Quotes on Gratitude

Quotes on Gratitude

“Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything that is beautiful, for beauty is God’s handwriting – a wayside sacrament. Welcome it in every fair face, in every fair sky, in every flower, and thank God for it as a cup of blessing.”
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

“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

“Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul.”
~ Henry Ward Beecher

“I have lived large parts of my life in wonderful circumstances that I utterly failed to appreciate. Reasons to be happy were everywhere, but somehow I didn’t connect with them. It was as though I was eating but couldn’t taste the food. Finally, I’ve learned to celebrate the good while it’s happening. I feel gratitude and praise today for what are sometimes such simple pleasures. I have learned that happiness is not determined by circumstances. Happiness is not what happens when everything goes the way you think it should go; happiness is what happens when you decide to be happy.”
~ Marianne Williamson

“Whatever we focus on is bound to expand. Where we see the negative, we call forth more negative. And where we see the positive, we call forth more positive. Having loved and lost, I now love more passionately. Having won and lost, I now win more soberly. Having tasted the bitter, I now savor the sweet.”
~ Marianne Williamson

“Gratitude is not a passive response to something we have been given, gratitude arises from paying attention, from being awake in the presence of everything that lives within and without us.”
~ David Whyte

“Those who died yesterday had plans for this morning. And those who died this morning had plans for tonight. Don’t take life for granted. In the blink of an eye, everything can change. So forgive often and love with all your heart. You may never know when you may not have that chance again.”
~ unknown

“If we remembered every day that we could lose someone at any moment, we would love them more fiercely and freely, and without fear – not because there is nothing to lose, but because everything can always be lost.”
~ unknown

“Dead people receive more flowers than the living ones because regret is stronger than gratitude”
~ Anne Frank

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

“No one is as capable of gratitude as one who has emerged from the kingdom of night.”
~ Elie Wiesel

“Gratitude is more than a feeling of thankfulness in response to receiving a tangible gift or a gesture of kindness. Gratitude is a way of life. It is a conscious choice to focus on life’s blessings rather than on its shortcomings. Every moment is filled with opportunities to fill our consciousness with feelings of gratefulness, thankfulness, and appreciation. When we cultivate a Grateful attitude, we learn to live in a state of Grace.”
~ unknown

“The happiest people don’t have the best of everything, they just make the best of everything.”
~ unknown

The great open secret of gratitude is that it is not dependent on external circumstance. It’s like a setting or channel that we can switch to at any moment, no matter what’s going on around us. It helps us connect to our basic right to be here, like the breath does. It’s a stance of the soul. In systems theory, each part contains the whole. Gratitude is the kernel that can flower into everything we need to know.
~ Joanna Macy

“A grateful heart is a magnet for Miracles”
~ unknown

“If we do not feel grateful for what we already have, what makes us think we’d be happy with more?”
~ Zig Ziglar

“It is not joy that makes us grateful; it is gratitude that makes us joyful.”
~ Brother David Steindl-Rast

See also: Quotes on Overcoming Adversity

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Michelle is passionate about holistic health and self-discovery. She received her training in Nutrition, Herbalism, and Bodywork from the International Academy of Natural Health Sciences in Ottawa, ON. She studied Ayurveda and Yoga in India and later continued her Yoga studies on Koh Phangan in Thailand. Michelle truly believes that good health involves body, mind, and spirit. She loves to spend her time in walking in nature, meditating, painting, writing, and learning more about health and wellness.

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