33 of the best gratitude quotes to inspire you to be more thankful

33 of the best gratitude quotes to inspire you to be more thankful

Whether by evoking a heartfelt “thank you“, helping us appreciate what we have, or making us focus on good things, gratitude can make all the difference in our lives.

To help you achieve your daily gratitude dose, we have selected 33 of the best gratefulness quotes we could find. These are guaranteed to lift your mood and lead to a lighter, more fulfilling day. Take your time to enjoy and reflect on each and every one of them!

Do you want to learn more about the power of gratitude, its benefits and how to include more of it in your life? Don’t forget to check out our complete guide to gratitude and these inspiring TED talks given by gratitude specialists.


“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.”

— Oprah Winfrey

“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”

— Albert Einstein

“If a fellow isn’t thankful for what he’s got, he isn’t likely to be thankful for what he’s going to get.” 

Frank A. Clark

“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

“Things turn out best for people who make the best of the way things turn out.”

— John Wooden

“Some people grumble that roses have thorns; I am grateful that thorns have roses.”

— Alphonse Karr

“I was complaining that I had no shoes till I met a man who had no feet”.

— Confucius

“Gratitude is the healthiest of all human emotions. The more you express gratitude for what you have, the more likely you will have even more to express gratitude for.”

Zig Ziglar

Bonds Brotherhood Friendship Hugs Love Freedom

“Learn to be thankful for what you already have, while you pursue all that you want.”

Jim Rohn

“ ‘Thank you’ is the best prayer that anyone could say. I say that one a lot. Thank you expresses extreme gratitude, humility, understanding.”

Alice Walker

“Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.”

Robert Brault

“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.”

William Arthur Ward

“The roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation for goodness.”

Dalai Lama

“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

“Don’t pray when it rains if you don’t pray when the sun shines”.

— Leroy Satchel Paige

“We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude”.

— Cynthia Ozick

sunset gratitude

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

— John F. Kennedy

“True happiness is to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future, not to amuse ourselves with either hopes or fears but to rest satisfied with what we have, which is sufficient, for he that is so wants nothing”.

— Seneca

“May the work of your hands be a sign of gratitude and reverence to the human condition”.

— Mahatma Gandhi

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

— G.K. Chesterton

“Stop now. Enjoy the moment. It’s now or never”.

— Maxime Lagacé

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

— Marcus Tellius Cicero

“The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention”.

— Oscar Wilde

“Forget injuries, never forget kindnesses”.

— Confucius

a gratitude symbol: flower and cairn on moss

“Our favorite attitude should be gratitude”.

— Zig Ziglar

“The best way to pay for a lovely moment is to enjoy it”.

— Richard Bach

“‘Enough’ is a feast”.

— Buddhist proverb

“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

“Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has plenty; not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.”

— Charles Dickens

“Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has plenty; not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.” 

— Charles Dickens

“We should certainly count our blessings, but we should also make our blessings count.” 

— Neal A. Maxwell

“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

“The only people with whom you should try to get even are those who have helped you.” 

— John E. Southard

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