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50 Inspirational Thanksgiving Quotes to Share Gratitude with Friends and Family

"Gratitude is the closest thing to beauty manifested in an emotion.”

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Whether you’re writing a card, making a toast, or going around the table to talk about what you’re thankful for, these quotes can help you articulate all the warm and fuzzy feelings you want to share on Thanksgiving Day. While you express how grateful you are for each moment with your family, don’t forget to snap photos with your family for your Monthbook subscription, or, add your family’s pictures into a photo book and bring it to dinner as a special surprise!

Inspirational Thanksgiving Quotes

  • "When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around." —Willie Nelson
  •  "The best gift anyone can give, I believe, is the gift of sharing themselves." —Oprah
  • "Not what we say about our blessing, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving." —W.T. Purkiser
  • "Gratitude is the ability to experience life as a gift. It liberates us from the prison of self-preoccupation.” —John Ortberg
  • "There is always, always something to be thankful for." —Unknown
  • "A basic law: the more you practice the art of thankfulness, the more you have to be thankful for.” —Norman Vincent
  • "Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it." —William Arthur Ward
  • "Gratitude paints little smiley faces on everything it touches.” —Richelle E. Goodrich
  • "Love doesn't make the world go 'round. Love is what makes the ride worthwhile." —Franklin P. Jones
  • "Be consistent in your dedication to showing your gratitude to others. Gratitude is a fuel, a medicine, and spiritual and emotional nourishment.” —Steve Maraboli
  • "Appreciation can change a day, even change a life. Your willingness to put it into words is all that is necessary." —Margaret Cousins
  • "Acknowledging the good that is already in your life is the foundation for all abundance.” —Eckhart Tolle
  • "Vegetables are a must on a diet. I suggest carrot cake, zucchini bread, and pumpkin pie." —Jim Davis
  • “The most thankful person is the most fully human.” —Thomas Goodwin
  • "The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched — they must be felt with the heart." —Helen Keller
  • "Thankfulness is the quickest path to joy.” —Jefferson Bethke
  • "If you really are thankful, what do you do? You share." —W. Clement Stone
  • "After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one's own relations.” —Oscar Wilde
  •  "Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life." —Omar Khayyam
  • "Gratitude opens the door to...the power, the wisdom, the creativity of the universe. You open the door through gratitude.” —Deepak Chopra
  • "If you want to turn your life around, try thankfulness. It will change your life mightily." —Gerald Good
  • "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
  • "Kindness is always fashionable, and always welcome." —Amelia Barr
  • "Doing small things with love is the atom of bravery.” —Mark Nepo
  •  "Yesterday's the past, tomorrow's the future, but today is a gift. That's why it's called the present." —Bil Keane
  • "Even in the trials of life, if we have eyes to see them, we can find good things everywhere we look.” —Joanna Gaines
  • "If the only prayer you said in your life was 'Thank you,' that would suffice." —Meister Eckhart
  • "Thanksgiving is the holiday that encompasses all others. All of them, from Martin Luther King Day to Arbor Day to Christmas to Valentine's Day, are in one way or another about being thankful.” —Jonathan Safran Foer
  • "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
  • "Gratitude is the sign of noble souls." —Aesop
  • "Let me encourage you to get up every day and focus on what you do have in life. Be thankful for the blessings of the little things, even when you don’t get what you expect." —Victoria Osteen
  • "Now is no time to think of what you do not have. Think of what you can do with what there is.” —Ernest Hemingway
  •  "Some people are always grumbling because roses have thorns; I am thankful that thorns have roses." —Alphonse Karr
  • “Be thankful for all of it. There is no other life than this. You would not have stumbled into the vastly, imperfect, beautiful, impossible present." —Dani Shapiro
  •  "When it comes to life the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude." —Gilbert K. Chesterton
  • "We are thankful for all who are present at this our feast as well as for all those who have labored in love in order to bring this dinner to our table.” —Edward Hays
  •  "The thankful receiver bears a plentiful harvest." —William Blake
  • "Thanksgiving, man! Not a good day to be my pants.” —Kevin James
  • "Thanksgiving reminds us that no matter what befalls us in life, we can take the charred remnants and we can reconstruct a life unimaginably richer than that from which the shards and pieces fell." —Craig D. Lounsbrough
  • "Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer. And let faith be the bridge you build to overcome evil and welcome good.” —Maya Angelou
  • "When asked if my cup is half-full or half-empty my only response is that I am thankful I have a cup." —Sam Lefkowitz
  • "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.” —Lauren Graham
  • "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
  • "Gratitude is the inward feeling of kindness received. Thankfulness is the natural impulse to express that feeling.” —Henry van Dyke
  • "On Thanksgiving Day we acknowledge our dependence." —William Jennings Bryan
  • "A great meal is an experience that nourishes more than your body.” —Ruth Reichl
  •  "Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow." —Melody Beattie
  • "Living in a state of gratitude is the gateway to grace.” —Arianna Huffington
  • “‘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
  • "Gratitude is the closest thing to beauty manifested in an emotion.” —Mindy Kaling

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