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130 Amazing Thanksgiving Quotes For A Memorable Holiday

130 Amazing Thanksgiving Quotes For A Memorable Holiday

Let’s explore a collection of heartwarming, inspiring, and thought-provoking Thanksgiving quotes that capture the spirit of this cherished holiday!

Author’s Pick: Best Thanksgiving Quotes

1. “He who thanks but with the lips thanks but in part; the full, the true Thanksgiving comes from the heart.” — J.A. Shedd

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2. “Give thanks as if you are living just to appreciate life. Live as if your life depends on love, kindness, gratitude, and thanksgiving.” ― Debasish Mridha

3. “It’s not too much food. This is what we’ve been training for our whole lives. This is our destiny, this is our finest hour.” — Lorelai Gilmore

4. “Thanksgiving just gets me all warm and tingly and all kinds of wonderful inside.” — Willard Scott

5. “Thanksgiving is a joyous invitation to shower the world with love and gratitude.” — Amy Leigh Mercree

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6. “Thanksgiving is inherent to a true salvation experience; thanksgiving is necessary to live the well, whole, ‘fullest’ life.” ― Ann Voskamp

7. “Thanksgiving isn’t just a day. It’s a way we can live our lives every day.” — Katrina Mayer

8. “Thanksgiving is not just about giving thanks, it’s about community and inclusion, it’s about discarding prejudice and practicing humanity.” ― Abhijit Naskar

9. “Live every day like your birthday and drive your life with all varieties of appreciation. A life lived with thanksgiving every day is never tired of being lived again and again!” ― Israelmore Ayivor

10. “Thanksgiving: A day to pray and humbly say “I thank thee, God. Life is okay.” ― Richelle E. Goodrich

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Thankful Quotes For Thanksgiving

1. “Showing gratitude is one of the most powerful ways to create abundance. Giving thanks is one of the most beautiful ways to appreciate life.” ― Debasish Mridha

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2. “Thanks and giving don’t begin and end on Thanksgiving; it’s a day to remind us how to spend every moment in appreciation and generosity.” ― Robert J. Breathe

3. “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

4. “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

5. “Be thankful for everything that happens in your life; it’s all an experience.” — Roy T. Bennett

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6. “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

7. “Thanksgiving Day is a good day to recommit our energies to giving thanks and just giving.” — Amy Grant

8. “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

9. “I am grateful for what I am and have. My thanksgiving is perpetual.” — Henry David Thoreau

10. “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

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11. “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

12. “Giving thanks fills you with light and joy so you can shine like the bright star you truly are.” ― Amy Leigh Mercree

13. “Show gratitude when you win. Be hopeful when you lose. In everything, give thanks.” ― Michael Bassey Johnson

14. “I started out giving thanks for small things, and the more thankful I became, the more my bounty increased.” — Oprah Winfrey

15. “Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer.” — Maya Angelou

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See also: 100 Greatest Thankful Thursday Quotes To Inspire You

Happy Thanksgiving Quotes

1. “Here’s to cherished memories, delectable dishes, and a heart full of thanks! Happy Thanksgiving!” — Unknown

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2. “You shouldn’t allow people who hurt you to occupy a fraction of your heart. Forgive and move on, especially in this season of thanksgiving.” ― Assegid Habtewold

3. “Let us be thankful and let us express the deepest gratitude for our magnificent life. No matter where you are, I wish you all a very happy Thanksgiving filled with profound joy and endless peace.” ― Debasish Mridha

4. “Life is a celebration. Consider everything that makes you happy as a gift from God and say, ‘Thank you’.” — Francis Lucille

5. “Let gratitude saturate your heart for every good thing, both great and small, and then endure — oh, steadfastly endure — all else that remains.” ― Richelle E. Goodrich

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6. “Let us string the pearls of Love to recommit our hearts to bring oneness, harmony, and unity, as our true homage to peace comes from heart, as joyous riveting sublime invitation to shower our world with Love and Gratitude. Happy Thanksgiving!” — Dr. Tony Beizaee

7. Happy Thanksgiving! It’s the special time of year sent from the Lord above, God has given this day of grace to be with those we love. Fulfillment shared with family, the true meaning of our lives, giving thanks when we’re together will always feel so right.” ― Ron Baratono

8. “This Thanksgiving, release any lingering holiday stress and wholeheartedly embrace the spirit of gratitude and cheer!” — Unknown

9. “The ultimate feast! Turkey, dressing, pies, memories. Laughter carries over squabbles and fleeting tears. Game time, go! Heightened adrenaline; increased appetites. Oh, the parade! Marching bands, floats, and giant balloons. Stuff the turkey, stuff your tummies! Eat up, eat more! Thanksgiving joys shared with beloved family and friends.” ― Richelle E. Goodrich

10. “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

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Thanksgiving Inspirational Quotes

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

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2. “Thanksgiving is a spiritual exercise, necessary to the building of a healthy soul. It takes us out of the stuffiness of ourselves into the fresh breeze and sunlight of the will of God.” ― Elisabeth Elliot

3. “It is my hope that despite the gravity of the trials, we will never forget that the privilege to live life always offsets the difficulties involved in the living of it. This is the essence of thanksgiving.” ― Craig D. Lounsbrough

4. “The turkey. The sweet potatoes. The stuffing. The pumpkin pie. Is there anything else we all can agree so vehemently about?” — Nora Ephron

5. “If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.” — Meister Eckhart

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6. “If you think Independence Day is America’s defining holiday, think again. Thanksgiving deserves that title, hands-down.” — Tony Snow

7. “Thanksgiving is the holiday of peace, the celebration of work and the simple life… a true folk festival that speaks the poetry of the turn of the seasons, the beauty of seedtime and harvest, the ripe product of the year — and the deep, deep connection of all these things with God.” — Ray Stannard Baker

8. “In November, people are good to each other. They carry pies to each other’s homes and talk by crackling woodstoves, sipping mellow cider. They travel very far on a special November day just to share a meal with one another and to give thanks for their many blessings.” — Cynthia Rylant

9. “Thanksgiving — giving thanks in everything — prepares the way that God might show us His fullest salvation in Christ.” ― Ann Voskamp

10. “Having gratitude for being alive, being able to experience an inner delight in the moment, is one of the essential roots of happiness.” ― Ezra Bayda

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11. “One moment of prayer, of weak worship, confused contrition, tepid thanksgiving, or pitiful petition will bring us closer to God than all the books of theology in the world.” ― Peter Kreeft

12. “Best of all is 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

13. “It is not happy people who are thankful. It is thankful people who are happy.” — Unknown

14. “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

15. “I am happy because I’m grateful. I choose to be grateful. That gratitude allows me to be happy.” — Will Arnett

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Thanksgiving Blessing Quotes

1. “The thankful heart opens our eyes to a multitude of blessings that continually surround us.” — James E. Faust

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2. “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

3. “Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving.” — W.T. Purkiser

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

5. “When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.” — Maya Angelou

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6. “When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around.” — Willie Nelson

7. “Thanksgiving is a posture of both mind and heart where we recognize how terribly fortunate we are, and how much we’ve been blessed despite the fact that we probably haven’t been the blessing that we should have been.” ― Craig D. Lounsbrough

8. “Thanksgiving is a time to count your blessings, one by one, as each relative goes home.” — Melanie White

9. “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

10. “We should certainly count our blessings, but we should also make our blessings count.” — Neal A. Maxwell

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11. “Let nothing put me to unease, nothing to deceive. I have conceived, I exist. Because I am blessed, to gather time, in hearing, my breath, so tranquil. To life, I am, thankful.” ― Jasleen Kaur Gumber

12. “Every arising in the morning, thanks for the blessing to be alive, to breathe, to feel, to think, to enjoy, to love again.” ― Ebelsain Villegas

13. “The act of praising and giving thanks to God brings untold blessing.” ― Lailah Gifty Akita

14. “What if we started counting our blessings rather than counting the days?” ― Laura Thomas

15. “What are you most thankful for?” she asked. My reply came easily. “Being too blessed to have any hope of answering that question.” ― Richelle E. Goodrich

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See also: 130 Gratitude Affirmations To Make Your Life More Joyful

Short Thanksgiving Quotes 

1. “Thanksgiving is a time of togetherness and gratitude.” — Nigel Hamilton

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2. “Thanksgiving is the meal we aspire for other meals to resemble.” — Jonathan Safran Foer

3. “Let thy first thought in a mercy new morning, be thanksgiving.” ― Lailah Gifty Akita

4. “Thanksgiving was never meant to be shut up in a single day.” — Robert Caspar Lintner

5. “The joy of living is the heart of thanksgiving.” ― Lailah Gifty Akita

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6. “Give thanks for a little and you will find a lot.” — Hansa Proverb

7. “Wear gratitude like a cloak, and it will feed every corner of your life.” — Rumi

8. “Let your thanksgiving to God be a perpetual praise.” ― Lailah Gifty Akita

9. “The thankful receiver bears a plentiful harvest.” — William Blake

10. “The thought of thank you is my thanksgiving.” ― Lailah Gifty Akita

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11. “Eucharisteo — thanksgiving — always precedes the miracle.” ― Ann Voskamp

12. “Express gratitude for the greatness of small things.” ― Richie Norton

13. “Thanksgiving is my sacred thoughts.” ― Lailah Gifty Akita

14. “To be grateful is to recognize the Love of God in everything.” — Thomas Merton

15. “Thankfulness is the quickest path to joy.” — Jefferson Bethke

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Wise Thanksgiving Quotes

1. “Thankfulness is measured by the number of words. Gratitude is measured by the nature of our actions.” — David O. McKay

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2. “Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” — William Arthur Ward

3. “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

4. “We would worry less if we praised more. Thanksgiving is the enemy of discontent and dissatisfaction.” — H.A. Ironside

5. “Thanks are the highest form of thought, and gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.” — G.K. Chesterton

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6. “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

7. “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

8. “Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues but the parent of all the others.” — Marcus Tullius Cicero

9. “Appreciation can change a day, even change a life. Your willingness to put it into words is all that is necessary.” — Margaret Cousins

10. “To refuse to be thankful is to incessantly focus on the few things that I don’t have at the expense of the many things that I do.” ― Craig D. Lounsbrough

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11. “If how we tell history is one of the ways we shape our present and future, we can do no better than to rethink the myth of the First Thanksgiving and its role in the Thanksgiving holiday.” ― David J. Silverman

12. “Thankfulness creates gratitude which generates contentment that causes peace.” ― Todd Stocker

13. “America has developed a pie tradition unequivocally and unapologetically at the sweet end of the scale, and at no time is this better demonstrated than at Thanksgiving.” ― Janet Clarkson

14. “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

15. “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

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Thanksgiving Quotes For Family And Friends

1. “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

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2. “Family gathers to share good noise and good food. Gratitude abounds.” ― Richelle E. Goodrich

3. “My parents are the coolest of the cool on every single level, and it’s because they have a deep appreciation for every moment of their lives.” — Rashida Jones

4. “We should just be thankful for being together. I think that’s what they mean by Thanksgiving, Charlie Brown.” — Marcie, A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

5. “Forever on Thanksgiving the heart will find the pathway home.” — Wilbur D. Nesbit

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6. “Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy. They are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” — Marcel Proust

7. “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

8. “I come from a family where gravy is considered a beverage.” — Erma Bombeck

9. “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

10. “Don’t wait until the fourth Thursday in November, to sit with family and friends to give thanks. Make every day a day of Thanksgiving!” ― Charmaine J Forde

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Motivational Quotes For Thanksgiving

1. “At whatever straws we must grasp, there is always a time for gratitude and new beginnings.” — J. Robert Moskin

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2. “Drink and be thankful to the host! What seems insignificant when you have it, is important when you need it.” — Franz Grillparzer

3. “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

4. “Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.” — Eckhart Tolle

5. “Why wait until the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving to give, just give a little every day and help somebody along the way.” ― Charmaine J. Forde

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6. “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

7. “Be thankful for what you have. Your life is someone else’s fairy tale.” — Wale Ayeni

8. “Start the day with PRAISE, live the rest with RIGHTEOUS DEEDS, and end them with THANKS-GIVING.” ― Bradley B. Dalina

9. “If you are really thankful, what do you do? You share.” — W. Clement Stone

10. “Showing gratitude is one of the simplest yet most powerful things humans can do for each other.” — Randy Pausch

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11. “Never ever seek for gratefulness from mankind, you shall always see ungratefulness. Do what you must do as a solemn duty and that is what you have to do!” ― Ernest Agyemang Yeboah

12. “We tend to think that being mindful, which might be thought of as just turning one’s life into a big prayer of thanksgiving, is a linear thing. It’s really more a higgledy-piggledy dance, which I hope you’re enjoying immensely.” ― Kelly Corbet

13. “When my gratitude fully became a daily habit in my life, it was as though my subconscious mind wrote down “joy” and put it in an envelope of gratitude to deliver to me.” ― Stephen D. Edwards

14. “The more thankful that I become the more I realize how pathetically impoverished I was before I became thankful. And I often wonder how impoverished I still am.” ― Craig D. Lounsbrough

15. “If we empty our celebrations of thanksgiving, we are left with a party with no heart.” ― Rachael Newham

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Funny Thanksgiving Quotes

1. “Thanksgiving, man. Not a good day to be my pants.” — Kevin James

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2. “Thanksgiving is so called because we are all so thankful that it only comes once a year.” — P.J. O’Rourke

3. “Do you know what I dream about when I dream about Thanksgiving, which is often? I dream about eating so much deliciousness that all the blood rushes to my stomach and I pass out at the table. Please don’t deny me that.” — The OC

4.  “You can tell you ate too much for Thanksgiving when you have to let your bathrobe out.” — Jay Leno

5. “I suppose I will die never knowing what pumpkin pie tastes like when you have room for it.” — Robert Breault

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6. “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 4 hours to clean it up.” ― Ted Allen

7. “Hey, this could be our new Thanksgiving tradition. What, hiding from our own family?” — Modern Family

8. “Thanksgiving dinners take eighteen hours to prepare. They are consumed in twelve minutes. Half-times take twelve minutes. This is not coincidence.” ― Erma Bombeck

9. “Well, that was absurd, let’s eat dead bird!” — Home for the Holidays

10. “For those of you who cannot be with family this Thanksgiving, please resist the urge to brag.” — Andy Borowitz

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Wrapping It Up

I did my best to collect the most interesting Thanksgiving quotes I could find on the web and I hope you enjoyed reading them.

May your hearts be full, your plates even fuller, and your spirits warmed by the memories created with loved ones. Happy Thanksgiving!

130 Amazing Thanksgiving Quotes For A Memorable Holiday