Top 12 Quotes on Gratitude

Anyone who has heard me speak or read any of my books knows I love quotes.


Pithy, provocative quotations have the power to break through busy people’s preoccupation. As long as you attribute the source, they’re a way to make content POP! and get attention for a topic you care about.

I’m convinced that living in a state of gratitude is THE key to happiness. We can focus on what’s wrong in our life or we can focus on what’s right. Which makes more sense?

I’ve shared my favorite quotes about gratitude below. Print out this list and post it where you can see it throughout the day.

You’ve heard the saying “out of sight, out of mind?” Keep these quotes “in sight, in mind” and you can live in a state of gratitude year-round.

Gratitude quote #1: “When you drink the water, remember the well.” – Chinese proverb

Gratitude quote #2: “Make yourself a blessing to someone. Your kind smile or pat on the back just might pull someone back from the edge.” – Carmelia Elliott

Gratitude quote #3: “If the only prayer you ever said was ‘Thank you,’ that would be enough.” – Meister Ekhart

Gratitude quote #4: “There is no duty so under-rated as the duty of being happy. By being happy and grateful, we sow anonymous benefits upon the world.” – Robert Louis Stevenson

Gratitude quote #5: “Look at everything as though you were seeing it for the first or last time. Then your time on earth will be filled with glory.” – Betty Smith

Gratitude quote #6: “When the eye wakes up to see again, it suddenly stops taking anything for granted.” – Frederick Franck

Gratitude quote #7: “When you give and carry out acts of kindness you get a wonderful feeling. It is as though something inside your body responds and says, ‘Yes, this is how I ought to feel.'” – Rabbi Harold Kushner

Gratitude quote #8: “One of the very first things I figured out about life…is that it’s better to be a grateful person than a grumpy one, because you have to live in the same world either way, and if you’re grateful, you have more fun.”—Barbara Kingsolver

Gratitude quote #9: “Greatness is not found in possesions, power or prestige. It is discovered in character, gratitude, and service.” – William Ward

Gratitude quote #10: “What a wonderful life I’ve had! I only wish I’d realized it sooner.” – Colette

Gratitude quote #11: “Unless people like you care a whole lot, things aren’t going to get better, they’re not!” – Dr. Seuss, The Lorax

Gratitude quote #12: “Tell me to what you pay attention, and I will tell you who you are.” – Jose Ortega y Gasset

Bonus! (These were too good to leave out.)

Gratitude #13: In Thornton Wilder’s play Our Town, Emily longs to revisit one ordinary, “unimportant” day. When she gets her wish, she realizes how much she took for granted. “I didn’t realize all that was going on and we never noticed. Good-bye Grover’s Corners, Mama, Papa, sunflowers, food and coffee, hot baths, sleeping and waking up. Oh, earth, your’e too wonderful for anybody to realize you.”

Gratitude quote #14:
“Normal day, let me aware of the treasure you are.
Let me not pass you by in quest of some rare and perfect tomorrow.
Let me hold you while I may; for it may not always be so.
One day I shall dig my nails into the earth . . . or raise my hands to the sky
and want, more than all the world, your return.” – Mary Jean Iron

May we keep the spirit of gratitude as we move forward and stay focused on and thankful for all that’s right in our world.

  1. Thanks so much Sam..these are terrific and definitely worth sharing. I am so grateful to you for coming into my life at the right time! The introvert dialogue was waiting to happen and it is so gratifying to be doing this work. I will always be deeply thankful for your wisdom, encouragement and collaboration.

    Thank you!!!!

    Happy Holidays, Sam.

  2. Sam…what a phenomenal gift this is. There is truly nothing more powerful than gratitude’s capacity to transform lives, homes, organizations, and nations. Thank you so much for sharing!

  3. Thanks for those comments, Jennifer and Deanna. One of the many things I’m grateful for is the privilege of knowing and working with inspiring people who are making a positive difference in the world. Both of you are doing just that with your speaking and writing . . .

  4. I thank you for posting this article in web which makes people to access. the quote where great and very touchy.These quote had made me realize good moments and I thank for the same.

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