"In daily life we must see that it is not happiness that makes us grateful,
but gratefulness that makes us happy."
"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
"It's easy to feel grateful when we receive a raise, meet the love of our life, or watch our children succeed, but spiritual gratitude is not circumstantial. It arises from a true knowing that God is our Source. We can feel thankful for every day, even in the middle of life's challenges"
– Mary Manin Morrissey
"If you don't feel grateful for what you have, what makes you think you'll be happy with more?"
"A single grateful thought raised to heaven is the most perfect prayer."
– Gotthold Ephraim Lessing
"Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are.
When you realize there is nothing lacking, the world belongs to you."
– Lao Tzu
"When you thank God in advance for that which you choose to experience in your reality, you, in effect, acknowledge that it is there – in effect. Thankfulness is thus the most powerful statement to God; an affirmation that even before you ask, I have answered. Therefore never supplicate, Appreciate."
– Neale Donald Walsch
Conversations with God, Book 1
"Sometimes our light goes out, but it is blown again into flame by an encounter with another human being."
"Each of us owes the deepest thanks to those who have rekindled this inner light."
– Albert Schweitzer
"A hundred times every day I remind myself that my inner and outer life depends on the labors of other men [and women], living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give in the measure as I have received and am still receiving."
– Albert Einstein
"It is always the secure who are humble."
– G.K. Chesterton
essayist and novelist
"To find the universal elements enough; to find the air and the water exhilarating; to be refreshed by a morning walk or an evening saunter… to be thrilled by the stars at night; to be elated over a bird's nest or a wildflower in spring – these are some of the rewards of the simple life."
– John Burroughs
naturalist and writer
"Gratitude is heaven itself."
– William Blake
"Feeling grateful or appreciative of someone or something in your life actually attracts more of the things that you appreciate or value into your life."
– Christiane Northrup
"I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder."
– Gilbert Keith Chesterton
"Thanks to the earth, Thanks to the sun, Thanks to the rain, for all they have done; to bring me my food, so strong I will grow, loving in life from my heart will I show."