Is the use of "In this spirit" correct in the following context?

Marcel Proust wrote ``Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom". In this spirit, I would like to express my gratitude to all my fellow students.

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    Yes, this is correct. A variant is "It is in this spirit that I would ...". – Graffito Aug 11 '15 at 23:50
  • The "spirit" refers to the essence of the sentiment or outlook conveyed by the preceding. – Brian Hitchcock Aug 12 '15 at 8:44

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