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Famous Gratitude Quotations

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"The best thing to do with the best things in life is to give them up."
by Dorothy Day
"A proud man is seldom a grateful man, for he never thinks he gets as much as he deserves."
by Henry Ward Beecher
"The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude."
by Friedrich Nietzsche
"We did the triple, but in all honesty, I suppose we're supposed to display some gratitude. We are grateful because, you know, voted for by the people and all that, we're very happy about that but who else was going to be the best British band at the moment, you know?"
by Alex Turner
"We wanted to do something to show our gratitude. We will never forget what Sergeant Jordan did for us."
by Bobby Jones
"When it comes to life the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude."
by Anonymous
"Both abundance and lack exist simultaneously in our lives, as parallel realities. It is always our conscious choice which secret garden we will tend... 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."
by Sarah Ban Breathnach
"Don't overload Gratitude; if you do, she'll kick."
by Anonymous
"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."
by Brian Tracy
"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. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow."
by Melody Beattie
"Gratitude is the inward feeling of kindness received. Thankfulness is the natural impulse to express that feeling. Thanksgiving is the following of that impulse."
by Henry Dyke
"Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul."
by Henry Ward Beecher
"I didn't have any idea what I was gonna say...couldn't come up with the correct words... enough gratitude... enough to tell the Shelbys how I felt."
by Pat Summerall
"Revenge is a much more punctual paymaster than gratitude"
by Anonymous
"See how many are better off than you are, but consider how many are worse."
by Anonymous
"One ungrateful person, does an injury to all needy people."
by Publilius Syrus
"Next to ingratitude the most painful thing to bear is gratitude."
by Henry Ward Beecher
"If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and a man."
by Mark Twain
"I think the international outpouring of gratitude for the work Tom was doing is a wonderful thing."
by Lisa Schirch
"For today and its blessings, I owe the world an attitude of gratitude."
by Clarence E. Hodges
"I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder."
by Gilbert K. Chesterton
"Gratitude is merely the secret hope of further favors."
by Francois de La Rochefoucauld
"Gratitude is the memory of the heart."
by Italian Proverb
"Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others."
by Cicero
"As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them."
by John F. Kennedy
"Gratitude is a sickness suffered by dogs."
by Joseph Stalin
"A great many men's gratitude is nothing but a secret desire to hook in more valuable kindnesses hereafter."
by Francois de La Rochefoucauld
"All Americans and freedom-loving people around the world owe President Reagan our deepest gratitude for his strong, principled leadership that ended the Cold War and brought freedom to millions of people."
by Jim Ramstad
"Alas, how quickly the gratitude owed to the dead flows off, how quick to be proved a deceiver."
by Sophocles
"An understanding heart is everything is a teacher, and cannot be esteemed highly enough. One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feeling. 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."
by Carl Gustav Jung
"An understanding heart is everything in a teacher, and cannot be esteemed highly enough. One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feeling. 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."
by Carl Jung
"Duty is for Kant the One and All. Out of the duty of gratitude, he claims, one has to defend and esteem the ancients; and only out of duty has he become a great man."
by Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel
"Friendship based solely upon gratitude is like a photograph with time it fades."
by Carmen Sylva
"Gratitude, like love, is never a dependable international emotion."
by Joseph Alsop
"Gratitude to gratitude always gives birth."
by Sophocles
"Gratitude is the sign of noble souls."
by Aesop
"Gratitude is the most exquisite form of courtesy."
by Jacques Maritain
"Gratitude is our most direct line to God and the angels. The more we seek gratitude, the more reason the angels will give us for gratitude and joy to exist in our lives."
by Terry Lynn Taylor
"Gratitude is our most direct line to God and the angels. If we take the time, no matter how crazy and troubled we feel, we can find something to be thankful for."
by Terry Lynn Taylor
"Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others."
by Cicero
"Gratitude is born in hearts that take time to count up past mercies."
by Charles E. Jefferson
"Gratitude is a sickness, suffered by dogs."
by Joseph Stalin
"Gratitude is a sickness suffered by dogs.'"
by Josef Stalin
"Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace and gratitude."
by Denis Waitley
"I feel a very unusual sensation - if it is not indigestion, I think it must be gratitude."
by Benjamin Disraeli
"If future generations are to remember us more with gratitude than sorrow, we must achieve more than just the miracles of technology. We must also leave them a glimpse of the world as it was created, not just as it looked when we got through with it."
by Lyndon B. Johnson
"If you have no friends to share or rejoice in your success in life - if you cannot look back to those whom you owe gratitude, or forward to those to whom you ought to afford protection, still it is no less incumbent on you to move steadily in the path of duty; for your active excretions are due not only to society; but in humble gratitude to the Being who made you a member of it, with powers to save yourself and others."
by Walter Scott
"In most of mankind gratitude is merely a secret hope of further favors."
by Francois de La Rochefoucauld
"It's a sign of mediocrity when you demonstrate gratitude with moderation."
by Roberto Benigni
"Keeping your body healthy is an expression of gratitude to the whole cosmos - the trees, the clouds, everything."
by Thich Nhat Hanh
"Looking back, may I be filled with gratitude; Looking forward, may I be filled with hope; Looking upward, may I be aware of strength; Looking inward, may I find peaceā€¦"
by Anonymous
"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."
by Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton
"Our nation owes a debt of gratitude to the 9/11 Commission members for their valuable service and important recommendations to improve homeland security."
by Jim Ramstad
"Silent gratitude isn't very much use to anyone."
by Gertrude Stein
"Silent gratitude isn't very much to anyone."
by Gertrude Stein
"Silent gratitude isn't much use to anyone."
by Gladys Bronwyn Stern
"The law demands good works and uses its terror--rejection, shame, fear of punishment, unanswered prayer, personal tragedy, etc.--as motivation. Here performance is a necessity to secure the blessings and avoid the curses. Grace, on the other hand, allows us to serve on a different basis--not from fear but on the basis of love and gratitude, from appreciation and gladness for blessings freely given and freely received."
by Richard Jordan
"The public have neither shame or gratitude."
by William Hazlitt
"The reason why great men meet with so little pity or attachment in adversity, would seem to be this: the friends of a great man were made by his fortune, his enemies by himself, and revenge is a much more punctual paymaster than gratitude."
by C. C. Colton
"There are moments on most days when I feel a deep and sincere gratitude, when I sit at the open window, and there is a blue sky or moving clouds."
by Kathe Kollwitz
"There are minds so impatient of inferiority that their gratitude is a species of revenge, and they return benefits, not because recompense is a pleasure, but because obligation is a pain."
by Samuel Johnson
"There are slavish souls who carry their appreciation for favors done them so far that they strangle themselves with the rope of gratitude."
by Friedrich Nietzsche
"To the generous mind the heaviest debt is that of gratitude, when it is not in our power to repay it."
by Benjamin Franklin
"We are awed by their sacrifice and their bravery, and we want them and their families to know that they have the profound respect and gratitude of every American,"
by Tom Daschle
"We owe a deep debt of gratitude to Adam, the first great benefactor of the human race: he brought death into the world."
by Mark Twain
"When, in the decline of Life, I gratify the fond wish of my heart in retiring from public labors, and find the language of approbation and fervent prayers for future happiness following that event, my heart expands with gratitude and my feelings beco"
by George Washington
"Thankfulness is the beginning of gratitude. Gratitude is the completion of thankfulness. Thankfulness may consist merely of words. Gratitude is shown in acts."
by Henri Frederic Amiel
"No one who achieves success does so without acknowledging the help of others. The wise and confident acknowledge this help with gratitude."
by Source Unknown
"The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude. Art"
by Friedrich Nietzsche
"Charity never humiliated him who profited from it, nor ever bound him by the chains of gratitude, since it was not to him but to God that the gift was made."
by Antoine De Saint-Exupery
"A good deed is never lost. He who sows courtesy, reaps friendship; he who plants kindness, gathers love; pleasure bestowed on a grateful mind was never sterile, but generally gratitude begets reward."
by St. Basil
"Reflect on your present blessings, of which every man has many; not on your past misfortunes of which all men have some"
by Charles Dickens
"One ungrateful man does an injury to all who stand in need of aid."
by Publilius Syrus
"One can never pay in gratitude; one can only pay in kind somewhere else in life."
by Anne Morrow Lindbergh
"Nothing more detestable does the earth produce than an ungrateful man."
by Decimus Magnus Ausonius
"Many times a day I realize how much my own life is built on the labors of my fellowmen, and how earnestly I must exert myself in order to give in return as much as I have received."
by Albert Einstein
"Love is the true means by which the world is enjoyed: our love to others, and others love to us."
by Thomas Traherne
"Just because you like my stuff doesn't mean I owe you anything."
by Bob Dylan
"It is not possible to eat me without insisting that I sing praises of my devourer?"
by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
"Whatever I am offered in devotion with a pure heart -- a leaf, a flower, fruit, or water -- I accept with joy."
by Bhagavad Gita
"We think that we suffer from ingratitude, while in reality we suffer from self-love."
by Walter Savage Landor
"We count our miseries carefully, and accept our blessings without much thought."
by Chinese Proverb
"True thanksgiving means that we need to thank God for what He has done for us, and not to tell Him what we have done for Him. -"
by George R. Hendrick
"To remind a man of the good turns you have done him is very much like a reproach."
by Demosthenes
"There are minds so impatient of inferiority that their gratitude is a species of revenge, and they return benefits not because recompense is a pleasure for them, but because obligation is a pain."
by Samuel Johnson
"Thank God every morning when you get up that you have something to do that day, which must be done, whether you like it or not."
by James Russell Lowell
"Sometimes we need to remind ourselves that thankfulness is indeed a virtue."
by William John Bennett
"Some people grumble because roses have thorns; I am thankful that the thorns have roses."
by Alphonse Karr
"Remember God's bounty in the year. String the pearls of His favor. Hide the dark parts, except so far as they are breaking out in light! Give this one day to thanks, to joy, to gratitude!"
by Henry Ward Beecher
"Ingratitude is treason to mankind."
by James Thomson
"If a fellow isn't thankful for what he's got, he isn't likely to be thankful for what he's going to get."
by Frank A. Clark
"I would thank you from the bottom of my heart, but for you my heart has no bottom."
by Anon.
"I hate ingratitude more in a person; than lying, vainness, babbling, drunkenness, or, any taint of vice whose strong corruption inhabits our frail blood. Twelfth Night"
by William Shakespeare
"I had the blues because I had no shoes until upon the street, I met a man who had no feet."
by Anon.
"He receives comfort like cold porridge."
by William Shakespeare
"Gratitude: An imaginary emotion that rewards an imaginary behavior, altruism. Both imaginaries are false faces for selfishness, which is a real and honest emotion."
by Robert A. Heinlein
"Gratitude is the heart's memory."
by Proverb
"Gratitude is our most direct line to God and the angels. If we take the time, no matter how crazy and troubled we feel, we can find something to be thankful for. The more we seek gratitude, the more reason the angels will give us for gratitude and joy to exist in our lives."
by Terry Lynn Taylor
"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."
by Northrup Christiane
"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."
by Bobby Hull


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