Appreciation Quotes

appreciation quotes

We all need to learn to appreciate what is good in our lives.  These quotes will help you do that:

God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today. Have you used one to say “thank you”? -William A. Ward

If we get everything that we want, we will soon want nothing that we get. -Vernon Luchies

Once we discover how to appreciate the timeless values in our daily experiences, we can enjoy the best things in life. -Harry Hepner

What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity. These are but trifles, to be sure; but, scattered along life’s pathway, the good they do is inconceivable. -Joseph Addison (1672-1719)

You never miss the water till the well runs dry. -English Proverb

Appreciation is a wonderful thing; it makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well. -Francois-Marie Arouet de Voltaire (1694-1778)

***What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly; it is dearness only that gives every thing its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods. -Thomas Paine (1737-1809)

There’s no doubt about it, appreciation in any form at any time brightens anyone’s existence. And, like a beam of sunlight striking a mirror, the brightness is reflected back at you. -Unknown

I would rather be able to appreciate things I can not have than to have things I am not able to appreciate. -Elbert Hubbard (1859-1915)

If human beings are perceived as potentials rather than problems, as possessing strengths instead of weaknesses, as unlimited rather than dull and unresponsive, then they thrive and grow to their capabilities. -Robert Conklin

A man can refrain from wanting what he has not, and cheerfully make the best of a bird in the hand. -Marcus Annaeus Seneca (BC3-65AD)

Appreciation of life itself, becoming suddenly aware of the miracle of being alive, on this planet, can turn what we call ordinary life into a miracle. We come awake to such a realization when we recognize our connection to a spiritual dimension. -Dan Wakefield

Thanksgiving is a sure index of spiritual health. -Maurice Dametz

Ignorant men don’t know what good they hold in their hands until they’ve flung it away. -Sophocles (495-406BC)

Generally the man with a good wife, or the woman with a good husband, or the children with good parents discover too late the goodness they overlooked while it was in full bloom. -James Douglas

If you give appreciation to people, you win their goodwill. But more important than that, practicing this philosophy has made a different person of me. -William James (1842-1910)

Most of us, swimming against the tides of trouble the world knows nothing about, need only a bit of praise or encouragement — and we will make the goal. -Jerome P. Fleishman

Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving. -W.T. Purkiser

It should not discourage us if our kindness is unacknowledged; it has its influence still. -Unknown

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    • Liz Stahle
    • December 3, 2011

    I love your quotes. I use one at work everyday to try and motivate the crew. They help me start my day! Thank you!

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      Wow! Thanks Liz, I love hearing feedback like this. Tell me which quotes hit big home runs…..

      • Patricia
      • December 4, 2011

      I love the quotes. They’re wonderful!!! A few of them reminds me of people who were in my life who I am always there for, and they did me wrong. Now that I am gone, they’re calling to say they did not know what they had until it’s gone. A bit late. Thanks for the beautiful quotes,Iuse them at times when things get me down.they bring back hope and joy. Keep up the good work.

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        Thanks so much for letting me know, Patricia. It’s great to hear that you have been inspired by quotes on this site more than once. I’ll keep it up if you keep it up. 🙂

    • Fred W.
    • December 4, 2011

    The quotes are a wonderful way of “staying focused” in your daily life. It is additional fuel for my burning desire to help mankind in my own way. You can never have too much positive influence…THANKS for sharing!!!! My favorite for today….”Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving. -W.T. Purkiser”

    1. Reply

      Yeah, that is a really good one, Fred. Thanks for letting me know the quotes help you.

    • Ermie
    • December 5, 2011

    Hello there Shawn,
    My hats off to you! That’s for sure. Actually I have in my bathroom mirror sticked
    the appreciation quote by Thomas Paine, it’s been my favorite. That is because, it reminds of appreciating all the things that came to me everyday, may it good or bad. Always an eye opener. It’s a part and parcel of woulda coulda shoulda things in my life.
    Thank you!

    1. Reply

      Hey Ernie, great minds think alike. 🙂 I’ve loved that Thomas Paine quote for years & years. Originally, I always had it written down with the word “cheap” substituted with “easily”, which gives it a slightly different ring. Glad you enjoyed the post. Hopefully you find some other good ones that are mirror-worthy. 🙂

    • David Parrish
    • December 5, 2011

    So do I shawn. Your efforts are making life more interesting and enjoyable for many. I use them here at the college and my wife uses them at the Junior High cafeteria. Every day the kids come in for lunch to find a quote to chew on right along with their meal. Alice tells me that several students and teachers have come to her after lunch and thanked her for the good thoughts.

    We both would be amiss not to pass our thanks right along to you.
    God bless

    1. Reply

      Oh my goodness, David! That’s so great!! What an amazing ripple effect. You never know how much of an effect for good these small actions can have on some young minds. Thanks for letting me know.

    • Devis
    • December 16, 2011

    Your quotes inspire very much.
    Thanks for your noble efforts make people aspire higher.
    Sincere appreciation for your aspire higher thoughts.
    It enlightens, enlivens, encourages, gives happiness and much more..
    God bless you for your good deeds.
    Thanks soooo much.

    • January 16, 2012


    1. Reply

      You’re welcome, Maame Efua. I appreciate your kind words and for letting me know how you feel. I hope you’re still doing great and that you make this the best year ever.

    • Purandhar
    • September 12, 2012

    I appreciate you as i have learned much things i am very sure ! it will help for me in my current occupation

    Thanks for the nice & wouderfull quaotes

    • krio
    • February 3, 2014

    I love them all……it so inspiring. Thanks so much for d sweet quotes.

    • kemmeth
    • December 29, 2015

    THanks so much your quotes have realy helped me to have a newer orientation and how to package my award company

    • Alisa Daniels
    • June 4, 2019

    I tried to give you my email address more than once. I’m not getting any emails or any other types of messages back from you.

    1. Reply

      Alisa, I’m not sure what you mean when you say you tried to give me your email address. How does that work? Do you mean you tried to subscribe to my thought of the day by email? And when you say any other types of messages, do you mean the FB Messenger bot? Because that’s the only other way I send out messages or quotes. Please confirm that last one. But as for the thought of the day by email, what happens when you sign up for it on any of my pages? (even this one) You should get a confirmation email come to you which you’d then confirm, and bob’s your uncle; you’re off to the races. Did you check your spam/junk folder?

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