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Thank You Quotations



So many friendly things are done
In this good world 'twixt sun and sun
That, do our kindest day by day,
We cannot half our debt repay.
~Oliver Marble Gale (1876–1943)


One can pay back the loan of gold, but one dies forever in debt to those who are kind.  ~Malayan proverb


One can never thank people, I thought regretfully, at least not by piling gratitude on top of them like heavy American Beauty roses. One can never pay in gratitude; one can only pay "in kind" somewhere else in life. ~Anne Morrow Lindbergh, "Our Early Mornings," Listen! the Wind, 1938


Thanks, Thanks! — from my soul I give you thanks! ~Charles Gibbon, The Flower of the Forest, 1882


Unselfish and noble actions are the most radiant pages in the biography of souls. ~David Thomas, as quoted in Tryon Edwards, A Dictionary of Thoughts, 1891


Not that which we give, but what we share,—
For the gift without the giver is bare...
~James Russell Lowell, The Vision of Sir Launfal, 1848


Silent gratitude isn't very much use to anyone... ~G. B. Stern, Robert Louis Stevenson: The Man Who Wrote 'Treasure Island,' 1954


I can no other answer make but thanks,
And thanks; and ever thanks...
~William Shakespeare, Richard III


We have no duty to perform which affords us more unfeigned pleasure than that of returning thanks to all who may have in any manner or degree, by their kindness, contributed to the comfort of others. ~Francis T. Stribling, 1853  [a little altered —tg]


...the most agreeable of all duties, that of returning thanks... ~Bishop of Meath, 1868


The only people with whom you should try to get even are those who have helped you. ~Knight's Treasury of Illustrations by Walter B. Knight, 1963  [Knight "gleaned from a wide variety of sources" for his treasury. I've seen this quotation attributed to Jack Herbert, quoted 1966; Mae Maloo, quoted 1975; and John E. Southard, quoted 1977. –tg]


I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought; and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder. ~G.K. Chesterton, A Short History of England, 1917


Gratitude is the memory of the heart. ~Jean Massieu (1772–1846)


How far that little candle throws his beams!
So shines a good deed in a naughty world.
~William Shakespeare, Merchant of Venice, c.1596  [V, 1, Portia]  [D. W. Brogan, 1964: "shone like a good deed in a weary world" — David Seltzer, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, 1971 film: "So shines a good deed in a weary world." —tg]


It's nice to be important, but it's more important to be nice. ~Author unknown


If the only prayer you say in your whole life is 'Thank You,' that would suffice. ~Meister Eckhart (c.1260–c.1328), translated from German and paraphrased by Matthew Fox, 1980


These three little words, "I thank you"
      Can't even begin to express
How much I really appreciate
      Your kindly thoughtfulness.
~Current ®, "Thank You," from Post-A-Note postcards, circa 1950s–1970s, CurrentCatalog.com


How beautiful a day can be
When kindness touches it!
~George Elliston, Cinderella Cargoes, 1929


...we can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasure... ~Thornton Wilder


Hem your blessings with thankfulness so they don't unravel. Author unknown


Something that has always puzzled me all my life is why, when I am in special need of help, the good deed is usually done by somebody on whom I have no claim. ~William Feather, The Business of Life, 1949





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