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Gratitude, appreciation, or thankfulness is a positive emotion or attitude in acknowledgment of a benefit that one has received or will receive.


  • Nine-tenths of wisdom is appreciation. Go find somebody's hand and squeeze it, while there's time.
    • Dale Dauten Cited in: Colleen Zuck etal. (2002) Daily Word for Families, p. 167.
  • When I'm not thank'd at all, I'm thank'd enough,
    I've done my duty, and I've done no more.
    • Henry Fielding, The Life and Death of Tom Thumb the Great (1730), Act I, scene 3.
  • Gratitude is a fruit of great cultivation; you do not find it among gross people.
  • Feelings of love and gratitude arise directly and spontaneously in the baby in response to the love and care of his mother.
    • Melanie Klein (1937, p. 311) as cited in: David Mann (2013) Love and Hate: Psychoanalytic Perspectives. p. 79.
  • Do not let the empty cup be your first teacher of the blessings you had when it was full. Do not let a hard place here and there in the bed destroy your rest. Seek, as a plain duty, to cultivate a buoyant, joyous sense of the crowded kindnesses of God in your daily life.
    • Alexander Maclaren, reported in Josiah Hotchkiss Gilbert, Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895), p. 290.
  • A grateful mind
    By owing owes not, but still pays, at once
    Indebted and discharg'd.
  • Whoever does not express his gratitude to people will never be grateful to God.
    • Muhammad, reported in al-Tirmidhī, al-Ţabarānī, Musnad Ahmad, Musnad Abū Hanīfah, Musnad Abu Ya'la.
  • The gratitude of most men is but a secret desire of receiving greater benefits.
  • Your bounty is beyond my speaking;
    But though my mouth be dumb, my heart shall thank you.
  • Now the good gods forbid
    That our renowned Rome, whose gratitude
    Towards her deserved children is enroll'd
    In Jove's own book, like an unnatural dam
    Should now eat up her own!
  • Let but the commons hear this testament—
    Which, pardon me, I do not mean to read—
    And they would go and kiss dead Cæsar's wounds
    And dip their napkins in his sacred blood,
    Yea, beg a hair of him for memory,
    And, dying, mention it within their wills,
    Bequeathing it as a rich legacy
    Unto their issue.
  • Thankfulness is the tune of angels.
    • Edmund Spenser, reported in Josiah Hotchkiss Gilbert, Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895), p. 290.
  • To receive honestly is the best thanks for a good thing.
  • We can set our deeds to the music of a grateful heart, and seek to round our lives into a hymn — the melody of which will be recognized by all who come in contact with us, and the power of which shall not be evanescent, like the voice of the singer, but perennial, like the music of the spheres.
    • William Mackergo Taylor, reported in Josiah Hotchkiss Gilbert, Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895), p. 290.
  • Did you ever think of the reason why the Psalms of David have come, like winged angels, down across all the realms and ages,— why they make the key-note of grateful piety in every Christian's soul, wherever he lives? Why? Because they are so full of gratitude. " Oh, that men would praise the Lord for His goodness and for His wonderful works to the children of men!"
    • Alphonso Albert Willits, reported in Josiah Hotchkiss Gilbert, Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895), p. 290.
  • 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, Celebrations: Rituals of Peace and Prayer (2006)

Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations[edit]

Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 336-37.
  • If hush'd the loud whirlwind that ruffled the deep,
    The sky if no longer dark tempests deform;
    When our perils are past shall our gratitude sleep?
    No! Here's to the pilot that weather'd the storm!
    • George Canning, Song (on "Billy Pitt"); sung at a public dinner (May 28, 1802).
  • Gratus animus est una virtus non solum maxima, sed etiam mater virtutum omnium reliquarum.
    • A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all the other virtues.
    • Cicero, Oratio Pro Cnæo Plancio, XXXIII.
  • Gratitude is expensive.
  • The still small voice of gratitude.
  • La reconnaissance est la mémoire du cœur.
    • Gratitude is the memory of the heart.
    • Massieu to the Abbé Sicard.
  • Gratia pro rebus merito debetur inemtis.
    • Thanks are justly due for things got without purchase.
    • Ovid, Amorum (16 BC), I, 10, 43.
  • Conveniens homini est hominem servare voluptas.
    Et melius nulla quæritur arte favor.
    • It is a pleasure appropriate to man, for him to save a fellow-man, and gratitude is acquired in no better way.
    • Ovid, Epistolæ Ex Ponto, II. 9. 39.
  • Th' unwilling gratitude of base mankind!
  • Non est diuturna possessio in quam gladio ducimus; beneficiorum gratia sempiterna est.
    • That possession which we gain by the sword is not lasting; gratitude for benefits is eternal.
    • Quintus Curtius Rufus, De Rebus Gestis Alexandri Magni, VIII, 8.,11.
  • Qui gratus futurus est statim dum accipit de reddendo cogitet.
    • Let the man, who would be grateful, think of repaying a kindness, even while receiving it.
    • Seneca the Younger, De Beneficiis, II. 25.
  • I've heard of hearts unkind, kind deeds
    With coldness still returning;
    Alas! the gratitude of men
    Hath often left me mourning.

Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 785.
  • From too much love of living,
    From hope and fear set free,
    We thank with brief thanksgiving
    Whatever gods may be,
    That no life lives forever,
    That dead men rise up never;
    That even the weariest river
    Winds somewhere safe to sea.

  • "Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it." William Arthur Ward
  • "I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought; and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder." G.K. Chesterton
  • "'Enough' is a feast." Buddhist proverb
  • "If you count all your assets, you always show a profit." Robert Quillen
  • "Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things." Robert Brault
  • "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
  • "Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has plenty; not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some." Charles Dickens
  • "Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance." Eckhart Tolle
  • "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
  • "If you want to turn your life around, try thankfulness. It will change your life mightily." Gerald Good
  • "Gratitude turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow." Melody Beattie
  • "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
  • "Gratitude is a currency that we can mint for ourselves, and spend without fear of bankruptcy." Fred De Witt Van Amburgh
  • "The way to develop the best that is in a person is by appreciation and encouragement." Charles Schwab
  • "He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has." Epictetus
  • "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
  • "The deepest craving of human nature is the need to be appreciated." William James
  • "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
  • "Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn't learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn't learn a little, at least we didn't get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn't die; so, let us all be thankful." Buddha
  • "Silent gratitude isn't very much to anyone." Gertrude Stein
  • "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
  • "You cannot do a kindness too soon because you never know how soon it will be too late." Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • "When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around." Willie Nelson
  • "It is impossible to feel grateful and depressed in the same moment." Naomi Williams
  • "One can never pay in gratitude; one can only pay 'in kind' somewhere else in life." Anne Morrow Lindbergh
  • "Things turn out best for people who make the best of the way things turn out." John Wooden
  • "No one who achieves success does so without the help of others. The wise and confident acknowledge this help with gratitude." Alfred North Whitehead
  • "Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude." A.A. Milne
  • "Forget yesterday--it has already forgotten you. Don't sweat tomorrow--you haven't even met. Instead, open your eyes and your heart to a truly precious gift--today." Steve Maraboli
  • "We should certainly count our blessings, but we should also make our blessings count." Neal A. Maxwell
  • "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
  • "The only people with whom you should try to get even are those who have helped you." John E. Southard
  • "I truly believe we can either see the connections, celebrate them, and express gratitude for our blessings, or we can see life as a string of coincidences that have no meaning or connection. For me, I'm going to believe in miracles, celebrate life, rejoice in the views of eternity, and hope my choices will create a positive ripple effect in the lives of others. This is my choice." Mike Ericksen
  • "Gratitude also opens your eyes to the limitless potential of the universe, while dissatisfaction closes your eyes to it." Stephen Richards
  • "Gratitude and attitude are not challenges; they are choices." Robert Braathe
  • "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
  • "Gratitude is more of a compliment to yourself than someone else." Raheel Farooq
  • "Keep your eyes open and try to catch people in your company doing something right, then praise them for it." Tom Hopkins
  • "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
  • "This a wonderful day. I've never seen this one before." Maya Angelou

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