Gratitude Quotes for Thanksgiving and beyond...

I found these quotes online, and would like to share them. HAVE A PEACEFUL THANKSGIVING! "The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude." --Friedrich Nietzsche "No longer forward nor behind I look in hope or fear; But, grateful, take the good I find, The best of now and here." --John Greenleaf Whittier "Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow." --Melody Beattie "I thank God for my handicaps for, through them, I have found myself, my work, and my God." --Helen Keller "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 "Find the good -- and praise it." --Alex Haley "Give thanks for a little and you will find a lot." --The Hausa of Nigeria "They are not poor that have little, but they that desire much. The richest man, whatever his lot, is the one who's content with his lot." --Dutch Proverb "Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom." --Marcel Proust "Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others." --Cicero "Nothing is more honorable than a grateful heart." --Seneca "Gratitude is our most direct line to God and the angels. If we take the time, no matter how crazy and troubled we feel, we can find something to be thankful for. The more we seek gratitude, the more reason the angels will give us for gratitude and joy to exist in our lives." --Terry Lynn Taylor "Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul." --Henry Ward Beecher "What if you gave someone a gift, and they neglected to thank you for it--would you be likely to give them another? Life is the same way. In order to attract more of the blessings that life has to offer, you must truly appreciate what you already have." --Ralph Marston "A proud man is seldom a grateful man, for he never thinks he gets as much as he deserves." --Henry Ward Beecher "Feeling grateful or appreciative of someone or something in your life actually attracts more of the things that you appreciate and value into your life." --Christiane Northrup "Love wholeheartedly, be surprised, give thanks and praise--then you will discover the fullness of your life." --Brother David Steindl-Rast "Life without thankfulness is devoid of love and passion. Hope without thankfulness is lacking in fine perception. Faith without thankfulness lacks strength and fortitude. Every virtue divorced from thankfulness is maimed and limps along the spiritual road." --John Henry Jowett "True thanksgiving means that we need to thank God for what He has done for us, and not to tell Him what we have done for Him." --George R. Hendrick "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 "Happiness is itself a kind of gratitude." --Joseph Wood Krutch "I had the blues because I had no shoes until upon the street, I met a man who had no feet." --Denis Waitely "If you can't be thankful for what you receive, be thankful for what you escape." --Unknown "Take full account of the excellencies which you possess, and in gratitude remember how you would hanker after them, if you had them not." --Marcus Aurelius "Real life isn't always going to be perfect or go our way, but the recurring acknowledgement of what is working in our lives can help us not only to survive but surmount our difficulties." --Sara Ban Breathnach "A thankful person is thankful under all circumstances. A complaining soul complains even if he lives in paradise." --Baha'u'llah "Gratitude is the heart's memory." --French Proverb "God has two dwellings; one in heaven, and the other in a meek and thankful heart." --Izaak Walton "Gratitude is heaven itself." --William Blake "A single grateful thought toward heaven is the most complete prayer." --Gotthold Lessing "Can you see the holiness in those things you take for granted--a paved road or a washing machine? If you concentrate on finding what 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 "Thou that has given so much to me, Give one thing more--a grateful heart; Not thankful when it pleases me, As if Thy blessings had spare days; But such a heart, whose pulse may be Thy praise." --George Herbert "(Some people) have a wonderful capacity to appreciate again and again, freshly and naively, the basic goods of life, with awe, pleasure, wonder, and even ecstasy." --A.H. Maslow "Silent gratitude isn't much use to anyone." --Gladys Berthe Stern "There is a calmness to a life lived in gratitude, a quiet joy." --Ralph H. Blum "I remember those happy days and often wish I could speak into the ears of the dead the gratitude which was due to them in life and so ill-returned." --Gwyn Thomas “Wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of loving.” --Kahlil Gibran “When you are grateful fear disappears and abundance appears” --Anthony Robbins “Gratitude is when memory is stored in the heart and not in the mind.” --Lionel Hampton "The unthankful heart... discovers no mercies; but let the thankful heart sweep through the day and, as the magnet finds the iron, so it will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings!" --Henry Ward Beecher "Grace isn't a little prayer you chant before receiving a meal. It's a way to live." --Jackie Windspear" "Who does not thank for little will not thank for much." --Estonian Proverb "You say, 'If I had a little more, I should be very satisfied.' You make a mistake. If you are not content with what you have, you would not be satisfied if it were doubled." --Charles Haddon Spurgeon "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 "God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today. Have you used one to say 'thank you?'" --William A. Ward "O Lord that lends me life, Lend me a heart replete with thankfulness!" -- William Shakespeare "Gratitude consists of being more aware of what you have, than what you don’t." - –Unknown "We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude." --Cynthia Ozick "Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing." --Harper Lee "To know the value of generosity, it is necessary to have suffered from the cold indifference of others." --Eugene Cloutier "Only a stomach that rarely feels hungry scorns common things." --Horace "Courtesies of a small and trivial character are the ones which strike deepest in the grateful and appreciating heart." --Henry Clay "How wonderful it would be if we could help our children and grandchildren to learn thanksgiving at an early age. Thanksgiving opens the doors. It changes a child's personality. A child is resentful, negative—or thankful. Thankful children want to give, they radiate happiness, they draw people." --Sir John Templeton "Gratitude ... goes beyond the 'mine' and 'thine' and claims the truth that all of life is a pure gift. In the past I always thought of gratitude as a spontaneous response to the awareness of gifts received, but now I realize that gratitude can also be lived as a discipline. The discipline of gratitude is the explicit effort to acknowledge that all I am and have is given to me as a gift of love, a gift to be celebrated with joy." --Henri J. M. Nouwen "We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures." --Thornton Wilder "Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it." --William Arthur Ward "Thank God every day when you get up that you have something to do that day which must be done whether you like it or not. Being forced to work and forced to do your best will breed in you temperance and self-control, diligence and strength of will, cheerfulness and content, and a hundred virtues which the idle will never know." -- Basil Carpenter "When eating bamboo sprouts, remember the man who planted them." --Chinese Proverb "Hem your blessings with thankfulness so they don't unravel." --Author Unknown "Gratitude is the sign of noble souls." -- Aesop Fables "The Pilgrims made seven times more graves than huts. No Americans have been more impoverished than these who, nevertheless, set aside a day of thanksgiving." --H.U. Westermayer "When our perils are past, shall our gratitude sleep?" --George Canning "Some complain that roses have thorns—others rejoice that thorns have roses!" --Unknown "Would you know who is the greatest saint in the world: It is not he who prays most or fasts most, it is not he who gives most alms or is most eminent for temperance, chastity or justice; but it is he who is always thankful to God, who wills everything that God wills, who receives everything as an instance of God’s goodness and has a heart always ready to praise God for it." --William Law "If you count all your assets, you always show a profit." --Robert Quillen "I have learnt silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet strange, I am ungrateful to these teachers." --Kahlil Gibran "As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them." --John Fitzgerald Kennedy "Thanksgiving to God is an exuberant response to giving me HIS everything . . . by giving Him MY everything." –-Martha Kilpatrick "Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving." --W.T. Purkiser "Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn't learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn't learn a little, at least we didn't get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn't die; so, let us all be thankful." --Buddha "The best way to pay for a lovely moment is to enjoy it." --Richard Bach "Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has plenty; not on your past misfortunes of which all men have some." --Charles Dickens "Life is a paradise for those who love many things with a passion." --Leo Buscaglia "Don't pray when it rains if you don't pray when the sun shines." --Leroy (Satchel) Paige "Gratitude is born in hearts that take time to count up past mercies." --Charles E. Jefferson "Feeling grateful or appreciative of someone or something in your life actually attracts more of the things that you appreciate or value into your life." --Christiane Northrup "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 "I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder." --Gilbert Keith Chesterton "Both abundance and lack exist simultaneously in our lives, as parallel realities. It is always our conscious choice which secret garden we will tend... when we choose not to focus on what is missing from our lives but are grateful for the abundance that's present -- love, health, family, friends, work, the joys of nature and personal pursuits that bring us pleasure -- the wasteland of illusion falls away and we experience Heaven on earth." --Sarah Ban Breathnach "O Lord, who lends me life, lend me a heart replete with thankfulness." --William Shakespeare "For today and its blessings, I owe the world an attitude of gratitude. " --Clarence E. Hodges "Gratitude is our most direct line to God and the angels. If we take the time, no matter how crazy and troubled we feel, we can find something to be thankful for. The more we seek gratitude, the more reason the angels will give us for gratitude and joy to exist in our lives." --Terry Lynn Taylor "In our daily lives, we must see that it is not happiness that makes us grateful, but the gratefulness that makes us happy." --Albert Clarke "[The most fortunate are those who] have a wonderful capacity to appreciate again and again, freshly and naively, the basic goods of life, with awe, pleasure, wonder, and even ecstasy." --Abraham Maslow "Gratitude is when memory is stored in the heart and not in the mind." --Sam N. Hampton "In our daily lives, we must see that it is not happiness that makes us grateful, but the gratefulness that makes us happy." --Albert Clarke "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 "Whenever we are appreciative, we are filled with a sense of well-being and swept up by the feeling of joy." --M.J. Ryan "Let us be grateful to people who make us happy--they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom." --Marcel Proust "All my life through, the new sights of Nature made me rejoice like a child." --Madame Marie Curie "You have no cause for anything but gratitude and joy." --Buddha "Gratitude is riches. Complaint is poverty." --Doris Day "Gratitude is a quality similar to electricity: it must be produced and discharged and used up in order to exist at all." --William Faulkner "There are no mistakes, no coincidences. All events are blessings given to us to learn from." --Elisabeth Kubler-Ross "If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough." --Meister Eckhart Take care and be happy, -Laurie"

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