Gratitude Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old gratitude quotes, gratitude sayings, and gratitude proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Count your blessings.      

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Don't kill the goose that lays the golden egg.      

Aesop

Enough is as good as a feast.      

Sir Thomas Malory

Gratitude is the sign of noble souls.      

Aesop

He that is hard to please, may get nothing in the end.      

Aesop

If you think your bundle of clothes too heavy, try picking up your neighbor's.      

Virgin Islander (on comparable worth)

It pays to be content with your lot.      

Aesop

It pays to be nice.      

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It's the little things that count.      

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Make do with what you have.      

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Never look a gift horse in the mouth.      

John Heywood

Never take anything for granted.      

Benjamin Disraeli

Play the hand you're dealt.      

Jawahareal Nehru

Since we cannot get what we like, let us like what we can get.      

Spanish Proverb

Thanks cost nothing.      

Creole (on gratitude)

The one being carried does not realize how far away the town is.      

Nigerian (on gratitude)

When eating fruit, remember the one who planted the tree.      

Vietnamese (on gratitude)

When you drink water, remember the mountain spring.      

Chinese (on gratitude)

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

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

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

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

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

William Arthur Ward

Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.     

Melody Beattie

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

Marcel Proust

Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.      

William Arthur Ward

I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought; and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.      

G.K. Chesterton

Gratitude is a currency that we can mint for ourselves, and spend without fear of bankruptcy.      

Fred De Witt Van Amburgh

Gratitude is the completion of thankfulness. Thankfulness may consist merely of words. Gratitude is shown in acts.      

Henri Frederic Amiel

There is no such thing as gratitude unexpressed. If it is unexpressed, it is plain, old-fashioned ingratitude.     

Robert Brault

Gratitude is an art of painting an adversity into a lovely picture.     

Kak Sri

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

Gratitude is a quality similar to electricity: it must be produced and discharged and used up in order to exist at all.      

William Faulkner

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.     

Northrup Christiane

The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude.     

Friedrich Nietzsche

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 is the state of mind of thankfulness. As it is cultivated, we experience an increase in our sympathetic joy, our happiness at another's happiness. Just as in the cultivation of compassion, we may feel the pain of others, so we may begin to feel their joy as well. And it doesn't stop there.      

Stephen Levine

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

Cynthia Ozick

Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never, ever have enough.      

Oprah Winfrey

Gratitude is one of the sweet shortcuts to finding peace of mind and happiness inside. No matter what is going on outside of us, there's always something we could be grateful for.      

Barry Neil Kaufman

No one who achieves success does so without the help of others. The wise and confident acknowledge this help with gratitude.      

Alfred North Whitehead

Do not indulge in dreams of having what you have not, but reckon up the chief of the blessings you do possess, and then thankfully remember how you would crave for them if they were not yours.      

Marcus Aurelius

Gratitude goes beyond the 'mine' and 'thine' and claims the truth that all of life is a pure gift. In the past I always thought of gratitude as a spontaneous response to the awareness of gifts received, but now I realize that gratitude can also be lived as a discipline. The discipline of gratitude is the explicit effort to acknowledge that all I am and have is given to me as a gift of love, a gift to be celebrated with joy.      

Henri J.M. Nouwen

Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others.     

Cicero

Gratitude is the moral memory of mankind.      

Georg Simmel

To live a life of gratitude is to open our eyes to the countless ways in which we are supported by the world around us. Such a life provides less space for our suffering because our attention is more balanced. We are more often occupied with noticing what we are given, thanking those who have helped us, and repaying the world in some concrete way for what we are receiving.      

Gregg Krech

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

Gratitude is merely the secret hope of further favors.      

Francois de la Rochefoucauld

Gratitude is the best attitude. 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.     

Joseph Addison

To the generous mind the heaviest debt is that of gratitude, when it is not in our power to repay it.     

Benjamin Franklin

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.      

Terri Guillemets

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

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

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

Gratitude is a vaccine, an antitoxin, and an antiseptic.      

John Henry Jowett

Gratitude is one of the least articulate of the emotions, especially when it is deep.      

Felix Frankfurter

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

A man's indebtedness is not virtue; his repayment is. Virtue begins when he dedicates himself actively, to the job of gratitude.      

Ruth Benedict