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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
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
There is no such thing as gratitude unexpressed. If it is unexpressed, it is plain, old-fashioned ingratitude.
~Robert Brault, www.robertbrault.com
Gratitude is the memory of the heart.
~Jean Baptiste Massieu, translated from French
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
Gratitude is an art of painting an adversity into a lovely picture.
~Kak Sri
If you have lived, take thankfully the past.
~John Dryden
As each day comes to us refreshed and anew, so does my gratitude renew itself daily. The breaking of the sun over the horizon is my grateful heart dawning upon a blessed world.
~Terri Guillemets
I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought; and that gratitude 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
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
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.
~Attributed to Jacqueline Winspear
Praise the bridge that carried you over.
~George Colman
If you count all your assets, you always show a profit.
~Robert Quillen
He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.
~Epictetus
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
Gratitude is a quality similar to electricity: it must be produced and discharged and used up in order to exist at all.
~William Faulkner
If you want to turn your life around, try thankfulness. It will change your life mightily.
~Gerald Good
Gratitude is the least of the virtues, but ingratitude is the worst of vices.
~Thomas Fuller
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
There is no greater difference between men than between grateful and ungrateful people.
~R.H. Blyth
Courtesies of a small and trivial character are the ones which strike deepest in the grateful and appreciating heart.
~Henry Clay
Who does not thank for little will not thank for much.
~Estonian Proverb
All that we behold is full of blessings.
~William Wordsworth
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
Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul.
~Henry Ward Beecher
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.
~Fran├žois Duc de La Rochefoucauld
Most human beings have an almost infinite capacity for taking things for granted.
~Aldous Huxley
When eating bamboo sprouts, remember the man who planted them.
~Chinese Proverb
Thanks are justly due for boons unbought.
~Ovid
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
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