A Gratitude Sampler

This week, Thanksgiving Week in the USA, take some time to be thankful ….and hopefully acquire the habit of doing so every day going forward.  To assist you in your reflections, here are a dozen of my favorite quotations:

   “My wish for you

    Is that you continue

    To let gratitude be the pillow

    Upon which you kneel to

    Say your nightly prayer.”

          Maya Angelou


 “Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues,

    but the parent of all the others.”

          Marcus Tullius Cicero


   “Gratitude is one of the least articulate of the emotions,

    especially when it is deep.”

          Felix Frankfurter 


“One single grateful thought raised to heaven is the most perfect prayer.”

G.E. Lessing


   “Gratitude is the most exquisite form of courtesy.”

          Jacques Maritain


   “If the only prayer you say in your entire life

    is ‘Thank You,’ that would suffice.”

          Meister Eckhart


   “When something does not insist on being noticed when we aren’t

    grabbed by the collar or struck on the skull by a presence or an event,

    we take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.”

          Cynthia Ozick


   “Gratitude is indeed a duty which we are bound to pay,

    but which benefactors cannot exact.”

          Jean-Jacques Rousseau


   “In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out.

    It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being.

    We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.”

          Albert Schweitzer


   “Silent gratitude isn’t very much use to anyone who has done a lot for you.”

          Gladys Bronwyn Stern


   “Feeling gratitude and not expressing it

    is like wrapping a present and not giving it.”

          William Arthur Ward