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41 Powerful Quotes to Remind You to Be Grateful Every Single Day

These great thinkers offer a few gratitude quotes to remind you that giving thanks comes in all shapes and sizes.

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Sometimes we all need a little reminder to appreciate the good things in our lives. Typically, this reminder comes around Thanksgiving, but Thanksgiving quotes don’t show you how to express that gratitude all year round. Plus, life is short, and we should try to express our gratitude all the time, no matter how big or how small. These gratitude quotes will inspire you to express thanks in ways you may not have thought of and see opportunities for gratitude in new places. There are uplifting quotes and positive affirmations scattered throughout that you can tell yourself daily in order to embody a more grateful way of being. I’ll start: thank you for reading these gratitude quotes!

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“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. Maybe these self-love quotes all started with thanking another person for helping us get there.

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William James quote about gratitude.RD.com

“The deepest craving of human nature is the need to be appreciated.” —William James. You can even make a joke about it and send these thank you memes to the people you love most.

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John F. Kennedy quote about gratitude.RD.com

“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. Maybe start by seeing what each state should be most thankful for so you can appreciate where you are.

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Henri Frederic Amiel quote about gratitude.RD.com

“Thankfulness is the beginning of gratitude. Gratitude is the completion of thankfulness. Thankfulness may consist merely of words. Gratitude is shown in acts.” —Henri Frederic Amiel. Acts like these heartwarming and meaningful ways to thank essential workers, especially for their last couple of years of selfless work.

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Ralph Waldo Emerson quote about gratitude.RD.com

“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson. This will take time, so if you need some positive words to embrace this new way of thinking, read up on these quotes about change.

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Larissa Gomez quote about gratitude.RD.com

“Being thankful is not always experienced as a natural state of existence, we must work at it, akin to a type of strength training for the heart.” —Larissa Gomez. What a beautiful inner strength quote to help you find that gratitude.

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Derrick Carpenter quote about gratitude.RD.com

“Opening your eyes to more of the world around you can deeply enhance your gratitude practice.” —Derrick Carpenter. Start small and try writing a thank you note to someone who has helped you see the world differently.

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Irving Berlin quote about gratitude.RD.com

“Got no checkbooks, got no banks, still I’d like to express my thanks. I got the sun in the morning and the moon at night.” —Irving Berlin. Amen! Let’s slow clap for this be yourself quote.

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Oprah Winfrey quote about gratitude.RD.com

“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. You can even write it down in a gratitude journal.

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Roy T. Bennett quote about gratitude.RD.com

“Be grateful for what you already have while you pursue your goals. If you aren’t grateful for what you already have, what makes you think you would be happy with more.” —Roy T. Bennett

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James E. Faust quote about gratitude.RD.com

“As with all commandments, gratitude is a description of a successful mode of living. The thankful heart opens our eyes to a multitude of blessings that continually surround us.” —James E. Faust

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Robert Braathe quote about gratitude.RD.comRD.com

“Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.” —Robert Brault

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Epictetus Powerful Gratefulness QuoteRD.com

“He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.” —Epictetus. For some inspiration, read up on how writing 365 thank you notes helped this woman reconnect to what’s truly important in life.

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Vietnamese Proverb quote about gratitude.RD.com

“When eating fruit, remember the one who planted the tree.” —Vietnamese Proverb. How beautiful is this spiritual quote?

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Rabbi Harold Kushner quote about gratitude.RD.com

“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

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William Arthur Ward quote about gratitude.RD.com

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

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Meister Eckhart quote about gratitude.RD.com

“If the only prayer you said was thank you, that would be enough.” —Meister Eckhart

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“Gratitude and attitude are not challenges; they are choices.” —Robert Braathe

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Charles Dickens Powerful Gratefulness QuoteRD.com

“Reflect upon your present blessings—of which every man has many—not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.” —Charles Dickens

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Karl Barth quote about gratitude.RD.com

“Joy is the simplest form of gratitude.” —Karl Barth. Make sure you’re cultivating that joy by learning when you should be writing a thank you note.

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Ralph Waldo Emerson quote about gratitude.RD.com

“I awoke this morning with devout thanksgiving for my friends, the old and the new.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Cynthia Ozick quote about gratitude.RD.com

“We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.” —Cynthia Ozick

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Ralph Marston quote about gratitude.RD.com

“Make it a habit to tell people, ‘thank you.’ To express your appreciation sincerely and without the expectation of anything in return. Truly appreciate those around you, and you’ll soon find many others around you. Truly appreciate life, and you’ll find that you have more of it.” —Ralph Marston

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Ralph Waldo Emerson quote about gratitude.RD.com

“You cannot do a kindness too soon because you never know how soon it will be too late.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Edwin Arlington Robinson quote about gratitude.RD.com

“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

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Voltaire quote about gratitude.RD.com

“Appreciation is a wonderful thing. It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.” —Voltaire

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Amy Poehler quote about gratitude.RD.com

“I looked around and thought about my life. I felt grateful. I noticed every detail. That is the key to time travel. You can only move if you are actually in the moment. You have to be where you are to get where you need to go.” —Amy Poehler

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Albert Barnes Pquote about gratitude.RD.com

“We can always find something to be thankful for, and there may be reasons why we ought to be thankful for even those dispensations which appear dark and frowning.” —Albert Barnes

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Michael Josephson quote about gratitude.RD.com

“The world has enough beautiful mountains and meadows, spectacular skies, and serene lakes. It has enough lush forests, flowered fields, and sandy beaches. It has plenty of stars and the promise of a new sunrise and sunset every day. What the world needs more of is people to appreciate and enjoy it.” —Michael Josephson

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Charlotte Bronte quote about gratitude.RD.com

“For my part, I am almost contented just now, and very thankful. Gratitude is a divine emotion: it fills the heart, but not to bursting; it warms it, but not to fever.” —Charlotte Bronte

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Tecumseh quote about gratitude.RD.com

“When you arise in the morning give thanks for the food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies only in yourself.” —Tecumseh

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Buddhist Proverb quote about gratitude.RD.com

“‘Enough’ is a feast.” —Buddhist Proverb. While you’re feasting this Thanksgiving, remember these reasons to be grateful this year.

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James Allen quote about gratitude.RD.com

“No duty is more urgent than giving thanks.” —James Allen

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Brian Tracy quote about gratitude.RD.com

“Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation.” —Brian Tracy

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Albert Schweitzer quote about gratitude.RD.com

“Train yourself never to put off the word or action for the expression of gratitude.” —Albert Schweitzer

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Maya Angelou quote about gratitude.RD.com

“This is a wonderful day. I have never seen this one before.” —Maya Angelou

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Kristin Armstrong quote about gratitude.RD.com

“When we focus on our gratitude, the tide of disappointment goes out and the tide of love rushes in.” —Kristin Armstrong

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Germany Kent quote about gratitude.RD.com

“It’s a funny thing about life, once you begin to take note of the things you are grateful for, you begin to lose sight of the things that you lack.” —Germany Kent

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Epicurus quote about gratitude.RD.com

“Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.” —Epicurus

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Frank A. Clark quote about gratitude.RD.com

“If a fellow isn’t thankful for what he’s got, he isn’t likely to be thankful for what he’s going to get.” —Frank A. Clark

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Anne Morrow Lindbergh quote about gratitude.RD.com

“One can never pay in gratitude; one can only pay ‘in kind’ somewhere else in life.” —Anne Morrow Lindbergh. Now that you’ve read these gratitude quotes, it’s time to remember that finding that gratitude will take patience. These patience quotes will inspire your peaceful persistence.

Emma Taubenfeld
Emma Taubenfeld is an assistant editor for Reader’s Digest who focuses on digital lifestyle topics such as memes, social media captions, pick-up lines, and cute pets. When she’s not working, you can find Emma reading corny young adult novels, creating carefully curated playlists, and figuring out how to spice up boxed mac and cheese.

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