Gratitude Quotes

** I’m a (now long-time) devotee of the simple (active) practice of gratitude. Only because it changed my life!  There are many-many postings about gratitude on this blog. I need to do considerable reconstruction here on this new site, in order to link to the posting that lists them all in one spot. If you do a Search on gratitude, plenty will pop up!

** Nov. 27/14: a friend just sent me a link to a great article about gratitude.

** Scroll down below the postings list, for the quotations

Postings about Gratitude

The Quotes

“It is a strange and wonderful fact to be here, walking around in a body, to have a whole world within you and a world at your fingertips outside you. It is an immense privilege, and it is incredible that humans manage to forget the miracle of being here. Rilke said, ‘Being here is so much,’ and it is uncanny how social reality can deaden and numb us so that the mystical wonder of our lives goes totally unnoticed. We are here. We are wildly and dangerously free.” ~John O'Donohue

“Love life. Take great pleasure in small offerings. Believe that the world owes you nothing. Understand that every gift given to you is just that.” – Maya Angelou

“However, it is to Earth itself that I owe the most gratitude. It has strongly attracted me and engaged my respect and wonder all my life.” – Dr. Rosalie Bertell, in the Acknowledgements of her book Planet Earth - The Latest Weapon of War

“Life is a gift,” Baker says. “Gratitude for what remains is more helpful than resentment for what was lost. Ultimately, I came to understand that these days are wicked short and terribly beautiful. All I’ve got is this one breath, and if I’m lucky, I get another.” – Sam Baker, artist, musician, terrorist bomb survivor

“My predominant feeling is one of gratitude. I have loved and been loved. I have been given much and I have given something in return. Above all, I have been a sentient being, a thinking animal, on this beautiful planet, and that in itself has been an enormous privilege and adventure.” Oliver Sacks, doctor, neurologist, prolific author, in his book Gratitude – essays written during his last 2 years of life

“Gratitude opens the door to…the power, the wisdom, the creativity of the Universe. You open the door through gratitude.” – Deepak Chopra

“At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.” – Albert Schweitzer

“The miracle of gratitude is that it shifts your perception to such an extent that it changes the world you see.” ~ Dr. Robert Holden

“All goodness is rooted in the soil of gratitude.” – The Dalai Lama [spotted on a church sign, the week before Canadian Thanksgiving weekend Oct. 2014]

“I get rich quick when I count my blessings.” – another church sign! This one on Thanksgiving weekend 2014, in beautiful Deep River, Ontario

“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.” – Cicero, 106-43 BCE

“Give thanks for each day. You will never get to live it over again.” – sign on church billboard

“In our daily lives, we must see that it is not happiness that makes us grateful, but the gratefulness that makes us happy.” – Albert Clarke, quoted in Speak Peace in a World of Conflict – What You Say Next Will Change Your World, by Marshall B. Rosenberg

“Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” – Marcel Proust quoted in Speak Peace in a World of Conflict – What You Say Next Will Change Your World, by Marshall B. Rosenberg

“Abundance is not something we acquire. It’s something we tune into.” – Wayne Dyer

“What the world needs now is gratitude. We must begin by learning what it means to have enough. We need to feel gratitude for having been born on a planet so rich in nature, and gratitude for the water that makes our life possible. Do we really know how wonderful it is to be able to breathe a big breath of clean air? If you open your eyes, you will see that the world is full of so much that deserves your gratitude.” Dr. Masaru Emoto in The Hidden Messages in Water (pg. 81)

“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. It turns problems into gifts, failures into successes, the unexpected into perfect timing, and mistakes into important events. It can turn an existence into a real life, and disconnected situations into important and beneficial lessons. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” – Melody Beattie, in The Language of Letting Go

“Gratitude for the gift of life is the primary wellspring of all religions, the hallmark of the mystic, the source of all true art.” – Joanna Macy in World as Lover, World as Self – Courage for Global Justice & Ecological Renewal

“The great open secret of gratitude is that it is not dependent on external circumstances. It’s like a setting or channel that we can switch to at any moment, no matter what’s going on around us. It helps us connect to our basic right to be here, like the breath does. It’s a stance of the soul. In systems theory, each part contains the whole. Gratitude is the kernel that can flower into everything we need to know. Thankfulness loosens the grip of the industrial growth society by contradicting its predominant message: that we are insufficient and inadequate. The forces of late capitalism continually tell us that we need more – more stuff, more money, more approval, more comfort, more entertainment. The dissatisfaction it breeds is profound. It infects people with a compulsion to acquire that delivers them into the cruel, humiliating bondage of debt. So gratitude is liberating. It is subversive. It helps us realize that we are sufficient, and that realization frees us. Elders of indigenous cultures have retained this knowledge, and we can learn from their practices.” – Joanna Macy in World as Lover, World as Self – Courage for Global Justice & Ecological Renewal

“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” – William Arthur Ward

“All our discontents about what we want appeared to me to spring from the want of thankfulness for what we have.” – the character Robinson Crusoe, in the novel of the same name, quoted by Marian Fowler, author of the book In the Embroidered Tent – 5 Gentlewomen in Early Canada

“It has ever been my way to extract the sweet rather than the bitter from the cup of life, and surely it is best and wisest so to do… Since we are here, let us make the best of it, and bear with cheerfulness the lot we have chosen. I believe that one of the chief ingredients in human happiness is a capacity for enjoying the blessings we possess.” – Catherine Parr Trail, quoted in the book In the Embroidered Tent – 5 Gentlewomen in Early Canada by Marian Fowler

“The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.” – Oprah Winfrey

“If this isn’t nice, I don’t know what is!” – author Kurt Vonnegut (who exhorted his readers to say this as often as humanly possible. Vonnegut also believed we all need to find ourselves lots of people to take the place of the extended families we have mostly lost. My way of putting it? We all need a tribe.)

** Don Henley song ‘For My Wedding’ – lyrics that speak to gratitude, for a newly-married couple & their wishes for a relationship that will last.