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.

Thanksgiving, man. Not a good day to be my pants. Kevin James
Best of all is it to preserve everything in a pure, still heart, and let there be for every pulse a thanksgiving, and for every breath a song. Konrad Von Gesner
Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others. Marcus Tullius Cicero
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
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
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
I hate turkeys. 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
Thanksgiving is so called because we are all so thankful that it only comes once a year. P. J. O’Rourke
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
It took me three weeks to stuff the turkey. I stuffed it through its beak. Phyllis Diller
I will praise God’s name in song and glorify him with thanksgiving. Psalm 69:30
Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Showing gratitude is one of the simplest yet most powerful things humans can do for each other. Randy Pausch
Most turkeys taste better the day after; my mother’s tasted better the day before. Rita Rudner
Here I am, 5 o’clock in the morning, stuffing breadcrumbs up a dead bird’s butt. Rosanne
I always think it’s funny when Indians celebrate Thanksgiving. I mean, sure, the Indians and Pilgrims were best friends during that 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 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
For what I have received may the Lord make me truly thankful. And more truly for what I have not received. Storm Jameson
We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures. Thornton Wilder
I love chicken. I would eat chicken fingers on Thanksgiving if it were socially acceptable. Todd Barry
Thanksgiving, after all, is a word of action. W.J. Cameron
Forever on Thanksgiving Day the heart will find the pathway home. Wilbur D. Nesbit
I awoke this morning with devout thanksgiving for my friends, the old and new. Will Carleton
Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgiving, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings. William Arthur Ward
On Thanksgiving Day we acknowledge our dependence. William Jennings Bryan
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