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89 Gratitude Quotes and Sayings About Appreciating Your Life

Gratitude Quotes and Sayings About Appreciating Your Life

Our latest collection of gratitude quotes on Everyday Power Blog.

So often, we want to express our gratitude and appreciation for what others have done for us – but we just don’t have the words. We have the feelings and a need to be thankful, but the words fail us. In light of this dilemma, here is a list of 100 gratitude quotes, that surely the authors would not mind you borrowing in the means of truly expressing your thanks to others.

 

Inspirational Gratitude Quotes About Being Thankful

1.) “Appreciation can make a day, even a life. Your willingness to put it into words is all that is necessary.”

2.) “No duty is more urgent than that of returning thanks.”  –James Allen

3.) “Give thanks for a little and you will find a lot.” – Hansa Proverb

4.) “The only people with whom you should try to get even are those who have helped you.” –John E Southard

5.) “We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.” –Thornton Wilder

6.) “It’s the recognition that other people’s problems, their pain and frustrations, are every bit as real as our own – often far worse. In recognizing this fact and trying to offer some assistance, we open our hearts and greatly enhance our sense of gratitude.” – Richard Carlson

7.) “Saying thank you is more than good manners. It is good spirituality.” –Alfred Painter

8.) “Appreciation is a wonderful thing. It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.” -Voltaire

gratitude quotes unusual sensation9.) “The essence of all beautiful art is gratitude.” –Friedrich Nietzche

10.) “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

11.) “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

12.) “The roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation for goodness.” –Dalai Lama

13.) “Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.” – Cicero

14.) “We live in deeds, not years; in thoughts, not figures on a dial.  We should count time by heart-throbs.  He most lives who thinks most, feels the noblest, acts the best.” – Phillip James Bailey

15.) “Gratitude isn’t a burdening emotion.” –Loretta Young

16.) “Feeling gratitude, and not expressing it, is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” –William Arthur Ward

17.) “Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson

18.) “In everything, give thanks.” –1 Thessalonians 5:18

gratitude quotes duty thanks19.) “Silent gratitude isn’t much to anyone.” – Gertrude Stein

20.) “Thankfulness is the beginning of gratitude. Gratitude is the completion of thankfulness. Thankfulness may consist merely of words. Gratitude is shown in acts.” –Henri Frederic Amiel

21.) “I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.” –GK Chesteron

22.) “If you want to turn your life around, try thankfulness. It will change your life mightily.” –Gerald Good

23.) “Forget injuries, never forget kindnesses.” –Confucius

 

Quotes About Appreciation

24.) “A good life is when you smile often, dream big, laugh a lot and realize how blessed you are for what you have.”

25.) “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

26.) “Gratitude is a duty which ought to be paid, but which none have a right to expect.” –Jean-Jacques Rousseau

27.) “No one who achieves success does so without acknowledging the help of others. The wise and confident acknowledge this help with gratitude.” –Alfred North Whitehead

28.) “We would worry less if we praised more. Thanksgiving is the enemy of discontent and dissatisfaction.” –H.A. Ironside

29.) “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 Breathnack

gratitude quotes life grow30.) “Now and then it’s good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy.” – Guillaume Apollinaire

31.) “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

32.) “When a person doesn’t have gratitude, something is missing in his or her humanity.” –Elie Wiesel

33.) “Thank you’ is the best prayer that anyone could say. I say that one a lot. Thank you expresses extreme gratitude, humility, and understanding.” –Alice Walker

34.) “Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” –Melody Beattie

35.) “Bad things do happen; how I respond to them defines my character and the quality of my life. I can choose to sit in perpetual sadness, immobilized by the gravity of my loss, or I can choose to rise from the pain and treasure the most precious gift I have—life itself.” – Walter Anderson

36.) “It is a sign of mediocrity when you demonstrate gratitude with moderation.” –Roberto Benigni

37.) “Life is an echo. What you send out, comes back. What you sow, you reap. What you give, you get. What you see in others, exists in you. Remember, life is an echo. It always gets back to you. So give goodness. ” – Unknown

38.) “Gratitude is the most exquisite form of courtesy.” –Jacques Maritain

39.) “The way to develop the best that is in a person is by appreciation and encouragement.” –Charles Schwab

40.) “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.” – Melody Beattie

gratitude quotes have less41.) “If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.” –Meister Eckhart

 

Quotes About Being Grateful

42.) “Gratitude is absolutely the way to bring more into your life.”

43.) “Gratitude is riches. Complaint is poverty.” –Doris Day

44.) “Don’t waste your time on things that you think you want because there is always someone out there who needs it much more than you could ever possibly know.”

45.) “Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing.” – Oscar Wilde

46.) “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 is people to appreciate and enjoy it.” –Michael Josephson

47.) “Gratitude is a currency that we can mint for ourselves, and spend without fear of bankruptcy.” –Fred De Witt Van Amburgh

48.) “Let us be grateful to people who make us happy.” –Marcel Proust

49.) “Giving is an expression of gratitude for our blessings.” –Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen

50.) “The deepest craving of human nature is the need to be appreciated.” –William James

51.) “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

gratitude quotes forget52.) “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

53.) “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

54.) “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.” –Frank A. Clark

55.) “If you want to turn your life around, try thankfulness. It will change your life mightily.” –Gerald Good

56.) “Some people are always grumbling because roses have thorns; I am thankful that thorns have roses.” –Alphonse Karr

57.) “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

58.) “Appreciation is a wonderful thing: It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.” –Voltaire

59.) “When it comes to life the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude.” –Gilbert K. Chesterton

60.) “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

61.) “He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.”—Epictetus

 

More Gratitude Quotes

62.) “…And why of all the attitudes you can acquire, it’s the attitude of gratitude that can be the most important and life-changing.”

63.) “It is impossible to feel grateful and depressed in the same moment.” –Naomi Williams

64.) “None of those material possessions do anything to make your life any better… I know a lot of people who have a lot of everything, and they’re absolutely the most miserable people in the world.  So it won’t do anything for you unless you’re a happy person and can have peace with yourself.” – Lenny Kravitz

gratitude quotes where you used to be65.) “Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others.” – Cicero

66.) “The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.” – Oscar Wilde

67.) “We need to regularly stop and take stock; to sit down and determine within ourselves which things are worth valuing and which things are not; which risks are worth the cost and which are not. Even the most confusing or hurtful aspects of life can be made more tolerable by clear seeing and by choice.” – Epictetus

68.) “Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.” – Mark Twain

69.) “A tree is known by its fruit; a man by his deeds. A good deed is never lost; he who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love.” – Saint Basil

70.) “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.” –Harold Kushner

71.) “Gratitude is something of which none of us can give too much.  For on the smiles, the thanks we give, our little gestures of appreciation, our neighbors build their philosophy of life.” – A. J. Cronin

72.) “If we magnified blessings as much as we magnify disappointments, we would all be much happier.” – John Wooden

73.) “It isn’t what you have in your pocket that makes you thankful, but what you have in your heart.” – Author Unknown

74.) “Gratitude doesn’t change the scenery. It merely washes clean the glass you look through so you can clearly see the colors.” – Richelle E. Goodrich

75.) “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

76.) “So, let us all be thankful.”- Buddha

77.) “No duty is more urgent than that of returning thanks.” – James Allen

78.) “You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

gratitude quotes deserve79.) “You can’t live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you.” – John Wooden

80.) “Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.” – Lao Tzu

81.) “How easily we can forget how precious life is!  So long as we can remember, we’ve just been here, being alive.  Unlike other things for which we have a good comparison– black to white, day to night, good to bad– we are so immersed in life that we can see it only in the context of itself.  We don’t see life as compared to anything, to not-being, for example, to never having been born.  Life just is. But life itself is a gift.  It’s a compliment just being born: to feel, breathe, think, play, dance, sing, work, and make love, for this particular lifetime.  Today, let’s give thanks for life.  For life itself. For simply being born!” – Daphne Rose Kingma

82.) “Each day I am thankful for: Nights that turned into mornings; Friends that turned into family; Dreams that turned into reality; and likes that turned into love.”

 

Did you see your favorite gratitude quotes here?

There’s nothing to be lost with having a thankful attitude. Never forget to utter a little ‘thanks’, even when life seems unreasonable. For it is when we have an attitude of gratitude that we are given more to bless others.

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