Rebecca Harding Davis:
For, after all, put it as we may to ourselves, we are all of us from birth to death guests at a table which we did not spread. The sun, the earth, love, friends, our very breath are parts of the banquet… Shall we think of the day as a chance to come nearer to our Host, and to find out something of Him who has fed us so long?
For hearts that are kindly, with virtue and peace, and not seeking blindly a hoard to increase; for those who are grieving o’er life’s sordid plan; for souls still believing in heaven and man; for homes that are lowly with love at the board; for things that are holy, I thank thee, O Lord!
A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all other virtues.
Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.
To educate yourself for the feeling of gratitude means to take nothing for granted, but to always seek out and value the kind that will stand behind the action. Nothing that is done for you is a matter of course. Everything originates in a will for the good, which is directed at you. Train yourself never to put off the word or action for the expression of gratitude.
Praise has different effects, according to the mind it meets with; it makes a wise man modest, but a fool more arrogant.
When eating bamboo sprouts, remember the man who planted them.
Thanksgiving like contentment is a learned attribute. The person who hasn’t learned to be content we will not be thankful for he lives with the delusion he deserves more or something better.
Love has no desire but to fulfill itself
To melt and be like a running brook that sings its melody to the night
To wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of loving.