Quotations for Daily Use


"A story is told about a vendor who sold bagels for 50 cents each at a street corner food stand. A jogger ran past and threw a coupld of quarters into the bucket but didn't take a bagel. He did the same thing every day for months. One day, as the jogger was passing by, the vendor stopped him. The jogger asked, 'You probably want to know why I always put money in but never take a bagel, don't you?' 'NO,' said the vendor. 'I just wanted to tell you that the bagels have gone up to 60 cents.' " (Okay, so this should really be filed under UNthankfulness, but it's a great reminder about being thankful instead of ungrateful.) Daily Bread, January 22, ?year

"Be thankful for the smallest blessing and you will deserve to receive greater. Value the least gifts no less than the greatest, and simple graces as special favors. If you remember the dignity of the Giver, no gift will seem small or mean, for nothing can be valueless that is given by the most high God." Thomas à Kempis, CRSA (c. 1380 – 25 July 1471) was a German who became a canon regular in the Netherlands and authored The Imitation of Christ, one of the most popular and best known Christian books on devotion. His name means Thomas "of Kempen", his hometown.

"Here dies another day, during which I have had eyes, ears, hands, and the great world round me. And with tomorrow begins another. Why am I allowed two?" G.K. Chesterton, (29 May 1874 – 14 June 1936) was an English writer, lay theologian, poet, philosopher, dramatist, journalist, orator, literary and art critic, biographer, and Christian apologist.

"My heart is filled with love and care, that grew from seeds you planted there." Debbie Tomass, humorous writer illustratori (Thank You compiled by Dan Zadra)

"Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving." W.T. Purkiser, (1910–1992) was a preacher, scholar, and author in the Church of the Nazarene.

A Prayer - "O Thou who has given us so much, mercifully grant us one thing more: a grateful heart." George Herbert (3 April 1593 – 1 March 1633) was a Welsh-born poet, orator and Anglican priest.

"Only he who gives thanks for little things receives the big things." Dietrich Bonhaeffer 4 (February 1906 – 9 April 1945) was a German pastor, theologian, anti-Nazi dissident, and key founding member of the Confessing Church.

"Spring is really coming now. You will have plenty to do in the garden. I hope that Renate's wedding preparations are going well. Here in the prison yard there is a thrush which sings beautifully in the morning, and now in the evening too. One is grateful for little things, and that is surely a gain. Good-bye for now." Dietrich Bonhoeffer, 4 February 1906 – 9 April 1945) was a German Lutheran pastor, theologian, anti-Nazi dissident, and key founding member of the Confessing Church. (He wrote this while imprisoned in a 7 X 10 feet cell. Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote to his fiancé with his positive attitude.) This quote is from Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Metaxas"

"Thank God for dirty dishes, they have a story to tell.
While others may be hungry, we are eating very well.
With home, health, and happiness, I shouldn't want to fuss.
By this great stack of evidence, God's been very good to us!"

Pauline Davis

"Thank you, Lord, for letting me smell the flowers; they all belong to you." Corrie ten Boom, (15 April 1892 – 15 April 1983) was a Dutch Christian who, along with her father and other family members, helped many Jews escape the Nazi Holocaust during World War II.

"Thank you. Thank you for your service. Thank you for your sacrifice." Visitors comments in the Bethesda Naval Hospital visiting wounded as written about in The Heart and the Fist by Eric Grditens

"Thanks, and thanks, and ever thanks!" Shakespeare - William Shakespeare (bapt. 26 April 1564 – 23 April 1616) was an English poet, playwright, and actor, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's greatest dramatist.

"The man who forgets to be grateful has fallen asleep in life." Robert Louis Stevenson, (13 November 1850 – 3 December 1894) was a Scottish novelist, poet, essayist, and travel writer.

"This is the day the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it." Psalms 118:24

"Unexpressed gratitude communicates ungratitude." Pastor Randy Remington of Beaverton Foursquare Church

"When I think of her labors, her anxieties, her watchfulness, her good and wise counsels and her attention to all our wants, my heart swells with emotions of gratitude toward her which no language can express." Elihu Benjamin Washburne (September 23, 1816 – October 23, 1887) was an American politician and diplomat. He was a member of the Washburn family of Maine, which played a prominent role in the early formation of the United States Republican Party.

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