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Our Favorite Thanksgiving Quotes

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It’s the beginning of the most wonderful time of year. Thanksgiving is a time for gathering with friends and family over delicious homecooked meals. It’s a day set out for gratitude. For giving thanks for all that we have with the people who mean so much. We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite quotes that capture the true spirit of the season.

Happy and Inspirational Thanksgiving Quotes

Over the river and through the woods to grandmother’s house we go… This childhood song brings back sweet memories of Thanksgiving with family and friends. On the 4th Thursday each November, this all-American holiday gives us another opportunity to share a meal with loved ones and savor the blessings of all we’ve been given.

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Well, there's only one thing wrong with that...My grandmother lives in a condominium. —Charlie Brown, after singing Over the River and Through the Woods to Grandmother's House We Go.

In the year 1621, the Pilgrims held their first Thanksgiving feast. They invited the great Indian chief Massasoit, who brought ninety of his brave Indians and a great abundance of food. Governor William Bradford and Captain Miles Standish were honored guests. Elder William Brewster, who was a minister, said a prayer that went something like this: 'We thank God for our homes and our food and our safety in a new land. We thank God for the opportunity to create a new world for freedom and justice. —Linus

Now, therefore, I do recommend and assign Thursday, the 26th day of November next, to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be. —George Washington’s Thanksgiving Proclamation, October 3, 1789

Hem your blessings with thankfulness so they don’t unravel. —Author Unknown

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

Give thanks for unknown blessings already on their way. —Native American Saying

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

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

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

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

What if, today, we were grateful for everything? —Charlie Brown

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

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

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

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

Gratitude is a quality similar to electricity: It must be produced and discharged and used up in order to exist at all. —William Faulkner

Now is no time to think of what you do not have. Think of what you can do with what there is. —Ernest Hemingway

My mom makes something called green pie, which I thought was a delicacy that many people only had at Thanksgiving, but it turns out it was just Jello with whipped cream on it. And it’s delicious. —Bobby Moynihan

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

Forever on Thanksgiving Day the heart will find the pathway home. —Wilbur D. Nesbit

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

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

Thanksgiving, man! Not a good day to be my pants. —Kevin James

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

It’s not the minutes spent at the table that put on weight, it’s the seconds. —Author Unknown

After a good dinner, one can forgive anybody, even one’s own relations. —Oscar Wilde

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