Gratitude “Quotes”

Gratitude Saying ImageInspiration comes in many voices.

Which one speaks to you?



“If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, ‘thank you,’ that would suffice.”

–Meister Eckhart

“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–but are grateful for the abundance that is present—the wasteland of illusion falls away and we experience Heaven on Earth.”
–Sarah Ban Breathnach

“Gratitude is one of the chief graces of human existence and is crowned in heaven with a consciousness of unity.”
-Ernest Holmes, The Science of Mind

“Just as millions of snowflakes pile up to create a blanket of snow, the ‘thank you’s’ we say pile up and fall gently upon one another until, in our hearts and minds, we are adrift in gratitude.”
–Daphne Rose Kingman
“The gratitude ascending from man to God is the supreme transaction between heaven and earth.”
–Albert Schweitzer
“A person however learned and qualified in his life’s work in whom gratitude is absent, is devoid of that beauty of character which makes personality fragrant.”–Hazrat Inayat Kahn

“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 all I have is given to me as a gift of love, a gift to be celebrated with joy.”
–Henri Nouwen


“Gratitude is your expression of acknowledging the oneness of universal energy working in cooperation with your desires.”
–Stretton Smith

“Our gratitude liberates an energy within us that immediately expands into the formless substance, where it is instantly returned to us in kind.”
–Wallace Wattles


“Clearly, one of the major obstacles to our experience of gratitude is the habit we have of sleepwalking through life.  The truth is that we are never lacking for blessings in our lives, but we are often lacking in awareness and recognition of them.”
–Rev. Diane Berke, Ph.D., Founder, One Spirit Learning Alliance


“Spiritual leaders teach that waking up is a process, that it doesn’t just happen once and for all, but must occur again and again when we realize we have forgotten the miracle of being alive, and in recognizing our forgetfulness, we wake to the miracle once again.  In the moments we are awake to the wonder of simply being alive, gratitude flows, no matter our circumstances.”
–M.J. Ryan

“I don’t think anyone ‘finds’ joy. Rather, we cultivate it by searching for the preciousness of small things, the ordinary miracles, that strengthen our hearts so we can keep them open to what is difficult: delight in taking a shower or a slow walk that has no destination, in touching something soft, in noticing the one small, black bird who sings every morning from the top of the big old pine tree … I need to give my attention to the simple things that give me pleasure with the same fervor I have been giving it to the complex things with which I drive myself crazy.”
– Dawna Markova, I Will Not Die an Unlived Life

“A thankful person is thankful under all circumstances.  A complaining soul complains even if he lives in paradise.”

“The happy heart is one that is filled with gratitude. A simple ritual such as bowing and breathing deeply to greet each day awakens joy in us. Each day, each season, each cycle offers something of beauty. Let us notice and give thanks.”
–Diane Mariechild

The grateful outreaching of your mind in thankful praise to the Supreme is a liberation or expenditure of force; it cannot fail to reach that to which it is addressed, and the reaction is an instantaneous movement towards you.
–Wallace Wattles.

“If you love everything, you will perceive the divine mystery of things.”
—Fyodor Dostoyevsky

“I thank You God for most this amazing
day:  for the leaping greenly spirits of trees
and a blue true denim of sky; and for everything
which is natural, which is infinite, which is yes.”

–E.E. Cummings

“There is something about the mental act of thanksgiving that seems to carry the human mind far beyond the region of doubt into the clear atmosphere of faith and trust, where “all things are possible.”

–H. Emilie Cady

“There is a fundamental spiritual quality to gratitude that transcends religious traditions. Gratitude is a universal human experience that can seem to be either a random occurrence of grace or a chosen attitude to create a better experience of life; in many ways it contains elements of both. Grateful people sense that they are not separated from others or from God; this recognition of unity with all things brings a deep sense of gratefulness, whether we are religious or not.”

–Angeles Arrien

“The feeling of gratitude is among the strongest and most affirmative spiritual energies at your command.  When you feel a deep sense of gratitude…you are actually focusing your creative energy and bringing it to bear on your life.”

—David Owen Ritz


From Robert A. Emmons, Ph.D.’s book, Thanks!…

“When the well-being of participants int he gratitude group was compared to the control group. a strong and consistent pattern appeared: The gratitude group was still enjoying benefits six months later. They were experiencing more positive emotions, were more satisfied with their lives, felt better about their lives as a whole, and continued to feel more connected to others.  Even though the experiment they had participated in terminated nearly six months before, they maintained levels of overall well-being that were nearly 25% higher than persons in the control condition.  The evidence contradicts the widely help view that all people have a set-point of happiness that cannot be reset by any known means : in some cases, people have reported that gratitude led to transformative life changes.”

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