Gratitude … begins by recognizing every benefit I have received, and then acts to appreciate consciously those benefits and express thankfulness for them in words followed by deeds of appreciation.

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 mean 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.”
  Melody Beattie
American Author
“A proud man is seldom a grateful man, for he never thinks he gets as much as he deserves.”
  Henry Ward Beecher
1813-1887, American Preacher, Orator, Writer
“There is calmness to a life lived in gratitude, a quite joy..”
  Ralph H. Blum
American Author
“Both abundance and lack exist simultaneously in our lives, as parallel realities. It is always our conscious choice which secret garden we will tend… when we choose not to focus on what is missing from our lives but are grateful for the abundance that’s present — love, health, family, friends, work, the joys of nature and personal pursuits that bring us pleasure — the wasteland of illusion falls away and we experience Heaven on earth.”
  Sarah Ban Breathnach
American Author
“Feeling grateful or appreciative of someone or something in your life actually attracts more of the things that you appreciate and value in your life.”
  Northrup Christiane
American Medical Doctor
Gratitude is a twofold love — love coming to visit us, and love running out to greet a welcome guest.”
  Henry Van Dyke
1852-1933, American Protestant Clergyman and Writer
Gratitude is the inward feeling of kindness received. Thankfulness is the natural impulse to express that feeling. Thanksgiving is the following of that impulse.”
  Henry Van Dyke
1852-1933, American Protestant Clergyman and Writer
“To speak gratitude is courteous and pleasant, to enact gratitude is generous and noble, but to live gratitude is to touch Heaven.”
  Johannes A. Gaertner
Gratitude is the most exquisite form of courtesy.”
  Jacques Maritain
1882-1973, French Philosopher
Gratitude is a duty which ought to be paid, but which none have a right to expect.”
  Jean Jacques Rousseau
1712-1778, Swiss Political Philosopher, Educationist, Essayist
Gratitude is not only the memory but the homage of the heart rendered to God for his goodness.”
  Nathaniel P. Willis
1806-1867, Polish American Poet, Writer, Editor
“Too great a hurry to discharge an obligation is a kind of ingratitude.”
  François De La Rochefoucauld
1613-1680, French Classical Writer
“We think that we suffer from ingratitude, while in reality we suffer from self-love.”
  Walter Savage Landor
1775-1864, British Poet, Essayist
Ingratitude is treason to mankind.”
  James Thompson
1700-1748, Scottish Poet
“Our favorite attitude should be gratitude.”
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