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Thank You Proverbs & Sayings

"Proverb (noun): a short, well-known pithy saying, stating a general truth or piece of advice."
The Oxford English Dictionary

Proverbs exist in all languages and play a role in most, if not all, societies and cultures around the world.
Be they from Estonia or Nigeria, proverbs and traditional sayings convey universal truths and common sense wisdom that we can all relate to. Here are a selection of proverbs that touch on the themes of thankfulness, gratitude and appreciation.

Thank You & Gratitude Proverbs & Sayings

If we thanked God for the good things, there wouldn't be time to weep over the bad.
Yiddish Proverb

When eating bamboo sprouts, remember the person who planted them.
Chinese Proverb

Gratitude is the heart's memory.
French Proverb (often attributed to Jean-Baptiste Massieu)

Forget injuries, never forget kindnesses.
Chinese Proverb (often attributed to Confucius)

When eating fruit, think of the person who planted the tree.
Vietnamese Proverb

If you can read this, thank a teacher. American Proverb

To the grateful man give more than he asks.
Spanish (also Portuguese) Proverb

Since we cannot get what we like, let us like what we can get.
Spanish Proverb

If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies in yourself.
Native American Proverb

One can pay back the loan of gold, but one dies forever in debt to those who are kind.
Malayan Proverb

If you can read this, thank a teacher.
American Proverb

Gratitude is the least of virtues; ingratitude the worst of vices.
French Proverb

Half a loaf is better than none!
English Proverb

Don't look a gift horse in the mouth.
English Proverb

I complained I had no shoes, until I met a man who had no feet.
Indian (also Persian) Proverb

Give thanks for a little and you will find a lot.
Nigerian Proverb

Get down on your knees and thank God you're still on your feet!
Irish Proverb

Though the wine belongs to the owner, the thanks are given to the butler.
Jewish Proverb

Who does not thank for little will not thank for much.
Estonian Proverb

Don't overload Gratitude; if you do, she'll kick.
American Proverb (often attributed to Benjamin Franklin)

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