Gratitude and Wonder

“We seldom think of what we have but always what we lack.” (Schopenhauer)

“Do not spoil wht you have by desiring what you have not; but remember that what you now have was once among the things only hoped for.” (Epicurus)

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life… It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” (Melody Beattie)

“The more I wonder, the more I love.” (Alice Walker)

“We teach our children how to measure, how to weigh. We fail to teach them how to revere, how to sense wonder and awe. The sense of the sublime, the sign of the inward greatness of the human soul and something which is potentially given to all men, is now a rare gift.” (Abraham Joshua Herschel)

“Do our experiences become more marvelous with age or is it just that we don’t realize when they occur how really beautiful and precious they are? (Joseph Campbell)

“Don’t think: Look!” (Wittgenstein)

“There are two things to aim at in life: First, to get what you want, and after that, to enjoy it. Only the wisest of mankind achieve the second.” (Logan Pearsall Smith)

“Life is a great bundle of little things.” (Oliver Wendell Holmes)

“This world, after all our science and sciences, is still a miracle; wonderful, inscrutable, magical and more, to whosoever will think of it.” (Thomas Carlyle)

“We ought to dance with rapture that we should be alive, and in the flesh, and part of the living, incarnate cosmos.” (D.H. Lawrence)

“The world will never starve for want of wonders.” (G. K. Chesterson)

“I think one must finally take one’s life is one’s arms.” (Arthur Miller)

“We ourselves cannot put any magic spell on this world. The world is its own magic.” (Suzuki Roshi)

“We have buried so much of the delicate magic of life.”  (D.H. Lawrence)

“The moment one gives close attention to anything, even a blade of grass, it becomes mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself.” (Henry Miller)

“If the only prayer you say in your whole life is ‘thank you,’ that would suffice.” (Meister Eckhart)