C.N. Douglas, comp. Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical. 1917.


Evermore thanks, the exchequer of the poor.


Thanks, oftenest obtrusive.


Beggar that I am, I am even poor in thanks.


I am glad that he thanks God for anything.

Samuel Johnson.

The poorest service is repaid with thanks.


  • Thanks to men
  • Of noble minds, is honorable meed.
  • Shakespeare.

  • I thank you for your voices: thank you:
  • Your most sweet voices.
  • Shakespeare.

  • Let never day nor night unhallow’d pass,
  • But still remember what the Lord hath done.
  • Shakespeare.

    Our whole life should speak forth our thankfulness; every condition and place we are in should be a witness of our thankfulness. This will make the times and places we live in better for us. When we ourselves are monuments of God’s mercy, it is fit we should be patterns of His praises, and leave monuments to others. We should think it given to us to do something better than to live in. We live not to live: our life is not the end of itself, but the praise of the giver.

    R. Libbes.

  • Thou thought’st to help me; and such thanks I give
  • As one near death to those that wish him live.
  • Shakespeare.

  • When I’m not thank’d at all, I’m thank’d enough,
  • I’ve done my duty, and I’ve done no more.
  • Henry Fielding.

  • Your bounty’s beyond my speaking,
  • But though my mouth be dumb, my heart shall thank you.
  • Nicholas Rowe.

  • Some hae meat and canna eat,
  • And some would eat that want it;
  • But we hae meat, and we can eat,
  • Sae let the Lord be thankit.
  • Burns.

    To receive honestly is the best thanks for a good thing.

    George MacDonald.