90 Short Gratitude Quotes to Inspire a Fresh Perspective

Cultivate the habit of being grateful with these short gratitude quotes.

Being grateful is an extremely powerful quality to have because it is linked to your mindset, feelings, and motivation.

Chances are, you have a home to live in, you have food to eat, family and friends to keep you happy. Often, we get so caught up in discontentment and dissatisfaction about how our life has turned out that we forget to notice all of the ways that our life is amazing.

Be grateful on purpose for the gifts you already have. Gratitude will make you thankful for what you do have and get you motivated to achieve more.

Here are 90 short gratitude quotes to motivate you to start the practice of listing what you’re grateful often.

Best Short Gratitude Quotes

1. “A grateful mind is a great mind which eventually attracts to itself great things. – Plato

2. “Be grateful for each day, even the dark ones.” – Pepper Winters

3. “Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.” – Eckhart Tolle

4. “Always have an attitude of gratitude.

Sterling K. Brown

5. “Appreciation can make a day, even change a life. Your willingness to put it into words is all that is necessary.” – Margaret Cousins

6. “Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.” – Eckhart Tolle

7. “Be grateful for what you already have while you pursue your goals. If you aren’t grateful for what you already have, what makes you think you would be happy with more.”  – Roy T. Bennett

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8. “Be grateful for what you have and stop complaining – it bores everybody else, does you no good, and doesn’t solve any problems. – Zig Ziglar

9. “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

10. “Be thankful for problems. If they were less difficult, someone with less ability might have your job. – Jim Lovell

11. “Be grateful, not only for others, but for yourself.

– Unknown

12. “Breathe. Let go. And remind yourself that this very moment is the only one you know you have for sure. – Oprah Winfrey

13. “Change your expectation for appreciation and the world changes instantly. – Tony Robbins

14. “Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

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15. “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

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

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

18. “Got no checkbooks, got no banks, still I’d like to express my thanks. I got the sun in the morning and the moon at night.” 

– Irving Berlin

19. “Gratitude and attitude are not challenges; they are choices.” – Robert Braathe

20. “Gratitude for the present moment and the fullness of life now is the true prosperity. – Eckhart Tolle

21. “Gratitude gets us through the hard stuff.… Gratitude always leaves us looking at God and away from dread.” – Max Lucado

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22. “Gratitude helps you to grow and expand; gratitude brings joy and laughter into your life and into the lives of all those around you. – Eileen Caddy

23. “Gratitude is a currency that we can mint for ourselves and spend without fear of bankruptcy. – Randy Pausch

24. “Gratitude is an antidote to negative emotions, a neutralizer of envy, hostility, worry, and irritation. It is savoring; it is not taking things for granted; it is present-oriented. – Fred De Witt Van Amburgh

25. “Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.” – Marcus Tullius Cicero

26. “Gratitude is riches. Complain is poverty.” – Doris Day

27. “Gratitude is when memory is stored in the heart and not in the mind. – Lionel Hampton

28. “Gratitude turns what we have into enough, and more.” – Melody Beattie

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29. “I am happy because I’m grateful. I choose to be grateful. That gratitude allows me to be happy.” – Will Arnett

30. “I think gratitude is a big thing. It puts you in a place where you’re humble.” – Andra Day

31. “I’m thankful for each and every day. We never know when time is up. – Chuck Berry

32. “If the only prayer you said was thank you, that would be enough.”

– Meister Eckhart

33. “If you are really thankful, what do you do? You share. – W. Clement Stone

34. “If you concentrate on finding whatever is good in every situation, you will discover that your life will suddenly be filled with gratitude, a feeling that nurtures the soul. – Rabbi Harold Kushner

35. “If you do not appreciate every day of your life, who said that the days and years will be an asset for the future? – Sunday Adelaja

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36. “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

37. “Instead of being impatient because you have to wait for something, be grateful for the extra time you have now to notice and appreciate your surroundings. – Danielle Tinning

38. “It is not happiness that makes us grateful. It’s gratefulness that makes us happy,” – David Steindl-Rast

39. “It is not joy that makes us grateful; it is gratitude that makes us joyful.

–  Bryan Robles

40. “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

41. “Learn to be thankful for what you already have, while you pursue all that you want.” – Jim Rohn

42. “Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer.” – Maya Angelou

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43. “Let me encourage you to get up every day and focus on what you do have in life. Be thankful for the blessings of the little things, even when you don’t get what you expect. – Victoria Osteen

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

45. “Let’s just be thankful that we get to be on Earth at the same time as everybody we get to meet.”  – Jomny Sun

46. “Love those who appreciate you and appreciate those who love you.

– Connor Chalfant

47. “Make it a habit to tell people thank you. To express your appreciation, sincerely and without the expectation of anything in return. – Ralph Marston

48. “Most people are unhappy because they’re focused on what they want rather than appreciating what they have. – Marty Rubin

49. “No duty is more urgent than giving thanks.” – James Allen

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50. “No one who achieves success does so without the help of others. The wise and confident acknowledge this help with gratitude. – Alfred North Whitehead

51. “Nothing is more honorable than a grateful heart. – Lucius Annaeus Seneca

52. “Now is no time to think of what you do not have. Think of what you can do with what there is. – Ernest Hemingway

53. “Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has plenty; not on your past misfortunes of which all men have some. – Charles Dickens

54. “She could go on asking herself why roses had thorns, or she could be thankful that thorns had roses.” – Ella Griffin

55. “She is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which she has not but rejoices for those which she has.” – Epictetus

56. “Showing gratitude is one of the simplest yet most powerful things humans can do for each other.” – Randy Pausch

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57. “Some people are always grumbling because roses have thorns; I am thankful that thorns have roses. – Alphonse Karr

58. “Stop thinking gratitude as a buy product of your circumstances and start thinking of it as a world view. – Wallace D. Wattles

59. “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

60. “Thankfulness is the quickest path to joy.”

– Jefferson Bethke

61. “The heart that gives thanks is a happy one, for we cannot feel thankful and unhappy at the same time.” – Douglas Wood

62. “The more grateful I am, the more beauty I see. – Mary Davis

63. “The number one joy indicator, the one thing that will predict whether someone feels joy in their life or not, is the practice of gratitude.” – John O’Leary

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64. “The only thing you should feel entitled to is gratitude.” – J.S. Mason

65. “The root of joy is gratefulness.  – David Steindl-Rast

66. “The thankful receiver bears a plentiful harvest. – William Blake

67. “There is always, always, always something to be thankful for.

– Unknown

68. “There’s no happier person than a truly thankful, content person. – Joyce Meyer

69. “This is a wonderful day I have never seen this one before.” – Maya Angelou

70. “Through the lens of gratitude, we learn to see God’s grace and mercy in all circumstances.” – Marilyn Wragg

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71. “To live a life fulfilled reflect on the things you have with gratitude. – Sonja Lyubomirsky

72. “Train yourself never to put off the word or action for the expression of gratitude.” – Albert Schweitzer

73. “True forgiveness is when you can say, ’Thank you for the experience.”

–  Oprah Winfrey

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

75. “We learned about gratitude and humility—that so many people had a hand in our success.” – Michelle Obama

76. “We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude. – Cynthia Ozick

77. “What can you do right now to turn your life around? Gratitude – Jaren Davis

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78. “What separates privilege from entitlement is gratitude. – Brene Brown

79. “When a person doesn’t have gratitude, something is missing in his or her humanity. – Ellie Wiesel

80. “When eating fruit, remember the one who planted the tree.” – Vietnamese Proverb

81. “When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around. – Willie Nelson

82. “When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around.” – Willie Nelson

83. “When it comes to life the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude. – G.K. Chesterton

84. “When we focus on our gratitude, the tide of disappointment goes out and the tide of love rushes in. – David Steindl-Rast

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

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85. “When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed. – Kristin Armstrong

86. “When you are grateful, fear disappears, and abundance appears. – Tony Robbins

87. “When you arise in the morning give thanks for the food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies only in yourself.” – Tecumseh

88. “You won’t be happy with more until you’re happy with what you’ve got.

– Viki King

89. “When you have something use it with appreciation before you lose it and always remember those who don’t have it. – Mary Uwamahoro

90. “You only have so many hours a day, and if you can focus the energy on only the things you can control, it’s more productive.” – Taylor Swift

91. “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

92. “Joy is the simplest form of gratitude.” – Karl Barth

93. “Always remember people who have helped you along the way, and don’t forget to lift someone up.” – Roy T. Bennett’s

Your Turn

Make a list of all the things in your life that you are grateful for that you can think of today (you have a home to live in, food in the refrigerator, a job, etc).

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