On Gratitude This Thanksgiving

ThankfulnessBy Bill Henk – On the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John Kennedy, I came across a quote of his that seemed extremely fitting this time of year.

That quote, which appears directly below, gave rise to this entire post — a list of some of the best quotes I could unearth about thankfulness and a list of the people for whom I’m grateful.

Trust me, both lists could have been much longer.  But without further adieu, here goes:

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy, 35th President of the United States

Things turn out best for people who make the best of the way things turn out.
John Wooden, American basketball player and quintessential coach

gratitudeThe best and most beautiful things in this world cannot be seen or even heard, but must be felt with the heart.
Helen Keller, American author, political activist, and lecturer

No one who achieves success does so without the help of others. The wise and confident acknowledge this help with gratitude.
Alfred North Whitehead, English mathematician and philosopher

Some people are always grumbling because roses have thorns; I am thankful that thorns have roses.
Alphonse Karr, French critic, journalistic, and novelist

Learn to appreciate and treasure each day, because you don’t know how many you’re going to be given.
Sandra Day O’Connor, US Supreme Court Justice

Truly appreciate life, and you’ll find that you have more of it.
Ralph Marston, Author and Publisher of the Daily Motivator

Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer.
Maya Angelou, American Author and Poet

To speak gratitude is courteous and pleasant, to enact gratitude is generous and noble, but to live gratitude is to touch Heaven.
Johannes A. Gaertner, Art Historian and Aesthetician

To be grateful is to recognize the Love of God in everything He has given us, and He has given us everything.
Thomas Merton, Catholic priest, writer and social activist



  • The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit
  • My beloved family
  • My lifetime’s worth of amazing friends
  • Our College’s marvelous faculty and professional and staff
  • My extraordinary colleagues across Marquette
  • Our remarkable alumni, donors, and friends
  • Teachers and counselors everywhere
  • My wonderful circle of community partners
  • My mentors and inspiration, the Jesuits
  • Those serving our country

And last but not least, YOU, our loyal Marquette Educator readers.

Thank you and Happy Holidays!


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