Gratitude Roundup: A Bounty of Quotes for a Grateful Life

Gratitude Roundup: 30 Quotes for a Grateful Life

Giving thanks is good for you.

This isn't really groundbreaking news, of course. Study after study has repeatedly found that performing simple gratitude exercises increases feelings of well-being, thwarts depression and boosts our self-esteem. Grateful people sleep better, don't tire as easily and even have more disease-fighting cells in their bodies.

Also not news: People love inspirational quotes. One quick look at your Facebook or Instagram feed will confirm this fact. We print them on our coffee mugs, tack them to our cubicle walls and tattoo them on our bodies. There's just something we love about bite-sized packages of good writing and motivational psychology.

So what could be better this Thanksgiving season than a collection of quotes about gratitude? Not much, right? That's what we thought. Check out these 30 quotes that will inspire gratitude in the most curmudgeonly of souls:

  • The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude. -Friedrich Nietzsche
  • '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 you are really thankful, what do you do? You share. -Clement Stone
  • If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, ‘thank you,’ that would suffice. -Eckhart Tolle 

  • 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
  • Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude. -A.A. Milne
  • The struggle ends when gratitude begins. -Neale Donald Walsch
  • Gratitude is riches. Complaint is poverty. -Doris Day
  • Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace and gratitude. -Denis Waitley
  • The more grateful I am, the more beauty I see. -Mary Davis
  • Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom. -Marcel Proust
  • Gratitude; my cup overfloweth. -Anonymous
  • Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it. - William Arthur Ward
  • Silent gratitude isn't very much use to anyone. -Gertrude Stein
  • When a person doesn't have gratitude, something is missing in his or her humanity. -Elie Wiesel
  • You pray in your distress and in your need; would that you might pray also in the fullness of your joy and in your days of abundance. -Kahlil Gibran
  • I was complaining that I had no shoes until I met a man who had no feet. -Confucius
  • There are always flowers for those who want to see them. -Henri Matisse
  • Reflect upon your present moment of blessings, of which every man has plenty; not on your past misfortunes of which all men have some. -Charles Dickens
  • May the gratitude in my heart kiss all the universe. -Hafiz
  • This a wonderful day. I've never seen this one before. -Maya Angelou
  • Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings. -William Arthur Ward
  • When asked if my cup is half full or half empty, my only response is that I am thankful I have a cup. -Sam Lefkowitz
  • 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
  • Saying thank you is more than good manners. It is good spirituality. -Alfred Painter
  • O Lord that lends me life, Lend me a heart replete with thankfulness! -William Shakespeare
  • 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
  • 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
  • He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has. -Epictetus 
  • 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

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