Thanksgiving Quotes & Poems

When it comes time to count your blessings this Thanksgiving, use these quotes and poems for inspiration. Our favorite inspirational and funny quotes and poems will help you express your gratitude or just give you a chuckle.


Inspirational Quotes

"If you count all your assets, you always show a profit." Robert Quillen

"We can always find something to be thankful for, and there may be reasons why we ought to be thankful for even those dispensations which appear dark and frowning." Albert Barnes

"Small cheer and great welcome makes a merry feast." William Shakespeare

"Gratitude is the sign of noble souls." Aesop

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

"As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words but to live by them." John Fitzgerald Kennedy

"If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, 'thank you,' that would suffice." Meister Eckhart

Funny Quotes

"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 so called because we are all so thankful that it only comes once a year." P. J. O'Rourke

"Thanksgiving is America's national chow-down feast, the one occasion each year when gluttony becomes a patriotic duty." Michael Dresser

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

Thanksgiving Poems for Kids
Five Little Turkeys

Five little turkeys standing by door,
One waddled off, and then there were four.
Four little turkeys under a tree,
One waddled off, and then there were three.
Three little turkeys with nothing to do,
One waddled off, and then there were two.
Two little turkeys in the noonday sun,
One waddled off, and then there was one.
One little turkey better run away,
For soon will come Thanksgiving Day.

Mr. Turkey

I heard Mr. Turkey say,
Gobble, gobble, gobble, gobble, gobble,
Soon t'will be Thanksgiving day,
Gobble, gobble, gobble, gobble, gobble,
People say that it's much fun,
But I think I'll run and run
And hide until the day is done,
Gobble, gobble, gobble, gobble, gobble.

Five Fat Turkeys

Five fat turkeys are we.
We spent all night in a tree.
When the cook came around,
We were nowhere to be found
And that's why we're here you see!

Turkey Trouble

(To the tune of "Mary Had a Little Lamb")
We cooked turkey, nice and hot,
Nice and hot, nice and hot.
We cooked turkey nice and hot
On Thanksgiving Day.
We eat turkey a whole lot,
A whole lot, a whole lot.
We eat turkey a whole lot.
It will not go away!
Sandwiches and soup are fine.
By the way, would you like mine?
Potpie lasts a long, long time,
It's turkey every day!

Thanksgiving Poems for Adults

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

Ah! on Thanksgiving day ...
When the care-wearied man seeks his mother once more,
And the worn matron smiles where the girl smiled before.
What moistens the lips and what brightens the eye?
What calls back the past, like the rich pumpkin pie?
--John Greenleaf Whittier

Lord, 'tis Thy plenty-dropping hand
That soils my land,
And giv'st me for my bushel sown
Twice ten for one.
All this, and better, Thou dost send
Me, to this end,
That I should render, for my part,
A thankful heart.
--Robert Herrick

Thou hast given so much to me,
Give one thing more, a grateful heart;
Not thankful when it pleaseth me,
As if Thy blessings had spare days,
But such a heart whose pulse may be Thy praise.
--George Herbert


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