12 Author Quotes on Gratitude to Celebrate Thanksgiving!

We celebrate yet another Thanksgiving this week. Admittedly, it can be a little difficult to feel genuine gratitude in today’s day and age. Therefore, who better to remind us about the value of gratitude than some of our most celebrated authors—who may or may not have found fortune in their literary fame.


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“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.”

— Ralph Waldo Emerson


“In the end, though, maybe we must all give up trying to pay back the people in this world who sustain our lives. In the end, maybe it’s wiser to surrender before the miraculous scope of human generosity and to just keep saying thank you, forever and sincerely, for as long as we have voices.”

— Elizabeth Gilbert


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

— A.A. Milne


“After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one’s own relatives.”

— Oscar Wilde


“Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.”

— Epicurus


“Gratitude — is not the mention

Of a Tenderness,

But its still appreciation

Out of Plumb of Speech…”

— Emily Dickinson


“Gratitude is a quality similar to electricity; it must be produced and discharged and used up in order to exist at all.”

— William Faulkner


“I thank you God for most this amazing day: for the leaping greenly spirits of the trees and a blue dream of sky.”

― E.E. Cummings


“To give thanks in solitude is enough. Thanksgiving has wings and goes where it must go. Your prayer knows much more about it than you do.”

― Victor Hugo


“I do not think of all the misery, but of the glory that remains. Go outside into the fields, nature and the sun, go out and seek happiness in yourself and in God. Think of the beauty that again and again discharges itself within and without you and be happy.”

― Anne Frank


“Gratitude is a fruit of great cultivation; you do not find it among gross people.”

— Samuel Johnson


“Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer. And let faith be the bridge you build to overcome evil and welcome good.”

— Maya Angelou


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