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
I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought;
and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.
You say grace before meals. All right.
But I say grace before the concert and the opera, and grace before the play and pantomime, and grace before I open a book, and grace before sketching, painting, swimming, fencing, boxing, walking, playing, dancing and grace before I dip the pen in the ink.
Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues,
but the parent of all the others.
Cicero (106-43 B.C.)