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[ Also see Appreciation Ingratitude Kindness Obligation Pleasing Thankfulness ]

If gratitude, when exerted towards another, naturally produces a very pleasing sensation in the mind of a grateful man, it exalts the soul into rapture when it is employed on this great object of gratitude to the beneficent Being who has given us everything we already possess, and from whom we expect everything we yet hope for.
      - Joseph Addison

There is not a more pleasing exercise of the mind than gratitude. It is accompanied with such an inward satisfaction that the duty is sufficiently rewarded by the performance.
      - Joseph Addison

Gratitude is a soil on which joy thrives.
      - Berthold Auerbach

Gratitude is the fairest blossom which-springs from the soul; and the heart of man knoweth none more fragrant.
      - Hosea Ballou

If gratitude is due from children to their earthly parents, how much more is the gratitude of the great family of man due to our Father in heaven!
      - Hosea Ballou

As flowers carry dewdrops, trembling on the edges of the petals, and ready to fall at the first waft of wind or brush of bird, so the heart should carry its beaded words of thanksgiving; and at the first breath of heavenly flavor, let down the shower, perfumed with the heart's gratitude.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

Next to ingratitude, the most painful thing to bear is gratitude.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

Gratitude changes the pangs of memory into a tranquil joy.
      - Dietrich Bonhoeffer

It is a very high mind to which gratitude is not a painful sensation. If you wish to please, you will find it wiser to receive, solicit even, favors, than accord them; for the vanity of the obligor is always flattered, that of the obligee rarely.
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

If hush'd the loud whirlwind that ruffled the deep,
  The sky if no longer dark tempests deform;
    When our perils are past shall our gratitude sleep?
      No! Here's to the pilot that weather'd the storm!
      - George Canning, Song (on "Billy Pitt"),
        sung at a public dinner

Gratitude is a duty none can be excused from, because it is always at our own disposal.
      - Pierre Charron

Gratitude is a virtue disposing the mind to an inward sense and an outward acknowledgment of a benefit received, together with a readiness to return the same, or the like, as occasions of the doer of it shall require, and the abilities of the receiver extend to. He who receives a good turn, should never forget it: he who does one, should never remember it.
      - Pierre Charron

I thank my Heavenly Father for every manifestation of human love, I thank Him for all experiences, be they sweet or bitter, which help me to forgive all things, and to enfold the whole world with a blessing.
      - Mrs. Lydia Maria Child

It is a species of agreeable servitude, to be under an obligation to those we esteem.
      - Christiana of Sweden

Now it was well said, whoever said it, "That he who hath the loan of money has not repaid it and he who has repaid has not the loan; but he who has acknowledged a kindness has it still, and he who has a feeling of it has requited it."
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short)

A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all the other virtues.
  [Lat., Gratus animus est una virtus non solum maxima, sed etiam mater virtutum onmium reliquarum.]
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short),
        Oratio Pro Cnoeo Plancio (XXXIII)

Praise the bridge that carried you over.
      - George Colman ("The Younger"), Heir-at-Law
         (act I, sc. 1)

No metaphysician ever felt the deficiency of language so much as the grateful.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

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

It is the will to be grateful which constitutes gratitude.
      - Joseph Cook

There is a selfishness even in gratitude, when it is too profuse; to be over-thankful for one favor is in effect to lay out for another.
      - Richard Cumberland, Bishop of Peterborough (1)

Gratitude is a burden, and every burden is made to be shaken off.
      - Denis Diderot

Is no return due from a grateful breast?
      - John Dryden

Among the many acts of gratitude we owe to God, it may be accounted one to study and contemplate the perfections and beauties of His work of creation. Every new discovery must necessarily raise in us a fresh sense of the greatness, wisdom, and power of God.
      - Jonathan Edwards

Gratitude is the virtue most deified and most deserted. It is the ornament of rhetoric and the libel of practical life.
      - John W. Forney

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