59 of The Best Gratitude Quotes For You To Share and Ponder!

59 Beautiful Best Gratitude Quotes

We're sharing some of the most inspiring and best gratitude quotes for you to enjoy and share on social media and more. With 59 quotes in total (it's a popular topic!) grouped into helpful topics, we also chose 5 to make shareable graphics from!

Personally, I have a complicated relationship with gratitude. I was told as a child that I was "selfish and ungrateful", so the word "grateful" is a little 'charged' for me—and brings back painful memories. Personally I prefer to consider, "What am I thankful for?" or "What do I appreciate in my life"—although I am slowly re-programming my brain...

However, I believe being thankful for what we already have is a deep spiritual practice—when done with kindness and when we also acknowledge the truth of what might not be going right in our lives. We shouldn't misuse gratitude to beat ourselves up or 'guilt' ourselves into feeling better!

Anyway. I love quotes, and hope you love the gratitude quotes and beautiful gratitude quote graphics too!

Enjoy these 5 Select Gratitude Quotes:

We chose these 5 as our best gratitude quotes - as we loved them and also wanted to choose some you might not have seen before 🙂

  1. "When we focus on our gratitude, the tide of disappointment goes out and the tide of love rushes in." Kristin Armstrong
  2. "Gratitude is the most exquisite form of courtesy." Jacques Maritain
  3. "When I wake up in the morning, I like to express my gratitude for being on the planet. That gratefulness makes me very present." Trudie Styler
  4. "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
  5. "We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures." Thornton Wilder
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And here are 54 more Inspiring and Best Gratitude Quotes:

On Counting our Blessings and Appreciating the Small Things...

  1. "When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around." Willie Nelson
  2. "We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude." Cynthia Ozick
  3. "Sometimes we should express our gratitude for the small and simple things like the scent of the rain, the taste of your favorite food, or the sound of a loved one's voice." Joseph B. Wirthlin
  4. "In ordinary life, we hardly realize that we receive a great deal more than we give, and that it is only with gratitude that life becomes rich." Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Best Gratitude Quotes for Recognizing and Appreciating Others...

  1. "We learned about gratitude and humility - that so many people had a hand in our success, from the teachers who inspired us to the janitors who kept our school clean... and we were taught to value everyone's contribution and treat everyone with respect." Michelle Obama
  2. "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
  3. "No one who achieves success does so without acknowledging the help of others. The wise and confident acknowledge this help with gratitude." Alfred North Whitehead
  4. "The deepest craving of human nature is the need to be appreciated." William James

On Saying Thank-you!

  1. "If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough." Meister Eckhart
  2. "God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today. Have you used one to say thank you?" William Arthur Ward
  3. "Silent gratitude isn't very much to anyone." Gertrude Stein
  4. "Thanksgiving is a time of togetherness and gratitude." Nigel Hamilton

What is Gratitude?

  1. "Gratitude is when memory is stored in the heart and not in the mind." Lionel Hampton
  2. "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." Melody Beattie
  3. "I think gratitude is a big thing. It puts you in a place where you're humble." Andra Day
  4. "Two kinds of gratitude: The sudden kind we feel for what we take; the larger kind we feel for what we give." Edwin Arlington Robinson
  5. "Gratitude is one of the least articulate of the emotions, especially when it is deep." Felix Frankfurter

Best Poetic and Inspiring Gratitude Quotes...

  1. "Gratitude, warm, sincere, intense, when it takes possession of the bosom, fills the soul to overflowing and scarce leaves room for any other sentiment or thought." John Quincy Adams
  2. "Let us swell with gratitude and allow it to overwhelm us. It isn't as cliche as we make it; life truly is short. Let's spend it all lavishly wallowing in gratitude." Grace Gealey
  3. "Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul." Henry Ward Beecher

Gratitude Reframes

  1. "When it comes to life the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude." Gilbert K. Chesterton
  2. "Some people grumble that roses have thorns; I am grateful that thorns have roses." Alphonse Karr

Happiness, Joy & Gratitude

  1. "Joy is the simplest form of gratitude." Karl Barth
  2. "Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude." Denis Waitley
  3. "I don't have to chase extraordinary moments to find happiness - it's right in front of me if I'm paying attention and practicing gratitude." Brene Brown
  4. "The root of joy is gratefulness." David Steindl-Rast

Best Gratitude Quotes for Choosing Gratitude and How to be Grateful...

  1. "Often people ask how I manage to be happy despite having no arms and no legs. The quick answer is that I have a choice. I can be angry about not having limbs, or I can be thankful that I have a purpose. I chose gratitude." Nick Vujicic
  2. "Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn't learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn't learn a little, at least we didn't get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn’t die; so, let us all be thankful." Buddha
  3. "Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never, ever have enough." Oprah Winfrey
  4. "If you concentrate on finding whatever is good in every situation, you will discover that your life will suddenly be filled with gratitude, a feeling that nurtures the soul." Rabbi Harold Kushner
  5. "The discipline of gratitude is the explicit effort to acknowledge that all I am and have is given to me as a gift of love, a gift to be celebrated with joy." Henri Nouwen

Best Quotes on Spirituality, Prayer and Gratitude...

  1. "The roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation." The Dalai Lama
  2. "It is through gratitude for the present moment that the spiritual dimension of life opens up." Eckhart Tolle
  3. "I acknowledge my feeling and gratitude for life by praising the world and whoever made all these things." Mary Oliver
  4. "I believe in prayer. I believe in gratitude and serving people." Kiran Bedi
  5. "We should honor Mother Earth with gratitude; otherwise our spirituality may become hypocritical." Radhanath Swami
  6. "When I pray, I always thank Mother Nature for all the beauty in the world. It's about having an attitude of gratitude." Miranda Kerr

On the Beauty of Gratitude...

  1. "It's wonderful to be grateful. To have that gratitude well out from deep within you and pour out in waves. Once you truly experience this, you will never want to give it up." Srikumar Rao
  2. "We have to fill our hearts with gratitude. Gratitude makes everything that we have more than enough." Susan L. Taylor
  3. "The more grateful I am, the more beauty I see." Mary Davis

Best Gratitude Quotes for the Workplace—and as an Interpersonal Skill...

  1. "A smart manager will establish a culture of gratitude. Expand the appreciative attitude to suppliers, vendors, delivery people, and of course, customers." Harvey Mackay
  2. "A person however learned and qualified in his life's work in whom gratitude is absent, is devoid of that beauty of character which makes personality fragrant." Hazrat Inayat Khan
  3. "I regard gratitude as an asset and its absence a major interpersonal flaw." Marshall Goldsmith

Gratitude Quotes on Charity and Helping Others

  1. "I'm just so very lucky to be able to do what I do for a living, and giving back is a way for me to express my gratitude. I'm so lucky to be in a position to help people, and that's appealing to me." PewDiePie
  2. Charity never humiliated him who profited from it, nor ever bound him by the chains of gratitude, since it was not to him but to God that the gift was made." Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Thought-Provoking Gratitude Quotes, Plus the Dangers and Dark Side of Gratitude!

  1. "There are slavish souls who carry their appreciation for favors done them so far that they strangle themselves with the rope of gratitude." Friedrich Nietzsche
  2. "In most of mankind gratitude is merely a secret hope of further favors." Francois de La Rochefoucauld
  3. "Gratitude is one of the greatest gifts we can give. And it's not a gift we often give to children. We expect it of them, but we don't necessarily give it back." Jason Reynolds
  4. "Have gratitude for the things you're discarding. By giving gratitude, you're giving closure to the relationship with that object, and by doing so, it becomes a lot easier to let go." Marie Kondo
  5. "Gratitude is a burden, and every burden is made to be shaken off." Denis Diderot

And Finally... 4 Miscellaneous Gratitude Quotes

  1. "I'm big on manners. I'm big on politeness. I'm big on gratitude." Kate Hudson
  2. "I am filled with so much sincerity and gratitude to know where I came from and what I'm doing now." Antonio Brown
  3. "Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude." A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh
  4. "When you know in your bones that your body is a sacred gift, you move in the world with an effortless grace. Gratitude and humility rise up spontaneously." Debbie Ford

Are these the best gratitude quotes? Tell us in the comments below!
1) What is your favourite gratitude quote? and/or 2) Do you have a gratitude practice? If so, what do you do?

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  1. Virginia Reeves

    Thanks for a good selection of quotes. Opened my mind and heart to try a few different ways of expressing myself. For years I've done a mental list of 5 items I'm grateful for that day. Sometimes they are simple and that's as important to acknowledge as well as the 'big' things.
    Thanks for all you share with us. It is appreciated and often put into practice!

    • Emma-Louise

      Thank-you Virginia! So glad you find our resources helpful. Interesting you've been doing 5 items for years! I like the idea of a hand to help one "check the 5 items off" as you go. Thank-you for taking the time to comment. Warmly, Emma-Louise 🙂

  2. Ray Cao

    I'm grateful for the collective wisdom you share with others who may be able to pass some of it on. It has often helped me personally, practically

  3. Preeti

    Thank you so much for sharing such an ocean of wisdom. One of the quotes actually helped me stop the momentum of negative thoughts today. Grateful for these resources.

  4. Carmel

    Thank you for the quotations that remind me of a time in my life when I was in ‘flow’ and acutely aware of the spiritual in my life. I am not there now. Here’s hoping I can return.

    • mturcott

      Thank you Carmel! I'm glad you found the gratitude quotes inspiring. Wishing you all the best in your journey! Warmly, Mary


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