25 HUMANISTIC QUOTATIONS RELATING TO THANKFULNESS
Compiled by H.C. Nash
Gratitude is a fruit of great civilization; you do not find it among gross people.
Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer. And let
faith be the bridge you build to overcome evil and welcome good.--Maya Angelou
Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners
who make our souls blossom.--Marcel Proust
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
When I’m not thank’d at all, I’m thank’d enough, I’ve done my duty, and I’ve done no more.
I hate ingratitude more in a man / Than lying, vainness, babbling drunkenness, / Or any
taint of vice whose strong corruption / inhabits our frail blood.--Shakespeare, Twelfth Night
When our perils are past, shall our gratitude sleep? / No—here’s to the pilot that weathered
the storm.--George Canning
One way to love yourself and take charge of your life is through the practice of gratitude.
Practicing gratitude increases self-awareness.--Veronica Smith
If the only prayer you say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.--Meister Eckhart
Most people return small favors, acknowledge medium ones and repay greater ones—with
Gratitude is the least of the virtues, but ingratitude is the worst of vices.--Thomas Fuller
Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation of all abundance.
Joy is the simplest kind of gratitude.--Karl Barth
When it comes to life, the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them
with gratitude.--G.K. Chesterton
If you have lived, take thankfully the past.--John Dryden
The only people with whom you should try to get even are those who have helped you.
--John E. Southard
Praise the bridge that brought you over.--George Colman
Gratitude is the mother of the virtues.--Cicero
Saying thank you is more than good manners. It is good spirituality.--Alfred Painter
Gratitude turns what we have into enough.--Author unknown
Silent gratitude isn’t much use to anyone.--G.B. Stern
Gratitude is a quality similar to electricity: it must be produced and discharged and used up
in order to exist at all.--William Faulkner
Ingratitude is the daughter of pride.--Cervantes
Replace fear with gratitude, and the whole world changes.--Terri Guillemets
The physiological overload of “consumer capitalism”—the slavishness of which is bound to
an irreversible technological intrusiveness via social media—is stifling our sense of Jefferson’s
“human scale” in which the virtue of genuine gratitude and its manifestations can flourish.
For all too many, numbness and distraction reign.--Yours truly
Happy Thanksgiving to everybody . . .
H.C. Nash is the author of the two-volume Patsy of the Ages: Lee Harvey Oswald and His Nation Half a Century Later, available in paperback and Kindle ebook.