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The Grateful Man: 50 Gratitude Quotes To Inspire And Motivate You

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You have a lot more to be grateful for than you think, unimaginably more.

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Gratitude is the first and most basic level of appreciation, and being grateful is fundamental to living a fulfilling life.

Each of us has our definition of what gratitude is, and we vary in how much we experience and focus on it in our daily lives. However, it is fundamentally defined as the quality of being thankful and a readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.

Gratitude is an emotion, an attitude and a state of being. It is the genuine sense of thankfulness and appreciation that we have for someone or something, as well as for life in general.

Having an attitude of gratitude — that is, choosing to look for the good things in others, and finding things we appreciate and are grateful for — is fundamental to our ability to focus on the good stuff and live a life of genuine appreciation and fulfillment.

When we focus on what we’re grateful for, we alter not only our perspective, but also our state of being. It’s almost impossible to feel grateful and victimized at the same time, and being and feeling grateful is actually a great way of transforming our negativity, snap us out of a bad mood, get us back on track, and keep us moving forward.

Gratitude is a choice, so choose to be grateful. Make it a goal to understand it deeply and be very intentional in your practice of it.

Here are 50 gratitude quotes to inspire and motivate you into seeing and accepting the abundance and positives in your blessed life.

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

“Gratitude is an antidote to negative emotions, a neutralizer of envy, hostility, worry, and irritation. It is savoring; it is not taking things for granted; it is present-oriented.”
– Sonja Lyubomirsky

“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.”
– Melody Beattie

“Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul.”
– Henry Ward Beecher

“I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.”
– Gilbert C. Chesterton

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

“Thankfulness is the beginning of gratitude. Gratitude is the completion of thankfulness. Thankfulness may consist merely of words. Gratitude is shown in acts.”
– Henri Frederic Amiel

“Gratitude is riches. Complaint is poverty.”
– Doris Day

“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

“Joy is the simplest form of gratitude.”
– Karl Barth

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

“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

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

“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues but the parent of all others.”
– Marcus Tullius Cicero

“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 for the present moment and the fullness of life now is the true prosperity.”
– Eckhart Tolle

“Gratitude is the healthiest of all human emotions. The more you express gratitude for what you have, the more likely you will have even more to express gratitude for.”
– Zig Ziglar

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

“Gratitude will shift you to a higher frequency, and you will attract much better things.”
– Rhonda Byrne

“Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn’t learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, 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.”
– Buddha

“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 the sweetest thing in a seekers life – in all human life. If there is gratitude in your heart, then there will be tremendous sweetness in your eyes.”
– Sri Chinmoy

“Gratitude is the sign of noble souls.”
– Aesop

“As with all commandments, gratitude is a description of a successful mode of living. The thankful heart opens our eyes to a multitude of blessings that continually surround us.”
– James E. Faust

“The more grateful I am, the more beauty I see.”
– Mary Davis

“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.”
– red De Witt Van Amburgh

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

“I’ve had a remarkable life. I seem to be in such good places at the right time. You know, if you were to ask me to sum my life up in one word, gratitude.”
– Dietrich Bonhoeffer

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

“Gratitude is the most exquisite form of courtesy.”
– Jacques Maritain

“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”
– Albert Einstein

“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.”
– William Arthur Ward

“He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.”
– Epictetus

“Being thankful is not always experienced as a natural state of existence, we must work at it, akin to a type of strength training for the heart.”
– Larissa Gomez

“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

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

“If you concentrate on finding whatever is good in every situation, you will discover that your life will suddenly be filled with gratitude, a feeling that nurtures the soul.”
— Rabbi Harold Kushner

“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

“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

“I looked around and thought about my life. I felt grateful. I noticed every detail. That is the key to time travel. You can only move if you are actually in the moment. You have to be where you are to get where you need to go.”
– Amy Poehler

“Opening your eyes to more of the world around you can deeply enhance your gratitude practice.”
– Derrick Carpenter

“Be grateful for what you already have while you pursue your goals. If you aren’t grateful for what you already have, what makes you think you would be happy with more.”
– Roy T. Bennett

“What separates privilege from entitlement is gratitude.”
– Brene Brown

“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

“Train yourself never to put off the word or action for the expression of gratitude.”
– Albert Schweitzer

“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

“When you are grateful, fear disappears and abundance appears.”
– Anthony Robbins

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

“Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.”
– Robert Brault

“Some people grumble that roses have thorns; I am grateful that thorns have roses.”
– Alphonse Karr

What are you grateful for today? Share your favorite gratitude quotes in the comments below, and learn how to be grateful in this illuminating commentary.

Kwame Owusu (K.O.) is an MBA and the founder of Too Manly. As a seeker of manly truths, healthy living enthusiast, and practitioner of the TooManly lifestyle, he is committed to helping men everywhere look, feel and live the prime of their life at any age.

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