Happy Thanksgiving Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old happy thanksgiving quotes, happy thanksgiving sayings, and happy thanksgiving proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


When you are grateful fear disappears and abundance appears.     

Anthony Robbins

Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving.     

W.T. Purkiser

Thanksgiving-giving thanks in everything-prepares the way that God might show us His fullest salvation in Christ.     

Ann Voskamp

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

It is impossible to be negative while we are giving thanks.     

Donald Curtis

I give thanks to my Creator for this wonderful life where each of us has the opportunity to learn lessons we could not fully comprehend by any other means.     

Joseph B. Wirthlin

If you count all your assets, you always show a profit.     

Robert Quillen

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

We can always find something to be thankful for, and there may be reasons why we ought to be thankful for even those dispensations which appear dark and frowning.     

Albert Barnes

Thanksgiving, after all, is a word of action.     

W.J. Cameron

Look at everything as though you were seeing it for the first or the last time, then your time on earth will be filled with glory.     

Betty Smith

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

Things turn out best for people who make the best of the way things turn out.     

John Wooden

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

Gratitude is a quality similar to electricity: It must be produced and discharged and used up in order to exist at all     

William Faulkner

We should certainly count our blessings, but we should also make our blessings count.     

Neal A. Maxwell

The roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation for goodness.     

Dalai Lama

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

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

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

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

He who thanks but with the lips thanks but in part; the full, the true thanksgiving comes from the heart.     

J.A. Shedd

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

Meister Eckhart

Over and over I marvel at the blessings of my life: Each year has grown better than the last.     

Lawrence Welk

After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one's own relations.     

Oscar Wilde

Now is no time to think of what you do not have. Think of what you can do with what there is.     

Ernest Hemingway

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

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

The unthankful heart… discovers no mercies; but let the thankful heart sweep through the day and, as the magnet finds the iron, so it will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings!     

Henry Ward Beecher

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

Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.     

William Arthur Ward

A grateful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all the other virtues.     

Cicero

A sincere attitude of gratitude is a beatitude for secured altitudes. Appreciate what you have been given and you will be promoted higher.     

Israelmore Ayivor

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

Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is lil wrapping a present and not giving it.     

William Arthur Ward

The thankful receiver bears a plentiful harvest.     

William Blake

The root of joy is gratefulness. It is not joy that makes us grateful; it is gratitude that makes us joyful.     

David Steindl-Rast

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

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

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

Thanksgiving dinners take eighteen hours to prepare. They are consumed in twelve minutes. Half-times take twelve minutes. This is not coincidence.     

Erma Bombeck

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

I would rather be able to appreciate things I cannot have than to have things I am not able to appreciate.     

Elbert Hubbard

Thou hast given so much to me, give one thing more, — a grateful heart; not thankful when it pleaseth me, as if Thy blessings had spare days, but such a heart whose pulse may be Thy praise.     

George Herbert

If you think about a Thanksgiving dinner, it's really like making a large chicken.     

Ina Garten

Forever on Thanksgiving Day the heart will find the pathway home.     

Wilbur D. Nesbit

As we pause to thank Him for the blessings of the past year, we must not forget to thank Him for the lessons we have learned through our difficult times. We are not to be thankful for just the pleasant, easy things, but ALL things.     

Millie Stamm

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

Got no check books, got no banks. Still I'd like to express my thanks — I got the sun in the morning and the moon at night     

Irving Berlin

Small cheer and great welcome makes a merry feast.     

William Shakespeare