The difficulties, hardships and trials of life, the obstacles… are positive blessings. They knit the muscles more firmly, and teach self-reliance.
A Christian people who have for two hundred years kept a race in bondage, deprived of the advantages of civilization and religion, owe them a debt of gratitude which it would seem ungenerous to withhold.
Nelson A. Miles
Reverence, humility, contentment, gratitude and hearing the good Dhamma, this is the best good luck.
Life is a paradise for those who love many things with a passion.
Blessed are those that can give without remembering and receive without forgetting.
The only people with whom you should try to get even are those who have helped you.
John E. Southard
I awoke this morning with devout thanksgiving for my friends, the old and the new.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Appreciation can make a day, even change a life. Your willingness to put it into words is all that is necessary.
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.
A man’s indebtedness is not virtue; his repayment is. Virtue begins when he dedicates himself actively to the job of gratitude.
Today a thousand doors of enterprise are open to you, inviting you to useful work. To live at this time is an inestimable privilege, and a sacred obligation devolves upon you to make right use of your opportunities. Today is the day in which to attempt and achieve something worthwhile.
What a miserable thing life is: you’re living in clover, only the clover isn’t good enough.
Thank me no thankings, nor proud me no prouds.
Each day comes bearing its own gifts. Untie the ribbons.
Ruth Ann Schabacker
Hope has a good memory, gratitude a bad one.
God has two dwellings; one in heaven, and the other in a meek and thankful heart.
There are no mistakes, no coincidences. All events are blessings given to us to learn from.
Elisabeth Kubler Ross
If you want to turn your life around, try thankfulness. It will change your life mightily.
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.
If you can’t be thankful for what you receive, be thankful for what you escape.
If having a soul means being able to feel love and loyalty and gratitude, then animals are better off than a lot of humans.
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 is always coming to you in the Sacrament of the Present Moment. Meet and receive Him there with gratitude in that sacrament.
I would rather be able to appreciate things I can not have than to have things I am not able to appreciate.
Duty is for Kant the One and All. Out of the duty of gratitude, he claims, one has to defend and esteem the ancients; and only out of duty has he become a great man.
Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel
Given the amount of unjust suffering and unhappiness in the world, I am deeply grateful for, sometimes even perplexed by, how much misery I have been spared.
The debt of gratitude we owe our mother and father goes forward, not backward. What we owe our parents is the bill presented to us by our children.
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
Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has plenty; not on your past misfortunes of which all men have some.
Whoever has lived long enough to find out what life is, knows how deep a debt of gratitude we owe to Adam, the first great benefactor of our race. He brought death into the world.
Gratitude bestows reverence, allowing us to encounter everyday epiphanies, those transcendent moments of awe that change forever how we experience life and the world.
Each year I become more mindful of being thankful for each life experience.
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.
Unless it’s out of the goodness of someone’s heart, I don’t like having things given to me for free. I like working hard for what I earn. It gives me a sense of gratitude, and that’s the only way I can truly appreciate it.
America’s fighting men and women sacrifice much to ensure that our great nation stays free. We owe a debt of gratitude to the soldiers that have paid the ultimate price for this cause, as well as for those who are blessed enough to return from the battlefield unscathed.
Though I am grateful for the blessings of wealth, it hasn’t changed who I am. My feet are still on the ground. I’m just wearing better shoes.
An understanding heart is everything in a teacher, and cannot be esteemed highly enough. One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feeling. The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child.
To the generous mind the heaviest debt is that of gratitude, when it is not in our power to repay it.
That possession which we gain by the sword is not lasting; gratitude for benefits eternal.
Curtius Rufus Quintus
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.
Whenever we are appreciative, we are filled with a sense of well-being and swept up by the feeling of joy.
I hate ingratitude more in a person; than lying, vainness, babbling, drunkenness, or, any taint of vice whose strong corruption inhabits our frail blood.
I loathe a friend whose gratitude grows old, a friend who takes his friend’s prosperity but will not voyage with him in his grief.
The grateful person, being still the most severe exacter of himself, not only confesses, but proclaims, his debts.
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.
Dear Lord: The gods have been good to me. For the first time in my life, everything is absolutely perfect just the way it is. So here’s the deal: You freeze everything the way it is, and I won’t ask for anything more. If that is OK, please give me absolutely no sign. OK, deal. In gratitude, I present you this offering of cookies and milk. If you want me to eat them for you, give me no sign. Thy will be done.
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
Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace and gratitude.
A contented mind is the greatest blessing a man can enjoy in this world.
Appreciate everything your associates do for the business. Nothing else can quite substitute for a few well-chosen, well-timed, sincere words of praise. They’re absolutely free and worth a fortune.
Alas, how quickly the gratitude owed to the dead flows off, how quick to be proved a deceiver.
I saw how different life was on different sides of the same city. I saw the fear in the eyes of people who were not free. I saw the gratitude of people toward the United States for all that we had done. I felt goosebumps as I got off a military train and heard the Army band strike up “Stars and Stripes Forever.”
Senator John Kerry
All my life through, the new sights of Nature made me rejoice like a child.
Charity never humiliated him who profited from it, nor ever bound him by the chains of gratitude, since it was not to him but to God that the gift was made.
Antoine De Saint-Exupery
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
We thank Thee, O Father of all, for… all the soul-help that sad souls understand.
Let me say that the credit belongs to the boys in the back rooms. It isn’t the man who sits in the limelight like me who should have the praise. It is not the men who sit in prominent places. It is the men in the back rooms.
After sleeping through a hundred million centuries we have finally opened our eyes on a sumptuous planet, sparkling with color, bountiful with life. Within decades we must close our eyes again. Isn’t it a noble, an enlightened way of spending our brief time in the sun, to work at understanding the universe and how we have come to wake up in it? This is how I answer when I am asked—as I am surprisingly often—why I bother to get up in the mornings.
Only a stomach that rarely feels hungry scorns common things.
Friendship based solely upon gratitude is like a photograph; with time it fades.