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Thank you quotes 

By: Susan Dugdale  Last modified: 03-20-2019 First published: 01-01-2009

- 38 quotations to help you say "thank you" meaningfully

These thank you quotes come from many sources.

It's my hope you'll find the collection useful for picking out a special phrase, or two, to include in either a note or a speech.

I've found a quotation is a great alternative to a long string of: "Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you ..." which becomes tediously boring to listen to, or read, especially if you have a long list of people to acknowledge. After all any word said over, and over again, tends to lose its initial impact and meaning!

A well-chosen quotation will help keep your thanks interesting to listen to, as well as meaningful for the first, and last person, on your list.

How to use a quotation in your speech 

Below the quotes, near the bottom of the page, you'll find an example showing how to work one neatly into your text.


38 thank you quotations

Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.

Mark Twain


The only people with whom you should try to get even are those who have helped you.

John E. Southard  


I can no other answer make but, thanks, and thanks.

William Shakespeare (Twelfth Night)


Thank you, dear God, for this good life and forgive us if we do not love it enough. Thank you for the rain. And for the chance to wake up in three hours and go fishing: I thank you for that now, because I won’t feel so thankful then.  - Garrison Keillor


Silent gratitude isn't much use to anyone.

G.B. Stern


One can pay back the loan of gold, but one dies forever in debt to those who are kind.

Malayan Proverb


What we do for ourselves dies with us. What we do for others and the world remains and is immortal. 

Albert Pine 


We cannot do great things on this Earth, only small things with great love.

Mother Teresa



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


If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, "thank you," that would suffice. 

Meister Eckhart


I thank you God for this most amazing day, for the leaping greenly spirits of trees, and for the blue dream of sky and for everything which is natural, which is infinite, which is yes.  - e. e. cummings


Hem your blessings with thankfulness so they don't unravel.

Author Unknown


The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude.

Friedrich Nietzsche



The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables us to count our blessings.

Eric Hoffer


Help with a business thank you speech

Are you sweating over a business or professional thank you speech? One thanking your colleagues for a job well done?

Here's a cracker (a good one) to use as a template. It's utterly adaptable. Takes bits out, flick bits in ... until you have it sorted.
Get to it:  business thank you speech.


Saying “thank you” creates love.

Daphne Rose Kingma


No duty is more urgent than that of returning thanks.

Author Unknown


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


Saying thank you is more than good manners. It is good spirituality.

Alfred Painter


Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others.

Cicero



Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.

Marcel Proust


The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.

Oscar Wilde


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

Margaret Cousins


There are no shortcuts to any place worth going. You made a difference. Thank-you so much.

Author Unknown


He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.

Epictetus


It is impossible to feel grateful and depressed in the same moment.

Naomi Williams



The roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation.

Dalai Lama


Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for a kindness.

Seneca


The best kind of giving is thanksgiving.

GK Chesterton


Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.

William Arthur Ward


Gratitude creates the most wonderful feeling. It can resolve disputes. It can strengthen friendships. And it makes us better men and women.

Gordon B. Hinckley


Give thanks for a little and you will find a lot.

Hausa proverb (Nigeria)



A word of encouragement during a failure is worth more than an hour of praise after success.

Author Unknown


Appreciate everything your associates do for the business. Nothing else can quite substitute for a few well-chosen, well-timed, sincere words of praise. They're absolutely free and worth a fortune.  - Sam Walton


The cheapest gift I have to give is kindness, and it is the best.

Bob Kerry


God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today.
Have you used one to say ‘thank you?’ 

William Arthur Ward


Let us be thankful for the fools. But for them the rest of us could not succeed. 

Mark Twain


I’m thankful for my struggle because without it I wouldn’t have stumbled across my strength.

Anonymous



Just a 'thank you' is a mighty powerful prayer. Says it all. 

Rosie Cash

Getting from thank you quote to speech

Obviously you can either use the quotes as they are, or adapt them to suit your purpose!

However, whatever you choose to do with them do acknowledge the person whose words you're using.

Most of these quotations are well known. If you don't use the person's name people may think you're trying to pass their words off as your own. That could be awkward, embarrassing or even damaging for you.

Example of how to use a quote in a speech

Here's quote number 5 integrated into part of a "thank you" speech to illustrate. I've used it as the reason leading to thanking three people for their support. 

"The English writer G.B. Stern said  "Silent gratitude isn't much use to anyone" and I agree with her.

I want to shout my thanks out loud. I want everyone to know and hear how much the support of Tom, Brad and Harry means to me. But more than that, I want them to know.

Tom you were there for me 200%. You shared your expertise and time unstintingly. 

Brad, we've been mates since kindergarten. You give me that rare combination of loyalty, humor and honesty. You keep me on track, laughing and true - a real friend.

Harry, you're a marvel. Patient and practical. You listen, you understand and find solutions where others would only see problems."

More help

Do you need a hand to write your appreciation speech?

Thank you speech help



Here's help on how to prepare a general appreciation thank you speech. You'll find guidance, a template and an example speech. The information here is adaptable. Use it to say thank you for an award, a party, a promotion ... 


Business thank you speech



And here's the link to that very flexible business thank you speech template mentioned above.


Thank You Quotes and Sayings



Welcome to our collection of thank you quotes and sayings.

Saying thanks to somene can be tricky. Sometimes the words just don't come out right.

Thankfully, we don't all have to be poets. We've got a the collective wisdom of poets, philosophers, politicians (the wise ones), and comedians to draw from.

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Are we missing a great thank you quote? Add your favorite at the bottom of this page!



Famous Thank You Quotes



"As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them."

JFK




"Unselfish and noble actions are the most radiant pages in the biography of souls."

David Thomas




"Whenever you are to do a thing, though it can never be known but to yourself, ask yourself how you would act were all the world looking at you, and act accordingly."

Thomas Jefferson




"We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give."

Winston Churchill




"The only people with whom you should try to get even are those who have helped you."

John E. Southard




"I can no other answer make, but, thanks, and thanks."

William Shakespeare




"Hem your blessings with thankfulness so they don't unravel."

Author Unknown




"There are big ships and small ships. But the best ship of all is friendship."

Anonymous




"I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder."

G.K. Chesterton




"You must be the change you wish to see in the world."

Gandhi




"How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a weary world."

William Shakespeare




"The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention."

Oscar Wilde




"Something that has always puzzled me all my life is why, when I am in special need of help, the good deed is usually done by somebody on whom I have no claim."

William Feather




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

G.K. Chesterton




"What doesn't kill us makes us stronger."

Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche




"You can do anything, but not everything."

David Allen




"I awoke this morning with devout thanksgiving for my friends, the old and the new."

Ralph Waldo Emerson



 

Thank You Quotes for Friends



"We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures."

Thornton Wilder




"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


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Wedding Thank You Quotes



"Don’t cry because its over, smile because it happened!"

Dr Seuss




"How beautiful a day can be, when kindness touches it!"

George Elliston


-- Read 23 More Wedding Thank You Quotes --

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Looking for the best quotes about being thankful? We’ve compiled a list of top 60 “be thankful” quotes and thankfulness sayings.

60 Thankful Quotes And Thankfulness Sayings


60

“When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light, for your life, for your strength. Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason to give thanks, the fault lies in yourself.” – Tecumseh


59

“If you are really thankful, what do you do? You share.” – W. Clement Stone


58

“Every morning, I wake up and think about 10 different things I’m thankful for, and I continue to spread that love throughout the day, always visualizing, meditating, and growing.” – Shameik Moore


57

“It’s important you stay professional and keep working, and I’m thankful for everything that’s happened to me.” – Dele Alli


56

“Be thankful for everything that happens in your life; it’s all an experience.” – Roy T. Bennett


55

“Never take anything for granted.” – Benjamin Disraeli


54

“He enjoys much who is thankful for little.” – Thomas Secker


53

“I have a lot to be thankful for. I am healthy, happy and I am loved.” – Reba McEntire


52

“We can always find something to be thankful for, and there may be reasons why we ought to be thankful for even those dispensations which appear dark and frowning.” – Albert Barnes


51

“The unthankful heart discovers no mercies; but the thankful heart will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings.” – Henry Ward Beecher


50

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


49

“The trick is to be grateful when your mood is high and graceful when it is low.” – Richard Carlson


48

“I’m thankful to be breathing, on this side of the grass. Whatever comes, comes.” – Ron Perlman


47

“I’ve started to look at life differently. When you’re thanking God for every little you – every meal, every time you wake up, every time you take a sip of water – you can’t help but be more thankful for life itself, for the unlikely and miraculous fact that you exist at all.” – A.J. Jacobs


46

“I’m so thankful for that struggling period. That time is really great where you have no idea what’s going to happen.” – Abbi Jacobson


45

“I’m thankful for each and every day. We never know when time is up.” – Chuck Berry


44

“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


43

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


42

“The thankful receiver bears a plentiful harvest.” – William Blake


41

“Be thankful for problems. If they were less difficult, someone with less ability might have your job.” – Jim Lovell


40

“Sometimes we need to remind ourselves that thankfulness is indeed a virtue.” – William Bennett


39

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


38

“I’m thankful to God that my life changed, but I’m also still on my grind.” – Tory Lanez


37

“I’m just thankful I’m surrounded by good people.” – Jon Pardi


36

“I’m thankful for every moment.” – Al Green


35

“Whatever life throws at me I’ll take it and be grateful for it as well.” – Tom Felton


34

“Let us be grateful to the mirror for revealing to us our appearance only.” – Samuel Butler


33

“Gratitude is the sign of noble souls.” – Aesop


32

“Thank you for life, and all the little ups and downs that make it worth living.” – Travis Barker


31

“Be thankful we’re not getting all the government we’re paying for.” – Will Rogers


30

“I’m thankful I grew up the way I did. It made me a hard worker and insightful to other people’s lives.” – Rachel Roy


29

“Of all the characteristics needed for both a happy and morally decent life, none surpasses gratitude. Grateful people are happier, and grateful people are more morally decent.” – Dennis Prager


28

“I’m grateful for always this moment, the now, no matter what form it takes.” – Eckhart Tolle


27

“There’s no happier person than a truly thankful, content person.” – Joyce Meyer


26

“Joy is the simplest form of gratitude.” – Karl Barth


25

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


24

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


23

“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


22

“I am what I am, I’m doing very well in my life, and I’m thankful to God for that.” – LL Cool J


21

“Let me encourage you to get up every day and focus on what you do have in life. Be thankful for the blessings of the little things, even when you don’t get what you expect.” – Victoria Osteen


20

“When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around.” – Willie Nelson


19

“Gratitude changes the pangs of memory into a tranquil joy.” – Dietrich Bonhoeffer


18

“Be true to yourself, help others, make each day your masterpiece, make friendship a fine art, drink deeply from good books – especially the Bible, build a shelter against a rainy day, give thanks for your blessings and pray for guidance every day.” – John Wooden


17

“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


16

“I do believe that God blessed me in life with a wonderful family, a successful career, and a loving marriage, and remain thankful for that blessing.” – Bonnie Tyler


15

“I’m just thankful for everything, all the blessings in my life, trying to stay that way. I think that’s the best way to start your day and finish your day. It keeps everything in perspective.” – Tim Tebow


14

“I was given such a great gift. It’s a miracle that never stops amazing me and reminding me to give thanks, every day. Having a wife and daughter gives me a lot more purpose. I was much more selfish before, but now I think about what kind of role model I’ll be. I just want to be a better man.” – Jake Owen


13

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


12

“I am thankful the most important key in history was invented. It’s not the key to your house, your car, your boat, your safety deposit box, your bike lock or your private community. It’s the key to order, sanity, and peace of mind. The key is ‘Delete.” – Elayne Boosler


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“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


10

“If you suffer, thank God! It is a sure sign that you are alive.” – Elbert Hubbard


9

“I feel grateful because I have a lot of love in my life. I found the person I’m sharing my life with. I have a good man.” – Gisele Bundchen


8

“I am going to spend my time today just thanking the people that played a role in my career, because I truly do believe that I was blessed by a lot of people that paths crossed mine as I went down the road in my career.” – Nolan Ryan


7

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


6

“I wouldn’t change anything. I’ve made mistakes, but thanks to those mistakes, I’ve learned.” – Enrique Iglesias


5

“I’m really thankful and complimented when people come to me and say, thank you for the great times for all these years. But I don’t think about it as being a leader.” – Bill Kreutzmann


4

“I’m just thankful to have a tour and work something I can focus on.” – Jerry Cantrell


3

“I’m thankful because all the hard work and sacrifices were worth it in the end.” – WizKid


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“I want to thank you for the profound joy I’ve had in the in the thought of you.” – Rosie Alison


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“I am thankful that there are those among us who have sacrificed dearly on behalf of us. And I ardently pray to God that I might be less like myself and more like them.” – Craig D. Lounsbrough

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Being thankful and expressing your gratitude is an important part of being happy in life. Thank you quotes may just be simple words however it can create a great impact. The words and messages in these appreciation quotes and sayings can help express your thoughts of gratitude and are a great reminder for us all.

Appreciation is a thank you or a recognition of something that someone has done for you. Send a short message of thanks for that something and include one of the short inspiring quotes to express your gratefulness.

Being thankful can make us happy and at the same time, we can learn to appreciate the things that we have. Sometimes we feel that we don’t have much, however, we must also realize that there are some people out there who would like to trade places with us. These thank you quotes will be a reminder to us that we have a lot of things that we have to thank for:

“Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” – Marcel Proust tweet

“There is always, always, always something to be thankful for.” tweet

God doesn’t give us what we can handle, God helps us handle what we are given. tweet

If you haven’t all the things you want, be grateful for the things you don’t have that you wouldn’t want. tweet

Thank you so much for being the one person I could talk to. Thank you for never leaving my side through the tough and ugly times. Thank you for being my rock. Thank you for being understanding. Thank you for being patient, kind, friendly. Thank you for accepting me for who I was, and looking on the inside, not the outside.
But most of all…thank you for loving me- like no one else ever has, or ever will.

  • “One man may hit the mark, another blunder; but heed not these distinctions. Only from the alliance of the one, working with and through the other, are great things born.”
    – Antoine de Sainte-Exupery
  • “Now is no time to think of what you do not have. Think of what you can do with what there is.”
    – Ernest Hemingway
  • “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” -JFK
  • “You cannot do a kindness too soon because you never know how soon it will be too late.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • Thank you for being there when I needed you the most. Thank you for helping me through all those tough times in life. Thank you for being such a good friend no matter what I did, but most of all, thank you for being you.
  • “Never let the things you want make you forget the things you have.” -Anonymous
  • “The real gift of gratitude is that the more grateful you are, the more present you become.” -Robert Holden
  • “A moment of gratitude makes a difference in your attitude.” -Bruce Wilkinson
  • It’s amazing how two words that mean so much can seem so little. If I could show you how much your presence in my life means to me, the simple phrase of ‘thank you’ would pale and diminish in the sheer enormity of the gratitude I owe.
  • “When we focus on our gratitude, the tide of disappointment goes out and the tide of love rushes in.” -Kristin Armstrong
  • Thank you for showing me that there are people like you in this world.

  • “Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues but the parent of all others.” -Cicero
  • “It is not joy that makes us grateful; it is gratitude that makes us joyful.”-David Steinall-Rast
  • Thank you for being you. Accepting me in all ways, making me happy when I’m sad and thanks for all the pain that you removed from me. Thanks to God because he sent you to me. <3
  • “Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgiving, turn routine jobs into joy and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” -William Arthur Ward
  • “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

Gratitude Quotes to Help You Really Say Thank You

Here is a collection of only the most famous thank you quotes we could find. Learning to be thankful and regularly expressing gratitude is an important part of being happy. Being thankful gives us an appreciation for what we have. Even when you don’t feel like you have much to be thankful for, realize that there’s someone out there in this world of 6 billion people who would look at your life and trade places with you in a heartbeat.

Reading gratitude quotes can be one way to remind yourself that you have a lot to be thankful for. Another way is to practice the daily expression of gratitude – every day, write down 5 things you’re thankful for.

  • I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.
    -G.K. Chesterton

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15 Thoughtful Quotes About Gratitude

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124 Best Gratitude Quotes and Sayings to Inspire an Attitude of Gratitude

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An attitude of gratitude. This is not only a great rhyme but a great way to live.

You should always be grateful for the things you have. Thankful for everything – big and small – that fill your life and make it special.

With the hustle and bustle of modern-day life, too many people get it backward. They decide they will be grateful when they get a promotion, a new job, a home, a new car, a raise, gifts, or other tangible things from people they know.

But this is backward. If you want to gain more success and/or more happiness, then the first step is to be grateful for the many things you have. Only after you build an “attitude of gratitude” can you begin to grow (and build on) your happiness or achieve a measurable level of success (that does not feel empty).

This large collection of gratitude quotes is meant to share that idea with us. There are many recurring themes here – from gratitude and mindfulness to gratitude as a key to happiness and to true gratitude being a springboard to both success and character.

Gratitude means a lot of different things to a lot of different people. But one thing is always the same in these quotes on gratitude – it is always very important.

From time-to-time, in this inspirational gratitude quotes post, I will chime in with a few of my own ideas about the recurring themes of gratitude and some links where you can learn and see more inspiring quotes.

But for now, let’s enjoy the first batch of quotes and sayings to inspire gratitude.

Sidebar: If you'd like to learn more about building a daily gratitude ​practice or habit, then I suggest checking out this 90-day gratitude journal 

What You Will Learn

Quotes about Gratitude

“It’s not happiness that brings us gratitude. It’s gratitude that brings us happiness.” — Anonymous

“Today, I choose to live with gratitude for the love that fills my heart, the peace that rests within my spirit, and the voice of hope that says all things are possible.”— Anonymous

“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues but the parent of all others.”— Cicero

“I was complaining that I had no shoes till I met a man who had no feet.”— Confucius

“Gratitude opens the door to the power, the wisdom, the creativity of the universe. You open the door through gratitude.”— Deepak Chopra

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

“An attitude of gratitude brings great things.”— Yogi Bhajan

“Gratitude; my cup overfloweth.”— Anonymous

“Gratitude, like faith, is a muscle. The more you use it, the stronger it grows, and the more power you have to use it on your behalf. If you do not practice gratefulness, its benefaction will go unnoticed, and your capacity to draw on its gifts will be diminished. To be grateful is to find blessings in everything. This is the most powerful attitude to adopt, for there are blessings in everything.”— Alan Cohen

“Don’t pray when it rains if you don’t pray when the sun shines.”— Leroy Satchel Paige

“It is only with gratitude that life becomes rich.”— Dietrich Bonhoeffer

“It is not joy that makes us grateful; it is gratitude that makes us joyful.”— David Steindl-Rast

“We can choose to be grateful no matter what.”— Dieter F. Uchtdorf

“Entitlement is such a cancer because it is void of gratitude.”— Adam Smith

Short Gratitude Quotes

Someone once said, “Simplicity” is the key to brilliance.”

The following set of inspiring quotes of gratitude back up that idea. They are short, to the point, and contain no fluff when it comes to why gratitude is essential.

The quotes are short, so I won’t belabor the point and let you dig right into the next section of quotes on gratitude.

“If you want to find happiness, find gratitude.”— Steve Maraboli

“Enough’ is a feast.”— Buddhist proverb

“Act with kindness, but do not expect gratitude.”— Confucius

“Every blessing ignored becomes a curse.”— Paulo Coelho

“Find the good and praise it.”— Alex Haley

“Forget injuries, never forget kindnesses.”— Confucius

“Gratitude turns what we have into enough.”— Aesop

“Gratitude changes everything.”— Anonymous

“Gratitude is the sign of noble souls.”— Aesop

“Happiness is itself a kind of gratitude.”— Anonymous

“Humor is mankind’s greatest blessing.”— Mark Twain

“May the gratitude in my heart kiss all the universe.”— Hafiz

“May you wake with gratitude.”— Anonymous

Hope has a good memory, gratitude a bad one.”— Baltasar Gracian

“My day begins and ends with gratitude.”— Louise Hay

“The essence of all beautiful art is gratitude.”— Friedrich Nietzsche

“The more grateful I am, the more beauty I see.”— Mary Davis

“The root of joy is gratefulness.”— David Steindl-Rast

“The struggle ends when gratitude begins.”— Neale Donald Walsch

“Things must be felt with the heart.”— Helen Keller

“Through the eyes of gratitude, everything is a miracle.”— Mary Davis

“What are you grateful for today?”— Anonymous

Daily Gratitude Quotes

The next section of gratitude quotes all makes a similar point. They are either about the importance of experiencing gratitude every single day or about examples of things you should and could be grateful for on a daily basis.

Gratitude is basically a form of mindfulness. The power of gratitude is that you slow down and experience and enjoy all the good things that are already there.

Only when you can come to an understanding of the past and have gratitude for the present can you really set yourself up to achieve in the future.

If you want to learn more about mindfulness and how it relates to gratitude, I recommend you check out this complete guide to mindfulness below.

==>Learn How to Practice Mindfulness

You may be wondering how you can effectively practice gratitude on a daily basis. Running around like Ebenezer Scrooge the day after he has his visions of the past, present and future thanking everyone for everything may be refreshing at first, but it will surely get old fast; both for yourself and for others.

Gratitude, you see, is only sometimes about sharing your gratitude with others. More often, it can be an internal thing. The daily practice of gratitude usually involves taking a small bit of time and thinking about all the things you are grateful for.

What matters in your life? What things are going well? In many ways, gratitude is like prayer. In fact, if you pray every day, I would say that IS a form of daily gratitude.

As an alternative to (or addition to) praying to a higher power, many people like to express their gratitude in writing. This gives the writer the chance to review and reflect on their thoughts on a later day.

If you are interested in this type of daily gratitude: Check out this list of the best gratitude journals and this article which has gratitude journal prompts.

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

“Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.”— Robert Brault

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

“There are always flowers for those who want to see them.” — Henri Matisse

“We can complain because rose bushes have thorns or rejoice because thorns have roses.”— Alphonse Karr

“There is always something to be grateful for.”— Anonymous

“A sense of blessedness comes from a change of heart, not from more blessings.”— Mason Cooley

“This a wonderful day. I’ve never seen this one before.”— Maya Angelou

“We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.”— Cynthia Ozick

“We must never forget the importance of gratitude.”— Anonymous

“Three meals plus bedtime make four sure blessings a day.”— Mason Cooley

“When a person doesn't have gratitude, something is missing in his or her humanity.”— Elie Wiesel

When a person doesn't have gratitude, something is missing in his or her humanity.”— Elie Wiesel

“The best way to pay for a lovely moment is to enjoy it.”— Richard Bach

“When you are grateful, fear disappears, and abundance appears.”— Tony Robbins

“Stop now. Enjoy the moment. It’s now or never.”— Maxime Lagacé

“There is so much to be grateful for, just open your eyes.”— Anonymous

Express Gratitude Quotes

Saying “express your gratitude daily” is easy enough, but it still leaves many people a bit unsure how to do it.

Many people enjoy structure and clear instruction in their lives. I know I do!

That is where gratitude journal prompts come in handy. These are simply ideas of WHAT you can write about on a day-to-day basis. Some gratitude journals come with some prompts. Others are just blank notebooks for your thoughts.

But any good collection of self-reflection questions can help you on a day-to-day basis to find things you want to write about in any gratitude journal to help you grow.

Below is a (100% free) collection of 120 gratitude journal prompts. That can help you express your gratitude in day-to-day gratitude journaling.

Gratitude Journal Prompts

Sidebar: ​As a reminder, ​be sure to check out this 90-day journal which has a variety of gratitude prompts 

Now let’s get back to the quotes on gratitude…

“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

“When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.”— Maya Angelou

“Wear gratitude like a cloak, and it will feed every corner of your life.”— Rumi

Wear gratitude like a cloak, and it will feed every corner of your life.”— Rumi

“Nothing is more honorable than a grateful heart.”— Lucius Annaeus Seneca

“What separates privilege from entitlement is gratitude.”— Brené Brown

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

“Walk as if you are kissing the earth with your feet.”— Thich Nhat Hanh

“Showing gratitude is one of the simplest yet most powerful things humans can do for each other.”— Randy Rausch

“It's a sign of mediocrity when you demonstrate gratitude with moderation.”— Roberto Benigni

“Gratitude is the most exquisite form of courtesy.”— Jacques Maritain

Gratitude is the healthiest of all human emotions. The more you express gratitude for what you have, the more likely you will have even more to express gratitude for.”— Zig Ziglar

“Silent gratitude isn't very much use to anyone.”— Gertrude Stein

“The highest tribute to the dead is not grief but gratitude.”— Thornton Wilder

“The smallest act of kindness is worth than the grandest intention.”— Oscar Wilde

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

“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.”— William Arthur Ward

Inspirational Quotes About Gratitude

To some extent, all quotes about gratitude are inspirational.

The concept of expressing daily gratitude itself is an optimistic one. In fact, the whole concept of gratitude has a bit of yin and yang to it. Positive and happy people practice gratitude, and people who practice gratitude are both positive and happy. Sometimes it is hard to tell which comes first.

Regardless these quotes should be a bit inspirational, and perhaps inspire you to be more positive in your life.

If happiness is a major goal in your life, you should be specifically interested in these inspirational gratitude quotes since almost all people who claim to be happy also express that they follow a daily gratitude regimen.

Check out the 31 rules of happiness link below. Each entry has been backed up by real scientific/psychological experiments. (not some flashy “idea” on what it takes for happiness).

==>>Learn What Makes People Happy?

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

“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

“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

“When gratitude becomes an essential foundation in our lives, miracles start to appear everywhere.”— Emmanuel Dagher

There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”— Albert Einstein

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

“Gratitude is a powerful process for shifting your energy and bringing more of what you want into your life. Be grateful for what you already have, and you will attract more good things.”— Rhonda Byrne

“The greatest blessings of mankind are within us and within our reach. A wise man is content with his lot, whatever it may be, without wishing for what he has not.”— Seneca

“Gratitude is the sweetest thing in a seeker's life – in all human life. If there is gratitude in your heart, then there will be tremendous sweetness in your eyes.”— Sri Chinmoy

“True happiness is to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future, not to amuse ourselves with either hopes or fears but to rest satisfied with what we have, which is sufficient, for he that is so wants nothing.”— Seneca

“When we focus on our gratitude, the tide of disappointment goes out, and the tide of love rushes in.”— Kristin Armstrong

“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

“Gratitude is one of the most medicinal emotions we can feel. It elevates our moods and fills us with joy.”— Sara Avant Stover

“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

“Gratitude unlocks all that’s blocking us from really feeling truthful, really feeling authentic and vulnerable and happy.”— Gabrielle Bernstein

Quotes on Being Thankful

What is the difference between thankfulness and gratitude? It is a fine line. Many people use these two terms interchangeably, but they are not the same thing.

Thankfulness is:

  • Often a response to a specific act
  • Often an automatic response to a specific kind gesture
  • Often a fleeting feeling. You will not remember the guy who opened a door for you a year from now
  • Easy to share. It is not hard to say “thank you” to someone who goes out of their way to help you
  • Sometimes it means little because society has conditioned us to be polite, people often say thank you without even really feeling thankful
  • Can also come with a feeling of true gratitude

Gratitude is:

  • A feeling of thankfulness, and a pleasant feeling from within, with or without a specifically associated act. For example, you can have gratitude for a beautiful day or gratitude for the sweet smell from a flower
  • Gratitude can come from things that happen now or things that happened in the past
  • You can feel gratitude for things or places that help to put you in a position to achieve
  • You can even feel gratitude for bad actions. Your boss acting like a jerk caused you to quit, but you are grateful for his actions because that move led you to the perfect job you love
  • Most often, however, gratitude comes for those who have helped and guided you throughout your life
  • Gratitude is a deep feeling that comes from your heart. It is often for a cumulation of good acts. Not a single event
  • Feeling of gratitude last for a long time. When you are thankful for someone holding a door open for you, the feeling is gone quickly. But if you are truly grateful for someone going far out of their way to help you, you may feel that gratitude for years
  • Gratitude is a sense of being and a way of life for some people
    Thankfulness can be a first step, and with time grow to gratitude
  • When you express gratitude, sometimes it can be without words. Gratitude is from your heart and guides your actions

The Science Behind Gratitude

The benefits you can find when you practice gratitude in your everyday lives are almost endless. When you practice gratitude, you are giving yourself the time you need to reflect on some of the more positive emotions in your life.

In doing so, you will feel much more alive. You will sleep better, be able to better express your feelings and emotions, and you will be able to show more kindness to yourself and others.

The relationships we foster are just one of the determining factors when it comes to gauging our happiness. So, as we continue to build gratitude, we need to be more aware and have a greater sense of others around us as well. We can even include others in these gratitude expressions too!

==>>Discover the benefits of gratitude

Get Real and Mix It Up

When you can get excited about all the benefits you can experience from practicing gratitude, it gives you that push you need in the right direction to start making positive changes in your life.

While developing new habits, practicing mindfulness, and being grateful, we need to keep our momentum going so we can reach further and achieve each of our goals.

Plan for whatever might get in your way and never limit yourself.

Now that we understand the difference between thankfulness and gratitude, we can move on to these final quotes on thankfulness.

Before we jump into these quotes, however, you might want to learn a few things about thankfulness and how it can help you achieve greater things.

This post (linked below) shows you how to use a few simple “Thank You” cards to get ahead in business. It explains how a little bit of thoughtfulness can reap some great rewards. Check it out:

==>>How Thank You Cards Can Strengthen Business Relationships

“I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.”— Gilbert K. Chesterton

“No duty is more urgent than that of returning thanks.”— James Allen

‘Thank you’ is the best prayer that anyone could say. I say that one a lot. Thank you expresses extreme gratitude, humility, understanding.”— Alice Walker

“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

“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

“Nothing new can come into your life unless you are grateful for what you already have.”— Michael Bernhard

“If you have lived, take thankfully the past.”— John Dryden

“If you are really thankful, what do you do? You share.”— W. Clement Stone

“Be grateful for what you have and work hard for what you don’t have.”— Anonymous

“So much has been given to me; I have no time to ponder over that which has been denied.”— Helen Keller

Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgiving, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.”— William Arthur Ward

“If the only prayer you said in your whole life was “thank you,” that would suffice.”— Meister Eckhart

“Learn to be thankful for what you already have, while you pursue all that you want.”— Jim Rohn

“We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives.”— John F. Kennedy

“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

Attitude of Gratitude Quotes

We started this quotes post by mentioning the importance of having an “Attitude of Gratitude.” It seems a fitting place to end this post too.

The final quotes here are about having that all-important attitude of gratitude in life, your actions, and your character. An attitude of gratitude is one that is proactive and seeks the feeling of gratitude for all the small things in life, all the time.

Below is our final set of gratitude quotes.

“Our favorite attitude should be gratitude.”— Zig Ziglar

“A moment of gratitude makes a difference in your attitude.”— Bruce Wilkinson

“None is more impoverished than the one who has no gratitude. Gratitude is a currency that we can mint for ourselves and spend without fear of bankruptcy.”— Fred De Witt Van Amburgh

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

“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”— Marcel Proust

“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

“Hardship is a blessing when it spurs effort and development; ease is a curse when it increases complacency and self-indulgence.”— Muso Kokushi

“The real gift of gratitude is that the more grateful you are, the more present you become.”— Robert Holden

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

A Final Word on Gratitude Quotes

Well, that is it for gratitude quotes. I hope you enjoyed this list. Maybe found a few good links and hopefully got forged some ideas of your own to perhaps start a daily gratitude habit.

If you enjoyed this collection of quotes. I would like to recommend you to a few more you may enjoy. All done in the same style, with similar picture quotes spaced throughout.

Well, that’s it. I hope you enjoyed these quotes on gratitude, and maybe learned something about daily gratitude and how it can help you become happier, more content, and more successful.

If you have your own favorite gratitude quote or want to share an experience of gratitude, I would love it if you shared in the comments below.

As always, if you enjoyed these gratitude picture quotes, please share them on your favorite social media platform.

​Finally, if you'd like to learn more about building a daily gratitude ​practice or habit, then I suggest checking out this 90-day gratitude journal 

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