40 Gratitude Quotes
That Explain Thankfulness

Gratitude quotes remind us that gratitude is the biggest of all virtues. Let's see what famous people have to say about gratitude.

No man is an island, declared John Donne in as far back as 1624. And it is so true. We do not live alone. Not only do we live in society as individuals, but man (and woman!) as a species lives on this planet along with other animals and trees.

It is thus abundantly clear that we are dependent on everything around us. If that is so, isn’t it natural that we should feel thankful to all other humans, animals and plants for our very survival?

Image of "Folded Hands" for Gratitude Quotes.

Gratitude quotes give us a wonderful picture of how our gratitude should shine through our behaviour.

They will also help us redefine our attitude towards the world in general.

Read these and other gratitude quotes regularly to remind yourself of how thankful we should be to everything around us.


Cynthia Ozick's take on gratitude: “We take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.”

We take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.
  ~ Cynthia Ozick

Gratitude Quote by Alphonse Karr: “We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorns have roses.”

We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorns have roses.
  ~ Alphonse Karr

A thankfulness quote by Roy T. Bennett: "Be thankful for everything that happens in your life; it’s all an experience."

Be thankful for everything that happens in your life; it’s all an experience.
  ~ Roy T. Bennett

Quote by Kristin Armstrong on Gratitude: "When we focus on our gratitude, the tide of disappointment goes out and the tide of love rushes in."

When we focus on our gratitude, the tide of disappointment goes out and the tide of love rushes in.
  ~ Kristin Armstrong

“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

“Great things happen to those who don't stop believing, trying, learning, and being grateful.”
  ~ Roy T. Bennett

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

“Ingratitude produces pride while gratitude produces humility.”
~ Orrin Woodward

“Gratitude is the real treasure God wants us to find, because it isn't the pot of gold but the rainbow that colors our world.”
~ Richelle E. Goodrich

“Be attached to nothing. Be grateful for everything.”
~ David Che

“To give thanks in solitude is enough. Thanksgiving has wings and goes where it must go. Your prayer knows much more about it than you do.”
  ~ Victor Hugo

“Always remember people who have helped you along the way, and don’t forget to lift someone up.”
  ~ Roy T. Bennett

“I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought; and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.”
  ~ G.K. Chesterton

“To live a life of gratitude is to open our eyes to the countless ways in which we are supported by the world around us.”
~ Gregg Krech

“Gratitude shouldn't be an occasional incident but a continuous attitude.”
~ Anthony Nyuiemedy-Adiase

“Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.”
  ~ Eckhart Tolle

“If the only prayer you said was thank you, that would be enough.”
  ~ Meister Eckhart

“When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.”
  ~ Maya Angelou

“What I’ve learned is there’s a scientifically proven phenomenon that’s attached to gratitude, and that if you consciously take note of what is good in your life, quantifiable benefits happen.”
~ Deborah Norville

“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.”
~ Sarah Ban Breathnach

“Showing gratitude is one of the simplest yet most powerful things humans can do for each other.”
  ~ Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture

“Gratitude builds a bridge to abundance.”
  ~ Roy T. Bennett

“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.”
  ~ Marcus Tullius Cicero

“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

“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.”
  ~ William Arthur Ward

“Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” —”
  ~ William Arthur Ward

“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

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

“It's a funny thing about life, once you begin to take note of the things you are grateful for, you begin to lose sight of the things that you lack.”
  ~ Germany Kent

“Gratitude is the beginning of wisdom. Stated differently, true wisdom cannot be obtained unless it is built on a foundation of true humility and gratitude.”
  ~ Gordon B. Hinckley

“Whatever you appreciate and give thanks for will increase in your life.”
  ~ Sanaya Roman

“I have noticed that the Universe loves Gratitude. The more Grateful you are, the more goodies you get”
  ~ Louise Hay

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

“The fool’s life is empty of gratitude and full of fears; its course lies wholly toward the future.”
  ~ Epicurus

“Gratitude bestows reverence.....changing forever how we experience life and the world.”
  ~ John Milton

“A man becomes a Buddha the moment he accepts all that life brings with gratitude.”
  ~ Osho

“If we want to keep the blessings of life coming to us, we must learn to be grateful for whatever is given.”
  ~ Harold Klemp

“The soul that gives thanks can find comfort in everything; the soul that complains can find comfort in nothing.”
  ~ Hannah Whitall Smith

“Gratitude is the sweetest thing in a seeker's life- in all human life. If there is gratitude in your heart, then there will be tremendous sweetness in your eyes.”
  ~ Sri Chinmoy

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

End of Gratitude Quotes.

Also see Gratitude Affirmations.

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