87 Thanksgiving Quotes to Share With Loved Ones

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Thanksgiving is one of – if not the most – favored holidays in the calendar, giving us an opportunity to gather with friends and family, or simply enjoy some well-earned rest from a busy working life. In all the hustle and bustle, though, it can be all too easy to forget what Thanksgiving is really about, and that is giving thanks for all the blessings we have in our lives.

Traditionally a time to show gratitude for the harvest, it has more recently become a day when we gather together those we hold dear, especially as loved ones move away for college, work, and to start families many miles away. These Thanksgiving quotes will give you food for thought as you prepare food for family, and will make you stop and think – in all the chaos – about what the occasion really means.

Whether you need eloquent words to speak at the start of dinner, or to add as captions for photos and social media posts for those who can’t be with you in person, these Thanksgiving quotes capture the attitude of gratitude that this beloved holiday is all about. From pithy to poetic, these quotes encapsulate the spirit of the occasion, and will serve as inspiration for living a thankful life for the rest of the year, too.

If you’re looking for more ideas on words to express your thanks, take a look at these thankful quotes or these gratitude quotes.

Thanksgiving Quotes

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

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

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

“When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around.” – Willie Nelson

Yesterday’s the past, tomorrow’s the future, but today is a gift. That’s why it’s called the present.

“Yesterday’s the past, tomorrow’s the future, but today is a gift. That’s why it’s called the present.” – Bil Keane

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Faith without thankfulness lacks strength and fortitude.

“Faith without thankfulness lacks strength and fortitude.” – John Henry Jowett

Thanksgiving is a time of togetherness and gratitude.

“Thanksgiving is a time of togetherness and gratitude.” – Nigel Hamilton

I think that is a better thing than thanksgiving: thanks-living.

“I think that is a better thing than thanksgiving: thanks-living.” – Charles Spugeon

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Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.

“Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.” – Eckhart Tolle

An attitude of gratitude brings great things.

“An attitude of gratitude brings great things.” – Yogi Bhajan

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

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

If a fellow isn’t thankful for what he’s got, he isn’t likely to be thankful for what he’s going to get.

“If a fellow isn’t thankful for what he’s got, he isn’t likely to be thankful for what he’s going to get.” – Frank A. Clark

Gratitude is what you feel. Thanksgiving is what you do.

“Gratitude is what you feel. Thanksgiving is what you do.” – Tim Keller

The thankful heart will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings.

“The thankful heart will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings.” – Henry Ward Beecher

I’m thankful for every moment.

“I’m thankful for every moment.” – Al Green

Be present in all things and thankful for all things.

“Be present in all things and thankful for all things.” – Maya Angelou

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

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

I’ve always had fond memories of cooking Thanksgiving.

“I’ve always had fond memories of cooking Thanksgiving.” – Wylie Dufresne

Remembering with thanks is what causes us to trust – to really believe.

“Remembering with thanks is what causes us to trust – to really believe.” – Ann Voskamp

Not what we say about our blessing, but how we use them, is the true measure of our Thanksgiving.

“Not what we say about our blessing, but how we use them, is the true measure of our Thanksgiving.” – W.T. Purkiser

Give thanks for a little and you will find a lot.

“Give thanks for a little and you will find a lot.” – Hausa Proverb

‘Thank you’ is the best prayer that anyone could say. I say that one a lot. Thank you expresses extreme gratitude, humility, understanding.

“‘Thank you’ is the best prayer that anyone could say. I say that one a lot. Thank you expresses extreme gratitude, humility, understanding.” – Alice Walker

Thankfulness creates gratitude which generates contentment that causes peace.

“Thankfulness creates gratitude which generates contentment that causes peace.” – Todd Stocker

Gratitude is the inward feeling of kindness received. Thankfulness is the natural impulse to express that feeling. Thanksgiving is the following of that impulse.

“Gratitude is the inward feeling of kindness received. Thankfulness is the natural impulse to express that feeling. Thanksgiving is the following of that impulse.” – Henry Van Dyke

Being thankful reminds us that if it’s broken it’s an opportunity.

“Being thankful reminds us that if it’s broken it’s an opportunity.” – Craig D. Lounsbrough

Cooking Tip: Wrap turkey leftovers in aluminum foil and throw them out.

“Cooking Tip: Wrap turkey leftovers in aluminum foil and throw them out.” – Nicole Hollander

Be thankful for what you have. Your life is someone else’s fairy tale.

“Be thankful for what you have. Your life is someone else’s fairy tale.” – Wale Ayeni

We should certainly count our blessings, but we should also make our blessings count.

“We should certainly count our blessings, but we should also make our blessings count.” – Neal A. Maxwell

Vegetables are a must on a diet. I suggest carrot cake, zucchini bread and pumpkin pie.

“Vegetables are a must on a diet. I suggest carrot cake, zucchini bread and pumpkin pie.” – Jim Davis

To give thanks in solitude is enough. Thanksgiving has wings and goes where it must go. Your prayer knows much more about it than you do.

“To give thanks in solitude is enough. Thanksgiving has wings and goes where it must go. Your prayer knows much more about it than you do.” – Victor Hugo

Best of all is it to preserve everything in a pure, still heart, and let there be for every pulse a thanksgiving, and for every breath a song.

“Best of all is it to preserve everything in a pure, still heart, and let there be for every pulse a thanksgiving, and for every breath a song.” – KONRAD VON GESNER

Gratitude is the inward feeling of kindness received. Thankfulness is the natural impulse to express that feeling. Thanksgiving is the following of that impulse.

“Gratitude is the inward feeling of kindness received. Thankfulness is the natural impulse to express that feeling. Thanksgiving is the following of that impulse.” – Henry Van Dyke

Express gratitude for the greatness of small things.

“Express gratitude for the greatness of small things.” – Richie Norton

Be grateful for who you are and what you will be.

“Be grateful for who you are and what you will be.” – Lailah Gifty Akita

For what I have received may the Lord make me truly thankful. And more truly for what I have not received.

“For what I have received may the Lord make me truly thankful. And more truly for what I have not received.” – STORM JAMESON

Let us fill our hearts with our own compassion — towards ourselves and towards all living beings.

“Let us fill our hearts with our own compassion — towards ourselves and towards all living beings.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite American traditions. I quickly picked it up when I moved to the U.S. from Sweden.

“Thanksgiving is one of my favorite American traditions. I quickly picked it up when I moved to the U.S. from Sweden.” – Marcus Samuelsson

We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.

“We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.” – Albert Schweitzer

Be grateful for what you have and stop complaining – it bores everybody else, does you no good, and doesn’t solve any problems.

“Be grateful for what you have and stop complaining – it bores everybody else, does you no good, and doesn’t solve any problems.” – Zig Ziglar

Thanksgiving was never meant to be shut up in a single day.

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

Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.

“Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” – MELODY BEATTIE

If you are really thankful, what do you do? You share.

“If you are really thankful, what do you do? You share.” – W. Clement Stone

Be thankful for the blessings of the little things, even when you don’t get what you expect.

“Be thankful for the blessings of the little things, even when you don’t get what you expect.” – Victoria Osteen

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

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

Truly appreciate life, and you’ll find that you have more of it.

“Truly appreciate life, and you’ll find that you have more of it.” – Ralph Marston

The more you practice the art of thankfulness, the more you have to be thankful for.

“The more you practice the art of thankfulness, the more you have to be thankful for.” – Norman Vincent Peale

Practice turning everything in life into prayer and thanksgiving.

“Practice turning everything in life into prayer and thanksgiving.” – Henry Hon

Gratitude is the wine for the soul. Go on. Get drunk.

“Gratitude is the wine for the soul. Go on. Get drunk.” – Rumi

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

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

Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life.

“Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life.” – Omar Khayyam

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

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

Thanks are the highest form of thought, and gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.

“Thanks are the highest form of thought, and gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.” – G.K. Chesterton

Thanksgiving is nothing if not a glad and reverent lifting of the heart to God in honor and praise for His goodness.

“Thanksgiving is nothing if not a glad and reverent lifting of the heart to God in honor and praise for His goodness.” – J.R. Miller

The value we place on what we’ve been given correlates to our depth of gratitude for it.

“The value we place on what we’ve been given correlates to our depth of gratitude for it.” – Todd Stocker

Thank you for life, and all the little ups and downs that make it worth living.

“Thank you for life, and all the little ups and downs that make it worth living.” – Travis Barker

The thankful receiver bears a plentiful harvest.

“The thankful receiver bears a plentiful harvest.” – William Blake

The pondering heart is a thankful heart.

“The pondering heart is a thankful heart.” – Todd Stocker

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

“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” – William Arthur Ward

Thanksgiving is probably my favorite holiday – it’s a day that’s American to the core and it’s a day that’s all about what and how we eat.

“Thanksgiving is probably my favorite holiday – it’s a day that’s American to the core and it’s a day that’s all about what and how we eat.” – Marcus Samuelsson

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.

“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

Thanksgiving is a joyous invitation to shower the world with love and gratitude.

“Thanksgiving is a joyous invitation to shower the world with love and gratitude.” – Amy Leigh Mercree

The thankful heart opens our eyes to a multitude of blessings that continually surround us.

“The thankful heart opens our eyes to a multitude of blessings that continually surround us.” – James E. Faust

I give thanks to my Creator for this wonderful life where each of us has the opportunity to learn lessons we could not fully comprehend by any other means.

“I give thanks to my Creator for this wonderful life where each of us has the opportunity to learn lessons we could not fully comprehend by any other means.” – Joseph B. Wirthlin

Appreciation can change a day, even change a life. Your willingness to put it into words is all that is necessary.

“Appreciation can change a day, even change a life. Your willingness to put it into words is all that is necessary.” – MARGARET COUSINS

Over and over I marvel at the blessings of my life: Each year has grown better than the last.

“Over and over I marvel at the blessings of my life: Each year has grown better than the last.” – Lawrence Welk

It is not joy that makes us grateful; it is gratitude that makes us joyful. – David Steindl

“It is not joy that makes us grateful; it is gratitude that makes us joyful. – David Steindl” – Rast

What if today, we were just grateful for everything?

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

Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues but the parent of all others.

“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues but the parent of all others.” – MARCUS TULLIUS CICERO

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

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

Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.

“Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” – William Arthur Ward

I thank you wholeheartedly because you cannot imagine all the happiness you are giving me.

“I thank you wholeheartedly because you cannot imagine all the happiness you are giving me.” – Auliq Ice

If you think about a Thanksgiving dinner, it’s really like making a large chicken.

“If you think about a Thanksgiving dinner, it’s really like making a large chicken.” – Ina Garten

Sometimes we need to remind ourselves that thankfulness is indeed a virtue.

“Sometimes we need to remind ourselves that thankfulness is indeed a virtue.” – William Bennett

Thanksgiving isn’t just a day. It’s a way we can live our lives every day.

“Thanksgiving isn’t just a day. It’s a way we can live our lives every day.” – Katrina Mayer

Thankfulness is the beginning of gratitude. Gratitude is the completion of thankfulness. Thankfulness may consist merely of words. Gratitude is shown in acts.

“Thankfulness is the beginning of gratitude. Gratitude is the completion of thankfulness. Thankfulness may consist merely of words. Gratitude is shown in acts.” – Henri Frederic Amiel

Thanksgiving is not only being aware of the abundance of good in the world but embracing it.

“Thanksgiving is not only being aware of the abundance of good in the world but embracing it.” – Richelle E. Goodrich

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

“Thanksgiving just gets me all warm and tingly and all kinds of wonderful inside.” – Willard Scott

Your friend is your field which you sow with love and reap with thanksgiving.

“Your friend is your field which you sow with love and reap with thanksgiving.” – Khalil Gibran

Kindness is always fashionable, and always welcome.

“Kindness is always fashionable, and always welcome.” – Amelia Barr

A moment of gratitude makes a difference in your attitude.

“A moment of gratitude makes a difference in your attitude.” – Bruce Wilkinson

Thanksgiving day is a jewel, to set in the hearts of honest men; but be careful that you do not take the day, and leave out the gratitude.

“Thanksgiving day is a jewel, to set in the hearts of honest men; but be careful that you do not take the day, and leave out the gratitude.” – E.P. Powell

Forever on Thanksgiving the heart will find the pathway home.

“Forever on Thanksgiving the heart will find the pathway home.” – Wilbur D. Nesbit

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

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

Well, there’s not a day goes by when I don’t get up and say thank you to somebody.

“Well, there’s not a day goes by when I don’t get up and say thank you to somebody.” – Rod Stewart

Every now and then it’s good to stop climbing and appreciate the view from right where you are.

“Every now and then it’s good to stop climbing and appreciate the view from right where you are.” – Lori Deschene

No duty is more urgent than that of returning thanks.

“No duty is more urgent than that of returning thanks.” – James Allen

Make it a habit to tell people thank you. To express your appreciation, sincerely and without the expectation of anything in return. Truly appreciate those around you, and you’ll soon find many others around you. Truly appreciate life, and you’ll find that you have more of it.

“Make it a habit to tell people thank you. To express your appreciation, sincerely and without the expectation of anything in return. Truly appreciate those around you, and you’ll soon find many others around you. Truly appreciate life, and you’ll find that you have more of it.” – Ralph Marston

When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light, for your life, for your strength. Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason to give thanks, the fault lies in yourself.

“When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light, for your life, for your strength. Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason to give thanks, the fault lies in yourself.” – Tecumseh

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

“I am grateful for what I am and have. My thanksgiving is perpetual.” – Henry David Thoreau

More Good Resources on Gratitude:

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  • 20 Ways a Gratitude Journal Can Cultivate Positive Personal Change
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