Maya Angelou said it best--

As the holiday season approaches, much quicker each year it seems, we wanted to share some inspirational quotes that remind us all to be thankful for the people in our lives, the little things, and the things we most often take for granted. 

  • From a Native America chief to TV personalities, we've collected quotes that will spark gratitude in everyone!
    • “Make it a habit to tell people ‘thank you.’ To express your appreciation, sincerely and without the expectation of anything in return. Truly appreciate those around you, and you’ll soon find many others around you. Truly appreciate life, and you’ll find that you have more of it.”
      -Ralph Marston
    • “Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.”
      -Melody Beattie
    • “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
    • “When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light, for your life, for your strength. Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason to give thanks, the fault lies in yourself.”
    • “Don’t let the sun go down without saying thank you to someone, and without admitting to yourself that absolutely no one gets this far alone.”
      -Stephen King
    • “The heart that gives thanks is a happy one, for we cannot feel thankful and unhappy at the same time.”
      -Douglas Wood
    • “When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around.”
      -Willie Nelson
    • “I never met a bitter person who was thankful. Or a thankful person who was bitter.”
      -Nick Vujicic

In the spirit of thankfulness, we want to express our appreciation for our clients; all teachers, principals, curriculum and instructional coaches, district administrators, and state representatives. We are also grateful for students, for if it weren’t for them, we would have no purpose. 

An opportunity to respond
Teachers, feel free to use any of the above quotes to inspire writing in your students. Give them one or two to respond to in writing. Allow them to express their thoughts and opinions on it, or have them write a short story with the quote as a theme. You could even have students write their own “thankful” quote and explain. You can create a new prompt with specific quotes, or enable the Student Choice essays and let the students choose their own quotes. Take a few minutes to write your own response and share it with your students. MI Write is here for whatever writing needs you have.