Thanksgiving Day is one of the most popular and significant national holidays in the United States, ranking at the top with Christmas and Independence Day.
Autumn or fall season starts officially right after Labor Day, usually during the first two weeks of September. The weather starts to cool down around this time, and the tree leaves change from green to fantastic gold, orange, and red. People in the Midwest don their plaid shirts, and harvest time soon arrives with its abundance and bounty—what a perfect setting for a Thanksgiving picture, full of content and gratitude.
Thanksgiving has evolved through the years from its humble origins as simple prayers or rites of thanks for a bountiful harvest, to its modern form of gratitude for peace, prosperity, and happiness.
The Thanksgiving holiday has a long and proud history of tradition harkening as far back as 1621, with the first English colonists (Pilgrims of Plymouth) sharing their harvest feast with the Wampanoag people.
The US Founding Fathers, most notably President George Washington, formalized it as a national holiday of prayers and thanks offering on November 26th, 1789. In 1863, President Lincoln proclaimed every last Thursday of November as a National Day of Thanksgiving for all-inclusive states at the time and as a petition for the end to hostilities in the Civil War.
Finally, on December 6th, 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed a joint resolution by Congress to set Thanksgiving Day on every fourth Thursday of November. Since then, we have celebrated each Thanksgiving as such.
Thanksgiving starts the most wonderful time we refer to as the “Holiday Season.” It is a day for a private celebration with the family, and publicly with parades like America’s Hometown Thanksgiving Parade of Plymouth, Massachusetts, ABC Dunkin’ Donuts Thanksgiving Day Parade of Philadelphia, Bayou Classic Thanksgiving Parade of New Orleans, Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade in New York City, and McDonald’s Thanksgiving Parade in Chicago. The day after Thanksgiving called Black Friday denotes the beginning of the Christmas season.
Sports are also a big part of Thanksgiving with the National Football League or NFL holding games traditionally since the 1930s. Basketball is also being played, but this is a recent development with the NBA starting to hold tournaments in 2006.
The day’s culmination usually entails a sumptuous Thanksgiving dinner with roasted or deep-fried stuffed Turkey, pumpkin pie, mashed potatoes and gravy, sweet corn, cranberry sauce, Brussels sprouts, squash, and other autumn vegetables.
Of course, more important than the food is the tradition of being able to get together and celebrate with your loved ones. To say a prayer in gratitude as one for all the blessings that have been bestowed upon everyone.
A simple yet symbolic ritual is the cutting and serving of the turkey, done by the head of the family, usually the fathers. That symbolizes the traditional role of fathers in providing for and guiding the family.
Because Thanksgiving is such a homegrown American tradition, we have prepared and compiled the best and inspiring Thanksgiving quotes that will warm your hearts. We hope you find these good enough to share with your family and friends. Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!
Happy Thanksgiving Quotes
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.
Thanksgiving is more than “one dinner.” Thanksgiving is a time for celebrating everything you love.
Silent gratitude isn’t very much to anyone.
I love November and the American tradition of Thanksgiving. But in reality, every day should be Thanksgiving.
Things turn out best for people who make the best of the way things turn out.
What would happen in my own life if thanksgiving became the main thing for me?
Gratitude is a feedback loop that will show you where you are thriving.
Indeed, it is hard if not impossible to take God out of the picture when discussing the true meaning of Thanksgiving.
In life, one has a choice to take one of two paths: to wait for some special day—or to celebrate each special day.
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.
Gratitude for the seemingly insignificant—a seed—this plants the giant miracle.
Thanksgiving offers us an annual pause from the pace of life return to places we do not often visit and gather with people we do not often see.
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.
So once in every year we throng upon a day apart, to praise the Lord with feast and song in thankfulness of heart.
Thanksgiving Inspirational Quotes
I’m a very positive thinker, and I think that is what helps me the most in difficult moments.
I love Thanksgiving because it is a time of year when families come together. It is a time of year when the days are shorter, the nights are colder, but you feel warmed by the love of those around you.
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
When someone gives you a gift that he’s already sacrificed and paid for, you don’t try to pay him back; you just receive the gift with thanksgiving and spontaneously lavish love on the giver.
Thankfulness creates gratitude which generates contentment that causes peace.
Giving thanks to you. My friends, neighbors, and family. Remembering that every day you fill my life with joy.
There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.
One of the most meaningful days of the year is Thanksgiving Day; a day full of gratitude and turkey surrounded by the love of family and friends.
The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables us to count our blessings.
….. everyone should have a heart of thanksgiving as soon as they open their eyes. If being able to take another breath and having the ability to open your eyes in the morning isn’t the biggest blessing, I don’t know what is.
We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.
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.
At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.
The Pilgrims displayed another virtue, one they practiced every day and which stood at the heart of the First Thanksgiving. Cicero called it the greatest of the virtues and the parent of all the rest: gratitude.
When I force myself to utter the awkward phrase, ‘I am grateful,’ I actually start to feel a bit more grateful…It’s basic cognitive behavioral therapy: Behave in a certain way, and your mind will eventually catch up with your actions.
For whoever comes into your home, whoever you invite, whoever invites himself, whoever needs to be invited, whoever’s there: Thanksgiving ought to be the best holiday of the year.
All sanity depends on this: that it should be a delight to feel the roughness of a carpet under smooth soles, a delight to feel heat strike the skin, a delight to stand upright, knowing the bones are moving easily under the flesh.
Thanksgiving creates abundance; and the miracle of multiplying happens when I give thanks – take just one loaf, say it is enough, and give thanks – and He miraculously makes it more than enough.
Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.
Thanksgiving is the expression of gratitude, an acknowledgement of favors or divine goodness. It is an act of appreciation, often directed to God for all He has done or is doing in our lives.
Joseph A Iyongo
When you are joyful, when you say yes to life and have fun and project positivity all around you, you become a sun in the center of every constellation, and people want to be near you.
Shannon L. Alder
Stand up, on this Thanksgiving Day, stand upon your feet…. There is not, and there never has been, a better time or a better place to live in.
Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.
William Arthur Ward
There is no racial or ethnic involvement in Thanksgiving, and people who may be very distant from the Christian system can see the beauty and the positive spirit that comes from the holiday.
Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.
I am grateful for what I am and have. My thanksgiving is perpetual.
Henry David Thoreau
Can you see the holiness in those things you take for granted—a paved road or a washing machine? If you concentrate on finding what is good in every situation, you will discover that your life will suddenly be filled with gratitude, a feeling that nurtures the soul.
Rabbi Harold Kushner
The blessings of harvest time can be found at Thanksgiving.
Theodore W. Higginsworth
The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.
Famous Thanksgiving Quotes
… we can be thankful even for trials because they serve a greater purpose.
Bad things do happen; how I respond to them defines my character and the quality of my life. I can choose to sit in perpetual sadness, immobilized by the gravity of my loss, or I can choose to rise from the pain and treasure the most precious gift I have—life itself.
We should certainly count our blessings, but we should also make our blessings count.
Neal A. Maxwell
Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.
William Arthur Ward
In all things give thanks.
1 Thessalonians 5:18
I think that real friendship always makes us feel such sweet gratitude, because the world almost always seems like a very hard desert, and the flowers that grow there seem to grow against such high odds.
Of all of the food filled holidays, Thanksgiving reigns king in the United States.
We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives.
John F. Kennedy
He (God) encourages us to let our requests be made known to Him in a spirit of thanksgiving.
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.
Thanksgiving is good, but ‘thanksliving’ is better.
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
Forever on Thanksgiving Day the heart will find the pathway home.
Wilbur D. Nesbit
Over and over I marvel at the blessings of my life: Each year has grown better than the last.
Thanksgiving – Show appreciation for all God has given you.
Too often, we forget to thank the people who are closest to us. They are easy to take for granted, and we can expend all our patience and niceties on strangers and have only leftovers to give our family.
Thanksgiving is a celebration of a harvest, and it is common all over the world.
Thanksgiving was never meant to be shut up in a single day.
Robert Caspar Lintner
Thanksgiving is the end of all human conduct, whether observed in words or works.
J. B. Lightfoot
Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.
Marcus Tullius Cicero
God is glorified, not by our groans, but by our thanksgivings.
Edwin Percy Whipple
We should certainly count our blessings, but we should also make our blessings count.
Neal A. Maxwell
This most of all is the message of Thanksgiving: everything really will be all right.
In ordinary life we hardly realize that we receive a great deal more than we give, and that it is only with gratitude that life becomes rich.
I invite you to be grateful, at Thanksgiving or any other time – for you.
Noelle C. Nelson
I am one of the happiest gals you know because I choose it every single day. I choose to practice gratitude; I choose to surround myself with things and people who support positivity.
Thanksgiving, after all, is a word of action.
W. J. Cameron
‘Thank you’ is the best prayer that anyone could say. I say that one a lot. Thank you expresses extreme gratitude, humility, understanding.
Thanksgiving is a season that is very much in accord with the themes and teachings of Jesus Christ.
Gratitude doesn’t change the scenery. It merely washes clean the glass you look through so you can clearly see the colors.
Richelle E. Goodrich
Quotes On Thanksgiving And Gratitude
The more my heart is parked in a place of thanksgiving and rejoicing, the less room I have for grumpiness.
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart.
For every complaint you might say or think, try to replace it with words and thoughts of thanksgiving.
Rhovonda L. Brown
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
Simple blessings are all around us. Once we receive them with thanksgiving and appreciation, we experience true joy.
The more one does and sees and feels, the more one is able to do, and the more genuine may be one’s appreciation of fundamental things like home, and love, and understanding companionship.
Have an “attitude of gratitude.” Be thankful for your health now. Don’t wait till Thanksgiving.
Live a life full of humility, gratitude, intellectual curiosity, and never stop learning.
Every year at Thanksgiving time North Americans make a great show of their gratitude, most often expressed as gratitude to God.
Devin D. Thorpe
Happiness already exists in your life. All you need to do is tune into it. And you can start doing that right now.
Anthon St. Maarten
Thanksgiving is a time to give, a time to love, and a time to reflect on the things that matter most in life.
You simply will not be the same person two months from now after consciously giving thanks each day for the abundance that exists in your life.
Sarah Ban Breathnach
Thanksgiving is a fun, family holiday that is celebrated every year! Families get together and, in their own way, give thanks for the Blessings that they enjoy.
If we magnified blessings as much as we magnify disappointments, we’d all be much happier.
The best of all blessings is to give thanks for at a family gathering is the family and the gathering.
Nothing is more honorable than a grateful heart.
Thanksgiving is an act. Hence, it is not enough to have the feeling in our hearts; it is important to express it so that the party to whom we are giving thanks sees and knows that we are truly grateful for the good that we have received.
Joseph A Iyongo
When you practice gratefulness, there is a sense of respect toward others.
Don’t let autumn and its season of gratitude get lost in the blur of Christmas fanfare. Let Thanksgiving have its day – and its attitude – in your heart.
When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.
Thanksgiving Day is a perfect day to share the love and companionship of family and friends at the Thanksgiving table.
If you count all your assets, you always show a profit.
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.
Everything changed when I switched from saying ‘I have to do this’ to ‘I GET to do this.’
Thanksgiving Family Quotes
Thanksgiving marks the beginning of the holiday season, and represents food, family and moments of sharing and professing gratitude.
Start each day with a positive thought and a grateful heart.
Roy T. Bennett
Thanksgiving is coming to the life-altering understanding that truly precious things can’t be owned anyway. And the wonder of it all is not only realizing that we can’t own them, but it’s realizing that we don’t have to expend the energy in the maintenance of them in order to enjoy them.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around.
On Thanksgiving I will stop to give thanks that my family is safe and healthy, especially because I realize that, following the tragedies of this year, it is all too real a possibility that they might not have been.
Happiness is a quality of the soul…not a function of one’s material circumstances.
Thanksgiving Day has a history attached to it. Like the Latin word “virtue,” it is a history which runs through the entire life of a people.
An attitude of positive expectation is the mark of the superior personality.
Thanksgiving is such a homegrown American tradition, we have prepared and compiled the best and inspiring Thanksgiving quotes that will warm your hearts. We hope you find these good enough to share with your family and friends. Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!