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Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom. Marcel Proust, author
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If a fellow isn't thankful for what he's got, he isn't likely to be thankful for what he's going to get. Frank A. Clark,
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Gratitude is the heart's memory. Proverbs,
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We count our miseries carefully, and accept our blessings without much thought. Chinese Proverbs,
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Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; but remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for. Epicurus, philosopher
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Some people grumble because roses have thorns; I am thankful that the thorns have roses. Alphonse Karr, critic
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If forgiveness is medicine for the soul, then gratitude is vitamins. Steve Maraboli, speaker
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The more you express gratitude for what you have, the more things you'll have to express gratitude for. Zig Ziglar, author
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One ungrateful man does an injury to all who stand in need of aid. Publilius Syrus, writer
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If having a soul means being able to feel love and loyalty and gratitude, then animals are better off than a lot of humans. James Herriot, writer
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Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it. William Arthur Ward, writer
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I would thank you from the bottom of my heart, but for you my heart has no bottom. Anonymous,
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If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and a man. Mark Twain, author
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Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow. Melody Beattie, writer
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Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others. Marcus Tullius Cicero, statesman
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See how many are better off than you are, but consider how many are worse. Marcus Annaeus Seneca Seneca The Elder, rhetorician
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Reflect on your present blessings, of which every man has many; not on your past misfortunes of which all men have some Charles Dickens, novelist
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God has two dwellings; one in heaven, and the other in a meek and thankful heart. Izaak Walton, writer
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Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul. Henry Ward Beecher, clergyman
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My advice to you is not to inquire why or whither, but just enjoy your ice cream while it's on your plate. Thornton Wilder, novelist
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Gratitude is the first sign of a thinking, rational creature. Solanus Casey, priest
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Just because you like my stuff doesn't mean I owe you anything. Bob Dylan, musician
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We think that we suffer from ingratitude, while in reality we suffer from self-love. Walter Savage Landor, poet
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Our favorite attitude should be gratitude Zig Ziglar, author
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He that has satisfied his thirst turns his back on the well. Baltasar Gracian, philosopher
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I had the bluesbecause I had no shoesuntil upon the street,I met a man who had no feet. Anonymous,
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A proud man is seldom a grateful man, for he never thinks he gets as much as he deserves. Henry Ward Beecher, clergyman
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Gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder. G. K. Chesterton, writer
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To remind a man of the good turns you have done him is very much like a reproach. Demosthenes, statesman
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As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. John F. Kennedy, president
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Gratitude is a duty which ought to be paid, but which none have a right to expect. Jean Jacques Rousseau, philosopher
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Feeling grateful or appreciative of someone or something in your life actually attracts more of the things that you appreciate and value into your life. Northrup Christiane,
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Maybe the only thing worse than having to give gratitude constantly is having to accept it. William Faulkner,
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When befriended, remember it; when you befriend, forget it. Benjamin Franklin, politician
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Hope has a good memory, gratitude a bad one. Baltasar Gracian, philosopher
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Thank God every morning when you get up that you have something to do that day, which must be done, whether you like it or not. James Russell Lowell, poet
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Gratitude is a sickness suffered by dogs. Josef Stalin,
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Silent gratitude isn't very much to anyone. Gertrude Stein, author
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Revenge is profitable, gratitude is expensive. Edward Gibbon, historian
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Too great a hurry to discharge an obligation is a kind of ingratitude. Francois de la Rochefoucauld, writer
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Gratitude is the doorman's payment. Source Unknown,
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Gratitude is a twofold love -- love coming to visit us, and love running out to greet a welcome guest. Henry Van Dyke, poet
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Gratitude is absolutely the way to bring more into your life. Joe Vitale, writer
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Deficiency motivation doesn't work. It will lead to a life-long pursuit of try to fix me. Learn to appreciate what you have and where and who you are. Wayne Dyer, psychologist
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Most people return small favors, acknowledge medium ones and repay greater ones -- with ingratitude. Benjamin Franklin, politician
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Eaten bread is soon forgotten. Thomas Fuller, clergyman
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One can never pay in gratitude; one can only pay in kind somewhere else in life. Anne Morrow Lindbergh, writer
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In most of mankind gratitude is merely a secret hope for greater favours. Francois de la Rochefoucauld, writer
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One ungrateful person, does an injury to all needy people. Publilius Syrus, writer
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No longer forward nor behind I look in hope or fear; But, grateful, take the good I find,The best of now and here. John Greenleaf Whittier, poet
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Next to ingratitude the most painful thing to bear is gratitude. Henry Ward Beecher, clergyman
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In ordinary life we hardly realize that we receive a great deal more than we give, and that it is only with gratitude that life becomes rich. Dietrich Bonhoeffer, theologian
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Gratitude is one of the least articulate of the emotions, especially when it is deep. Felix Frankfurter, judge
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The public have neither shame or gratitude. William Hazlitt, critic
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Two kinds of gratitude: The sudden kind we feel for what we take; the larger kind we feel for what we give. Edwin Arlington Robinson,
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We seldom find people ungrateful so long as it is thought we can serve them. Francois de la Rochefoucauld, writer
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There is as much greatness of mind in acknowledging a good turn, as in doing it. Marcus Annaeus Seneca Seneca The Elder, rhetorician
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Love is the true means by which the world is enjoyed: our love to others, and others love to us. Thomas Traherne, clergyman
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Gratitude is the inward feeling of kindness received. Thankfulness is the natural impulse to express that feeling. Thanksgiving is the following of that impulse. Henry Van Dyke, poet
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Nothing more detestable does the earth produce than an ungrateful man. Decimus Magnus Ausonius,
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Sometimes we need to remind ourselves that thankfulness is indeed a virtue. William John Bennett,
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Whatever I am offered in devotion with a pure heart -- a leaf, a flower, fruit, or water -- I accept with joy. Bhagavad Gita, scripture
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Unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath. Matthew Bible,
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This race is never grateful: from the first, One fills their cup at supper with pure wine, Which back they give at cross-time on a sponge, In bitter vinegar. Elizabeth Barrett Browning, poet
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Remember that not to be happy is not to be grateful. Elizabeth Carter, poet
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The best thing to do with the best things in life is to give them up. Dorothy Day,
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It is not possible to eat me without insisting that I sing praises of my devourer? Fyodor Dostoyevsky, writer
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Gratitude: An imaginary emotion that rewards an imaginary behavior, altruism. Both imaginaries are false faces for selfishness, which is a real and honest emotion. Robert A. Heinlein, writer
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For today and its blessings, I owe the world an attitude of gratitude. Clarence E. Hodges,
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Every professional athlete owes a debt of gratitude to the fans and management, and pays an installment every time he plays. He should never miss a payment. Bobby Hull, athlete
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Gratitude is the most exquisite form of courtesy. Jacques Maritain, philosopher
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I'm grateful for the opportunity to live on this beautiful and astonishing planet Earth. In the morning, I wake up with a sense of gratitude. Earl Nightingale, entertainer
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I hate ingratitude more in a person; than lying, vainness, babbling, drunkenness, or, any taint of vice whose strong corruption inhabits our frail blood. Twelfth Night William Shakespeare, dramatist
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Ingratitude is treason to mankind. James Thomson, musician
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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, theologian
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Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Melody Beattie, writer
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Today we bury his remains in the earth as a seed of immortality. Our hearts are full of sadness, yet at the same time of joyful hope and profound gratitude. Joseph Ratzinger, clergyman
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If the only prayer you said was thank you, that would be enough. Meister Eckhart, philosopher
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Remember God's bounty in the year. String the pearls of His favor. Hide the dark parts, except so far as they are breaking out in light! Give this one day to thanks, to joy, to gratitude! Henry Ward Beecher, clergyman
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There is a calmness to a life lived in Gratitude, a quiet joy. Ralph H. Blum,
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Let's choose today to quench our thirst for the good life we thinks others lead by acknowledging the good that already exists in our lives. We can then offer the universe the gift of our grateful hearts. Sarah Ban Breathnach, author
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Grace is available for each of us every day -- our spiritual daily bread -- but we've got to remember to ask for it with a grateful heart and not worry about whether there will be enough for tomorrow. Sarah Ban Breathnach, author
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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, author
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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, leader
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Gratitude helps you to grow and expands; gratitude brings you and laughter into your life and into the lives of all those around you. Eileen Caddy, celebrity
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I don't like it when people on the street say smile or cheer up. It's a real cheap line. I'm feeling good. I'm feeling real grateful for everything. It's a solid time in my life. When people say I look sad, they're wrong. Nicolas Cage, actor
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Many times a day I realize how much my own life is built on the labors of my fellowmen, and how earnestly I must exert myself in order to give in return as much as I have received. Albert Einstein, physicist
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To speak gratitude is courteous and pleasant, to enact gratitude is generous and noble, but to live gratitude is to touch Heaven. Johannes A. Gaertner,
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That's the trouble with directors. Always biting the hand that lays the golden egg. Samuel Goldwyn, producer
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Gratitude is one of those things that cannot be bought. It must be born with men, or else all the obligations in the world will not create it. Edward F. Halifax, statesman
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True thanksgiving means that we need to thank God for what He has done for us, and not to tell Him what we have done for Him. - George R. Hendrick,
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There are minds so impatient of inferiority that their gratitude is a species of revenge, and they return benefits not because recompense is a pleasure for them, but because obligation is a pain. Samuel Johnson, author
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Do you realize what this means? The fact of being alive... I still find it staggering that I am here at all. Christopher Leach,
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Nothing purchased can come close to the renewed sense of gratitude for having family and friends. Courtland Milloy,
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Gratitude -- the meanest and most sniveling attribute in the world. Dorothy Parker, poet
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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. Marcus Annaeus Seneca Seneca The Elder, rhetorician
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He receives comfort like cold porridge. William Shakespeare, dramatist
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...gratitude is a debt which usually goes on accumulating like blackmail; the more you pay, the more is exacted. In time, you are made to realize that the kindness done you is become a curse and you wish it had not happened. Mark Twain, author
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Gratitude is not only the memory but the homage of the heart rendered to God for his goodness. Nathaniel P. Willis,
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Duty is for Kant the One and All. Out of the duty of gratitude, he claims, one has to defend and esteem the ancients; and only out of duty has he become a great man. Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel, poet
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I hope that tomorrow we can all, wherever we are, join in expressing our grief at Diana's loss, and gratitude for her all-too-short life. It is a chance to show to the whole world the British nation united in grief and respect. Queen Elizabeth II, royalty
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I want to extend my gratitude and thankfulness to all those who care and love my family and myself, and our situation, especially the American people who show their care about the quality of justice as a universal value and I'm very grateful to all of you. Chen Guangcheng, activist
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So much about living life, to me, is about humility and gratitude. And I've tried very hard to have those qualities and be that person and I'm just so disappointed in myself that I allowed it to slip. Katherine Heigl, actress
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Gratitude is merely the secret hope of further favors. Francois de la Rochefoucauld, writer
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One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings. The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child. Carl Jung, psychologist
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One can never pay in gratitude: one can only pay 'in kind' somewhere else in life. Anne Morrow Lindbergh, writer
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I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder. Gilbert K. Chesterton, writer
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If future generations are to remember us more with gratitude than sorrow, we must achieve more than just the miracles of technology. We must also leave them a glimpse of the world as it was created, not just as it looked when we got through with it. Lyndon B. Johnson, president
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In most of mankind gratitude is merely a secret hope of further favors. Francois de la Rochefoucauld, writer
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Some people have a knack of putting upon you gifts of no real value, to engage you to substantial gratitude. We thank them for nothing. Charles Lamb, critic
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When service members are discharged, we should express our gratitude for their profound personal sacrifice, not hand them a bill for their hospital food. Barbara Boxer, politician
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I am of the African race, and in the colour which is natural to them of the deepest dye; and it is under a sense of the most profound gratitude to the Supreme Ruler of the Universe. Benjamin Banneker, scientist
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We must always remember with gratitude and admiration the first sailors who steered their vessels through storms and mists, and increased our knowledge of the lands of ice in the South. Roald Amundsen, explorer
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It's a sign of mediocrity when you demonstrate gratitude with moderation. Roberto Benigni, actor
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In the New Testament, religion is grace and ethics is gratitude. Thomas Erskine, theologian
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I think, with never-ending gratitude, that the young women of today do not and can never know at what price their right to free speech and to speak at all in public has been earned. Lucy Stone, activist
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Gratitude isn't a burdening emotion. Loretta Young, actress
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Our gratitude to the American people is immense and we should never be embarrassed to express it. Jalal Talabani, politician
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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, poet
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On this day, so full for Americans of thoughts connected with their National Independence, we may not forget that Americans have yet other grounds for gratitude to the people of the Netherlands. Seth Low, educator
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These are some of the things for which we believe the American people owe no little gratitude to the Dutch; and these are the things for which today, speaking in the name of the American people, we venture to express their heartfelt thanks. Seth Low, educator
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This country owes them all a debt of gratitude. The down payment on that debt is making sure that we live up to Lincoln's charge: to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan. Dave Obey, politician
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The debt of gratitude we owe our mother and father goes forward, not backward. What we owe our parents is the bill presented to us by our children. Nancy Friday, author
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A Christian people who have for two hundred years kept a race in bondage, deprived of the advantages of civilization and religion, owe them a debt of gratitude which it would seem ungenerous to withhold. Nelson A. Miles, soldier
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These are hallowed moments, when every American has reason to express his gratitude to Almighty God that it has been our good fortune to witness the light of this auspicious morn. Nelson A. Miles, soldier
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All Americans owe a debt of gratitude to Dr. King for his bravery and commitment to civil rights and nonviolence that changed this nation - and world - for the better. Eliot Engel, politician
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Whenever we have thanked these men and women for what they have done for us, without exception they have expressed gratitude for having the chance to help - because they grew as they served. Clayton Christensen, businessman
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Christ himself wrote nothing, but furnished endless material for books and songs of gratitude and praise. Philip Schaff, theologian
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I extend my deepest gratitude to our Armed Forces and first responders serving both at home and abroad in the war against terrorism. John Doolittle, politician
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We feel an enormous sense of gratitude towards the American people. Jean-Pierre Raffarin, politician
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Our nation owes a debt of gratitude to the 9/11 Commission members for their valuable service and important recommendations to improve homeland security. Jim Ramstad, politician
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All Americans and freedom-loving people around the world owe President Reagan our deepest gratitude for his strong, principled leadership that ended the Cold War and brought freedom to millions of people. Jim Ramstad, politician
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It was critical to finding a way out. I had assumed young women knew the history of feminism and must have felt gratitude to the movement for the opportunities that the work we have done has afforded them. Betty Buckley, actress
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The one hit song that I have tremendous gratitude for is Boots, because it has a life of its own. It's like being identified with a brand name. Nancy Sinatra, musician
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Whatever may be said as to our relations to some other countries, I think the relations of this country to Spain offer no ties of gratitude or of blood. Henry Cabot Lodge, politician
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The willingness of America's veterans to sacrifice for our country has earned them our lasting gratitude. Jeff Miller, politician
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Silent gratitude isn't very much use to anyone. Gertrude Stein, author
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It is not joy that makes us grateful. It is gratitude that makes us joyful. David Rast,
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The way to move out of judgement is to move into gratitude. Neale Donald Walsch, author
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Gratitude is when memory is stored in the heart and not in the mind. Lionel Hampton, musician
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Stop the guilt about food! Bless and savor what you eat and radiate gratitude for it! Ronda Del Boccio,
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