Quotes that relate to the Gratitude Lifeclass

“In daily life we must see that it is not happiness that makes us grateful, but gratefulness that makes us happy.”


Brother David Steindl-Rast

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


Marcus Tullius Cicero (106 BC-43 BC)

“The miracle of gratitude is that it shifts your perception to such an extent that it changes the world you see.”


Dr. Robert Holden  

“Gratitude is a vaccine, an antitoxin and an antiseptic.”


John Henry Jowett

“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.”


Melody Beattie

“True happiness is to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future, not to amuse ourselves with either hopes or fears but to rest satisfied with what we have, which is sufficient, for he that is so wants nothing. The greatest blessings of mankind are within us and within our reach. A wise man is content with his lot, whatever it may be, without wishing for what he has not.”



“Like it or not, i was already learning that in the worst and darkest time, I would find specks of light, moments of joy. What I didn’t want to learn was the other, harsher lesson – that in life’s brightest moments there would also be unbearable pain.”


Melody Beattie

“The unthankful heart… discovers no mercies; but let the thankful heart sweep through the day and, as the magnet finds the iron, so it will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings!”


Henry Ward Beecher

“Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul; and the heart of man knoweth none more fragrant.”


Hosea Ballou (1771-1852)

“There is only one thing that can form a bond between men, and that is gratitude… we cannot give someone else greater power over us than we have ourselves.”


Charles de Secondat

“The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude.”


Friedrich Nietzsche

“I am grateful for what I am and have. 
My thanksgiving is perpetual… 
O how I laugh when I think of my vague indefinite riches. 
No run on my bank can drain it 
for my wealth is not possession but enjoyment.”


Henry David Thoreau

“Life is ten percent what happens to you and ninety percent how you respond to it.”


Lou Holtz

“When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around.”


Willie Nelson

“Gratitude and wonder are two of the most empowering and healing perspectives.”


Jonathan H. Ellerby

“A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort.”


Herm Albright (1876 – 1944)

“A man is but the product of his thoughts, what he thinks, he becomes.”



“For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.”


Proverbs 23:7 

“Gratitude: An estimate of gain coupled with the judgment that someone else is responsible for that gain.”


Solomon, 1977, p.316

“We are perishing for want of wonder, rather than for want of wonders.”


GK Chesterton 

“Life is not lost by dying; life is lost minute by minute, day by dragging day, in all the thousand small uncaring ways.”


Stephen Vincent Benet

 “The happiness of life is made up of minute fractions – the little soon forgotten charities of a kiss or smile, a kind look, a heartfelt compliment, and the countless infinitesimal of pleasurable and genial feeling.”


Samuel Taylor Coleridge

“This is the true joy in life, being used for a purpose recognised by yourself as a mighty one; being a force of nature instead of a feverish selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.”


George Bernard Shaw

“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”     


Viktor Frankl

“Life moves pretty fast, if you don’t stop and look around once in a while you could miss it.”


Ferris Bueller

“There is nothing good nor bad only thinking makes it so.”     



“Gratitude, like faith, is a muscle. The more you use it, the stronger it grows, and the more power you have to use it on your behalf. If you do not practice gratefulness, its benefaction will go unnoticed, and your capacity to draw on its gifts will be diminished.”


Alan Cohen

“We do not see things as they are, we see things as we are.”


Richard Rohr