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[ Also see Appreciation Ingratitude Kindness Obligation Pleasing Thankfulness ]

The heaviest debt is that of gratitude
  When 'tis not in our power to repay it.
      - Benjamin Franklin

Gratitude is expensive.
      - Edward Gibbon,
        Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

Every acknowledgment of gratitude is a circumstance of humiliation; and some are found to submit to frequent mortifications of this kind, proclaiming what obligations they owe, merely because they think it in some measure cancels the debt.
      - Oliver Goldsmith

Thus love is the most easy and agreeable, and gratitude the most humiliating, affection of the mind. We never reflect on the man we love without exulting in our choice, while he who has bound us to him by benefits alone rises to our ideas as a person to whom we have in some measure forfeited our freedom.
      - Oliver Goldsmith

The still small voice of gratitude.
      - Thomas Gray, For Music (st. 5)

What I have done is worthy of nothing but silence and forgetfulness, but what God has done for me is worthy of everlasting and thankful memory.
      - Joseph Hall

Gratitude is when memory is stored in the heart and not in the mind.
      - Lionel Hampton

Thou that hast given so much to me, give one thing more--a grateful heart.
      - George Herbert

Nothing tires a man more than to be grateful all the time.
      - Edgar Watson Howe

Gratitude is a species of justice.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Gratitude is the fruit of great cultivation; you do not find it among gross people.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

A thankful man owes a courtesy ever; the unthankful but when he needs it.
      - Ben Jonson

Justice is often pale and melancholy; but Gratitude, her daughter, is constantly in the flow of spirits and the bloom of loveliness.
      - Walter Savage Landor

Almost everyone takes pleasure in repaying trifling obligations, very many feel gratitude for those that are moderate; but there is scarcely anyone who is not ungrateful for those that are weighty.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

Gratitude is like the good faith of traders--it maintains commerce; and we often pay, not because it is just to discharge our debts, but that we may more readily find people to trust us.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

The reason for misreckoning in expected returns of gratitude is that the pride of the giver and receiver can never agree about the value of the obligation.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

We seldom find people ungrateful so long as we are in a condition to render them service.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

What causes such a miscalculation in the amount of gratitude which men expect for the favors they have done, is, that the pride of the giver and that of the receiver can never agree as to the value of the benefit.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

The gratitude of most men is but a secret desire of receiving greater benefits.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld, Maxim

A single grateful thought towards heaven is the most perfect prayer.
      - Ephraim Gotthold Lessing

So long as we stand in need of a benefit, there is nothing dearer to us; nor anything cheaper when we have received it.
      - Sir Roger L'Estrange

When gratitude o'erflows the swelling heart, and breathes in free and uncorrupted praise for benefits received, propitious heaven takes such acknowledgment as fragrant incense, and doubles all its blessings.
      - George Lillo

Do not let the empty cup be your first teacher of the blessings you had when it was full. Do not let a bard place here and there in the bed destroy your rest. Seek, as a plain duty, to cultivate a buoyant, joyous sense of the crowded kindnesses of God in your daily life.
      - Alexander Maclaren

He that has nature in him must be grateful; it is the Creator's primary great law, that links the chain of beings to each other.
      - Samuel Madden

In aid, the proper attitude is one omitting gratitude.
      - Marya Mannes

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