Thanksgiving is a special time of year that reminds us to be thankful for the blessings in our lives. As you gather with friends and family to enjoy great food and give thanks, why not share a meaningful Thanksgiving quote or greeting?

If you need a happy Thanksgiving message for a speech, greeting card, decoration, or place setting, use one of the following to show your gratitude to the special people in your life.

cutting pumpkin pie


Be thankful for what you have. Your life is someone else's fairytale.

-Wale Ayeni


When you love what you have, you have everything you need.



The real gift of gratitude is that the more grateful you are, the more present you become.

-Robert Holden


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

-Eckhart Tolle


Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.

-Robert Brault

give thanks with fall leaves


We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.

-Cynthia Ozick


Look at everything as though you were seeing it for the first or the last time, and then your time on earth will be filled with glory.

-Betty Smith


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

-Thornton Wilder

family thanksgiving


I love Thanksgiving because it's a holiday that is centered on food and family.

-Marcus Samuelsson


Thanksgiving -- when the people who are the most thankful are the ones who didn't have to cook.

-Melanie White


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

-Henry David Thoreau


It's like being at the kids' table at Thanksgiving -- you can put your elbows on it, you don't have to talk politics ... no matter how old I get, there's always a part of me that's sitting there.

-John Hughes


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

-Willard Scott

smiling family at thanksgiving


I like football. I find it's an exciting strategic game. It's a great way to avoid conversation with your family at Thanksgiving.

-Craig Ferguson


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

-Marcus Tullius Cicero


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

-William Arthur Ward


Thanksgiving: bringing out the best in family dysfunction since 1863.



Do you know what I dream about when I dream about Thanksgiving, which is often? I dream about eating so much deliciousness that all the blood rushes to my stomach and I pass out at the table. Please don't deny me that.

-Seth Cohen, The O.C.

sisters thankgiving selfie


I come from a family where gravy is considered a beverage.

-Erma Bombeck


There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.

-Albert Einstein


I'm looking forward to seeing pie this Thanksgiving more than the members of my own family.

-Damien Fahey


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

-Oscar Wilde


Thanksgiving Day, man -- not a good day to be my pants.

-Kevin James


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

friends celebrating thanksgiving


What if today, we are just grateful for everything?

-Charlie Brown


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

-David Steindl-Rast


Although Thanksgiving comes but once a year, every day should be a day of thanks.

-Monique Hammond


What we're really talking about is a wonderful day when no one diets. I mean, why else would they call it Thanksgiving?

-Erma Bombeck


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 have enough.

-Oprah Winfrey


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

-Willie Nelson


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.

-Lorelai Gilmore, Gilmore Girls



Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.

-Melody Beattie


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

-William Faulkner


Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.

-Marcel Proust


The Thankstini: a fun and delicious new novelty drink I invented. Cranberry juice, potato vodka, and a bouillon cube. Tastes just like a turkey dinner.

-Barney Stinson, How I Met Your Mother


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

-Ernest Hemingway


I can't cook a Thanksgiving dinner. All I can make is cold cereal and maybe toast.

-Charlie Brown


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

-Jim Davis


The Thanksgiving tradition is, we overeat. "Hey, how about at Thanksgiving, we just eat a lot?" "But we do that every day!" "Oh. What if we eat a lot with people who annoy the hell out of us?"

-Jim Gaffigan

woman holding give thanks sign


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

-W. Clement Stone


A moment of gratitude makes a difference in your attitude.

-Bruce Wilkinson


Pie makes everybody happy.

-Laurie Halse Anderson


Small cheer and great welcome makes a merry feast.

-William Shakespeare


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


Gratitude helps you to grow and expand; gratitude brings joy and laughter into your life and into the lives of all those around you.

-Eileen Caddy

table set for thanksgiving


The more we express thanks, the more gratitude we feel. The more gratitude we feel, the more we express thanks. It's circular, and it leads to a happier life.

-Steve Goodier


Things turn out best for people who make the best of the way things turn out.

-John Wooden


There's always something to be thankful for on Thanksgiving -- even if it's just not being a turkey.



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

-William Arthur Ward


Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has plenty; not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.

-Charles Dickens

thanksgiving dinner


When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.

-Maya Angelou


We would worry less if we praised more. Thanksgiving is the enemy of discontent and dissatisfaction.

-H.A. Ironside


Thanksgiving dinners take 18 hours to prepare. They are consumed in 12 minutes. Halftimes take 12 minutes. This is not a coincidence.

-Erma Bombeck


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


Thanksgiving is a lot like Christmas, except you don't get any presents for holding in your familial rage.



The struggle ends when gratitude begins.

-Neale Donald Walsch


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.

-Frederick Keonig

thanksgiving pumpkins


It is not happy people who are thankful. It is thankful people who are happy.



I'm from Canada, so Thanksgiving to me is just Thursday with more food.

-Howie Mandel


Gratitude is the sign of noble souls.



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


Gratitude is the healthiest of all human emotions. The more you express gratitude for what you have, the more likely you will have even more to express gratitude for.

-Zig Ziglar


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

Happy Thanksgiving sign


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

-Amy Grant


Here I am, five o'clock in the morning, stuffing bread crumbs up a dead bird's butt.

-Roseanne Conner, Roseanne


An optimist is a person who starts a new diet on Thanksgiving Day.

-Irv Kupcinet


If you stand in the meat section at the grocery store long enough, you start to get mad at turkeys. There's turkey ham, turkey bologna, turkey pastrami. Someone needs to tell the turkey, "Man, just be yourself."

-Mitch Hedberg

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