Christian Quotations for Thanksgiving

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Quotes About Gratitude

We ought to have more Thanksgiving Days, not the legal kind, but private thanksgiving days when we take time out to be grateful. Is our greatest blessing a plentiful harvest? Or national prosperity? Not really. It is something more intimately personal: The peace of heart that comes from God's pardon in Jesus Christ. Recognize it, accept it, and it will put a song into your mouth in the darkest hour. It will cast a glow over your life that nothing can dim.

---Oswald C.J. Hoffman, Houston Post, Houston, Texas, Nov. 14, 1953.


Gratitude is our loyalty expressed to our friends and to God for blessings received.

---Lorin L. Richards, Great Lakes Mission, Fort Wayne, Ind., November 1956.


True thanksgiving is laden with the service of charity.

---Percival Huntington “P.H.” Whaley, Evening Public Ledger, Philadelphia, Pa., Nov. 26, 1914.


Gratitude for past blessings can best be shown by making them live in the present in a growing and enlarging way.

---Omer S. Thomas, The Herald of Gospel Liberty, Portsmouth, N.H., Nov. 27, 1924.


The spirit of gratitude is always pleasant and satisfying because it carries with it a sense of helpfulness to others; it begets love and friendship, and engenders divine influence.

---Hal L. Taylor, Indian Israel, Holbrook, Ariz., November 1967.


God works through people. Gratitude to Him can be expressed by appreciation to those who have been helpful and considerate. By what right can you remember God and forget His human agents? Take from the scrap heap of your neglect this lost art of sensible gratitude to the persons who have ministered to you during the year. A glow of joy will come to their lives by such sincere appreciation.

---Milton M. McGorrill, Suburbanite Economist, Chicago, Ill., Nov. 30, 1926.


The acknowledgement of favors received is not only kind and courteous, but just and honorable.

---J. Perry King, Clarendon News, Clarendon, Texas, Nov. 29, 1934.


Thanksgiving is sacred to the faithful, hopeful and thankful heart. No people can be at their best and be sad and despairing. But the recognition of God, and joy, and hope, and thanksgiving link that people to God and are the elements of strength. The hopeful and thankful spirit is constructive. It builds up. It develops splendid character, upward, outward, Godward and heavenward. The greatest, grandest, happiest, most influential and useful people in the world have been the hopeful and thankful people.

---D.C. Coburn, The Democratic Banner, Mt. Vernon, Ohio, Nov. 29, 1918.


Gratitude heightens the power of enjoyment. Gratitude is the spice to the cup of contentment. Gratitude is the mark of the humble, who are never oppressed with the idea that they deserve more than they get. We have never known a sullen, torpid and discontented mind to express feelings of gratitude. ... Gratitude to God rescues work from dullness and harshness.

---Fulton J. Sheen, North-Central Louisiana Register, Alexandria, La., July 20, 1956.


Instead of “counting sheep,” try thinking of the Shepherd for all His many blessings He has given you.

---Bill Copeland, Sarasota Journal, Sarasota, Fla., March 31, 1969.


Gratitude and graciousness are closely akin. By consciously developing a sense of gratitude, your personality will become more courtly, dignified and gracious.

---Napoleon Hill, Houston Post, Houston, Texas, July 10, 1956.


Gratitude is the finishing quality in the truly great person. It indicates genuine awareness of another person's efforts on your behalf. It shows how much humility, how much warmth, how much genuine feeling you have in your heart. Gratitude is the capstone to a well-developed character.

---Robert F. Wall, The Extra Mile, Brisbane, Australia, June 7, 1977.


A prize boner in human calculation is to cancel out the count of one’s blessings with the multiplicity of one’s concerns.

---Edmund J. Kiefer, Buffalo Courier-Express, Buffalo, N.Y., May 1, 1955.


The compounding of the two words, “thanks” and “giving” without even a hyphen between them, tends to obscure their meaning and the impression they make and to convert the day set apart for thanks giving into a mere form of usage. It will be well for us to grasp the ideas of the separate words carefully when we bring them together.

---Thornton S. Wilson, The Presbyterian of the South, Atlanta, Ga., Nov. 17, 1909.


Thanksgiving is an act of divine worship; it is that act of divine worship in which we acknowledge with praise and gratitude the benefits received.

---William M. Anderson, Sr., Christian Observer, Louisville, Ky., Nov. 10, 1897.


Grateful eyes are like a mirror, becoming lovely with all the loveliness they see.

---William M. Anderson, Sr., Christian Observer, Louisville, Ky., Nov. 20, 1907.


Gratitude and memory are like two mirrors, endlessly multiplying all that comes between them.

---William M. Anderson, Sr., Christian Observer, Louisville, Ky., Nov. 10, 1909.


Half our blessings are an inheritance from the past.

---James DeForest Murch, Christian Standard, Cincinnati, Ohio, Jan. 9, 1943.


Let our hearts swell in a great symphony of gratitude to God for the countless manifestations of His loving kindness.

---Pat M. Neff, Dallas Morning News, Dallas, Texas, Nov. 29, 1923.


There is no sweeter music in heaven than the song that goes up from a grateful heart.

---Elijah Powell Brown, St. Paul Daily Globe, St. Paul, Minn., Oct. 24, 1891.


Virtues and friendship grow under the genial sunlight of appreciation; they wither under the frosts of jealousy and misrepresentation.

---Oswald W.S. McCall, Berkeley Daily Gazette, Berkeley, Calif., Oct. 31, 1922.


No thanksgiving is complete unless it carries with it the sacrificial element, and God requires this self-sacrifice.

---David A. Johnson, Rock Island Argus, Rock Island, Ill., Nov. 27, 1914.


Thankfulness is the remembrance or rehearsing of favors received, producing the pleasing sentiment of a sacred duty well performed.

---Albert Biever, The Times-Picayune, New Orleans, La., Nov. 27, 1925.


A bank account of gratitude is one’s best insurance against a day of helplessness.

---Adam S. Bennion, Improvement Era, Salt Lake City, Utah, November 1931.


Gratitude is a contagious, power-creating, possibility producing, life-giving exercise capable of making you a more beautiful, grateful and loving person.

---Benny C. Boling, Eugene First Christian, Eugene, Ore., Nov. 13, 1977.


Thanksgiving leads us to realize how very much God can be in life if we only possess discernment to realize His presence.

---John Edward Carver, Ogden Standard-Examiner, Ogden, Utah, Nov. 22, 1937.


Gratitude is a form of happiness. A grateful man is a happy man. How can a man be sorrowful or disheartened, or discouraged, when his soul is filled with gratitude towards our Heavenly Father for His goodness?

---B.F. Cummings, Liahona The Elders Journal, Independence, Mo., Oct. 31, 1908.


Thanksgiving Day will have served its purpose if the retrospect which it presents spurs us on to the more conscientious performance of duty and to increase our contributions to the welfare of the world and the sum of human happiness.

---William Jennings Bryan, The Commoner, Lincoln, Neb., Nov. 30, 1905.


Happiness is the soul’s “Thank you” to God.

---William T. Ellis, Binghamton Press, Binghamton, N.Y., Nov. 24, 1916.


Continually “count your blessings” and you will be of more account.

---John Wesley Holland, Livonia Gazette, Livonia, N.Y., Nov. 6, 1936.


We need to be penitently thankful for what we have been having, as well as triumphantly thankful for what we think we are going to have.

---Charles H. Parkhurst, New York Herald, New York, N.Y., Nov. 29, 1901.


Let us all be thankful, even though we have to smile occasionally through our tears and say our prayers with aching hearts.

---Frederick L. Chapman, Better Farming, Chicago, Ill., November 1913.


Gratitude is the hymnology of heaven; thankfulness is the music of the skies.

---Eugene N. Duty, St. Petersburg Times, St. Petersburg, Fla., Nov. 22, 1937.


Gratitude is thanks for what we have received, but it is likewise a recognition and appreciation for what we are capable of giving to someone else.

---Ted L. Hanks, Spanish Fork Press, Spanish Fork, Utah, Nov. 25, 1981.


While giving thanks for bounteous blessings received may I not enjoin the need for us to pray that we may prove ourselves worthy recipients.

---Cary A. Hardee, Florida Times-Union, Jacksonville, Fla., Nov. 21, 1923.


The most thankful people are also the happiest people, and there are no exceptions to that.

---Joseph O. Haymes, Amarillo Daily News, Amarillo, Texas, Nov. 30, 1934.


Gratitude is a manifestation of culture, an expression of intelligence, a display of sensitiveness, and a pulsation of a sound heart.

---Ernest C. Wareing, Western Christian Advocate, Cincinnati, Ohio, Oct. 4, 1922.


Gratitude arises out of vision for the deeper meaning of life and the wider purposes of God. It is not an act of will. It flows from insight. Gratitude is a matter of vision, of insight.

---John W. Hoffman, Duluth Herald, Duluth, Minn., Nov. 22, 1915.


To be really thankful takes thought and practice. No habit seems to fall so easily from us as that of saying, “Thank you,” to our fellow men and to the Giver of Life. May we joyfully carry our thanksgiving into the highest practical realm of thankful living for Him, and our fellow men.

---John Wesley Holland, Farmer’s Wife, St. Paul, Minn., November 1928.


Let us not forget tomorrow the blessings of today. Blessings remembered tomorrow are doubly blessed. They minister life and health today and loving trustfulness tomorrow. We, most of us, get but half the good of the divine blessings. Material blessings of today should be transmuted into spiritual sacraments in all the days to come. We can make them so and we should. Life would be richer in its blessedness if we only did this.

---James T. Ross, Hereford Brand, Hereford, Texas, Aug. 5, 1926.


Let us not forget the source of our blessings. In our rush for material things, let us not forget the Lord. May we count our blessings. If we fail to do so, our material abundance will someday turn to ashes in our hands. If we are to continue to be a strong Christian nation, we must give more heed to the teachings of Christ. If we would keep the nation spiritually sound, then our homes must be built upon a spiritual foundation. In our homes there must be a feeling of gratitude. We need the blessings which come from the daily living of eternal Christian principles. God help us all to count our many blessings often that we may ever be actively conscious of “what the Lord has done.”

—Ezra Taft Benson, Salt Lake Tribune, Salt Lake City, Utah, Jan. 22, 1949.


The value of a gift is determined not by its cost, but by the appreciation of the one who receives it. Every prayer of thanksgiving increases the value of God’s gifts, for it deepens our appreciation. If we condemn God for what we lack, we lose all pleasure in what we have. If we appreciate His gifts and use them rightly, we live above despair. And we prove to Him that we are qualified to receive further gifts He holds in store.

---Howard V. Harper, Waycross Journal-Herald, Waycross, Ga., Dec. 30, 1938.


The memory of mercies bestowed and received should be treasured. Memory is said to be the mother of gratitude. Blot out the memories of the past and you sponge from the soul the power to be serenely happy. Not memory alone but hope, her kinswoman, brings to the soul of man the power to be grateful, and the feeling of gratitude. Hope makes much of thanksgiving; it is one of the grandest blessings of life. Isn’t it a matter for thanks that there is this buoyancy of soul in humankind that enables it to rise above disaster and superior to difficulty?

---G.R. Palmer, The Evening Gazette, Monmouth, Ill., Dec. 22, 1883.


Thankfulness comes to the person who lives by the process of addition and not to the person who lives by the process of subtraction. Some people who are abundantly blessed in material things are unhappy all the time because they keep thinking of the one thing which has been subtracted from what they want. Others with not half so many blessings are happy all the time and grateful because they let the mind dwell upon some blessing that has been added to a poor life. Humility is mighty good soil for gratitude to grow in. Joy and thankfulness go together. The sweetest smiles and best music come from a grateful heart.

---R.J.S. Stubblefield, The Evening Herald, Klamath Falls, Ore., Nov. 22, 1913.


If we were to thank God for every pleasure we get out of life, we would really find no time to grumble or complain about disappointments and vexations Take an inventory of just one day’s experiences, and notice how the pleasures far exceed the sorrows; how achievements far surpass the frustrations of our hopes. If it were not so, “gloom” would reign in place of “joy;” there would be no progression, but rather retrogression; the world would know no progress. It is achievement that spells advancement, and advancement is the mother of happiness and pleasure.

---John Peter Janett, Milwaukee Sentinel, Milwaukee, Wis., July 13, 1926.


Thanksgiving is a national day of gratitude. No Christian ought to wait until the last Thursday of November each year to show his appreciation to God for the year’s blessings. We are inclined to keep the wrong kind of silence at times. To the thoughtful and devout person gratitude is a haunting quality that constantly urges him to manifest thanksgiving and praise. Thanksgiving is more than mere acknowledgment of favors and blessings. It is accounting for one’s blessings and squaring up one’s accounts in the service of humanity. No life ever loses its attractiveness and beauty by being grateful.

---Howard A. Northacker, The Daily Star, Long Island City, N.Y., Nov. 30, 1929.


The world fails to acknowledge success unless the fullest exemplification of gratitude is displayed. Those who return unto their fellowmen tenfold of that which has been rendered unto them, are loyal to their friends, associates, kinsmen, and employees never shall have fear of their destination, and whether their path shall be strewn with success. The execution of gratitude constructs upon a firm foundation, faith, confidence in man's neighbor, belief in the good things of life and a Supreme Ruler of the Universe, and after man is filled with faith and gratitude, it becomes an utter responsibility for him not to be honest.

---Howard D. Strother, The New Era, Eunice, La., April 13, 1937.


When gratitude is gone we are dead to joy. People who have lost gratitude find the flaw in a magnificent sunset. They look upon the face of a newborn baby and fret over the future. They live in fear that somehow they will miss a molehill they could have made into a mountain. Gratitude is not the unreal Pollyanna view of life. Gratitude sees reality, hurts at pain, rails at injustice, bleeds when wounded, but somehow finds the humor that lives even in the darkness. It finds good that exists, even in the bad. It finds hope in hopelessness. Gratitude is a way to see.

---Doug Manning, Hereford Brand, Hereford, Texas, Dec. 1, 1985.


Gratitude demands many sacrifices; that is why it is an oft-neglected virtue. The ungrateful man is like the dishonest debtor who repudiates his debt. Gratitude never ends. The noble soul will overestimate the value of a gift.

---Myron Meyerovitz, Alexandria Daily Town Talk, Alexandria, La., Nov. 24, 1921.


Gratitude surely is one of our most neglected virtues. We should cultivate the habit of writing letters of appreciation; saying "thank you" for extended favors; and be gracious and kind. Of all virtues, gratitude pays the greatest dividend for the least labor. You're morally bankrupt if you have forgotten how to say "thank you."

---Dale Foster, Searcy Daily Citizen, Searcy, Ark., March 25, 1983.


Why are you not happy? If you are miserable, turn your miserable life into a happy one. How can it be done? Listen! Men are miserable and grasping and dissatisfied not because they have not enough to make life comfortable and happy, but because in their eagerness to grasp for more, they fail to rightly appreciate and enjoy what they have. A proper spirit of appreciation would turn thousands of miserable lives into happy ones. Count your blessings.

---Kerrison Juniper, St. Petersburg Times, St. Petersburg, Fla., April 25, 1925.


The feeling of gratitude is a wholesome and healthful mental attitude. The person who is aware of his blessings and appreciative of them is a far finer companion than the one who takes everything as a matter of course because there is not more. Thankfulness must be remembered as a condition of mind rather than environment and we will do well to cultivate it for our own happiness the year round.

---Vernald William Johns, Garland Times, Garland, Utah, Nov. 28, 1935.


"Count your blessings" is one song, and "Help somebody today" is another. If you sing one you should sing the other, for no person has a right to gloat over the blessings he has received who has not shared with someone who has need.

---A.J. Gearheard, The Shreveport Times, Shreveport, La., Jan. 18, 1920.


Cultivate the spirit of Thanksgiving for it is one of the sweetest flowers that blooms in the garden of virtue. To feel thankful, to be thankful is a duty. To be unthankful is a sin which shows to others and reveals to others the absence of one of the chief requisites of real manhood. It is one of the weakest and worst faults one may have; it is a cloud having no silver lining.

---J. Miller Cook, Citizens Appeal, Nashville, Tenn., Nov. 22, 1929.


Gratitude is one of the purest and noblest emotions. It plumes the spirit for its loftiest flights and lifts the soul above the peaks of supplication into the clear sky of thanksgiving and praise. Gratitude performs high functions in the building of character and the refinement of personality. It expels egotism, eradicates cynicism and silences complaints. It is the antithesis and antidote of all that is hard, graceless and undevout. It clothes the soul with humility. It moves to contrition and devotion.

---John D. Freeman, Christian Index, Atlanta, Ga., Nov. 24, 1932.


True gratitude is no empty profession; it is an active, self-devoting service. Let us show our gratitude by our actions, for gratitude without works is dead.

---Elam Franklin Dempsey, The Atlanta Constitution, Atlanta, Ga., Nov. 28, 1923.


Gratitude is thanks for what we have received, but it is likewise a recognition and appreciation for what we are capable of giving to someone else.

—Ted L. Hanks, Spanish Fork Press, Spanish Fork, Utah, Nov. 25, 1981.


You will discover that counting your blessings keeps your mind off your bruises.

---Roy L. Smith, Tampa Morning Tribune, Tampa, Fla., May 4, 1932.


Appreciation when genuine seeks expression.

---Henry Arnold “H.A.” Stallings, Waycross Journal-Herald, Waycross, Ga., Dec. 21, 1939.


If you'll take a little time to count your blessings you'll soon feel like spending a holiday with joy.

---Frank L. Stanton, The Atlanta Constitution, Atlanta, Ga., Jan. 31, 1913.


We need a humbling sense of gratitude which begets a mellowing sense of brotherhood.

---Ralph W. Sockman, New York Times, New York, N.Y., Nov. 4, 1940.


The secret of happiness is counting your blessings while others are adding up their troubles.

---Earl Wilson, Sarasota Journal, Sarasota, Fla., Dec. 16, 1963.


What is gratitude? It is twofold. It is appreciation for that which one has received and carries an obligation to do something in return. Every gift brings obligation and gratitude implies appreciation and recognition of the obligation with willingness to shoulder that responsibility. The most favored must be the servant of all, bearing the load for the less privileged.

---A. Frank Smith, Monroe Morning World, Monroe, La., May 19, 1946.


Gratitude means thanksgiving, good will toward one's benefactor, appreciation of favors received, and the disposition to acknowledge them.

---Charles F. Walker, St. Petersburg Times, St. Petersburg, Fla., Dec. 14, 1929.


Gratitude is the basis of all that is best in us. It is the foundation of the home life. It is the strength of friendship.

---John Edward Carver, Ogden Standard-Examiner, Ogden, Utah, Nov. 12, 1934.


Gratitude is the fuel of great lives.

---Miller Robinson, Matador Tribune, Matador, Texas, Nov. 23, 1961.


When it comes to counting their blessings you will find most people are poor in arithmetic.

---John L. Brown, Aurora Daily Star, Aurora, Ill., Feb. 7, 1922.


Let us pray that God will fill our hearts with greater tides of love that in the depths of our souls we may increasingly abound in gratitude to Him for all His gifts that are more than can be numbered. Let us daily look for the joys that belong to that perennial newness of life in which His holy grace has called us.

---W.C. Bitting, Gazette and Bulletin, Williamsport, Pa., Feb. 15, 1929.


Only the thankful person can appreciate or realize the full answer to his prayers. Ungrateful individuals cannot respond to the mercies of God and get the spiritual joy out of the blessings they receive through their prayers.

—Nora A. Davis, Relief Society Magazine, Salt Lake City, Utah, April 1936.


Gratitude is the music of heart, but there be men whose hearts are insensible to harmony.

---Alexander Edwin Sweet, Texas Siftings, New York, N.Y., Oct. 25, 1890.


Gratitude for what we have enjoyed is not true gratitude unless it leads us to larger service for the Master.

---C.P. Wiles, Topeka State Journal, Topeka, Kan., Jan. 30, 1909.


It costs very little to say, “Thank you,” and oft times it is a timely encouragement to those who are happy in serving others.

---E.C. Routh, Baptist Messenger, Oklahoma City, Okla., Feb. 27, 1941.


Acts of thanksgiving are loving acts. They are helping us to keep a union with God.

---O.M. Jackson, Watkins Democrat, Watkins, N.Y., Dec. 22, 1904.


If you come into God’s presence with thanksgiving—and make it the habit of your life to do so—you will be immune from the microbe of spiritual despondency.

---Stephen J. Herben, The Epworth Herald, Chicago, Ill., June 2, 1906.


When a soul is really enlightened and redeemed, it requires no urging to confess its gratitude and allegiance.

---Edward S. Lewis, Western Christian Advocate, Cincinnati, Ohio. March 8, 1916.


To show your gratitude, put your thanksgiving in the present tense.

---Earl L. “Jack” Sampson, Williamson Daily News, Williamson, W. Va., Dec. 21, 1950.


Thankfulness is the twin brother of thoughtfulness.

---James DeForest Murch, Christian Standard, Cincinnati, Ohio, Feb. 1, 1941.


Prayer and thanksgiving are the two movements of the pendulum of human life.

---David S. Phelan, Western Watchman, St. Louis, Mo., April 6, 1905.


There is nothing so fragrant as the incense of gratitude rising from the altar of the heart.

---Floyd Poe, Dallas Morning News, Dallas, Texas, Nov. 19, 1951.


Gratitude should be shown not by simply repeating words of praise, but by cherishing a pure faith and manifesting it by suitable works for the glory of God and the good of man, inspired by a sincere Christian spirit.

---Adolf Rredesen, Wisconsin State Journal, Madison, Wis., Nov. 26, 1875.


A perpetually thankful heart is the best preparation for trials.

---Gardiner Spring, New York Times, New York, N.Y., Nov. 19, 1858.

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