36 Appreciation Quotes to Think About

appreciation quotesAppreciating life, what you already have, and others are some of the key ingredients to living happily. As some of these appreciation quotes will tell you, we humans all want to be appreciated so take the time to show your appreciation when you can. In terms of material things and just your surroundings, learn to be grateful for what you have. Too many people are unhappy with their life simply because they forgot to be thankful for what’s already part of their life. Instead, they look elsewhere in hopes that getting more things will bring them that sense of joy while failing to realize it’s not how much we get, it’s how much we appreciate what we already have.

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“Sometimes you have to experience the bad so that you can learn to appreciate the good things that enter your life.”

Leon Brown

“I would rather be able to appreciate things I cannot have than to have things I am not able to appreciate.”

Elbert Hubbard

“Appreciation is a wonderful thing. It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.”


“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.”

Oprah Winfrey

“There is more hunger for love and appreciation in this world than for bread.”

Mother Theresa

“Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn’t learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn’t learn a little, at least we didn’t get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn’t die; so, let us all be thankful.”


“I consider my ability to arouse enthusiasm among men the greatest asset I possess. The way to develop the best that is in a man is by appreciation and encouragement.”

Charles Schwab

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

Margaret Cousins

“Nothing is more honorable than a grateful heart.”


“The roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation for goodness.”

Dalai Lama

“The deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated.”

William James

“The miracle is not to walk on water. The miracle is to walk on the green earth in the present moment, to appreciate the peace and beauty that are available now.”

Thich Nhat Hanh

“Pretend that every single person you meet has a sign around his or her neck that says, Make Me Feel Important. Not only will you succeed in sales, you will succeed in life.”

Mary Kay Ash

“In the hopes of reaching the moon men fail to see the flowers that blossom at their feet.”

Albert Schweitzer

If you love a flower, don’t pick it up because if you pick it up it dies and it ceases to be what you love. So if you love a flower, let it be. Love is not about possession. Love is about appreciation.


“It is your birthright to have a life of meaning and purpose. Whether or not the people in your life have consistently celebrated your incarnation, you deserve to celebrate your existence.”

David Simon

“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.”

Elizabeth Kubler Ross

“Take deep breaths, stretch, and take breaks now and then. Enjoy life. Go outside, and appreciate nature. Keep yourself sane.”

Leo Babauta

“Live your life each day as you would climb a mountain. An occasional glance towards the summit keeps the goal in mind, but many beautiful scenes are to be observed from each new vantage point.”

Harold B. Melchart

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

Dale Carnegie

“Hold on to the center and make up your mind to rejoice in this paradise called life.”

Lao Tzu

“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.”

Leo Buscaglia

“We are so often caught up in our destination that we forget to appreciate the journey, especially the goodness of the people we meet on the way. Appreciation is a wonderful feeling, don’t overlook it.”


“Old friends pass away, new friends appear. It is just like the days. An old day passes, a new day arrives. The important thing is to make it meaningful: a meaningful friend or a meaningful day.”

Dalai Lama

“If you do not know how to relax and be satisfied with what you have, if you do not know how to appreciate the natural beauty of your environment, if you do not know how to be simple, then even if you were to possess all the money in the world you would still be miserable.”

Lama Yeshe

“The aim of life is appreciation; there is no sense in not appreciating things; and there is no sense in having more of them if you have less appreciation of them.”

Gilbert Keith Chesterton

“Flattery is from the teeth out. Sincere appreciation is from the heart out.”

Dale Carnegie

“Nine-tenths of wisdom is appreciation. Go find somebody’s hand and squeeze it… while there is still time.”

Dale Dauten

“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

“Life can be seen through your eyes but it is not fully appreciated until it is seen through your heart.”

Mary Xavier

“The best way to appreciate your job is to imagine yourself without one.”

Oscar Wild

“Before someone’s tomorrow has been taken away, cherish those you love, appreciate them today.”

Michelle C. Ustaszeski

“Look around you and appreciate those who care about you, be thankful they are in your life.”

Catherine Pulsifer

“Enjoy the little things in life, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.”


“Treasure the little that you have, work on it, be happy and appreciate life.”

Grant Ngobean

“Feeling appreciated is one of the most important needs that people have. When you share with someone your appreciation and gratitude, they will not forget you. Appreciation will return to you many times.”

Steve Brunkhorst

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