„The highest tribute to the dead is not grief but gratitude.“

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„As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words but to live by them.“

—  John F. Kennedy 35th president of the United States of America 1917 - 1963

"Proclamation 3560 — Thanksgiving Day, 1963" (5 November 1963) http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/?pid=9511<!-- Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project -->
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Kontext: Today we give our thanks, most of all, for the ideals of honor and faith we inherit from our forefathers —  for the decency of purpose, steadfastness of resolve and strength of will, for the courage and the humility, which they possessed and which we must seek every day to emulate. As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words but to live by them.
Let us therefore proclaim our gratitude to Providence for manifold blessings — let us be humbly thankful for inherited ideals — and let us resolve to share those blessings and those ideals with our fellow human beings throughout the world.

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„If it were possible to heal sorrow by weeping and to raise the dead with tears, gold were less prized than grief.“

—  Sophocles ancient Greek tragedian -496 - -406 v.Chr

Scyrii, Frag. 510.
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„Translation: What we call mourning for our dead is perhaps not so much grief at not being able to call them back as it is grief at not being able to want to do so.“

—  Thomas Mann, buch Der Zauberberg

Was wir Trauer nennen, ist vielleicht nicht sowohl der Schmerz über die Unmöglichkeit, unsere Toten ins Leben kehren zu sehen, als darüber, dies gar nicht wünschen zu können.
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„Gratitude is riches. Complaint is poverty.“

—  Doris Day American actress, singer, and animal rights activist 1922 - 2019

Though she is quoted as saying this in a 1996 interview, she is quoted as saying it is a maxim which she follows as a Christian Scientist, and it seems to come from words of a Christian Science Hymn. It does come from Hymn 249 in the Christian Science Hymnal
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„Gratitude is a sickness suffered by dogs.“

—  Joseph Stalin General secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union 1879 - 1953

As quoted in The Memoirs of Stalin's former secretary (1992) by Boris Bazhanov [Saint Petersburg] (in Russian) http://lib.ru/MEMUARY/BAZHANOW/stalin.txt
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„Revenge is profitable, gratitude is expensive.“

—  Edward Gibbon, The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

Vol. 1, Chap. 11.
The Decline And Fall Of The Roman Empire: Volume 1 (1776)
Quelle: The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

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„Joy is the simplest form of gratitude.“

—  Karl Barth Swiss Protestant theologian 1886 - 1968

As quoted in Finding the Magnificent in Lower Mundane : Extraordinary Stories About An Ordinary Place (1994) by Bob Stromberg, p. 69.

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„Gratitude is a euphemism for resentment.“

—  Robert A. Heinlein, buch Stranger in a Strange Land

Quelle: Stranger in a Strange Land

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