If gratitude is due from children to their earthly parent, how much more is the gratitude of the great family of men due to our father in heaven.
Cicero calls gratitude the mother of virtues, the most capital of all duties, and uses the words grateful and good as synonymous terms, inseparably united in the same character.
He who remembers the benefits of his parents is too much occupied with his recollections to remember their faults.
He who receives a benefit should never forget it; he who bestows should never remember it.
He who acknowledges a kindness has it still, and he who has a grateful sense of it has requited it.
No metaphysician ever felt the deficiency of language so much as the grateful.
Gratitude is a virtue most deified and yet most deserted; it is the ornament of rhetoric and the libel of practical life.
To the generous mind the heaviest debt is that of gratitude, when it is not in our power to repay it.
A grateful thought toward heaven is of itself a prayer.
In noble hearts the feeling of gratitude has all the ardor of a passion.
When I find a great deal of gratitude in a poor man, I take it for granted there would be as much generosity if he were rich.
Gratitude to God makes even a temporal blessing a taste of heaven.
He enjoys much who is thankful for little; a grateful mind is both a great and a happy mind.
If I only have the will to be grateful, I am so.
He that urges gratitude pleads the cause both of God and men, for without it we can neither be sociable nor religious.
There is as much greatness of mind in acknowledging a good turn, as in doing it.
We can be thankful to a friend for a few acres or a little money; and yet for the freedom and command of the whole earth, and for the great benefits of our being, our life, health, and reason, we look upon ourselves as under no obligation.
Epicurus says, "gratitude is a virtue that has commonly profit annexed to it." And where is the virtue that has not? But still the virtue is to be valued for itself, and not for the profit that attends it.
It is another's fault if he be ungrateful, but it is mine if I do not give.—To find one thankful man, I will oblige a great many that are not so.
O Lord, who lends me life, lend me a heart replete with thankfulness.
Our thanks should be as fervent for mercies received, as our petitions for mercies sought.
Gratitude to God should be as habitual as the reception of mercies is constant, as ardent as the number of them is great, as devout as the riches of divine grace and goodness is incomprehensible.
Those who make us happy are always thankful to us for being so; their gratitude is the reward of their benefits.
From David learn to give thanks for everything.—Every furrow in the Book of Psalms is sown with the seeds of thanksgiving.
God is pleased with no music below so much as with the thanksgiving songs of relieved widows and supported orphans; of rejoicing, comforted, and thankful persons.
The gratitude of place-expectants is a lively sense of future favors.
Gratitude is not only the memory but the homage of the heart—rendered to God for his goodness.