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Inspirational and Insightful Quotations #2 --- Gratitude

Updated on September 22, 2015

Quotations on Gratitude

Make somebody else thankful. That’s the best way to be thankful.

---Carl J.G. Brown, Amarillo Daily Globe, Amarillo, Texas, March 31, 1924.

The most unattractive person in the world is any ungrateful person.

---Carl J.G. Brown, Atchison Daily Globe, Atchison, Kan., Feb. 23, 1920.

While the expression of gratitude is like a sweet song that warms out hearts, even so, the attitude of ingratitude is akin to an icy blast that withers friendships, destroys love and causes faith to disintegrate. Let us not forget those who have done something for us, no matter how small, remembering that gratitude is a song of memory in the heart.

---Earl L. “Jack” Sampson, Williamson Daily News, Williamson, W. Va., Aug. 14, 1948.

Giving thanks implies a source of gratitude, and gratitude implies the realization of an appreciation for blessings from beyond one's power to obtain. We should be ever grateful to God for life and all the blessings of life. Everyone should give thanks but one cannot give that which he does not have, be it thanks or anything else. Therefore, it is urgently important that everyone be thankful, so that he can give thanks.

---J.H. Avery, Panama City News-Herald, Panama City, Fla., Nov. 28, 1954.

Graceful living is largely grateful living.

---Edmund J. Kiefer, Buffalo Courier-Express, Buffalo, N.Y., Aug. 2, 1942.

Gratitude doubles the gift and halves the debt.

---Elijah Powell Brown, Duluth Evening Herald, Duluth, Minn., Aug. 17, 1901.

It costs very little to say, “Thank you,” and oft times it is a timely encouragement to those who are happy in serving others.

---E.C. Routh, Baptist Messenger, Oklahoma City, Okla., Feb. 27, 1941.

A bank account of gratitude is one’s best insurance against a day of helplessness.

—Adam S. Bennion, Improvement Era, Salt Lake City, Utah, November 1931.

Some wait for a great gift to be grateful while it’s life’s daily kindnesses that bring gladness to the soul.

—Annie Wells Cannon, Relief Society Magazine, Salt Lake City, Utah, November 1935.

Gratitude is the music of heart, but there be men whose hearts are insensible to harmony.

---Alexander Edwin Sweet, Texas Siftings, New York, N.Y., Oct. 25, 1890.

Is anything more inspiring than the words of appreciation from a grateful child?

---Roy L. Smith, Buffalo Courier-Express, Buffalo, N.Y., Feb. 13, 1929.

True gratitude is no empty profession; it is an active, self-devoting service. Let us show our gratitude by our actions, for gratitude without works is dead.

---Elam Franklin Dempsey, The Atlanta Constitution, Atlanta, Ga., Nov. 28, 1923.

It is hard to understand how a grateful man can be a stingy one.

---William Jennings Bryan, The Evening Argus, Owosso, Mich., May 20, 1910.

He who truly gives thanks will find a way to give something else besides thanks

---William T. Ellis, Poughkeepsie Daily Eagle, Poughkeepsie, N.Y., Nov. 19, 1904.

We would all live longer, look happier, and be better looking if we took time to express to each other the unfeigned words of appreciation that are too often never spoken.

---John Elward Brown, El Paso Morning Times, El Paso, Texas, April 1, 1918.

The best recipe for gratitude is not to take anything for granted.

---Charles H. Parkhurst, The Evening Telegram, New York, N.Y., Nov. 26, 1896.

Gratitude and memory are like two mirrors, endlessly multiplying all that comes between them.

---William M. Anderson, Sr., Christian Observer, Louisville, Ky., Nov. 10, 1909.

There are lots of people in this world who spend their time counting their sorrows instead of their joys, when, if they would reverse the process, they would find they had plenty to be thankful for after all.

---Frank Hilton Greer, Oklahoma Farmer, Guthrie, Okla., Aug. 7, 1907.

Ingratitude is the thing that sings sharper than serpents, deeper than regrets, most lasting of abominable things that break the sleep of man.

---Henry Edward Warner, Richmond Times-Dispatch, Richmond, Va., July 22, 1919.

No fountain of enthusiasm more freely flowing can be opened in the heart of man that a sense of benefits received.

---L.L. Taylor, Watkins Democrat, Watkins, N.Y., Dec. 29, 1904.

Ingratitude sours and embitters. And when a man is soured and embittered, he is a sort of quinine pickle. He knows what he thinks of the world, but if he wrote it he could not get it published. Gratitude is something that cannot be demanded. It is something we have no right to demand. Don't look for gratitude, don't demand it, don't count on it--then you may find it. If you do expect it and demand it you will never get it--not in satisfactory quantities.

---Ellis Parker Butler, American Magazine, Springfield, Ohio, December 1921.

A man is known by the thanks he gives.

---William Caldwell, Dallas Morning News, Dallas, Texas, Nov. 25, 1904.

If you continuously worry about not being appreciated, you will soon get so you do not deserve appreciation.

—J.B. Cranfill, Baptist Standard, Waco, Texas, April 13, 1893.

Ingratitude is a form of treachery.

—J.B. Cranfill, Baptist Standard, Waco, Texas, Dec. 30, 1897.

He has little gratitude who seeks only to gratify himself.

---Henry F. Cope, St. Louis Republic, St. Louis, Mo., Nov. 26, 1905.

Ingratitude is only another name for selfishness, and selfishness is one of the meanest of sins. It is like the Dead Sea, which drinks the river Jordan and is never the sweeter.

---G.L. Morrill, Minneapolis Journal, Minneapolis, Minn., Nov. 19, 1904.

Ingratitude is one of the worst crimes. It is not only an offense against the one to whom gratitude is due, but it is also a crime against one’s own soul, and this is the worse crime of the two.

---L.E. Tupper, The Citizen, Berea, Ky., Nov. 30, 1905.

One reason that life is such a heavy load for some people is that they take everything for granite.

---Clarin D. Ashby, Uintah Basin Standard, Roosevelt, Utah, Sept. 7, 1952.

Gratitude is the basis of all that is best in us. It is the foundation of the home life. It is the strength of friendship. No commercial growth is possible apart from it.

—John Edward Carver, Ogden Standard-Examiner, Ogden, Utah, Nov. 12, 1934.

Absence of gratitude advertises either intellectual inferiority or lamentable ignorance.

—George H. Brimhall, Improvement Era, Salt Lake City, Utah, December 1929.

Grateful eyes are like a mirror, becoming lovely with all the loveliness they see.

—William M. Anderson, Sr., Christian Observer, Louisville, Ky., Nov. 20, 1907.

Ungrateful people seem to think that those who render them kindness are under obligation to do so, and that in favoring them they do not more than their duty.

—George Q. Cannon, Juvenile Instructor, Salt Lake City, Utah, May 27, 1871.

We count our blessings on our fingers, and our troubles on an adding machine.

—Tom Ethridge, The Clarion-Ledger, Jackson, Miss., Dec. 12, 1960.

The most thankful people are also the happiest people, and there are no exceptions to that.

—Joseph O. Haymes, Amarillo Daily News, Amarillo, Texas, Nov. 30, 1934.

The acknowledgment of favors received is not only kind and courteous, but just and honorable.

—J. Perry King, Clarendon News, Clarendon, Texas, Nov. 29, 1934.

When you look too strongly for gratitude it tarnishes the gold of your good deeds.

—W.A. MacKenzie, The Leesburg Morning Commercial, Leesburg, Fla., Jan. 1, 1927.

Gratitude demands many sacrifices; that is why it is an oft-neglected virtue. The ungrateful man is like the dishonest debtor who repudiates his debt. Gratitude never ends. The noble soul will overestimate the value of a gift.

—Myron Meyerovitz, Alexandria Daily Town Talk, Alexandria, La., Nov. 24, 1921.

There is nothing so fragrant as the incense of gratitude rising from the altar of the heart.

—Floyd Poe, Dallas Morning News, Dallas, Texas, Nov. 19, 1951.

Sometimes only the loss of a blessing makes us respond and understand its importance, and in most cases usually, it is too late and we anguish at our previous ignorance.

—Sterling W. Sill, Daily Universe, Provo, Utah, Nov. 15, 1977.

No life is so hard that you cannot find reasons in it for gratitude.

—Roy L. Smith, Tampa Morning Tribune, Tampa, Fla., Aug. 14, 1941.

Some folks haven't the grace to thank the old earth for the free ride it is giving them around the stars.

—Frank L. Stanton, The Atlanta Constitution, Atlanta, Ga., Feb. 17, 1915.

Ingratitude is the offspring of thoughtlessness.

—H.H. Sweets, The Courier-Journal, Louisville, Ky., Jan. 8, 1900.

Ingratitude is a sin of omission, of thoughtlessness, of cold indifference, one that cuts deeply into the finer senses of one's better self, one that injures, almost irreparable, both parties involved. It is a black cloud that comes across the horizon of our hopes and aspirations; it has no silver lining. Its opposite, gratitude, is the sweetest flower that grows in the garden of human virtues, disseminating its fragrant perfume into the atmosphere that is breathed by all with whom we come in contact.

—William T. Tew, Jr., East Central States Mission Bulletin, Louisville, Ky., November 1938.

Gratitude is a manifestation of culture, an expression of intelligence, a display of sensitiveness, and a pulsation of a sound heart.

—Ernest C. Wareing, Western Christian Advocate, Cincinnati, Ohio, Oct. 4, 1922.

Unless we are thankful for the blessings at hand we wouldn’t be happy if we possessed the things out of reach.

—Jack Warwick, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh, Pa., June 8, 1939.

People who withhold gratitude are apt to do wholesale grumbling.

Chicago Tribune, Chicago, Ill., Oct. 10, 1909.

Too many people discount their blessings instead of counting them.

Nashville Banner, Nashville, Tenn., July 17, 1923.

Ingratitude is the discontent of those who think you should have done more for them.

River Press, Fort Benton, Mont., July 25, 1945.

Gratitude is the conscience of memory.

The Standard, Rozelle, Australia, July 1947.

People who never count their blessings can never give a very good account of themselves.

Wayne Countian, Clifton, Tenn., April 18, 1924.

Gratitude for past blessings will sweeten the engagement of present mercies.

Western Virginia Methodist Advocate, Sutton, W.Va., April 20, 1904.

He gives thanks best who has made others most thankful.

Zion's Herald, Boston, Mass., Dec. 5, 1888.

Thanksgiving is enriching to the hearts of those who offer it and it is infinitely pleasing to the person or spirit receiving it.

—J.W. Branscomb, St. Petersburg Times, St. Petersburg, Fla., Nov. 25, 1929.

Counting your blessings discounts your burdens.

—Henry F. Cope, Chicago Tribune, Chicago, Ill., Nov. 22, 1908.


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