You cannot ensure the gratitude of others for a favour conferred upon them in the way which is most agreeable to yourself.
ARTHUR HELPS, Thoughts in the Cloister and the Crowd
Gratitude is best and most effective when it does not evaporate itself in empty phrases.
ISAAC ASIMOV, Foundation and Empire
Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul; and the heart of man knoweth none more fragrant. While its opponent, ingratitude, is a deadly weed; not only poisonous in itself but impregnating the very atmosphere in which it grows, with fetid vapors.
HOSEA BALLOU, Treasury of Thought
No metaphysician ever felt the deficiency of language so much as the grateful.
CHARLES CALEB COLTON, Lacon
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, Celebrations
The unthankful heart, like my finger in the sand, 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, Life Thoughts
Gratitude is a virtue that has commonly profit annexed to it.
EPICURUS, attributed, Day's Collacon
Gratitude is the ability to experience life as a gift. It liberates us from the prison of self-preoccupation.
JOHN ORTBERG, When the Game Is Over, It All Goes Back in the Box
Those who have the ability to be grateful are the ones who have the ability to achieve greatness.
STEVE MARABOLI, Life, the Truth, and Being Free
A single grateful thought toward heaven is the most perfect prayer.
GOTTHOLD EPHRAIM LESSING, Minna Von Barnhelm
Gratitude always comes into play; research shows that people are happier if they are grateful for the positive things in their lives, rather than worrying about what might be missing.
As gratitude is a necessary, and a glorious virtue, so also it is an obvious, a cheap, and an easy one; so obvious that wherever there is life there is a place for it; so cheap, that the covetous man may be gratified without expense, and so easy that the sluggard may be so likewise without labor.
Whatever you appreciate and give thanks for will increase in your life.
SANAYA ROMAN, Living with Joy
Gratitude for the seemingly insignificanta seedthis plants the giant miracle.
ANN VOSKAMP, One Thousand Gifts
There is a selfishness even in gratitude when it is too profuse; to be over-thankful for one favor is in effect to lay out for another.
RICHARD JUN CUMBERLAND, What Next?
He who does not reflect his life back to God in gratitude does not know himself.
ALBERT SCHWEITZER, Reverence for Life
Gratitude looks to the Past and love to the Present; fear, avarice, lust, and ambition look ahead.
C. S. LEWIS, The Screwtape Letters
Don't overload Gratitude; if you do, she'll kick.
BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, Poor Richard's Almanack, 1741
No one is as capable of gratitude as one who has emerged from the kingdom of night.
ELIE WIESEL, Nobel acceptance speech, Dec. 10, 1986
We absolve a friend from gratitude when we remind him of a favor.
CHRISTIAN NESTELL BOVEE, Intuitions and Summaries of Thought
The grateful heart will always find opportunities to show its gratitude.
AESOP, "The Ant and the Dove", Aesop's Fables
The gratitude of most men is only a secret desire to receive more favours.
FRANÇOIS DE LA ROCHEFOUCAULD, Moral Maxims
Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer.
MAYA ANGELOU, Celebrations: Rituals of Peace and Prayer
There is no excess in the world so commendable as excessive gratitude.
JEAN DE LA BRUYÈRE, "Of the Affections", Les Caractères