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THE BEST 21 Gratitude Quotes for 2023

21 Gratitude Quotes to Unlock Your Blessings will inspire you to recognize the bounties that surround us.  The right quote can change our perspective on our world and help us weather the bumpy spots on the road in the journey of life.

Quotes inspire us to live better lives from the wisdom of others.  In addition to book quotes, 21 Kindness Quotes to Inspire a Better World and 31 Hygge Quotes to Change Your Life are just a couple of the quote articles I complied.  

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Gratitude. It’s something we could all make a conscious effort to include more of in our daily lives.

I know I’m guilty of not being grateful for all the blessings that I encounter. It’s time to change that.

Most of us will focus on the problems and little rubs that we encounter. What would happen to us if we consciously decide to remember that we’re also showered with favor just begging to be recognized?

I put together the best grateful quotes to help you change your focus and recognize all the gifts in our lives.  

Whether you’re looking for gratitude quotes from the Bible, short gratitude quotes, funny gratitude quotes or just World Gratitude Day quotes, you’re going to improve your daily life by looking at the positive side of life.

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Here are the 21 Gratitude Quotes to Unlock Your Blessings

1. Ralph Waldo Emerson Quote

“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.”

2. Willie Nelson Quote

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

Willie’s life was transformed the minute he decided to focus on making music and not worrying about becoming a star. He decided to be himself, whatever the cost.

This attitude of gratitude let him become a legend.  We all know that Willie is an original.  His voice, music, and even his style is all Willie.  

What would happen to our lives if we had that same attitude towards ourselves and our dreams?  Have we been keeping ourselves grounded when we were meant to fly? 

3. Robert Brault Quote

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

When you look back in your life, you think of moments. Sometimes the sweetest memories are those simple unplanned times where you were fully present, enjoying the simple pleasures of the world.

Those tiny, beautiful moments string together can be made into the softest pillow to lay your head on every night.

4. William Arthur Ward Quote

“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.”

This is one of my favorite short gratitude quotes.  

You not only need to feel gratitude but thanking the people and circumstances that make your life worthwhile will send out, even more, goodwill into the world.

5. Melody Beattie Quote

“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.”

Simple truth. It changes everything, don’t you think?  Gratitude turns what we have into things we love.    

A small home that is loved by the family that lives there can exude warmth the moment you walk in the front door.  By the same token, a mansion can be beautiful – but can feel unwelcoming to all that enter the building.  

6. John E. Southard Quote

“The only people with whom you should try and get even are those who helped you.”

Sometimes we forget about all the people who have contributed to our success.

It could simply be someone who taught you a trick on the computer that makes your workload easier, or it can be the person that always finds the time to listen to you when you’re struggling.

Get even with those people who assisted you by offering your talents and kindness. Forget about the ones that set up road blocks in your life. They are not worth spending any more energy on. 

7. Rasheed Ogunlaru Quote

“In life, one has a choice to take one of two paths: to wait for some special day – or to celebrate each special day.”

Celebrate. Every single day. Find three things that you witnessed or experienced today and write them down to reflect back on.

Carve out a pocket of time in the day to give thanks to the blessings that happened in the last 24 hours.

8. James E. Faust Quote

“A grateful heart is a beginning of greatness. It is an expression of humility. It is a foundation for the the development of such virtues as prayer, faith, courage, contentment, happiness, love, and well-being.”  

Doesn’t it warm your heart a little that doing something so beautiful for yourself and the world also shapes you into becoming a better person?

How will a more grateful you effect those around you?  Will you be able to bring comfort to those that need your quiet strength and contentment?  

9. Bernie Siegel Quote

“Most onus never stop to consider our blessings; rather, we spend the day only thinking about our problems. But since you have to be alive to have problems, be grateful for the opportunity to have them.”

This quote could be the shift that sets you on a new path.

If problems become a by-product of the honor of being alive, then maybe they won’t have such a negative impact on our souls.

There are so many people that passed away before being able to really live their lives.  Then there are others who have been gifted with time, only to toss their lives away because of the challenges they have faced.  

Become the person that is grateful for every moment that is given to you and make the most of them.  

10. Sarah Ban Breathnach Quote

“Whatever we are waiting for – peace of mind, contentment, grace, the inner awareness of simple abundance – it will surely come to us, but only when we are ready to receive it with and open and grateful heart.”

We have to be open to this change in our lives. If you’ve lived a life focused on the negative, it could feel difficult to alter this habit.

If we sit with the uncomfortable emotions of shifting our focus, we can embrace the possibilities of what’s to come.

11. Thich Nhat Hanh Quote

“If you truly get in touch with a piece of carrot, you can get in touch with the soil, the rain, the sunshine. You get in touch with Mother Earth and eating it in such a way, you feel in touch with true life, your roots, and that is meditation. If you chew every morsel of our food in that way we become grateful and when you are grateful, you are happy.”

I love how this quote speaks to our basic need of food and making eating an art. We wake up blessed every day if we have enough food and that the world that we step upon offers it willingly.

12. Nicole Ari Parker Quote

“Exercise is about being grateful for the body you have and sustaining the life you have.”

I’m going to have to remember this one every time I lace up my shoes. I think we could all use a boost in this direction.

13. Maya Angelou Quote

“I work very hard, and I play very hard. I’m grateful for life. And I live it – I believe life loves the liver of it. I live it.”

Are you living life to your fullest potential? If you aren’t, why not? Be grateful for life and make sure you are passionate about your work.

What fun things would you like to do, that you’re not doing now? Squeeze some time out to do the things that make your soul come alive.

14. Lisa Jakub Quote

“If you have someone in your life that you are grateful for – someone to whom you want to write another heartfelt, slanted, misspelled thank you note – do it. Tell them they made you feel loved and supported. That they made you feel like you belonged somewhere and that you were not a freak. Tell them all of that. Tell them today.”

Some of the people in our lives may not be holding center stage, but they were instrumental in pushing you toward your best self. Make sure they know what impact they had on your life.

15. Srikumar Rao Quote

“I believe that if you don’t derive a deep sense of purpose from what you do, if you don’t radiantly alive several times a day, if you don’t feel deeply grateful at the tremendous good fortune that has bestowed on you, then you are wasting your life. And life is too short to be wasted.”

Who would you be if you were able to tap into that power that energized your spirit daily? What would you accomplish?

How different would your life be?

16. Stephen Richards Quote

“Gratitude also opens your eyes to the limitless potential of the universe, while dissatisfaction closes your eyes to it.”

We live in an infinite universe, and each of us is only living a fragment of our potential. Keep your eye on the possibilities and turned away from the problems.

See what happens.

17. Albert Schweizer Quote

“At times, our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.”

Surround yourself with people who uplift you. Delete those that take your energy. It’s as simple as that.

Think about those who saw something special in you.  Look for gratitude quotes for teachers in your life that have inspired you to greater heights.  

18. Mike Ericksen Quote

“I truly believe we can either see the connections, celebrate them, and express gratitude for our blessings, or we can see life as a string of coincidences that have no meaning or connection. For me, I’m going to believe in miracles, celebrate life, rejoice in the views of eternity, and hope my choices will create a positive ripple effect in the lives of others. This is my choice.”

Do you want your being in the world to be a gift? Believe that your potential can be realized and that others will benefit from it and it becomes true.

19. Tara Brach Quote

“With an undefended heart, we can fall in love with life over and over every day. We can become children of wonder, grateful to be walking on earth, grateful to belong to each other and to all of creation. We can find our true refuge in every moment, in every breath.”

As we rush through life, sometimes we forget to breath and take a moment to embrace our life.

When our lives are immersed in grateful quotes to God for all that we’ve been given, the road we are taking becomes full of bounty.  

It’s time to open our trust to the universe and soak up its wonder.

20. Maya Angelou Quote

“This is a wonderful day. I’ve never seen this one before.”

Every day is a new beginning. Clear the slate and start fresh today. Start now. Write the new chapter in your book that has you living your dreams.

21. Gotthold Ephraim Lessing Quote

“A single grateful thought raised to heaven is the most perfect prayer.”

22. Neale Donald Wash Quote

“The struggle ends when gratitude begins.”

I feel this was the perfect quote to end the post. Stop struggling. Start appreciating. See what it does for your life.

23. Terry Lynn Taylor Quote

“Gratitude is our most direct line to God and the angels. The more we seek gratitude, the more reason the angels will give us for gratitude and joy to exist in our lives.”

24. John F. Kennedy Quote

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest form of appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”

25. Eckhart Tolle Quote

“When you go deeply into the present, gratitude arises spontaneously, even if it’s just gratitude for breathing, gratitude for the aliveness that you feel in your body. Gratitude is there when you acknowledge the aliveness of the present moment.

26. Meister Eckhart Quote

“If the only prayer you say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.”

27. Alfred North Whitehead Quote

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

28. Charles Dickens Quote

“Without strong affection, and humanity of heart, and gratitude to that Being whose code is mercy, and whose great attribute is benevolence to all things that breathe, true happiness can never be attained.”

30. Roy T. Bennett Quote

“Be grateful for what you have 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.”

31. Lionel Hampton Quote

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

32. Brene Brown Quote

“I don’t have to chase extraordinary moments to find happiness – it’s right in front of me if I’m paying attention and practicing gratitude.”

We have reached the end of 21 Gratitude Quotes to Unlock Your Blessings. I hope you enjoyed them.  Each of us could all use more love and gratitude quotes in our lives, don’t you think?  

Let me know in the comments below if one of the quotes on thankfulness struck a chord with you. I would also love to hear if becoming more grateful changed your life.

Below I created a pin for you to add to your Pinterest board.  How about creating a board dedicated to the Best Gratitude Quotes, so you can find inspiration with just a click away?  

Thanks for stopping by! We’re so happy you found us.

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Saturday 5th of November 2022

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Monday 28th of December 2020

I stumbled across your blog while searching for gratitude quotes. I love every single one of them. It resonates with how i feel. I have difficulties in zeroing on how i feel. This is spot on. Thank you!!


Tuesday 29th of December 2020

I'm so glad you liked the quotes. I hope you joined the Cozy Living Group on Facebook. You will love it! Kelly


Tuesday 17th of October 2017

20) “This a wonderful day. I’ve never seen this one before.” – Maya Angelou

I was just telling a friend about how ungrateful people are and how they never express gratitude for being awakened to see a new day which i believe we should all be grateful for! Complaining solves nothing yet I see it in people who have everything one could want in life! I’ve added this quote to my list of notes that I read daily ! So glad I saw this to start my new day, Thank you!


Tuesday 17th of October 2017

Hello Maria! Thank you so much for commenting. Yes, Maya Angelou has the best quotes. I'm glad you've added it to your list. Kelly

Vijay kapoor

Friday 18th of August 2017

Quote no 9 by Sara Bernie stands out cause we never stop searching for for happiness in our day to day life on earth . Kelly thanks for such a wonderful blog Vijay kapoor


Friday 18th of August 2017

Thank you Vijay for writing. I agree, it's hard to receive happiness. I loved writing this post - there needs to be more gratitude in the world and less anger. Kelly


Thursday 17th of August 2017

Great post...every quote is an eye opener. Thank you!!


Thursday 17th of August 2017 made my night. Thank you so much for writing. I really appreciate it! Kelly

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