Being able to say “thank you” is just part of being polite and well-mannered. Besides, it is the simplest way to show your appreciation toward someone.

We learn this phrase from a very young age, but it takes years to really understand the meaning behind it. People usually need to go through some experiences (both positive and negative) before learning what gratitude really is.

You know you’ve come a long way when you finally realize that people don’t owe you anything and you begin to show appreciation for every small thing they’ve ever done for you. For simply being there, for listening to you or believing in you when you didn’t have the power to do it yourself.

Some of you might find the right words to express your gratitude, but others might get a little overwhelmed. Whether you’re thinking about writing a message or say something in person, a simple “thank you” doesn’t even begin to express how you truly feel. No worries, we’ve found some beautiful quotes that will come in handy.

Here are 22 thank you quotes to express your gratitude with the right words:

For all that has been — thanks. For all that shall be — yes.


DAG HAMMARSKJÖLD

Thank you for accepting me as I am, with my virtues and defects.


JENNI RIVERA

Thank you. You have shown me the way back to myself. 


CHARLES BAUDELAIRE

So thank you so much for all your smiles, and for loving me each day. Life can be very tough but thankfully, I’ve got you to help shine my way.


JULIE HEBERT

Thank you for life, and all the little ups and downs that make it worth living.


TRAVIS BARKER

Thank goodness for all of the things you are not! Thank goodness you’re not something someone forgot.


DR. SEUSS (more Dr. Seuss quotes)

If only there was enough space on this tiny card to evoke my unfettered joie de vivre for what you have done. The gaiety, the mirth, the heavenly bubbling of every effusive cell that sings inside me for your kind and pithy offering.


JOSHUA BRAFF

I’m grateful for always this moment, the now, no matter what form it takes.


ECKHART TOLLE (more Eckhart Tolle quotes)

I love where I come from. The people there are good people. When they say, ‘Thank you,’ they mean it.


LUKE PERRY

Thank you for the good times, the days you filled with pleasure. Thank you for fond memories and for feelings I’ll always treasure.


KARL FUCHS

Words are never warm and tender enough to express one’s appreciation of a great kindness.


HELEN KELLER (more Helen Keller quotes)

‘Thank you’ is the best prayer that anyone could say. I say that one a lot. Thank you expresses extreme gratitude, humility, understanding.


ALICE WALKER

Thank you for being you… for sharing your love with me… for inspiring me to accept myself… for helping me see the unique beauty in imperfection… for showing me that love is something you do; something not just to be said, but also to be shown.


STEVE MARABOLI

In all the world, there is no heart for me like yours. In all the world, there is no love for you like mine.


MAYA ANGELOU (more Maya Angelou quotes)

In the end, though, maybe we must all give up trying to pay back the people in this world who sustain our lives. In the end, maybe it’s wiser to surrender before the miraculous scope of human generosity and to just keep saying thank you, forever and sincerely, for as long as we have voices.


ELIZABETH GILBERT

I lie in bed at night, after ending my prayers with the words ‘Thank you, God, for all that is good and dear and beautiful.’


ANNE FRANK

I awoke this morning with devout thanksgiving for my friends, the old and the new.


RALPH WALDO EMERSON (more Ralph Waldo Emerson quotes)

Express gratitude for the greatness of small things.


RICHIE NORTON

So I’m thanking you today. Because of you I am now me.


JOHN BUTLER TRIO

If you walk out of the house and think you feel great, or if someone tells you that you look amazing, believe it and just say thank you.


JENNIFER LOVE HEWITT

Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.


MARCEL PROUST (more Marcel Proust quotes)

I have had a thousand kisses, for which with my whole soul I thank love – but if you should deny me the thousand and first – ‘t would put me to the proof how great a misery I could live through.


JOHN KEATS (more John Keats quotes)