18 Powerful Gratitude Quotes To Brighten Up Your Thanksgiving

Kumar Gauraw

I wondered what should I post today on my blog. Should I write about WordPress? Should I write about business development? Or, shall I publish something about social media marketing today?

Quotes on Gratitude - Be Thanksful on Thanksgiving - Snowman with Thank you Card

By the way, I have plenty of pre-written blog posts. But I decided to clear the calendar because I realized, today, is Thanksgiving in the United States and I must do something special.

So, the idea of this post spawned with the thought that I should express my gratitude for many things I have been blessed with this entire year. I should express gratitude to my family and friends, associates, customers and many more people – and especially you!

If you have been on my blog for a few times, you have shared your thoughts, taken time to appreciate some of my work, shared them to your network, may be referred a few others to my blog. I want to let you know that those little things that you have been doing, has helped my blog and me, march ahead. I want to take this opportunity to thank you for your love and support.

Powerful Gratitude Quotes From My Collection

And now, on this Thanksgiving, I want to share with you a few thoughts on gratitude and some powerful quotes I have collected to remind myself of the attitude of gratitude.  These quotes remind me of my duty to be grateful for such a tremendously blessed life. I hope you will find them inspiring as well:


We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.   –Thornton Wilder


Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.   –Denis Waitley


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


He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.    –Epictetus


God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today. Have you used one to say, ‘Thank you?’  –William Ward


Who does not thank for little will not thank for much.  –Estonian Proverb


The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables us to count our blessings.  –Eric Hoffer


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


Let us rise up and be thankful; for if we didn't learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn't learn a little, at least we didn't get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn't die; so, let us all be thankful.   –Buddha


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


Be thankful for what you have and you will end up having more. But if you concentrate on what you don't have, you'll never, ever have enough.   –Oprah Winfrey


You cannot be grateful and bitter.
You cannot be grateful and unhappy.
You cannot be grateful and without hope.
You cannot be grateful and unloving.
So just be grateful.


One of the main reasons that we lose our enthusiasm in life is because we become ungrateful..we let what was once a miracle become common to us. We get so accustomed to his goodness it becomes a routine.    –Joel Osteen


We would worry less if we praised more. Thanksgiving is the enemy of discontent and dissatisfaction.   –Harry A. Ironside


To witness miracles unfold in your experience, count your blessings and be thankful. Perceived small blessings accumulate to be the most powerful.   –T.F. Hodge


Gratitude is the sign of noble souls.   –Aesop


You simply will not be the same person two months from now after consciously giving thanks each day for the abundance that exists in your life. And you will have set in motion an ancient spiritual law: the more you have and are grateful for, the more will be given you.   –Sarah Ban Breathnach


'Thank you' is the best prayer that anyone could say. I say that one a lot. Thank you expresses extreme gratitude, humility, understanding.   –Alice Walker


From My Repository – My Browser Start Pages

I had published about my start of the day online and about my browser start pages a long time ago and I know you may have seen this already. But I want to share that post one more time with you and remind you of how important it is for us to start our day on a positive note.

In this post, I shared my way of starting the day and how I control what comes in front of my eyes when I switch on my machine and start my web browser. If you have a moment, please take time to check out this post:

In the end, again, thank you for being with me for a few minutes today. Happy Thanksgiving to you!

Love Some Musing? Here Is A Thanksgiving Song

If you were in the United States last year, you must have heard this superhit. But if you didn't, I think you will love this beautiful video that swept the music industry last year with its stunning performance and overnight success with 15 million views on Youtube. 

I love this song and I thought that you may just enjoy this video as today is the right occasion for the right song:


Over To You – Have Something To Say?

How do you manage to maintain an attitude of gratitude as life happens? How do you keep yourself motivated as you go through life? How do you count your blessings? I would love to hear your thoughts now.

Click here to visit the comments section and share your thoughts now. Thank you kindly!

Kumar Gauraw

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Kumar Gauraw is a Personal Branding & Social Media strategist helping entrepreneurs and skilled professionals achieve personal and professional success by developing leadership and leveraging the power of the Internet, Blogging and Social Media.

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  1. Dear Kumar,
    This another powerful reminder “to be thankful”. Gratitude is very important and it shows who we truly are.
    This gratitude should follow each other’s presence.I mean Generosity. Thankful people are also generous. As Oprah Winfrey said, let’s be thankful for what we have. I will also add that we should be thankful by sharing with others what we have, too. This video can be wonderful on how we can lead our lives!!!

    Happy thanksgiving to you, Kumar and to all Americans, friends.
    Your friend, Charmant

    • Hi Charmant!

      Thank you for dropping by and sharing that awesome TED Video.
      It’s a holiday for us here! I am very happy to see your blog coming up strong. Please keep up your great work and know that I am grateful for your friendship. If you need any help, you know I am just an email away from you.

      Have a great weekend my friend!


  2. Hi, Kumar!
    Your post made me think about gratitude, I should admit I say Thank You too little in my life. I should say more often. Thanks for sharing:)
    Motivation for me is a little bit different thing, I keep myself motivated by my dreams. It always helps me to move forward and if something goes not in the desired direction it keeps me try again and again and again..

    • Hi Aistis,

      Thank you for dropping by and taking time to appreciate. And yes, being grateful is a great lifestyle. In the book “The Magic”, the author writes that gratitude is the key to abundance. The more you give, the more you get to be grateful for (as she notes from Bible). you should check out that awesome book!

      Regarding motivation, yes. Dreams are a good way to motivate you to do more, to achieve more. But to have gratitude in life, to count your blessings, dreams are not a good tool. That requires a humble heart who is thankful for all the countless blessings that have been showered upon him/her for no reason today and everyday.

      So, while dreams motivate me to stay the course, I keep empowering people and empowering thoughts by people I respect around me. So they keep me humble and grateful.

      Enjoy your day my friend! Have a great weekend!

  3. Sarkari Naukri

    Very nice quotes Gauraw. I have read them all and noted down 3 to use with some of the people. Quotes from Oprah Winfrey is the best one.

  4. Happy Thanksgiving Kumar!

    We are very grateful for the love and friendship you and Snigdha have shown us. Thank you for your continued support and encouragement.

    My favorite quote you posted is… “Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” by William Arthur Ward.

    I also like the video Charmant shared. You can tell he is getting teary-eyed when he is talking about the loss of his friend. I also observed his hand shaking when he went to give the quote. It shows how deeply affected he is and how grateful.

    All the best,

    • Thank you Bill for the kind words. And yes, Charmant’s video is awesome. He really almost has tears in his eyes talking about the unfortunate death of his friend. What an awesome talk!



    • Dear William,
      I am glad you enjoyed the video. Actually I have been challenged and charged by the same quote. Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it. William Arthur Ward.
      I think, Kumar, read more when he was selecting the great quotes. Thanks Kumar.
      Bill, and all friends of this blog, Keep adding values to many,

  5. ime ibanga

    Happy Thanksgiving Kumar! Thank you for always contributing value in common and uncommon ways and means! The video clip summed up the spirit of the Thanksgiving Day!

    • Absolutely Ime! Happy Thanksgiving to you as well!

      Have a wonderful weekend.

  6. Hello Kumar,

    Its nice of you to write about thanksgiving this special season…it shows you’ve got respect for your American readers…this, in itself, is a great act of thanksgiving!

    Thanks for sharing these quotes. I have always had a preference to quotes: they enable me have a great communion with super minds I would never have the privilege of meeting in person.

    Do have a great day, Kumar!

    – Terungwa

    • Hi Terungwa,

      I’m glad that you enjoyed these quotes. Thank you for dropping by and sharing your words of appreciation.

      Have a happy Thanksgiving weekend my friend!


  7. Hi Kumar,

    This is a perfect way to celebrate Thanksgiving. Giving inspirational quotes (which I love to share) with us and spreading that inspiration on this occasion was a great idea. Love it! I have never heard the song on the video either so I thank you for sharing that too. Great post on this holiday season.

    Thanks so much for sharing,

    • Thank you Barbara! I am glad to see you now know a new song for “Thanksgiving” 🙂 because of me! Aha! That is awesome!

      Have a great weekend.


  8. These are wonderful quotes, Kumar, not only for Thanksgiving but to live your life by. As the quote by Sarah Ban Breathnach says “You simply will not be the same person two months from now after consciously giving thanks each day”

  9. Hi Kumar! – I love all of the quotes you have listed here regarding gratitude …. particularly the one by Epictetus. There is definitely a time for grieving over loss, but we cannot and should not stay rooted there for very long. We must move on and move forward and an excellent way to do that is by focusing on what we still have in our lives to be thankful for and by looking ahead to all that we hope to accomplish in the time that we have left. As the Unknown author wrote: ‘You cannot be grateful and be unhappy.’ Thank you for sharing these reminders – they are all excellent and always much needed!

  10. Kumar, What wonderful quotes and the perfect time of year to share them. With Diwali just gone, Thanks Giving this weekend and Christmas round the corner, thanks for reminding us that we should be thankful 🙂

  11. Hi Kumar,

    It’s very important to be grateful, and it would be great if only more people would understand that.

    Those are wonderful quotes and a good read for a Saturday morning after having been off line all day yesterday 🙂

    • Happy Saturday Sylviane! Isn’t it a great idea to take a break , shut off everything for a day and recharge our batteries? I did that on Thanksgiving (not for a 24 hour period, but for a good number of hours and it was awesome! Glad you are back in action now.

      Have a great weekend.



  12. Wow, well you’ve been to my site so you probably know how much I love quotations and you have some of my all time favorites in your post Kumar! They are all special, but Oprah’s quote really resonates with me because I really do believe our life experience is colored by the attitude we carry with us. Thanks for the inspiration.

    • You are very welcome mam 🙂 glad you enjoyed Operah’s quote!

      Happy Thanksgiving weekend to you!

  13. Hi Mr. Kumar

    Sorry I am reading this a day late.
    All of the quotes mentioned speak volumes, if we read them and muse on them.

    I will say that a Spirit of Thanksgiving should be practice everyday.

    Thank you again

    • Absolutely! It is a daily responsibility and not an yearly thing 🙂

      However, at least Thanksgiving brings is a great reminder of what is important on a daily basis!

      I hope you are having a great Thanksgiving weekend.

  14. Jeevan Jacob John

    Awesome quotes, Kumar 🙂

    I especially loved the Estonian proverb. So many people today are focused on what they don’t have (and they tend to forget about the people who are less fortunate than themselves).

    I sometimes wonder, why is the universe so unfair (I am grateful for everything I have..but what about those who are less fortunate than me?). Poverty (meeting basic needs) and suffering doesn’t seem to change (they do change, but not fast enough).

    I also loved Buddha’s quote about being thankful. There is always something to be thankful for (I suppose..but, then again, I have a good life. What about those who don’t meet their basic needs everyday? They may find it very hard to be thankful for what little they have. Or maybe it is the opposite – they are extremely thankful for what they have, even if it is not much).

    Anyways, thank you for sharing these quotes! Appreciate it 🙂 Hope you are having a great weekend 😀 Hope the trip planning is going well.

    • That is a great point Jeevan. Isn’t it hard to be thankful when you don’t feel you have anything to be thankful about?

      Well, if you get a chance, watch the video on this page: https://www.gauraw.com/startpages/grateful and may be, that will give you some inputs about what we can still be grateful for while we (or anybody else who is suffering ) are in pain. I read the book “The Secret” and it really opened my eyes towards the law of attraction. It talks why some people keep suffering and their pain never seems to ease while happier people keep getting happier. Why poor keeps getting poorer while rich keep getting richer. When you get a chance, get hold of this book and I am sure you will be amazed 🙂

      Have a great weekend my friend! Good to hear from you!

  15. Kumar,
    I remember you mentioned to me that you love quotes.. well, this show here very well… THANKS so much for sharing so much love…quotes are always make us focus more in a specific area…

    When I read this “Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings. –William Arthur Ward -” My mind went back to some instances in my life when life could be truly a mess… but as soon I was able to calm down and be Grateful of the situation at hand, all would change for the better.

    Thanks so much for remind us to be grateful for what we are, who we are and what we have…


    • Thank you Nick. I hope you had a great Thanksgiving! You have an amazing story with you and the world deserves to know. Please do let me know when the book is coming out.

      Have a great weekend!

  16. Hi Kumar

    What a lovely post. I read all the quotes and was trying to figure out my favorite but there are numerous that really resonated with me.

    I also loved the video clip and I can see why it went viral.

    Being grateful daily is such a good way to live our lives.

    I hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving and weekend.


    • Thank you Sue! I had a great time with every day some get together planned starting Thursday evening. It has been a fabulous long weekend. I hope you had a great weekend as well.



  17. Kumar!

    What a way to celebrate Thanksgiving! What a thoughtful post.

    My favorite quote of all is Be thankful for what you have and you will end up having more. But if you concentrate on what you don’t have, you’ll never, ever have enough. –Oprah Winfrey

    Unfortunately when I see people concentrating what they don’t have and never receive anything. If we are thankful for the smallest things in our lives, we open doors for all good things to come!


  18. Hey Kumar,

    Well I’m visiting after the fact but thank you for recognizing our holiday. I think that people need to be thankful everyday but if some need reminding then I’m glad we have this special day just for that occasion.

    I’m thankful that I met you as well and have been learning a lot from you. I enjoy visiting your blog I look forward to what you’ll be sharing with us in each new post.

    I loved all of these quotes, I’m a quote nut anyway so I really enjoyed reading them all.

    Hope your day was wonderful, mine certainly was. Here’s to another great week so have a good one.


    • Thank you Adrienne for your kind words of appreciation. Yes, the week was awesome. I had a great time with friends as well. It was power packed!

      Your today’s post was awesome too! Thank you for always adding value with very insightful content every time.



  19. Kumar,

    Although Thanksgiving is over and all the turkey has been eaten your post is something that could resonate throughout the year.

    I especially like the Buddah quote. There is always something to be grateful for even when the obvious doesn’t present itself. Smart!


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