127 Thankful Quotes and Sayings for 2020


Gratitude always abounds this time of year with good reason — share the spirit with thankful quotes! With all the craziness of this year, there are lots of things to appreciate: a place to call home, your accomplishments and unconditional love and support from those around you. The holidays shouldn’t be the only time we say, “thank you” to our loved ones for everything they’ve done for us, but they’re still a great time to start! Sending a quick text, writing a heartfelt card or even greeting a loved one in person with thoughtful flowers are a few simple ways you can show your thanks.

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We want to help you give thanks, so we’re sharing a collection of thankful quotes tailored to the overall season and to all of the people in your life. Our collection includes quotes for giving thanks, gratitude and for specific people in your life such as teachers, friends and everyone in between. After all, so many people in your life deserve some simple words of appreciation. Take on an attitude of gratitude this season with our list of thank you quotes, whether it’s in a card to your family or at a Friendsgiving!

Gratitude Quotes

Practicing gratitude is important — we all need reminders to appreciate the small, sometimes overlooked positives in the day, as well as sharing that with others. Using these quotes, you’ll never be at a loss for the right words to express your gratitude again.

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

  2. “Gratitude is the sign of noble souls.” – Aesop

  3. “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” – JFK

  4. “Develop an attitude of gratitude and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation.” – Brian Tracy

  5. “I awoke this morning with devout thanksgiving for my friends, the old and the new.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson 

  6. “Appreciation is a wonderful thing. It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.” – Voltaire

  7. “When you arise in the morning, give thanks for the food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies only in yourself.” – Tecumseh

  8. “Got no checkbooks, got no banks, still I’d like to express my thanks. I got the sun in the morning and the moon at night.” – Irving Berlin

  9. “No duty is more urgent than giving thanks.” – James Allen

  10. “He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.” – Epictetus

  11. “Gratitude is the healthiest of all human emotions. The more you express gratitude for what you have, the more likely you will have even more to express gratitude for.” – Zig Ziglar

  12. “Learn to be thankful for what you already have, while you pursue all that you want.” – Jim Rohn

  13. “Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.” – Robert Brault

  14. “The real gift of gratitude is that the more grateful you are, the more present you become.” – Robert Holden

  15. “Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgiving, turn routine jobs into joy and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” —William Arthur Ward

Thankful Quotes for Teachers

Teachers dedicate their lives to preparing their students for the road ahead. But remember:  instructors are not always at the front of the classroom! Mentors, advisors and others serve this role throughout our lives without holding a traditional teacher title. Peruse through these thank you teacher quotes to see how you can give thanks for all of the educators in your life.

  1. “Anyone who does anything to help a child in his life is a hero to me.” – Fred Rogers

  2. “A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.” – Henry Brooks Adams

  3. “The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” – William Arthur Ward

  4. “It takes a big heart to help shape little minds.” – Unknown

  5. “Being able to help someone to learn is a talent.” – Margaret Riel

  6. “It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.”– Albert Einstein

  7. “Ideal teachers are those who use themselves as bridges over which they invite their students to cross, then having facilitated their crossing, joyfully collapse, encouraging them to create bridges of their own.” – Nikos Kazantzakis

  1. “Because my teacher believed in me, I never gave up. Now I am flying towards my dreams.” – Heidi McDonald

  2. “A teacher takes a hand, opens a mind and touches a heart.” – Unknown

  3. “Education is not filling a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” – William Butler Yeats

  4. “The teacher who is indeed wise does not bid you to enter the house of his wisdom but rather leads you to the threshold of your mind.” – Kahlil Gibran

  5. “Teaching kids to count is fine, but teaching them what counts is best.” – Bob Talbert

  6. “The dream begins with a teacher who believes in you, who tugs and pushes and leads you to the next plateau, sometimes poking you with a sharp stick called ‘truth.’” – Dan Rather

  7. “I think the teaching profession contributes more to the future of our society than any other single profession.” – John Wooden

Thankful Quotes for Friends

Friends are the people we share lots of laughs, tears and memories through everything life throws our way. Check out these thankful quotes for friends to find the right words to express your appreciation. After you’ve selected your favorite quotes below, don’t miss these Friendsgiving ideas for a stylish celebration with a few of your favorites.


  1. “It’s not where you are in life, it’s who you have by your side that matters.” – Unknown

  2. “The greatest gift of life is friendship, and I have received it.” – Hubert H. Humphrey

  3. “If there ever comes a day when we can’t be together. Keep me in your heart. I’ll be there forever.” – Winnie the Pooh

  4. “There is nothing on this earth more prized than true friendship.” – Thomas Aquinas

  5. “Friends are the siblings God never gave us.” – Mencius

  6. “A friend is the one who comes in when the whole world has gone out.” – Grace Pulpit

  7. “A friend is someone who understands your past, believes in your future, and accepts you just the way you are.” – Unknown

  8. “Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light” – Helen Keller

  9. “Friends show their love in times of trouble, not in happiness.” – Euripides

  10. “Friendship isn’t about who you’ve known the longest; it’s about who came and never left your side.” – Yolanda Hadid

  11. “But friendship is precious, not only in the shade, but in the sunshine of life, and thanks to a benevolent arrangement the greater part of life is sunshine.”  – Thomas Jefferson

  12. “Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” –  Marcel Proust

  13. “There are many things which I am thankful for in my life, and you are at the top of the list.” – Unknown

Giving Thanks Quotes

Sometimes we forget to take a moment to express how thankful we are for the little things, especially during Thanksgiving. However, giving thanks is not just for turkey day! These appreciation quotes will inspire thankfulness year-round.

  1. “Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.” – Mother Teresa

  2. “For it is in giving that we receive.” – Francis of Assisi

  3. “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

  4. “We would worry less if we praised more. Thanksgiving is the enemy of discontent and dissatisfaction." – H.A. Ironside

  5. “Gratitude is riches. Complaint is poverty.” – Doris Day

  6. “Happiness doesn’t result from what we get, but from what we give.” – Ben Carson

  7. “There is no better way to thank God for your sight than by giving a helping hand to someone in the dark.” – Helen Keller

  8. “Silent gratitude isn’t very much use to anyone.” – Gertrude Stein

  9. “When a person doesn’t have gratitude, something is missing in his or her humanity.” – Elie Wiesel

  10. “If you want to turn your life around, try thankfulness. It will change your life mightily.” – Gerald Good

  11. “You can give without loving, but you cannot love without giving.” – Amy Carmichael

  12. “A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal.” – Steve Maraboli

  13. “If a fellow isn’t thankful for what he’s got, he isn’t likely to be thankful for what he’s going to get.” – Frank A. Clark

Thankful for Life Quotes  

Life and being able to create special moments is something that shouldn’t be taken for granted. Take the time to be thankful for who you are and all that you have in life today with these thoughtful thankful quotes. 

  1. “Life is unpredictable, it changes along with every individual. Today you have and tomorrow you may not have, be thankful for the good that stays with you.” – Rashida Rowe

  2. “Be thankful for the moments, the things you have, and the life you live.” – Wazim Shaw

  3. “Understand your worth. Value your life. Appreciate your blessings.” – Anonymous”

  4. “I wake up every day with great appreciation for life and appreciation to play this game.” – Will Grier

  5. “Appreciation has become my destiny in life. Perhaps it’s the instinct of a polar bear enjoying hibernation in the vast snows.” – Liu Xiaobo

  6. “Practice appreciation for who you are and what you have… and allow your life to unfold in the most amazing way.” – Millen Livis

  7. “It’s a funny thing about life, once you begin to take note of the things you are grateful for, you begin to lose sight of the things that you lack.” – Germany Kent

  8. “Be thankful for everything that happens in your life; it’s all an experience.” – Roy T. Bennett

  9. “Gratefulness is the key to a happy life that we hold in our hands, because if we are not grateful, then no matter how much we have we will not be happy – because we will always want to have something else or something more.” – David Steindl-Rast

  10. “The best way to appreciate life is to be grateful.” – Wisdom Kwashie Mensah

  11. “An appreciation of what you have brings the ultimate abundance in your life.” – Debasish Mridha

  12. “Be happy with who you are and what you do, and you can do anything you want.” – Steve Maraboli

  13. “Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them.” – Marcus Aurelius

  14. “Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.” – Eckhart Tolle

  15. “For one minute, walk outside, stand there, in silence. Look up at the sky and contemplate how amazing life is.” – Anonymous

  16. “I’m thankful for my struggle because without it I wouldn’t have stumbled across my strength.” – Anonymous

Thankful Quotes for Him and Her

Your special someone is often one of your biggest supporters and one of the brightest sources of joy in your life. We have a list of thankful quotes for him and thankful quotes for her so you can profess your utmost gratitude for everything your special someone does for you.

  1. You could’ve had anyone in the world, but you chose me. Thank you.”  – Anthony T. Hincks

  2. “Thank you for giving me everything without asking any in return. You are one of the best. Please stay always with me.”  – Unknown

  3. “There is one foundation in the world that no earthquake or tornado can shake – the love of my husband. Thanks.” –  Unknown

  4. “When we focus on our gratitude, the tide of disappointment goes out and the tide of love rushes in.”  – Kristin Armstrong

  5. “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.”– Albert Schweitzer

  1. “Love is the greatest gift when given. It is the highest honor when received.”  – Fawn Weaver

  2. “You changed my life without even trying, and I don’t think I could ever tell you how much you mean to me. I can’t imagine what things would be like if I hadn’t met you.”  – Steve Mara

  3. “Thanks for erasing the word nightmare from the dictionary of my life. You have made my life a dream come true.” –  Unknown

  4. “I would thank you from the bottom of my heart, but for you my heart has not bottom.” –  Unknown

  5. “You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams”  – Dr. Seuss

  6. “Where there is great love, there are miracles.”  – Willa Cather

  7. “You are, and always have been, my dream.”– Nicholas Sparks

  8. “I want to thank you for the profound joy I’ve had in the thought of you.” – Rosie Alison

Thankful Quotes for Boss

A great boss helps you grow personally and professionally, regardless of his or her personal gain. Pick out one of our thank you quotes for bosses to thank yours for guiding you through your career.

  1. “It’s easy to make a buck. It’s a lot tougher to make a difference.” –  Tom Brokaw

  2. “A good manager is a man who isn’t worried about his own career but rather the careers of those who work for him.” – H. S. M. Burns

  3. “A good boss makes his men realize they have more ability than they think they have so that they consistently do better work than they thought they could.” –  Charles Erwin Wilson

  4. “The growth and development of people is the highest calling of leadership.” –  Harvey S. Firestone

  5. “A leader is a dealer in hope.” –  Napoleon Bonaparte

  6. “I think leadership is service and there is power in that giving: to help people, to inspire and motivate them to reach their fullest potential.” –  Denise Morrison

  7. “At the heart of great leadership is a curious mind, heart and spirit.” – Chip Conley

  8. “Leadership is unlocking people’s potential to become better.” –  Bill Bradley

  1. “Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.” –  Peter Drucker

  2. “The only safe ship in a storm is leadership.” – Faye Wattleton

  3. “A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.” – John. C. Maxwell

  4. “Leadership is having a compelling vision, a comprehensive plan, relentless implementation, and talented people working together.” – Alan Mulally

  5. “The secret to success is good leadership, and good leadership is all about making the lives of your team members or workers better.” – Tony Dungy

  6. “If you treat an individual as he is, he will remain how he is. But if you treat him as if he were what he ought to be and could be, he will become what he ought to be and could be.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

  7. “You gave me your time, the most thoughtful gift of all.” – Dan Zadra

  8. “To give without any reward, or any notice, has a special quality of its own.”– Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Thankful Quotes for Family 

Nothing comes before family! These are the people that have been there for you since the beginning. Draw inspiration from these thankful for family quotes so you can easily convey how much you love and appreciate your family.

  1. “Family is not an important thing. It’s everything.” – Michael J. Fox

  2. “My family is my life and everything else comes second as far as what’s important to me.”– Michael Imperioli

  3. “Family is a unique gift that needs to be appreciated and treasured, even when they’re driving you crazy. As much as they make you mad, interrupt you, annoy you, curse at you, try to control you, these are the people who know you the best and who love you.” – Jenna Morasca

  4. “The family is one of nature’s masterpieces.” – George Santayana

  5. “I have a wonderful shelter, which is my family. I have a wonderful relationship with my brother and sister; this makes me feel that I always know where I belong.” – Jose Carreras

  6. “Family means no one gets left behind or forgotten.” – David Ogden Stiers

  7. “It didn’t matter how big our house was; it mattered that there was love in it.” – Peter Buffett

  8. “The most important thing in the world is family and love.” – John Wooden

  9. “The only rock I know that stays steady, the only institution I know that works is the family.”– Lee Lacocca

  10. “You go through life wondering what is it all about, but at the end of the day it’s all about family.”– Rod Stewart

  11. “Everyone needs a house to live in, but a supportive family is what builds a home.”– Anthony Liccione

  12. “Family is the most important thing in the world.” – Princess Diana

Funny Thank You Quotes

If you’re looking for a light and cheery way of saying thanks, look no further! Give someone in your life a smile or a good laugh with these funny thank you quotes. 

  1. “You put the ‘you’ in thank you!” – Anonymous

  2. “Don’t overload Gratitude; if you do, she’ll kick.” – Benjamin Franklin

  3. “God gave us our relatives; thank God we can choose our friends.” – Ethel Watts Mumford

  4. “Some people are always grumbling because roses have thorns; I am thankful that thorns have roses.” – Alphonse Karr

  5. “I feel a very unusual sensation—if it is not indigestion, I think it must be gratitude.” – Benjamin Disraeli

  6. “Be thankful we’re not getting all the government we’re paying for.” – Will Rogers 

  7. “If you can’t be content with what you have received, be thankful for what you have escaped.” – Unknown

  8. “Let us be thankful for the fools. But for them the rest of us could not succeed.” – Mark Twain

  9. “There’s always something to be thankful for. If you can’t pay your bills, you can be thankful you’re not one of your creditors.” – Anonymous

  10. “I am thankful for laughter, except when milk comes out of my nose.” – Woody Allen

  11. “A woman has got to love a bad man once or twice in her life, to be thankful for a good one.” – Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

  12. “Even though we can’t have all we want, we ought to be thankful we don’t get what we deserve.”  – Unknown

  13. “Thank you for always being there for me even when I’m being a pain in the rear.” – Anonymous

  14. “Gratitude is the wine for the soul. Go on. Get drunk.” – Rumi

  15. “The thing I’m most grateful for right now is elastic waistbands.” – Unknown

Now you have an overflowing amount of inspiration to draw from for this upcoming holiday season! Of course, gratitude and appreciation shouldn’t start and end on Thanksgiving. Remember to thank your loved ones every step of the way and recognize those who really go the extra mile. Sending a fall flower arrangement with a genuine thankful quote is a great way to show your loved ones your sincere appreciation.