GRATITUDE

is being thankful.

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“You have no cause for anything but gratitude and joy.”

Buddha

“The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.”

Bertrand Russell (1872-1970);
philosopher, mathematician

“Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has plenty; not on your past misfortunes of which all men have some.”

Charles Dickens (1812-1870);
novelist

“I still miss those I loved who are no longer with me but I find I am grateful for having loved them. The gratitude has finally conquered the loss.”

Rita Mae Brown (born 1944);
writer

“They are not poor that have little, but they that desire much. The richest man, whatever his lot, is the one who's content with his lot.”

Dutch Proverb

“Delight in the little things.”

Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936);
poet, author

“The world is but a canvas to the imagination.”

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862);
naturalist, author, philosopher

“In all affairs it's a healthy thing now and then to hang a question mark on the things you have long taken for granted.”

Bertrand Russell (1872-1970);
philosopher, mathematician

“Rejoice in the things that are present; all else is beyond thee.”

Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592);
Essayist, Author

“Take as a gift whatever the day brings forth...”

Horace (65-8);
Roman lyric poet

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

Marcel Proust (1871-1922);
novelist

“The World is full of such wondrous things; we should all be as happy as kings.”

Anonymous

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

Epictetus (55-135);
Stoic philosopher

“Who will tell whether one happy moment of love or the joy of breathing or walking on a bright morning and smelling the fresh air, is not worth all the suffering and effort which life implies.”

Erich Seligmann Fromm (1900-1980);
social psychologist

“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 (1917-1963);
35th US President

“Gratitude is the sign of noble souls.”

Aesop fabulist

“Now is no time to think of what you do not have. Think of what you can do with what there is. ”

Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961);
novelist, Nobel Prize winner

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

Marcel Proust (1871-1922);
novelist

“...it is not joy that makes us grateful; it is gratitude that makes us joyful.”

David Steindl-Rast (born 1926);
Catholic theologian

“If you can't reward then you should thank.”

Arabic Proverb

“Fall seven times, stand up eight.”

Japanese Proverb

“Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving. ”

W. T. Purkiser (1910-1992);
preacher, author

“Gratitude is happiness double by wonder.”

G. K. Chesterton (1874-1936);
writer, poet, essayist, novelist

“Gratitude is the memory of the heart. ”

Jean-Baptiste Massieu (1743-1818);
priest

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

Eric Hoffer (1902-1983);
philosopher

“Happiness is itself a kind of gratitude.”

Joseph Wood Krutch (1893-1970);
writer, naturalist

“To speak gratitude is courteous and pleasant, to enact gratitude is generous and noble, but to live gratitude is to touch Heaven.”

Johannes A. Gaertner (1912-1996);
art history professor, theologian, poet

“To live a life fulfilled reflect on the things you have with gratitude.”

Jaren L. Davis

“In our daily lives, we must see that it is not happiness that makes us grateful, but the gratefulness that makes us happy.”

Albert Clarke

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

G. K. Chesterton (1874-1936);
writer, poet, essayist, novelist

“We tend to forget that happiness doesn't come as a result of getting something we don't have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have.”

Fredrick Koeing

“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 (born 341 BC);
Greek philosopher

“Stop thinking gratitude as a buy product of your circumstances and start thinking of it as a world view.”

Bryan Robles (1977-0);
youth minister

“Reflect upon your present blessings -- of which every man has many -- not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.”

Charles Dickens (1812-1870);
novelist

“Wealth consists not in having great possessions, but in having few wants.”

Epictetus (55-135);
Stoic philosopher

“The Pilgrims made seven times more graves than huts. No Americans have been more impoverished than these who, nevertheless, set aside a day of thanksgiving.”

H. U. Westermayer

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

William James (1842-1910);
psychologist, philosopher, author

“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 (1906-1945);
pastor, theologian, German Resistance fighter in World War II

“My riches consist not in the extent of my possessions, but in the fewness of my wants.”

Joseph Brotherton (1783-1837);
pastor, writer

“Silent gratitude isn't much use to anyone.”

G.B. [Gladys Bertha] Stern (1890-1973);
novelist, critic

“Thanksgiving Day is a jewel, to set in the hearts of honest men; but be careful that you do not take the day, and leave out the gratitude. ”

E.P. Powell (1833-1915);
American author and journalist

“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 (1821-1881);
philosopher, poet, critic

“When eating bamboo sprouts, remember the man who planted them.”

Chinese Proverb

“Breathe. Let go. And remind yourself that this very moment is the only one you know you have for sure.”

Oprah Winfrey (born 1954);
American television host, publisher

“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 (1900-1944);
(1900-1944); aviator, writer

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

Meister Eckhart [Johannes Eckhart] (1260-1328);
theologian, mystic

“What you truly acknowledge truly is yours. Invite your heart to be grateful and your thank yous will be heard even when you don't use words.”

Pavithra Mehta

“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 (1917-1963);
35th US President

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

Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900);
scholar, writer, philosopher

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

Willie Nelson (born 1933);
singer, songwriter, poet

“Gratitude is the most exquisite form of courtesy.”

Jacques Maritain (1882-1973);
philosopher

“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 (1917-1963);
35th US President

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