Hoyt & Roberts, comps. Hoyts New Cyclopedia of Practical Quotations. 1922.
If hushd the loud whirlwind that ruffled the deep, The sky if no longer dark tempests deform; When our perils are past shall our gratitude sleep? No! Heres to the pilot that weatherd the storm! George CanningSong (on Billy Pitt). Sung at a public dinner, May 28, 1802.
Gratus animus est una virtus non solum maxima, sed etiam mater virtutum omnium reliquarum. A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all the other virtues. CiceroOratio Pro Cnæo Plancio. XXXIII.
Conveniens homini est hominem servare voluptas. Et melius nulla quæritur arte favor. It is a pleasure appropriate to man, for him to save a fellow-man, and gratitude is acquired in no better way. OvidEpistolæ Ex Ponto. II. 9. 39.
Non est diuturna possessio in quam gladio ducimus; beneficiorum gratia sempiterna est. That possession which we gain by the sword is not lasting; gratitude for benefits is eternal. Quintus Curtius RufusDe Rebus Gestis Alexandri Magni. VIII. 8. 11.
Now the good gods forbid That our renowned Rome, whose gratitude Towards her deserved children is enrolld In Joves own book, like an unnatural dam Should now eat up her own! Coriolanus. Act III. Sc. 1. L. 290.
Let but the commons hear this testament Which, pardon me, I do not mean to read And they would go and kiss dead Cæsars wounds And dip their napkins in his sacred blood, Yea, beg a hair of him for memory, And, dying, mention it within their wills, Bequeathing it as a rich legacy Unto their issue. Julius Cæsar. Act III. Sc. 2. L. 135.