Gratitude quotes page 3
Be grateful for whoever comes, because each has been sent as a guide from beyond.
If you have food in the refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof over head, and a place to
sleep, you are richer than 75 percent of the world. Just that - doesn't that call for some
gratitude? If you woke up this morning with more health than illness, you are more blessed
than the million who will not survive this week because of illness. If you have money in your
bank, any money in the bank, or even in your wallet, and spare change in a dish someplace,
you are among the top 8 percent of the world's wealthy. 92 percent of the people don't have
that. If you can attend a church meeting without fear, that is fear of arrest or torture or
death, you are more blessed than 3 billion people in the world. If you've never experienced
the danger of battle or the lioneliness of imprisonment or the agony of torture or the pangs of
starvation, you are ahead of 500 million people in the world today. If your parents are still
alive or still married, you are very rare - even in the United States. So, if you have the
opportunity to think as you choose to think, to worship as you choose to worship, and you
have a little bit of change in your pocket, and you've got your health, then you got someone
that cares about you. Then you have an awful lot to be grateful for. And treasuring our
divinity means being in a constant state of appreciation, looking for occasions to be joyful, to
be happy, to be in a state of gratitude. Every time I find a penny or a nickel or a dime on the
street, anytime, I bend over, I pick it up, and I say, "Thank you, God" as a reminder of the
abundance that flows into my life - when I'm just walking and breathing. Treasuring your
divinity doesn't mean not having respect for God. It means respecting the God that is always
Happiness is not what makes us grateful; it is gratefulness that makes us happy.
Talent is God-given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be
One can say this in general of men: they are ungrateful, disloyal, insincere and deceitful,
timid of danger and avid of profit. Love is a bond of obligation that these miserable creatures
break whenever it suits them to do so; but fear holds them fast by a dread of punishment
that never passes.
I have learned silence from the talkative, tolerance from the intolerant, and kindness from the
unkind. I should not be ungrateful to these teachers.
Any one thing in the creation is sufficient to demonstrate a Providence to a humble and
For me, every hour is grace. And I feel gratitude in my heart each time I can meet someone
and look at his or her smile.
When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive - to
breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love - then make that day count!
Those who have the ability to be grateful are the ones who have the ability to achieve
If the only prayer you said in your whole life was "Thank you," that would suffice.
Appreciation and gratitude are a must if you choose to become the architect of increased
happiness and your own fulfillment.
Gratitude bestows reverence, allowing us to encounter everyday epiphanies, those
transcendent moments of awe that change forever how we experience life and the world.
Silent gratitude isn't much use to anyone.
G. B. Stern
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.
Gratitude is the moral memory of mankind.
Nothing purchased can come close to the renewed sense of gratitude for having family and
If the only prayer you said was thank you, that would be enough.
Some people grumble that roses have thorns; I am grateful that thorns have roses.
If having a soul means being able to feel love and loyalty and gratitude, then animals are
better off than a lot of humans.
Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now
have was once among the things you only hoped for.
Showing gratitude is one of the simplest yet most powerful things humans can do for each
When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around.
Saying thank you is more than good manners. It is good spirituality.
The highest tribute to the dead is not grief but gratitude.
We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our
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 the most exquisite form of courtesy.
What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity.
These are but trifles, to be sure;
but, scattered along life's pathway,
the good they do is inconceivable.
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.
No one who achieves success does so without the help of others. The wise and confident
acknowledge this help with gratitude.
Alfred North Whitehead
Gratitude is when memory is stored in the heart and not in the mind.
You won't be happy with more until you're happy with what you've got.
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.