20 Best Gratitude Quotes to Live By

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These gratitude quotes are meant not only to inspire you but to bring awareness to all that you can be grateful for. Gratitude is one of the fundamental pillars of leading a happy and joyful life. Although we may be in the midst of trouble, there is always reason to be grateful. At the very least, we can be grateful for the breath in our lungs that keeps us alive.

Being grateful has far more benefits than we have previously known. When we start feeling gratitude, there are mechanisms in out bodies that are triggered that reflect positively on our overall health. A study reported by the National Institute of Health proves the positive effects of gratitude in areas such as depression, life satisfaction, overall subjective happiness, and the list goes on. After you get inspired by these gratitude quotes, read this post on how to start being grateful today.


“If the only prayer you said was thank you, that would be enough.”

– 13th Century Mystic, Meister Eckhart


“True forgiveness is when you can, ‘Thank you for the experience.”

– Oprah


“Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.”

– Robert Brault


“Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer. And let faith be the bridge you build to overcome evil and welcome good.”

– Maya Angelou


“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.”

– Marcus Tullius Cicero


“What separates privilege from entitlement is gratitude.”

– Brene Brown


“O Lord that lends me life, lend me a heart replete with thankfulness.”

– William Shakespeare


“Gratitude is the sign of noble souls.”

– Aesop


“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 awoke this morning with devout thanksgiving for my friends, the old and the new.”

– Ralph Emerson Waldo


“Enough’ is a feast.”

– Buddhist Proverb


“If you want to turn your life around, try thankfulness. It will change your life mightily.”

– Gerald Good


“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.”

– Oprah


“Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn’t learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn’t learn a little, at least we didn’t get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn’t die; so, let us all be thankful.”

– Anonymous, as documented by Leo Buscaglia


“Forget yesterday, it has already forgotten you. Don’t sweat tomorrow, you haven’t even met. Instead, open your eyes and your heart to a truly precious gift, today.”

– Steve Maraboli


“This a wonderful day. I’ve never seen this one before.”

– Maya Angelou


“When you are grateful, fear disappears and abundance appears.”

– Anthony Robbins


“Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.”

– Eckhart Tolle


“Who does not thank for little will not thank for much.”

– Estonian Proverb


“I lie in bed at night, after ending my prayers with the words ‘Ich danke dir für all das Gute und Liebe und Schöne.’ (Thank you, God, for all that is good and dear and beautiful.)”

– Anne Frank

In Conclusion

I hope you are not only inspired to be grateful, but use these gratitude quotes in your every day life and share your gratitude with those around you. We can all use the last quote above by Anne Frank as our nightly prayer – “Thank you, God, for all that is good and dear and beautiful.” Because at the end of it, as Meister Eckhart says, “if the only prayer we say is thank you, that will be enough.” And so it is.

Don’t know where to start? Take a look at this article on how you can start being grateful.

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