18 Quotes to Inspire Your Attitude of Gratitude

by Jennifer Miller on November 26, 2014

in Weekend Reflections

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Tomorrow is my country’s national day of Thanksgiving. Here are some quotations to help you form an “attitude of gratitude.” Which one is your favorite?

“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” ― Marcel Proust

“Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.” ― Epicurus

“Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude.” ― A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

“Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.” ― Eckhart Tolle

“When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.” ― Maya Angelou

“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.” ― Marcus Tullius Cicero

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. [Thanksgiving Day Proclamation, 1963]” ― John F. Kennedy

“When you focus on gratitude, positive things flow in more readily, making you even more grateful.” ― Lissa Rankin, Mind Over Medicine: Scientific Proof That You Can Heal Yourself

“We should certainly count our blessings, but we should also make our blessings count.” ― Neal A. Maxwell

If you learn to develop an abundant mentality you will not be envious of others, you will celebrate their successes, you share in their joys and pains; don’t see life as a competition but a complimentary.” ― Bernard Kelvin Clive

“Gratitude also opens your eyes to the limitless potential of the universe, while dissatisfaction closes your eyes to it.” ― Stephen Richards

“Life-changing gratitude does not fasten to a life unless nailed through with one very specific nail at a time.” ― Ann Voskamp

“Beth ceased to fear him from that moment, and sat there talking to him as cozily as if she had known him all her life, for love casts out fear, and gratitude can conquer pride.” ― Louisa May Alcott

“Gratitude paints little smiley faces on everything it touches.” ― Richelle E. Goodrich, Smile Anyway: Quotes, Verse, & Grumblings for Every Day of the Year

“Rather than getting more spoilt with age, as difficulties pile up, epiphanies of gratitude abound.” ― Alain de Botton

It has been said that life has treated me harshly; and sometimes I have complained in my heart because many pleasures of human experience have been withheld from me…if much has been denied me, much, very much, has been given me…” ― Helen Keller, The Open Door

“Our holiday food splurge was a small crate of tangerines, which we found ridiculously thrilling after an eight-month abstinence from citrus…. Lily hugged each one to her chest before undressing it as gently as a doll. Watching her do that as she sat cross-legged on the floor one morning in pink pajamas, with bliss lighting her cheeks, I thought: Lucky is the world, to receive this grateful child. Value is not made of money, but a tender balance of expectation and longing.” ― Barbara Kingsolver, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life

 

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