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147 Best Thanksgiving quotes

by Leah from Picta

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Happy Turkey Day to all of our readers!

Thanksgiving is celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November in the United States. These Thanksgiving day quotes are really special to wish someone on this special day. On this day you can share some words to your friends, family or lover.

  1. “As a kid, I was always mad - just noticing the women at Thanksgiving, running around the kitchen, while the men were watching football. For one, I don’t want to cook, and for two, I hate football. I was stuck in the middle.” - Beth Ditto
  2. “What if today, we were just grateful for everything?” - Charlie Brown
  3. “The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched - they must be felt with the heart.” - Helen Keller

Vintage Thanksgiving postcard design

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  1. “A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all other virtues.” - Marcus Tullius Cicero
  2. “Every Thanksgiving, we all write down three things we’re thankful for and put them in a hat. Then we pass the hat around the dinner table, and everyone has to guess who wrote what!” - Debby Ryan
  3. “I’m from Canada, so Thanksgiving to me is just Thursday with more food. And I’m thankful for that.” - Howie Mandel

Family gathered around the Thanksgiving table

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  1. “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
  2. “I love Thanksgiving because it’s a holiday that is centered around food and family: Two things that are of utmost importance to me.” - Marcus Samuelsson
  3. “Drink and be thankful to the host! What seems insignificant when you have it, is important when you need it.” - Franz Grillparzer

Handwritten Thanksgiving quote on parchment

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  1. “We’re getting ready to sit down at the table and have Thanksgiving, and there’s people that are not with their families. There are people that are in dangerous areas, putting their lives on the line to keep our country free, and I think that’s something we should all celebrate every day.” - Guy Fieri
  2. “At some point in life the world's beauty becomes enough. You don't need to photograph, paint, or even remember it. It is enough.” - Toni Morrison
  3. “Appreciation can change a day, even change a life. Your willingness to put it into words is all that is necessary.” - Margaret Cousins

Golden autumn leaves background

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  1. “Sometimes pizza night is more than enough. It's my most faithful and feeble beacon.” - Ocean Vuong
  2. “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
  3. “Vegetables are a must on a diet. I suggest carrot cake, zucchini bread, and pumpkin pie.” - Jim Davis

Illustration of pilgrims and Native Americans sharing a meal

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  1. “Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving.” - W.T. Purkiser
  2. “Be present in all things and thankful for all things.” - Maya Angelou
  3. “Always have an attitude of gratitude.” - Sterling K. Brown

Close-up of a roasted Thanksgiving turkey

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  1. “Forever on Thanksgiving Day the heart will find the pathway home.” - Wilbur D. Nesbit
  2. “Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.” - Robert Brault
  3. “Although Thanksgiving comes but once a year, every day should be a day of thanks.” - Monique Hammond

Graphic representation of the word 'Thanksgiving'

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  1. “I’m not the best in the kitchen, but if someone gives me something to do, I can do it. I’m a good teammate. Come Thanksgiving time, I kind of just do what my mom tells me to.” - Emily Wickersham
  2. “I don't want my sadness to be othered from me just as I don't want my happiness to be othered. They're both mine. I made them.” - Ocean Vuong
  3. “Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.” - Marcus Tullius Cicero

Children dressed in pilgrim costumes

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  1. “That’s one of the great things about Thanksgiving: Football’s on!” - Michael Strahan
  2. “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
  3. “I would rather be able to appreciate things I cannot have than to have things I am not able to appreciate.” - Elbert Hubbard

Quotes from famous personalities about gratitude

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  1. “Look at the sky: That is for you. Look at each person's face as you pass them on the street: Those faces are for you.” - Miranda July
  2. “Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more.” - Oprah Winfrey
  3. “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

Pumpkin pie slice with whipped cream

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  1. “Small cheer and great welcome makes a merry feast.” - William Shakespeare
  2. “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.” - Steven Goodier
  3. “Gratitude opens the door, the power, the wisdom, the creativity of the universe. You open the door through gratitude.” - Deepak Chopra

Elderly couple giving thanks at the dinner table

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  1. “Hello, sun in my face. Hello, you who made the morning and spread it over the fields. Watch, now, how I start the day in happiness, in kindness.” - Mary Oliver
  2. “In many ways, September feels like the busiest time of the year: The kids go back to school, work piles up after the summer’s dog days, and Thanksgiving is suddenly upon us.” - Brené Brown
  3. “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

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  1. “Appreciation is a wonderful thing. It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.” - Voltaire
  2. “We should just be thankful for being together. I think that’s what they mean by Thanksgiving, Charlie Brown.” - Marcie, A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving
  3. “Give thanks for a little and you will find a lot.” - Hansa Proverb

Illustrated turkey with funny Thanksgiving quote

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  1. “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
  2. “To give thanks in solitude is enough. Thanksgiving has wings and goes where it must go. Your prayer knows much more about it than you do.” - Victor Hugo
  3. “Kindness is always fashionable, and always welcome.” - Amelia Barr

A heartfelt quote about family gatherings

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  1. “The thankful receiver bears a plentiful harvest.” - William Blake
  2. “Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer. And let faith be the bridge you build to overcome evil and welcome good.” - Maya Angelou
  3. “Thanksgiving, man. Not a good day to be my pants.” - Kevin James

Pumpkins and gourds arranged artistically

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  1. “Love doesn't make the world go 'round. Love is what makes the ride worthwhile.” - Franklin P. Jones
  2. “Someone I loved once gave me a box full of darkness. It took me years to understand that this, too, was a gift.” - Mary Oliver
  3. “Be present in all things and thankful for all.” - Maya Angelou

A child's drawing of a Thanksgiving feast

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  1. “Be thankful for everything that happens in your life; it’s all an experience.” - Roy T. Bennett
  2. “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
  3. “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

Cornucopia filled with harvest fruits and vegetables

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  1. “Thanksgiving was never meant to be shut up in a single day.” - Robert Caspar Lintner
  2. “No duty is more urgent than that of returning thanks.” - James Allen
  3. “Thanksgiving is a joyous invitation to shower the world with love and gratitude.” - Amy Leigh Mercee

Elegant handwritten quote with a feather quill

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  1. “There are only two ways to live your live. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other as is though everything is a miracle.” - Albert Einstein
  2. “Gratitude is when memory is stored in the heart and not in the mind.” - Lionel Hampton
  3. “If you think about a Thanksgiving dinner, it's really like making a large chicken.” - Ina Garten

Image of a family holding hands in prayer

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  1. “‘Thank you’ is the best prayer that anyone could say. I say that one a lot. Thank you expresses extreme gratitude, humility, understanding.” - Alice Walker
  2. “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
  3. “The thankful heart opens our eyes to a multitude of blessings that continually surround us.” - James E. Faust

Illustration of a family reunion during the fall

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  1. “We should certainly count our blessings, but we should also make our blessings count.” - Neal A. Maxwell
  2. “Thankfulness is measured by the number of words. Gratitude is measured by the nature of our actions.” - David O. McKay
  3. “Gratitude is a quality similar to electricity: It must be produced and discharged and used up in order to exist at all.” - William Faulkner

Graphic design of a turkey with modern Thanksgiving wishes

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  1. “On Thanksgiving Day, we acknowledge our dependence.” - William Jennings Bryan
  2. “Nothing is more honorable than a grateful heart.” - Seneca
  3. “For my part, I am almost contented just now, and very thankful. Gratitude is a divine emotion: it fills the heart, but not to bursting; it warms it, but not to fever.” - Charlotte Brontë

A family laughing and sharing stories around the dinner table

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  1. “A moment of gratitude makes a difference in your attitude.” - Bruce Wilkinson
  2. “We are all more blind to what we have than to what we have not.” - Audre Lorde
  3. “When you recognize that you will thrive not in spite of your losses and sorrows but because of them, the word for that is healing.” - Cheryl Strayed

Classic painting of a harvest celebration

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  1. “We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.” - Thorton Wilder
  2. “Cooking Tip: Wrap turkey leftovers in aluminum foil and throw them out.” - Nicole Hollander
  3. “There are three things that people pick up on the instant they walk into your home on Thanksgiving. They will be able to feel the human energy. They’ll smell the food. And they will see, instantly, the table.” - Danny Meyer

Heartwarming quote about the spirit of Thanksgiving

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  1. “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
  2. “Good mashed potato is one of the great luxuries of life.” - Lindsey Bareham
  3. “I am grateful for what I am and have. My thanksgiving is perpetual.” - Henry David Thoreau

Close-up shot of a cranberry sauce bowl

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  1. “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
  2. “Thanksgiving Day is a good day to recommit our energies to giving thanks and just giving.” - Amy Grant
  3. “Showing gratitude is one of the simplest yet most powerful things humans can do for each other.” - Randy Pausch

Decorated dining table ready for the Thanksgiving feast

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  1. “Thanksgiving isn't just a day. It's a way we can live our lives every day.” - Katrina Mayer
  2. “I awoke this morning with devout thanksgiving for my friends, the old and the new.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson
  3. “After a good dinner, one can forgive anybody, even one's own relations.” - Oscar Wilde

Children playing with autumn leaves in the yard

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  1. “I feel a very unusual sensation - if it is not indigestion, I think it must gratitude.” - Benjamin Disraeli
  2. “If the only prayer you said in your life was 'Thank you,' that would suffice.” - Meister Eckhart
  3. “If you want to turn your life around, try thankfulness. It will change your life mightily.” - Gerald Good

Thanksgiving quote on the importance of togetherness

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  1. “Thanksgiving is a time of togetherness and gratitude.” - Nigel Hamilton
  2. “In the end, though, maybe we must all give up trying to pay back the people in this world who sustain our lives. In the end, maybe it’s wiser to surrender before the miraculous scope of human generosity and to just keep saying thank you, forever and sincerely, for as long as we have voices.” - Elizabeth Gilbert
  3. “Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life.” - Omar Khayyam

Sliced turkey presented on a silver platter

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  1. “Be thankful for what you have. Your life is someone else’s fairy tale.” - Wale Ayeni
  2. “When you love what you have, you have everything you need.” - Alan Alexander Milne
  3. “If a fellow isn't thankful for what he's got, he isn't likely to be thankful for what he's going to get.” - Frank A. Clark

Warm-toned image of a candlelit dinner setting

  1. “For me, every hour is grace. And I feel gratitude in my heart each time I can meet someone and look at his or her smile.” - Elie Wiesel
  2. “Yesterday's the past, tomorrow's the future, but today is a gift. That's why it's called the present.” - Bil Keane
  3. “Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” - William Arthur Ward

Animated image of a dancing turkey

  1. “There is always, always something to be thankful for.” - Rhonda Byrne
  2. “He who thanks but with the lips thanks but in part; The full, the true Thanksgiving comes from the heart.” - J.A. Shedd
  3. “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

Traditional pies lined up for dessert with words Give Thanks

  1. “When it comes to life, the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude.” - Gilbert K. Chesterton
  2. “An attitude of gratitude goes a long way when it comes to physical and emotional healing.” - Jill Bolte Taylor
  3. “An attitude of gratitude brings great things.” - Yogi Bhajan

Autumn-themed frame with a central Thanksgiving quote

  1. “Wear gratitude like a cloak, and it will feed every corner of your life.” - Rumi
  2. “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
  3. “I’ve been giving back since I was a teen, handing out turkeys at Thanksgiving and handing out toys at toys drives for Christmas. It’s very important to give back as a youth. It’s as simple as helping an old lady across the street or giving up your seat on the bus for someone who is pregnant.” - Queen Latifah

Photo of a parade celebrating Thanksgiving

  1. “When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around.” - Willie Nelson
  2. “Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” - William Arthur Ward
  3. “After several slices of that Thanksgiving turkey I fell into a deep food coma.” - Unknown

Modern design of the phrase 'Give Thanks'

  1. “I’m thankful for every moment.” - Al Green
  2. “Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not. Remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.” - Epicurus
  3. “My parents came from little, so they made a choice to give a lot: buying turkeys for homeless shelters at Thanksgiving, delivering meals to people in hospices, giving spare change to those asking for it.” - Meghan Markle

Warm beverages shared on a chilly Thanksgiving evening

  1. “Things turn out best for people who make the best of the way things turn out.” - John Wooden
  2. “I understood that knowledge was a dwarfing, obliterating, all-consuming thing, and to have it was to both be grateful and to suffer greatly.” - Carmen Maria Machado
  3. “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

Quirky quote about eating too much turkey

  1. “My whole problem is that all of my favorite things at Thanksgiving are the starches, and everyone is trying to go low-carb this year, even a green vegetable has carbs in it.” - Ted Allen
  2. “Isn't it lovely to, once in a while, feel small in the presence of your friend? Awed. Fortunate to experience nearness that calls upon space.” - Durga Chew-Bose
  3. “To be grateful is to recognize the Love of God in everything.” - Thomas Merton

Golden sunset over a farm harvest

  1. “The heart that gives thanks is a happy one, for we cannot feel thankful and unhappy at the same time.” - Douglas Wood
  2. “Thanksgiving is a time to count your blessings, one by one, as each relative goes home.” - Melanie White
  3. “We tend to forget that happiness doesn't come as a result of getting something we don't have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have.” - Frederick Keonig

Historical depiction of the first Thanksgiving

  1. “My restaurants are never opened on Thanksgiving; I want my staff to spend time with their family if they can. My feeling is, if I can’t figure out how to make money the rest of the year so that my workers can enjoy the holidays, then I don’t deserve to be an owner.” - Michael Symon
  2. “The struggle ends when gratitude begins.” - Neale Donald Walsh
  3. “Joy is the simplest form of gratitude.” - Karl Barth

Portrait of a family with a heartfelt gratitude quote

  1. “The real gift of gratitude is that the more grateful you are, the more present you become.” - Robert Holden
  2. “Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.” - Eckhart Tolle
  3. “When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.” - Maya Angelou

Homemade cranberry relish in a glass dish

  1. “Even in the trials of life, if we have eyes to see them, we can find good things everywhere we look.” - Joanna Gaines
  2. “Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy. They are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” - Marcel Proust
  3. “We would worry less if we praised more. Thanksgiving is the enemy of discontent and dissatisfaction.” - H.A. Ironside

Autumnal forest scene with colorful leaves falling

  1. “We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives.” - John F. Kennedy
  2. “Some memories are unforgettable, remaining ever vivid and heartwarming!” - Joseph B. Wirthlin
  3. “The turkey. The sweet potatoes. The stuffing. The pumpkin pie. Is there anything else we all can agree so vehemently about? I don’t think so.” - Nora Ephron

Freshly baked bread rolls for Thanksgiving dinner

  1. “Thanksgiving is the meal we aspire for other meals to resemble.” - Jonathan Safran Foer
  2. “Thanks are the highest form of thought, and gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.” - G.K. Chesterton
  3. “Let me encourage you to get up every day and focus on what you do have in life. Be thankful for the blessings of the little things, even when you don't get what you expect.” - Victoria Osteen

Thanksgiving craft made by kids, depicting a turkey using handprints

  1. “Recognizing and leaning into the discomfort of vulnerability teaches us how to live with joy.” - Brené Brown
  2. “Thanksgiving just gets me all warm and tingly and all kinds of wonderful inside.” - Willard Scott
  3. “If you think Independence Day is America’s defining holiday, think again. Thanksgiving deserves that title, hands-down.” - Tony Snow

Friends celebrating Thanksgiving in an outdoor setting

  1. “Make it a habit to tell people thank you. To express your appreciation, sincerely and without the expectation of anything in return. Truly appreciate those around you, and you'll soon find many others around you. Truly appreciate life, and you'll find that you have more of it.” - Ralph Marston
  2. “If you are really thankful, what do you do? You share.” - W. Clement Stone
  3. “He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.” - Epictetus

Stuffed acorn squash with quinoa and cranberries

  1. “The more you practice the art of thankfulness, the more you have to be thankful for.” - Norman Vincent Peale
  2. “Some people are always grumbling because roses have thorns; I am thankful that thorns have roses.” - Alphonse Karr
  3. “It is not joy that makes us grateful; it is gratitude that makes us joyful.” - David Steindl-Rast

Hand drawn doodle of Thanksgiving elements

  1. “Gratitude is a divine emotion: It fills the heart, but not to bursting; it warms it, but not to fever.” - Charlotte Brontë
  2. “True forgiveness is when you can say, 'Thank you for that experience.'” - Oprah Winfrey
  3. “If there’s one thing I’ve learned over the eons, it’s that you can’t give up on your family, no matter how tempting they make it.” - Rick Riordan

Chalkboard sign with 'Happy Thanksgiving' written on it

  1. “I am happy because I'm grateful. I choose to be grateful. That gratitude allows me to be happy.” - Will Arnett
  2. “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
  3. “When you arise in the morning, give thanks for the food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies only in yourself.” - Chief Tecumseh

Image of people volunteering to serve Thanksgiving meals to the less fortunate

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