160+ Thankful Quotes That Best Expresses Gratitude

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Most times in life we focus so much on the challenges of life and forget to show gratitude for the good things happening around us. Many wish they should have more than what they already have thereby ignoring the ones they already have, forgetting that a grateful heart attracts more good things. Lets not forget that gratitude is an attitude. Here is a huge list of some of the best thankful quotes.

About Gratitude

1. “It is necessary, then, to 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.”– Wallace D. Wattles

2. “There is always, always, always something to be thankful for.” – Unknown

3. “Thou who hast given so much to me, give me one more thing… a grateful heart!”– George Herbert

4. “You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

5. “Silent gratitude isn’t of very much use to anyone.” ~ Gertrude Stein

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

7. “You can’t live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you.” ~ John Wooden

8. “In all affairs it’s a healthy thing now and then to hang a question mark on the things you have long taken for granted.”– Bertrand Russell

9. “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

10. “If you can’t reward then you should thank.”– Arabic Proverb

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11. “Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has plenty; not on your past misfortunes of which all men have some.”– Charles Dickens

12. “Silent gratitude isn’t much use to anyone.”– G.B. Stern

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

14. “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.”– Northrup Christiane

15. “What you truly acknowledge truly is yours. Invite your heart to be grateful and your thank you will be heard even when you don’t use words.”– Pavithra Mehta

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

17. “Let us be kinder to one another.”– Aldous Huxley

18. “None of those material possessions do anything to make your life any better… I know a lot of people who have a lot of everything, and they’re absolutely the most miserable people in the world. So it won’t do anything for you unless you’re a happy person and can have peace with yourself.” ~ Lenny Kravitz

19. “Bad things do happen; how I respond to them defines my character and the quality of my life. I can choose to sit in perpetual sadness, immobilized by the gravity of my loss, or I can choose to rise from the pain and treasure the most precious gift I have—life itself.” ~ Walter Anderson

20. “Do not indulge in dreams of having what you have not, but reckon up the chief of the blessings you do possess, and then thankfully remember how you would crave for them if they were not yours.” ~ Marcus Aurelius

21. “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

22. “If we magnified blessings as much as we magnify disappointments, we would all be much happier.” ~ John Wooden

23. “Gratitude is the most exquisite form of courtesy.”– Jacques Maritain

24. “Maybe being grateful means recognizing what you have for what it is. Appreciating small victories. Admiring the struggle it takes to simply be human…At the end of the day, the fact that we have the courage to still be standing is reason enough to celebrate.”– Meredith Grey

25. “You have no cause for anything but gratitude and joy.”– Buddha

26. “There is a calmness to a life lived in gratitude, a quiet joy.”– Ralph Blum

27. “You won’t be happy with more until you’re happy with what you’ve got.”– Viki King

28. “Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving.”– W.T. Purkiser

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

30. “Things turn out best for people who make the best of the way things turn out.”– John Wooden

31. “Some people are always grumbling because roses have thorns; I am thankful that thorns have roses.”– Alphonse Karr

32. “Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”26– Marcel Proust

33. “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

34. “We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.”– Albert Schweitzer

35. “It isn’t what you have in your pocket that makes you thankful, but what you have in your heart.” ~ Author Unknown

36. “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

37. “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

38. “It’s the recognition that other people’s problems, their pain and frustrations, are every bit as real as our own – often far worse. In recognizing this fact and trying to offer some assistance, we open our hearts and greatly enhance our sense of gratitude.” ~ Richard Carlson

39. “No duty is more urgent than that of returning thanks.” ~ James Allen

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

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41. “The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.” ~ Oscar Wilde

42. “Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.” ~ Mark Twain

43. “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

44. “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.” ~ Harold Kushner

45. “What can you do right now to turn your life around?? Gratitude”– The Secret

46. “Gratitude: A lively sense of future benefit.”– Unknown

47. “I still miss those I loved who are no longer with me but I find I am grateful for having loved them. The gratitude has finally conquered the loss.”– Rita Mae Brown15

48. “…it is not joy that makes us grateful; it is gratitude that makes us joyful.”– David Steindl-Rast

49. “If you haven’t all the things you want, be grateful for the things you don’t have that you wouldn’t want.”– Unknown

50. “Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity…Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.”– Melodie Beattie

51. “When eating bamboo sprouts, remember the man who planted them.”– Chinese Proverb

52. “It is impossible to feel grateful and depressed in the same moment.” ~ Naomi Williams

53. “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

54. “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 Breathnack

55. “Now and then it’s good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy.” ~ Guillaume Apollinaire

56. “Gratitude is riches. Complaint is poverty.”– Unknown

57. “Breathe. Let go. And remind yourself that this very moment is the only one you know you have for sure.”– Oprah Winfrey

58. “Stop thinking of gratitude as a by product of your circumstances and start thinking of it as a world view.”– Bryan Robles

59. “A grateful mind is a great mind which eventually attracts to itself great things.”– Plato

60. “To speak gratitude is courteous and pleasant, to enact gratitude is generous and noble, but to live gratitude is to touch Heaven.”– Johannes Gaertner

61. “When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around.”– Willie Nelson7

62. “To live a life fulfilled reflect on the things you have with gratitude.”– Jaren Davis

63. “Be grateful, not only for others, but for yourself”– Unknown

64. “The smallest thanks is always worth more than the effort it takes to give it.”– Unknown

65. “Gratitude is happiness double by wonder.”– G.K. Chesterton

66. “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

67. “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. ” ~ Unknown

68. “Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.” ~ Lao Tzu

69. “We live in deeds, not years; in thoughts, not figures on a dial. We should count time by heart-throbs. He most lives who thinks most, feels the noblest, acts the best.” ~ Phillip James Bailey

70. “One man may hit the mark, another blunder; but heed not these distinctions. Only from the alliance of the one, working with and through the other, are great things born.”– Antoine de Sainte-Exupery

71. “Now is no time to think of what you do not have. Think of what you can do with what there is.”– Ernest Hemingway

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Quotes About Being Thankful

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

73. The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables us to count our blessings. Eric Hoffer

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

75. There is always, always, always something to be thankful for. Anonymous

76. If I’m not working, I have home time with my family, and if I spend that stressing what’s going to happen next, then it’s a waste. I have a lot to be thankful for. Ewen Bremner

77. A federal judge did as he was supposed to do and upheld the Constitution. We should be thankful that we have judiciary that will do that. Michael Newdow

78. We have to be thankful considering our number as a family we enjoy very good health generally but you may be sure me and my partner have quite enough to exercise our minds and occupy our attention. John Hawley

79. There are many amazing female directors that made work in more skewed times, so we should be thankful for the boundaries they pushed through. Jillian Mayer

80. 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

81. Often people ask how I manage to be happy despite having no arms and no legs. The quick answer is that I have a choice. I can be angry about not having limbs, or I can be thankful that I have a purpose. I chose gratitude.
Nick Vujicic



82. It is okay to be an outsider, a recent arrival, new on the scene – and not just okay, but something to be thankful for… Because being an insider can so easily mean collapsing the horizons, can so easily mean accepting the presumptions of your province.   Tan Le

83. The only jobs kids have are to do well in school, to be charming and polite, and be thankful. That’s it. I’ll house you, protect you, I’ll even give my life for you, and in return, you will behave.  Gene Simmons

84. In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican. H. L. Mencken

85. All I ever wanted really, and continue to want out of life, is to give 100 percent to whatever I’m doing and to be committed to whatever I’m doing and then let the results speak for themselves. Also to never take myself or people for granted and always be thankful and grateful to the people who helped me.
Jackie Joyner-Kersee

86. I did not break up the Beatles. You can’t have it both ways. If you’re going to blame me for breaking the Beatles up, you should be thankful that I made them into myth rather than a crumbling group. Yoko Ono

87. In the household in which I was raised, the themes were pretty simple. ‘Work hard. Don’t quit. Be appreciative, be thankful, be grateful, be respectful. Also, never whine, never complain. And always, for crying out loud, keep a sense of humor.’  Michael Keaton

88. Every day I’ve got to be thankful that I am alive, and you never know – the cliche is, I guess, you could get hit by a bus tomorrow, so you’d better be at peace with whatever you got going at the moment.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt

89. 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

90. We can be thankful to a friend for a few acres, or a little money; and yet for the freedom and command of the whole earth, and for the great benefits of our being, our life, health, and reason, we look upon ourselves as under no obligation. Lucius Annaeus Seneca

91. Drink and be thankful to the host! What seems insignificant when you have it, is important when you need it.

92. I will forever be thankful to the Malawians and international community, and my professional army and army general, who said: ‘No, we will follow the constitution.’ That’s why I’m here.
Joyce Banda

93. I tell people to be thankful that Madonna is showing that it’s possible to be ageless – people should applaud and celebrate that. Anybody who criticises her is just jealous! Tracy Anderson

94. I am a big defender of ‘Harry Potter,’ and I think any book that gets kids to read are books that we should cherish, we should be thankful for them. Judy Blume

95. And I’m very surprised that all this stuff actually worked out to where I could have a career in film, gain the benefit of my education, and be thankful that I was able to break into my craft as an actor. Terrence Howard

96. 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

97. I will give thanks to the LORD because of his righteousness and will sing praise to the name of the LORD Most High. – Psalm 7:17

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

99. Nothing is more honorable than a grateful heart. Seneca

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

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101. In Latino culture, the quinceanera’s a big thing – it’s when a girl becomes a woman. But I think age is just a number – you become a woman with the responsibilities you take on and the decisions you make. I started realizing that every day is a gift – you have every day to be thankful you’re alive. Emily Rios

102. I went from not knowing anything to becoming really curious and wanting to know and respecting people in the industry, realizing how hard they work. I will always be thankful for ‘Top Model’ for that. Fatima Siad

104. 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

105. Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

106. In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.
Albert Schweitzer

107. I have a lot to be thankful for. I am healthy, happy and I am loved. Reba McEntire

108. Let me encourage you to get up every day and focus on what you do have in life. Be thankful for the blessings of the little things, even when you don’t get what you expect. Victoria Osteen

109. I’m not going to tell you to meditate on what Christmas really means and be thankful. Monica Johnson

110. If I could write a story that would do for the Indian one-hundredth part what ‘Uncle Tom’s Cabin’ did for the Negro, I would be thankful the rest of my life. Helen Hunt Jackson

111. If I can do one hundredth part for the Indian that Mrs. Stowe did for the Negro, I will be thankful. Helen Hunt Jackson

112. Before I get out of bed, I am saying thank you. I know how important it is to be thankful. Al Jarreau

113. There was no instruction to be thankful that the Christians were special people, chosen people. There was no nationalistic, political or ethnic superiority to be thankful for. John Clayton

114. Talent is God-given; be humble. Fame is man-given; be thankful. Conceit is self-given; be careful.
Harvey Mackay

115. Be thankful we’re not getting all the government we’re paying for.
Will Rogers

116. Keep your eyes open to your mercies. The man who forgets to be thankful has fallen asleep in life.
Robert Louis Stevenson

117. My advice: Take a second out of the day today and be thankful for your family.
Jenna Morasca

118. Just don’t let the hype of what people are saying and how much they love you, y’know, just take the compliment and be thankful that people are complimenting you, but don’t let it consume you; don’t let your circumstances around you and the way people view you make you act a certain way.
Mary J. Blige

119. Let us be thankful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom. Marcel Proust

120. 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

121. Happiness is itself a kind of gratitude. Joseph Wood Krutch

122. People who live the most fulfilling lives are the ones who are always rejoicing at what they have. Richard Carlson

123. There is no such thing as gratitude unexpressed. If it is unexpressed, it is plain, old-fashioned ingratitude. – Robert Brault

124. Give thanks to the LORD, call on his name; make known among the nations what he has done. – 1 Chronicles 16:8

125. Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever. – 1 Chronicles 16:34

126. A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all the other virtues. Cicero

127. Gratitude is the sign of noble souls. Aesop

128. The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude. Friedrich Nietzsche

129. A noble person is mindful and thankful for the favors he receives from others. Buddha

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

131. All that we behold is full of blessings. William Wordsworth

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

133. Be thankful for problems. If they were less difficult, someone with less ability might have your job.
Jim Lovell

134. Strive to find things to be thankful for, and just look for the good in who you are!
Bethany Hamilton

135. Years ago, it was pretty hard to get people to empathize even a little bit with scaly, cold-blooded critters; now, thanks a lot to good PR from television, it is easier to get the message of reptile conservation and tolerance across. We have a lot to be thankful to reptiles for, not the least of which is their control of rodents. Romulus Whitaker

136. I am very proud of my mom and consider her the most courageous woman I know. With perseverance, sacrifice and hard work, she raised a family of Olympic athletes and gave us the tools and the spirit to succeed. That is something that my brothers and I will always be thankful for. Diana Lopez

137. Blessed are those that can give without remembering and receive without forgetting. — Author Unknown

138. 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

139. Every time we remember to say “thank you”, we experience nothing less than heaven on earth. — Sarah Ban Breathnach

140. 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

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141. Gratitude helps you to grow and expand; gratitude brings joy and laughter into your life and into the lives of all those around you. — Eileen Caddy

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

143. I am grateful for all of my problems. After each one was overcome, I became stronger and more able to meet those that were still to come. I grew in all my difficulties. — James Cash Penney

144. If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough. — Meister Eckhardt

145. If you can’t be content with what you have received, be thankful for what you have escaped.– Author Unknown

146. 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

147. If you haven’t all the things you want, be grateful for the things you don’t have that you wouldn’t want. — Author Unknown

148. In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit. — Albert Schweitzer

149. 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

150. It is impossible to feel grateful and depressed in the same moment. — Naomi Williams It isn’t what you have in your pocket that makes you thankful, but what you have in your heart. — Author Unknown

151. Just a “thank you” is a mighty powerful prayer. Says it all.  — Rosie Cash

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

153. 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

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

155. None is more impoverished than the one who has no gratitude. Gratitude is a currency that we can mint for ourselves, and spend without fear of bankruptcy. — Fred De Witt Van Amburgh

156. People who live the most fulfilling lives are the ones who are always rejoicing at what they have.– Richard Carlson

157. So often we dwell on the things that seem impossible rather than on the things that are possible. So often we are depressed by what remains to be done and forget to be thankful for all that has been done. — Marian Wright Edelman

158. The grateful mind is constantly fixed upon the best. Therefore it tends to become the best. It takes the form or character of the best, and will receive the best. — Wallace D. Wattles

159. The thankful receiver bears a plentiful harvest. — William Blake

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

161. There is always, always, always something to be thankful for. — Author Unknown

162. To educate yourself for the feeling of gratitude means to take nothing for granted, but to always seek out and value the kind that will stand behind the action. Nothing that is done for you is a matter of course. Everything originates in a will for the good, which is directed at you. Train yourself never to put off the word or action for the expression of gratitude. — Albert Schweitzer

163. 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.Such a life provides less space for our suffering because our attention is more balanced. We are more often occupied with noticing what we are given, thanking those who have helped us, and repaying the world in some concrete way for what we are receiving. — Gregg Krech

164. 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

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