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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

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30 Favorite Quotes by Maya Angelou

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Maya Angelou (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“The idea is to write it so that people hear it and it slides through the brain and goes straight to the heart.”

“The human heart…tells us that we are more alike than we are unalike.”

“Still I’ll rise.”

“I make writing as much a part of my life as I do eating or listening to music.”

“History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.”

“Poetry puts starch in your backbone so you can stand, so you can compose your life.”

“I did then what I knew how to do. Now that I know better, I do better.”

“Everything in the universe has a rhythm, everything dances. ”

“I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one.”

“Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.”

“Surviving is important. Thriving is elegant.”

“Talent is like electricity. We don’t understand electricity. We use it.”

“Hate, it has caused a lot of problems in the world, but has not solved one yet.”

“Be present in all things and thankful for all things.”

“If I am not good to myself, how can I expect anyone else to be good to me?”

“Courage: the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can’t practice any other virtue consistently.”

“A woman’s heart should be so hidden in God that a man has to seek Him just to find her.”

“Be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud.”

“There’s a world of difference between truth and facts. Facts can obscure truth.”

“Never make someone a priority when all you are to them is an option.”

“I’m just a simple sinner who received God’s good grace, somehow.”

“We need much less than we think we need.”

“I’ve learned that making a ‘living’ is not the same thing as ‘making a life’.”

“Nothing will work unless you do.”

“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.”

“I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn.”

“Making a decision to write was a lot like deciding to jump into a frozen lake.”

“As soon as healing takes place, go out and heal somebody else.”

“The main thing in one’s own private world is to try to laugh as much as you cry.”

“Ain’t nothin’ to it, but to do it.”