25 Inspiring Quotes About Gratitude

Thank You

American philosopher William James once observed that “the deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated.”

This season of thanks is the perfect time to express gratitude and appreciation for the people who’ve had the greatest positive impact in your life. Take a moment to thank those close to you (the kind of people we often appreciate but don’t always recognize) — like parents, siblings, spouses, partners, and loyal friends.

Did you know gratitude has health benefits, too? It can lower your stress levels, boost your confidence, improve your sense of self, and most importantly, strengthen your relationships with others. Today and everyday, why not make gratitude a habit!

We’ve gathered 25 of our favorite quotes on gratitude. Do you have one to share? Post it on our Facebook page!

  1. “The way to develop the best that is in a person is by appreciation and encouragement.”Charles Schwab
  2. “Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.”William Arthur Ward
  3. “Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” Marcel Proust
  4. “Gratitude is a currency that we can mint for ourselves, and spend without fear of bankruptcy.” Fred De Witt Van Amburgh
  5. “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.” Epicurus
  6. “Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.”Robert Brault
  7. “When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around.” Willie Nelson
  8. “We should certainly count our blessings, but we should also make our blessings count.”Neal A. Maxwell
  9. “If you want to turn your life around, try thankfulness. It will change your life mightily.”Gerald Good
  10. “You cannot do a kindness too soon because you never know how soon it will be too late.”Ralph Waldo Emerson
  11. “Gratitude also opens your eyes to the limitless potential of the universe, while dissatisfaction closes your eyes to it.” Stephen Richards
Giving thanks with a flower
  1. “Gratitude and attitude are not challenges; they are choices.” Robert Braathe
  2. “They both seemed to understand that describing it was beyond their powers, the gratitude that spreads through your body when a burden gets lifted, and the sense of homecoming that follows, when you suddenly remember what it feels like to be yourself.”Tom Perrotta
  3. “Gratitude is more of a compliment to yourself than someone else.” Raheel Farooq
  4. “In life, one has a choice to take one of two paths: to wait for some special day — or to celebrate each special day.” Rasheed Ogunlaru
  5. If you count all your assets, you always show a profit.” Robert Quillen
  6. “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
  7. “Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.” Eckhart Tolle
  8. “No one who achieves success does so without the help of others. The wise and confident acknowledge this help with gratitude.” Alfred North Whitehead
  9. “If you want to turn your life around, try thankfulness. It will change your life mightily.”Gerald Good
  10. “Gratitude turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity…it makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” Melody Beattie
  11. “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
  12. “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.” Dietrich Bonhoeffer
  13. “Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer. And let faith be the bridge you build to overcome evil and welcome good.” Maya Angelou
  14. “If the only prayer you said was thank you, that would be enough.” Meister Eckhart
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