“When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light, for your life, for your strength. Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason to give thanks, the fault lies in yourself.”
– Tecumseh, 1768-1812, aboriginal leader (Shawnee); supported Canada in the War of 1812.
“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”
– John F. Kennedy, 1917-1963
“If the only prayer you say in your entire life is ‘thank you’, that would suffice.” – Meister Eckhart, 1260-1329.
“When it comes to life the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude.” – G.K. Chesterton, 1874-1936
“O Lord, that lends me life, lend me a heart replete with thankfulness.” – William Shakespeare, 1564-1616
“Gratitude changes the pangs of memory into a tranquil joy.” – Dietrich Bonheoffer, 1906 – 1945
“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parents of all others.” – Cicero, 106 – 43 BCE
“Many times a day I realize how much my own life is built on the labours of my fellowmen, and how earnestly I must exert myself in order to give in return as much as I have received.”
— Albert Einstein, 1879 – 1955
“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. 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.”
– Albert Schweitzer, 1875 – 1965
“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”
– the Apostle Paul, 5 BCE – 67 CE