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quotes that express gratitude

Showing gratitude is easy, but it's oftentimes a gesture we forget to give. Typically you'll remember for big occasions, like receiving a present or landing a new job, but what about the smaller acts of kindness? Maybe you have a neighbor who always looks after your pet while you're out of town or a close friend who supported you during a time of need. For whoever and whatever, we've compiled 100 quotes about gratitude to show your appreciation. You can add it to a kind thank you note or pair it with a small token of thanks.

Once you have the perfect gratitude quote, send your friend or family member a heartfelt thank you card. They'll appreciate the time you put into remembering them!

100 Gratitude Quotes to Share Your Thanks

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Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.

William Arthur Ward

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

G.K. Chesterton

“Enough” is a feast.


If you count all your assets, you always show a profit.

Robert Quillen

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

Robert Brault

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

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

Charles Dickens

Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.

Eckhart Tolle

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

If you want to turn your life around, try thankfulness. It will change your life mightily.

Gerald Good

Gratitude is a currency that we can mint for ourselves, and spend without fear of bankruptcy.

Fred De Witt Van Amburgh

The way to develop the best that is in a person is by appreciation and encouragement.

Charles Schwab

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


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

William James

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

Silent gratitude isn't very much to anyone.

Gertrude Stein

You cannot do a kindness too soon because you never know how soon it will be too late.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

Willie Nelson

It is impossible to feel grateful and depressed in the same moment.

Naomi Williams

One can never pay in gratitude; one can only pay 'in kind' somewhere else in life.

Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Things turn out best for people who make the best of the way things turn out.

John Wooden

No one who achieves success does so without the help of others. The wise and confident acknowledge this help with gratitude.

Alfred North Whitehead

Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude.

A.A. Milne

We should certainly count our blessings, but we should also make our blessings count.

Neal A. Maxwell

The only people with whom you should try to get even are those who have helped you.

John E. Southard

Gratitude also opens your eyes to the limitless potential of the universe, while dissatisfaction closes your eyes to it.

Stephen Richards

Gratitude and attitude are not challenges; they are choices.

Robert Braathe

Gratitude is more of a compliment to yourself than someone else.

Raheel Farooq

This a wonderful day. I've never seen this one before.

Maya Angelou

When you are grateful fear disappears and abundance appears.

Tony Robbins

Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.

Melody Beattie

Gratitude begins where my sense of entitlement ends.

Steven Furtick

Grace isn't a little prayer you chant before receiving a meal. It's a way to live.

Jacqueline Winspear

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

Thornton Wilder

Gratitude is a quality similar to electricity: it must be produced and discharged and used up in order to exist at all.

William Faulkner

Maybe gratitude has nothing to do with joy. Maybe being grateful means recognizing what you have for what it is.

Grey's Anatomy

All this has reminded me of something oh so very important: how grateful I am to have Henry. Because not having someone... well... that's the worst curse imaginable.

Once Upon a Time

I have lived most of my life surrounded by my enemies. I would be grateful to die surrounded by my friends.

Guardians of the Galaxy

We are somehow surrounded by the people we need in our lives.

Girl Meets World

Maybe you have to be grateful for the time that you have together, stop holding on to what could've been.


She could not have bestowed her kindness on a more grateful subject.

Pride & Prejudice

My life's just fine and you know why? I'm alive... and I'm grateful for every second of every day.

7th Heaven

Wisdom is beyond price, my son. Be grateful that you have it.


Be grateful for your gifts. They are all around you.

Toy Story That Time Forgot

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

Gratitude is the sign of noble souls.


Joy is the simplest form of gratitude.

Karl Barth

Charity never humiliated him who profited from it, nor ever bound him by the chains of gratitude, since it was not to him but to God that the gift was made.

Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Men are more ready to repay an injury than a benefit, because gratitude is a burden and revenge a pleasure.


I'm grateful for the earth... I'm grateful for the stars and the sky... I am grateful for you. In all the world, thing I am most grateful for is you.

America's Sweethearts

Friendship for example, is a real gift. It's given with no expectations and no gratitude is needed, not between real friends.

Boy Meets World

Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others.

Marcus Tullius Cicero

A grateful mind is a great mind which eventually attracts to itself great things.


Thankfulness is the beginning of gratitude. Gratitude is the completion of thankfulness. Thankfulness may consist merely of words. Gratitude is shown in acts.

Henri Frédéric Amiel

Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.

William Arthur Ward

Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer. And let faith be the bridge you build to overcome evil and welcome good.

Maya Angelou

Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

The unthankful heart discovers no mercies; but the thankful heart will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings.

Henry Ward Beecher

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

Gratitude always comes into play; research shows that people are happier if they are grateful for the positive things in their lives, rather than worrying about what might be missing.

Dan Buettner

The roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation for goodness.

Dalai Lama

Appreciation can change a day, even change a life. Your willingness to put it into words is all that is necessary.

Margaret Cousins

If you are really thankful, what do you do? You share.

W. Clement Stone

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

Look at everything as though you were seeing it for the first or the last time, then your time on earth will be filled with glory.

Betty Smith

When you give and carry out acts of kindness, it's as though something inside your body responds and says, ‘Yes, this is how I ought to feel.'

Rabbi Harold Kushner

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

W.T. Purkiser

I'm learning to appreciate the small things in life, like the sound of a bird, and the color of the sky.


Life is too short so take the time and appreciate.

Nick Jonas

I want you to know that I appreciate you loving me. From the bottom of my heart I love you and I appreciate.


Ain't no second time to appreciate.

Pete Rock

In the middle of a crisis
You must appreciate the day

Paul McCartney

Life's been great to me
It feels a little sad
Gotta break out of here
Appreciate what I have

Pete Yorn

And even though some may hate, still I appreciate
All my friends and family, that kept it real with me

R. Kelly

All we do is for you 'cause you've always been there
And we appreciate you

Boyz II Men

I believe you can't appreciate real love till you've been burned

Savage Garden

Help me if you can I'm feeling down
And I do appreciate you being round
Help me get my feet back on the ground
Won't you please please help me?

The Beatles

I'm so grateful for everything you've ever given me
How can I explain, oh, what it means

Paul McCartney

I'm overwhelmed with gratitude 'cause baby I'm so thankful, I found you

Mariah Carey

Thank God I found you
I was lost without you
I'm overwhelmed with gratitude

98 Degrees

We just wanna give gratitude
Got plenty love we wanna give to you

Earth Wind and Fire

Gratitude is like the good faith of traders: it maintains commerce, and we often pay, not because it is just to discharge our debts, but that we may more readily find people to trust us.

Francois de la Rochefoucauld

You may believe anything that is good of a grateful man.

Thomas Fuller

Gratitude is the fruit of cultivation; you do not find it among gross people.

Samuel Johnson

Praise the bridge that carried you over.

George Colman the Younger

No metaphysician ever felt the deficiency of language so much as the grateful.

C.C. Colton

No man has ever lived that had enough of children's gratitude or woman's love.

William Butler Yeats

Until your dying day I will be grateful.

Long John Silver

And I am just grateful for the people in my life who let me be who I am. Taught me to stand up for what is right and what is true.

Prom Queen: The Marc Hall Story

Even temporary stability can bring an appreciation for peace.

Star Trek: Voyager

Gratitude opens the door to... the power, the wisdom, the creativity of the universe. You open the door through gratitude.

Deepak Chopra

We think we have to do something to be grateful or something has to be done in order for us to be grateful, when gratitude is a state of being.

Iyanla Vanzant

The miracle of gratitude is that is shifts your perception to such an extent that it changes the world you see.

Dr. Robert Holden

Showing gratitude is one of the simplest yet most powerful things humans can do for each other.

Randy Pausch

Whatever our individual troubles and challenges may be, it's important to pause every now and then to appreciate all that we have, on every level.

Shakti Gawain

For me, every hour is grace. And I feel grateful in my heart each time I can meet someone and look at his or her smile.

Elie Wiesel

I still remember the days I prayed for the things I have now.


Gratitude bestows reverence, allowing us to encounter everyday epiphanies, those transcendent moments of awe that change forever how we experience life and the world.

John Milton

Gratitude turns what we have into enough.


You have no cause for anything but gratitude and joy.


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

In life, one has a choice to take one of two paths: to wait for some special day or to celebrate each special day.

Rasheed Ogunlaru

Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.

Mark Twain

Now and then it's good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy.

Guillaume Apollinaire

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

Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.

Lao Tzu

Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.

Melody Beattie

Gratitude is something of which none of us can give too much. For on the smiles, the thanks we give, our little gestures of appreciation, our neighbors build their philosophy of life.

A.J. Cronin

The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.

Oscar Wilde

A tree is known by its fruit; a man by his deeds. A good deed is never lost; he who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love.

Saint Basil

If you concentrate on finding whatever is good in every situation, you will discover that your life will suddenly be filled with gratitude, a feeling that nurtures the soul.

Rabbi Harold Kushner

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

The world has enough beautiful mountains and meadows, spectacular skies and serene lakes. It has enough lush forests, flowered fields, and sandy beaches. It has plenty of stars and the promise of a new sunrise and sunset every day. What the world needs more of is people to appreciate and enjoy it.

Michael Josephson

If we magnified blessings as much as we magnify disappointments, we would all be much happier.

John Wooden

Forget yesterday—
it has already forgotten you. Don't sweat tomorrow—you haven't even met. Instead, open your eyes and your heart to a truly precious gift—today.

Steve Maraboli

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

You simply will not be the same person two months from now after consciously giving thanks each day for the abundance that exists in your life. And you will have set in motion an ancient spiritual law: the more you have and are grateful for, the more will be given you

Sarah Ban Breathnach

Keep your eyes open and try to catch people in your company doing something right, then praise them for it.

Tom Hopkins

The secret to life is finding joy in ordinary things.

Ruth Reichl

Life is an echo.
What you send out, comes back. What you sow, you reap. What you give, you get. What you see in others, exists in you. Remember, life is an echo. It always gets back to you. So give goodness.


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

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

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