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How to Express Gratitude: 40 Quotes to Help You Out

This collection of 40 quotes about gratitude, appreciation, and thankfulness will help remind you of all the good that exists in your life.

Gratitude, appreciation, thankfulness, gratefulness…We define them as the quality or feeling of being grateful or thankful.

Appreciation is the recognition and enjoyment of the good qualities of someone or something.

In her book, Living in Gratitude: A Journey That Will Change Your Life, Angeles Arrien writes:

“Gratitude is a feeling that spontaneously emerges from within. However, it is not simply an emotional response; it is also a choice we make. We can choose to be grateful, or we can choose to be ungrateful—to take our gifts and blessings for granted. As a choice, gratitude is an attitude or disposition.”

Thus, gratitude is a choice we can make.

We can choose to show our appreciation and say our thanks for all of the wonderful events, experiences, situations, and people in our world.

Read on and find your favorite expressions of gratitude, appreciation, and thankfulness.

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Quotes to Express Gratitude:

“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.”

William Arthur Ward

“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” – Marcel Proust

“I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.”

G.K. Chesterton

“When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.” – Maya Angelou

“It is not joy that makes us grateful; it is gratitude that makes us joyful.”

David Steinall-Rast

“When eating fruit, remember the one who planted the tree.” – Vietnamese Proverb

“We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.”

Thorton Wilder

“The heart that gives thanks is a happy one, for we cannot feel thankful and unhappy at the same time.” – Douglas Wood

“Gratitude can turn common days into thanksgivings…”

William Arthur Ward

“We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.” – Cynthia Ozick

“I’m thankful for my struggle because without it I wouldn’t have stumbled across my strength.”


“Immensely grateful, touched, proud, astonished, abashed.” – Boris Pasternak

“The unthankful heart discovers no mercies; but the thankful heart will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings.”

Henry Ward Beecher

“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 Winfrey

“When you practice gratefulness, there is a sense of respect towards others.”

Dalai Lama

Quotes to Express Appreciation:

“I appreciate you more because of the road I’ve traveled. My story brought me to you and I wouldn’t revise a word of my past if it led me anywhere but to your door.” – Aaron Polson

“Showing gratitude is one of the simplest yet most powerful things humans can do for each other.” – Randy Pausch

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” – John F. Kennedy

“Appreciation can make a day, even change a life. Your willingness to put it all into words is all that is necessary.” – Margaret Cousins

And Finally, Quotes to Say “Thank You”:

“Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.”

Mother Teresa

“Make it a habit to tell people thank you. To express your appreciation, sincerely and without the expectation of anything in return. Truly appreciate those around you, and you’ll soon find many others around you. Truly appreciate life and you’ll find that you have more of it.” – Ralph Marston

“Saying thank you is more than good manners, it is good spirituality.”

Alfred Painter

“Don’t let the sun go down without saying thank you to someone, and without admitting to yourself that absolutely no one gets this far alone.” – Stephen King

“When life is sweet, say thank you and celebrate. And when life is bitter, say thank you and grow.”

Shauna Neiquist

“In the end, maybe we must all give up trying to pay back the people in this world who sustain our lives. In the end, maybe it’s wiser to surrender before the miraculous scope of human generosity and to just keep saying thank you, forever and sincerely, for as long as we have voices.” – Elizabeth Gilbert

“We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives.”

John F. Kennedy

“Silent gratitude isn’t very much use to anyone.” – Gertrude Stein

“I’m just very thankful. And I say that a lot because that’s the most important message.”

Pharrell Williams

‘Thank you’ is the best prayer that anyone could say. I say that one a lot. Thank you expresses extreme gratitude, humility, understanding.” – Alice Walker

“Take time to be kind and to say ‘thank you.’”

Zig Ziglar

“Well, there’s not a day goes by when I don’t get up and say thank you to somebody.” – Rod Stewart

“No duty is more urgent than giving thanks.”

James Allen

“When we start paying attention to the services we receive, stop and really see the person who is doing it and take the time to say thank you, our entire day will change.” – Brenda Shoshanna

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

Meister Eckhart

“Before I get out of bed, I am saying thank you. I know how important it is to be thankful.” – Al Jarreau

“From young to old, there are two words that carry a person forth in grace and honor; please and thank you.”

Byron Pulsifer

“I can no other answer make but thanks, and thanks, and ever thanks.” – William Shakespeare

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Final Thoughts on 40 Inspirational Quotes About Gratitude and Appreciation

How often do you take a moment of your day to feel gratitude for the wonder that is your life?

Do you show your appreciation for the good you experience?

Do you make it a point to say “thank you” as often as possible?

I hope these quotes have reinforced your feelings of gratitude, and that you have found at least one that feels like a personal mantra or manifesto.

Thank you for reading.

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