THANKS - GIVING ........... GIVING THANKS ......... "GIVING" ....... GRATITUDE
You must give some time to your fellow men. Even if it's a little thing, do something for others -The great art of giving consists in this: the gift should cost very little and yet be greatly coveted, so that it may be the more highly appreciated. ~~ Baltasar Gracian
Gratitude is born in hearts that take time to count up past mercies. ~~ Charles E. Jefferson (1860 - 1937)
Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others. ~~ Cicero (106 BC - 43 BC), 'Pro Plancio,' 54 B.C
The excellence of a gift lies in its appropriateness rather than in its value. ~~ Charles Dudley Warner (1829 - 1900), 'Eleventh Study,' Backlog Studies, 1873
Gratitude is merely the secret hope of further favors. ~~ Francois de La Rochefoucauld (1613 - 1680)
A compliment is a gift, not to be thrown away carelessly, unless you want to hurt the giver. ~~ Eleanor Hamilton
Gratitude is the most exquisite form of courtesy. ~~ Jacques Maritain (1882 - 1973),Reflections on America, 1958
There is no benefit in the gifts of a bad man. ~~ Euripides (484 BC - 406 BC), Medea, 431 B.C.
Make all you can, save all you can, give all you can. ~~ John Wesley (1703 - 1791)
Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need. ~ Kahlil Gibran (1883 - 1931)
Do give books - religious or otherwise - for Christmas. They're never fattening, seldom sinful, and permanently personal. ~~ Lenore Hershey
You try to give away what you want yourself. ~~ Lois McMaster Bujold, "Memory", 1996
If we have the opportunity to be generous with our hearts, ourselves, we have no idea of the depth and breadth of love's reach. ~~ Margaret Cho, weblog, 03-09-04
If you want to see what children can do, you must stop giving them things. ~~ Norman Douglas
What a child doesn't receive he can seldom later give. ~~ P. D. James, Time to Be in Earnest
Gifts allow us to demonstrate exactly how little we know about a person. And nothing pisses a person off more than being shoved into the wrong pigeonhole. ~~ Pam Davis, House M.D., It's A Wonderful Lie,
A gift in season is a double favor to the needy. ~~ Publilius Syrus (~100 BC), Moral Sayings, 100 B.C.
He doubly benefits the needy who gives quickly. ~~ Publilius Syrus (~100 BC), Maxims
The spirit in which a thing is given determines that in which the debt is acknowledged; it's the intention, not the face-value of the gift, that's weighed. ~~ Seneca (5 BC - 65 AD), Letters to Lucilius, 100 A.D.
We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give ~~ Sir Winston Churchill (1874 - 1965)
Purchase not friends by gifts; when thou ceasest to give, such will cease to love. ~~ Thomas Fuller (1608 - 1661)
Rich gifts wax poor when givers prove unkind. William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616), Hamlet, 1600
“We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives.” ~~ John F. Kennedy
“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” ~~ Oprah Winfrey
“The unthankful heart… discovers no mercies; but let the thankful heart sweep through the day and, as the magnet finds the iron, so it will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings!” ~~ Henry Ward Beecher
“They do not love, that do not show their love.” ~~ William Shakespeare
“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
Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. ~~ Melody Beattie
Gratitude is the inward feeling of kindness received. Thankfulness is the natural impulse to express that feeling. Thanksgiving is the following of that impulse. ~~ Henry Van Dyke
Gratitude bestows reverence, allowing us to encounter everyday epiphanies, those transcendent moments of awe that change forever how we experience life and the world. ~~ John Milton
“And when I give thanks for the seemingly microscopic, I make a place for God to grow within me.” ~ Ann Voskamp
“To speak gratitude is courteous and pleasant, to enact gratitude is generous and noble, but to live gratitude is to touch Heaven.” ~~ Johannes A. Gaertner
“Gratitude is a quality similar to electricity: it must be produced and discharged and used up in order to exist at all.” ~~ William Faulkner
As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. ~~ John Fitzgerald Kennedy
An Irish Blessing:
“Count your blessings instead of your crosses;
Count your gains instead of your losses.
Count your joys instead of your woes;
Count your friends instead of your foes.
Count your smiles instead of your tears;
Count your courage instead of your fears.
Count your full years instead of your lean;
Count your kind deeds instead of your mean.
Count your health instead of your wealth;
Love your neighbor as much as yourself.”