kindnesses, because of luck. But part of it has got to be forgiveness and gratefulness.” — Ellen Goodman
  48. “When you are grateful fear disappears and abundance appears.” — Tony Robbins
  49. “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