20 Best Quotes About Gratitude

Be-present-in-all-things“Be present in all things and thankful for all things.” Maya Angelou

“Gratitude is the memory of the heart.”    Jean Baptiste Massieu

“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

“To say thank you, is in recognition of humanity”  Toni Mont


“Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow”  Melody Beattie

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

“When a person doesn’t have gratitude, something is missing in his or her humanity. A person can almost be defined by his or her attitude toward gratitude.” Elie Wiesel

“If you were aware of how precious today is, you could hardly live through it. Unless you are aware of how precious it is, you can hardly be said to be living at all” Frederick Buechner

“Gratitude looks to the Past and love to the Present; fear, avarice, lust, and ambition look ahead.”  CS Lewis

“God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today. Have you used one to say ‘thank you’?” – William A. Ward

“Pride slays thanksgiving, but a humble mind is the soil out of which thanks naturally grows.” 
Henry Ward Beecher

“You say grace before meals.  All right.  But I say grace before the concert and the opera, and grace before the play and pantomime, and grace before I open a book, and grace before sketching, painting, swimming, fencing, boxing, walking, playing, dancing and grace before I dip the pen in the ink.”  G.K. Chesterton

“Grace isn’t a little prayer you chant before receiving a meal. It’s a way to live.” Jackie Windspear

“For each new morning with its light, For rest and shelter of the night, For health and food, for love and friends, For everything Thy goodness sends.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

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

“We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.”  Thornton Wilder

“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

“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

Did we miss one of your favorites?  Please add to the list!

Laurie and Betsy

17 Comments on 20 Best Quotes About Gratitude

  1. Tracey
    November 21, 2012 at 7:18 am (8 years ago)

    Great post. Happy Thanksgiving!

    • Sherri Rivers
      November 21, 2012 at 7:41 am (8 years ago)

      I just watched THE HIDING PLACE. The Ten Boon sisters even found something to be thankful for in the midst of their imprisonment and tortured conditions. Surely our hearts should be overflowing with gratitude.

    • Writing Sisters
      November 21, 2012 at 8:17 am (8 years ago)

      Happy Thanksgiving to you as well.

  2. Sherri Rivers
    November 21, 2012 at 7:43 am (8 years ago)

    Oops. Ten boom.

  3. gardengrapevine
    December 4, 2012 at 8:38 am (8 years ago)

    And I say Thank you for leading me to the Writing Sisters.

  4. purpleraysblog
    January 19, 2014 at 5:51 am (7 years ago)

    Reblogged this on Purplerays and commented:
    Breeze into the new week with a bouquet of gratitude,
    With joy and thanksgiving in your hearts!
    Take the leap of faith; confident and sure,
    Of His Grace which never fails!

  5. vesna
    January 20, 2014 at 1:43 am (7 years ago)

    Great quotes. One should alwaays remember, indeed, to be greatful. Ma favourites: “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

    “To say thank you, is in recognition of humanity” Toni Mont

  6. Danielle Black
    December 5, 2014 at 12:56 am (6 years ago)

    I am doing a “Gallery Walk” with my students tomorrow using 13 of these quotes. Thank you so much for such a wonderful collection of thoughts to ponder!

    • Writing Sisters
      December 5, 2014 at 3:51 pm (6 years ago)

      Thanks Danielle, Let us know how it goes!


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  2. […] The last two links are both compilations of quotes about gratitude because when I am finding it difficult to motivate myself to practice, I find that good quotes are an encouragement to me to keep going because they remind me of how important this practice is. The first list is by Sherrie Bourg Carter on Psychology Today and is called Why We All Should Add Gratitude to Our Gift Lists: 10 Quotes about Giving Thanks. The second list is by Laurie and Betsy of the Writing Sisters blog and is called 20 Best Quotes About Gratitude. […]


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