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Quotes of Gratitude for My Beautiful Friends!

Updated on April 9, 2020
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Sean is a teacher who is writing about his spiritual adventures to help other people find balance and self-respect.


There is no better counsellor than Love in every choice. Say: what would Love do in this case?

— Sean Dragon

As a physicist, I learn through observation and experimentation. Early in my life, I observed that when I was happy, I was feeling gratitude, and when I was grateful for something or someone, I was also feeling happy! Soon I realized that gratitude and happiness are twins, and they can't stand alone! Subsequently, through my theological studies, I found out that this was something for which all great Masters of Love had spoken about!

So, that is one of the first equations I teach to my students:


This is also the reason I feel happy here on HubPages. I am grateful for all these beautiful people I have found here and became my friends. Blessings never stop coming when you are "open" to them!

Through their writings and our communication, I have become a better person, and I hope a better writer.

One of my quotes that my students love is:

Happiness is never pure of pain in this life.

— Sean Dragon

It is so significant for me that I have found here people who have faced the cruellest forms of pain, and they still are not only happy, but they are trying to make other people happy. This is Love in action!

My quotes are a small gift of gratitude to some of these exceptional brothers and sisters of mine. Like wishes for the New Year.


I want to apologize to them who they will not see their names. But I want them to know that though my time and abilities are limited, my Love for them is unlimited!

Important note! I let my inner self choose the quote for each one. So, any objection goes to him. (Chuckle!)

I have also added some of my favourite pictures and music, not necessarily relevant!


Don't ask who will change the world. You will change the world. If you change yourself by serving Love, then the world will change forever.

Bill Holland (billybuc)

There is a sure investment. Invest in love and your profits will be beyond any imagination.

Chris Mills (cam8510)

Fear is not my nature, Love is. I refuse to live against my nature.

John Hansen (Jodah)

Be humble like the manger, grateful as the shepherds, bright as the Star, wise as the Magi, giver as the animals, honest as Joseph, and love like Mary. Be the Christmas that world needs.

Kastoria, Greece
Kastoria, Greece | Source

Linda Lum (Carb Diva)

My Father, Your Love is everywhere, wherever I go I will find You there, and You will bless everything I do because I do it for You.

Audrey Hunt (vocalcoach)

I'm trying to find one significant reason to start my day with a smile and I can't. So many come to me!

Dora Weithers (MsDora)

The most wonderful gift you can offer to the world is your pure self.

Maurice Glaude (newbizmau)

Don't be afraid of the shadows. When you fill your life with Light, they are lost forever.

Look for no other motive than Love.

— Sean Dragon

Eric Dierker (Ericdierker)

Sometimes it's wise to play it crazy.

Tim Truzy (Tim Truzy info4u)

It is essential to "do" but more important is "to be". If these two coincide, then happiness comes.

Peggy Woods (Peggy W)

The Universe expands, like an embrace that opens to embrace with Love everything that is One.

Marlene Bertrand (MarleneB)

This world will try to convince you that Love is weakness. It will even threaten you that you will lose a lot by following Love. Do not be afraid. If you do not give up on Love, She will offer you miracles to answer to the world. She will even protect you on the Cross and rise you from the death that people consider as life.

Mary Norton (aesta1)

Remember that most of the times you do not see the Cross someone else bears.

Pamela Oglesby (Pamela99)

Plant seeds of Love, wherever you can, and soon you will live in a beautiful garden, known as Paradise.

Countryside, Greece
Countryside, Greece | Source

Doris James MizBejabbers (MizBejabbers)

The Greatest Miracle: Offering Unconditional Love. This is the source of all other miracles. This is how the Universe was created.

Shaloo Walia (swalia)

How many times will we make mistakes? Usually, more times than those of which we are willing to forgive others.

We remain in the dark when we are looking for external solutions for internal needs.

— Sean Dragon

Genna East

I accept anyone I meet in my life as a messenger of God who comes to teach me, heal me or somehow bless me.

Louise Powles (Coffeequeeen)

Always try to do things for others. Sometimes even a small act of serving can illuminate a great part of a Heart.

Missy Smith

Make your mistakes and your negative parts a fertilizer to germinate the seed of Love and enjoy its flowers and fruits.

Chitrangada Sharan (ChitrangadaSharan)

Remember, a smile can change somebody's day, from stormy to sunny!

Dana Tate

Don't let your ego fools you. You do not forgive for the sake of others. You forgive for your own benefit. You throw weights to climb higher.

Rinita Sen (Senoritaa)

When you pray, forget yourself, because only God exists.

Nikki Khan (nikkikhan10)

My religion is Love, and I serve it not in some Temple, but with my behaviour to my fellow beings.

Rochelle Ann De Zoysa (rdsparrowriter)

Remember that only the Light can nourish your Soul.

Meteora, Greece
Meteora, Greece | Source

Success does not come unless you are well aware of the failure.

— Sean Dragon

Li-Jen Hew

Trust Your Inner Self. Everything you need is within.

Rodric Anthony (Rodric29)

My faith in His Love tells me that there are only prayers of thanksgiving, not prayers of entreaty.

Jai Hitachiin (JaiAsahi23)

Don't be anxious to fit into the world. Fill the world with your Truth, it needs it.

Frank Atanacio

Simplicity creates plenty of room for Love.

Ioannina, Greece
Ioannina, Greece | Source

Paula (fpherj48)

Positive thinking does not mean that I deny the difficulties, but that I know that no hardship will come my way unless I am ready to face it. It is to appreciate the problem for its gifts and to think that you can get better through it.

Venkatachari M

Be grateful to the Universe that is always ready to take your mistakes and selfishness and turn them into opportunities. Your fears in power and your pain in healing. Be open to this.

charity mtisi

No prayer can be completed without actions of Love, Forgiveness and Gratitude!

You won't find happiness in the world. You will find it within and offer it to the world.

— Sean Dragon

Miebakagh Fiberesima (Miebakagh57)

Respecting yourself means honouring God within you.

Christian Writings (ChristianWritings)

There is only one priority, to love. All others are false gods.

Ellison Hartley

Love sees far beyond what you can see, and right now, Heaven is preparing the best for you!


How wonderful it is to know that someone loves you. And how much more magnificent it is when you know that God loves you! And of course, He loves you. He always did, He always will!

Poeticnurse (Ogbonnaya Chidinma)

Try to fill your Heart with Light. So, you will become the Light for others in dark times. This is happiness.

Louise Barraco (louise-barraco)

We are the creators of our experiences.

© 2020 Ioannis Arvanitis


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    • Peggy W profile image

      Peggy Woods 

      8 months ago from Houston, Texas

      I don't know how I missed this, but thanks for the mention and all of the beautiful quotes. So many beautiful people do write on this site and share parts of their lives with us. It is indeed a happy place!

    • Sean Dragon profile imageAUTHOR

      Ioannis Arvanitis 

      15 months ago from Greece, Almyros

      These words, coming from you, my sister, Nikki, are priceless! I am so glad you liked them! I am just an instrument of Love to all you, my beautiful friends. Gratitude!

      Prayers for all your family!


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      Nikki Khan 

      15 months ago from London

      Ahh! Missed it don't how. I guess was on Christmas holiday then.

      Gratitude, Sean Brother. I'm left speechless on how you have done them here, all the quotes. You have an incredible imaginative mind and such a creativity.

      Well done, my brother for doing it so well and for such an enormous gift of year 2020.

      May God bless you and your family always.

      My love to little ones.

    • Sean Dragon profile imageAUTHOR

      Ioannis Arvanitis 

      16 months ago from Greece, Almyros

      I would answer with the exact same words, my dear sister, Dana! I am happy to know we have the same feelings for each other! Peoples like you are a treasure in one's life! Gratitude!

      God bless with Light and Love your New Year!


    • Sean Dragon profile imageAUTHOR

      Ioannis Arvanitis 

      16 months ago from Greece, Almyros

      Thank you, my dear Genna! Thank you for your kind words and the blessing of knowing you and learning from your work! Gratitude!

      Wishes for a year full of Love and Light!


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      Dana Tate 

      16 months ago from LOS ANGELES

      Sean Dragon,

      Witnessing your light through your beautiful writings has been one of the greatest gifts I received in 2019. I've gained a brother, fellow-writer and, a great friend.

      Happy New Year.

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      Genna East 

      16 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

      What a delight to read...and in perfect timing for the New Year. Thank you for the mention and for this inspirational article.

    • Sean Dragon profile imageAUTHOR

      Ioannis Arvanitis 

      16 months ago from Greece, Almyros

      Oh, my dear sister, Chitrangada, your words made my Heart weep with joy! Spreading love is a sure way to live in happiness. You know, well! My prayers embrace you and your family, wishing for a New Year full of joy, health, peace and love for all of you!

      A smile is a gift we all can afford!


    • ChitrangadaSharan profile image

      Chitrangada Sharan 

      16 months ago from New Delhi, India

      What a wonderful way, to welcome the New Year. Thanks for mentioning my name and I loved the quote, you wrote for me. Thank you so much.

      I believe, To possess a good smile, depends on our genes. But, ‘to keep smiling, even though, one is facing a hard time, is a self developed trait.’

      I liked all the other quotes, you have written for the other fellow writer friends.

      For you Sean, “With friends such as Sean, I do believe that there is goodness in the World. You keep spreading love and blessings, and it will come back to you in greater blessings and happiness.”

      Thank you for sharing and A Happy and Prosperous New Year to you and your family.

    • Sean Dragon profile imageAUTHOR

      Ioannis Arvanitis 

      16 months ago from Greece, Almyros

      My dear brother, Venkatachari, from the first communications we had here on HP, I have the feeling that you are a living prayer! I am blessed to know you. Your words are significant to me! Gratitude!

      Blessings to you and your family now and always!


    • Sean Dragon profile imageAUTHOR

      Ioannis Arvanitis 

      16 months ago from Greece, Almyros

      My sweet and dear sister, Audrey, you are one of these people who, though we've never met, I feel them like family! Your comment is so precious for me, beyond what words can describe! The quote you have selected is a Medal of Honour for me. It is already written on my Heart! Thank you for the blessing you are at the lives of so many brothers and sisters! Gratitude!

      Keep on singing Heaven on Earth!


    • Sean Dragon profile imageAUTHOR

      Ioannis Arvanitis 

      16 months ago from Greece, Almyros

      No, my dear brother, Tim, you are never away! Because we know that there are bosons of Love (loveons I call them) and we continuously interact through them. They create Light in our Hearts and blessings in our lives! I send to you and your beloved ones trillions of them right now to create a New Year of joy and happiness!

      Love travels beyond time and space!


    • Sean Dragon profile imageAUTHOR

      Ioannis Arvanitis 

      16 months ago from Greece, Almyros

      No words come to my mind capable of describing the feelings your comment creates within me, my dear sister, Dora! I humbly bow before your kind Heart, and I answer with a silent prayer of thanksgiving to Him, Who is the creator of beautiful Souls like yours! Gratitude!

      Every simple word of kindness heals at least the Soul of the sayer!


    • Venkatachari M profile image

      Venkatachari M 

      16 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      I am always grateful to God, my brother Sean. Nowadays, from morning waking up towards night bedtime. I feel and experience His Love and Blessings on me.

      You have chosen such wonderful quotes for all of us here quite aptly. You are such a nice and noble-hearted person full of Love and Gratitude. My blessings to you and your family.

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      Audrey Hunt 

      16 months ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      I am filled with gratitude to call you my friend and brother. You are love! Your collection of quotes are beautiful and I thank you for mine.

      I have selected a quote for you:

      " Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love. "

      You emulate this quote in your writings, in your kindness and endless love for others.

      Blessings to you and your family now and always.


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      Tim Truzy 

      16 months ago from U.S.A.

      Brother Sean, I have been often away, but these powerful writers and the thoughts they bring into our lives is always near. As a physicist, dear brother, do you think that we will eventually discover the "love" particle, which will lead us to understand this universe is a product of Love? These writers and your article prove we needn't wait for science to catch up with what the heart knows. Everyone of these writers I visit whenever I can. Happy New Year, and blessings to you and your family.

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      16 months ago from london

      Hi Sean.

      I get news the way you gave me now. I don't use a T.V and my favourite radio programme is Talk Sport. So I only get Computer news. Have they had another fire? I will check MSN. Much Love.

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      Dora Weithers 

      16 months ago from The Caribbean

      Ioannis Arvanitis (Sean Dragon)

      An honest, caring, loving soul is a demonstration that the force of good in our would in unconquerable. Thanks to God for having you be a shining light a cross our paths. May Divine Favor surround you every hour of every day throughout this New Year.

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      Ioannis Arvanitis 

      16 months ago from Greece, Almyros

      My dear sister, Linda, I believe that this quote is you! I have no doubt! I feel it, as I also sense that I know you far beyond now and here! I pray to God for more Angels on Earth, like you are! It is priceless for me to call you sister. My best wishes for the new miracles to come.

      Love to all your family!


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      Ioannis Arvanitis 

      16 months ago from Greece, Almyros

      On the charges of delayed commenting, I am guilty, my brother, Bill! So, no apologies! Life, by rights, has any priority! You are one of the best investors of Love I know, and I am blessed by your friendship and love. It is, indeed, your most precious gift.

      Hugs to Bev, Maggie and Toby!


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      Ioannis Arvanitis 

      16 months ago from Greece, Almyros

      You are so right, my dear brother, Manatita! And I think you read my mind! (Chuckle!)

      Please include Australia in your prayers, my brother! Those brothers and sisters down under need our spiritual support.

      Put your Lights on!


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      Ioannis Arvanitis 

      16 months ago from Greece, Almyros

      My dear, Pamela, I am sure you have helped so many people all these years you were working in hospitals, and you still do. So, I am convinced that you have planted many seeds. That's the reason for the quote choice. I am blessed to know you! My wish for you is to be healthy and to spread the Light of your Heart! Feed the "wolf" with Love, and it will always be harmless like a puppy!

      Blessings to your beautiful family!


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      Ioannis Arvanitis 

      16 months ago from Greece, Almyros

      No, my dear, Shaloo, it is my honour that I can include you in this list!

      I thank you for all the good things I've learned from your work. I wish you never stop evolving your skills on the unique Art of Living!



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      Ioannis Arvanitis 

      16 months ago from Greece, Almyros

      Yes, my dear, Rinita, that's the beauty of love! I thank you for your beautiful presence here in this community of good people! I know that you'll get to the pearl beaded shore before the dusk because you carry the Light within you!



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      Ioannis Arvanitis 

      16 months ago from Greece, Almyros

      My dear brother, John, I believe that the quote, which my inner self has chosen for you, is also a good answer to the great problem you wrote about in your last hub. Our behaviour towards Earth can change through this. My heart is bleeding with all this disaster we witness those last weeks in your beautiful country. Australia is constantly in my prayers.

      I am glad you liked my gift because in my Heart and mind you deserve the best. After all, I believe that you already are trying to live this way. So the quote is a validation, not a prompting. I treasure your friendship!

      We all are Australia!


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      Linda Lum 

      16 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Sean, I am happy yet humbled to be counted among your friends. This is quite an amazing community. I thank you, and I'll try to live up to the quote that you selected for me.

      My love to you, and prayers for a year full of happiness for you and your family.

    • Sean Dragon profile imageAUTHOR

      Ioannis Arvanitis 

      16 months ago from Greece, Almyros

      My dear, Li-Jen, it is precious for me to see you blossoming! You have noticed meaningful details, and that's a sign that you are reading on many levels. You also care enough to find a relevant and beautiful quote. Thank you so much for your addition, your feedback, and for proving my inner self true about the quote, he chose for you.

      I believe in you!


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      Bill Holland 

      16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm sorry I'm so slow to comment. I read it when it was published, but life intruded. :) Thank you for your kind offering. I gladly accept it with love always, my most precious gift.

      Peace, blessings, and love always

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      16 months ago from london

      What is the difference Bro? if God the Absolute remains Himself, then this projection of a Creation will not exist. The Lantern (The Supreme) and the lantern carrier, (The seeker) are One.

      "Infinity is this, Infinity is that, from Infinity when Infinity is taken away, Infinity remains." Wisdom from the Vedas. But I know what you mean. A few more incarnations, perhaps. Lol.

      The Saint (Rishi, Seer) will not write a thesis, but a Sutra, Sloka, Aphorism, Psalm, Haiku … rather like your sublime piece, which in themselves are like unravelling thesis for humans. A better way of putting it. Shalom!

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      Ioannis Arvanitis 

      16 months ago from Greece, Almyros

      Ha! Ha! I love you, my brother, Manatita, I love you a lot! It will be delightful to see the saint writing a thesis on my quote! It is like a dream for a guy like me. Even only as mention is a great honour for me because it means that I work as a good conductor of His Light! Thank you for the Light you have brought to my life!

      I agree with your remark on the word "change", but it is still difficult for me to explain the concept of "transformation" to young people. You see the greek word for "change" includes a lot of the meaning of "transforming". Anyway, it is something I am working on, and as this is one of my old quotes I left it "untouched".

      Speaking of "transformation" I have a remark too. I believe that we are the lucky ones who are experiencing the transformation of a Lantern Carrier to a Lantern himself!

      Peace for every Soul!


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      Pamela Oglesby 

      16 months ago from Sunny Florida

      Living in paradise sounds wonderful to me. I feel blessed to have been included in this long list of names, my friend. The quotes are amazing for each person. I have encountered most of these people and I consider them as friends also. I think you did a remarkable job in matching quotes to personalities, Sean.

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      Shaloo Walia 

      16 months ago from India

      Such a beautiful collection of quotes and so much food for thought! I am honoured to be included in the list...Thank you! And wish you a very happy and prosperous new year!!

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      Rinita Sen 

      16 months ago

      They are all so beautiful, I cannot take a pick, but I guess I don't have to, that's the beauty of love. Thank you, Sean. This is the best New Year's gift ever! Happy New Year.

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      John Hansen 

      16 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Sean, how honoured I am to be listed here on your list of friends who inspire you. The quote that you wrote for me is amazing and I shall always cherish it:

      “ Be humble like the manger, grateful as the shepherds, bright as the Star, wise as the Magi, giver as the animals, honest as Joseph, and love like Mary. Be the Christmas that world needs.”

      It gives me something to always strive to be,

      Thank you my friend. I know most of the names you mention, but a few are new to me. I am sure they are all worthy people. Blessings to you always.

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      Li-Jen Hew 

      16 months ago

      Haha, thank you Sean for this series of quotes. Each quote is precious. I will take into account the quote given to me as well as learn from the other quotes. Besides the quotes that you shared and I may be out of topic again...Good thing that you wrote helper instead of teacher in your classroom story and physicist observation instead of writer in this one. It's a reminder to know our purpose in our roles. I have a quote of gratitude for you too. "Don't give to get. Give to inspire others to give" - Simon Sinek

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      16 months ago from london

      An interesting mix and some very nice quotes. This one is woven in an unusual way, but I think I sense what you are trying to say here:

      "Happiness is never pure of pain in this life" - Sean Dragon

      My favourite. The saint will write a thesis on this:

      "We remain in the dark when we are looking for external solutions for internal needs."

      — Sean Dragon

      Blessings and Gratitude for the mention. Similar to Guruji's. We speak in terms of service and transformation, not change.


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