Quotes and Sayings about Gratitude



"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
(Related: Gratitude, Beginning, Completion, May, Thankfulness, Words)

"We must always remember with gratitude and admiration the first sailors who steered their vessels through storms and mists, and increased our knowledge of the lands of ice in the South."
- Roald Amundsen
(Related: Gratitude, Knowledge, Admiration, First, Storms)

"I am of the African race, and in the colour which is natural to them of the deepest dye; and it is under a sense of the most profound gratitude to the Supreme Ruler of the Universe."
- Benjamin Banneker
(Related: Gratitude, African, Race, Sense, Universe)

"I am most thankful to Almighty Providence for mercies received, and determined still to press the case into public notice as a token of gratitude."
- William Banting
(Related: Gratitude, Press, Providence, Public)

"Joy is the simplest form of gratitude."
- Karl Barth
(Related: Gratitude, Joy)

"On the recollection of so many and great favours and blessings, I now, with a high sense of gratitude, presume to offer up my sincere thanks to the Almighty, the Creator and Preserver."
- William Bartram
(Related: Gratitude, Blessings, Now, Sense)

"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
(Related: Home, Life, Gratitude, Friend, Acceptance, Chaos, Clarity, Confusion, Denial, Order)

"Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow."
- Melody Beattie
(Related: Peace, Gratitude, Vision, Past, Sense, Today, Tomorrow)

"Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul."
- Henry Ward Beecher
(Related: Gratitude, Soul)

"Next to ingratitude the most painful thing to bear is gratitude."
- Henry Ward Beecher
(Related: Gratitude, Ingratitude)

"A man's indebtedness is not virtue; his repayment is. Virtue begins when he dedicates himself actively to the job of gratitude."
- Ruth Benedict
(Related: Gratitude, Virtue, Job, Man)

"It's a sign of mediocrity when you demonstrate gratitude with moderation."
- Roberto Benigni
(Related: Gratitude, Mediocrity, Moderation)

"Gratitude changes the pangs of memory into a tranquil joy."
- Dietrich Bonhoeffer
(Related: Gratitude, Joy, Memory)

"We players understand we have the best lives in the world. We owe a debt of gratitude to all our fans, everyone who supports us."
- Bruce Bowen
(Related: Gratitude, Debt, Fans, World)

"When service members are discharged, we should express our gratitude for their profound personal sacrifice, not hand them a bill for their hospital food."
- Barbara Boxer
(Related: Food, Sacrifice, Gratitude, Service)

"America's fighting men and women sacrifice much to ensure that our great nation stays free. We owe a debt of gratitude to the soldiers that have paid the ultimate price for this cause, as well as for those who are blessed enough to return from the battlefield unscathed."
- Allen Boyd
(Related: Men, Women, Sacrifice, Gratitude, America, Cause, Debt, Fighting, Nation, Soldiers)

"It was critical to finding a way out. I had assumed young women knew the history of feminism and must have felt gratitude to the movement for the opportunities that the work we have done has afforded them."
- Betty Buckley
(Related: History, Women, Work, Gratitude, Feminism)

"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."
- Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton
(Related: Friendship, Gratitude, Error, Fault, Listening)

"The young patriots now returning from war in Iraq and Afghanistan and other deployments worldwide are joining the ranks of veterans to whom America owes an immense debt of gratitude."
- Steve Buyer
(Related: War, Gratitude, Afghanistan, America, Debt, Iraq, Now, Veterans)

"Gratitude helps you to grow and expand; gratitude brings joy and laughter into your life and into the lives of all those around you."
- Eileen Caddy
(Related: Life, Gratitude, Joy, Laughter)

"I have had friends who have acted kindly towards me, and it has been my good fortune to have it in my power to give them substantial proofs of my gratitude."
- Giacomo Casanova
(Related: Power, Gratitude, Fortune, Friends)

"When it comes to life the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude."
- Gilbert K. Chesterton
(Related: Life, Gratitude)

"I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder."
- Gilbert K. Chesterton
(Related: Happiness, Gratitude, Thought, Wonder)

"Whenever we have thanked these men and women for what they have done for us, without exception they have expressed gratitude for having the chance to help - because they grew as they served."
- Clayton Christensen
(Related: Men, Women, Gratitude, Chance, Help)

"Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others."
- Marcus Tullius Cicero
(Related: Gratitude)

"I am full of gratitude for my life - and for this house."
- Julian Clary
(Related: Life, Gratitude)

"Gratitude is a burden, and every burden is made to be shaken off."
- Denis Diderot
(Related: Gratitude, Burden)

"I extend my deepest gratitude to our Armed Forces and first responders serving both at home and abroad in the war against terrorism."
- John Doolittle
(Related: Home, War, Gratitude, First, Terrorism)

"Gratitude is the inward feeling of kindness received. Thankfulness is the natural impulse to express that feeling. Thanksgiving is the following of that impulse."
- Henry Van Dyke
(Related: Gratitude, Feeling, Kindness, Thankfulness, Thanksgiving)

"All Americans owe a debt of gratitude to Dr. King for his bravery and commitment to civil rights and nonviolence that changed this nation - and world - for the better."
- Eliot Engel
(Related: Gratitude, Americans, Bravery, Civil rights, Commitment, Debt, Nation, Nonviolence, World)

"In the New Testament, religion is grace and ethics is gratitude."
- Thomas Erskine
(Related: Religion, Gratitude, Ethics, Grace, New testament)

"I feel, as never before, how justly, from the dawn of history to the present time, men have paid the homage of their gratitude and admiration to the memory of those who nobly sacrifice their lives, that their fellow-men may live in safety and in honor."
- Edward Everett
(Related: History, Men, Time, Sacrifice, Gratitude, Admiration, Dawn, Honor, May, Memory, Present, Safety)

"Maybe the only thing worse than having to give gratitude constantly is having to accept it."
- William Faulkner
(Related: Gratitude)

"Gratitude is one of the least articulate of the emotions, especially when it is deep."
- Felix Frankfurter
(Related: Gratitude, Deep, Emotions)

"Most people return small favors, acknowledge medium ones and repay greater ones - with ingratitude."
- Benjamin Franklin
(Related: People, Favors, Ingratitude)

"The debt of gratitude we owe our mother and father goes forward, not backward. What we owe our parents is the bill presented to us by our children."
- Nancy Friday
(Related: Mother, Father, Gratitude, Children, Debt, Parents)

"Revenge is profitable, gratitude is expensive."
- Edward Gibbon
(Related: Gratitude, Revenge)

"We need to thank all of our troops, and particularly those for whom we can never express enough gratitude for they have given their lives so that all of us may be free and that our democracy can be a shining light for the rest of the world."
- Virgil Goode
(Related: Gratitude, Democracy, Light, May, Rest, Troops, World)

"Hope has a good memory, gratitude a bad one."
- Baltasar Gracian
(Related: Gratitude, Hope, Memory)

"Gratitude is one of those things that cannot be bought. It must be born with men, or else all the obligations in the world will not create it."
- Edward F. Halifax
(Related: Men, Gratitude, Will, World)

"Gratitude is when memory is stored in the heart and not in the mind."
- Lionel Hampton
(Related: Gratitude, Heart, Memory, Mind)

"The public have neither shame or gratitude."
- William Hazlitt
(Related: Gratitude, Public, Shame)

"If having a soul means being able to feel love and loyalty and gratitude, then animals are better off than a lot of humans."
- James Herriot
(Related: Love, Gratitude, Soul, Animals, Being, Loyalty)

"Everything we do should be a result of our gratitude for what God has done for us."
- Lauryn Hill
(Related: God, Gratitude, Result)

"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."
- Bobby Hull
(Related: Time, Gratitude, Management, Debt, Fans)

"Please let me assure you, however, that the keen disappointment and regret which I feel in this regard serve only to enhance my profound appreciation of the great honor which you have done me; and my sincere gratitude for your generous action."
- Cordell Hull
(Related: Gratitude, Action, Appreciation, Disappointment, Honor, Regret)

"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."
- Lyndon B. Johnson
(Related: Technology, Gratitude, Future, Generations, Miracles, Sorrow, World)

"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."
- Samuel Johnson
(Related: Gratitude, Inferiority, Benefits, Obligation, Pain, Pleasure, Revenge)

"I was an adopted child of my grandparents, and I don't know how I can ever express my gratitude for that, because my parents would have been a mess, you know."
- James Earl Jones
(Related: Gratitude, Grandparents)

"One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings. 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."
- Carl Jung
(Related: Gratitude, Soul, Feelings, Appreciation, Curriculum, Teachers)

"I owe a debt of gratitude to two other living Justices. Sandra Day O'Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg paved the way for me and so many other women in my generation. Their pioneering lives have created boundless possibilities for women in the law. I thank them for their inspiration and also for the personal kindnesses they have shown me."
- Elena Kagan
(Related: Women, Gratitude, Inspiration, Day, Debt, Law, Living, Possibilities)

"Ingratitude is the essence of vileness."
- Immanuel Kant
(Related: Ingratitude)

"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
(Related: Gratitude, Appreciation, Forget, Words)

"A person however learned and qualified in his life's work in whom gratitude is absent, is devoid of that beauty of character which makes personality fragrant."
- Hazrat Inayat Khan
(Related: Beauty, Work, Gratitude, Life, Character, Personality)

"Happiness is itself a kind of gratitude."
- Joseph Wood Krutch
(Related: Happiness, Gratitude)

"Some people have a knack of putting upon you gifts of no real value, to engage you to substantial gratitude. We thank them for nothing."
- Charles Lamb
(Related: Gratitude, People, Gifts, Nothing, Value)

"We often fancy that we suffer from ingratitude, while in reality we suffer from self-love."
- Walter Savage Landor
(Related: Fancy, Ingratitude, Reality, Self)

"We think that we suffer from ingratitude, while in reality we suffer from self-love."
- Walter Savage Landor
(Related: Ingratitude, Reality, Self)

"Assuredly, Loving Souls, you should go to God with all humility and respect, humbling yourselves in His presence, especially when you remember your past ingratitude and sins."
- Alphonsus Liguori
(Related: God, Humility, Ingratitude, Past, Respect)

"One can never pay in gratitude: one can only pay 'in kind' somewhere else in life."
- Anne Morrow Lindbergh
(Related: Life)

"Whatever may be said as to our relations to some other countries, I think the relations of this country to Spain offer no ties of gratitude or of blood."
- Henry Cabot Lodge
(Related: Gratitude, Blood, Countries, Country, May, Spain)

"On this day, so full for Americans of thoughts connected with their National Independence, we may not forget that Americans have yet other grounds for gratitude to the people of the Netherlands."
- Seth Low
(Related: Gratitude, People, Thoughts, Americans, Day, Forget, Independence, May)

"These are some of the things for which we believe the American people owe no little gratitude to the Dutch; and these are the things for which today, speaking in the name of the American people, we venture to express their heartfelt thanks."
- Seth Low
(Related: Gratitude, People, American, Name, Today)

"In aid, the proper attitude is one omitting gratitude."
- Marya Mannes
(Related: Gratitude, Attitude)

"Gratitude is the most exquisite form of courtesy."
- Jacques Maritain
(Related: Gratitude, Courtesy)

"Yes, though I have nothing but gratitude for my upbringing in the church."
- John McGahern
(Related: Gratitude, Church, Nothing)

"These are hallowed moments, when every American has reason to express his gratitude to Almighty God that it has been our good fortune to witness the light of this auspicious morn."
- Nelson A. Miles
(Related: God, Gratitude, American, Fortune, Light, Moments, Reason)

"A Christian people who have for two hundred years kept a race in bondage, deprived of the advantages of civilization and religion, owe them a debt of gratitude which it would seem ungenerous to withhold."
- Nelson A. Miles
(Related: Religion, Gratitude, People, Civilization, Christian, Debt, Race, Years)

"The willingness of America's veterans to sacrifice for our country has earned them our lasting gratitude."
- Jeff Miller
(Related: Sacrifice, Gratitude, America, Country, Veterans)

"Gratitude bestows reverence, allowing us to encounter everyday epiphanies, those transcendent moments of awe that change forever how we experience life and the world."
- John Milton
(Related: Change, Experience, Life, Gratitude, Moments, World)

"The dedication of the United States Air Force, Special Forces, and others involved in the mission to tracking down terrorists can not be matched. We express our gratitude to these men and women who defend the freedom America represents."
- Tim Murphy
(Related: Men, Women, Gratitude, America, Dedication, Force, Freedom, Mission, states, United)

"As we continue to fight the war on terror, we express our gratitude to our troops whose valor over the last three years provided freedom to the Iraqis, while protecting our liberty here at home."
- Tim Murphy
(Related: Home, War, Gratitude, Fight, Freedom, Liberty, Terror, Troops, Valor, Years)

"The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude."
- Friedrich Nietzsche
(Related: Art, Gratitude)

"There are slavish souls who carry their appreciation for favors done them so far that they strangle themselves with the rope of gratitude."
- Friedrich Nietzsche
(Related: Gratitude, Appreciation, Favors)

"This country owes them all a debt of gratitude. The down payment on that debt is making sure that we live up to Lincoln's charge: to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan."
- Dave Obey
(Related: Gratitude, Battle, Care, Country, Debt)

"The Prince, charmed with these words, and much more with the manner in which they were spoken, knew not how to show his joy and gratitude; he assured her that he loved her better than he did himself."
- Charles Perrault
(Related: Gratitude, Joy, Words)

"We feel an enormous sense of gratitude towards the American people."
- Jean-Pierre Raffarin
(Related: Gratitude, People, American, Sense)

"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."
- Jim Ramstad
(Related: Leadership, War, Gratitude, People, Americans, Freedom, President, World)

"Our nation owes a debt of gratitude to the 9/11 Commission members for their valuable service and important recommendations to improve homeland security."
- Jim Ramstad
(Related: Gratitude, Debt, Nation, Security, Service)

"Today we bury his remains in the earth as a seed of immortality. Our hearts are full of sadness, yet at the same time of joyful hope and profound gratitude."
- Joseph Ratzinger
(Related: Time, Gratitude, Hope, Earth, Immortality, Sadness, Today)

"In most of mankind gratitude is merely a secret hope of further favors."
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
(Related: Gratitude, Hope, Favors, Mankind)

"Too great haste to repay an obligation is a kind of ingratitude."
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
(Related: Haste, Ingratitude, Obligation)

"Gratitude is merely the secret hope of further favors."
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
(Related: Gratitude, Hope, Favors)

"A great many men's gratitude is nothing but a secret desire to hook in more valuable kindnesses hereafter."
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
(Related: Men, Gratitude, Desire, Nothing)

"Gratitude is a duty which ought to be paid, but which none have a right to expect."
- Jean Jacques Rousseau
(Related: Gratitude, Duty, Right)

"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."
- Antoine de Saint-Exupery
(Related: God, Gratitude, Charity)

"Ambition breaks the ties of blood, and forgets the obligations of gratitude."
- Sallust
(Related: Gratitude, Ambition, Blood)

"Christ himself wrote nothing, but furnished endless material for books and songs of gratitude and praise."
- Philip Schaff
(Related: Gratitude, Books, Christ, Nothing, Praise, Songs)

"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."
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel
(Related: Gratitude, Duty, Man)

"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
(Related: Gratitude, Cause, Deep, Light)

"There is only one thing that can form a bond between men, and that is gratitude... we cannot give someone else greater power over us than we have ourselves."
- Charles de Secondat
(Related: Power, Men, Gratitude)

"The one hit song that I have tremendous gratitude for is Boots, because it has a life of its own. It's like being identified with a brand name."
- Nancy Sinatra
(Related: Life, Gratitude, Being, Name, Song)

"Alas, how quickly the gratitude owed to the dead flows off, how quick to be proved a deceiver."
- Sophocles
(Related: Gratitude, Quick)

"Gratitude to gratitude always gives birth."
- Sophocles
(Related: Gratitude)

"Gratitude is a sickness suffered by dogs."
- Joseph Stalin
(Related: Gratitude, Dogs, Sickness)

"Gratitude is a burden upon our imperfect nature, and we are but too willing to ease ourselves of it, or at least to lighten it as much as we can."
- Philip Stanhope
(Related: Nature, Gratitude, Burden)

"Silent gratitude isn't very much to anyone."
- Gertrude Stein
(Related: Gratitude)

"I think, with never-ending gratitude, that the young women of today do not and can never know at what price their right to free speech and to speak at all in public has been earned."
- Lucy Stone
(Related: Women, Gratitude, Free speech, Public, Right, Today)

"When someone saves your life and gives you life, there's gratitude, humility; there's a time you've been so blessed you realize you've been given another chance at life that maybe you did or didn't deserve."
- Pat Summerall
(Related: Life, Time, Gratitude, Chance, Humility)

"Friendship based solely upon gratitude is like a photograph; with time it fades."
- Carmen Sylva
(Related: Friendship, Time, Gratitude)

"Our gratitude to the American people is immense and we should never be embarrassed to express it."
- Jalal Talabani
(Related: Gratitude, People, American)

"Ingratitude is treason to mankind."
- James Thomson
(Related: Ingratitude, Mankind, Treason)

"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
(Related: Gratitude, Attitude)

"God is always coming to you in the Sacrament of the Present Moment. Meet and receive Him there with gratitude in that sacrament."
- Evelyn Underhill
(Related: God, Gratitude, Present)

"We hope that, when the insects take over the world, they will remember with gratitude how we took them along on all our picnics."
- Bill Vaughan
(Related: Gratitude, Hope, Insects, Will, World)

"Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude."
- Denis Waitley
(Related: Experience, Happiness, Love, Gratitude, Grace, Living, Spiritual)

"Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it."
- William Arthur Ward
(Related: Gratitude, Feeling, Giving, Present)

"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
(Related: Success, Gratitude, Help)

"Gratitude is not only the memory but the homage of the heart rendered to God for his goodness."
- Nathaniel Parker Willis
(Related: God, Gratitude, Heart, Goodness, Memory)

"Gratitude isn't a burdening emotion."
- Loretta Young
(Related: Gratitude, Emotion)