A life full of thankful quotes is an enriched life. If you want to lead a happier life, be grateful for everything you have. From friends and family to the smallest things in your life, show gratitude. Remember, you can never shower enough of your thankfulness on those around you.
Every heart has an abundance of gratitude and love in it that you can never exhaust it. Never fret in showing your appreciation for everything and everyone that comes your way. If you are looking for the best way to make this world a better place, share your gratitude.
To kick things off, the Poet’s Panel has selected the top ten thankful quotes.
Best Thankful Quotes
1.) Gratitude turns what we have into enough.
2.) When you practice gratefulness, there is a sense of respect toward others.
3.) A grateful mind is a great mind which eventually attracts to itself great things.
4.) There are always flowers for those who want to see them.
5.) The essence of all beautiful art is gratitude.
6.) Sometimes, you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.
7.) I feel a very unusual sensation – if it is not indigestion, it must be gratitude.
8.) Keep your eyes open to your mercies. The man who forgets to be thankful has fallen asleep in life.
Robert Louis Stevenson
9.) Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.
10.) The trick is to be grateful when your mood is high and graceful when it is low.
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11.) Be thankful for problems. If they were less difficult, someone with less ability might have your job.
12.) Be thankful for everything that happens in your life; it’s all an experience.
Roy T. Bennett
13.) 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.
14.) In our daily lives, we must see that it is not happiness that makes us grateful, but the gratefulness that makes us happy.
15.) Be grateful for all the obstacles in your life. They have strengthened you as you continue with your journey.
16.) The unthankful heart discovers no mercies, but the thankful heart will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings.
Henry Ward Beecher
Thanksgiving: An American Holiday
On the fourth Thursday in November in the United States, folks gather to share a meal and celebrate Thanksgiving. Turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie are on many a menu and it’s an opportunity for families to share their love with each other.
The Thanksgiving holiday is also the kick-off to the holiday Christmas season. Learn more about the origin of the Thanksgiving holiday.
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17.) Some people are always grumbling because roses have thorns; I am thankful that thorns have roses.
18.) If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.
19.) When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light, for your life, for your strength. Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason to give thanks, the fault lies in yourself.
20.) He enjoys much who is thankful for little.
21.) Things turn out best for people who make the best of the way things turn out.
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22.) If you are really thankful, what do you do? You share.
W. Clement Stone
23.) Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.
24.) 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.
25.) None of us got to where we are alone. Whether the assistance we received was obvious or subtle, acknowledging someone’s help is a big part of understanding the importance of saying thank you.
26.) Every so often we’re blessed by angles disguised as friends who enrich our lives more than we could ever have expected.
27.) Make it a habit to tell people thank you. To express your appreciation, sincerely and without the expectation of anything in return.
28.) It means so much to me knowing how much you care and that if either of us needs to talk, the other will be there.
29.) The only people with whom you should try to get even are those who have helped you.
John E. Southard
30.) Gratitude is a duty which ought to be paid, but which none have a right to expect.
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31.) 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
32.) No duty is more urgent than that of returning thanks.
33.) Appreciation is a wonderful thing: It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.
34.) We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.
35.) Appreciation can make a day – even change a life. Your willingness to put it into words is all that is necessary.
36.) Whatever we are waiting for – peace of mind, contentment, grace, the inner awareness of simple abundance – it will surely come to us, but only when we are ready to receive it with an open and grateful heart.
Sarah Ban Breathnach
37.) Be thankful for what you have today. Work hard for what you have tomorrow.
38.) Appreciation is the highest form of prayer, for it acknowledges the presence of good wherever you shine the light of your thankful thoughts.
39.) Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough and more.
40.) 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. (And) It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.
41.) Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.
William Arthur Ward
42.) 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
43.) Be grateful for what you have and stop complaining – it bores everybody else, does you no good, and doesn’t solve any problems.
44.) Appreciate good people. They are hard to come by.
45.) There is no better way to thank God for your sight than by giving a helping hand to someone in the dark.
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46.) I just want to thank you for being my reason to look forward to the next day.
47.) 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.
48.) Your friendship is a special gift, generously given, happily accepted, and deeply appreciated.
49.) Thank you for reminding me what butterflies feel like.
50.) Thank you for coming into my life and giving me joy; thank you for loving me and receiving my love in return. Thank you for the memories I will cherish forever. But most of all, thank you for showing me that there will come a time when I can eventually let you go.
51.) I appreciate you in countless ways and on countless days.
52.) Thank you for making so many ordinary moments.
53.) Thank you for staying even when you had every reason to leave.
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54.) 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.
55.) Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.
William Arthur Ward
56.) It is not happy people who are thankful; it is thankful people who are happy.
57.) There is a calmness to a life lived in gratitude, a quiet joy.
Ralph H. Blum
58.) To speak gratitude is courteous and pleasant, to enact gratitude is generous and noble, but to live gratitude is to touch Heaven.
59.) Never take anything for granted.
60.) When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around.
61.) A grateful mind is a great mind, which eventually attracts to itself great things.
62.) There’s no happier person than a truly thankful, content person.
63.) Gratitude is the heart’s memory.
64.) It isn’t what you have in your pocket that makes you thankful, but what you have in your heart.
65.) I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.
66.) I’m thankful for every moment.
67.) Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues but the parent of all others.
68.) If you want to turn your life around, try thankfulness. It will change your life mightily.
69.) I’m thankful for my struggle because without it I wouldn’t have stumbled across my strength.
70.) If you have any suggestions for our Thankful Quotes page, please let us know via the Contact page. Thanks.
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71.) My world is brighter and more beautiful because of you. Thank you.
72.) I was given such a great gift. It’s a miracle that never stops amazing me and reminding me to give thanks every day. Having a wife and daughter gives me a lot more purpose. I was much more selfish before, but now I think about what kind of role model I’ll be. I just want to be a better man.
73.) I am thankful that there are those among us who have sacrificed dearly on our behalf. And I ardently pray to God that I might be less like myself and more like them.
74.) I thank you for your part in my journey.
75.) I’m just thankful I’m surrounded by good people.
76.) Thank you for coming into my life. Thank you for making me smile like crazy. And thank you for making me happy.
77.) Thank you for always giving me the extra push I need.
78.) The most memorable people in life will be the friends who loved you when you weren’t very lovable.
79.) A noble person is mindful and thankful for the favors he receives from others.
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80.) I do believe that God blessed me in life with a wonderful family, a successful career, and a loving marriage, and remain thankful for that blessing.
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81.) I am thankful for nights that turned into mornings, friends that turned into family, and dreams that turned into reality.
82.) He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not but rejoices for those which he has.
83.) Interrupt anxiety with gratitude.
84.) A grateful heart is a magnet for miracles.
85.) The thankful receiver bears a plentiful harvest.
86.) One joy scatters one hundred griefs. Find it and be thankful.
87.) Each day is a gift. Don’t send it back unopened.
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88.) It’s a sign of mediocrity when you demonstrate gratitude with moderation.
89.) I may not be where I want to be, but I’m thankful for not being where I used to be.
90.) I was complaining that I had no shoes till I met a man who had no feet.
91.) It is not joy that makes us grateful; it is gratitude that makes us joyful.
92.) Gratitude changes everything.
93.) Gratitude is riches. Complaint is poverty.
94.) Gratitude is the sign of noble souls.
95.) Happiness is itself a kind of gratitude.
96.) The essence of all beautiful art is gratitude.
97.) Through the eyes of gratitude, everything is a miracle.
98.) The struggle ends when gratitude begins.
Neale Donald Walsch
99.) May the work of your hands be a sign of gratitude and reverence to the human condition.
100.) Gratitude is the open door to abundance.
101.) Three meals plus bedtime make four sure blessings a day.
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102.) Reflect upon your present blessings – of which every man has many – not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.
103.) 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.
104.) Thank you’ is the best prayer that anyone could say.
105.) We would worry less if we praised more. Thanksgiving is the enemy of discontent and dissatisfaction.
106.) 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
107.) 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.
108.) Enjoy the little things, for one day, you may look back and realize they were the big things.
109.) Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.
110.) The thankful heart opens our eyes to a multitude of blessings that continually surround us.
James E. Faust
111.) Wear gratitude like a cloak, and it will feed every corner of your life.
112.) When it comes to life, the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude.
Gilbert K. Chesterton
113.) 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.
114.) Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer. And let faith be the bridge you build to overcome evil and welcome good.
115.) Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues but the parent of all others.
Marcus Tullius Cicero
116.) Thank you expresses extreme gratitude, humility, understanding.
117.) Be glad of life because it gives you the chance to love, to work, to play, and to look up at the stars.
Henry Van Dyke
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118.) When we focus on our gratitude, the tide of disappointment goes out, and the tide of love rushes in.
119.) Silent gratitude isn’t very much to anyone.
120.) The world has enough beautiful mountains and meadows, spectacular skies, and serene lakes. It has enough lush forests, flowered fields, and sandy beaches. It has plenty of stars and the promise of a new sunrise and sunset every day. What the world needs more of is people to appreciate and enjoy it. Michael Josephson
121.) Joy is the simplest form of gratitude.
122.) Gratitude is the healthiest of all human emotions. The more you express gratitude for what you have, the more likely you will have even more to express gratitude for.
123.) We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.
124.) The roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation for goodness.
125.) Gratitude is the inward feeling of kindness received. Thankfulness is the natural impulse to express that feeling. Thanksgiving is the following of that impulse.
Henry Van Dyke
126.) I am almost contented just now and very thankful. Gratitude is a divine emotion: it fills the heart but not to bursting; it warms it but not to fever.
127.) The soul that gives thanks can find comfort in everything; the soul that complains can find comfort in nothing.
Hannah Whitall Smith
128.) Got no checkbooks, got no banks, still, I’d like to express my thanks. I got the sun in the morning and the moon at night.
129.) I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.
Where to Use These Thankful Quotes
Here are some suggestions for where you can use these thankful quotes:
A.) Use them in a family text to remind everyone about the importance of gratitude.
B.) Include a meaningful quote as a sign-off in every email you send for a week.
C.) In a thank-you card to a teacher, recite your favorite quote at the top or bottom.
D.) Find two favorites and repeat them at the dinner table.
E.) As a prayer each night. List three things that you’re grateful for, and then include a favorite quote to end each day.
F.) Meditate each morning with one of your favorite quotes as the mantra.
G.) Kick off a group meeting by letting them know how each and every one of them has been so helpful to you, and then share one of these thankful quotes.
H.) Send a hand-written note to three people who have had a positive impact in your life the past year, and include a different thankful quote in each.
By Liz Olson
Liz is a writer and poet who lives in Minneapolis.
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