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Thank you quotes 

By: Susan Dugdale | First published: 01-01-2009 | Last modified: 03-20-2019

- to help you say "thank you" meaningfully

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These thank you quotes come from many sources.

It's my hope you'll find the collection useful for picking out a special phrase, or two, to include in either a note or a speech.

Personally I've found a quotation is a great alternative to a long string of: "Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you ..." which becomes tediously boring to listen to, or read, especially if you have a long list of people to acknowledge. After all any word said over, and over again, tends to lose its initial impact and meaning!

A well-chosen quotation will help keep your thanks interesting to listen to, as well as meaningful for the first, and last person, on your list.

How to use a quotation in your speech 

Below the quotes, near the bottom of the page, you'll find an example showing how to work one neatly into your text.


38 thank you quotations

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Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.

Mark Twain


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The only people with whom you should try to get even are those who have helped you.

John E. Southard  


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I can no other answer make but, thanks, and thanks.

William Shakespeare (Twelfth Night)


Garrison Keillor quotation
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Thank you, dear God, for this good life and forgive us if we do not love it enough. Thank you for the rain. And for the chance to wake up in three hours and go fishing: I thank you for that now, because I won’t feel so thankful then.  - Garrison Keillor


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Silent gratitude isn't much use to anyone.

G.B. Stern


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One can pay back the loan of gold, but one dies forever in debt to those who are kind.

Malayan Proverb


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What we do for ourselves dies with us. What we do for others and the world remains and is immortal. 

Albert Pine 


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We cannot do great things on this Earth, only small things with great love.

Mother Teresa


JF Kennedy quote - gratitude

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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


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If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, "thank you," that would suffice. 

Meister Eckhart


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I thank you God for this most amazing day, for the leaping greenly spirits of trees, and for the blue dream of sky and for everything which is natural, which is infinite, which is yes.  - e. e. cummings


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Hem your blessings with thankfulness so they don't unravel.

Author Unknown


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The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude.

Friedrich Nietzsche


Eric Hoffer quote on counting blessings.

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The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables us to count our blessings.

Eric Hoffer


Help with a business thank you speech

Are you sweating over a business or professional thank you speech? One thanking your colleagues for a job well done?

Here's a cracker (a good one) to use as a template. It's utterly adaptable. Takes bits out, flick bits in ... until you have it sorted.
Get to it:  business thank you speech.


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Saying “thank you” creates love.

Daphne Rose Kingma


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No duty is more urgent than that of returning thanks.

Author Unknown


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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


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Saying thank you is more than good manners. It is good spirituality.

Alfred Painter


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

Cicero


Marcel Proust quote on people who make our souls blossom.

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Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.

Marcel Proust


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The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.

Oscar Wilde


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Appreciation can make a day, even change a life. Your willingness to put it into words is all that is necessary.

Margaret Cousins


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There are no shortcuts to any place worth going. You made a difference. Thank-you so much.

Author Unknown


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

Epictetus


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It is impossible to feel grateful and depressed in the same moment.

Naomi Williams


Dalai Lama quote on the roots of goodness.

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The roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation.

Dalai Lama


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Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for a kindness.

Seneca


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The best kind of giving is thanksgiving.

GK Chesterton


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

William Arthur Ward


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Gratitude creates the most wonderful feeling. It can resolve disputes. It can strengthen friendships. And it makes us better men and women.

Gordon B. Hinckley


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Give thanks for a little and you will find a lot.

Hausa proverb (Nigeria)


Hausa proverb: Give thanks for a little and you will find a lot.

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A word of encouragement during a failure is worth more than an hour of praise after success.

Author Unknown


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Appreciate everything your associates do for the business. Nothing else can quite substitute for a few well-chosen, well-timed, sincere words of praise. They're absolutely free and worth a fortune.  - Sam Walton


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The cheapest gift I have to give is kindness, and it is the best.

Bob Kerry


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God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today.
Have you used one to say ‘thank you?’ 

William Arthur Ward


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Let us be thankful for the fools. But for them the rest of us could not succeed. 

Mark Twain


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I’m thankful for my struggle because without it I wouldn’t have stumbled across my strength.

Anonymous


Rosie Cash - Just a thank you is a mighty powerful prayer. Says it all.

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Just a 'thank you' is a mighty powerful prayer. Says it all. 

Rosie Cash

Getting from thank you quote to speech

Obviously you can either use the quotes as they are, or adapt them to suit your purpose.

Do acknowledge the person whose words you're quoting. Most of these quotations are well known. If you don't use the person's name people may think you're trying to pass their words off as your own, and that could be damaging.

Example of how to use a quote in a speech

Here's quote number 5 integrated into part of a "thank you" speech to illustrate. I've used it as the reason leading to thanking three people for their support. 

"The English writer G.B. Stern said  "Silent gratitude isn't much use to anyone" and I agree with her.

I want to shout my thanks out loud. I want everyone to know and hear how much the support of Tom, Brad and Harry means to me. But more than that, I want them to know.

Tom you were there for me 200%. You shared your expertise and time unstintingly. 

Brad, we've been mates since kindergarten. You give me that rare combination of loyalty, humor and honesty. You keep me on track, laughing and true - a real friend.

Harry, you're a marvel. Patient and practical. You listen, you understand and find solutions where others would only see problems."

More help

Do you need a hand to write your appreciation speech?

Thank you speech help


'Thank you' in multiple languages

Here's help on how to prepare a general appreciation thank you speech. You'll find guidance, a template and an example speech. The information here is adaptable. Use it to say thank you for an award, a party, a promotion ... 


Business thank you speech


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And here's the link to that very flexible business thank you speech template mentioned above.