In 1863, during the American Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national day of “Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens”. This day was to be celebrated on the last Thursday in November (though today we recognize it on the fourth Thursday of the month).
Since then, Thanksgiving has become a national tradition in America. On this day, people typically gather with family and friends to share a meal together. And gratitude often plays a big role. It’s common for individuals to take some time to reflect on what they are thankful for.
With that in mind, here are a few quotes about Thanksgiving and gratitude to help you get in the holiday spirit.
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Quotes About Thanksgiving and Gratitude
1. “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
2. “Thanksgiving dinners take eighteen hours to prepare. They are consumed in twelve minutes. Half-times take twelve minutes. This is not a coincidence.”
– Erma Bombeck
3. “You shouldn’t just give during Christmas and Thanksgiving you should be giving all the time.”
– Alcurtis Turner
4. “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
5. “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
6. “Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our Thanksgiving.”
– W.T. Purkiser
7. “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
8. “Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has plenty; not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.”
– Charles Dickens
9. “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
10. “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
11. “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
12. “An optimist is a person who starts a new diet on Thanksgiving Day.”
– Irv Kupcinet
13. “A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all the other virtues.”
14. “I suppose I will die never knowing what pumpkin pie tastes like when you have room for it.”
– Robert Brault
15. “Thanksgiving is a joyous invitation to shower the world with love and gratitude.”
– Amy Leigh Mercree
16. “I love Thanksgiving because it is a holiday centered around food and family, two things that are of utmost importance to me.”
– Marcus Samuelsson
17. “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
18. “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
From funny to inspiring, those are some of the best quotes that have ever been uttered about Thanksgiving. As we approach this year’s celebration, we hope these quotes will ring true in your heart.
If you enjoyed these Thanksgiving quotes, here are a few other Thanksgiving-related articles you might like:
- What Are Some Traditional Thanksgiving Songs?
- Why Are Canadian and US Thanksgivings in Different Months?
- Why Do We Eat Turkey On Thanksgiving?