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Inspirational Quotes on Gratitude

Updated on October 12, 2012

I often find myself thinking about the word gratitude and what it means to me. It comes at times when I least expect it and when I am least prepared. Frequently, it comes when I am driving; when a land or sky-scape reminds me of my smallness in the big scheme of life. There is nothing wrong with feeling small. In fact, I rather like it. Feeling small keeps me outside myself and seeing the world as this gigantic, majestic wonderland.

After visiting my folks this morning, I had a few errands to run. The last few days have been cool and rainy here so it was good to see the sun this morning. As I rode along with the windows down, the crisp, clean air of Autumn enveloped me and my thoughts turned to seasons. I do so love the changing seasons where I live. As seasons change, so does the pace of life and I find myself experiencing feelings similar to that of a young girl in love for the first time. I'm giddy and emotional, and in love with life. And then, it hit me that had I not experienced those few dark, cold, rainy days this week, I would not have experienced the sensation of pure gratitude for this beautiful Autumn day. Isn't it true of life too? Sometimes we have to experience the challenges or the dark days in order to fully appreciate all the good things about our life.

So, as I ran my errands, I ran through my mental list of the many things I am grateful for in my life. It was quite a list but to give you an idea of simple my thinking is these day.

  • I am grateful for my parents who taught me to love family and friends.
  • I am grateful for my love of sunrises, sunsets, trees, and clouds.
  • I am grateful for my health; although not perfect, I am never in pain.
  • I am grateful for my senses that allow me to experience the softness of grass, the sound of birds, the ability to see a smile, or to enjoy the taste of a rich cup of coffee.
  • I am grateful for the shelter of my home, however modest it is.
  • I am grateful for the pleasure of loving people and animals too.
  • I am grateful for the ability to learn and grow and, for the lessons I have already learned.
  • I am grateful for my ability to adapt to change and to feel frustration when things are too stagnant.
  • I am grateful for feeling safe and secure and for the darkness that brings restful sleep.
  • I am grateful for a mind that is curious and inquisitive.
  • I am grateful for a personality that isn't afraid to ask why?
  • I am grateful for the ability to know the difference between right and wrong and the courage to do the right thing even when it is not popular.

I could go on and on but I think you understand. I have reached the place in life where I am no longer concerned about acquiring things or impressing someone. If life has taught me nothing else, it has taught me that nothing is permanent and that what makes me sad today won't last. Therefore, I do not worry about things I cannot control. I am in a good place and, I am grateful.

Inspirational Quotes on Gratitude

My inspiration comes from many places. It comes from the bravery and strength of friends, the kindness of strangers, the written words of noble laureates. Since I was a young girl I have kept a journal of quotes that have spoken to me. So when I returned home today, I headed for my journal to see what I had collected on the subject of gratitude. I'll share a few with you.

  • "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." - Melody Beatie


  • “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


  • “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


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

  • “Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” - William Arthur Ward


  • "Gratitude is medicine for a heart devastated by tragedy. If you can only be thankful for the blue sky, then do so.” - Richelle E. Goodrich


  • Stop thinking of gratitude as a buy product of your circumstances and start thinking of it as a world view.” - Bryan Robles


  • “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


  • “I still miss those I loved who are no longer with me but I find I am grateful for having loved them. The gratitude has finally conquered the loss.” - Rita Mae Brown


  • “When eating bamboo sprouts, remember the man who planted them.” - Chinese Proverb


The Simple Things

The last quote above may be my favorite; not for what it says but for what it suggests. As human beings we tend to claim gratitude as a character trait if we feel grateful for big things that have graced our life but we overlook the small things. I believe that gratitude begins with the simple things and expands to the big things. I don't believe you can be truly grateful for the great new job you got if you are not truly grateful for the opportunity to apply for it. I don't think you can be sincerely grateful for that expensive dinner your boss paid for if you are not grateful for the cow that sacrificed the steak or the wife of the chef who would rather have him at home. I believe we have to look beyond the obvious and find gratitude for the obscure. What I know is that when one is truly grateful for the little things, you will see everything in your life differently.

Perhaps I have not been as diligent as I should have been lately and that is why "gratitude" visited me today. The universe is good at reminding me when I fail to be grateful and will give me a glorious day like today that is so stunning that I cannot avoid gratitude. Thank you for this day, for the people I met. Thank you for the wind and sun, the vehicle that didn't break down and the clerk who smiled as they conducted the sale. Thank you for the farmer who grew the food I will put on my table tonight and for the driver of the truck who carried it across this beautiful nation. Thank you for the lesson!

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Careermommy - thank you so much for the visit today and for the great reminder that we all need to slow down a bit. I totally agree.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hi kellyteam - I can tell you have a great attitude of gratitude and I hope you are able to maintain it throughout the year. Some days it's easier han others but it is always worth the extra effort. I appareciate your visit.

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    Tirralan Watkins 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

    I love the idea of focusing on the things we are grateful for. Life is too short and we're moving too fast. We all need to stop and reflect on the things that we're thankful for. Very nice article.

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    Willette 4 years ago from Michigan

    Great hub Irc7815: You have written well here about gratitude. you mentioned about being grateful for small things and I believe that's where we sometimes miss the mark. I began this year with an attitude of gratitude and you have kept that spark to continue. Thank you for sharing this hub with us.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hello Archa Ghodge! Thanks for the visit to my hub nd for leaving such a thoughtful comment. I beleive it is true.

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    Archa 4 years ago from India

    Very nice hub ...its said that more gratefulness we have , more will be the grace in our life...

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hello Robin! What a sweet comment. I appreciate all the votes but most of all, I'm just grateful that you took time to visit with me here. I am grateful for HP for providing us a place to meet. :-)

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    Robin Grosswirth 4 years ago from New York

    I am grateful to have found you at the hub via Bill. I am grateful to have read this hub by a lovely writer and thinker. Great hub, voted it across the board: beautiful, awesome, interesting, useful and shared it (Twitter).

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Thanks for visiting Gabby! I totally agree.

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    Gabby McMahon 4 years ago from Ennis, Co Clare, Ireland

    beautifully written hub! gratitude is so important, I make sure that each day I spend some time to reflect on the things I am greatful for.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hi ignugent17! Thanks so much. I have a journal full of quotes on various topics and I turn to it often. :-) Thanks for reading!

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hello starstream. Thanks so much for reading and commenting. We all need reminders, don't we? lol

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    rajan, your comment is especially meaningful to me. Although you are living in an economic metropolis, many of your neighbors to the northwest are facing an uncertain future. I often think of those is other lands who through no fault of their own are terrorized, oppressed, or judged by ignorant minds and wonder if I could feel gratitude under those conditions. Spiritually, I would hope the answer would be yes but on a physical level, I am never sure. Blessings to you!

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    Dreamer at heart 4 years ago from Northern California

    Daily reminders of our need to see the small blessings in our lives which bring us happiness is so important. I thank you for bringing this list to share.

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    ignugent17 4 years ago

    It is always good to be thankful for the things that you have. The quotes are so inspiring and heart warming.

    Thanks for sharing. :-)

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    Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

    Very inspirational hub and for the many reasons you give here and more.... Thank you for telling us we need to be expressing gratitude always.

    Voting up, beautiful and shared.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Thank you for reading Carol. I completely agree with you.

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    carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

    gratitude is what we all need to survive. The world is full of challenges and difficult moments..so focusing on good things in life is what makes our world go around. Thanks for the lovely hub and ideas.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hi WebsiteConfetti! My house is plastered with inspirational quotes and I have a quote journal that I have kept for over 40 years. They can make a difference. Thanks for reading and commenting. I will visit your hub too.

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    Ness 4 years ago from Australia

    Great hub. I am a firm believer is being thankful for both the small and big things in life. I just wrote a hub about the importance of having a gratitude attitude to banish self doubt and truly believe if practiced daily can make a huge positive change in our life.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hi Faith. Thanks for your wonderful comment. You are so right about there are always worse situations than ours. I too am grateful!

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Oh MH, so many of us have sad or difficult situations and if anyone says they are happy 100% of the time, they are lying. It is hard sometimes to look at the blessings in our life when life is just downright hard. But, there are always those that have bigger problems and therefore, we have something to be grateful for. I often think of parents with a terminally ill child or the mother whose son or daughter did not come back from Iraq or Afghanistan, or the young guy who took his motorcycle our for a ride and came home in a wheelchair for life. I think of the women who lost both breasts to breast cancer and is dying anyway or the 50 year old who had a stroke and will be homebound for...what could be a very long time. There is so much sadness around us. I get caught up in my own sometimes and that's why the universe jerks me up and tells me to look around. That's what inspired this hub and for a while, I will do better. :-) I don't know your situation but I know that you are a good person. I hope and pray your situation will improve.

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    Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

    Linda,

    An excellent hub! It takes a lot more engergy to be negative than it does to keep one's mind on those things that are worthy of praise. Even in the worst of times, if we really look around, we can see many, many things to be grateful for in our hearts. Most of the time I pray, it is pure praise to our Lord God, as I am already so thankful for His many blessings. You are very wise dear one. Voted up and away!

    God bless. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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    Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

    Thank you for sharing this with us. I could feel sorry about my situation. My situation? I lived a great life! I am grateful.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Thank you Debbie. Write your hub!!! I am sure there is plenty of gratitude for both of us and I'd just bet I will learn something from you. I appreciate your sweet comment and will look forward to reading your hub. :-)

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    Debbie Pinkston 4 years ago from Pereira, Colombia and NW Arkansas

    Thank you for this beautiful Hub! Just today I was thinking I might write a Hub on this topic because my heart is so full of gratitude for all the little and big blessings in my life, but you have beat me to it! You worded the sentiment beautifully and I especially like the thoughts about the last quote, being thankful not only for what is before us like what we eat, but being thankful for the person who planted the plant, the truck driver who drove the produce across the country, and so on. There truly is no end to what we can be thankful for, and our hearts are fuller for it.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hi Jackie. Thank you for reading. I sincerely appreciate your visit.

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    Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

    I certainly agree and I think it is so important to remember to be thankful for our blessings.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Thank you pickoesandrufus. Your visit has made me realize I am grateful to have you as a fellow hubber. I giggle everytime I see your name. What a gift that is. :-) Yes, warm beds, roofs, doors that lock, all things that so many wish they had. Thank you for adding more depth to my gratitude and for the visit and comment.

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    picklesandrufus 4 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

    Loved this hub. I agree with you about being grateful for even the small things. Every morning when I wake, I express my gratitude for being able to wake in a warm bed. SO many people do not have even that pleasure in this life. Gratitude will keep us humble and in balance. Nice work!

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Bill, I've got an attitude for sure. :-) Thank you so much for the kinds words. You and I both know that something bigger than me was at work in this piece. But, in my attempt to communicate the message today, I sure remembered all the many things I have to be grateful for and your friendship and encouragement were certainly in the upper ranks.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Aw shucks Shauna, I think I blushed. Seriously, I'm not amazing, just old and humble. I like it that way. But, I am really , really happy that we are friends too.

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    Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

    Gotta have an attitude of gratitude; that's what my grandpappy used to say! :)

    Love it....love everything about it....we have both reached that stage in life where nothing really bothers us for long, and the joys that we receive daily far outnumber any negatives. Life is good, Linda, and you captured it perfectly in this hub.

    Well done friend!

    bill

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    Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

    Linda, I just have one thing to say: you are an amazing woman and I'm proud to call you my friend!

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    shiningirisheyes and rcrumple - you give me far too much credit. I think it obvious that something bigger than me wrote this one. Remember, I was the one who had gotten lax about gratitude. That said, you have honored me with your wonderful comments. I hope that for a moment, we are all walking in gratitude. Thank you both for sharing this journey with me. It is my pleasure and honor to share this space on HP with each of you.

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    Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

    It's nice to sit back and think about all we have, instead of that we don't. Wouldn't it be nice if the wealthy business owners took the same time and did the same, instead of wanting more, more, more from those working for peanuts? Loved it, Linda! Truly a hub that demonstrates what's important in life!

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    Shining Irish Eyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

    It would feel like a true sin to read this wonderful hub and not share it, which I will promptly do after typing this comment.

    You are a wonderful soul and the message you project through this write is wonderful as well. "We must be grateful for those rainy and dark moments as they make the sunshine that much brighter." My quote after reading your hub.

    Sharing and voting up.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Thanks Curiad. It's been a beautiful day full of reminders.

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    Mark G Weller 4 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

    A very beautiful hub filled with great reasons and ways to be grateful!