One of my great pleasures during the creation of the ThankYou Book was the on-going hunt for and the discovery of some of the most beautiful, heartfelt and moving poetry and prose on the subject of gratitude.
The sages suggest that a direct and simple ‘thankyou’ from the heart is complete in and of itself. However, if you feel you need to say more, I have divided the quotes into sections to help you narrow down your search. May you find the perfect quote for your occasion.
For all that has been - Thanks! For all that shall be - Yes!
- Dag Hammarskjold
There is a calmness to a life lived in Gratitude, a quiet joy.
- Ralph H. Blum
It is gratefulness that makes the soul great.
- Rabbi Joshua Heschel
If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is 'thank you,' it will be enough.
- Meister Eckhart
Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.
- Melodie Beattie
Gratitude is heaven itself.
- William Blake
One can pay back the loan of gold, but one dies forever in debt to those who are kind.
- Malayan Proverb
The deepest craving of human nature is the need to be appreciated
- William James
All the great blessings of my life are present in my thoughts today
- Phoebe Cary
A great life is the sum total of all the worthwhile things you've been doing one by one
- Richard Bach
I awoke this morning with devout thanksgiving for my friends
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
My heart gives thanks for empty moments given to dreams, and for thoughtful people who help those dreams come true
- William S. Braithwaite
The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables us to count our blessings.
- Eric Hoffer
Be thankful for what you have and you'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never, ever have enough.
- Oprah Winfrey
He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has
A single grateful thought toward heaven is the most complete prayer.
- Gotthold Lessing
When you think things are bad, when you feel sour and blue,
when you start to get mad...you should do what I do!
Just tell yourself, duckie, you're really quite lucky!
some people are much more..oh, ever so much more...
oh, muchly much-much more unlucky than you!
It's a troublesome world. All the people who're in it
are troubled with troubles almost every minute.
You ought to be thankful a whole heaping lot,
for the places and people you're lucky you're not!
- Dr. Suess
We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures
- Thornton Wilder
Thank you means you didn't have to...but I'm so glad that you did
- Chris Gallatin
Some people add so much beauty to being human
- Kobi Yamada
There are souls in this world who have the gift of finding joy everywhere - and leaving it behind them when they go
- Frederick William Faber
You are one of my nicest thoughts
- Georgia O'Keeffe
The affect of one good-hearted person is incalculable
- Oscar Arias Sanchez
Thank you for the reflection of Your Smile in all we see.
- Kenneth Kurtz
The work of your heart, the work of taking time, to listen, to help, is also your gift to the whole of the world
- Jack Kornfield
Unselfish acts are the real miracles out of which all the reported miracles grow
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
Thank you to all those people in my life who changed it for the better by a word, a gift, an example
- Pam Brown
People who deal with life generously and large-heartedly go on multiplying relationships to the end
- A. C. Benson
If someone listens, or stretches out a hand, or whispers a kind word of encouragement, or attempts to understand, extraordinary things begin to happen.
- Loretta Girzartis
A true measure of your worth includes all the benefits others have gained from your success
- Cullen Hightower
The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.
- Oscar Wilde
Let us give thanks...
For generous friends...with hearts as big as hubbards
and smiles as bright as their blossoms;
For feisty friends as tart as apples;
For continuous friends, who, like scallions and cucumbers, keep reminding us we had them
- Max Coots
The only people with whom you should try to get even are those who have helped you
- John E. Southard
Gratitude is the memory of the heart
- Jean Baptiste Massieu
Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom
- Marcel Proust
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
- Albert Schweitzer
How far that little candle throws his beams!
So shines a good deed in a weary world.
- William Shakespeare
Gratitude helps you to grow and expand; gratitude brings joy and laughter into your life and into the lives of all those around you.
- Eileen Caddy
Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.
- Melody Beattie
To speak gratitude is courteous and pleasant, to enact gratitude is generous and noble, but to live gratitude is to touch Heaven.
- Johannes A. Gaertner
A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all other virtues.
Appreciation can make a day, even change a life. Your willingness to put it into words is all that is necessary.
- Margaret Cousins
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. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow."
- Melody Beattie
The common meaning of gratitude is to be thankful for benefits received. While this is important, I feel that the energy of gratitude is one of the most powerful attracting forces in the universe. A heart filled with Thanksgiving, even when appearances tell us that we are mired in scarcity, conflict, and affliction, moves us to a higher frequency in consciousness and we soon witness reality shining through the illusion.
- John Randolph Price
Silent gratitude isn't much use to anyone
- Gladys Bronwyn Stern
Let the man, who would be grateful, think of repaying a kindness, even while receiving it
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
None is more impoverished than the one who has no gratitude. Gratitude is a currency that we can mint for ourselves, and spend without fear of bankruptcy
- Fred De Witt Van Amburgh