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By: Susan Dugdale Last modified: 03-20-2019 First published: 01-01-2009
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.
Below the quotes, near the bottom of the page, you'll find an example showing how to work one neatly into your text.
Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.
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.
One can pay back the loan of gold, but one dies forever in debt to those who are kind.
What we do for ourselves dies with us. What we do for others and the world remains and is immortal.
We cannot do great things on this Earth, only small things with great love.
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.
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.
The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude.
The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables us to count our blessings.
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.
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.
Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others.
Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.
The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.
Appreciation can make a day, even change a life. Your willingness to put it into words is all that is necessary.
There are no shortcuts to any place worth going. You made a difference. Thank-you so much.
He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.
It is impossible to feel grateful and depressed in the same moment.
The roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation.
Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for a kindness.
The best kind of giving is thanksgiving.
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.
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.
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.
I’m thankful for my struggle because without it I wouldn’t have stumbled across my strength.
Just a 'thank you' is a mighty powerful prayer. Says it all.
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.
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."
Do you need a hand to write your appreciation speech?
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 ...
And here's the link to that very flexible business thank you speech template mentioned above.
Writing a thank-you note or email message is a lovely gesture to express your appreciation for any occasion. In the business world, a thank-you note could make the difference between getting the job, the client, or the contract, and being passed over.
Thank-you notes can solidify the impression you left with the interviewer and make you stand out from the competition. A well-written thank-you note can show your team or colleagues how much their hard work is appreciated, or let your boss know that you value his or her support.
If you take the time to write a personal thank-you note, it will always be appreciated, regardless of the circumstances. People like to be thanked and they remember those who take the time to send a note or email.
What's the best way to show your appreciation? When you're writing a thank-you note, choose a phrase that fits the reason why you are saying thank you.
If someone has helped you at work, on a project, or with a problem, let them know you appreciate the assistance. If you are sending a job interview thank-you note, thank the interviewer for his or her consideration. If someone gave you career advice or a tip on a job opening, tell them you appreciate the guidance or the suggestion.
When you're sending a personal thank-you letter or message, simply stating your thanks and appreciation is often all you need to do. Here’s a list of phrases to get you started.
These general thank-you phrases can be used for all personal and professional communications.
Sending a business thank-you note is not only professional; it’s a way to build a relationship with your professional business contacts.
Use these phrases to let someone know how much you appreciate what they have done for you.
It’s always a good idea to thank everyone who has helped with your job search and your career, or provided other professional advice or assistance.
When you’re requesting something from an individual or an organization, be sure to add “thank you for the consideration” to your email or letter.
Has someone helped you out? Be sure to take the time to relay your gratitude.
Thanking the interviewer after a one-on-one interview not only shows your appreciation. It’s also a reminder that you’re a strong candidate for the job.
Reference writing can be labor-intensive, and it can also take time to refer someone for a job. Your connections will appreciate receiving a thank-you email or message.
Bosses and employees love to be thanked, especially when they do something extra.
How you end your message or note is important, too. A professional closing like “Sincerely,” “Best regards,” or “With appreciation” will add a nice finishing touch to your communication.
When you're job searching, you'll have many different opportunities to say thank you to those who help you, and to prospective employers.
For example, when you write a thank-you note after an interview, the gesture shows appreciation for the employer’s interest, time, and attention, reiterates your enthusiasm and interest in the job opening, and reminds the employer about your qualifications and experience.
Thank-you notes are a good opportunity to bring up something you may have forgotten to mention during the interview, or to follow up with additional information that the employer has requested.
Usually, an interviewer will explain next steps in the process and when to expect to hear back from the company. If they did not discuss this, or you have yet to hear
from them, use your thank-you letter as an occasion to follow up. Doing so in a
thank-you note can express your gratitude and show your unwavering interest in
the position while simultaneously checking in on the process.
Timing is almost as important as what you say. An email will make an immediate impression. That's key if you're in contention for a job, especially at a medium-sized to large company.
That gives the reader a tangible reminder of your appreciation. A small business or a colleague may look kindly on a handwritten note, while a corporate contact will probably expect, and prefer, an emailed note.
Review these thank-you note samples for a variety of situations, and then choose an appropriate phrase to include in your personalized thank-you note.
Take the time to carefully tailor your thank-you notes to fit the circumstances.
If time isn't of the essence, consider sending a handwritten card or note.
Review examples of phrases, wordings, and messages to use when writing thank -you notes, Writing a thank-you note or email message is a lovely gesture to express your . Best Thank-You and Appreciation Quotes for Letters and Emails.
Saying thank you is a simple and often overlooked way to show someone how much they mean to you. The gesture is made even more special when you’ve taken the time to include a small gift and handwrite a nice message in order to express your gratitude.
We’ve shared some of our favorite ways to say thank you that are sure to put a smile on anyone’s face.
Did you just have a birthday, wedding or baby shower and want to thank your party guests for showering you with gifts? A thoughtful note is a great way to share your gratitude. Make the sentiment really special by telling them specifically how they’ve brightened your day. Don’t be afraid to have some fun or admit how excited you are to use their gift!
Start your letter with one of these sentiments:
Whether a friend, family member or stranger has gone out of their way for you, surprise them with a small gift to show that their kind deed didn’t go unnoticed! A candle or incense are both inexpensive options to add to your thank you note for a little something extra.
You can customize one of these for your situation:
They are your partner in crime and have your back no matter what. Let your bestie know how much they mean to you by putting together a gift basket that’s just for them. Customize it with their favorite drink, a gift card to that boutique they always talk about, or items like bubble bath, an eye mask and slippers for a relaxing night in. Play with silly puns or recount your favorite memory with them to show how much their friendship means to you.
Here are some other ways to let a friend know how great they are:
Do you have a spouse or significant other that is always surprising you with kind acts? Take the time to tell them how much you love them by baking a sweet treat or buying them their favorite dessert. Add a short note with three reasons why they are amazing and watch their smile light up the room.
Get inspired to tell your sweetie how much you love them with one of these kind thoughts:
There are a few different moments when it’s appropriate to take the time to tell your boss or colleagues how much you appreciate them and their work. Maybe you just finished a project that you know you couldn’t have done without a co-worker’s expertise or your manager just lent valuable advice. Say thank you by giving some savory snacks to the person that needs a mid-afternoon pick me up or a new coffee mug to the early riser.
Here are a few ideas for telling someone that you are grateful for their contributions:
The great thing about saying thank you, is that it just needs to be sincere to matter. For those times where a simple, heartfelt reminder of your gratitude is all that’s needed, these will do the trick:
If you really want to make someone’s day, include a gift basket or some tasty treats that you picked out just for them to enjoy. No matter how you say it or what gift you surprise someone with, they are sure to appreciate your gratitude.
Click here to download our free printables that will give you nine great ways to say thank you, like with a gift tag or coffee sleeve!
64 Appreciation Quotes, Sayings, and MessagesThe words and messages in these appreciation quotes and sayings can help express your thoughts of gratitude. Appreciation is a thank you or a recognition of something that someone has done for you. Send a short message of thanks and include an inspirational quote or saying to express your gratefulness.
Phrase collection for English learners: Phrases for thanking someone in This is a list of phrases for showing appreciation or gratitude to someone in English.
Whenever Thanksgiving rolls around, I know that it's not always easy to be thankful for what you have. As an entrepreneur, I have to make payroll, meet with prospects, find the time to work on my next book, and try to fit in some time for my wife, daughter, and pets.
Like many of us, I run the risk of getting too wrapped up in what I don't yet have that I might not focus on what I do have. You may know people like me, or even struggle with thankfulness yourself.
With that in mind, I try to step back and look at my favorite quotes about thankfulness to inspire me:
Do you have any favorite quotes about thankfulness that I've missed?
It's not just for Thanksgiving; these quotes will inspire thankfulness year-round.