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

As we close in on the midway point in 2016, I felt it was an opportune time to step back and take an inventory of  who and what we have to be grateful for. Here is a list of the greatest thoughts on gratitude to get you started.

Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues but the parent of all others.

Cicero

As we express gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.

John F. Kennedy

We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.

Winston Churchill

Gratitude is a flower that blooms in noble souls.

Pope Francis

Of all the attitudes we can change, surely the attitude of gratitude is the most important and by far the most life changing.

Zig Ziglar

You have it easily in your power to increase the sum total of this world’s happiness. How? By giving a few words of sincere appreciation to someone who’s lonely. Perhaps you will forget tomorrow the kind words you say today, but your clients may cherish them over a lifetime.

Dale Carnegie

While gratitude is often unexpected, it is always welcomed.

Michael F. Sciortino, Sr.

You cannot do a kindness too soon because you never know how soon it will be too late.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Gratitude bestows reverence, allowing us to encounter everyday epiphanies, those transcendent moments of awe that change forever how we experience life and the world.

John Milton

Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.

Mother Teresa

People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.

Theodore Roosevelt

Nothing is more honorable than a grateful heart.

Seneca

Showing gratitude is one of the simplest yet most powerful things humans can do for each other.

Randy Pausch

Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.

William Arthur Ward

The appetite for a sincere thank you is unlimited.

Michael F. Sciortino, Sr.

If the only prayer you said was thank you, that would be enough.

Meister Eckhart

Among the things you can give and still keep are your word, a smile, and a grateful heart.

Zig Ziglar

At the age of 18, I made up my mind to never have another bad day in my life. I dove into an endless sea of gratitude from which I’ve never emerged.

Patch Adams

Thankfulness is the beginning of gratitude. Gratitude is the completion of thankfulness. Thankfulness may consist merely of words. Gratitude is shown in acts.

Henry Frederic Amiel

Giving frees us from the familiar territory of our own needs by opening our mind to the unexplained worlds occupied by the needs of others.

Barbara Bush

Give yourself a gift of five minutes of contemplation in awe of everything you see around you. Go outside and turn your attention to the many miracles around you. This five-minute-a-day regimen of appreciation and gratitude will help you to focus your life in awe.

Wayne Dyer

I wish you much success as you plan your expressions of gratitude for those who have made a difference in your life.