Gratitude

The thankful receiver bears a plentiful harvest.
~ William Blake, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell (1790-93). Proverbs of Hell

I proclaim that all ye Pilgrims do gather at ye meeting house, there to listen to ye Pastor and render Thanksgiving to ye Almighty God for all his blessings.
~ Gov. William Bradford

Heap high the board with plenteous cheer, and gather to the feast,
And toast that sturdy Pilgrim band, whose courage never ceased.
Give praise to that All-Gracious One by whom their steps were led
And thanks unto the harvest's Lord who sends our daily bread.
~ Alice Williams Brotherton, The First Thanksgiving Day

We need a rebirth of gratitude for those who have cared for us, living and, mostly, dead. The high moments of our way of life are their gifts to us. We must remember them in our thoughts and in our prayers; and in our deeds.
~ William F. Buckley, Jr., Remarks at the Intercollegiate Studies Institute Thirty-Fifth Aniversity, Washington, D.C. (29 November 1988). Towards a Recovery of Gratitude

It is well to give thanks. There is always something to be thankful for and the cheerful heart is a bubbling wellspring of unconscious thanksgiving.
~ William Malcolm (W.M.) Bunn, from Some After Dinner Speeches (1908). Fellowship and Thanksgiving

The life of thankfulness consists in the thankfulness of the life.
~ William Burkitt, Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament (1700).

Lord, who ordainest for mankind
Benignant toils and tender cares!
We thank Thee for the ties that bind
The mother to the child she bears.
~ William Cullen Bryant, from Thirty Poems (1864). The Mother's Hymn. Stanza 1

It is literally true, as the thankless say, that they have nothing to be thankful for. He who sits by the fire, thankless for the fire, is just as if he had no fire. Nothing is possessed save in appreciation, of which thankfulness is the indispensable ingredient. But a thankful heart hath a continual feast.
~ William John ("W.J.") Cameron, from A Series of Talks Given on the Ford Sunday Evening Hour (1935).

Thanksgiving, after all, is a word of action: it imports something done.
~ William John ("W.J.") Cameron, from A Series of Talks Given on the Ford Sunday Evening Hour (1935).

A million thanks you should display
For having lived at all.
~ William McKendree ("Will") Carleton, from Farm Festivals (1881). The Festival Of Praise; Or, Thanksgiving Day

Let all pleasures be more pleasant, let all griefs with help be nerved;
Let all blessings seek their sources with the thanks that are deserved.
~ William McKendree ("Will") Carleton, from City Festivals (1892). Festivals of the Nation. The Thursday Sabbath Day

Not only one, but every day,
I'll celebrate Thanksgiving!
~ William McKendree ("Will") Carleton, from Rhymes Of Our Planet (1895). Captain Young's Thanksgiving

Love starts with gratitude.
~ Rev. William Sloane Coffin, Jr., A Spiral of Joy (2 March 1986).

Permit me to remind you that I am now speaking the language of sincere gratitude, and that is essentially a language of very few words.
~ (William) Wilkie Collins, Speech, New York City NY (27 September 1873). American Hospitality

O call not to my mind what you have done;
It sets a debt of that account before me,
Which shows me poor and bankrupt even in hopes.
~ William Congreve, The Mourning Bride (1697). Act II, scene ix

I know that Thou art infinitely gracious, but what will become of me?
~ William Cowper, (13 November 1792).

Keep praying, but be thankful that God's answers are wiser than your prayers!
~ William Culbertson

Gratitude .. . is a quality like electricity: it must be produced and discharged and used up in order to exist at all.
~ William Faulkner

Maybe the only thing worse than having to give gratitude constantly ... is having to accept it.
~ William Faulkner, Requiem for a Nun (1951). Act II, scene i

True prosperity is appreciating what you have.
~ Bill Ferguson

The harder the act, the less it seems to be appreciated. That's what every artist, be he juggler, musician, or painter, finds out. And that is why so many mediocrities flourish.
~ W.C. Fields, in Never Give a Sucker an Even Break: W.C. Fields on Business (January 2000).

Gratitude is one of the greatest Christian graces; ingratitude, one of the most vicious sins.
~ Billy Graham, Hope for Each Day (2002). The Grace of Gratitude

No good lives so long, as that which is thankfully improved.
~ William Gurnall, The Christian In Complete Armour (1665).

When one's expectations are reduced to zero, one really appreciates everything one does have.
~ Stephen William Hawking

We are thankful for good-will rather than for services, for the motive than the quantum of favour received.
~ William Hazlitt, from The Plain Speaker, Volume I (1826). Essay VIII. On the Spirit of Obligations

I see a smile of gladness
Around on every one.
~ William Tod Helmuth, from "Scratches" of a Surgeon (1879). A New Year's Carol

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.
~ William Ernest (W.E.) Henley, from A Book of Verses (1888). Life and Death (Echoes). IV: Invictus: In Memoriam R.T. Hamilton Bruce (1875)

Lord, for the erring thought
Not into evil wrought:
Lord, for the wicked will
Betrayed and baffled still:
For the heart from itself kept,
Our thanksgiving accept.
~ William Dean Howells, in The Nation 1:708 (7 December 1865). Thanksgiving

Ingratitude is a crime more despicable than revenge, which is only returning evil for evil, while ingratitude returns evil for good.
~ William George Jordan, The Power of Truth: Individual Problems and Possibilities (1902). The Courage to Face Ingratitude

Gratitude is not a virtue that comes easily to the human race.
~ W. Somerset Maugham, in The Memoirs of Aga Khan (1954). Preface

The complete life, the perfect pattern, includes old age as well as youth and maturity. The beauty of the morning and the radiance of noon are good, but it would be a very silly person who drew the curtains and turned on the light in order to shut out the tranquillity of the evening. Old age has its pleasures, which, though different, are not less than the pleasures of youth.
~ W. Somerset Maugham, The Summing Up (1938).

Joe, yestiddy ya saved my life an' I swore I'd pay ya back. Here's my last pair of dry socks.
~ William H. (Bill) Mauldin, Up Front (1945).

There cannot be a sense of abundance or the experience of prosperity without appreciation. You cannot find beauty unless you appreciate beauty. You cannot find friendship unless you appreciate others. You cannot find love unless you appreciate loving and being loved. If you wish abundance, appreciate life.
~ William R. Miller

The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude.
~ Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

The curse of modern life, the poison that turns honey to gall, the cause of the dull, stupid, despondent mood in which so many people live and move and have their being, is a lack of appreciation. Many go through life with their eyes, ears, and minds closed.
~ William Lyon ("Billy") Phelps, Appreciation (1932).

It is the one day that is purely American. Yes, a day of celebration, exclusively American.
~ William Sydney Porter (O. Henry), from The Trimmed Lamp, and Other Stories of the Four Million (1907). Two Thanksgiving Day Gentlemen

You can't appreciate home till you've left it, money till it's spent, your wife until she's joined a woman's club, nor Old Glory till you see it hanging on a broomstick on a shanty of a consul in a foreign town.
~ William Sydney Porter (O. Henry), Roads of Destiny (1909). The Fourth in Salvador

It's hard for a fellow to keep a chip on his shoulder if you allow him to take a bow.
~ Billy Rose

He enjoys much, who is thankful for a little. A grateful mind, is a great mind.
~ William Secker, from The Nonsuch Professor in His Meridian Splendor, or the Singular Actions of Sanctified Christians (1660).

This is the finest measure of thanksgiving: a thankfulness that springs from love.
~ William C. Skeath

Beggar that I am, I am even poor in thanks.
~ William Shakespeare, Hamlet. Act II, scene ii

Blow, blow, thou winter wind,
Thou art not so unkind
As man's ingratitude;
Thy tooth is not so keen,
Because thou art not seen,
Although thy breath be rude.
~ William Shakespeare, As You Like It. Act II, scene vii

Down on your knees,
And thank heaven, fasting, for a good man's love.
~ William Shakespeare, As You Like It. Act III, scene v

For this relief much thanks; 'tis bitter cold
And I am sick at heart.
~ William Shakespeare, Hamlet. Act I, scene i

I am not a slut, though I thank the Gods I am foul.
~ William Shakespeare, As You Like It. Act III, scene iii

I can no other answer make but thanks,
And thanks, and ever thanks.
~ William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night. Act III, scene iii

I hate ingratitude more in a man
Than lying, vainness, babbling drunkenness,
Or any taint of vice whose strong corruption
Inhabits our frail blood.
~ William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night. Act III, scene iv

I thank you for your wish, and am well pleased.
To wish it back on you.
~ William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice. Act III, scene iv

I thank you for your voices: thank you:
Your most sweet voices.
~ William Shakespeare, Coriolanus. Act II, scene iii

I thank ye; and be blest for your good comfort!
~ William Shakespeare, As You Like It. Act II, scene vii

Lend me a heart replete with thankfulness!
~ William Shakespeare, King Henry VI, Part II. Act I, scene i

Let never day nor night unhallowed pass,
But still remember what the Lord hath done.
~ William Shakespeare, King Henry VI, Part II. Act II, scene i

Mud not the fountain that gave drink to thee.
~ William Shakespeare, The Rape of Lucrece

O Lord, that lends me life,
Lend me a heart replete with thankfulness!
~ William Shakespeare, King Henry VI, Part II. Act I, scene i

Our praises are our wages.
~ William Shakespeare, The Winter's Tale. Act I, scene ii

[S]prinkle our society with thankfulness.
~ William Shakespeare, Timon of Athens. Act III, scene vi

Thank me no thankings, nor proud me no prouds.
~ William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet. Act III, scene v

Your worth is very dear in my regard.
~ William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice. Act I, scene i

Life could give him no greater joy, if no deeper sorrow. He was grateful.
~ William Sharp (as Fiona MacLeod), The Dominion of Dreams (1899). In the Shadow of the Hills

Most men remember obligations, but not often to be grateful for them; the proud are made sour by the remembrance and the vain silent.
~ William Gilmore Simms, Egeria: Or, Voices of Thought and Counsel for the Woods and Wayside (1853).

To feel oppressed by obligation is only to prove that we are incapable of a proper sentiment of gratitude. To receive favors from the unworthy, is simply to admit that our selfishness is superior to our pride.
~ William Gilmore Simms, Egeria: Or, Voices of Thought and Counsel for the Woods and Wayside (1853).

I have an enormous debt to the system and to God, and I have a terrific faith in both of them. I'm just really, really happy. ... My life was in their [the jurors] hands. I am so grateful.
~ William Kennedy Smith, in The Washington Post (12 December 1991). Jury Finds Smith Not Guilty of Rape

Then let us live and love while yet we may,
Nor cloud the present with the future's dread,
But grateful take the gift for which we pray,
Content to have each day our daily bread.
~ William Wetmore Story, A Poet's Portfolio: Later Readings (1894).

[W]e can set our deeds to the music of a grateful heart, and seek to round our lives into a hymn -- the melody of which will be recognized by all who come in contact with us.
~ William Mackergo Taylor, Moses, the Law-giver (1879). Chapter VII. The Crossing of the Red Sea

It's gratifying to be recognized for all those films because when you have that many movies out, you're afraid some of them might not be noticed.
~ Billy Bob Thornton, reported in The Associated Press (6 December 2001). "Moulin Rouge" Tops Film Board List

Gratitude is a sometime thing in this world. Just because you've been feeding them all winter, don't expect the birds to take it easy on your grass seed.
~ William E. "Bill" Vaughan, in The Kansas City Star.

An attitude of gratitude is a never-ending prayer.
~ William Arthur Ward, from Thoughts of a Christian Optimist: The Words of William Arthur Ward (1968).

Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.
~ William Arthur Ward

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

Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgiving, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.
~ William Arthur Ward

We ought to make the moments notes
Of happy glad Thanksgiving;
The hours and days, a silent phrase
Of music we are living.
~ Ella Wheeler Wilcox, from Custer, and Other Poems (1896). Thanksgiving

We sigh for some supreme delight
To crown our lives with splendor,
And quite ignore our daily store
Of pleasures sweet and tender.
~ Ella Wheeler Wilcox, from Custer and Other Poems (1896). Thanksgiving

Gratitude is not only the memory but the homage of the heart rendered to God for his goodness.
~ Nathaniel Parker (N.P.) Willis

Break forth into thanksgiving,
Ye banded instruments of wind and chords;
Unite, to magnify the Ever-living,
Your inarticulate notes with the voice of words!
~ William Wordsworth, Yarrow Revisited and Other Poems (1835). On the Power of Sound (1828)

Rest and be thankful.
~ William Wordsworth, Title of poem in Yarrow Revisited and Other Poems (1835).

What robe can Gratitude employ
So seemly as the radiant vest of Joy?
~ William Wordsworth, from Sonnets Dedicated to National Independence and Liberty. Part II. Ode. The Morning Of The Day Appointed For A General Thanksgiving. January 18, 1816

The act of appreciation of any great thing is an act of self-conquest.
~ William Butler Yeats, from Dramatis Personae (1936). The Death of Synge

What they undertook to do
They brought to pass;
All things hang like a drop of dew
Upon a blade of grass.
~ William Butler Yeats, from The Winding Stair and Other Poems (1933). Gratitude to the Unknown Instructors

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