50 Thankful Quotes to Inspire and Show Gratitude

‘Tis the season for gratitude, thanksgiving and gathering with loved ones. Stay in the moment and spread the love with thoughtful quips about sharing, being thankful and finding happiness. From Mother Teresa to Oprah Winfrey, these words of wisdom are perfect for a holiday toast, greeting card, inspiration before a big meal or social media post. Start a new tradition and share one a day with coworkers, friends or text groups!

  1. “I awoke this morning with devout thanksgiving for my friends, the old and the new.”— Ralph Waldo Emerson
  1. “Gratitude turns what we have into enough.” ? Melody Beattie
  1. "Thanksgiving Day is a good day to recommit our energies to giving thanks and just giving." — Amy Grant
  1. “Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude.” — A. Milne
  1. “Gratitude is a powerful catalyst for happiness. It’s the spark that lights a fire of joy in your soul.” — Amy Collette
  1. If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.
— Meister Eckhart

  1. “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
  1. “If you are really thankful, what do you do? You share.” — Clement Stone
  1. “Showing gratitude is one of the simplest yet most powerful things humans can do for each other.” — Randy Pausch
  1. “Gratitude is when memory is stored in the heart and not in the mind.” — Lionel Hampton
  1. “Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more.” — Oprah Winfrey
  1. “We should certainly count our blessings, but we should also make our blessings count.” — Neal A. Maxwell
  1. “Thanksgiving just gets me all warm and tingly and all kinds of wonderful inside.”
— Willard Scott

  1. “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
  1. “This is a wonderful day. I have never seen this one before.” — Maya Angelou
  1. “Although Thanksgiving comes but once a year, every day should be a day of Thanks.” — Monique Hammond
  1. “Reflect upon your present blessings.” — Charles Dickens
  1. “God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today. Have you used one to say thank you?” —William Arthur Ward
  1. "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
  1. "The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables us to count our blessings." — Eric Hoffer

  1. “‘Enough’ is a feast.” — Buddhist proverb
  1. "The best way to show my gratitude is to accept everything, even my problems, with joy." — Mother Teresa
  1. “Over and over I marvel at the blessings of my life: Each year has grown better than the last.” — Lawrence Welk
  1. "There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle." — Albert Einstein
  1. “Forever on Thanksgiving Day the heart will find the pathway home.” — Wilbur D. Nesbit
  1. “Thanksgiving is a joyous invitation to shower the world with love and gratitude.”
— Amy Leigh Mercree

  1. “Gratitude is when memory is stored in the heart and not in the mind.” — Lionel Hampton
  1. “Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” — Marcel Proust
  1. “We should just be thankful for being together. I think that’s what they mean by Thanksgiving, Charlie Brown.” — A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving
  2. "Gratitude for the seemingly insignificant—a seed—this plants the giant miracle." — Ann Voskamp
  1. “Small cheer and great welcome makes a merry feast.” — William Shakespeare
  1. “The unthankful heart discovers no mercies; but the thankful heart will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings.” — Henry Ward Beecher
  1. "The simple act of practicing gratitude, consistently, is your invitation to a new life. Accepting the invitation is now up to you." — Josie Robinson
  1. "No matter what the situation is...close your eyes and think of all the things in your life you could be grateful for right now." — Deepak Chopra
  1. "Silent gratitude isn't very much to anyone." — Gertrude Stein
  1. "Things turn out best for people who make the best of the way things turn out." — John Wooden
  1. "Thanksgiving was never meant to be shut up in a single day." — Robert Caspar Lintner
  1. “"Thanksgiving Day comes, by statute, once a year; to the honest man it comes as frequently as the heart of gratitude will allow." — Edward Sandford Martin
  1. "The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched - they must be felt with the heart." — Helen Keller
  1. "A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all the other virtues." — Cicero
  1. “Thanksgiving is a joyous invitation to shower the world with love and gratitude” — Amy Leigh Mercree
  1. “Give thanks for a little, and you will find a lot.” — Hausa Proverb
  1. “Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our Thanksgiving.” — W.T. Purkiser
  1. “If you made a list of all the things you could be thankful for, the list would undoubtedly be longer than your misfortunes.” — Catherine Pulsifer
  1. “Joy is the simplest form of gratitude.”Karl Barth
  1. “The thankful receiver bears a plentiful harvest.” — William Blake
  1. “Be mindful. Be grateful. Be positive. Be true. Be kind.” — Roy T. Bennett
  1. “What if, today, we were grateful for everything?” — Charlie Brown
  1. “Thankfulness is the quickest path to joy.” — Jefferson Bethke
  1. “No one has ever become poor by giving.” – Anne Frank

Choose your favorite quotes and add your own. Make this your season to share your attitude of gratitude!

Courtney McLaughlin?is a freelance writer in Charlotte, N.C. She gratefully shares her life, home and heart with her daughter and their dog.