Thankfulness Quotes

Everyone should be more thankful for what they have. Too often people tend to focus on what others have that they don’t. So be appreciative of your old car and don’t spend too much time wishing for that new model your neighbor just bought. Taking pride in what you have and being thankful will help make your dreams come true.

  • 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
  • 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
  • Blessings are oftentimes not valued till they are gone.–Thomas Fuller
  • Blow, blow, thou winter wind,
    Thou are not so unkind
    As man’s ingratitude.–William Shakespeare (As You Like It)
  • 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
  • Each moment a blessing of abundance, each breath a prayer of thanksgiving.–Michael Rawls
  • Eaten bread is forgotten.–Thomas Fuller
  • Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.–William Arthur Ward
  • For today and its blessings, I owe the world an attitude of gratitude.–Clarence E. Hodges
  • For what I have received may the Lord make me truly thankful. And more truly for what I have not received.–Storm Jameson (Journey from the North, v.2)
  • Giving thanks is one course from which we never graduate.–Valerie Anders
  • Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others.–Cicero
  • Gratitude is the memory of the heart.–Massieu
  • Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.–Melody Beattie
  • Gratitude takes three forms: a feeling in the heart, an expression in words, and a giving in return.–John Wanamaker
  • Hem your blessings with thankfulness so they don’t unravel.–Anonymous
  • If one could only learn to appreciate the little things…
    A song that takes you away, for there are those who cannot hear.
    The beauty of a sunset, for there are those who cannot see.
    The warmth and safety of your home, for there are those who are homeless.
    Time spent with good friends for there are those who are lonely.
    A walk along the beach for there are those who cannot walk.
    The little things are what life is all about.
    Search your soul and learn to appreciate.–Shadi Souferian

  • If “thank you” is the only prayer you say, that will be enough.–Meister Eckhart
  • If you never learned the lesson of thankfulness, begin now. Sum up your mercies; see what provision God has made for your happiness, what opportunities for your usefulness, and what advantages for your success.–Ida S. Taylor
  • 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.–Albert Schweitzer
  • It is impossible to be negative while we are giving thanks.–Donald Curtis
  • Keep a grateful journal. Every night, list five things that you are grateful for. What it will begin to do is change our perspective of your day and your life.–Oprah Winfrey
  • The more we thank God for the blessings we receive, the more we open the way for further blessings.–Betty J. Eadie
  • No duty is more urgent than that of returning thanks.–Saint Ambrose
  • No longer forward nor behind
    I look in hope or fear;
    But, grateful, take the good I find,
    The best of now and here.–John Greenleaf Whittier
  • No one is as capable of gratitude as one who has emerged from the kingdom of night.–Elie Wiesel
  • None is more impoverished than the one who has no gratitude. Gratitude is a currency that we can mint for ourselves, and spend without fear of bankruptcy.–Fred De Witt Van Amburgh
  • Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving.–W. T. Purkiser
  • Now thank we all our God,
    With hearts and hands and voices,
    Who wondrous things hath done,
    In whom his world rejoices…–Johann Cruger (Nun danket alle Gott tr. by Winkworth)
  • Of all the “attitudes” we can acquire, surely the attitude of gratitude is the most important and by far the most life-changing.–Zig Ziglar (Zig Ziglar’s Little Book of Big Quotes)
  • One can never pay in gratitude; one can pay “in kind” somewhere else in life.–Anne Morrow Lindbergh
  • One of life’s gifts is that each of us, no matter how tired and downtrodden, finds reasons for thankfulness.–J. Robert Maskin
  • Part of growing up spiritually is learning to be grateful for all things, even our difficulties, disappointments, failures and humiliations.–Mike Aquilina (Love in the Little Things: Tales of Family Life)
  • The person who has stopped being thankful has fallen asleep in life.–Robert L. Stevenson
  • The Pilgrims came to America not to accumulate riches but to worship God, and the greatest wealth they left unborn generations was their heroic example of sacrifice that their souls might be free.–Harry Moyle Tippett
  • Pride slays thanksgiving, but an humble mind is the soil out of which thanks naturally grow. A proud man is seldom a grateful man, for he never thinks he gets as much as he deserves.–Henry Ward Beecher
  • The private and personal blessings we enjoy … deserve the thanksgiving of a whole life.–Jeremy Taylor
  • Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has plenty; not on your past misfortunes of which all men have some.–Charles Dickens
  • Seeds of discouragement will not grow in the thankful heart.–Anonymous
  • A sensible thanksgiving for mercies received is a mighty prayer in the Spirit of God. It prevails with Him unspeakably.–John Bunyan
  • Silent gratitude isn’t very much to anyone.–Gertrude B. Stein
  • So often we dwell on the things that seem impossible rather than on the things that are possible. So often we are depressed by what remains to be done and forget to be thankful for all that has been done.–Marian Wright Edelman
  • Somebody saw something in you once – and that is partly why you’re where you are today. Find a way to thank them.–Don Ward
  • Sometimes our light goes out but is blown into flame by another human being. Each of us owes deepest thanks to those who have rekindled this light.–Albert Schweitzer
  • Sweet is the breath of vernal shower,
    The bee’s collected treasures sweet,
    Sweet music’s melting full, but sweeter yet
    The still small voice of gratitude.–Thomas Gray
  • Talent is God given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful.–John Wooden
  • Thanksgiving was never meant to be shut up in a single day.–Robert C. Linter
  • There is no better opportunity to receive more than to be thankful for what you already have. Thanksgiving opens the windows of opportunity for ideas to flow your way.–Jim Rohn (Jim Rohn’s Weekly E-zine, May 20, 2003)
  • Thou has given me so much… Give me one thing more, a grateful heart.–George Herbert
  • The unthankful heart … discovers no mercies; but let the thankful heart sweep through the day and. As the magnet finds the iron, so it will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings!–Henry Ward Beecher
  • We give thanks for unknown blessings already on their way.–Sacred ritual chant
  • When eating fruit, think of the person who planted the tree.–Vietnamese proverb
  • When we are grateful for the good we already have, we attract more good into our life. On the other hand, when we are ungrateful, we tend to shut ourselves off from the good we might otherwise experience.–Margaret Stortz
  • … when we choose not to focus on what is missing from our lives but are grateful for the abundance that’s present–love, health, family, friends, work, the joys of nature, and personal pursuits that bring us pleasure–the wasteland of illusion falls away and we experience heaven on earth.–Sarah Ban Brethnach
  • Who does not thank for little will not thank for much.–Estonian Proverb
  • Wise men count their blessings; fools their problems.–Unknown
  • 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 Breathnach

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