30 Inspiring Motivational Quotes About Thankfulness and Giving Thanks

Close your eyes and imagine everything you hold dear has disappeared: family,  friends, job, business, home. Everything.

Instantly you’ll realize that what you already have is so much more important than what you don’t have. You realize how blessed, how successful, and how happy you already are.

The uncertainty, stress, and challenges entrepreneurs face on a nearly constant basis, especially in the early days of a startup, can make it hard to find reasons to give thanks.

And if that’s not enough, wanting “more,” in every aspect of our lives, is normal. But when you constantly focus on what you may have lost — or on the flip side, what you want but haven’t yet achieved — it’s easy to lose sight of what you do have.

This Thanksgiving, take a few private moments to give thanks for what you do have.

And more importantly, for the people who make your life not only what it is… but what it could someday become.

  1. “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
  2. “Gratitude is a quality similar to electricity: It must be produced and discharged and used up in order to exist at all.” — William Faulkner
  3. “Appreciation is a wonderful thing. It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.” — Voltaire
  4. “Gratitude turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity…it makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” — Melody Beattie
  5. “Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” — William Arthur Ward
  6. “Forget yesterday. It has already forgotten you. Don’t sweat tomorrow. You haven’t even met. Instead, open your eyes and your heart to a truly precious gift: Today.” — Steve Maraboli
  7. “It’s in keeping with Nature to show our friends affection and to celebrate their advancement, as if it were our very own. For if we don’t do this, virtue, which is strengthened only by exercising our perceptions, will no longer endure in us.” –Seneca 

  8. “Be grateful in your own hearts. That suffices. Thanksgiving has wings, and flies to its right destination.” — Victor Hugo
  9. “A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all the other virtues.” — Cicero
  10. “You cannot do a kindness too soon because you never know how soon it will be too late.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
  11. “Thanksgiving is a special virtue. But ingratitude is opposed to Thanksgiving. Therefore ingratitude is a special sin.” — Thomas Aquinas
  12. “Who does not thank for little will not thank for much.” — Estonian Proverb
  13. “Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has plenty; not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.” — Charles Dickens
  14. “All you need are these: certainty of judgment in the present moment; action for the common good in the present moment; and an attitude of gratitude in the present moment for anything that comes your way.” — Marcus Aurelius
  15. “The soul that gives thanks can find comfort in everything; the soul that complains can find comfort in nothing.” — Hannah Whitall Smith
  16. “Piglet noticed that even though he had a very small heart, it could hold a rather large amount of gratitude.” — A.A. Milne
  17. “Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.” — Robert Brault
  18. “If you are really thankful, what do you do? You share.” — W. Clement Stone
  19. “He enjoys much who is thankful for little.” — Thomas Secker
  20. “Be thankful for problems. If they were less difficult, someone with less ability might have your job.” — Jim Lovell
  21. “Be thankful we’re not getting all the government we’re paying for.” — Will Rogers
  22. “Be grateful for what you have and stop complaining – it bores everybody else, does you no good, and doesn’t solve any problems.” — Zig Ziglar
  23. “I am going to spend my time today just thanking the people that played a role in my career, because I truly do believe that I was blessed by a lot of people that paths crossed mine as I went down the road in my career.” — Nolan Ryan
  24. “The real gift of gratitude is that the more grateful you are, the more present you become.” — Robert Holden
  25. “‘Enough’ is a feast.” — Buddhist proverb
  26. “If you count all your assets, you always show a profit.” — Robert Quillen
  27. “Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving.” — W. T. Purkiser
  28. “Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.” — Robert Brault
  29. “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
  30. “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.” — Frank A. Clark

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