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.
If you want to turn your life around, try thankfulness. It will change your life mightily.
When our perils are past, shall our gratitude sleep?
Ralph Waldo Emerson
For flowers that bloom about our feet;
For tender grass, so fresh, so sweet;
For song of bird, and hum of bee;
For all things fair we hear or see,
Father in heaven, we thank Thee!
William C. Skeath
This is the finest measure of thanksgiving: a thankfulness that springs from love.
Hem your blessings with thankfulness so they don't unravel.
We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of Heaven; we have been preserved these many years in peace and prosperity; we have grown in numbers, wealth, and power as no other nation has ever grown.
W. T. Purkiser
Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving.
Thank God every day when you get up that you have something to do that day which must be done whether you like it or not. Being forced to work and forced to do your best will breed in you temperance and self-control, diligence and strength of will, cheerfulness and content, and a hundred virtues which the idle will never know.
Gratitude is not a spiritual or moral dessert which we may take or push away according to the whims of the moment, and in either case without material consequences. Gratitude is the very bread and meat of spiritual and moral health, individually and collectively. What was the seed of disintegration that corrupted the heart of the ancient world beyond the point of divine remedy...? What was it but ingratitude?
Charles Haddon Spurgeon
You say, 'If I had a little more, I should be very satisfied.' You make a mistake. If you are not content with what you have, you would not be satisfied if it were doubled.
Courtesies of a small and trivial character are the ones which strike deepest in the grateful and appreciating heart.
Some complain that roses have thorns... others rejoice that thorns have roses!
Henri J. M. Nouwen
Gratitude goes beyond the 'mine' and 'thine' and claims the truth that all of life is a pure gift. In the past I always thought of gratitude as a spontaneous response to the awareness of gifts received, but now I realize that gratitude can also be lived as a discipline. 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.