Thanksgiving Quotes

250 Thanksgiving Quotes to Inspire Giving Gratitude

Thanksgiving Quotes

“We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives.” — John F. Kennedy 250 thanksgiving quotes

“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 ( 250 Thanksgiving Quotes )

“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 ( 250 Thanksgiving Quotes )

“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

“Thanksgiving is a time of togetherness and gratitude.” – Nigel Hamilton ( 250 Thanksgiving Quotes )

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“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 ( 250 Thanksgiving Quotes )

“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

“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 ( 250 Thanksgiving Quotes )

“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, Two Thanksgiving Day Gentlemen

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“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

“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

“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

“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

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

“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 ( 250 Thanksgiving Quotes )

“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

“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

“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 ( 250 Thanksgiving Quotes )

“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

“On Thanksgiving I will stop to give thanks that my family is safe and healthy, especially because I realize that, following the tragedies of this year, it is all too real a possibility that they might not have been.” – Bobby Jindal

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

“My fondest memories are generally the day after Thanksgiving. I get the total decorating Christmas itch.” – Katharine McPhee ( 250 Thanksgiving Quotes )

“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

“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 ( 250 Thanksgiving Quotes )

“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

“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

“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

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

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

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

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

“The thankful receiver bears a plentiful harvest.” – William Blake

“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

“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

“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

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

“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

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

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

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

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

“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

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

“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

“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

“When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around.” — Willie Nelson

“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.

“If you are really thankful, what do you do? You share.” — W. Clement Stone

“The thankful receiver bears a plentiful harvest.” — William Blake

“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

“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

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