50 Quotes about Gratitude

By Erika Rahman
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Hi! We’re grateful you’re here.

Speaking of being grateful...you’re probably looking for some great quotes about saying thanks, appreciation, and why gratitude matters.

So, without further ado, here are 50 great gratitude quotes for you to keep on hand for encouragement, a little pick-me-up, or as a little reminder to practice daily gratitude!

1. “I am happy because I am grateful. I choose to be grateful. That gratitude allows me to be happy.” - Will Arnett

2. “I think gratitude is a big thing. It puts you in a place where you’re humble.” - Andra Day

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

4. “Appreciation is a wonderful thing. It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.” - Voltaire

5. “No duty is more urgent than giving thanks.” - James Allen

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

7. “Gratitude turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity...it makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” - Melody Beattie

8. “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

image with text - The heart that gives thanks is a happy one, for we cannot feel thankful and unhappy at the same time.

9. “The heart that gives thanks is a happy one, for we cannot feel thankful and unhappy at the same time.” - Douglas Wood

10. “Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large amount of gratitude.” - A.A. Milne

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

12. “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

image with text - We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives.

13. “We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives.” - John F. Kennedy

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

15. “When it comes to life, the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude.” - G.K. Chesterton

16. “Gratitude is a powerful catalyst for happiness. It’s the spark that lights the fire of joy in your soul.” - Amy Collette

17. “Gratitude and attitude are not challenges; they are choices.” - Robert Braathe

18. “Joy is the simplest form of gratitude.” - Karl Barth

19. “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

image with text - The deepest craving of human nature is the need to be appreciated.

20. “The deepest craving of human nature is the need to be appreciated.” - William James

21. “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

22. “If you want to find happiness, find gratitude.” - Steve Maraboli

23. “Being thankful is not always experienced as a natural state of existence, we must work at it, akin to a type of strength training for the heart.” - Larissa Gomez

24. “When eating fruit, remember the one who planted the tree.” - Vietnamese Proverb

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

26. “We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.” - Cynthia Ozick

27. “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

28. “Two kinds of gratitude: The sudden kind we feel for what we take; the larger kind we feel for what we give.” - Edwin Arlington Robinson

29. “We can always find something to be thankful for, and there may be reasons why we ought to be thankful for even those dispensations which appear dark and frowning.” - Albert Barnes

image with text - 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.

30. “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.” - Brain Tracy

31. “Train yourself never to put off the word or action for the expression of gratitude.” - Albert Schweizer

32. “Start each day with a positive thought and a grateful heart.” - Roy T. Bennett

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

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

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

36. “Everyone enjoys being acknowledged and appreciated. Sometimes even the simplest act of gratitude can change someone’s entire day. Take the time to recognize and value the people around you and appreciate those who make a difference in your lives.” - Roy T. Bennett

37. “When you are grateful, fear disappears and abundance appears.” - Tony Robbins

38. “In normal life we hardly realize how much more we receive than we give, and life cannot be rich without such gratitude. It is so easy to overestimate the importance of our own achievements compated with that we owe to the help of others.” - Dietrich Bonhoeffer

image with text - God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today. Have you used one to say thank you?

39. “God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today. Have you used one to say thank you?” - William Arthur Ward

40. “Those who have the ability to be grateful are the ones who have the ability to achieve greatness.” - Steve Maraboli

41. “An attitude of gratitude brings great things.” - Yogi Bhajan

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

43. “Gratitude means to recognixe the good in your life, be thankful for whatever you have, some people may not even have one of those things you consider precious to you. Each day give thanks for the gift of life.” - Pablo

44. “Thankfulness creates gratitude which generates contentment that causes space.” - Todd Stocker

45. “Gratitude is one of the most powerful human emotions. Once expressed, it changes attitude, brightens outlook, and broadens perspective.” - Germany Kent

46. “Gratitude paints little smiley faces on everything it touches.” - Richelle E. Goodrich

47. “A sincere attitude of gratitude is a beautitude for secured altitudes. Appreciate what you have been given and you will be promoted higher.” - Israelmore Ayivor

48. “Gratitude helps you to grow and expanse; gratitude brings joy and laughter into your life and into the lives of all those around you.” - Eileen Caddy

49. “Because gratitude is the key to happiness, anything that undermines gratitude must undermine happiness. And nothing undermines gratitude as much as expectations. There is an inverse relationship between expectations and gratitude: The more expectations you have, the less gratitude you will have.” - Dennis Prager

50. “Be consistent in your dedicatio to showing your gratitude to others. Gratitude is a fuel, a medicine, and spiritual and emotional nourishment.” - Steve Maraboli