16 Thanksgiving Quotes That Will Make You Laugh, Feel Thankful, and More
In addition to feasting and gathering family members (or friends for Friendsgiving) from every corner of the country, many Thanksgiving traditions include some form of expressing gratitude—this holiday is a day for giving thanks, after all. Whether your Turkey Day crew is the type to go one-by-one around the table to share what each person is thankful for or you pull out the Thanksgiving conversation starters, you’ve probably been doing at least some reflection of your own on what you feel thankful for. (If you haven’t considered the topic yet, here’s a list of 111 things to be thankful for this year.) Thanksgiving quotes are also a great source of inspiration; chances are, one out there can help you express exactly how you feel.
From the words of modern-day icons to great authors of long ago and public figures, look no further for help getting into the thanks-giving spirit. These Thanksgiving quotes and sayings will warm your heart and amp up your sentimental side, reminding you how much in your life you appreciate. (At the very least, they’ll make you smile.) Before you know it, your gratefulness will be overflowing and you’ll be the first family member tapping your wine glass to make a toast at Thanksgiving dinner.
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“Thanksgiving Day is the one day that is purely American.” – Two Thanksgiving Day Gentlemen
“There’s no place like home.” – Wizard of Oz
“To the young people here, and the young people out there: do not ever let anyone ever make you feel like you don’t matter, or like you don’t have a place in our American story—because you do. And you have a right to be exactly who you are. But I also want to be very clear: this right isn’t just handed to you. No, this right has to be earned every single day. You cannot take your freedoms for granted.”
“An optimist is a person who starts a new diet on Thanksgiving Day.”
Henry David Thoreau
“I am grateful for what I am and have. My thanksgiving is perpetual.”
Henry Van Dyke
“Gratitude is the inward feeling of kindness received. Thankfulness is the natural impulse to express that feeling. Thanksgiving is the following of that impulse.”
“When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around.”
“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”
George Bernard Shaw
“There is no love sincerer than the love of food.”
“After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one’s own relations.” – A Woman of No Importance
“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.”
“I think you have a moral responsibility when you’ve been given far more than you need, to do wise things with it and give intelligently.”
“Thanksgiving is a time of togetherness and gratitude.”
“When you practice gratefulness, there is a sense of respect towards others.”
John F. Kennedy
“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”
“The older you get, the more fragile you understand life to be. I think that’s good motivation for getting out of bed joyfully each day.”