Show some love!

60 Meaningful Thanksgiving Quotes to Fill Your Heart With Gratitude


The trees have turned orange and the air is starting to get a bit chilly. It’s November, an it brings something really special with it: Thanksgiving! It’s a time when we all get together with family and friends, eat yummy food, and most importantly, express our gratitude for all the good stuff in our lives.


Here is a collection of 60 meaningful thanksgiving quotes that reminds us to be thankful. Whether you are searching for quotes suitable for social media captions or to include in greeting cards, you’re sure to discover  something in here.

meaningful thanksgiving quotes


60 Meaningful Thanksgiving Quotes


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

2. “I love Thanksgiving because it is a holiday centered around food and family, two things that are of utmost importance to me” – Marcus Samuelsson

3. “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

4. “Thanksgiving dinners take eighteen hours to prepare. They are consumed in twelve minutes. Half time takes twelve minutes. This is mot coincidence.” – Erna Bombeck

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

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

7. “Thanksgiving is an emotional holiday. People travel thousands of miles to be with people they only see once a year. And then discover once a year is way too often.” – Johnny Carson

8. “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

9. “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

10. Forever on Thanksgiving Day, the heart will find the pathway home.” – Wilbur D. Nesbit

11. “There is one day that it 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

12. “I celebrated Thanksgiving in an old-fashioned way. I invited everyone in my neighborhood. to my house, we had an enormous feast, and then I killed them and took their land’ – Jon Stewart

13. “Give thanks not just on Thanksgiving Day, but every day of your life. Appreciate and never take for granted what you have.” – Catherine Pulsifer

14. “Thanksgiving is the holiday 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 the seedtime and harvest, the pipe product of the year – and the deep, deep connection of all these things with God.” – Ray Stannard Baker

15. “You shouldn’t just give during Christmas and Thanksgiving, you should be giving all the time.” –  Alcurtis Turner

16. “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

17. “What I love about Thanksgiving is that it’s purely about getting together with friends or family and enjoying food. It’s really for everybody, and it doesn’t matter where you’re from” – Daniel Humm

18. “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 

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

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

21. “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

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

23. “Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever be enough.” – Oprah Winfrey

24. “Strive to find things to be thankful for, and just look for the good in who you are.” – Bethany Hamilton

25. “We can always find something to be thankful for, and there may be reasons why we ought to be thankful for even those dispensations which appear dark and frowning.” -Albert Barnes

26. “Before I get out of bed, I am saying thank you. I know how important it is to be thankful.” – Al Jarreau

27. “A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all other virtues.” – Cicero

28. “I have a lot to be thankful for. I am healthy, happy and I am loved.” – Reba McEntire

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

30. “When you arise in the morning give thanks for the food and the joy of living. If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies only in yourself.” – Tecumseh

31. “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 blessing.” -Henry Ward Beecher

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

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

34. “Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn’t learn a lot today. at least we learned a little, and if we didn’t earn a little, at least we didn’t get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn’t die; so, let us be thankful.” – Buddha

35. “Be thankful for your allotment in an imperfect world. Though better circumstances can be imagined, far worse are nearer misses than you probably care to realize.” – Richelle E. Goodrich

36. “I’m thankful for everything, all the blessings in my life, trying to stay that way. I think that’s the best way to start your day and finish your day. It keeps everything in perspective.” – Tim Tebow


37. “I’m thankful for challenges early on in my life because now I have a perspective on the world and kind of know what’s important.” -America Ferrera


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


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


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



41. “Gratitude opens the door, the power, the wisdom, the creativity of the universe. You open the door through gratitude.” – Deepak Chopra


42. “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


43. “An attitude of gratitude goes a long way when it comes to physical and emotional healing.” – Jill Bolte Taylor


44. “Gratitude is the closest thing to beauty manifested in an emotion.” – Mindy Kaling

45. “Gratitude is the ability to experience life as a gift. It liberates us from the prison of self-preoccupation.” – John Ortberg


46. “Wear gratitude like a cloak, and it will feed every corner of your life.” – Rumi


47. “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


48. “Be consistent in your dedication to showing your gratitude to others. Gratitude is a fuel, a medicine, and spiritual and emotional nourishment.” – Steve Maraboli


49. “Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.” – Melody Beattie


50. “Showing gratitude is one of the simplest yet most powerful things humans can do for each other.” – Randy Pausch


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


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


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


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


55. “Gratitude make sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” – Melody Beattie


56. “At whatever straws we must grasp, there is always a time for gratitude and new beginnings.” – J. Robert Moskin


57. “Gratitude turns what we have into enough.” – Anonymous


58. “Gratitude is a powerful catalyst for happiness. It’s the spark that lights a fire of joy in your soul.” – Amy Collette


59. “Gratitude is riches. Complaint is poverty.” – Doris Day


60. “Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul.” – Henry Ward Beecher



Meaningful thanksgiving quotes


The beauty of Thanksgiving is in the profound expression of gratitude. This collection of 60 meaningful Thanksgiving Quotes shows how important it is to be grateful all the time. So, as we enjoy our turkey and pumpkin pie, let’s remember to keep saying thanks for the good stuff, both big and small.


Show some love!