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Inspirational Gratitude Quotes

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

“Everything we do should be a result of our gratitude for what God has done for us.” – Lauryn Hill

“It seems to me in the light of Divine goodness…that ingratitude is the most abominable of sins…For it is a forgetting of the graces, benefits, and blessings received” – St Ignatius Loyola

“Knowledge of God’s gifts leads to gratitude which moves one to love and desire to serve God.” – Gerald Fagin SJ summing up Ignatius’s spirituality

“Reigning in entitlement and embracing gratitude and humility is spiritually and psychologically liberating. Gratitude is the recognition that life owes me nothing and all the good I have is a gift… Recognizing that everything good in life is ultimately a gift is a fundamental truth of reality. Humility makes that recognition possible. The humble person says, “How can I not be filled with overflowing gratitude for all the good in my life that I’ve done nothing to merit?” The realization that all is gift is freeing, and freedom is the very foundation upon which gratitude is based. True gifts are freely given, and require no response. Jesus was free to withhold the gift of healing and he did not demand the other nine who were healed return to express gratitude. The one who did return exercised his freedom as well. Gratitude sets us free.”– Robert A. Emmons, Ph.D., – the world’s leading scientific expert on gratitude. He is a professor of psychology at the University of California.

“Where there is no gratitude, there is no meaningful movement; human affairs become rocky, painful, coldly indifferent, unpleasant, and finally break off altogether. The social ‘machinery’ grinds along and soon seizes up.” – Margaret Visser

“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

“We learned about gratitude and humility – that so many people had a hand in our success, from the teachers who inspired us to the janitors who kept our school clean… and we were taught to value everyone’s contribution and treat everyone with respect.” – Michelle Obama

“Gratitude is vital for human well-being. It encourages acts of kindness; it protects us from negative feelings; it sustains our sense of purpose. Most importantly, it reinforces love: it enables us to act generatively out of the love we receive.
Human beings are by nature gratitude-seekers; without gratitude our lives are diminished. – CharlesShelton SJ “Graced Gratitude”

“When it comes to life the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude.” – Gilbert K. Chesterton

“If the only prayer you ever said was “Thank You” that would be enough”  – Meister Eckhart

“It is not joyful people who are grateful, but grateful people who are joyful”

“Gift better than Himself God doth not know,
Gift better than his God no man can see;
This gift doth here the giver given bestow,
Gift to this gift let each receiver be:
God is my gift, Himself He freely gave me,
God’s gift am I, and none but God shall have me.”  –Robert Southwell SJ

“The attention of the grateful person typically moves from the gift itself to the giver. If a friend helps us move some heavy furniture, we may begin by dwelling happily on how much easier the job has been, but our attention will soon shift, if we are truly grateful, from the favour done to the person of our friend.”  – Charles Shelton SJ “Graced Gratitude”

“What I see in the Bible, especially in the book of Psalms, which is a book of gratitude for the created world, is a recognition that all good things on Earth are God’s, every good gift is from above. They are good if we recognize where they came from and if we treat them the way the Designer intended them to be treated.” – Philip Yancey

“I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.”  – Gilbert K. Chesterton

“The discipline of gratitude is the explicit effort to acknowledge that all I am and have is given to me as a gift of love, a gift to be celebrated with joy.” – Henri Nouwen

“It is through gratitude for the present moment that the spiritual dimension of life opens up.“– Eckhart Tolle

“Perhaps nothing helps us make the movement from our little selves to a larger world than remembering God in gratitude. Such a perspective puts God in view in all of life, not just in the moments we set aside for worship or spiritual disciplines. Not just in the moments when life seems easy.”  – Henri Nouwen

“Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer. And let faith be the bridge you build to overcome evil and welcome good.” – Maya Angelou 

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

 “We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives.” –John F. Kennedy

 “To be grateful is to recognize the Love of God in everything He has given us – and He has given us everything. Every breath we draw is a gift of His love, every moment of existence is a grace, for it brings with it immense graces from Him.
Gratitude therefore takes nothing for granted, is never unresponsive, is constantly awakening to new wonder and to praise of the goodness of God. For the grateful person knows that God is good, not by hearsay but by experience. And that is what makes all the difference.” – Thomas Merton

 “In normal life we hardly realize how much more we receive than we give, and life cannot be rich without such gratitude. It is so easy to overestimate the importance of our own achievements compared with what we owe to the help of others.” –  Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Letters and Papers from Prison

 “Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.”  – William Arthur Ward

 “The poor man shuddered, overflowed with an angelic joy; he declared in his transport that this would last through life; he said to himself that he really had not suffered enough to deserve such radiant happiness, and he thanked God, in the depths of his soul, for having permitted that he, a miserable man, should be so loved by this innocent being.” – Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

 “In ordinary life we hardly realize that we receive a great deal more than we give, and that it is only with gratitude that life becomes rich.” –  Dietrich Bonhoeffer

 “When we learn to read the story of Jesus and see it as the story of the love of God, doing for us what we could not do for ourselves–that insight produces, again and again, a sense of astonished gratitude which is very near the heart of authentic Christian experience.” –  N.T. Wright

 “He who does not reflect his life back to God in gratitude does not know himself.” –  Albert Schweitzer

“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

“Sanctity has to do with gratitude. To be a saint is to be fuelled by gratitude, nothing more and nothing less.”  –  Ronald Rolheiser 

“Look closely and you will find that people are happy because they are grateful. The opposite of gratefulness is just taking everything for granted. ” – David Steindl-Rast 

“Gratitude is here presented as more than a feeling, a virtue, or an experience; gratitude emerges as an attitude we can freely choose in order to create a better life for ourselves and for others. The Nigerian Hausa put it this way: Give thanks for a little and you will find a lot.  – David Steindl-Rast

“Radically and basically, all sin is simply ingratitude.” – Karl Barth