We’re all about celebrating gratitude this season. 

By Emily VanSchmus
November 02, 2020

As you prepare this year’s Thanksgiving dinner, take a few minutes to stop and reflect on all you have to be thankful for this season. To help you get into the holiday spirit, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite Thanksgiving quotes. These phrases from authors, celebrities and television characters will help remind you to practice gratitude as the day of the big holiday meal draws closer. 

Use these quotes to inspire this year’s holiday traditions (like a DIY family gratitude tree) or borrow one for this year’s Thanksgiving Instagram caption. However you use them, we hope these phrases will bring a smile to your face this holiday season.

“What if today, we were just grateful for everything?”

—Charlie Brown

“I am grateful for what I am and have. My thanksgiving is perpetual.”

—Henry David Thoreau

"Be present in all things and thankful for all."

—Maya Angelou

"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

"Even in the trials of life, if we have eyes to see them, we can find good things everywhere we look.”

—Joanna Gaines

“The turkey. The sweet potatoes. The stuffing. The pumpkin pie. Is there anything else we all can agree so vehemently about? I don’t think so.”

—Nora Ephron

"Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has plenty; not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some."

—Charles Dickens

"Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more."

—Oprah Winfrey

"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

"We must find the time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives."

—John F. Kennedy

"Thankfulness is the quickest path to joy.”

—Jefferson Bethke

"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

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

—William Shakespeare

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

—Ernest Hemingway

"Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it."

—William Arthur Ward

"All across America, we gather this week with the people we love to give thanks to God for the blessings in our lives.”

— George W. Bush


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