Thursday, November 25, 2010

On this Thanksgiving Day

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"People travel to wonder at the height of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea,
at the long courses of rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular
motion of the stars; and they pass by themselves without wondering... Now, let us
acknowledge the wonder of our physical incarnation— that we are here, in these
particular bodies, at this particular time, in these particular circumstances.
May we never take for granted the gift of our individuality."
— Saint Augustine of Hippo (354-430)


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"Thou has given so much to me... Give me one thing more— a grateful heart."
— George Herbert (1593-1633)

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"In the deepest night of trouble and sorrow God gives us so much to be thankful
for that we need never cease our singing. With all our wisdom and foresight we can
take a lesson in gladness and gratitude from the happy bird that sings all night,
as if the day were not long enough to tell its joy."
— Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834)


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"Gratitude is born in hearts that take time to count up past mercies.
they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom."
— Charles Edward Jefferson (1860-1937)

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"At times our 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 (1875-1965)

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The best way to show our gratitude to God is to accept everything with joy.
- Mother Teresa (1910-1997)

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Gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.
— G.K. Chesterton (1874-1936)


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