Funny and Inspirational Thanksgiving Quotes

Updated on November 11, 2016
The First Thanksgiving.  Jean Leon Gerome Ferris (18631930) Oil on Canvas
The First Thanksgiving. Jean Leon Gerome Ferris (18631930) Oil on Canvas

Thanksgiving is a special time of year, a time when we look back over the last 11 months (and longer) and smile at all the blessings we have received, no matter how small.  Gratitude is an integral part of this season, as is giving.  

Famous quotes throughout the years the captured this beautiful season, sometimes in wonderful, flowery words, and sometimes in humorous terms.

Humorous Thanksgiving Quotes

It has been an unchallengeable American doctrine that cranberry sauce, a pink goo with overtones of sugared tomatoes, is a delectable necessity of the Thanksgiving board and that turkey is uneatable without it. — Alistair Cooke

On Thanksgiving Day, all over America, families sit down to dinner at the same moment - halftime. — Unknown

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, "No One Diets on Thanksgiving," 26 November 1981

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

Coexistence: what the farmer does with the turkey - until Thanksgiving. — Mike Connolly

The mellow sweetness of pumpkin pie off a prison spoon is something you will never forget. — Mitchell Burgess, Northern Exposure, Thanksgiving 1992


Inspirational Thanksgiving Quotes

Thanksgiving day comes, by statute, once a year; to the honest man, it comes as frequently as the heart of gratitude will allow. — Edward Sandford Martin

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

The Pilgrims made seven times more graves than huts. No Americans have been more impoverished than these who, nevertheless, set aside a day of thanksgiving. — H.U. Westermayer

To speak gratitude is courteous and pleasant, to enact gratitude is generous and noble, but to live gratitude is to touch Heaven. — Johannes A. Gaertner

Thanksgiving comes to us out of the prehistoric dimness, universal to all ages and all faiths. At whatever straws we must grasp, there is always a time for gratitude and new beginnings. — J. Robert Moskin)

Thanksgiving is the holiday of peace, the celebration of work and the simple life... a true folk-festival that speaks the poetry of the turn of the seasons, the beauty of seedtime and harvest, the ripe product of the year - and the deep, deep connection of all these things with God. — Ray Stannard Baker (David Grayson)

Thanksgiving was never meant to be shut up in a single day. — Robert Caspar Lintner

Thanksgiving, after all, is a word of action. — W.J. Cameron


And More...

We give thanks for unknown blessings already on their way. — Unknown

Thanksgiving is a typically American holiday...The lavish meal is a symbol of the fact that abundant consumption is the result and reward of production. — Ayn Rand

The unthankful heart... discovers no mercies, but let the thankful heart sweep through the day and, as the magnet finds the iron, so it will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings! — Henry Ward Beecher

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

There is one day that is ours. There is one day when all we Americans who are not self-made go back to the old home to eat saleratus biscuits and marvel how much nearer to the porch the old pump looks than it used to. Thanksgiving Day is the one day that is purely American. — O. Henry

We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures. — Thornton Wilder

On Thanksgiving Day we acknowledge our dependence. — William Jennings Bryan

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