When gathered around the table, most families reserve at least a minute or two to express how thankful they are and why. And with good reason: Gratitude is something that we should be able to express on any occasion—no matter how big or small. Maybe you're excited about the great man your friend is marrying. Write something a little special in her wedding card and cap it off with a sweet wedding quote. Perhaps you have a dear friend going through a hard time. He would probably appreciate hearing a few kind quotes from his best friend. But sometimes, the right words escape us—or maybe we never really had them in the first place. That's why keeping a list of quotes from esteemed writers, poets, and thinkers on-hand is so important. You never know when those words might provide comfort—and you might even find you need to read a few quotes about strength when life throws some trials and tribulations your way, too.
“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”
“Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.”
"True forgiveness is when you can, 'Thank you for the experience.'"
“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.”
“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.”
“If the only prayer you said was thank you, that would be enough.”
“We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives.”
“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.”
“Gratitude looks to the Past and love to the Present; fear, avarice, lust, and ambition look ahead.”
“The unthankful heart discovers no mercies; but the thankful heart will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings.”
“What separates privilege from entitlement is gratitude.”
“When it comes to life the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude.”
“Gratitude is the ability to experience life as a gift. It liberates us from the prison of self-preoccupation.”
“The soul that gives thanks can find comfort in everything; the soul that complains can find comfort in nothing.”
“Gratitude is a powerful catalyst for happiness. It’s the spark that lights a fire of joy in your soul.”
“If you fail to carry around with you a heart of gratitude for the love you’ve been so freely given, it is easy for you not to love others as you should.”
"Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has plenty; not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some."
“Gratitude and attitude are not challenges; they are choices."
“When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around."
“We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.”
“Joy is the simplest form of gratitude.”
“Gratitude is the sign of noble souls.”
“Rest and be thankful.”
“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.)”
“O Lord that lends me life, lend me a heart replete with thankfulness.”
“I’m still thanking all the stars, one by one.”
“Thankfulness is the quickest path to joy.”
“Gratitude bestows reverence...changing forever how we experience life and the world.”
“Gratitude goes beyond the 'mine' and 'thine' and claims the truth that all of life is a pure gift.”
"Appreciation can make a day, even change a life. Your willingness to put it into words is all that is necessary."