Thanksgiving Day is a jewel, to set in the hearts of honest men; but be careful that you do not take the day, and leave out the gratitude.
In all affairs it's a healthy thing now and then to hang a question mark on the things you have long taken for granted.
Bertrand Russell (1872-1970); Philosopher, Mathematician
We tend to forget that happiness doesn't come as a result of getting something we don't have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have.
Who will tell whether one happy moment of love or the joy of breathing or walking on a bright morning and smelling the fresh air, is not worth all the suffering and effort which life implies.
Erich Seligmann Fromm (1900-1980); Social Psychologist
Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has plenty; not on your past misfortunes of which all men have some.
Charles Dickens (1812-1870); Novelist
To speak gratitude is courteous and pleasant, to enact gratitude is generous and noble, but to live gratitude is to touch Heaven.
Johannes A. Gaertner (1912-1996); Art History Professor, Theologian, Poet
I still miss those I loved who are no longer with me but I find I am grateful for having loved them. The gratitude has finally conquered the loss.
Rita Mae Brown (born 1944); Writer
In our daily lives, we must see that it is not happiness that makes us grateful, but the 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.
Melodie Beattie - Motivational Author
The deepest craving of human nature is the need to be appreciated.
William James (1842-1910); Psychologist, Philosopher, Author
When eating bamboo sprouts, remember the man who planted them.
If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.
Meister Eckhart [Johannes Eckhart] (1260-1328); Theologian, Mystic
Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.
Marcel Proust (1871-1922); Novelist
Thankfulness is the beginning of gratitude. Gratitude is the completion of thankfulness. Thankfulness may consist merely of words. Gratitude is shown in acts.
Henri-Frederic Amiel (1821-1881); Philosopher, Poet, Critic