Thanksgiving Day Quotes and Sayings

65 of the best Thanksgiving Day Quotes:

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It is therefore recommended ... to set apart Thursday the eighteenth day of December next, for solemn thanksgiving and praise, that with one heart and one voice the good people may express the grateful feelings of their hearts and consecrate themselves to the service of their divine benefactor ...
~Samual Adams.

If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, "thank you," that would suffice.
~Meister Eckhart.

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.

Sometime we complain that God put thorns on Roses. Yet others will rather say that God is good to have placed Roses among the thorns. In both cases we shall however be thankful for the roses.
~Kurt Avish.

The things that we most of the time take for granted are always those that deserve our gratitude. Be thankful to that thing or person today and make every day of the year a personal Thanksgiving one.
~ Kurt Avish.

How wonderful it would be if we could help our children and grandchildren to learn thanksgiving at an early age. Thanksgiving opens the doors. It changes a child's personality. A child is resentful, negative—or thankful. Thankful children want to give, they radiate happiness, they draw people.

~Sir John Templeton.

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. 

The puritans gave thanks for being preserved from the indians, and we give thanks for being preserved from the puritains.

~Finley Peter Dunne

Thanksgiving is a day set apart every year to acknowledge God's favor, especially by parents whose sons have survived the football season.

~Unnown Author

God has two dwellings; one in heaven, and the other in a meek and thankful heart. 
~Izaak Walton.

Once, when my feet were bare, and I had not the means of obtaining shoes I came to the chief of Kufah in a state of much dejection, and saw there a man who had no feet. I returned thanks to God and acknowledged his mercies, and endured my want of shoes with patience.
~Sadi The Gulistan

I have strong doubts that the first Thanksgiving even remotely resembled the "history" I was told in second grade. But considering that (when it comes to holidays) mainstream America's traditions tend to be over-eating, shopping, or getting drunk, I suppose it's a miracle that the concept of giving thanks even surfaces at all.
~Ellen Orleans.

Thank God every day when you get up that you have something to do that day which must be done whether you like it or not. Being forced to work and forced to do your best will breed in you temperance and self-control, diligence and strength of will, cheerfulness and content, and a hundred virtues which the idle will never know.
~Basil Carpenter.

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For what I give, not what I take,
For battle, not for victory,
My prayer of thanks I make.
~Odell Shepard.

Who does not thank for little will not thank for much.
~Estonian proverb.

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.

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

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

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.

On Thanksgiving Day, all over America, families sit down to dinner at the same moment - halftime.
~ Unknown.

O Lord that lends me life,
Lend me a heart replete with thankfulness.
~William Shakespeare.


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

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

After Thanksgiving Dinner, the man who has trouble making ends meet ought to get himself a longer belt.

~Unknown Author

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.

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

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 .

My cooking is so bad my kids thought Thanksgiving was to commemorate Pearl Harbor.
~Unknown.

None is more impoverished than the one who has no gratitude. Gratitude is a currency that we can mint for ourselves, and spend without fear of bankruptcy.
~Fred De Witt Van Amburgh.

If you want to turn your life around, try thankfulness. It will change your life mightily. ~Gerald Good O Lord that lends me life, Lend me a heart replete with thankfulness.
~William Shakespeare

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.

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

If you're at a Thanksgiving dinner, but you don't like the stuffing or the cranberry sauce or anything else, just pretend like you're eating it, but instead, put it all in your lap and form it into a big mushy ball. Then, later, when you're out back having cigars with the boys, let out a big fake cough and throw the ball to the ground. Then say, "Boy, these are good cigars!
~Jack Handey.

Hem your blessings with thankfulness so they don't unravel.
~ Unknown.

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The funny thing about Thanksgiving, or any huge meal, is that you spend 12 hours shopping for it and then chopping and cooking and braising and blanching. Then it takes 20 minutes to eat it and everybody sort of sits around in a food coma, and then it takes four hours to clean it up.
~Ted Allen.

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.

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 Praise God even when you don't understand what He is doing.
~Henry Jacobsen.

Dear Lord; we beg but one boon more:
Peace in the hearts of all men living,
peace in the whole world this Thanksgiving.
~Joseph Auslander.

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

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

It is literally true, as the thankless say, that they have nothing to be thankful for. He who sits by the fire, thankless for the fire, is just as if he had no fire. Nothing is possessed save in appreciation, of which thankfulness is the indispensable ingredient. But a thankful heart hath a continual feast.
~W.J. Cameron.

We give thanks for unknown blessings already on their way.
~ Unknown

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

May your stuffing be tasty
May your turkey plump,
May your potatoes and gravy
Have nary a lump.
May your yams be delicious
And your pies take the prize,
And may your Thanksgiving dinner
Stay off your thighs!
~ Unknown.

To speak gratitude is courteous and pleasant, to enact gratitude is generous and noble, but to live gratitude is to touch Heaven.
~Johannes A. Gaertner.

But whether we have less or more,
Always thank we God therefor.
~ Unknown.

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.

Thanksgiving-day, I fear,
If one the solemn truth must touch,
Is celebrated, not so much
To thank the Lord for blessing o'er,
As for the sake of getting more!
~Will Carleton.

I love Thanksgiving turkey. It's the only time in Los Angeles that you see natural breasts.
~Arnold Schwarzenegger.

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 so called because we are all so thankful that it only comes once a year.
~P. J. O'Rourke.

Thanksgiving is nothing if not a glad and reverent lifting of the heart to God in honor and praise for His goodness.
~Robert Casper Lintner.

Got no check books, got no banks. Still I'd like to express my thanks - I got the sun in the morning and the moon at night.
~Irving Berlin.

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

Coexistence: what the farmer does with the turkey - until Thanksgiving.
~Mike Connolly.

It is delightfully easy to thank God for the grace we ourselves have received, but it requires great grace to thank God always for the grace given to others.
~James Smith.

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.

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.

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

Ah! on Thanksgiving day....
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.

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.

Thou hast given so much to me,
Give one thing more, - a grateful heart;
Not thankful when it pleaseth me,
As if Thy blessings had spare days,
But such a heart whose pulse may be Thy praise.
~George Herbert.

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.

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.

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