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.

Our rural ancestors, with little blest, patient of labor when the end was rest, Indulged the day that housed their annual grain, with feasts, and off’rings, and a thankful strain.     

Alexander Pope

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

Thanksgiving creates abundance.     

Ann Voskamp

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

Charles Dickens

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


Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.     

Denis Waitley

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

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

Elbert Hubbard

He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.     


I come from a family where gravy is considered a beverage.     

Erma Bombeck

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

Drink and be thankful to the host! What seems insignificant when you have it, is important when you need it.     

Franz Grillparzer

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

Gerald Good

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

Give thanks for a little, and you will find a lot.     

"Hausa Proverb West African "

So what do we do?’ We do what all families do. Grin, bear it, and pass the mashed potatoes.     

Heather Brewer

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.     

Henry David Thoreau

Pride slays thanksgiving, but an 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

Remember God’s bounty in the year. String the pearls of your 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

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

Howie Mandel

An optimist is a person who starts a new diet on Thanksgiving Day.     

Irv Kupcinet

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

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

J.A. Shedd

God is pleased with no music below so much as with the thanksgiving songs of relieved widows and supported orphans; of rejoicing, comforted, and thankful persons.     

Jeremy Taylor

An attitude of gratitude goes a long way when it comes to physical and emotional healing.     

Jill Bolte Taylor

Thanksgiving. It's like we didn't even try to come up with a tradition. 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 Gaffiga

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

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

John Taylor

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

Thanksgiving is the meal we aspire for other meals to resemble.     

Jonathan Safran Foer