young son and mom backing a pumpkin pie for the holidays

With Thanksgiving on the way, it’s only natural to start thinking about what we are thankful for. From families and children to health and happiness, there are many things to give thanks for. We thought we would compile this list of quotes about thankfulness, and invite you to think about your own gratitude lists as we near the holiday.

“Some people are always grumbling because roses have thorns; I am thankful that thorns have roses.”

— Alphonse Karr

“Strive to find things to be thankful for, and just look for the good in who you are.”

— Bethany Hamilton

“A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all the other virtues.”

— Cicero

“Gratitude is a quality similar to electricity: It must be produced and discharged and used up in order to exist at all.”

— William Faulkner

“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 Brontë

“For me, every hour is grace. And I feel gratitude in my heart each time I can meet someone and look at his or her smile.”

— Elie Wiesel

“O Lord that lends me life, lend me a heart replete with thankfulness.”

— William Shakespeare

“Thankfulness is the quickest path to joy.”

— Jefferson Bethke

“If you want to turn your life around, try thankfulness. It will change your life mightily.”

— Gerald Good

“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.”

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Don’t let the sun go down without saying thank you to someone, and without admitting to yourself that absolutely no one gets this far alone.”

— Stephen King

“Reflect upon your present blessings—of which every man has many—not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.”

— Charles Dickens

“Be present in all things and thankful for all things.”

— Maya Angelou

“We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives.”

— John F. Kennedy

“When life is sweet, say thank you and celebrate. And when life is bitter, say thank you and grow.”

— Shauna Niequist

“The unthankful heart discovers no mercies; but the thankful heart will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings.”

— Henry Ward Beecher

“You ought to be thankful a whole heaping lot, for the places and people you’re lucky you’re not!”

— Dr. Seuss

“It’s a funny thing about life, once you begin to take note of the things you are grateful for, you begin to lose sight of the things that you lack.”

— Germany Kent

“There is no better way to thank God for your sight than by giving a helping hand to someone in the dark.”

— Hellen Keller

“‘Thank you’ is the best prayer that anyone could say. I say that one a lot. Thank you expresses extreme gratitude, humility, understanding.”

—Alice Walker

“Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”

— Marcel Proust

“When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light, for your life, for your strength. Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason to give thanks, the fault lies in yourself.”

— Tecumseh

“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

“When it comes to life the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude.”

— G.K. Chesterton

“The more you practice the art of thankfulness, the more you have to be thankful for.”

— Norman Vincent Peale

“Gratitude is the ability to experience life as a gift. It liberates us from the prison of self-preoccupation.”

— John Ortberg

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

— Melody Beattie

“Appreciation is a wonderful thing. It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.”

― Voltaire

“Being grateful does not mean that everything is necessarily good. It just means that you can accept it as a gift.”

— Roy T. Bennett

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We are always thankful for our families here at Country Home Learning Center. We are proud to be a leader in quality child care and education throughout San Antonio, Texas and Austin, Texas since 1982. Contact us now to learn more about our programs and to schedule a tour. From our family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving!