Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld
The gratitude of most men is but a secret desire of receiving greater benefits.
Do not let the empty cup be your first teacher of the blessings you had when it was full. Do not let a bard place here and there in the bed destroy your rest. Seek, as a plain duty, to cultivate a buoyant, joyous sense of the crowded kindnesses of God in your daily life.
O Lord, who lends me life; lend me a heart replete with thankfulness.
It is the will to be grateful which constitutes gratitude.
Henry Ward Beecher
Next to ingratitude, the most painful thing to bear is gratitude.
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.
G K Chesterton
When we were children we were grateful to those who filled our stockings at Christmas time. Why are we not grateful to God for filling our stockings with legs?
Kindness is the language, which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.
We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.
What I have done is worthy of nothing but silence and forgetfulness, but what God has done for me is worthy of everlasting and thankful memory.
Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.
When eating bamboo sprouts, remember the man who planted them.
Only a stomach that rarely feels hungry scorns common things.
Saying thank you is more than good manners. It is good spirituality.
The six most important words — “I admit I made a mistake.”
The five most important words — “You did a good job.”
The four most important words — “What is your opinion?”
The three most important words — “If you please…”
The two most important words — “Thank you!”
The one most important word — “We.”
The least important word — “I.”
G B Stern
Silent gratitude isn’t much use to anyone.
As each day comes to us refreshed and anew, so does my gratitude renew itself daily. The breaking of the sun over the horizon is my grateful heart dawning upon a blessed world.