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
"Appreciation is a wonderful thing. It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well."
— French philosopher Voltaire
"Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it."
―Writer William Arthur Ward
"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
"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
"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