Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Quotes on Gratitude


I'm ashamed to admit it, but it's true--I often forget to be grateful. I have so often found that an attitude of gratitude is the cure for the blues and all sorts of anxiety.

"Life without thankfulness is devoid of love and passion. Hope without thankfulness is lacking in fine perception. Faith without thankfulness lacks strength and fortitude. Every virtue divorced from thankfulness is maimed and limps along the spiritual road." -John Henry Jowett

“For each new morning with its light, For rest and shelter of the night, For health and food, for love and friends, For everything Thy goodness sends.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Silent gratitude isn't much use to anyone.” -G.B. Stern

“God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today. Have you used one to say "thank you?" -William A. Ward

"Gratitude is a vaccine, an antitoxin, and an antiseptic"
-John Henry Jowett

“The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables us to count our blessings.” -Eric Hoffer

“Let's be grateful for those who give us happiness; they are the charming gardeners who make our soul bloom.” -Marcel Proust

“Saying thank you is more than good manners. It is good spirituality.” -Alfred Painter

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;- Phil 4:6 NKJV

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

I thank God for my handicaps for, through them, I have found myself, my work, and my God. -Helen Keller

I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder. -Gilbert Keith Chesterton

Both abundance and lack exist simultaneously in our lives, as parallel realities. It is always our conscious choice which secret garden we will tend... when we choose not to focus on what is missing from our lives but are grateful for the abundance that's present -- love, health, family, friends, work, the joys of nature and personal pursuits that bring us pleasure -- the wasteland of illusion falls away and we experience Heaven on earth. -Sarah Ban Breathnach

O Lord, who lends me life, lend me a heart replete with thankfulness. -William Shakespeare

In our daily lives, we must see that it is not happiness that makes us grateful, but the gratefulness that makes us happy. -Albert Clarke

Gratitude is when memory is stored in the heart and not in the mind. -Sam N. Hampton

"The depth and the willingness with which we serve is a direct reflection of our gratitude."- Gordon T. Watts

"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

Be on the lookout for mercies. The more we look for them, the more of them we will see.... Better to loose count while naming your blessings than to lose your blessings to counting your troubles.-Maltbie D. Babcock

"When a person doesn't have gratitude, something is missing in his or her humanity. A person can almost be defined by his or her attitude toward gratitude."-Elie Wiesel

The Pilgrims made seven times more graves than huts. No Americans have been more impoverished than these who, nevertheless, set aside a day of thanksgiving. -H.U. Westermayer

Thou hast given so much to me,
Give one thing more, - a grateful heart;
Not thankful when it pleaseth me,
As if Thy blessings had spare days,
But such a heart whose pulse may be Thy praise.
-George Herbert

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2 comments:

  1. What a timely reminder! I hope you and your family have a blessed Thanksgiving :)

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  2. It is easy to forget thankfulness when we are surrounded by plenty. Sometimes I am just thankful that our situation makes such forgetfulness possible.

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