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Thoughts of Gratitude

God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today. Have you used one to say "thank you?" - William A. Ward

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

Gratitude is the memory of the heart. - Jean Baptiste Massieu, translated from French

Silent gratitude isn't much use to anyone. - G.B. Stern

If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, "thank you," that would suffice. - Meister Eckhart

If you have lived, take thankfully the past. - John Dryden

When we were children we were grateful to those who filled our stockings at Christmas time. Why are we not grateful to God for filling our stockings with legs? - G.K. Chesterton

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

[G]ratitude is happiness doubled by wonder. - G.K. Chesterton

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

For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food, for love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.

- Ralph Waldo Emerson


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

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

What a miserable thing life is: you're living in clover, only the clover isn't good enough. - Bertolt Brecht, Jungle of Cities, 1924

Gratitude is the best attitude. - Author Unknown

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

We thank Thee, O Father of all, for... all the soul-help that sad souls understand. - Will Carleton

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

There is not a more pleasing exercise of the mind than gratitude. It is accompanied with such an inward satisfaction that the duty is sufficiently rewarded by the performance. - Joseph Addison

I feel a very unusual sensation - if it is not indigestion, I think it must be gratitude. - Benjamin Disraeli

Who does not thank for little will not thank for much. - Estonian Proverb

Thou hast given so much to me,
Give one thing more, - a grateful heart;
Not thankful when it pleaseth me,
As if Thy blessings had spare days,
But such a heart whose pulse may be Thy praise.

- George Herbert

The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables us to count our blessings. - Eric Hoffer, Reflections On The Human Condition

When our perils are past, shall our gratitude sleep? - George Canning

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

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

Only a stomach that rarely feels hungry scorns common things. - Horace

The grateful person, being still the most severe exacter of himself, not only confesses, but proclaims, his debts. - Robert South

Gratitude is merely the secret hope of further favors. - François Duc de La Rochefoucauld

When eating bamboo sprouts, remember the man who planted them. - Chinese Proverb

Thanks are justly due for boons unbought. - Ovid

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

Hem your blessings with thankfulness so they don't unravel. - Author Unknown

With you there to lend a hand we were able to get a head start.
So we would like to say a thank you from the bottom of our heart.
As the years go by we will look back and kindly remember you .
Your kindness we never forget as it helped to pull us through.

- Author Unknown

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