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Quotes About Gratitude And Thankfulness

"[God] experiences a deep, divine disappointment in us when we are ungrateful and when we are unwilling to confess God’s hand in all things. (D&C 59:21.)   But it is because of what our sustained ingratitude does to us, not to Him."

Neal A. Maxwell  -  "Sermons Not Spoken," p. 85

"Our society is afflicted by a spirit of thoughtless arrogance unbecoming to those who have been so magnificently blessed. How grateful we should be for the bounties we enjoy.  Absence of gratitude is the mark of the narrow, uneducated mind. It bespeaks a lack of knowledge and the ignorance of self-sufficiency."

Gordon B. Hinckley  "Faith, the Essence of True Religion", p. 81

"Contentment is not the fulfillment of what you want, but the realization of how much you already have."

"I ask this question: How often do each of us take time to meditate on the numerous blessings that we continue to enjoy and with a full measure of appreciation in our hearts express gratitude to the source of those blessings -- even unto God? ...

"Perhaps our lack of gratitude toward God is one of the most common sins among us.  Doubtless we are all in dire need of repentance.  We are too prone to accept the activities in which we engage as accomplishments of our own, not giving the slightest amount of credit to the One who blessed us with health, strength, opportunities, inspiration, and the ability to achieve.  We feel that we individually made the accomplishment through our own superior brain power or physical strength.  What conceited fools we mortals are!

"The Latter-day Saint of real stature and genuine greatness is one who in deep humility gets on his knees every day and thanks his Eternal Father for his numerous blessings.  Through humble prayer and deep spiritual communion, he draws light into his soul from on high and is guided by the Spirit of Revelation, even the Holy Ghost."

(Milton R. Hunter, "God's Greatest Gift," BYU Speeches, December 15, 1964, p. 3)

"Some people give and forgive; others get and forget."


"It has been said that the sin of ingratitude is more serious than the sin of revenge. With revenge, we return evil for evil, but with ingratitude, we return evil for good."

W. Eugene Hansen  (Ensign, November 1989, page 24)

"It's so easy in life for us to receive blessings, many of them almost uncounted, and have things happen in our lives that can help change our lives, improve our lives, and bring the Spirit into our lives. But we sometimes take them for granted. How grateful we should be for the blessings that the gospel of Jesus Christ brings into our hearts and souls."

David B. Haight, "Were There Not Ten Cleansed?" Ensign, Nov. 2002, 24

"You and I should count our blessings, but we should also make them count!"

Elder Neal A. Maxwell  -  Ensign, Nov. 1997, 24

"None is more impoverished than the one who has no gratitude. Gratitude is a currency that we can mint for ourselves, and spend without fear of bankruptcy."

Fred De Witt Van Amburgh

"The Prophet Joseph said at one time that one of the greatest sins of which the Latter-day Saints would be guilty is the sin of ingratitude. I presume most of us have not thought of that as a great sin.

There is a great tendency for us in our prayers and in our pleadings with the Lord to ask for additional blessings. But sometimes I feel we need to devote more of our prayers to expressions of gratitude and thanksgiving for blessings already received. We enjoy so much. (God, Family, Country, Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1974, p. 199)."

President Ezra Taft Benson on Expressions of Gratitude: (Quoted in Henry B. Eyring, "Remembrance and Gratitude," Ensign, Nov. 1989, 12-13 )

"The next time you feel like complaining, remember: Your garbage disposal probably eats better than 30% of the people in this world."

"Joy and happiness are born of gratitude." 

Gordon T. Watts, Ensign, Nov. 1998, 83