Here are some of my favorite inspirational quotes written for this special holiday.
Phillips Brooks

Stand up, on this Thanksgiving Day, stand upon your feet. Believe in man. Soberly and with
clear eyes, believe in your own time and place. There is not, and there never has been a better
time, or a better place to live in.

Charlie Brown: Linus, Lucy and Marcy

Thanksgiving is a very important holiday. Ours was the first country in the world to make a
national holiday to give thanks….But Thanksgiving is more than eating…Those pilgrims were
thankful for what had happened to them, and we should be thankful too. We should just be
thankful for being together. I think that’s what they mean by Thanksgiving.


Nothing is more honorable than a grateful heart.

Frederick Koenig

We tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting something we don’t have, but
rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have.

Charles Haddon Spurgeon

You say, ‘If I had a little more, I should be very satisfied.’ You make a mistake. If you are not
content with what you have, you would not be satisfied if it were doubled.

Henry Van Dyke

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

Melody Beattie

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.

Fred De Witt Van Amburgh

None is more impoverished than the one who has no gratitude. Gratitude is a currency that we
can mint for ourselves, and spend without fear of bankruptcy.


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

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

Meister Eckhart

If the only prayer you said in your whole life was “thank you,” that would suffice.

Albert Barnes

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.
William Faulkner

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

W. T. Purkiser

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

Robert Flatt

Thanksgiving like contentment is a learned attribute. The person who hasn’t learned to be content
will not be thankful, for he lives with the delusion he deserves more or something better.


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

Melody Beattie

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

H. W. Westermeyer

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.

Albert Schweitzer

To educate yourself for the feeling of gratitude means to take nothing for granted, but to always
seek out and value the kind that will stand behind the action. Nothing that is done for you is a
matter of course. Everything originates in a will for the good, which is directed at you. Train
yourself never to put off the word or action for the expression of gratitude.

Frank A. Clark

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.

Wishing you a very special Thanksgiving.

Nancy Valentine