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85+ Inspirational Thanksgiving Quotes & Sayings

85+ Inspirational Thanksgiving Quotes & Sayings

When it comes to Thanksgiving, people put a lot of emphasis on the food they would like to eat on this day. And, rightfully so. Between the juicy turkey, savory sides, and sweet desserts, there are a lot of edible elements to focus on come Thanksgiving Day.

But as you make your way through the day, it’s important to practice gratitude and give thanks for the good that’s come your way. (Yes, even in a year filled with a lot of bad.) One way to do that is to read a Thanksgiving saying — aloud or to yourself — that captures the true meaning of the holiday.

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Thanksgiving Day is just a special day when people, friends, and family gather around a table full of luscious feast and treats to convey their thanks for all the blessings and happiness they have in their lives.

Now, to be clear, the origins of the holiday have dark historical roots that have more to do with colonization than appreciation. But over the years, Thanksgiving has become synonymous with thanks (I mean, it’s right in the name.) So make sure to take a moment from your busy day to give thanks.

These Thanksgiving quotes emphasize the role gratitude can play in your life — and not just one day a year. Even in the darkest of times, there is so much to be thankful for, and in a year that has included a global pandemic and continued racial injustices, Thanksgiving can be a day to remember all the good things, big and small.

And make sure those in your life are doing the same. Consider writing one of these quotes in a Thanksgiving card or incorporating them into your Thanksgiving centerpieces to bring a little extra gratitude to your meal.

Thanksgiving Quotes

“Thanksgiving is a time of togetherness and gratitude.”
Nigel Hamilton

Thanksgiving is a time of togetherness and gratitude


“I love Thanksgiving because it is a holiday centered around food and family, two things that are of utmost importance to me.”
Marcus Samuelsson

I love Thanksgiving because it is a holiday centered around food and family


“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

Thanksgiving comes to us out of the prehistoric dimness


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

He who thanks but with the lips Thanks but in part


“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

Let us remember that, as much has been given us


“If you think about a Thanksgiving dinner, it’s really like making a large chicken.”
Ina Garten

If you think about a Thanksgiving dinner


“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

But see, in our open clearings, how golden the melons lie


“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

But see, in our open clearings, how golden the melons lie


“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

"Remember God’s bounty in the year. String the pearls of His favor. Hide the dark parts


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

We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives


“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

The Pilgrims made seven times more graves than huts


“Appreciation can change a day, even change a life. Your willingness to put it into words is all that is necessary.”
Margaret Cousins

Appreciation can change a day


“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”
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


“I come from a family where gravy is considered a beverage.”
Erma Bombeck

I come from a family where gravy is considered a beverage


“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

Thanksgiving Day is a jewel


“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

It has been an unchallengeable American doctrine that cranberry sauce, a pink goo with overtones of sugared tomatoes,


“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

Be thankful for what you have


“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

There is one day that is ours


“I celebrated Thanksgiving in an old-fashioned way. I invited everyone in my neighborhood to my house, we had an enormous feast, and then I killed them and took their land.”
Jon Stewart

I celebrated Thanksgiving in an old-fashioned way


“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

Give thanks not just on Thanksgiving Day


“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

Thanksgiving is the holiday of peace


“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

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite days of the year because it reminds us to give thanks and to count our blessings


“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

What I love about Thanksgiving is that it’s purely about getting together with friends or family and enjoying food


“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

Almighty God, who hast given us this good land for our heritage


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

Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has plenty



“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

When asked if my cup is half-full or half-empty my only response is that I am thankful I have a cup


“Thanksgiving, man. Not a good day to be my pants.”
Kevin James

Thanksgiving, man. Not a good day to be my pants


“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

"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

I like football. I find its an exciting strategic game


“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


“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

Thanksgiving reminds us that no matter what befalls us in life


“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

Although Thanksgiving comes but once a year, every day should be a day of Thanks


“Real ballplayers pass the stuffing by rolling it up in a ball and batting it across the table with a turkey leg.”
Tom Swyers

Real ballplayers pass the stuffing by rolling it up in a ball and batting it across the table with a turkey leg.


“Thanksgiving Day is a good day to recommit our energies to giving thanks and just giving.”
Amy Grant

Thanksgiving Day is a good day to recommit our energies to giving thanks and just giving


“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

My most memorable meal is every Thanksgiving


“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

On Thanksgiving, I will stop to give thanks that my family is safe and healthy


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

You shouldn’t just give during Christmas and Thanksgiving you should be giving all the time


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

My fondest memories are generally the day after Thanksgiving. I get the total decorating Christmas itch


“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

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite days of the year


“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

It’s like being at the kids


“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

Thanksgiving, our eminent moral holiday


“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

Thanksgiving is America’s favorite holiday because it’s a time when we put aside our cares


“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

But see, in our open clearings, how golden the melons lie; Enrich them with sweets and spices, and give us the pumpkin-pie


“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

What we’re really talking about is a wonderful day set aside on the fourth Thursday of November when no one diets


“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

Stand up, on this Thanksgiving Day


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

A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue


“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

Our rural ancestors, with little blest


“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

Thanksgiving is so called


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

Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them


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

If you want to turn your life around, try thankfulness. It will change your life mightily


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

If you are really thankful, what do you do? You share


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

The thankful receiver bears a plentiful harvest


“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

Pride slays thanksgiving


“It took me three weeks to stuff the turkey. I stuffed it through the beak.”
Phyllis Diller

It took me three weeks to stuff the turkey. I stuffed it through the beak


“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

The Thanksgiving tradition is, we overeat


“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 comes, by statute, once a year


“I’m from Canada, so Thanksgiving to me is just Thursday with more food. And I’m thankful for that.”
Howie Mandel

I’m from Canada, so Thanksgiving to me is just Thursday with more food


“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

If you stand in the meat section at the grocery store long enough


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

Thanksgiving, after all, is a word of action


“Most turkeys taste better the day after; my mother’s tasted better the day before.”
Rita Rudner

Most turkeys taste better the day after; my mother’s tasted better the day before


“You can tell you ate too much for Thanksgiving when you have to let your bathrobe out.”
Jay Leno

You can tell you ate too much for Thanksgiving when you have to let your bathrobe out


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

My Thanksgiving is perpetual


“And though I ebb in worth, I’ll flow in thanks.”
John Taylor

And though I ebb in worth, I’ll flow in thanks


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

Forever on Thanksgiving Day the heart will find the pathway home


Thanksgiving in Books, Films, and TV

“A thought about Thanksgiving Day: Once, there was this day… this one day when… everyone realized they needed each other.”
April Burns in Pieces of April

A thought about Thanksgiving Day: Once, there was this day… this one day when… everyone realized they needed each other


“Here I am, 5 o’clock in the morning, stuffing bread crumbs up a dead bird’s butt.”
Rosanne in Rosanne

Here I am, 5 o’clock in the morning


“We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.”
Thornton Wilder, The Woman of Andros

We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures


“Thanksgiving creates abundance.”
Ann Voskamp, One Thousand Gifts

Thanksgiving creates abundance


“Thanksgiving was nothing more than a pilgrim-created obstacle in the way of Christmas; a dead bird in the street that forced a brief detour.”
Augusten Burroughs, You Better Not Cry: Stories for Christmas

Thanksgiving was nothing more than a pilgrim-created obstacle in the way of Christmas


“The funny thing about Thanksgiving ,or any big meal, is that you spend 12 hours shopping for it then go home and cook, chop, braise and blanch. Then it’s gone in 20 minutes and everybody lies around sort of in a sugar coma and then it takes 4 hours to clean it up.”
Ted Allen, The Food You Want to Eat: 100 Smart, Simple Recipes

The funny thing about Thanksgiving ,or any big meal


“I always think it’s funny when Indians celebrate Thanksgiving. I mean, sure, the Indians and Pilgrims were best friends during the first Thanksgiving, but a few years later, the Pilgrims were shooting Indians. So I’m never quite sure why we eat Turkey like everybody else.”
Sherman Alexie, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

I always think it’s funny when Indians celebrate Thanksgiving


“America has developed a pie tradition unequivocally and unapologetically at the sweet end of the scale, and at no time is this better demonstrated than at Thanksgiving.”
Janet Clarkson, Pie: A Global History

America has developed a pie tradition unequivocally and unapologetically at the sweet end of the scale, and at no time is this better demonstrated than at Thanksgiving


“About 94 percent of Americans prepare and serve turkey at home and most people stick to a traditional menu for the main meal: turkey with cranberry sauce, mashed white potatoes with giblet gravy, candied sweet potatoes topped with marshmallows, a cooked green vegetable dish, relishes, and a pumpkin pie with whipped cream for dessert.”
Martin K. Gay, Encyclopedia of North American Eating & Drinking Traditions, Customs, and Rituals

About 94 percent of Americans prepare and serve turkey at home and most people stick to a traditional menu for the main meal


“I can’t cook a Thanksgiving dinner. All I can make is cold cereal and maybe toast.”
Charlie Brown in A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

I can’t cook a Thanksgiving dinner. All I can make is cold cereal and maybe toast


“‘So what do we do?’ We do what all families do. Grin, bear it, and pass the mashed potatoes.”
Heather Brewer, Eleventh Grade Burns

So what do we do


“In November, people are good to each other. They carry pies to each other’s homes and talk by crackling woodstoves, sipping mellow cider. They travel very far on a special November day just to share a meal with one another and to give thanks for their many blessings – for the food on their tables and the babies in their arms.”
Cynthia Rylant, In November

In November, people are good to each other


“Thanksgiving is the holiday that encompasses all others. All of them, from Martin Luther King Day to Arbor Day to Christmas to Valentine’s Day, are in one way or another about being thankful.”
Jonathan Safran Foer, Eating Animals

Thanksgiving is the holiday that encompasses all others. All of them


“Overeating at Thanksgiving is a case in point. It’s a national tradition.”
Eric Samuel Timm, Static Jedi: The Art of Hearing God Through the Noise

Overeating at Thanksgiving is a case in point. It’s a national tradition.


“The next day, eating a turkey sandwich with salt and mayonnaise, Rebecca decided Thanksgiving was the best holiday, although she had little to choose from: her family never celebrated Hanukkah but her father was militant about ignoring Christmas and insisted they spend December 25 eating Chinese takeout and going to the movies.”
Anna Quindlen, Still Life with Bread Crumbs

The next day, eating a turkey sandwich with salt and mayonnaise


“Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go baste the turkey and hide the kitchen knives.”
Mrs. Pascal in The House of Yes

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go baste the turkey and hide the kitchen knives


“It’s not too much food. This is what we’ve been training for our whole lives. This is our destiny, this is our finest hour.”
Lorelai Gilmore in Gilmore Girls

It’s not too much food.


“Once you start practicing being grateful and thankful for things, people, and events, you may notice that you start to attract more positive things, people, and events in your life.”
Stephanie Conkle, Happy Person. Happy Life. A Recipe for Happiness


“We all can ‘act’ a certain way for a brief period of time, for instance, on Thanksgiving, who of us hasn’t had to ‘act’ like we just loved everyone at the table? This brief show of good behavior is not true character. Our character is who we are when no one is looking.”
Becky Van Volkinburg, God’s Word, Your Voice

We all can ‘act’ a certain way for a brief period of time, for instance


“Now is no time to think of what you do not have. Think of what you can do with what there is.”
Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea

Now is no time to think of what you do not have


“Turkey for the girls and Turkey for the boys. My favorite kind of pants are corduroys. Gobble gobble goo and Gobble gobble gickel. I wish turkey only cost a nickel. Oh I love turkey on Thanksgiving. Happy Thanksgiving everybody!”
Adam Sandler, The Thanksgiving Song

Turkey for the girls and Turkey for the boys


“Family gathers to share good noise and good food. Gratitude abounds.”
Richelle E. Goodrich, Making Wishes: Quotes, Thoughts, & a Little Poetry for Every Day of the Year

Family gathers to share good noise and good food. Gratitude abounds