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Welcome to our collection of quotes and picture quotes on gratitude. We hope you find them fruitful to ponder and that you share them with others.

The words gratitude and grateful derive from the Medieval Latin words "gratitudo" and "gratus," which mean “thankfulness” and “pleasing.” Gratitude is the quality of being thankful -- it indicates a willingness and preparedness to show appreciation for and to return kindness. It is something given without obligation - it is not owed per se but voluntarily given anyway.

Many feel there are 3 stages of gratitude: 1. Recognition, 2. Acknowlegement, and finally 3. Appreciation.

quote by Zig Ziglar: 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. with background image: photo of author Zig Ziglar with quote

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
quote by Alfred Armand Montapert: No better words than thank you have yet been discovered to express the sincere gratitude of one's heart; when the two words are sincerely spoken. with background image: silhouette of man standing on seashore during sunset
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No better words than thank you have yet been discovered to express the sincere gratitude of one's heart; when the two words are sincerely spoken.

--Alfred Armand Montapert
quote by Aesop: Gratitude turns what we have into enough. with background image: gray and brown hummingbird perching on yellow petaled flower
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Gratitude turns what we have into enough.

--Aesop
quote by Randy Pausch: Showing gratitude is one of the simplest yet most powerful things humans can do for each other. with background image: white and black soccer ball on grass field
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Showing gratitude is one of the simplest yet most powerful things humans can do for each other.

--Randy Pausch
quote by Seneca the Younger: Nothing is more honorable than a grateful heart. with background image: yellow labrador retriever puppy sitting on floor
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Nothing is more honorable than a grateful heart.

--Seneca the Younger
quote by Alphonse Karr: We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorns have roses. with background image: pink flower with green stem
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We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorns have roses.

--Alphonse Karr

quote by Aesop: Gratitude is the sign of noble souls. with background image: fawn pug in close up photography
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Gratitude is the sign of noble souls.

--Aesop
quote by Johannes Gaertner: To speak gratitude is courteous and pleasant, to enact gratitude is generous and noble, but to live gratitude is to touch Heaven. with background image: silhouette of man standing on seashore during sunset
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To speak gratitude is courteous and pleasant, to enact gratitude is generous and noble, but to live gratitude is to touch Heaven.

--Johannes Gaertner
quote by Wallace Wattles: Because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude. with background image: closeup photo of white petaled flowers
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Because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.

--Wallace D. Wattles

quote by Rosalene Glickman: If you don't appreciate what you have, you may as well not have it. with background image: two person standing while watching sky
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If you don't appreciate what you have, you may as well not have it.

--Rosalene Glickman
quote by Roman Price: You don't get blessed, and feel blessed. You have to first feel blessed, then the blessings come to you. with background image: palm tree under orange sky
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You don't get blessed, and feel blessed. You have to first feel blessed, then the blessings come to you.

--Roman Price
quote by Maureen McCullough: My socks may not match, but my feet are always warm. with background image: mountains with trees under white star at night
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My socks may not match, but my feet are always warm.

--Maureen McCullough
quote by The Secret: What can you do right now to turn your life around? Gratitude. with background image: white flower in grayscale photography
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What can you do right now to turn your life around? Gratitude.

--The Secret
quote by Bryan Robles: Stop thinking gratitude as a byproduct of your circumstances and start thinking of it as a world view. with background image: white and blue ice in water
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Stop thinking gratitude as a byproduct of your circumstances and start thinking of it as a world view.

--Bryan Robles

quote by Larissa Gomez: Being thankful is not always experienced as a natural state of existence, we must work at it, akin to a type of strength training for the heart. with background image: man in white shirt and black shorts standing on seashore during sunset
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Being thankful is not always experienced as a natural state of existence, we must work at it, akin to a type of strength training for the heart.

--Larissa Gomez

quote by Kahill Gibran: You pray in your distress and in your need; would that you might pray also in the fullness of your joy and in your days of abundance. with background image: audience crowd watching wallpaper
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You pray in your distress and in your need; would that you might pray also in the fullness of your joy and in your days of abundance.

--Kahill Gibran
quote by Claire Auricomous: They say the glass is half full or half empty, well let me tell you I'm just glad there's a glass at all. with background image: lion on green grass during golden hour
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They say the glass is half full or half empty, well let me tell you I'm just glad there's a glass at all.

--Claire Auricomous
quote by Elizabeth Carter: Remember that not to be happy is not to be grateful. with background image: person holding yellow petaled flower
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Remember that not to be happy is not to be grateful.

--Elizabeth Carter
quote by Renée Paule: Gratitude is the appreciation of things that are not deserved, earned or demanded -- those wonderful things that we take for granted. with background image: silhouette of man standing on seashore during sunset
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Gratitude is the appreciation of things that are not deserved, earned or demanded -- those wonderful things that we take for granted.

--Renée Paule
quote by Jim Fargiano: Gratitude and love are always multiplied when you give freely. It is an infinite source of contentment and prosperous energy. with background image: woman holding her hair near on trees
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Gratitude and love are always multiplied when you give freely. It is an infinite source of contentment and prosperous energy.

--Jim Fargiano
quote by Ramesh Lohia: Ingratitude is the worst of sins. with background image: painting of man walking down a road holding umbrella
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Ingratitude is the worst of sins.

--Ramesh Lohia
quote by Rachel Robins: Saying thanks to the world, and acknowledging your own accomplishments, is a great way to feel good and stay positive. with background image: purple-petaled flower on selective focus photography
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Saying thanks to the world, and acknowledging your own accomplishments, is a great way to feel good and stay positive.

--Rachel Robins

quote by A. A. Milne: Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude. with background image: photo of author A. A. Milne with quote

Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude.

--A. A. Milne

quote by Alex Haley: Find the good and praise it. with background image: American Eagles during daytime
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Find the good and praise it.

--Alex Haley
quote by Alfred North Whitehead: No one who achieves success does so without the help of others. The wise and confident acknowledge this help with gratitude. with background image: photo of author Alfred North Whitehead with quote

No one who achieves success does so without the help of others. The wise and confident acknowledge this help with gratitude.

--Alfred North Whitehead
quote by Anonymous: If you haven't all the things you want, be grateful for the things you don't have that you wouldn't want. with background image: pair of white lace-up shoes
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If you haven't all the things you want, be grateful for the things you don't have that you wouldn't want.

--Anonymous

quote by David Steindl-Rast: Love wholeheartedly, be surprised, give thanks and praise -- then you will discover the fullness of your life. with background image: time lapse photography of lightning during storm
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Love wholeheartedly, be surprised, give thanks and praise -- then you will discover the fullness of your life.

--David Steindl-Rast
quote by David Steindl-Rast: What brings fulfillment is gratefulness, the simple response of our heart to this life in all its fullness. with background image: iris flower blue wallpaper
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What brings fulfillment is gratefulness, the simple response of our heart to this life in all its fullness.

--David Steindl-Rast
quote by Debasish Mridha, MD: The mind is like a flower. It does not bloom without the lights of appreciation, encouragement, and love. with background image: shallow focus photography of bee on flower
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The mind is like a flower. It does not bloom without the lights of appreciation, encouragement, and love.

--Debasish Mridha, MD

quote by Dick Cheney: I wake up every morning literally with a smile on my face, grateful for another day I never thought I'd see. with background image: photo of author Dick Cheney with quote

I wake up every morning literally with a smile on my face, grateful for another day I never thought I'd see.

--Dick Cheney

quote by Doris Day: Gratitude is riches. Complaint is poverty. with background image: couple kissing under gray clouds
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Gratitude is riches. Complaint is poverty.

--Doris Day
quote by Dutch Proverb: They are not poor that have little, but they that desire much. The richest man, whatever his lot, is the one who's content with his lot. with background image: woman holding her hair near on trees
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They are not poor that have little, but they that desire much. The richest man, whatever his lot, is the one who's content with his lot.

--Dutch Proverb
quote by Gertrude Stein: Silent gratitude isn't much use to anyone. with background image: man and woman kissing beside body of water during daytime
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Silent gratitude isn't much use to anyone.

--Gertrude Stein
quote by Hafez: May the gratitude in my heart kiss all the universe. with background image: sunset forest
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May the gratitude in my heart kiss all the universe.

--Hafez

quote by Henri Frederic Amiel: Gratitude is the completion of thankfulness. Thankfulness may consist merely of words. Gratitude is shown in acts. with background image: photo of author Henri Frederic Amiel with quote

Gratitude is the completion of thankfulness. Thankfulness may consist merely of words. Gratitude is shown in acts.

--Henri Frederic Amiel
quote by Henry Cloud: The natural response to evaluation is to feel judged. We have to mature to a place where we respond to it with gratitude, and love feedback. with background image: silhouette of man standing on seashore during sunset
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The natural response to evaluation is to feel judged. We have to mature to a place where we respond to it with gratitude, and love feedback.

--Henry Cloud
quote by Jacques Maritain: Gratitude is the most exquisite form of courtesy. with background image: photo of author Jacques Maritain with quote

Gratitude is the most exquisite form of courtesy.

--Jacques Maritain
quote by Jaggi Vasudev: The most beautiful moments in life are moments when you are expressing your joy, not when you are seeking it. with background image: photo of author Jaggi Vasudev with quote

The most beautiful moments in life are moments when you are expressing your joy, not when you are seeking it.

--Jaggi Vasudev
quote by James Clear: Gratitude is what you feel when you want what you already have. with background image: full moon in the sky
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Gratitude is what you feel when you want what you already have.

--James Clear

quote by Jawaharlal Nehru: Play the hand you're dealt. with background image: shallow focus photography of black DSLR camera
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Play the hand you're dealt.

--Jawaharlal Nehru
quote by John Henry Jowett: Gratitude is a vaccine, an antitoxin, and an antiseptic. with background image: clear blue sea under blue sky
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Gratitude is a vaccine, an antitoxin, and an antiseptic.

--John Henry Jowett

Longer Version:

Gratitude is a vaccine, an antitoxin, and an antiseptic. This is a most searching and true diagnosis. Gratitude can be a vaccine that can prevent the invasion of a disgruntled attitude. As antitoxins prevent the disastrous effects of certain poisons and diseases, thanksgiving destroys the poison of faultfinding and grumbling. When trouble has smitten us, a spirit of thanksgiving is a soothing antiseptic.


quote by John Milton: Swinish gluttony never looks to heaven amidst its gorgeous feast; but with besotted, base ingratitude, cravens and blasphemes his feeder. with background image: photo of author John Milton with quote

Swinish gluttony never looks to heaven amidst its gorgeous feast; but with besotted, base ingratitude, cravens and blasphemes his feeder.

--John Milton


quote by John Templeton: An attitude of gratitude creates blessings. with background image: two dragonflies on green cornate leaf
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An attitude of gratitude creates blessings.

--John Templeton

Longer Version:

An attitude of gratitude creates blessings. Help yourself by helping others. You have the most powerful weapons on earth -- love and prayer.


quote by Joseph B. Wirthlin: Gratitude is a mark of a noble soul and a refined character. We like to be around those who are grateful. with background image: photo of author Joseph B. Wirthlin with quote

Gratitude is a mark of a noble soul and a refined character. We like to be around those who are grateful.

--Joseph B. Wirthlin

Longer Version:

Gratitude is a mark of a noble soul and a refined character. We like to be around those who are grateful. They tend to brighten all around them. They make others feel better about themselves. They tend to be more humble, more joyful, more likable.


quote by Joyce Brothers: Feeling gratitude isn't born in us -- it's something we are taught, and in turn, we teach our children. with background image: person standing on rock beside body of water between green trees
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Feeling gratitude isn't born in us -- it's something we are taught, and in turn, we teach our children.

--Joyce Brothers
quote by Kamal Ravikant: The world gives you way more than you ever give it. with background image: silhouette of mountain during sunset
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The world gives you way more than you ever give it.

--Kamal Ravikant
quote by Loretta Young: Gratitude isn't a burdening emotion. with background image: photo of author Loretta Young with quote

Gratitude isn't a burdening emotion.

--Loretta Young
quote by Meister Eckhart: If the only prayer you said was thank you, that would be enough. with background image: elephants on green grass field during daytime
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If the only prayer you said was thank you, that would be enough.

--Meister Eckhart

quote by Mitta Xinindlu: Remember who was there for you when you needed help. with background image: dome tent with galaxy with stars
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Remember who was there for you when you needed help.

--Mitta Xinindlu
quote by Mokokoma Mokhonoana: The truly grateful are also grateful for being grateful. with background image: grassland landscape
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The truly grateful are also grateful for being grateful.

--Mokokoma Mokhonoana
quote by Mokokoma Mokhonoana: Even the worst that has ever happened to you could have been worse. with background image: man riding on boat on body of water
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Even the worst that has ever happened to you could have been worse.

--Mokokoma Mokhonoana
quote by Mokokoma Mokhonoana: The happiest people are not those who have the most, but those who are the most grateful for what they have. with background image: lion on green grass during golden hour
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The happiest people are not those who have the most, but those who are the most grateful for what they have.

--Mokokoma Mokhonoana
quote by Mokokoma Mokhonoana: Some people are happy that they have each lost one instead of both legs, whereas some are unhappy because they have each lost a toenail. with background image: audience crowd watching wallpaper
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Some people are happy that they have each lost one instead of both legs, whereas some are unhappy because they have each lost a toenail.

--Mokokoma Mokhonoana
quote by Mokokoma Mokhonoana: The mind is inclined to zoom in on your problem, or few problems, to an extend that you cannot see your many blessings. with background image: couple standing on grass field mountain
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The mind is inclined to zoom in on your problem, or few problems, to an extend that you cannot see your many blessings.

--Mokokoma Mokhonoana
quote by Mokokoma Mokhonoana: Gratitude is often caused not by gain but by loss. with background image: four person standing beside wall
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Gratitude is often caused not by gain but by loss.

--Mokokoma Mokhonoana
quote by Oliver Goldsmith: The ingratitude of the world can never deprive us of the conscious happiness of having acted with humanity ourselves. with background image: photo of author Oliver Goldsmith with quote

The ingratitude of the world can never deprive us of the conscious happiness of having acted with humanity ourselves.

--Oliver Goldsmith
quote by Patch Adams: At the age of 18, I made up my mind to never have another bad day in my life. I dove into a endless sea of gratitude from which I've never emerged. with background image: photo of author Patch Adams with quote

At the age of 18, I made up my mind to never have another bad day in my life. I dove into a endless sea of gratitude from which I've never emerged.

--Patch Adams

quote by Rajneesh: When one is in love with existence one feels such blessing, such bliss, that it is natural to bow down in deep gratitude. with background image: photo of author Rajneesh with quote

When one is in love with existence one feels such blessing, such bliss, that it is natural to bow down in deep gratitude.

--Rajneesh

quote by Richelle E. Goodrich: You will never have enough until you are grateful for what you have. with background image: man riding on boat on body of water
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You will never have enough until you are grateful for what you have.

--Richelle E. Goodrich
quote by Richelle E. Goodrich: Every once in a while God allows you to stub your toe as a kind reminder to be grateful for the miraculous body attached to it. with background image: brown and green leaves on white surface
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Every once in a while God allows you to stub your toe as a kind reminder to be grateful for the miraculous body attached to it.

--Richelle E. Goodrich
quote by Richie Norton: Be grateful for this amazing day. with background image: green leafed trees with fog
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Be grateful for this amazing day.

--Richie Norton
quote by Robert Breault: There is no such thing as gratitude unexpressed. If it is unexpressed, it is plain, old-fashioned ingratitude. with background image: forest trees photograph
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There is no such thing as gratitude unexpressed. If it is unexpressed, it is plain, old-fashioned ingratitude.

--Robert Breault
quote by Robin Sharma: Gratitude drives happiness. Happiness boosts Productivity. Productivity reveals mastery. And mastery inspires the world. with background image: photo of author Robin Sharma with quote

Gratitude drives happiness. Happiness boosts Productivity. Productivity reveals mastery. And mastery inspires the world.

--Robin Sharma
quote by Roy T. Bennett: Be grateful for what you already have while you pursue what you want. with background image: brown tree on surrounded by brown grass during golden hour
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Be grateful for what you already have while you pursue what you want.

--Roy T. Bennett

quote by Sarah Ban Breathnach: Forgiveness is a form of gratitude. When we forgive others, we show them the mercy that we have often received and been thankful for. with background image: two clown fishes underwater
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Forgiveness is a form of gratitude. When we forgive others, we show them the mercy that we have often received and been thankful for.

--Sarah Ban Breathnach

quote by Sophocles: Gratitude to gratitude always gives birth. with background image: green bird perching on stem
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Gratitude to gratitude always gives birth.

--Sophocles

quote by Stephen Richards: The more grateful we are, the more we practice this in our everyday lives, the more connected we become to the universe around us. with background image: audience crowd watching wallpaper
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The more grateful we are, the more we practice this in our everyday lives, the more connected we become to the universe around us.

--Stephen Richards

quote by Steve Maraboli: Be consistent in your dedication to showing your gratitude to others. Gratitude is a fuel, a medicine, and spiritual and emotional nourishment. with background image: audience crowd watching wallpaper
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Be consistent in your dedication to showing your gratitude to others. Gratitude is a fuel, a medicine, and spiritual and emotional nourishment.

--Steve Maraboli

quote by Steve Maraboli: If you want to find happiness, find gratitude. with background image: gray-scale photo of man and woman holding hands
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If you want to find happiness, find gratitude.

--Steve Maraboli

quote by Thomas Secker: He enjoys much who is thankful for little. with background image: city lights from hill
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He enjoys much who is thankful for little.

--Thomas Secker
quote by Unknown Author: There is always, always, always something to be thankful for. with background image: brown rock formation on body of water during daytime
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There is always, always, always something to be thankful for.

--Unknown Author
quote by Unknown Author: Be grateful, not only for others, but for yourself. with background image: black and white butterfly on green leaf
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Be grateful, not only for others, but for yourself.

--Unknown Author

quote by Napz Cherub Pellazo: Life is full of blessings we take for granted. Yet so often we dwell on what we don't have. Appreciate what you already have and be grateful. with background image: silhouette of man standing on seashore during sunset
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Life is full of blessings we take for granted. Yet so often we dwell on what we don't have. Appreciate what you already have and be grateful.

--Napz Cherub Pellazo
quote by Rachel Hollis: Gratitude practice is really, really important to me. I think it's an incredible way to start your day. with background image: blue sky with white clouds
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Gratitude practice is really, really important to me. I think it's an incredible way to start your day.

--Rachel Hollis



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