Thanksgiving Sayings and Quotes

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


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.     

William Arthur Ward

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

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

Grace isn't a little prayer you chant before receiving a meal. It's a way to live.      

Jacqueline Winspear

Give thanks for unknown blessings already on their way.      

Native American Saying

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

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

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

W.T. Purkiser

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

If you made a list of all the things you could be thankful for, the list would undoubtedly be longer than your misfortunes.     

Catherine Pulsifer

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

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

William Arthur Ward

Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.     

Marcel Proust

Thanksgiving is nothing if not a glad and reverent lifting of the heart to God in honor and praise for His goodness.     

Robert Casper Lintner

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

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

When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around.     

Willie Nelson

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

Margaret Cousins

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

Dalai Lama

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 W. Clark

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

W. Clement Stone

The thankful receiver bears a plentiful harvest.     

William Blake

We can always find something to be thankful for, no matter what may be the burden of our wants, or the special subject of our petitions.     

Albert Barnes

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

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

Thanksgiving like contentment is a learned attribute. The person who hasn't learned to be content lives with the delusion he deserves more or something better.     

Robert Flatt

I am grateful for what I am and have. My thanksgiving is perpetual. It is surprising how contented one can be with nothing definite - only a sense of existence. Well, anything for variety.     

Henry David Thoreau

Thankfulness creates gratitude, which generates contentment that causes peace.     

Todd Stocker

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 four hours to clean it up.     

Ted Allen

Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.     

Eckhart Tolle