Aesop Fables: "Gratitude
is the sign of noble souls."
Gratitude is the heart's memory.
"Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the
William Shakespeare: "O
Lord that lends me life, Lend me a heart replete with thankfulness."
in his first Presidential Proclamation: "It is the duty of all Nations to
acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful
for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and
favor."—October 3, 1789
Samuel Adams, father
of the American Revolution: "It is therefore recommended ... to set apart
Thursday the eighteenth day of December next, for solemn thanksgiving and
praise, that with one heart and one voice the good people may express the
grateful feelings of their hearts and consecrate themselves to the service of
their divine benefactor ..."—November 1, 1777 (adopted by the 13 states
as the first official Thanksgiving Proclamation)
during the Civil War: "We have been the recipients of the choicest
bounties of Heaven; we have been preserved these many years in peace and
prosperity; we have grown in numbers, wealth, and power as no other nation has
Sir John Templeton:
"How wonderful it would be if we could help our children and
grandchildren to learn thanksgiving at an early age. Thanksgiving opens the
doors. It changes a child's personality. A child is resentful, negative—or
thankful. Thankful children want to give, they radiate happiness, they draw
"To educate yourself for the feeling of gratitude means to take nothing
for granted, but to always seek out and value the kind that will stand behind
the action. Nothing that is done for you is a matter of course. Everything
originates in a will for the good, which is directed at you. Train yourself
never to put off the word or action for the expression of gratitude."
"Gratitude is a quality similar to electricity: it must be produced and
discharged and used up in order to exist at all."
Seneca Nation of the
Iroquois Confederacy: "Our Creator shall continue to dwell above the
sky, and that is where those on earth will end their thanksgiving."
Anne Frank: "I do
not think of all the misery, but of the glory that remains. Go outside into
the fields, nature and the sun, go out and seek happiness in yourself and in
God. Think of the beauty that again and again discharges itself within and
without you and be happy."
"Let us remember that, as much has been given us, much will be expected
from us, and that true homage comes from the heart as well as from the lips,
and shows itself in deeds."—1901
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr:
We will speed the day when all of God's children, black men and white men,
Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and
sing ...Free at last, Free at last, Thank God Almighty, I'm free at last.
(Address at Lincoln Memorial during March on Washington, 28 Aug 1963)
John Fitzgerald Kennedy:
"As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest
appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them."
"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."
Johannes A. Gaertner:
"To speak gratitude is courteous and pleasant, to enact gratitude is
generous and noble, but to live gratitude is to touch Heaven."
Estonian proverb: Who
does not thank for little will not thank for much.
Irving Berlin: Got
no check books, got no banks. Still I'd like to express my thanks - I got the
sun in the mornin' and the moon at night.
Konrad von Gesner:
Best of all is it to preserve everything in a pure, still heart, and let there
be for every pulse a thanksgiving, and for every breath a song.
Sadi The Gulistan: Once,
when my feet were bare, and I had not the means of obtaining shoes I came to
the chief of Kufah in a state of much dejection, and saw there a man who had
no feet. I returned thanks to God and acknowledged his mercies, and endured my
want of shoes with patience
Basil Carpenter: Thank
God every day when you get up that you have something to do that day which
must be done whether you like it or not. Being forced to work and forced to do
your best will breed in you temperance and self-control, diligence and
strength of will, cheerfulness and content, and a hundred virtues which the
idle will never know.
Ethel Watts Mumford:
God gave us our relatives; thank God we can choose our friends.