Two words that pay a multitude of dividends are uncommon to some; the most simple of expressions serves to make each recipient valued as a person; the two words are thank you which when extended and expressed often say more about the giver than any other two words in the English language." Byron Pulsifer
Beggar that I am, I am even poor in thanks.
Shakespeare, from Hamlet
I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder."
It's nice to be important, but it's more important to be nice."
Blessed are those that can give without remembering and receive without forgetting."
The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention."
It is impossible to feel grateful and depressed in the same moment."
If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.
Make it a habit to tell people thank you. To express your appreciation, sincerely and without the expectation of anything in return. Truly appreciate those around you, and you'll soon find many others around you. Truly appreciate life, and you'll find that you have more of it.
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.
God gave me a mouth to speak, and the grace to express thanks to those who give unselfishly, and the wisdom to teach those within my influence to say thank you for all they are given no matter from whom, no reservation of any, and without hesitation to all kind and good deeds.
Silent gratitude isn't much use to anyone."
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.
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. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.
Saying thank you to your child and acknowledging all her contributions to your family life is a modest yet magical way to motivate kids.
Judy Ford, Wonderful Ways to Love a Child