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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

Thank You Quotes for Cards

Famous Thank You Quotes
Friendship Thank You Quotes
Wedding Thank You Quotes
Birthday Thank You Quotes
Christian Thank You Quotes
Baby Shower Thank You Quotes
Business Thank You Quotes
Funny Thank You Quotes

You may also want to check out: 40 Thank You Phrases.

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."


"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."


"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."


"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

-- Read 26 More Thank You Quotes for Friends --

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 --

Birthday Thank You Quotes

We've put together 100 of the best thank you quotes. Search by recipient or sentiment to optimize your hunt for the perfect saying. and generosity, from you I have learned much of life's philosophy — Thank you sincerely.

Saying thank you is one of the most important things we can do in our lives. We should always give thanks to people who are there for us, make us happy, give us something special, or even teach us a lesson. These 50 thank you quotes have a little something for everyone, from sweet thank you’s for your lover to charming thank you’s for best friends and mothers.

  1. Thank you for always being there when I needed you the most. Thank you for helping me through the hardest times in my life, and being there to enjoy the best times. You’ve always been such a great friend no matter what. Thank you, for being you.

An excellent quote for your best friend that’s been there through it all.

  1. Thank you for always being the one person I could talk to about anything. You have never judged me, you’ve always been patient and kind and understanding. Thank you for always accepting me for who I am and loving me no matter what.

This could work for a best friend or a lover easily.

  1. Thank you for always being there.

It’s short and to the point, but it holds a lot of meaning. Tell this to the people in your life who are there no matter what!

  1. It is so amazing how two little words can hold so much meaning.. but Thank you.

It is truly fascinating, isn’t it? But so true! Thank you is such a powerful phrase that you should probably say to the ones you loves more often.

  1. I wish I could show you how much you mean to me and how much I appreciate you, the simple phrase of ‘thank you’ can’t possibly explain it. I owe you so much gratitude. Thank you.

It’s so true! When you’re unbelievably grateful for someone, simply saying thank you isn’t enough.

  1. Thank you so much for making me smile, for making me laugh, and always pushing me to go after my dreams and not letting me fail. Thank you for being you. You are my rock and you make me feel confident in myself!

When someone can actually make you feel confident about yourself with a smile on your face, that’s an amazing feeling. Say thank you to these people often- they deserve it!

  1. Thank you for all the special things you do.

Such a sweet and simple phrase, but it’s all you need to say to that special someone in your life.

  1. Thank you for always catching me when I fall, for being there through the thick and thin. You have always believed in me, listened to me, known me, and encouraged me to follow my dreams. You’ve defended me and been my hero in every situation. I love you, and thank you.

This is an awesome quote that could work for friends, lovers, and even family members who have always been by your side.

  1. I thought I was all alone, I felt like I had no one, and then you walked into my life. Thank you for always being there.

For those special people in your life who have always been there no matter what, and never left your side. For the people who made you feel like you would always have someone even when you felt all alone.

  1. Thank you for showing me that there are people like you in this world.

Such an adorable and sweet statement, because it’s REALLY hard to find ‘those’ types of people in this world!

  1. Hearing the words ‘thank you’ can sometimes paint the prettiest smile on someone’s lips.

It’s true! Simply saying the two words ‘thank’ and ‘you’ completely changes your face and brightens your appearance, it’s such a magical phrase.

  1. Thank you so much for being you. For accepting me in every way, making me happy when I am feeling down, and taking away all the pain I felt. Thank you to God for sending YOU to ME.

Slightly religious but incredibly sweet! This one is sure to make that special person smile.

  1. Thank you. Thank you for being there. Thank you for having so much love for me and never leaving my side. No one could ever break our bond. Only you can put a smile on my face and make the tears stop. You and only you make me happy, and I can’t say thank you enough.

A very deep ‘thank you’ note that can be used for your lover.

  1. I thank you for yesterday, and I thank you for today. But most of all, I thank you for the days to come!

For those people who have made your life amazing and you can’t wait to see what happens next!

  1. Today I am wearing the gift you gave me yesterday- a smile! Thank you, I love it!

Okay, so this one is a little on the cheesy side, but it’s so cute! Whoever you tell this too is going to feel special and there’s no way they won’t be able to smile after hearing it. Love this!

  1. Thank you is the very least that I can say to you to show my absolute appreciation for everything you’ve done for me in my life. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Because sometimes you just CAN’T thank someone enough for all they’ve done, right?

  1. I can no other answer make, but, thanks, and thanks. –William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare always knows what to say, doesn’t he? But even he gets tongue-tied when it comes to expressing gratitude for someone, so sometimes all we can say is thanks, and thanks again.

  1. Sorry, please, and thank you are some of the key words to teach your children good manners. Always teach your children at a young age to say these words, and they will always remember them as they grow older.


  1. I would thank you from the bottom of my heart, but for you, my heart has no bottom.

Aww, this is just downright adorable. A great choice to thank you boyfriend or girlfriend!

  1. The greatest thing is being nice, but you are so much more than that; thank you for everything that you are.

Thanking someone for simply being them is a surefire and quick way to make them feel amazing about themselves. Gotta love this friendly thank you quote!

  1. Hey, you didn’t lose your smile at all, it’s right there under your nose! You forgot it was there, but thank you for your gorgeous smile.

For the people out there who aren’t smiling, but you want to see their beautiful smile!

  1. Thank you for being you.

Short, quick, and to the point; definitely a thank you quote that will melt their heart instantly.

  1. Thank you is a priceless gift.

Absolutely, we could not agree more!

  1. I thank you for your part in my journey.

Whether their part was big or small, it’s always a good thing to say thanks to those who are a part of your life.

  1. Dear past, thank you for all the life lessons. Dear future, I’m ready now!

I love this! Leave the past behind you and move on with confidence and stride, but always remember to thank your past for teaching you life lessons to take as you move forward.

  1. Thank you for staying by my side even though I tried to push you away.

We’ve all had those moments where we push our loved ones away, but the ones who won’t leave and are always there deserve a bit of gratitude.

  1. Thanks for loving me despite my flaws.

Because honestly that’s hard to do! Thank the ones that do!

  1. It only takes a moment to say thank you, but your thoughtfulness will be remembered a long time.

This is so absolutely true, remember this!

  1. My world is brighter and better thanks to you.

This ought to make that special someone in your life feel extra important. What a cute thank you quote!

  1. You listen when I have a problem, You catch me when I’m about to fall. You bring so much joy into my life. Thanks for being my friend through it all.

A charming little poem that will melt the heart of your best friend instantly.

  1. Thank you so very much.

Because sometimes simplicity is best!

  1. Dear God, I will never be able to thank you enough for always being there for me.

For my religious readers who will certainly agree with this thank you quote.

  1. Thanks to those who hated me, you made me stronger. Thanks to those who loved me, you made my heart grow fonder. Thanks to those who cared, you made me feel important. Thanks to those who entered into my life, you made me who I am today. Thanks to those who left, you showed me that nothing lasts forever. Thanks to those who stayed, you showed me true friendship. Thanks to those who listened, you make me feel like I was worth it.

Love this! Because we should find the positive out of the good and bad things in life.

  1. Thanks for being my true friend! It’s a blessing to have you in my life.

Great thank you quote for friends!

  1. Sometimes, life gets so busy that we could not find time to say ‘Thank you’ to someone who has been so nice and wonderful.

Never forget!

  1. Thank you for being my heart’s first home, I love you, mom.

Such an adorable quote for your mom!

  1. I am grateful. Thank you for being in my life.

Simple, but very powerful.

  1. Thank you for the good times, the days you filled with pleasure. Thank you for the good memories, and for feelings I will always treasure. –Karl Fuchs

This is so, so cute!

  1. Thank you for staying with me, even though I’m so hard to deal with.

Have to say thanks to those who stay even though you might not be the easiest person to be around!

  1. I just want to thank you for being my reason to look forward to the next day.

An excellent thank you quote for the love of your life. This will make them feel incredibly special!

  1. I just want to say thank you for everything you done for me. –Preet Kamal

A very wonderful thank you quote that would be perfect for your mother, father, or whoever took care of you while you were a child.

  1. For your patience and caring, kind words and sharing, I just want to say ‘Thank you’!

Aww, of course this would be a lovely thank you quote to share with those sweet people in your life!

  1. Thanks a lot! It’s the little things you do that mean SO much to me.

Don’t you agree that the little things in life are also the best things in life? Well, say thanks for those magical little things!

  1. Being told you’re appreciated is one of the simplest and most uplifting things you can hear.

Absolutely, so make sure you’re saying it to those you appreciate OFTEN.

  1. I owe you a debt of gratitude for all that you have done for me. Thank you.

A very deep way of saying thanks to those who’ve done a lot for you.

  1. We may not remember everything you said, but we will remember how special you made us feel. Thank you.

Ah, this is so touching.

  1. If the only prayer you said in your whole life was ‘Thank you’, that would suffice. –Meister Eckhart

Very true!

  1. I am thankful for all those difficult people in my life. They have shown me exactly who I do not want to be.

See? There was a reason for all those difficult people in your life!

  1. No duty is more urgent than that of returning thanks.

Yes, this is very true.

  1. Thank you.

Yeah, it goes a long way.

What is your favorite thank you quote? Do you have one of your own you’d like to share?

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Gratitude is one of the most important things in the world. In the words of John F. Kennedy, “We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives.” However, sometimes it can be difficult to find the perfect words to express that gratitude. How do you say a proper thank you to someone who helped support you through hard times or gave you an incredible gift? To help, we’ve collected a list of our favorite inspirational gratitude quotes that express everything you’ve wanted to say. So if you’re looking for the perfect quotes to fill your special thank you cards, we have you covered. Just look to our favorite thank you quotes below.

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Thank You Quotes For Cards

These quotes make perfect introductions for any thank you card and can be used with any audience. Pick your favorite and use it to inspire the rest of your letter.

  • “I couldn’t find a card that expressed my gratitude the way I wanted. I need a card that gives you a big hug.” – Unknown
  • “Friends like you make life’s challenging moments more bearable. Thanks for being you.” – Catherine Pulsifer
  • “A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out.” – Walter Winchell
  • “When I count my blessings, I count you twice.” – Unknown
  • “Every life is a story, thank you for being part of my story.” – Unknown
  • “There’s no possible way, I could ever repay, How I wish, there were more I could do, But, I thank you my friend, my friend to the end.” – Jim Thistle
  • “A special thank you from my heart, to a person so special in my life. To a person who means a lot. A special thank you from me to you, for making life feel like new. A very big thank you!” – Unknown

Thank You Quotes For Him

It could be for something big, like when he recently helped you through a difficult time. Or it could just be a simple expression of gratitude for the coffee he dropped off when you were tired. No matter the reason, we have a quote that will help you express a sincere thank you.

  • “I’m glad I have you for the rest of my life as a best friend, lover, and fellow adventurer. Thank you for constantly supporting me, forgiving me, loving me, making me laugh, and challenging me to be a better person.” – Raquel Martin
  • “This is a thank you for every hour we have spent together, for every kiss, for every embrace and for every tear shed for one another.” – Unknown
  • “Thank you for always being my rainbow after the storm.” – Unknown
  • “Thank you, my love, for always making me feel like the most beautiful woman in the world.” – Unknown
  • “Thank you for always making life easier for me. You are my world. I love you!”
  • “Thank you for making me feel comfortable not only when I need it most, but every day. How lucky I am to be with someone like you.” – Unknown
  • “My dear love, I’m so grateful you’re in my life. Thank you for being my best friend, and for being a caring and trustworthy partner!” – Unknown
  • “My life is so blessed with some of the most amazing people. Thank you for being part of my journey.” – Unknown

Thank You Quotes For Her

There’s so much you want to thank her for, but you just can’t find the words. Don’t worry– we found them for you:

  • “You changed my life without even trying, and I don’t think I could ever tell you how much you mean to me. I can’t imagine what things would be like if I hadn’t met you.” – Steve Maraboli
  • “You could’ve had anyone in the world, but you chose me. Thank you.” – Anthony T. Hincks
  • “Thank you for being my GPS. I’d be lost without you.” – Unknown
  • “Thank you. You accepted me for who I am; not who you wanted me to be.” – Unknown
  • “Thanks so much for being there on my side and supporting me all through. Without you my life would have been incomplete.” – Unknown
  • “Thank you for being so generous thoughtful and so true. And thank you most of all for just being you.” – Unknown
  • “Thank you for being the reason I smile.” – Unknown

Thank You For Your Support Quotes

Maybe a friend or loved one recently supported you through a tough time or situation. If so, it’s important to let them know what it meant to you. 

  • “None of us got to where we are alone. Whether the assistance we received was obvious or subtle, acknowledging someone’s help is a big part of understanding the importance of saying thank you.” – Harvey Mackay
  • “Thank you for accepting me as I am, with my virtues and defects.” – Jenni Rivera
  • “There are no words that can express my thanks for you. If words could be hugs I would send you pages.” – Unknown
  • “Someday I will give back what you have given me. Thank You.” – Unknown
  • “If the world had more people like you it would be a better place. You do make a difference.” – Catherine Pulsifer
  • “You have influenced my life in such a positive way words cannot express my appreciation, you are truly an inspiration.” – Catherine Pulsifer
  • “From the bottom of my heart, I thank you, and appreciate all you have done. Your generosity has given me new hope!” – Catherine Pulsifer
  • “There are many things which I am thankful in my life, and you are at the top of the list.” – Unknown
  • “Having you in my life fills me with thanksgiving and gratitude that you are always there. Thank you for your support and belief in me.” – Unknown
  • “Your guidance and patience no matter what I was doing has helped develop me into the person I am today, thank you!” – Catherine Pulsifer

Give Thanks Quotes

Practicing gratitude and gratefulness is important every day. Pick your favorite quote about giving thanks and share it with a friend.

  • “If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.” – Meister Eckhart
  • “Thank you for life, and all the little ups and downs that make it worth living.” – Travis Barker
  • “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
  • “Take time to be kind and to say ‘thank you.’” – Zig Ziglar
  • “When we start paying attention to the services we receive, stop and really see the person who is doing it and take the time to say thank you, our entire day will change.” – Brenda Shoshanna
  • “From young to old, there are two words that carry a person forth in grace and honor; please and thank you.” – Byron Pulsifer
  • “Let me always count my blessings. To be thankful for my family and friends. To be thankful for the simple things that life has to offer.” – Catherine Pulsifer
  • “In the end, maybe we must all give up trying to pay back the people in this world who sustain our lives. In the end, maybe it’s wiser to surrender before the miraculous scope of human generosity and to just keep saying thank you, forever and sincerely, for as long as we have voices.” – Elizabeth Gilbert

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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 

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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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