Especially during this stressful year, it’s important to reflect on all of the blessings you have. When gathered around the Thanksgiving table, most families reserve at least a minute or two to express thankful they are and why.
And with good reason: Gratitude is something that we should be able to express on any occasion—no matter how big or small. So don’t reserve these thoughtful messages for the fourth Thursday in November.
If you’re excited about the great man your friend is marrying, write something a little special in her wedding card and cap it off with a sweet wedding quote.
Perhaps you have a dear friend going through a hard time. He would probably appreciate hearing a few kind best friend quotes. But sometimes, the right words escape us—or maybe we never really had them in the first place.
That’s why keeping a list of gratitude quotes from esteemed writers, poets, and thinkers (and even Bible verses about being thankful) on-hand is so important.
You never know when those words might provide comfort—and you might even find you need to read a few quotes about strength when life throws some trials and tribulations your way too.
“The real gift of gratitude is that the more grateful you are, the more present you become.” – Robert Holden
“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
“Showing gratitude is one of the simplest yet most powerful things humans can do for each other.” – Randy Pausch
“Gratitude is the appreciation of things that are not deserved, earned or demanded – those wonderful things that we take for granted.” – Renée Paule
“Gratitude is a currency that we can mint for ourselves, and spend without fear of bankruptcy.” – Fred De Witt Van Amburgh
“Gratitude is the sign of noble souls.” – Aesop
“Gratitude is an antidote to negative emotions, a neutralizer of envy, hostility, worry, and irritation. It is savoring; it is not taking things for granted; it is present-oriented.” – Sonja Lyubomirsky
“To speak gratitude is courteous and pleasant, to enact gratitude is generous and noble, but to live gratitude is to touch Heaven.” – Johannes Gaertner
“Gratitude turns what we have into enough.” – Anonymous
“To live a life fulfilled reflect on the things you have with gratitude.” – Jaren Davis
“Gratitude is a powerful catalyst for happiness. It’s the spark that lights a fire of joy in your soul.” – Amy Collette
“Thankfulness is the beginning of gratitude. Gratitude is the completion of thankfulness. Thankfulness may consist merely of words. Gratitude is shown in acts.” – Henri Fredric Amiel
“What can you do right now to turn your life around?? Gratitude” – The Secret
“Gratitude: A lively sense of future benefit.” – Unknown
“I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.” – G.K. Chesterton
“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.” – Wallace D. Wattles
“Stop thinking gratitude as a buy product of your circumstances and start thinking of it as a world view” – Bryan Robles
“…it is not joy that makes us grateful; it is gratitude that makes us joyful.” – David Steindl-Rast
“Gratitude is a duty which ought to be paid, but which none have a right to expect.” – Jean-Jacques Rousseau
“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity…Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.” – Melodie Beattie
“Gratitude is the most exquisite form of courtesy.” – Jacques Maritain
“You have no cause for anything but gratitude and joy.” – Buddha
“When we focus on our gratitude, the tide of disappointment goes out and the tide of love rushes in.” – Kristin Armstrong
James E. Faust said that “a grateful heart is the beginning of greatness,” and I certainly believe that that is true.
Showing how grateful we are for the guidance, support, and love of others is essential in cultivating healthy relationships and maintaining a positive outlook on the world.
“Of all the characteristics needed for both a happy and morally decent life, none surpasses gratitude. Grateful people are happier, and grateful people are more morally decent.” – Dennis Prager
“When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.” – Maya Angelou
“The trick is to be grateful when your mood is high and graceful when it is low.” – Richard Carlson
“Be grateful for what you have and stop complaining – it bores everybody else, does you no good, and doesn’t solve any problems.” – Zig Ziglar
“The root of joy is gratefulness.” – David Steindl-Rast
“I’m grateful always for this moment, the now, no matter what form it takes.” – Eckhart Tolle
“The more grateful I am, the more beauty I see.” – Mary Davis
“What you truly acknowledge truly is yours. Invite your heart to be grateful and your ‘thank you’s’ will be heard even when you don’t use words.” – Pavithra Mehta
“When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around.” – Willie Nelson
“Be grateful, not only for others, but for yourself.” – Unknown
“Joy is the simplest form of gratitude.” – Karl Barth
“A grateful mind is a great mind which eventually attracts to itself great things.” – Plato
“Gratitude is when memory is stored in the heart and not in the mind.” – Lionel Hampton
“Thou who hast given so much to me, give me one more thing… a grateful heart!” – George Herbert
“Nothing is more honorable than a grateful heart.”– Lucius Annaeus Seneca
“In our daily lives, we must see that it is not happiness that makes us grateful, but the gratefulness that makes us happy.” – Albert Clarke
Attitude of Gratitude
Developing an attitude of gratitude means more than saying a brief thank-you when someone does something nice for you. According to Psychology Today, “Gratitude is about feeling and expressing appreciation: for all we’ve received, all that we have (however little it may be), and for all that has not befallen us.”
It can change our perspective, diffuse feelings of self-pity and self-centeredness, impatience, intolerance, negative judgment, indignation, anger, or resentment. Gratitude can also increase feelings of well-being, and prompt mindfulness.
But we should also be grateful for the learning experiences and opportunities to grow that trials and difficult times have offered us.
Though it can be hard to find positivity in a negative situation, adopting an attitude of gratitude and being thankful for all things makes all the difference to your outlook, health, and relationships with others.
“When a person doesn’t have gratitude, something is missing in his or her humanity.” – Ellie Wiesel
“When you are grateful, fear disappears and abundance appears.” – Tony Robbins
“What separates privilege from entitlement is gratitude.” – Brene Brown
“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
“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
“He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.” – Epictetus
“The deepest craving of human nature is the need to be appreciated.” – William James
“As with all commandments, gratitude is a description of a successful mode of living. The thankful heart opens our eyes to a multitude of blessings that continually surround us.” – James E. Faust
“Now is no time to think of what you do not have. Think of what you can do with what there is.” – Ernest Hemingway
“Gratitude for the present moment and the fullness of life now is the true prosperity.” – Eckhart Tolle
“When it comes to life the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude.” – G.K. Chesterton
“One man may hit the mark, another blunder; but heed not these distinctions. Only from the alliance of the one, working with and through the other, are great things born.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupery
“There is a calmness to a life lived in gratitude, a quiet joy.” – Ralph H. Blum
“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
“I still miss those I loved who are no longer with me but I find I am grateful for having loved them. The gratitude has finally conquered the loss.” – Rita Mae Brown
“I’ve had a remarkable life. I seem to be in such good places at the right time. You know, if you were to ask me to sum my life up in one word, gratitude.” – Dietrich Bonhoeffer
“You cannot do a kindness too soon because you never know how soon it will be too late.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has plenty; not on your past misfortunes of which all men have some.” – Charles Dickens
“Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” – Melodie Beattie
“In ordinary life, we hardly realize that we receive a great deal more than we give, and that it is only with gratitude that life becomes rich.” – Dietrich Bonhoeffer
“Silent gratitude isn’t much use to anyone.” – G.B. Stern
Many of us only really think about being thankful at Thanksgiving. But it shouldn’t have to be a holiday for us to realize that we have so many reasons to be thankful every day.
Saying “thank you” takes just a moment, but it can help someone feel appreciated, loved, and recognized for what they do.
Say thanks with a random act of kindness – send a card containing all of the reasons you are grateful for someone’s friendship, pay a compliment, or buy a cup of coffee. Showing gratitude makes us feel good, too.
“The thankful receiver bears a plentiful harvest.” – William Blake
“I’m thankful for each and every day. We never know when time is up.” – Chuck Berry
“Thank you is the best prayer that anyone could say. I say that one a lot. Thank you expresses extreme gratitude, humility, understanding.” – Alice Walker
“Make it a habit to tell people thank you. To express your appreciation, sincerely and without the expectation of anything in return. Truly appreciate those around you, and you’ll soon find many others around you. Truly appreciate life, and you’ll find that you have more of it.” – Ralph Marston
“We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.” – Thornton Wilder
“Be thankful for problems. If they were less difficult, someone with less ability might have your job.” – Jim Lovell
“The unthankful heart discovers no mercies; but the thankful heart will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings.” – Henry Ward Bleecher
“There’s no happier person than a truly thankful, content person.” – Joyce Meyer
“We can always find something to be thankful for, and there may be reasons why we ought to be thankful for even those dispensations which appear dark and frowning.” – Albert Barnes
“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
“If you can’t reward then you should thank.” – Arabic Proverb
“Opening your eyes to more of the world around you can deeply enhance your gratitude practice.” – Derrick Carpenter
“If you are really thankful, what do you do? You share.” – W. Clement Stone
“There is always, always, always something to be thankful for.” – Unknown
“Sometimes we need to remind ourselves that thankfulness is indeed a virtue.” – William Bennett
“Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving. “ – W.T. Purkiser
“Being thankful is not always experienced as a natural state of existence, we must work at it, akin to a type of strength training for the heart.” – Larissa Gomez
“Being thankful not only shows good manners, but a simple expression of thankfulness can go a long way in relationships and communication with others. It not only enhances our own lives, but makes other people feel appreciated.” – Daniella Whyte
“Some people are always grumbling because roses have thorns; I am thankful that thorns have roses.” – Alphonse Karr
“Let me encourage you to get up every day and focus on what you do have in life. Be thankful for the blessings of the little things, even when you don’t get what you expect.” – Victoria Osteen
“Live your life so that the fear of death can never enter your heart. When you arise in the morning, give thanks for the morning light. Give thanks for your life and strength. Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living. And if perchance you see no reason for giving thanks, rest assured the fault is in yourself.” – Tecumseh Shawnee Chief
Appreciation is defined as “recognition and enjoyment of the good qualities of someone or something.”
So many of us appreciate the things we are fortunate enough to have, the people we meet, and the things we are able to do – but we don’t always show our gratitude for them.
These quotes are all about appreciating the positive things in life and the good people who surround us! Share your favorite and show your appreciation today.
“Appreciate the plant that grows in your balcony only for you.” – Vineet Raj Kapoor
“‘Enough’ is a feast.” – Buddhist Proverb
“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
“What makes me happy is the appreciation of people around me.” – Nadia Comaneci
“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 are people to appreciate and enjoy it.” – Michael Josephson
“When you have something use it with appreciation before you lose it and always remember those who don’t have it.” – Mary Uwamahoro
“Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.” – Robert Brault
“Change your expectation for appreciation and the world changes instantly.” – Tony Robbins
“By appreciation, we make excellence in others our own property.” – Voltaire
“The way to develop the best that is in a person is by appreciation and encouragement.” – Charles Schwab
“The deepest craving of human nature is the need to be appreciated.” – William James
“Appreciation is the highest form of prayer, for it acknowledges the presence of good wherever you shine the light of your thankful thoughts.” – Alan Cohen
“Love those who appreciate you, and appreciate those who love you.” – Connor Chalfant
“Instead of being impatient because you have to wait for something, be grateful for the extra time you have now to notice and appreciate your surroundings.” – Danielle Tinning
“Maybe being grateful means recognizing what you have for what it is. Appreciating small victories. Admiring the struggle it takes to simply be human.”– Meredith Grey, Grey’s Anatomy
“Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.” – Eckhart Tolle
“You won’t be happy with more until you’re happy with what you’ve got.” – Viki King
“If you do not appreciate every day of your life, who said that the days and years will be an asset for the future?” – Sunday Adelaja
“Most people are unhappy because they’re focused on what they want rather than appreciating what they have.” – Marty Rubin
Hopefully these gratitude quotes have inspired you to look for ways to be grateful in your own life. Being thankful and appreciative is the first step to feeling blessed and being blessed.
If you have your own gratitude quotes to share that weren’t included in our list, please feel free to share them in the comments below. We’d be extremely grateful!