Gratitude Quotes That Come Straight From the Heart

Express Your Thanks From the Bottom of Your Heart

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Spend a moment reflecting on the acts of kindness of people around you. Did a friend help you out during your SAT exams? Did your mother-in-law come to your aid when you were going through postnatal depression? Did a stranger save your life when your city was struck by a violent tornado or cyclone?

Now, recall how you expressed your gratitude to them. Did you say, "thank you?" Did your words communicate your sincerity?

Did your appreciation touch someone's heart?

Jean Baptiste Massieu, famous deaf educator, made a statement that is now considered a French proverb. He said, "Gratitude is the memory of the heart." Indeed, appreciation comes when you feel grateful from the depths of your heart. The head keeps an account of all the benefits you received and gave. But the heart records the feelings of appreciation, humility, and generosity that one feels when someone showers you with kindness.

Express Gratitude at Every Opportunity

Even a small act of kindness deserves a 'thanks.' You cannot weigh the nobility of the act against intentions to decide whether or not to show your gratitude. So what if your friend helped you get a job only because he wanted you to return the favor? So what if you think that he could have helped you get a better job? It is your moral obligation to express gratitude. In the words of Alfred Painter, " Saying thank you is more than good manners.

It is good spirituality."

Repaying the Debt of Gratitude

I had a friend who used to visit a neighborhood hospital every Sunday to donate blood to a child suffering from thalassemia. What touched me was the story behind his generosity. Many years ago, his daughter had undergone a kidney transplant and needed many bottles of blood.

Since her blood was of a rare type, he was unable to find a match.

Luckily, a good Samaritan who happened to be in the same hospital heard about my friend's daughter, and offered to donate blood. My friend never got a chance to express his gratitude, as the stranger left almost immediately without meeting the family. Since then, my friend has pledged to donate blood to save a life whenever possible.

Sometimes, you cannot repay the debt of gratitude. You simply have to acknowledge the generous act with a humble heart. You can say "thanks" or even present a gift of appreciation, but your tokens of love cannot measure up to the kindness you received. If you have been touched by someone's generosity, you can do a good turn to another. Like my friend, who saved the life of a thalassemia patient.

Express Gratitude With Quotes

Your words of appreciation should emerge from the depth of your heart. Your body language should communicate your heartfelt gratitude. A smile can communicate gratitude, so can a nod. In some cultures, people express their thanks with folded hands as if in prayer.

You can also express your gratitude with quotes. Speak with humility, and love, and you will win hearts. Remind others about the importance of expressing gratitude.

A word of appreciation can have far-reaching effect. With these gratitude quotes, you can gently remind your friends how blessed they are. These quotes also get people to realize that life is good.

Ralph Marston
Make it a habit to tell people thank you. To express your appreciation sincerely and without the expectation of anything in return. Truly appreciate those around you, and you’ll soon find many others around you. Truly appreciate life, and you’ll find that you have more of it.

Alfred Painter
Saying thank you is more than good manners. It is good spirituality.

Maya Angelou
I want to thank you, Lord, for life and all that’s in it. Thank you for the day and for the hour, and the minute.

Toni Mont
To say thank you, is in recognition of humanity.

Joseph Adisson
Gratitude is the best attitude. There is not a more pleasing exercise of the mind than gratitude.

It is accompanied with such an inward satisfaction that the duty is sufficiently rewarded by the performance.

Fred De Witt Van Amburgh
None is more impoverished than the one who has no gratitude. Gratitude is a currency that we can mint for ourselves, and spend without fear of bankruptcy.

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

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

Oscar Wilde
The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.

James Matthew Barrie
Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves.

Gordon T. Watts
The depth and the willingness with which we serve is a direct reflection of our gratitude.

John Wooden
Things turn out best for people who make the best of the way things turn out.

John F. Kennedy
As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.

Alice Walker
'Thank you' is the best prayer that anyone could say. I say that one a lot. Thank you expresses extreme gratitude, humility, understanding.

Courtland Milloy
Nothing purchased can come close to the renewed sense of gratitude for having family and friends.

Benjamin Franklin
To the generous mind the heaviest debt is that of gratitude, when it is not in our power to repay it.

Ralph H. Blum
There is a calmness to a life lived in gratitude, a quiet joy.

Jean Baptiste Massieu
Gratitude is the memory of the heart.

Melody Beattie
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.

Terri Guillemets
As each day comes to us refreshed and anew, so does my gratitude renew itself daily. The breaking of the sun over the horizon is my grateful heart dawning upon a blessed world.

G. B. Stern
Silent gratitude isn't much use to anyone.