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Thanksgiving Quotations to Make us Think…
and Smile

Thanksgiving quotes embrace the "thank yous" that are so often an unspoken part of our lives. We grab onto this one day to remember how grateful we are for all the blessings life has poured upon us. Let these thanksgiving quotations spur your thankfulness. And I think a few will make you chuckle.

Also see Thanksgiving Prayers for more traditional Thanksgiving quotes and thanksgiving grace.

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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 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

If we read only one thanksgiving quote, perhaps this should be it:

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

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, The First Thanksgiving

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

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

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, "No One Diets on Thanksgiving," 26 November 1981

This Thanksgiving quote captures so well the meaning of the day:

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

For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food, for love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Should you need a simple Thanksgiving quote for grace, here is a very nice one:

For flowers that bloom about our feet;
For tender grass, so fresh, so sweet;
For song of bird, and hum of bee;
For all things fair we hear or see,
Father in heaven, we thank Thee!
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Some hae meat and canna eat, -
And some wad eat that want it;
But we hae meat, and we can eat,
Sae let the Lord be thankit.
Robert Burns

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 

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 

This thanksgiving quote has found its way into nearly every culture:

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 

God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today. Have you used one to say thank you?
William A. Ward 

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Did You Know...?.

Benjamin Franklin thought the turkey should be the official bird of the United States. He called it "a noble bird." Instead, we chose the Bald Eagle, and the turkey became our Thanksgiving dinner! 


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