63 Inspiring Motivational Quotes About Gratitude

63 Inspiring Motivational Quotes About Gratitude

As someone who collects inspirational quotes, I’m excited to share these 63 inspiring motivational quotes about gratitude. I hope they inspire you to pause and embrace the miraculous beauty and abundance that surrounds us. But first we should ask ourselves why is it that gratitude is so powerful? Thomas Merton offers us a divine perspective:

“To be grateful is to recognize the Love of God in everything He has given us—and He has given us everything. Every breath we draw is a gift of His love, every moment of existence is a grace, for it brings with it immense graces from Him. Gratitude therefore takes nothing for granted, is never unresponsive, is constantly awakening to new wonder and to praise of the goodness of God. For the grateful person knows that God is good, not by hearsay but by experience. And that is what makes all the difference.” (excerpt from Words of Gratitude for Mind, Body, and Soul by Robert A. Emmons & Joanna Hill, Templeton Press)

According to studies, gratitude is a simple but potent tool that transforms our lives at the deepest level.  Gratitude helps us nurture joy and cultivate well-being spirit, soul, and body. I believe the practice of being thankful infuses every cell of our being with the presence of the divine.

Enjoy these motivational gratitude quotes and let them infuse your life with the goodness of all there is to be thankful for, remembering the words of Sir John Templeton: “An attitude of gratitude creates blessings.”

63 Inspiring Motivational Quotes About Gratitude

Starting with quotes that describe Gratitude

“Gratitude is when memory is stored in the heart and not in the mind.” Lionel Hampton

“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. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.” Melody Beattie

“I think gratitude is a big thing. It puts you in a place where you’re humble.” Andra Day

“Two kinds of gratitude: The sudden kind we feel for what we take; the larger kind we feel for what we give.” Edwin Arlington Robinson

“Gratitude is one of the least articulate of the emotions, especially when it is deep.” Felix Frankfurter

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On the power of choosing gratitude

  • “Often people ask how I manage to be happy despite having no arms and no legs. The quick answer is that I have a choice. I can be angry about not having limbs, or I can be thankful that I have a purpose. I chose gratitude.” Nick Vujicic
  • “Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” Oprah Winfrey
  • “The discipline of gratitude is the explicit effort to acknowledge that all I am and have is given to me as a gift of love, a gift to be celebrated with joy.” Henri Nouwen
  • “When I wake up in the morning, I like to express my gratitude for being on the planet. That gratefulness makes me very present.” Trudie Styler
  • “A grateful mind is a great mind which eventually attracts to itself great things.” Plato
  • “Gratitude helps you to grow and expand; gratitude brings joy and laughter into your life and into the lives of all those around you.” Eileen Caddy
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About counting our blessings no matter how small…

“When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around.” Willie Nelson

“We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.” Cynthia Ozick

“Sometimes we should express our gratitude for the small and simple things like the scent of the rain, the taste of your favorite food, or the sound of a loved one’s voice.” Joseph B. Wirthlin

“In ordinary life, we hardly realize that we receive a great deal more than we give, and that it is only with gratitude that life becomes rich.” Dietrich Bonhoeffer

“We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.” Thornton Wilder

“Keep your eyes open to your mercies. The man who forgets to be thankful has fallen asleep in life.” Robert Louis Stevenson

“Piglet noticed that even though he had a very small heart, it could hold a rather large amount of gratitude.” A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

Best gratitude quotes for appreciating Others…

“At times, our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.” Albert Schweitzer

“No one who achieves success does so without acknowledging the help of others. The wise and confident acknowledge this help with gratitude.” Alfred North Whitehead

“The deepest craving of human nature is the need to be appreciated.” William James

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Bible verses about gratitude

  • “Always be joyful. Always keep on praying. No matter what happens, always be thankful, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
  • I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. “ Philippians 4:11-12 NIV
  • “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6–7 NIV
  • Let us come before Him giving thanks. Let us make a sound of joy to Him with songs.” Psalm 95:2 NLV
  • “At all times and for everything giving thanks in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God the Father.” Ephesians 5:20 AMPC

On the power of saying “thank you”

  • “If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.” Meister Eckhart
  • “God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today. Have you used one to say thank you?” William Arthur Ward
  • “Silent gratitude isn’t very much to anyone.” Gertrude Stein
  • “Thanksgiving is a time of togetherness and gratitude.” Nigel Hamilton
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Best Inspiring Gratitude Quotes…

  • “Gratitude, warm, sincere, intense, when it takes possession of the bosom, fills the soul to overflowing and scarce leaves room for any other sentiment or thought.” John Quincy Adams
  • “Let us swell with gratitude and allow it to overwhelm us. It isn’t as cliche as we make it; life truly is short. Let’s spend it all lavishly wallowing in gratitude.” Grace Gealey
  • “Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul.” Henry Ward Beecher
  • “Gratitude is the most exquisite form of courtesy.” Jacques Maritain
  • “We have to fill our hearts with gratitude. Gratitude makes everything that we have more than enough.” Susan L. Taylor
  • “There is no quality I would rather have, and be thought to have, than gratitude. For it is not only the greatest virtue but is the mother of all the rest.” Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Quotes to give us a new perspective

  • “When it comes to life the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude.” Gilbert K. Chesterton
  • “Some people grumble that roses have thorns; I am grateful that thorns have roses.” Alphonse Karr
  • “When we focus on our gratitude, the tide of disappointment goes out and the tide of love rushes in.” Kristin Armstrong
  • “The more grateful I am, the more beauty I see.” Mary Davis

On the joy of gratitude

  • “Joy is the simplest form of gratitude.” Karl Barth
  • “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
  • “I don’t have to chase extraordinary moments to find happiness – it’s right in front of me if I’m paying attention and practicing gratitude.” Brene Brown
  • “The root of joy is gratefulness.” David Steindl-Rast

On gratitude as a skill…

  • “A smart manager will establish a culture of gratitude. Expand the appreciative attitude to suppliers, vendors, delivery people, and of course, customers.” Harvey Mackay
  • “A person however learned and qualified in his life’s work in whom gratitude is absent, is devoid of that beauty of character which makes personality fragrant.” Hazrat Inayat Khan
  • “I regard gratitude as an asset and its absence a major interpersonal flaw.” Marshall Goldsmith

On helping others

  • “I’m just so very lucky to be able to do what I do for a living, and giving back is a way for me to express my gratitude. I’m so lucky to be in a position to help people, and that’s appealing to me.” PewDiePie
  • Charity never humiliated him who profited from it, nor ever bound him by the chains of gratitude, since it was not to him but to God that the gift was made.” Antoine de Saint-Exupery
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The Best Thought-Provoking Gratitude Quotes

  • “In most of mankind gratitude is merely a secret hope of further favors.” Francois de La Rochefoucauld
  • “Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has plenty; not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.” Charles Dickens
  • “Gratitude is one of the greatest gifts we can give. And it’s not a gift we often give to children. We expect it of them, but we don’t necessarily give it back.” Jason Reynolds
  • “Gratitude is the ability to experience life as a gift. It liberates us from the prison of self-preoccupation.” John Ortberg
  • “True forgiveness is when you can say, ‘Thank you for the experience.'” Oprah Winfrey
  • “Wear gratitude like a cloak, and it will feed every corner of your life.” Rumi
  • “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
  • “Have gratitude for the things you’re discarding. By giving gratitude, you’re giving closure to the relationship with that object, and by doing so, it becomes a lot easier to let go.” Marie Kondo
  • “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
  •  “Everything we do should be a result of our gratitude for what God has done for us.” Lauryn Hill
  •  “Today I choose to live with gratitude for the love that fills my heart, the peace that rests within my spirit, and the voice of hope that says all things are possible.” Anonymous
  •  “For my part, I am almost contented just now, and very thankful. Gratitude is a divine emotion: it fills the heart, but not to bursting; it warms it, but not to fever.” Charlotte Bronte
  •  “Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation.” Brian Tracy
  •  “Rejoice in the moments that are unfolding before our eyes.” Max Lucado

Conclusion:

As you go about your day, may this treasure trove of 63 inspiring motivational gratitude quotes uplift your soul and empower you with a heart full of gratitude, joy, and boundless love. These everyday miracles—available to anyone—have the power to heal us from the inside out.

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