75 Thankful Quotes For Expressing Gratitude And Appreciation

50 Thankful Quotes For Expressing Gratitude And Appreciation

Expressing gratitude is one of the best joys in life, which why it’s helpful to know some of the best thankful quotes to put your gratitude and appreciation into words

Not only does gratitude help us appreciate all that we have, but it shows the person you’re grateful for them and the important role they play in making your life better. 

Saying ‘thank you’ is a beautiful cycle of happiness and love. 

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Here are 75 thankful quotes for expressing gratitude and appreciation. 

Thankful Quotes for Your Loved Ones

1. “We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives.” — John F. Kennedy

2. “Family is a unique gift that needs to be appreciated and treasured, even when they’re driving you crazy. As much as they make you mad, interrupt you, annoy you, curse at you, try to control you, these are the people who know you the best and who love you.” — Jenna Morasca

3. “The only rock I know that stays steady, the only institution I know that works is the family.” — Lee Iacocca

4. “You go through life wondering what it is all about, but at the end of the day it’s all about family.” — Rod Stewart

5. “My family is my life and everything else comes second as far as what’s important to me.” — Michael Imperioli

6. “Everyone needs a house to live in, but a supportive family is what builds a home.” — Anthony Liccione

7. "Being a family means you are a part of something very wonderful. It means you will love and be loved for the rest of your life." — Lisa Weed

8. "The informality of family life is a blessed condition that allows us all to become our best while looking our worst." — Marge Kennedy

9. "Rejoice with your family in the beautiful land of life." — Albert Einstein

10. "It didn’t matter how big our house was; it mattered that there was love in it." — Peter Buffett

Thankful Quotes for Your Significant Other

11. “You could’ve had anyone in the world, but you chose me. Thank you.” — Anthony T. Hincks

12. “When we focus on our gratitude, the tide of disappointment goes out and the tide of love rushes in.” — Kristin Armstrong

13. “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.” — Albert Schweitzer

14. “I want to thank you for the profound joy I’ve had in the thought of you.” — Rosie Alison

15. “To get the full value of joy you must have someone to divide it with.” ― Mark Twain

16. “You changed my life without even trying, and I don’t think I could ever tell you how much you mean to me. I can’t imagine what things would be like if I hadn’t met you.” — Steve Mara

17. “I’m glad I have you for the rest of my life as a best friend, lover, and fellow adventurer. Thank you for constantly supporting me, forgiving me, loving me, making me laugh, and challenging me to be a better person.” — Raquel Martin

18. “Thank you for accepting me as I am, with my virtues and defects.” — Jenni Rivera

19. “Some people arrive and make such a beautiful impact on your life, you can barely remember what life was like without them.” — Anna Taylor

20. “Appreciation is a wonderful thing. It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.” — Voltaire

Thankful Quotes for Your Friends

21. “I'm so thankful for friendship. It beautifies life so much.” — L.M. Montgomery

22. “I awoke this morning with devout thanksgiving for my friends, the old and the new.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

23. “The greatest gift of life is friendship, and I have received it.” — Hubert H. Humphrey

24. “But friendship is precious, not only in the shade, but in the sunshine of life, and thanks to a benevolent arrangement the greater part of life is sunshine.” — Thomas Jefferson

25. “Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” — Marcel Proust

26. “There’s no possible way, I could ever repay, How I wish, there were more I could do, But, I thank you my friend, my friend to the end.” — Jim Thistle

27. “A friend is what the heart needs all the time. Be thankful for having them.” — Henry Van Dyke

28. “There is nothing on this earth more to be prized than true friendship.” — Thomas Aquinas

29. “Friends like you make life’s challenging moments more bearable. Thanks for being you.” — Catherine Pulsifer

30. “Imagine when you die and get to heaven, you will encounter friends who say, “Thank you for investing in me. I’m in heaven because of you! I’m not your friend for life; I’m your friend for eternity.” — David Jeremiah

Thankful Quotes for Special Occasions

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

32. “I'm grateful for always this moment, the now, no matter what form it takes.” — Eckhart Tolle

33. “Forget yesterday — it has already forgotten you. Don’t sweat tomorrow — you haven’t even met. Instead, open your eyes and your heart to a truly precious gift — today.” ― Steve Maraboli

34. “Don’t forget, a person’s greatest emotional need is to feel appreciated.” ― H. Jackson Brown Jr.

35. “A very small percentage of the people in this world will actually experience and live today. So many people will be stuck on another day, another time that traumatized them and caused them to spiritually stutter so they miss out on this day.” ― Steve Maraboli

36. “Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” — William Arthur Ward

37. “The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.” — Oscar Wilde

38. “Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” — Leo Buscaglia

39. “You gave me your time, the most thoughtful gift of all.” — Dan Zadra

40. “I can no other answer make but thanks, and thanks, and ever thanks.” — William Shakespeare

Thankful Quotes for Your Business Partners

41. "Silent gratitude isn't very much to anyone." — Gertrude Stein

42. "People want to be understood and respected as individuals. Years ago, an executive editor of mine said, 'You should count the number of times you praise somebody and then double that.' Even the toughest, steeliest writer or editor often really wants to be told, 'Hey, that was a great piece.' Early in my career as a manager, it probably took me a while to realize that everyone wants that. It's just a human need." — Cindi Leive

43. "Gratitude can transform common days into Thanksgiving, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings." — William Arthur Ward

44. "Gratitude turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity...it makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow." — Melody Beattie

45. "One can never pay in gratitude; one can only pay 'in kind' somewhere else in life." — Anne Morrow Lindbergh 

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Thankful Quotes to God

46. "Thank you, dear God, for this good life, and forgive us if we do not love it enough." — Garrison Keillor

47. "God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today. Have you used one to say, 'thank you?'" — William Arthur Ward

48. ​"We give thanks to God not because of how we feel but because of who He is." — Ann Voskamp

49. "What I have done is worthy of nothing but silence and forgetfulness, but what God has done for me is worthy of everlasting and thankful memory." — Joseph Hall

50. "The more I look at the times 'thanks' is mentioned in God's Word, the more I notice this giving of thanks has nothing to do with my circumstances and everything to do with my God." — Jenni Hunt

51. "Anybody can thank God for things. But when you can thank God even in the bad things, your faith grows and your spiritual roots go deeper." — Rick Warren

52. "I have lived to thank God that not all my prayers have been answered." — Jean Ingelow 

53. "Don't complain about it, pray about it! Thank God for what you have and let it go. Give it to God." — Joanna C. Smith

54. "Your past may be painful, yet you must forgive, move on, and thank God for it." — Martin Henderson

55. "Some may say that I am 'religious,' but I prefer to describe that as having a relationship with God that causes me to be able to express thanks, love, gratitude, distress, pain, and all the other emotive things that come as part of our human experience." — Vernette John-Joiles

Thankful Quotes for Kids

56. "We learned about gratitude and humility — that so many people had a hand in our success, from the teachers who inspired us to the janitors who kept our school clean...and we were taught to value everyone's contribution and treat everyone with respect." — Michelle Obama

57. "Piglet noticed that even though he had a very small heart, it could hold a rather large amount of gratitude." — A.A. Milne

58. "The more grateful I am, the more beauty I see." — Mary Davis

59. "We get these lives for free. I didn't do anything to get this life, and no matter what the hardships are, it is free, and, in a way, it's an extraordinary bargain." — Junot Diaz

60. "Gratitude and attitude are not challenges, they are choices." — Robert Braathe

Thankful Quotes About Life

61. “Thankfulness is the quickest path to joy.” — Jefferson Bethke

62. “When life is sweet, say thank you and celebrate. And when life is bitter, say thank you and grow.” — Shauna Niequist

63. “It’s a funny thing about life, once you begin to take note of the things you are grateful for, you begin to lose sight of the things that you lack.” — Germany Kent

64. “The world has enough beautiful mountains and meadows, spectacular skies and serene lakes. It has enough lush forests, flowered fields, and sandy beaches. It has plenty of stars and the promise of a new sunrise and sunset every day. What the world needs more of is people to appreciate and enjoy it.” — Michael Josephson

65. “When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive—to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love — then make that day count!” ― Steve Maraboli

66. “For the yesterdays and todays, and the tomorrows I can hardly wait for — Thank you.” ― Cecelia Ahern

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

68. “In our daily lives, we must see that it is not happiness that makes us grateful, but the gratefulness that makes us happy.” — Albert Clarke

69. “Every time we remember to say “thank you”, we experience nothing less than heaven on earth.” — Sarah Ban Breathnach

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

Thankful Quotes for Her

71. "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

72. "Strive to find things to be thankful for, and just look for the good in who you are." — Bethany Hamilton

73. "I have a lot to be thankful for. I am healthy, happy, and I am loved." — Reba McEntire

74. "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 an open and grateful heart." — Sarah Ban Breathnach 

75. "Words will never be enough to express my gratitude." — Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

A handwritten quote is an unexpected way to show your gratitude for the special people in your life. 

Use these whenever you want to put a charming, original spin on your appreciation. 

Always remember the value of a ‘thank you’ and continue to live each day with gratitude in your heart. 

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Isabella Pacinelli is a writer who covers relationship, self-love, spirituality, and entertainment topics.