By 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
The 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!