51 Gratitude quotes from thankful leaders

Count your blessings. Coz, thanks costs nothing. It means everything.

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 The most overlooked act of gratitude is key for greater happiness. 

Following simple practices of giving thanks has been shown to improve both your physical and psychological well-being.  Gratitude makes hoogah contagious to both sender and the receiver. It’s as simple as a hello or a thank you. Let’s make this a daily practice.

So, here’s our amazing collection of gratitude quotes from the leader of the world.  Let’s stay thankful. Stay happy.


Wonder happiness

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

It’s time to thank the most important person in your life- yourself! What are you thankful for.. and why?

Chesterton was a journalist who was vitally concerned with the injustices of Great Britain to its dependencies.

Little things

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

Make a small, kind gesture to a stranger. Smile or compliment. It could mean the world to some one.

Brault is a free-lance writer who has contributed to magazines and newspapers in the USA for over 40 years!

Just enough

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“Gratitude turns what we have into enough.”

Make a list of people in your life that have positively impacted you in some way or another.

Beattie lived a tough life- she survived a kidnapping, abuse, alcoholism and the death of her child.

Wise choice

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

The next time you find yourself feeling upset because you don’t have something, take a step back to think about all the things you do have.

Before he became a philosopher, Epictetus was a slave from birth.

Bless no more

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“If you’re not grateful for what you already have, why should you be blessed with more.”

Whip up a cozy home cooked meal. Share it with your friends and neighbours.

Kent won the “Miss Personality Award” in the 1991 Talented Teens Pageant, after competing against over 120 contestants from all over the world.

Give thanks

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“The heart that gives thanks is a happy one, for we cannot feel thankful and unhappy at the same time.”

Be an artist today. Make a handmade thank you card for someone you care.

Wood’s main inspiration for his work comes from a lifelong interest in outdoors, particularly the relationship between the human spirit and nature.

Richie rich

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It is only with gratitude that life becomes rich.”

Meditate everyday. 1 min, 5 mins. Doesn’t matter. Just relax and reflect.

Bonhoeffer earned his doctorate in theology when he was only 21.


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“Wear gratitude like a cloak, and it will feed every corner of your life.”

Put on your favourite outfit and have a mini photoshoot! Remember to remind yourself how beautiful you are

There are stories that say Rumi reported seeing angels as a child.

Souls blossom

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

Go to the local nursery and buy yourself a sapling. Watch it grow, and feel the wonders of being responsible for a whole other life!

Proust wrote the longest novel ever published- containing 1.2 million words!

Compound interest

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“Gratitude is a virtue that has commonly profit annexed to it.”

Try spending an entire day without complaining about anything. This can help you start taking more responsibility for your life.

Three letters are all we have left of Epicurus’ writing.

I forgive you

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“True forgiveness is when you can say, ‘Thank you for the experience.'”

Think about a recent unhappy moment. Just reflect on the positive that came off of that experience. 

In 2013, Winfrey was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom (the nation’s highest civilian honour) by President Barack Obama.

Eyes wide shut

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“People only see what they are prepared to see.”

Step out of your comfort zone. Do the thing you’ve been putting off for quite some time.

Emerson was Harvard’s class poet!

Give and take

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“When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.”

Call someone you haven’t spoken to in a while and have a nice conversation with them. Remember to listen as much as you speak!

She was the second poet in history to recite work at a United States Presidential Inauguration.

The only prayer

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“If the only prayer you said was thank you, that would be enough.”

The next time you sit down for a meal, spend a minute or two being thankful for the delicious food you have in front of you.

Eckhart was considered a mystic because he taught the importance of making the mind quiet to be receptive to the presence of God.

Stop and thank

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

Tell three people that you’re thankful for having them in your life, it’s as simple as that!

Kennedy was a war hero.

Mother of all

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“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.”

Give your parents a big hug the next time you see them. If you’re a parent yourself, give yourself a hug right now 😉

Cicero was Rome’s greatest orator.

Past, present, future

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“Gratitude looks to the Past and love to the Present; fear, avarice, lust, and ambition look ahead.”

Reflect on three things that you love about your life at this very instant- whatever comes to your mind!

Lewis set up a charitable fund to give away whatever money he earned from his books.

Heavenly love

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

Set frequent reminders on your phone.  When it beeps, just pause, breathe, focus on the present and be mindful.

Beecher was a known supporter of the abolition of slavery.

Essence of all

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“The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude.”

Gather some of your art supplies and give them a twirl! Play some relaxing music and create your own masterpiece.

Nietzsche was a German philosopher and classical scholar, who was one of the most influential modern thinkers.

Grateful morning

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“Start each day with a positive thought and a grateful heart.”

Change your phone’s lock screen to your favourite positive quote (Pinterest has some beautiful ones). That way, it’ll be (one of the) the first things you see when you wake up.

Bennett is a thought leader, and he loves sharing positive thoughts.

Two fold

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“Gratitude is a two fold love. Love coming to visit us and love running out to greet a welcome guest.”

 Invite a loved one over.Plan a whole day with them. 

Henry Van Dyke and Woodrow Wilson were both friends and former classmates.

Never too busy

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“Anyone too busy to say thank you will get fewer and fewer chances to say it.”

When a stranger is kind to you –  open the door or pick up something you dropped, don’t just say thank you! Strike up a conversation. Maybe you got yourself a friend.

Mackay is an American businessman, who was awarded the Minnesota Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 1989.

Your true cause

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“You have no cause for anything but gratitude and joy.”

Sprinkle some joy into your friend’s day. Surprise them with something they love.

Buddha’s spot of enlightenment underneath the bodhi tree is still preserved to this day.

New life

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“The longer you linger in gratitude, the more you draw your new life to you. For gratitude is the ultimate state of receivership.”

Offer to help someone complete a  chore or errand. Help make their day easier. Notice the joy while doing so.

Dr. Joe Dispenza’s science background is rooted at an intersection of neuroscience, epigenetics, and quantum physics.

Fear no more

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

Spend about 10-15 minutes thinking about how many hurdles in your life that you’ve overcome so far. Feels good, right?

When asked what his biggest fear is, Robbins said he doesn’t have any because he is so fulfilled.

The roots

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“The root of joy is gratefulness.”

Celebrate someone else’s victory or joy– either a friend, family member, or even a complete stranger,  as if it were your own.

David Steindl-Rast is a Benedictine monk and author, who is committed to interfaith dialogue.

Got a lot

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“If a fellow isn’t thankful for what he’s got, he isn’t likely to be thankful for what he’s going to get.”

Make the people in your life feel appreciated by wearing their gifts. 

Clark was an American lawyer who served for about 50 years, right up until his death.

Turn it around

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

Say thanks to people who serve you. Tip ’em a lil extra the next time you go out.

This is Gerald Good’s most famous quote!!!

Greater power

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“Gratitude is a form of worship in its own right, as it implies the acceptance of a power greater than yourself.”

Skip that pedicure this time. Donate money to your favourite charity. 

Richards has a background in clinical hypnotherapy and stress counselling.

Start to stop

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“I try to start every day and end every day by taking a moment to be grateful.”

Wake up. Say “thank you for this new day”. Get going!

Wilde is a board member of Artists for Peace and Justice, which provides education and health services in Haiti.

Even through pain

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“I hit my knees every day and express gratitude.”

Spend some time with those who may not have anyone else.

Kelsey is a member of the Republican Party and has expressed an interest in becoming a US senator when his showbiz career ends.

A daily gift

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“Life is precious, and when you’ve lost a lot of people, you realize each day is a gift.”

The most precious gift you can give a person is your time. Volunteer your time at an NGO whose cause you identify with.

Meryl Streep’s net worth is 90 million dollars.

Brighter side

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“Gratitude is looking on the brighter side of life, even if it means hurting your eyes.”

Buy a tiny notebook . What are you grateful for today. Jot it down. Even if it wasn’t a great day!

Before becoming a comedic success, Ellen worked many odd-jobs including a bartender, paralegal and vacuum cleaner saleswoman.

Weighs a ton

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“I lay my head down every night with a ton of gratitude.”

Get a delicious cup of hot chocolate. Sip it while you read your book. Kiss good night. Sleep tight. 

Leaf is an American football player who was a quarterback for the NFL (National Football League) for four seasons.

It's that simple

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“If you want to find happiness, find gratitude.”

Be the go-to person that your friend can rely on for support regardless of your differences.

Maraboli’s bestsellers are formatted like his personal diaries – simple to read, and designed to be opened to any page.

I'm free

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

Share your talents! Teach cooking, writing, scrapbooking, or even show people how to just chill!

John Ortberg is an evangelical Christian author, speaker, and senior pastor of Menlo Church.

Tides of love

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“When we focus on our gratitude, the tide of disappointment goes out and the tide of love rushes in.”

Switch off your phone, hide your laptop. Spend the day enjoying your own company.

Armstrong is a three-time Olympic gold medalist.

It's a constant

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“I’m in a constant state of gratitude.”

Try this simple act of gratitude. When the going gets tough, pause. Take five deep breaths, give thanks. Remind yourself that you got it!

Patinkin is an active supporter of charities like Doctors without Borders and Americans for Peace.

Fast track

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“Social scientists have found that the fastest way to feel happiness is to practice gratitude.”

Every time you pass by a mirror today, smile at yourself. You have to practice gratitude inwards before you can practice it elsewhere.

Conley is on the Board of Directors of the Burning Man project.

Thankless no more

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“Virtue begins when we dedicate ourselves actively to the job of gratitude.”

Skip texts. Turn to good old hand-written pick me up notes for your friend or family.

Ruth Benedict is regarded by many as America’s first woman anthropologist.


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“There is no charm equal to tenderness of heart.”

The next time you go in to work, bring a box of chocolates for your department. Just like that!

Jane Austen knew how to brew her own beer, and could make it from scratch.

Secret to healthy

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“Gratitude is the healthiest of all human emotions.”

Go for a walk at your local park, and spend some time amongst nature.

Ziglar journeyed more than five million miles in his efforts to positively awaken the world.

Give back

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“He who does not reflect his life back to God in gratitude does not know himself.”

Tell someone how thankful you are to have them in your life. Notice how happy you feel too.

Schweitzer would give musical performances to raise money for medical supplies in Gabon, Africa. 

In your heart

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

Write down your favourite memory. Keep it in your pocket. Your little pocket diary 🙂

Hampton has received 17 honorary degrees from universities across the world.

Show up for 'em

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“No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.”

Give yourself a nice pat on the back – you’ve come so far, and you’ve done so well!

During his lifetime, Dickens kept a raven for a pet, whom he named Grip.

Count your blessings

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“When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around.”

Write down three things that were a part of your day today, that you feel grateful for, no matter how silly. (The sillier the better, to be honest)

Willie Nelson has been playing the same guitar for more than 50 years.

Know your treasures

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

Pick two things in your room that you absolutely adore at this very moment and appreciate them!

Thornton Niven Wilder lived in China as a teenager where his father was a United States Consul-General in Hong Kong.

Take it easy

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“Rest and be thankful.”

Take a small nap, you deserve to catch some zzz’s.

Wordsworth married his childhood friend – Mary Hutchinson, and lived a long and happy life with her.

A thankful heart

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

Play your favourite song. Sit back. Close your eyes. Enjoy. Be thankful

Uranus’ moons are named after Shakespeare’s characters.

Flow. Not.

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“Alas, how quickly the gratitude owed to the dead flows off, how quick to be proved a deceiver.”

Reflect on how different life is today than it was 100 years ago – it can really put things in perspective!

Several ancient sources mention Sophocles’ homosexuality or bisexuality.

A new world

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“Gratitude bestows reverence…changing forever how we experience life and the world.”

Experiencing new. Watch a movie that you would normally look the other way at.

The word ‘pandemonium’ was coined by Milton as the name for the capital of Hell in his work “Paradise Lost”.

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