Thanksgiving Quotes

Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday celebrated on various dates in the United States, Canada, some of the Caribbean islands, and Liberia. It began as a day of giving thanks and sacrifice for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year. Similarly named festival holidays occur in Germany and Japan. Thanksgiving is celebrated on the second Monday of October in Canada and on the fourth Thursday of November in the United States, and around the same part of the year in other places. Although Thanksgiving has historical roots in religious and cultural traditions, it has long been celebrated as a secular holiday as well.

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Thanksgiving Quotes

Thanksgiving is a time of togetherness and gratitude. – Nigel Hamilton

Thanksgiving is a time for celebrating everything you love. – Robin Kite

Thanksgiving is good, but ‘thanksliving’ is better. – Author Unknown

Thanksgiving is a time to give, a time to love, and a time to reflect on the things that matter most in life. – Danielle Duckery

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite American traditions. I quickly picked it up when I moved to the U.S. from Sweden. – Marcus Samuelsson

Thanksgiving is probably my favorite holiday – it’s a day that’s American to the core and it’s a day that’s all about what and how we eat. – Marcus Samuelsson

Thanksgiving is a season that is very much in accord with the themes and teachings of Jesus Christ. – John Clayton

Thanksgiving is a very important holiday. Ours was the first country in the world to make a national holiday to give thanks. – Linus (Charlie Brown)

Thanksgiving is a joyous invitation to shower the world with love and gratitude. – Amy Leigh Mercree

Thanksgiving is so called because we are all so thankful that it only comes once a year. P. J. O’Rourke

Thanksgiving is America’s national chow-down feast, the one occasion each year when gluttony becomes a patriotic duty. – Michael Dresser

Thanksgiving is the holiday that encompasses all others. All of them, from Martin Luther King Day to Arbor Day to Christmas to Valentine’s Day, are in one way or another about being thankful. Jonathan Safran Foer

Thanksgiving is the holiday of peace, the celebration of work and the simple life… a true folk-festival that speaks the poetry of the turn of the seasons, the beauty of seedtime and harvest, the ripe product of the year — and the deep, deep connection of all these things with God. Ray Stannard Baker

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite days of the year because it reminds us to give thanks and to count our blessings. Suddenly, so many things become so little when we realize how blessed and lucky we are. Joyce Giraud

Thanksgiving is America’s favorite holiday because it’s a time when we put aside our cares, much as the struggling Pilgrims did nearly four centuries ago, and eat a gut-busting meal without worrying about the ‘out years.’ David Ignatius

Thanksgiving is an emotional holiday. People travel thousands of miles to be with people they only see once a year. And then discover once a year is way too often. – Johnny Carson

Thanksgiving is a celebration of a harvest, and it is common all over the world. – Rodney Miles

Thanksgiving is the end of all human conduct, whether observed in words or works. – J. B. Lightfoot

Thanksgiving is a special day, a day we share the joy. We come before a lavish meal, one we quite enjoy. – Julie Hebert

Thanksgiving is the expression of an attitude, or a philosophy of life. The thankful person is a person who looks at life from a unique perspective, and, therefore, sees what the ungrateful do not see. – Steve Pease

Thanksgiving is a day to be thankful for all of our blessings, and may we never forget to give thanks for the freedom we enjoy. – Catherine Pulsifer

Thanksgiving is an act. Hence, it is not enough to have the feeling in our hearts; it is important to express it so that the party to whom we are giving thanks sees and knows that we are truly grateful for the good that we have received. – Joseph A Iyongo

Thanksgiving is the expression of gratitude, an acknowledgement of favors or divine goodness. It is an act of appreciation, often directed to God for all He has done or is doing in our lives. – Joseph A Iyongo

Thanksgiving is a fun, family holiday that is celebrated every year! Families get together and, in their own way, give thanks for the Blessings that they enjoy. – Leanne Annett

Thanksgiving is about a lot of things. It’s about being grateful for all of our blessings. It’s about family and friends coming together, sometimes for the first time in a long time. time. It’s about slowing down; it’s about heritage and kindness. – Arnie Lightning

Thanksgiving is coming to the life-altering understanding that truly precious things can’t be owned anyway. And the wonder of it all is not only realizing that we can’t own them, but it’s realizing that we don’t have to expend the energy in the maintenance of them in order to enjoy them. – Craig D. Lounsbrough

My Thanksgiving is perpetual. It is surprising how contented one can be with nothing definite — only a sense of existence. Henry David Thoreau

Thanksgiving creates abundance. – Ann Voskamp

Thanksgiving was never meant to be shut up in a single day. – Robert Caspar Lintner

It is one thing to be grateful. It’s another to give thanks. Gratitude is what you feel. Thanksgiving is what you do. – Tim Keller

Overeating at Thanksgiving is a case in point. It’s a national tradition. Eric Samuel Timm

Superficial social niceties are far different from the deep emotion of thanksgiving. – Alexandra Katehakis

He who thanks but with the lips, thanks but in part; the full, the true Thanksgiving, comes from the heart. – J.A. Shedd

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Thanksgiving Quotes

Patient of labor when the end was rest, 
Indulged the day that housed their annual grain, 
With feasts, and off’rings, and a thankful strain. – Alexander Pope

So once in every year we throng
Upon a day apart,
To praise the Lord with feast and song
In thankfulness of heart. – Arthur Guiterman

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. – John Fitzgerald Kennedy

I am grateful for what I am and have. My thanksgiving is perpetual. – Henry David Thoreau

We would worry less if we praised more. Thanksgiving is the enemy of discontent and dissatisfaction. – Harry Ironside

There should be a parallel between our supplications and our thanksgivings. We ought not to leap in prayer, and limp in praise. – Charles Haddon Spurgeon

Perhaps it takes a purer faith to praise God for unrealized blessings than for those we once enjoyed or those we enjoy now. – A.W. Tozer

I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder. – G.K. Chesterton

The unthankful heart discovers no mercies; but the thankful heart will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings. – Henry Ward Beecher

The Christian who walks with the Lord and keeps constant communion with Him will see many reason for rejoicing and thanksgiving all day long. – Warren W. Wiersbe

Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow. – Melody Beattie

Careful for nothing, prayerful for everything, thankful for anything. – Dwight L. Moody

Each day is a gift from God. What you do with it is your gift to Him. – T.D. Jakes

God wants to see prayers that are filled with genuine praise and thanksgiving for what He has done in the past. He wants our hearts to be filled with awe and gratitude for His blessings. He wants us to set up memorials in our hearts testifying to the provisions He has given us. – Michael Youssef

We can always find something to be thankful for, and there may be reasons why we ought to be thankful for even those dispensations which appear dark and frowning. – Albert Barnes

The unthankful heart discovers no mercies; but let the thankful heart sweep through the day and, as the magnet finds the iron, so it will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings! – Henry Ward Beecher

As you keep your mind and heart focused in the right direction, approaching each day with faith and gratitude, I believe you will be empowered to live life to the fullest and enjoy the abundant life He has promised you! – Victoria Osteen

Of all the characteristics needed for both a happy and morally decent life, none surpasses gratitude. Grateful people are happier, and grateful people are more morally decent. – Dennis Prager

Isn’t it peculiar, Charlie Brown, how some traditions just slowly fade away? – Lucy (Charlie Brown)

But Thanksgiving is more than eating, Chuck. You heard what Linus was saying out there. Those pilgrims were thankful for what had happened to them, and we should be thankful, too. We should just be thankful for being together. I think that’s what they mean by Thanksgiving, Charlie Brown. – Marcy (Charlie Brown)

In the year 1621, the Pilgrims held their first Thanksgiving feast. They invited the great Indian chief Massasoit, who brought ninety of his brave Indians and a great abundance of food. Governor William Bradford and Captain Miles Standish were honored guests. Elder William Brewster, who was a minister, said a prayer that went something like this: ‘We thank God for our homes and our food and our safety in a new land. We thank God for the opportunity to create a new world for freedom and justice. – Linus’ Thanksgiving prayer (Charlie Brown)

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

The Lord has done it this very day; let us rejoice today and be glad. – Psalm 118:24

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good. His love endures forever. – Psalm 136:1

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. –  James 1:17

Those who sacrifice thank offerings honor me, and to the blameless I will show my salvation. – Psalm 50:23

Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever, his faithfulness continues through all generations. – Psalm 100

Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings. – William Arthur Ward

Thanksgiving Day is a jewel, to set in the hearts of honest men; but be careful that you do not take the day, and leave out the gratitude. – E.P. Powell

God is glorified, not by our groans, but by our thanksgivings. – Edwin Percy Whipple

Thanksgiving: giving Him thanks for what He has done and how He has revealed Himself to you. – Tony Watson

Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough. – Oprah Winfrey

There is one day that is ours. Thanksgiving Day is the one day that is purely American. – O. Henry

At Thanksgiving, I always start at the top of my list and say I’m grateful for friends, family, and good health. Then I get more superficial… like being thankful for my Louboutins. – Christie Brinkley

An optimist is a person who starts a new diet on Thanksgiving Day. – Irv Kupcinet

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Often I’ll speak my thanksgiving aloud. Hearing the long list of good gifts God has given me is usually just what I need to restore my joy. – Lori Hatcher

If you made a list of all the things you could be thankful for, the list would undoubtedly be longer than your misfortunes. – Catherine Pulsifer

Over and over I marvel at the blessings of my life: Each year has grown better than the last. – Lawrence Welk

An attitude of gratitude brings great things. – Yogi Bhajan

The thankful receiver bears a plentiful harvest. – William Blake

We are blessed in so many ways; many things we take for granted but we should stop and be thankful each and every day. – Catherine Pulsifer

Over the Thanksgiving holiday I took time to reflect on what is most important to me and realized I need to find a way to put the fun back into racing. – Kurt Busch

When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around. – Willie Nelson

I think that is a better thing than thanksgiving: thanks-living. How is this to be done? By a general cheerfulness of manner, by an obedience to the command of Him by whose mercy we live, by a perpetual, constant delighting of ourselves in the Lord, and by a submission of our desires to His will. – Charles Spurgeon

I’m thankful for every moment. – Al Green

Best of all is it to preserve everything in a pure, still heart, and let there be for every pulse a thanksgiving, and for every breath a song. – Konrad von Gesner

If you are really thankful, what do you do? You share. – W. Clement Stone

I give thanks to my Creator for this wonderful life where each of us has the opportunity to learn lessons we could not fully comprehend by any other means. – Joseph B. Wirthlin

To give thanks in solitude is enough. Thanksgiving has wings and goes where it must go. Your prayer knows much more about it than you do. – Victor Hugo

Drink and be thankful to the host! What seems insignificant when you have it, is important when you need it. – Franz Grillparzer

Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it. – William Arthur Ward

I’m not a big turkey fan, but my husband loves it. Thanksgiving is his favorite meal. – Ruth Reichl

Gratitude is the inward feeling of kindness received. Thankfulness is the natural impulse to express that feeling. Thanksgiving is the following of that impulse. – Henry Van Dyke

Every Thanksgiving, we all write down three things we’re thankful for and put them in a hat. Then we pass the hat around the dinner table and everyone has to guess who wrote what! – Debby Ryan

No one has ever become poor by giving. – Anne Frank

My fondest memories are generally the day after Thanksgiving. I get the total decorating Christmas itch. – Katharine McPhee

Thanksgiving Day is a good day to recommit our energies to giving thanks and just giving. – Amy Grant

Thanksgiving just gets me all warm and tingly and all kinds of wonderful inside. – Willard Scott

That’s one of the great things about Thanksgiving: Football’s on! – Michael Strahan

Christians were instructed to serve others, and the thanksgiving was for the grace of God and the fact that God offered a way for man to return to a positive relationship with Him. – John Clayton

There was a time, in the not so distant past, that if you didn’t have what you needed on Thanksgiving, you were pretty much going to have to wait until Friday. Not anymore! – Monica Johnson

I’ve always had fond memories of cooking Thanksgiving. – Wylie Dufresne

If you think about a Thanksgiving dinner, it’s really like making a large chicken. – Ina Garten

Homemade stuffing is my favorite thing about Thanksgiving. I wish people served it more than just once a year. b

The simple act of practicing gratitude, consistently, is your invitation to a new life. Accepting the invitation is now up to you. – Josie Robinson

Gratitude is one of the most powerful human emotions. Once expressed, it changes attitude, brightens outlook, and broadens our perspective. – Germany Kent

To become a better you, remember to be grateful to people who have contributed to making you who you are today. – Israelmore Ayivor

Ultimately, we have just one moral duty: to reclaim large areas of peace in ourselves, more and more peace, and to reflect it toward others. – Etty Hillesum

No matter what the situation is…close your eyes and think of all the things in your life you could be grateful for right now. – Deepak Chopra

Silent gratitude isn’t very much to anyone. – Gertrude Stein

Things turn out best for people who make the best of the way things turn out. – John Wooden

Gratitude is a feedback loop that will show you where you are thriving. – Danielle LaPorte

In life, one has a choice to take one of two paths: to wait for some special day—or to celebrate each special day. – Rasheed Ogunlaru

Gratitude for the seemingly insignificant—a seed—this plants the giant miracle. – Ann Voskamp

Look at everything as though you were seeing it for the first or the last time, then your time on earth will be filled with glory. – Betty Smith

I’m a very positive thinker, and I think that is what helps me the most in difficult moments. – Roger Federer

Thankfulness creates gratitude which generates contentment that causes peace. – Todd Stocker

There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle. – Albert Einstein

The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables us to count our blessings. – Eric Hoffer

We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures. – Thornton Wilder

At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us. – Albert Schweitzer

When I force myself to utter the awkward phrase, ‘I am grateful,’ I actually start to feel a bit more grateful…It’s basic cognitive behavioral therapy: Behave in a certain way, and your mind will eventually catch up with your actions. – A.J. Jacobs

All sanity depends on this: that it should be a delight to feel the roughness of a carpet under smooth soles, a delight to feel heat strike the skin, a delight to stand upright, knowing the bones are moving easily under the flesh. – Doris Lessing

Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude. – Denis Waitley

When you are joyful, when you say yes to life and have fun and project positivity all around you, you become a sun in the center of every constellation, and people want to be near you. – Shannon L. Alder

Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance. – Eckhart Tolle

Can you see the holiness in those things you take for granted—a paved road or a washing machine? If you concentrate on finding what is good in every situation, you will discover that your life will suddenly be filled with gratitude, a feeling that nurtures the soul. – Rabbi Harold Kushner

The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention. – Oscar Wilde

Bad things do happen; how I respond to them defines my character and the quality of my life. I can choose to sit in perpetual sadness, immobilized by the gravity of my loss, or I can choose to rise from the pain and treasure the most precious gift I have—life itself. – Walter Anderson

I think that real friendship always makes us feel such sweet gratitude, because the world almost always seems like a very hard desert, and the flowers that grow there seem to grow against such high odds. – Stephen King

We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives. – John F. Kennedy

Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer. And let faith be the bridge you build to overcome evil and welcome good. – Maya Angelou

Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Too often, we forget to thank the people who are closest to us. They are easy to take for granted, and we can expend all our patience and niceties on strangers and have only leftovers to give our family. – Kent Brantly

Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others. – Marcus Tullius Cicero

We should certainly count our blessings, but we should also make our blessings count. – Neal A. Maxwell

In ordinary life we hardly realize that we receive a great deal more than we give, and that it is only with gratitude that life becomes rich. – Dietrich Bonhoeffer

I am one of the happiest gals you know because I choose it every single day. I choose to practice gratitude; I choose to surround myself with things and people who support positivity. – Rachel Hollis

‘Thank you’ is the best prayer that anyone could say. I say that one a lot. Thank you expresses extreme gratitude, humility, understanding. – Alice Walker

Gratitude doesn’t change the scenery. It merely washes clean the glass you look through so you can clearly see the colors. – Richelle E. Goodrich

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart. – Helen Keller

The more one does and sees and feels, the more one is able to do, and the more genuine may be one’s appreciation of fundamental things like home, and love, and understanding companionship. – Amelia Earhart

Live a life full of humility, gratitude, intellectual curiosity, and never stop learning. – GZA

Happiness already exists in your life. All you need to do is tune into it. And you can start doing that right now. – Anthon St. Maarten

You simply will not be the same person two months from now after consciously giving thanks each day for the abundance that exists in your life. – Sarah Ban Breathnach

If we magnified blessings as much as we magnify disappointments, we’d all be much happier. – John Wooden

Nothing is more honorable than a grateful heart. – William Wordsworth

When you practice gratefulness, there is a sense of respect toward others. – Dalai Lama

When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed. – Maya Angelou

If you count all your assets, you always show a profit. – Robert Quillen

Everything changed when I switched from saying ‘I have to do this’ to ‘I GET to do this.’ – Charlotte Eriksson

Start each day with a positive thought and a grateful heart. – Roy T. Bennett

Happiness is a quality of the soul…not a function of one’s material circumstances. – Aristotle

An attitude of positive expectation is the mark of the superior personality. – Brian Tracy

Make it a habit to tell people thank you. To express your appreciation, sincerely and without the expectation of anything in return. Truly appreciate those around you, and you’ll soon find many others around you. Truly appreciate life, and you’ll find that you have more of it. – Ralph Marston.

When you give and carry out acts of kindness, it’s as though something inside your body responds and says, ‘Yes, this is how I ought to feel.’ – Rabbi Harold Kushner

There is a calmness to a life lived in gratitude, a quiet joy. – Ralph H. Blum

Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet. – Thich Nhat Hanh

Be mindful. Be grateful. Be positive. Be true. Be kind. – Roy T. Bennett

Thanksgiving Quotes

Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for. – Epicurus

The greatest blessings of mankind are within us and within our reach. A wise man is content with his lot, whatever it may be, without wishing for what he has not. – Seneca

He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has. – Epictetus

Forget yesterday – it has already forgotten you. Don’t sweat tomorrow – you haven’t even met. Instead, open your eyes and your heart to a truly precious gift – today. – Steve Maraboli

You pray in your distress and in your need; would that you might pray also in the fullness of your joy and in your days of abundance. – Kahlil Gibran

Appreciation is a wonderful thing. It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well. – Voltaire

What separates privilege from entitlement is gratitude. – Brené Brown

Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn’t learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn’t learn a little, at least we didn’t get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn’t die; so, let us all be thankful. – Buddha

Be thankful for your allotment in an imperfect world. Though better circumstances can be imagined, far worse are nearer misses than you probably care to realize. – Richelle E. Goodrich

It’s a funny thing about life, once you begin to take note of the things you are grateful for, you begin to lose sight of the things that you lack. – Germany Kent

When it comes to life the critical thing is whether you take thing for granted or take them with gratitude. – G.K. Chesterton

The roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation for goodness. – Dalai Lama

Gratitude is the ability to experience life as a gift. It liberates us from the prison of self-preoccupation. – John Ortberg

Courtesies of a small and trivial character are the ones which strike deepest in the grateful and appreciating heart. – Henry Clay

I have learned over a period of time to be almost unconsciously grateful — as a child is — for a sunny day, blue water, flowers in a vase, a tree turning red. I have learned to be glad at dawn and when the sky is dark. Only children and a few spiritually evolved people are born to feel gratitude as naturally as they breathe, without even thinking. – Faith Baldwin

Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things. – Robert Brault

Because gratitude is the key to happiness, anything that undermines gratitude must undermine happiness. And nothing undermines gratitude as much as expectations. There is an inverse relationship between expectations and gratitude: The more expectations you have, the less gratitude you will have. – Dennis Prager

This is a wonderful day. I’ve never seen this one before. – Maya Angelou

Being in the habit of saying ‘Thank you,’ of making sure that people receive attention so they know you value them, of not presuming that people will always be there—this is a good habit, regardless…make sure to give virtual and actual high-fives to those who rock and rock hard. – Sarah Wendell

Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has plenty; not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some. – Charles Dickens

Gratitude always comes into play; research shows that people are happier if they are grateful for the positive things in their lives, rather than worrying about what might be missing. – Dan Buettner

They do not love, that do not show their love. – William Shakespeare

The soul that gives thanks can find comfort in everything; the soul that complains can find comfort in nothing. – Hannah Whitall Smith

Some people grumble that roses have thorns; I am grateful that thorns have roses. – Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr

Expectation has brought me disappointment. Disappointment has brought me wisdom. Acceptance, gratitude and appreciation have brought me joy and fulfillment. – Rasheed Ogunlaru

Embrace every new day with gratitude, hope and love. – Lailah Gifty Akita

Got no checkbooks, got no banks. Still I’d like to express my thanks. I’ve got the sun in the mornin’ and the moon at night. – Irving Berlin

Now is no time to think of what you do not have. Think of what you can do with what there is. Ernest Hemingway

I only own something because someone somewhere sacrificed in order to create the situation where I have the opportunity to own it. And therefore, the more I own the more I owe. – Craig D. Lounsbrough

Every time we decide to be grateful it will be easier to see new things to be grateful for. Gratitude begets gratitude, just as love begets love. – Henri J.M. Nouwen

Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude. – A.A. Milne

Summoning gratitude is a sure way to get our life back on track. Opening our eyes to affirm gratitude grows the garden of our inner abundance, just as standing close to a fire eventually warms our heart. – Alexandra Katehakis

If you think of all the people you know, you will not be able to name one who is ungrateful and happy. The two are mutually exclusive. – Dennis Prager

There are bound to be problems and life is not perfect but we can be grateful for all the pieces of life that are happy and harmonious. The other pieces will have their own way of falling into place. – Donna Goddard

When you drink from the stream remember the spring. – Chinese proverb

Even the smallest shift in perspective can bring about the greatest healing. – Joshua Kai

I don’t have to chase extraordinary moments to find happiness—it’s right in front of me if I’m paying attention and practicing gratitude. – Brené Brown

Gratitude is the sign of noble souls. – Aesop

I try to start every day and end every day by taking a moment to be grateful. – Olivia Wilde

‘Enough’ is a feast. – Buddhist proverb

In the end, though, maybe we must all give up trying to pay back the people in this world who sustain our lives. In the end, maybe it’s wiser to surrender before the miraculous scope of human generosity and to just keep saying thank you, forever and sincerely, for as long as we have voices. – Elizabeth Gilbert

It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness. – Charles Spurgeon

No matter what our circumstances, we can find a reason to be thankful. – David Jeremiah

I’m just thankful for everything, all the blessings in my life, trying to stay that way. I think that’s the best way to start your day and finish your day. It keeps everything in perspective. – Tim Tebow

Happiness isn’t something that depends on our surroundings…It’s something we make inside ourselves. – Corrie Ten Boom

If you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain. – Dolly Parton

Appreciation can make a day—even change a life. Your willingness to put it into words is all that is necessary. – Margaret Cousins

Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless. – Mother Teresa

If a fellow isn’t thankful for what he’s got, he isn’t likely to be thankful for what he’s going to get. – Frank A. Clark

Mindfulness isn’t difficult, we just need to remember to do it. – Sharon Salzberg

I’m thankful for the challenges early on in my life because now I have a perspective on the world and kind of know what’s important. – America Ferrera

The little things? The little moments? They aren’t little. – Jon Kabat-Zinn

When we get too caught up in the busyness of the world, we lose connection with one another – and ourselves. – Jack Kornfield

So for tonight we pray for what we know can be. And on this day we hope for what we still can’t see. It’s up to us to be the change. And even though we all can still do more, there’s so much to be thankful for. – Josh Groban

Life is a dance. Mindfulness is witnessing that dance. – Amit Ray

Thanksgiving Quotes

I am grateful for what I am and have.
My thanksgiving is perpetual…
O how I laugh when I think of my vague indefinite riches.
No run on my bank can drain it
for my wealth is not possession but enjoyment. – Henry David Thoreau

Nature happens, but sometimes, if you’re not told just how special it is, you take it for granted. The same can be true with people. – Julieanne O’Connor

If you attain fame and fortune, and do not attain gratitude along with it, the chances are that you will not enjoy that fame or that fortune. – Napoleon Hill

Embrace life’s lessons with gratitude and appreciation and then move forward with an open heart and mind. – Ron Baratono

Grateful for each hand we hold, gathered round this table. – Mary Chapin Carpenter

The celebration of a life is recognizing all that we were blessed with, and feeling so very grateful. – Ajahn Brahm

It is through this practise of gratitude that I discovered something quite profound: shyness doesn’t survive when your cup is overflowing with gratitude. It doesn’t matter if you’re grateful for things that have happened or things that have yet to come to fruition, gratitude grows Quiet Confidence. – Joel Annesley

Gratitude tends to attract the things for which we are grateful in advance. – Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Stop counting your losses and start counting your blessings. Only then will you discover the losses are always easier to point out and count than blessings. And that your blessings will always outnumber your losses, for they are truly immeasurable. – Suzy Kassem

Count your blessings, not your problems. Count your own blessings, not someone else’s. Remember that jealousy is when you count someone else’s blessings instead of your own. – Roy T. Bennett

Live your truth. Express your love. Share your enthusiasm. Take action towards your dreams. Walk your talk. Dance and sing to your music. Embrace your blessings. Make today worth remembering. – Steve Maraboli

Every single time I gave gratitude, even for the littlest thing, I felt I touched a presence greater than myself. – Josie Robinson

When we lose one blessing, another is often most unexpectedly given in its place. – C.S. Lewis

You have to participate relentlessly in the manifestation of your own blessings. – Elizabeth Gilbert

Those born to wealth, and who have the means of gratifying every wish, know not what is the real happiness of life, just as those who have been tossed on the stormy waters of the ocean on a few frail planks can alone realize the blessings of fair weather. – Alexandre Dumas

Those blessings are sweetest that are won with prayer and worn with thanks. – Thomas Goodwin

Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom. – Marcel Proust

Sometimes we focus so much on what we don’t have that we fail to see, appreciate, and use what we do have! – Jeff Dixon

Some people come in our life as blessings. Some come in your life as lessons. – Mother Teresa

Count your blessings. Focus on what you’ve got. Spread the positive vibes. – Jyoti Patel

Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow. – Helen Keller

Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you’ll start having positive results. – Willie Nelson

Pessimism leads to weakness, optimism to power. – William James

Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference. – Winston Churchill

Now, therefore, I do recommend and assign Thursday, the 26th day of November next, to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be. – George Washington’s Thanksgiving Proclamation, October 3, 1789

Hem your blessings with thankfulness so they don’t unravel. – Unknown

Give thanks for unknown blessings already on their way. – Native American Saying

Showing gratitude is one of the simplest yet most powerful things humans can do for each other. – Randy Pausch

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. – Melody Beattie

What if, today, we were grateful for everything? – Charlie Brown

Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough. – Oprah Winfrey

If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough. – Meister Eckhart

Gratitude is a quality similar to electricity: It must be produced and discharged and used up in order to exist at all. – William Faulkner

Give thanks for a little and you will find a lot. – Hansa Proverb

Pie makes everybody happy. – Laurie Halse Anderson

Forever on Thanksgiving Day the heart will find the pathway home. – Wilbur D. Nesbit

Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our Thanksgiving. – W.T. Purkiser

Be present in all things and thankful for all things. – Maya Angelou

I love November and the American tradition of Thanksgiving. But in reality, every day should be Thanksgiving. – Sharon Jaynes

What would happen in my own life if thanksgiving became the main thing for me? – John Juneman

Indeed, it is hard if not impossible to take God out of the picture when discussing the true meaning of Thanksgiving. – Stefan Saxin

You shouldn’t allow people who hurt you to occupy a fraction of your heart. Forgive and move on, especially in this season of thanksgiving. – Assegid Habtewold

Thanksgiving offers us an annual pause from the pace of life return to places we do not often visit and gather with people we do not often see. – Jay Milbrandt

So once in every year we throng upon a day apart, to praise the Lord with feast and song in thankfulness of heart. – Arthur Guiterman

I love Thanksgiving because it is a time of year when families come together. It is a time of year when the days are shorter, the nights are colder, but you feel warmed by the love of those around you. – Sarah Spencer

When someone gives you a gift that he’s already sacrificed and paid for, you don’t try to pay him back; you just receive the gift with thanksgiving and spontaneously lavish love on the giver. – Ron Larson

Giving thanks to you. My friends, neighbors, and family. Remembering that every day you fill my life with joy. – Allison Waggoner

One of the most meaningful days of the year is Thanksgiving Day; a day full of gratitude and turkey surrounded by the love of family and friends. – Catherine Pulsifer

….. everyone should have a heart of thanksgiving as soon as they open their eyes. If being able to take another breath and having the ability to open your eyes in the morning isn’t the biggest blessing, I don’t know what is. – Moe Alodah

A day to give thanks, and receive lots of love,
A day to spend with everyone you can think of. – E. Perez

The Pilgrims displayed another virtue, one they practiced every day and which stood at the heart of the First Thanksgiving. Cicero called it the greatest of the virtues and the parent of all the rest: gratitude. – Melanie Kirkpatrick

For whoever comes into your home, whoever you invite, whoever invites himself, whoever needs to be invited, whoever’s there: Thanksgiving ought to be the best holiday of the year. – Sam Sifton

Thanksgiving creates abundance; and the miracle of multiplying happens when I give thanks – take just one loaf, say it is enough, and give thanks – and He miraculously makes it more than enough. – Ann Voskamp

Stand up, on this Thanksgiving Day, stand upon your feet…. There is not, and there never has been, a better time or a better place to live in. – Phillips Brooks

There is no racial or ethnic involvement in Thanksgiving, and people who may be very distant from the Christian system can see the beauty and the positive spirit that comes from the holiday. – John Clayton

The blessings of harvest time can be found at Thanksgiving. – Theodore W. Higginsworth

… we can be thankful even for trials because they serve a greater purpose. – Jennifer McAlister

We should certainly count our blessings, but we should also make our blessings count. – Neal A. Maxwell

In all things give thanks. – 1 Thessalonians 5:18

Of all of the food filled holidays, Thanksgiving reigns king in the United States. – Gia Scott

He (God) encourages us to let our requests be made known to Him in a spirit of thanksgiving. – John Stange

Forever on Thanksgiving Day the heart will find the pathway home. – Wilbur D. Nesbit

Thanksgiving – Show appreciation for all God has given you. – Max Lucado

God is glorified, not by our groans, but by our thanksgivings. – Edwin Percy Whipple

This most of all is the message of Thanksgiving: everything really will be all right. – Sam Sifton

I invite you to be grateful, at Thanksgiving or any other time – for you. – Noelle C. Nelson

Thanksgiving, after all, is a word of action. – W. J. Cameron

The more my heart is parked in a place of thanksgiving and rejoicing, the less room I have for grumpiness. – Lysa TerKeurst

For every complaint you might say or think, try to replace it with words and thoughts of thanksgiving. – Rhovonda L. Brown

Simple blessings are all around us. Once we receive them with thanksgiving and appreciation, we experience true joy. – Krystal Kuehn

Have an attitude of gratitude. – Be thankful for your health now. Don’t wait till Thanksgiving. – Joshua Tongol

Every year at Thanksgiving time North Americans make a great show of their gratitude, most often expressed as gratitude to God. – Devin D. Thorpe

The best of all blessings is to give thanks for at a family gathering is the family and the gathering. – Pedro Carvalho

Don’t let autumn and its season of gratitude get lost in the blur of Christmas fanfare. Let Thanksgiving have its day – and its attitude – in your heart. – Author Unknown

Thanksgiving Day is a perfect day to share the love and companionship of family and friends at the Thanksgiving table. – Cheryl Leonard

What I love about Thanksgiving is that it’s purely about getting together with friends or family and enjoying food. It’s really for everybody, and it doesn’t matter where you’re from. – Daniel Humm

Thanksgiving marks the beginning of the holiday season, and represents food, family and moments of sharing and professing gratitude. – Sarah Moore

Thanksgiving Day has a history attached to it. Like the Latin word virtue, – it is a history which runs through the entire life of a people. – William Adams

Thanksgiving Grace – The humble act of saying thanks is what this day is all about. – Leslie Barker Garcia

As the years have passed and one Thanksgiving after another has come and gone, I have begun to think about why Thanksgiving has been reserved to one day out of the year. I began to wonder why many people don’t take the time to count the blessings of each day. – Daniella Whyte

Nevertheless, the highest form of thanksgiving is when we express gratitude for things that are not pleasant; and for things that are difficult to identify as blessings. – Joseph A Iyongo

But most importantly Thanksgiving, is a day to remember. Be grateful for all you have all year, January straight through to December. – Julie Hebert

On faith – I don’t know what tomorrow holds, but I know Who holds tomorrow, so I approach it with confidence and thanksgiving. – Zig Ziglar

One of the ways we express our thanksgiving to God is by treating others with gratitude and kindness. – Dr. David Jeremiah

Oh Lord that lends me life, lend me a heart replete with thankfulness! – William Shakespeare

There is no better opportunity to receive more than to be thankful for what you already have. Thanksgiving opens the windows of opportunity for ideas to flow your way.– Jim Rohn

If you want a challenge, just try to get through an entire day without uttering one word of complaint. Develop an attitude of thanksgiving in every situation. – Joyce Meyer

God makes us rich in every way so we can be generous on every occasion, which will result in thanksgiving to God. In other words, God doesn’t bless us to provide for our own needs; he blesses us so we can be generous. – Rick Warren

It’s one thing to celebrate Thanksgiving Day every year. It’s another to live on Gratitude Street all the time. People who intentionally count their blessings, express their thanks, and cultivate the quality of finding thanksgiving items in every circumstance – those are the people who live on Gratitude Street. – Dr. David Jeremiah

Our rural ancestors, with little blest,
Patient of labour when the end was rest,
Indulged the day that housed their annual grain,
With feasts, and off’rings, and a thankful strain. – Alexander Pope

Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise: be thankful unto Him and bless His name. – Psalm 100:4

I could choose to believe that and give up trying.
I could stay at home and wait for others to take care of me.
Instead, I choose to believe that I can do anything,
and I always try to do things my own way.
I choose to be happy.
I am happy because I am always thankful. – Nick Vujicic

Even if you don’t live in the U.S. or Canada, we hear enough about the Thanksgiving holiday that the month of November has come to mean a time to contemplate what we are thankful for. – Maya Green

As a die-hard foodie, my ultimate holiday is of course Thanksgiving. I wait for this day for 364 days, and the moment it’s over I begin running ideas through the back of my head for the next one. – Jan Charles

At this time of year we are reminded of how much we have to be thankful for. My wish for you this Thanksgiving is that you find yourself surrounded by those you love. – Kate Summers

On this day I am thankful and grateful you are in my life, you are a special person who has made a positive difference in my life. – Ann Cathy

Practicing gratitude is a very powerful tool to shift your attention on the things you don’t have to the things you do have and this alone will make you feel better. – Noelia Aanulds

So often, we stop to give thanks only when something exceptionally good has happened, on holidays, or during other celebrations. Giving thanks seasonally is a wonderful thing to do, but what you really want is to be grateful every day. – Daniella Whyte

Thanksgiving (giving Him thanks for what He has done and how He has revealed Himself to you). – Tony Watson

A day for Thanksgiving was set aside as a holiday so that we, as a nation, could collectively give thanks to God for all of His blessings – to express our gratitude for His love and protection and provision. – Warren B. Smith

At Christmas, gift giving is another factor – all the excitement, the stuff, the things. At Thanksgiving, it’s not as cluttered. The focus is on people coming together, sharing food from many places, remembering to be thankful, remembering what it is we’re thankful for. – Sister Patricia Ridgley

Many families begin the Thanksgiving meal by allowing each person at the table to list the reasons they are thankful. Every guest, young and old, takes a moment to give thanks. – Lou Pappas

Remember that everything you have received is a blessing. Remember to delight in your life, in the fruits of your labor. Remember to stop and offer thanks for the wonder of it. – Wayne Muller

My favorite meal is turkey and mashed potatoes. I love Thanksgiving, it’s just my favorite. I can have Thanksgiving all year round. – Cindy Margolis

Thanksgiving Day is the day that your kitchen is going to turn into the most wonderful beautiful place in the world. – Polly Ann Lewis

A lot of Thanksgiving days have been ruined by not carving the turkey in the kitchen. – Kin Hubbard

I don’t like turkey. I mean, I do. But I don’t like it on Thanksgiving. I don’t need it. There are about 20 other dishes that get put on a table or a counter or that stay warming on the stove that I’d rather eat than turkey. – Wesley Morris

Thanksgiving – when the people who are the most thankful are the ones who didn’t have to cook. – Melanie White

A new survey found that 80 percent of men claim they help cook Thanksgiving dinner. Which makes sense, when you hear they consider saying that smells good to be helping. – Jimmy Fallon

It’s not the minutes spent at the table that put on weight, it’s the seconds. – Unknown

Thanksgiving, man! Not a good day to be my pants. – Kevin James

Coexistence: What the farmer does with the turkey – until Thanksgiving. – Mike Connolly

If you think about a Thanksgiving dinner, it’s really like making a large chicken. – Ina Garten

My mom makes something called green pie, which I thought was a delicacy that many people only had at Thanksgiving, but it turns out it was just Jello with whipped cream on it. And it’s delicious. – Bobby Moynihan

Thanksgiving dinners take 18 hours to prepare. They are consumed in 12 minutes. Half-times take 12 minutes. This is not a coincidence. – Erma Bombeck

The turkey. The sweet potatoes. The stuffing. The pumpkin pie. Is there anything else we all can agree so vehemently about? I don’t think so. – Nora Ephron

Good mashed potato is one of the great luxuries of life – Lindsey Bareham

Five orange pumpkins sit in a row in front of a distressed, wooden background.

Thanksgiving Quotes

Pride slays thanksgiving, but a humble mind is the soil out of which thanks naturally grow. A proud man is seldom a grateful man, for he never thinks he gets as much as he deserves.Henry Ward Beecher

Our rural ancestors, with little blest, Patient of labour when the end was rest, Indulged the day that housed their annual grain, With feasts, and off’rings, and a thankful strain. Alexander Pope

Thanksgiving dinners take eighteen hours to prepare. They are consumed in twelve minutes. Half-times take twelve minutes. This is not coincidence. – Erma Bombeck

He who thanks but with the lips Thanks but in part; The full, the true Thanksgiving Comes from the heart. J.A. Shedd

Let us remember that, as much has been given us, much will be expected from us, and that true homage comes from the heart as well as from the lips, and shows itself in deeds. Theodore Roosevelt

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow. Melody Beattie

Remember God’s bounty in the year. String the pearls of His favor. Hide the dark parts, except so far as they are breaking out in light! Give this one day to thanks, to joy, to gratitude! Henry Ward Beecher

On Thanksgiving Day we acknowledge our dependence. William Jennings Bryan

The Pilgrims made seven times more graves than huts. No Americans have been more impoverished than these who, nevertheless, set aside a day of thanksgiving. H.U. Westermayer

I come from a family where gravy is considered a beverage. Erma Bombeck

Appreciation can change a day, even change a life. Your willingness to put it into words is all that is necessary. – Margaret Cousins

It has been an unchallengeable American doctrine that cranberry sauce, a pink goo with overtones of sugared tomatoes, is a delectable necessity of the Thanksgiving board and that turkey is uneatable without it. Alistair Cooke

Thanksgiving comes to us out of the prehistoric dimness, universal to all ages and all faiths. At whatever straws we must grasp, there is always a time for gratitude and new beginnings. J. Robert Moskin

There is one day that is ours. There is one day when all we Americans who are not self-made go back to the old home to eat saleratus biscuits and marvel how much nearer to the porch the old pump looks than it used to. Thanksgiving Day is the one day that is purely American.O. Henry

I celebrated Thanksgiving in an old-fashioned way. I invited everyone in my neighborhood to my house, we had an enormous feast, and then I killed them and took their land. Jon Stewart

Give thanks not just on Thanksgiving Day, but every day of your life. Appreciate and never take for granted all that you have. Catherine Pulsifer

All across America, we gather this week with the people we love to give thanks to God for the blessings in our lives. – George W. Bush

Almighty God, who hast given us this good land for our heritage; We humbly beseech Thee that we may always prove ourselves a people mindful of Thy favor and glad to do Thy will. Franklin D. Roosevelt

When asked if my cup is half-full or half-empty my only response is that I am thankful I have a cup. Sam Lefkowitz

Thanksgiving, man. Not a good day to be my pants. Kevin James

I like football. I find its an exciting strategic game. It’s a great way to avoid conversation with your family at Thanksgiving. Craig Ferguson

The more we express thanks, the more gratitude we feel. The more gratitude we feel, the more we express thanks. It’s circular, and it leads to a happier life. Steve Goodier

Thanksgiving reminds us that no matter what befalls us in life, we can take the charred remnants and we can reconstruct a life unimaginably richer than that from which the shards and pieces fell.Craig D. Lounsbrough

Although Thanksgiving comes but once a year, every day should be a day of Thanks. Among all the challenges that we face as people with hearing loss there are certainly brighter moments in every day – moments that deserve to be recorded in our Gratitude Journal. Monique Hammond

Real ballplayers pass the stuffing by rolling it up in a ball and batting it across the table with a turkey leg. Tom Swyers

My most memorable meal is every Thanksgiving. I love the food: the turkey and stuffing; the sweet potatoes and rice, which come from my mother’s Southern heritage; the mashed potatoes, which come from my wife’s Midwestern roots; the Campbell’s green-bean casserole; and of course, pumpkin pie. Douglas Conant

You shouldn’t just give during Christmas and Thanksgiving you should be giving all the time. Alcurtis Turner

It’s like being at the kids’ table at Thanksgiving – you can put your elbows on it, you don’t have to talk politics… no matter how old I get, there’s always a part of me that’s sitting there. John Hughes

Thanksgiving, our eminent moral holiday, doesn’t have much for children. At its heart are conversation, food, drink, and fellowship – all perks of adulthood. Rosecrans Baldwin

But see, in our open clearings, how golden the melons lie; Enrich them with sweets and spices, and give us the pumpkin-pie!Margaret Junkin Preston

What we’re really talking about is a wonderful day set aside on the fourth Thursday of November when no one diets. I mean, why else would they call it Thanksgiving? Erma Bombeck

Coexistence: what the farmer does with the turkey — until Thanksgiving. – Mike Connolly

Stand up, on this Thanksgiving Day, stand upon your feet. Believe in man. Soberly and with clear eyes, believe in your own time and place. There is not, and there never has been a better time, or a better place to live in. Phillips Brooks

A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all the other virtues. Cicero

And though I ebb in worth, I’ll flow in thanks. John Taylor

I suppose I will die never knowing what pumpkin pie tastes like when you have room for it. Robert Brault

If you want to turn your life around, try thankfulness. It will change your life mightily. Gerald Good

I love Thanksgiving because it is a holiday centered around food and family, two things that are of utmost importance to me. Marcus Samuelsson

It took me three weeks to stuff the turkey. I stuffed it through the beak. Phyllis Diller

Cooking Tip: Wrap turkey leftovers in aluminum foil and throw them out. – Nicole Hollander

The Thanksgiving tradition is, we overeat. ‘Hey, how about at Thanksgiving we just eat a lot?’ ‘But we do that every day!’ ‘Oh. What if we eat a lot with people that annoy the hell out of us? Jim Gaffigan

Thanksgiving Day comes, by statute, once a year; to the honest man it comes as frequently as the heart of gratitude will allow.Edward Sandford Martin

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I’m from Canada, so Thanksgiving to me is just Thursday with more food. And I’m thankful for that. Howie Mandel

If you stand in the meat section at the grocery store long enough, you start to get mad at turkeys. There’s turkey ham, turkey bologna, turkey pastrami. Someone needs to tell the turkey, man, just be yourself. Mitch Hedberg

Vegetables are a must on a diet. I suggest carrot cake, zucchini bread, and pumpkin pie. – Jim Davis

Most turkeys taste better the day after; my mother’s tasted better the day before.Rita Rudner

You can tell you ate too much for Thanksgiving when you have to let your bathrobe out. Jay Leno

After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one’s own relations. – Oscar Wilde

Thanksgiving was nothing more than a pilgrim-created obstacle in the way of Christmas; a dead bird in the street that forced a brief detour.Augusten Burroughs

The funny thing about Thanksgiving, or any big meal, is that you spend 12 hours shopping for it then go home and cook, chop, braise and blanch. Then it’s gone in 20 minutes and everybody lies around sort of in a sugar coma and then it takes 4 hours to clean it up. – Ted Allen

I always think it’s funny when Indians celebrate Thanksgiving. I mean, sure, the Indians and Pilgrims were best friends during the first Thanksgiving, but a few years later, the Pilgrims were shooting Indians. So I’m never quite sure why we eat Turkey like everybody else. Sherman Alexie

America has developed a pie tradition unequivocally and unapologetically at the sweet end of the scale, and at no time is this better demonstrated than at Thanksgiving. Janet Clarkson

Preparing and serving food had always been a joy, for it made her appreciate the abundance of the world. – Elizabeth Camden

About 94 percent of Americans prepare and serve turkey at home and most people stick to a traditional menu for the main meal: turkey with cranberry sauce, mashed white potatoes with giblet gravy, candied sweet potatoes topped with marshmallows, a cooked green vegetable dish, relishes, and a pumpkin pie with whipped cream for dessert. Martin K. Gay

Family gathers to share good noise and good food. Gratitude abounds. Richelle E. Goodrich

’So what do we do?’ We do what all families do. Grin, bear it, and pass the mashed potatoes. Heather Brewer

The next day, eating a turkey sandwich with salt and mayonnaise, Rebecca decided Thanksgiving was the best holiday, although she had little to choose from: her family never celebrated Hanukkah but her father was militant about ignoring Christmas and insisted they spend December 25 eating Chinese takeout and going to the movies. – Anna Quindlen

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go baste the turkey and hide the kitchen knives. – Mrs. Pascal

In November, people are good to each other. They carry pies to each other’s homes and talk by crackling woodstoves, sipping mellow cider. They travel very far on a special November day just to share a meal with one another and to give thanks for their many blessings – for the food on their tables and the babies in their arms. – Cynthia Rylant

Thanksgiving – fall’s finale. Best damn holiday of the year in my worldly estimation. – Carew Papritz

I can’t cook a Thanksgiving dinner. All I can make is cold cereal and maybe toast. – Charlie Brown in A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

Turkey: A large bird whose flesh, when eaten on certain religious anniversaries has the peculiar property of attesting piety and gratitude. – Ambrose Bierce

Once you start practicing being grateful and thankful for things, people, and events, you may notice that you start to attract more positive things, people, and events in your life. Stephanie Conkle

We all can ‘act’ a certain way for a brief period of time, for instance, on Thanksgiving, who of us hasn’t had to ‘act’ like we just loved everyone at the table? This brief show of good behavior is not true character. Our character is who we are when no one is looking. Becky Van Volkinburg

Thanksgiving Quotes

  • Inasmuch as the great Father has given us this year an abundant harvest of Indian corn, wheat, beans, squashes, and garden vegetables, and has made the forests to abound with game and the sea with fish and clams, and inasmuch as He has protected us from the ravages of savages, has spared us from pestilence and disease, has granted us freedom to worship God according to the dictates of our conscience; now, I, your magistrate, do proclaim that all ye Pilgrims, with your wives and little ones, do gather at ye meeting house, on ye hill, between the hours of 9 and 12 in the day time, on Thursday, November ye 29th of the year of our Lord one thousand six hundred and twenty-three, and the third year since ye Pilgrims landed on ye Pilgrim Rock, there to listen to ye pastor, and render thanksgiving to ye Almighty God for all His blessings. William Bradford.
  • In 1863, Abraham Lincoln declared two Thanksgivings. One was held in August. The second, held in November, was to give thanks for the nation’s blessings. This fall celebration caught on and has been a tradition ever since.
    • Linda Bozzo in: Corny Thanksgiving Jokes to Tickle Your Funny Bone, Enslow Publishers, Inc., 1 January 2013, p. 18
  • Thanksgiving is a time for families and friends to gather together and express gratitude for all that we have been given, the freedoms we enjoy, and the loved ones who enrich our lives. We recognize that all of these blessings, and life itself, come not from the hand of man but from Almighty God.
    • George W. Bush, Thanksgiving Day Proclamation (21 November 2008)
  • Thanksgiving provides a formal context in which to consider the instances of kindness that have enlightened our lives, for moments of grace that have gotten us through when all seemed lost. These are fine and sentimental subjects for contemplation.
    • Jon Carroll, San Francisco Chronicle [1] (24 November 2005)
  • We have come far on our American journey since that early Thanksgiving. In the intervening years, we have lived through times of war and peace, years of poverty and plenty, and seasons of social and political upheaval that have shaped and forever changed our national character and experience. As we gather around our Thanksgiving tables again this year, it is a fitting time to reflect on how the events of our rich history have affected those we care about and those who came before us. As we acknowledge the past, we do so knowing that the individual blessings for which we give thanks may have changed, but our gratitude to God and our commitment to our fellow Americans remain constant.
    • Bill Clinton, Thanksgiving Day Proclamation (25 November 1999)
  • You may have heard of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. There’s another day you might want to know about: Giving Tuesday. The idea is pretty straightforward. On the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, shoppers take a break from their gift-buying and donate what they can to charity.
    • Bill Gates in: Shaun Green Inside the Mind of Bill Gates, Shaun Green, 22 September 2014, p. 35
  • [Thanksgiving is] my favorite holiday, I think. It’s without a doubt my favorite American Holiday. I love Christmastime, Chanuka etc. But Thanksgiving is as close as we get to a nationalist holiday in America (a country where nationalism as a concept doesn’t really fit). Thanksgiving’s roots are pre-founding, which means its not a political holiday in any conventional sense. We are giving thanks for the soil, the land, for the gifts of providence which were bequeathed to us long before we figured out our political system. Moreover, because there are no gifts, the holiday isn’t nearly so vulnerable to materialism and commercialism. It’s about things — primarily family and private accomplishments and blessings — that don’t overlap very much with politics of any kind. We are thankful for the truly important things: our children and their health, for our friends, for the things which make life rich and joyful. As for all the stuff about killing Indians and whatnot, I can certainly understand why Indians might have some ambivalence about the holiday (though I suspect many do not). The sad — and fortunate — truth is that the European conquest of North America was an unremarkable old world event (one tribe defeating another tribe and taking their land; happened all the time) which ushered in a gloriously hopeful new age for humanity. America remains the last best hope for mankind. Still, I think it would be silly to deny how America came to be, but the truth makes me no less grateful that America did come to be. Also, I really, really like the food.
    • Jonah Goldberg, The Corner on National Review (24 November 2004)
  • Lord, for the erring thought
    Not into evil wrought:
    Lord, for the wicked will
    Betrayed and baffled still:
    For the heart from itself kept,
    Our thanksgiving accept.

    • William Dean Howells, A Thanksgiving
  • Population has steadily increased, notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege and the battle-field; and the country, rejoicing in the consciousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years with large increase of freedom. No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy. It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American People. I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens.
    • Abraham Lincoln in: Thanksgiving Day Proclamation (3 October 1863)
  • Thanksgiving is not an anachronism whose time is past. It is much more than a holiday to celebrate a meal shared between the Pilgrims and Native Americans. It is a time to reflect and be thankful for what we have–not for what we cherish, desire or envy.
    • Ted Nugent, America Rocks (28 November 2002)
  • During the “first Thanksgiving” at Plymouth, Wampanoag Indians – including a Patuxet Indian named Squanto – helped teach Pilgrims how to farm, fish, and hunt and shared the bounty of that first feast. A tradition that continues today and Jesus and 9/11.
    • Patton Oswalt in: Zombie Spaceship Wasteland: A Book by Patton Oswalt, Simon and Schuster, 4 January 2011, p. 116
  • Our rural ancestors, with little blest,
    Patient of labor when the end was rest,
    Indulged the day that housed their annual grain,
    With feasts, and off’rings, and a thankful strain.

    • Alexander Pope in: Vicesimus Knox Elegant Extracts: Or, Useful and Entertaining Passages, from the Best English Authors and Translations, Volume 5, Benjamin B. Mussey, 1842, p. 160
  • Thanksgiving has become a day when Americans extend a helping hand to the less fortunate. Long before there was a government welfare program, this spirit of voluntary giving was ingrained in the American character. Americans have always understand that, truly, one must give in order to receive. This should be a day of giving as well as a day of thanks…Let us recommit ourselves to that devotion to God and family that has played such an important role in making this a great Nation, and which will be needed as a source of strength if we are to remain a great people.
    • Ronald Reagan, Thanksgiving Day Proclamation’ (12 November 1981)
  • Marcie: Don’t feel bad, Chuck. Peppermint Patty didn’t mean all those things she said. Actually, she really likes you.
    Charlie Brown: I don’t feel bad for myself, I just feel bad because I’ve ruined everyone’s Thanksgiving.
    Marcie: But Thanksgiving is more than eating, Chuck. You heard what Linus was saying out there. Those early Pilgrims were thankful for what had happened to them, and we should be thankful, too. We should just be thankful for being together. I think that’s what they mean by ‘Thanksgiving,’ Charlie Brown.

    • Charles Schultz, in A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, originally aired in 1973
  • The Christian who walks with the Lord and keeps constant communion with Him will see many reason for rejoicing and thanksgiving all day long.
    • Finis Steelman in: Sermon Messages from God’s Man, Finis Steelman, iUniverse, 30 November 2006, p. 176
  • Shall we not have reason to conclude, that other planets besides our own are inhabited by living creatures? All the planets resemble our earth; like it enjoy the light and genial warmth of the sun, have the alternation of night and day, and the succession of summer and winter: but what end would all these phenomena answer unless the planets were inhabited? Considering them as so many peopled worlds, what a sublime idea we conceive of the grandeur of God, and the extent of his empire! How impossible to fathom his bounty, or penetrate the limits of his power! His glory, reflected from so many worlds, tills us with amaze, and calls forth every sentiment of awe, veneration and gratitude. Supposing that his praise is celebrated in all the worlds which roll above and round us, let us not be surpassed in our adoration, but in holy emulation mingle our hymns with those of the inhabitants of these numerous worlds, and celebrate the Lord God of the universe with eternal thanksgiving!|
    • Christoph Christian Sturm in March XXX, of Reflections on the works of God, as translated by Robert Balfour (1810), p. 167
  • I am grateful for what I am & have. My thanksgiving is perpetual. It is surprising how contented one can be with nothing definite — only a sense of existence. Well, anything for variety. I am ready to try this for the next 1000 years, & exhaust it. How sweet to think of! My extremities well charred, and my intellectual part too, so that there is no danger of worm or rot for a long while. My breath is sweet to me. O how I laugh when I think of my vague indefinite riches. No run on my bank can drain it — for my wealth is not possession but enjoyment.
    • Henry David Thoreau, in a letter to Harrison Gray Otis Blake (6&7 December 1856), as published in The Correspondence of Henry David Thoreau (1958), p. 444; also published in Letters to Various Persons (1865), p. 145, but with a line within this appearing in what has become its most quoted form as “I am ready to try this for the next ten thousand years, and exhaust it.”
  • Thanksgiving Day, a function which originated in New England two or three centuries ago when those people recognized that they really had something to be thankful for — annually, not oftener — if they had succeeded in exterminating their neighbors, the Indians, during the previous twelve months instead of getting exterminated by their neighbors, the Indians. Thanksgiving Day became a habit, for the reason that in the course of time, as the years drifted on, it was perceived that the exterminating had ceased to be mutual and was all on the white man’s side, consequently on the Lord’s side; hence it was proper to thank the Lord for it and extend the usual annual compliments.”
    • Mark Twain, in Mark Twain’s Autobiography, Kartindo.com, p. 258
  • In the original language, “he gave thanks” reads “eucharisteo.” . . . The root word for eucharisteo is ‘charis’, meaning “grace.” Jesus took bread and saw it as grace and gave thanks. He took the bread and knew it to be gift and gave thanks.”
    • Ann Voskamp in: Jessica Wrobleski The Limits of Hospitality, Liturgical Press, 1 January 2012, p. 94
  • WHEREAS it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favour; and Whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me “to recommend to the people of the United States a DAY OF PUBLICK THANKSGIVING and PRAYER, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.”
    • George Washington, The First Presidential Thanksgiving Day Proclamation (3 October 1789)
  • Thanksgiving-day, I fear,
    If one the solemn truth must touch,
    Is celebrated, not so much
    To thank the Lord for blessings o’er,
    As for the sake of getting more!

    • Will Carleton, Captain Young’s Thanksgiving
  • And taught by thee the Church prolongs
    Her hymns of high thanksgiving still.

    • John Keble, The Christian Year; St. Luke the Evangelist, St. 18
  • Great as the preparations were for the dinner, everything was so contrived that not a soul in the house should be kept from the morning service of Thanksgiving in the church.
    • Harriet Beecher Stowe, Oldtown Folks, p. 345
  • Ah! on Thanksgiving day, when from East and from West,
    From North and South, come the pilgrim and guest,
    When the gray-haired New Englander sees round his board
    The old broken links of affection restored,
    When the care-wearied man seeks his mother once more,
    And the worn matron smiles where the girl smiled before.
    What moistens the lips and what brightens the eye?
    What calls back the past, like the rich pumpkin pie?

    • John Greenleaf Whittier, The Pumpkin
  • And let these altars, wreathed with flowers
    And piled with fruits, awake again
    Thanksgivings for the golden hours,
    The early and the latter rain!

    • John Greenleaf Whittier, For an Autumn Festival

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