Gratitude

A witty and perhaps somewhat cynical French writer is credited with having devised the definition that "gratitude is a lively appreciation of benefits yet to come." On superficial reading, his statement might appear to be a sarcastic commentary on human selfishness that gives expression to gratitude only when it foresees future benefits from a source which it therefore wishes to flatter. And it implies that the expression of gratitude would be withheld, were it not believed the future would hold additional munificence from that source.

In the light which Christian Science throws upon all human motivation, however, the expression of gratitude may justifiably be considered as being "a lively appreciation of benefits yet to come," as well as of benefits already received.

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