Gratitude is an essential ingredient to the wholehearted life. Heartspeakers know this intuitively, and I've written of it often here at Heartspoken.com (CLICK HERE for these posts).

Thanksgiving quotes to lift your spirits:

To celebrate this special U.S. Holiday of Thanksgiving, I'm sharing a few of my favorite quotes about gratitude:

“If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, ‘thank you,' that would suffice.” ~ Meister Eckhart

“Gratitude goes beyond the ‘mine' and ‘thine' and claims the truth that all of life is a pure gift. In the past, I always thought of gratitude as a spontaneous response to the awareness of gifts received, but now I realize that gratitude can also be lived as a discipline. The discipline of gratitude is the explicit effort to acknowledge that all I am and have is given to me as a gift of love, a gift to be celebrated with you.”  ~ Henri Nouwen

“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues but the parent of all the others.” ~ Cicero

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

“At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.” ~ Albert Schweitzer

“Saying thank you is more than good manners. It is good spirituality.” ~ Alfred Painter

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

“When Giving Is All We Have” by Alberto Rios

CLICK HERE to read this lovely poem by award-winning poet Alberto Rios, the inaugural state poet laureate of Arizona. 

“Thanksgiving Time”  by Langston Hughes

CLICK HERE to let poet Langston Hughes transport you—perhaps back to your childhood Thanksgiving table, or perhaps just to the idyllic one in your imagination. Either way, it will conjure up the sights and sounds and smells and tastes of an old-fashioned Thanksgiving. Enjoy!

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