Article image

11 Quotes on Gratitude, the 'Parent of All Virtues'

In our busy and stressful modern world, it can be easy to forget to slow down and acknowledge the bounties that many of us already possess, such as shelter, food, and love. In our efforts to achieve and progress, we may, at times, succumb to pessimism, and lose sight of these simpler and more essential gifts.

Practicing grateful thinking helps us turn our attention away from negativity and towards what is working in our lives, and how far we have come on our journey. This approach can lighten and brighten our outlook, releasing the pressure of constant worry and effort. While setting goals is natural, gratitude balances this urge with the inherent message that we have and are enough. Gratitude allows us to rest and feel contentment and joy in the present.

We can develop our capacity for appreciation by starting a gratitude journal or simply taking a few minutes each day to reflect on all the good in our life. We may feel grateful for a sunny afternoon, steady employment, a loved one’s help, or a game of fetch with our dog. Focusing on these gifts can have a powerful and even transformative effect on our lives. Here are 11 quotes on the importance of giving thanks.

Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others.
— Cicero

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

Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer.
— Maya Angelou

Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.
— Eckhart Tolle

Nine-tenths of wisdom is appreciation. Go find somebody's hand and squeeze it, while there's time.
— Dale Dauten, business coach

Your bounty is beyond my speaking. But though my mouth be dumb, my heart shall thank you.
— Nicholas Rowe, writer

Joy is the simplest form of gratitude.
— Karl Barth, theologian

O Lord that lends me life, lend me a heart replete with thankfulness!
— William Shakespeare

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

I know for sure that appreciating whatever shows up for you in life changes your personal vibration. You radiate and generate more goodness for yourself when you're aware of all you have and not focusing on your have-nots.
— Oprah Winfrey

I am grateful for what I am and have. My thanksgiving is perpetual.
— Henry David Thoreau

Photo credit:  sofia lyu/ Unsplash

Author image
About the Author
Joyce Chen
Joyce Chen is a writer, editor, and community builder based in Seattle, Washington.
Play more header background
Play more icon
Daily Question
What sitcom character said this? "One must champion oneself and say, I am ready for this!"

More Inspiration

happiness theme icon

We all accept too easily that life has to be hard and forget to make sure we have the most fun we can.

separator icon
Amy Schumer
motivation theme icon

Being successful doesn't mean anything in and of itself. It just means that you're successful.

separator icon
Greta Gerwig
hope theme icon

The image is one thing and the human being is another… it's very hard to live up to an image.

separator icon
Elvis Presley
love theme icon

Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.

separator icon
Anaïs Nin
wisdom theme icon

Words are the clothing of our thoughts.

separator icon
Jonathan Swift
happiness theme icon

The reward for conformity is that everyone likes you but yourself.

separator icon
Rita Mae Brown
motivation theme icon

I believe that the privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.

separator icon
Viola Davis
hope theme icon

You can cut all the flowers but you cannot keep spring from coming.

separator icon
Pablo Neruda
love theme icon

It is well to fly towards the light, even where there may be some fluttering and bruising of wings.

separator icon
Elizabeth Barrett Browning
wisdom theme icon

If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete.

separator icon
Jack Kornfield
happiness theme icon

The moment we choose to love we begin to move towards freedom, to act in ways that liberate.

separator icon
bell hooks