Thanksgiving and Gratitude – 12 Worthwhile Quotes


"Autumn Centerpiece", Craig Shillam, oil, 14" x 24"

“Autumn Centerpiece”, Craig Shillam, oil, 14″ x 24″

What exactly is gratitude anyway? It’s not a word heard often these days. With Thanksgiving right around the corner, I thought I would set the table and offer up a modest banquet of quotes about gratitiude and being thankful in life and in art. It’s just so easy to focus on ourselves and what we want, and forget about what we already have…

12 Quotes on Gratitude and being Thankful

1. “Music and Art both spring from a grateful heart.” Katie Wood McCloy

2. “Be thankful for the talent you have, the people you’ve met, and the experiences from  which you benefited.”   Hap Hagood

3. “Gratitude helps you grow and expand. Gratitude brings joy and laughter into your life and into the lives of all around you.”  Eileen Caddy

4. “I want to thank anyone who spends part of their day creating. I don’t care if it’s a book, a film, a painting, a dance, a piece of theatre, a piece of music. Anybody who spends part of their day sharing their experience with us. This world would be unlivable without art. Thank You for inspiring me.” Steven Soderbergh

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

6. “Always give without remembering, and always receive without forgetting.”                Brian Tracy

7. “I have walked this earth for 30 years, and out of gratitude, want to leave some souvenir.”   Vincent Van Gogh

8. “In ordinary life we hardly realize that we receive a great deal more than we give, and that is only with gratitude that life becomes rich.” Dietrich Bunnoeffer

9. “Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn, or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.”    Denis Waitley

10. “If you count all your assets, you will always show a profit.”  Robert Quillen

11. “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” John F. Kennedy

12. “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

Detail of grocery store mural in Eureka, Ca., artist unknown

 Expressing a little more gratitude for these

1. Oil Paint in tubes

2. Great, Passionate Teachers

3. Eyes to see great paintings and other beauty

4. Ears to hear music, laughter, and the wind

5. Good Health

6. People that have actually paid for something I created

7. Friends and Family

8. Both the Successes and the Failures, may they both continue, preferably successes 

9. The Great Books in my collection

10. The thousands of readers of this blog, thank you!   Thanks for reading! I am very grateful that you took the time to do so. If you are interested in reading some more really good quotes, here are 16 great drawing quotes and also 20 great quotes about oil painting.

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