Servant Leadership Workplace-Gratitude Quotes

15 Great Quotes About Gratitude

Gratitude is surely a virtue of servant-leaders in the workplace.*

So, to celebrate that virtue – plus Thanksgiving this week in the United States – here (in alphabetical order by author) are 15 great quotes about gratitude.**

  1. “Thankfulness is the beginning of gratitude. Gratitude is the completion of thankfulness. Thankfulness may consist merely of words. Gratitude is shown in acts.” – Henri-Frédéric Amiel
  1. “If you can’t reward, then you should thank.” – Arabic proverb
  1. “Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” – Melody Beattie
  1. “Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not.” – Ann Brashares
  1. “Gratitude puts you in a place where you’re humble.” – Andra Day
  1. “Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others.” – Cicero
  1. “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
  1. “A great many men’s gratitude is nothing but a secret desire to hook in more valuable kindnesses hereafter.” – François de La Rochefoucauld
  1. “One can never pay in gratitude; one can only pay ‘in kind’ somewhere else in life.” – Anne Morrow Lindbergh
  1. “A grateful mind is a great mind, which eventually attracts to itself great things.” – Plato
  1. “Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving.” – W.T. Purkiser
  1. “Silent gratitude isn’t very much to anyone.” – Gertrude Stein
  1. “Those who know that enough is enough will always have enough.” – Lao Tzu
  1. “Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving It.” – William Arthur Ward
  1. “When a person doesn’t have gratitude, something is missing in his or her humanity. A person can almost be defined by his or her attitude toward gratitude.” – Elie Wiesel

Here’s one more, just for fun:

“We hope that, when the insects take over the world, they will remember with gratitude how we took them along on all our picnics.” – Bill Vaughan

Do you like any of these quotes in particular? Do you have a favorite quote about gratitude to add?

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*Gratitude is closely connected to generosity, one of the “3 Cardinal Virtues of a Servant-Leader.”  Gratitude is a response to generosity and generosity is a form of gratitude. For servant-leaders, the two go hand-in-hand.

** Why is Thanksgiving only one day a year? That makes no servant leadership sense to me. I say: “Make Every Day Thanksgiving Day”