Gratitude and Thanksgiving
You cannot do a kindness too soon
because you never know how soon it will be too late.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
We should all be thankful for
those people who rekindle the inner spirit.
Thanksgiving comes to us out
of the prehistoric dimness,
universal to all ages and all faiths.
At whatever straws we must grasp,
there is always a time for gratitude and new beginnings.
J. Robert Moskin
The unthankful heart... discovers
but let the thankful heart
sweep through the day and,
as the magnet finds the iron,
so it will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings!
Henry Ward Beecher
Some people are always grumbling
because roses have thorns;
I am thankful
that thorns have roses.
To educate yourself for the feeling
means to take nothing for granted,
but to always seek out and value
the kind that will stand behind the action.
Nothing that is done for you is a matter of course.
Everything originates in a will for the good,
which is directed at you.
Train yourself never to put off
the word or action for the expression of gratitude.
He said he got up to the line
and thought about
his wife and daughter, and everything he had
to be thankful for.
Spoken after an interview
with Derek Parra,
immediately following his silver medal winning
2002 Olympic performance.
Gratitude: A lively sense of
A French Definition
I think I learned
to appreciate and treasure each day,
because you don't know
how many you're going to be given.
US Supreme Court Justice
Sandra Day O'Connor
If you havent
all the things you want,
be grateful for the things you dont have
that you wouldnt want.
To speak gratitude is courteous
to enact gratitude is generous and noble,
but to live gratitude is to touch Heaven.
Johannes A. Gaertner
He is a wise man who does not
for the things which he has not,
but rejoices for those which he has.
Blessed are those that can give
and receive without forgetting.
Let us rise up and be thankful,
for if we didn't learn a lot today, at least we learned
and if we didn't learn a little,
at least we didn't get sick,
and if we got sick, at least we didn't die;
so, let us all be thankful.
- The Buddha
one is as capable of gratitude
as one who has escaped
the kingdom of night.
Wiesel, accepting Nobel Peace Prize (1986)
You won't be happy with
until you're happy with what you've got.
As we express our
gratitude, we must never forget
that the highest appreciation is not to utter words,
but to live by them.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy
What sunshine is
to flowers, smiles are to humanity.
These are but trifles, to be sure;
but, scattered along life's pathway,
the good they do is inconceivable.
Let us be grateful
to people who make us happy;
they are the charming gardeners
who make our souls blossom.
gratitude isn't much use to anyone.
G. B. Stern
To live a life of
is to open our eyes to the countless ways
in which we are supported by the world around us.
Such a life provides less space for our suffering
because our attention is more balanced.
We are more often occupied
with noticing what we are given,
thanking those who have helped us,
and repaying the world in some concrete way
for what we are receiving.
Naikan: Gratitude, Grace & the Japanese Art of Self-Reflection
submitted by Mie
Happiness is the
realization of God in the heart.
Happiness is the result of praise and thanksgiving,
of faith, of acceptance;
a quiet tranquil realization of the love of God.
Gratitude is something
none of us can give too much.
For on the smiles, the thanks we give,
our little gestures of appreciation,
our neighbors build their philosophy of life.
A. J. Cronin
There is a calmness
to a life lived in gratitude, a quiet joy.
Ralph H. Blum
People who live
the most fulfilling lives
are the ones who are always rejoicing at what they have.
Richard Carlson, PhD, "Shortcut
turn out best for people who make the best
of the way things turn out.
Being Fully Alive
Be the change you
wish to see in the world.
People usually consider walking on water
or in thin air a miracle.
But I think the real miracle
is not to walk either on water or in thin air,
but to walk on earth.
Every day we are engaged in a miracle
which we don't even recognize:
a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves,
the black, curious eyes of a child--
our own two eyes.
All is a miracle."
Thich Nhat Hanh, "Miracle
To be happy at home
is the ultimate result of all ambition.
We Americans are
living a lifestyle of exhaustion.
We don't have time for ourselves, much less
for each other and our children.
James Dobson, PhD, radio interview
all you can. It's a mistake not to.
It doesn't much matter what you do in particular,
so much as you LIVE while you're doing it.
The best and most
beautiful things in this world
cannot be seen or even heard,
but must be felt with the heart.
Through the Eyes
To love for the
sake of being loved is human,
But to love for the sake of loving is angelic.
Alphonse De Lamartine
Trust over Doubt
gets me burned once in a while,
but I'd rather be singed than hardened.
People, even more than
have to be restored, renewed, revived,
reclaimed, and redeemed;
never throw out anyone.
in your life is beyond redemption.
Aldous Huxley, on his deathbed
Life of Honor
honor is an unseasoned dish;
it will satisfy your hunger, but it won't taste good.
I feel like God
gave me an amazing ability,
and it's my duty
to show people what I'm made of.
- Antonio Tarver,
1996 US Olympic Bronze Medalist,