Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings. (Photo: Oleksandra Naumenko/Shutterstock)

As we sit down for dinner with family and friends this holiday season, many a meal will inevitably begin with saying grace and giving thanks. If you need a little help finding some wise words to express your thoughts, read through these dozen quotes on gratitude for inspiration. Maybe they'll bring everyone present a renewed perspective and a sense of gratefulness.

Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving.

― Author W.T. Purkiser

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

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 (Photo: Gajus/Shutterstock)

Appreciation is a wonderful thing. It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.

— French philosopher Voltaire

Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving. ― Author W.T. Purkiser (Photo: iravgustin/Shutterstock)

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

―Writer William Arthur Ward

It is impossible to feel grateful and depressed in the same moment. — Novelist Naomi Williams (Photo: KieferPix/Shutterstock)

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

— Author and self-help expert Stephen Richards

Gratitude is a currency that we can mint for ourselves, and spend without fear of bankruptcy.

— Author Fred De Witt Van Amburgh

Some people grumble that roses have thorns; I am grateful that thorns have roses. - French novelist Alphonse Karr, “A Tour Round My Garden” (Photo: Goldencow Images/Shutterstock)

It is impossible to feel grateful and depressed in the same moment.

— Novelist Naomi Williams

Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude.

Author A.A. Milne

Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.

—Writer William Arthur Ward

Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it. ― Writer William Arthur Ward (Photo: Frannyanne/Shutterstock)

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.

— Politician Frank A. Clark

Some people grumble that roses have thorns; I am grateful that thorns have roses.

— French novelist Alphonse Karr

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

Angela Nelson ( @bostonangela ) is an exhausted mom of two young daughters and two old cats, and a Pulitzer Prize-winning digital editor with more than 15 years of experience delivering news and information to audiences worldwide.