Thanksgiving Quotes: 30 Sayings To Express What We're Thankful For This Year

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Express some gratitude on this special holiday surrounded by your loved ones. Shutterstock/ Malsveta

As Thanksgiving approaches, we prepare to get together with family for a delicious feast, create new memories and give thanks for a year that’s coming to an end. Beyond the historical context of the day, it’s important to sit down and reflect on everything that’s happened in the course of the past 12 months, and how we’re going to start preparing for the next year to come. We’ll give thanks for all the things that have happened, either good or bad, and how those things eventually found their place in the puzzle of our lives. Too much gratitude is never enough, and here are some quotes to remind us of that.

“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

“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

“You may have heard of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. There's another day you might want to know about: Giving Tuesday. The idea is pretty straightforward. On the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, shoppers take a break from their gift-buying and donate what they can to charity.” - Bill Gates

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

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

“Pride slays thanksgiving, but a humble mind is the soil out of which thanks naturally grow. A proud man is seldom a grateful man, for he never thinks he gets as much as he deserves.” - Henry Ward Beecher

“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

“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

“Drink and be thankful to the host! What seems insignificant when you have it, is important when you need it.” - Franz Grillparzer

“I am grateful for what I am and have. My thanksgiving is perpetual. It is surprising how contented one can be with nothing definite - only a sense of existence. Well, anything for variety. I am ready to try this for the next ten thousand years, and exhaust it. How sweet to think of! My extremities well charred, and my intellectual part too, so that there is no danger of worm or rot for a long while. My breath is sweet to me. O how I laugh when I think of my vague indefinite riches. No run on my bank can drain it, for my wealth is not possession but enjoyment.” - Henry David Thoreau

“If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, ‘thank you,’ that would suffice.” - Meister Eckhart

“So once in every year we throng upon a day apart, to praise the Lord with feast and song in thankfulness of heart.” - Arthur Guiterman

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

“Remember God's bounty in the year. String the pearls of His favor. Hide the dark parts, except so far as they are breaking out in light! Give this one day to thanks, to joy, to gratitude!” - Henry Ward Beecher

“Our rural ancestors, with little blest, patient of labor when the end was rest, indulged the day that housed their annual grain, with feasts, and off'rings, and a thankful strain.” - Alexander Pope

“Thanksgiving, after all, is a word of action.” - W.J. Cameron

“He who thanks but with the lips thanks but in part; the full, the true Thanksgiving comes from the heart.” - J.A. Shedd

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

“Let us remember that, as much has been given us, much will be expected from us, and that true homage comes from the heart as well as from the lips, and shows itself in deeds.” - Theodore Roosevelt

“We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.” - Thornton Wilder

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

“Grace isn't a little prayer you chant before receiving a meal. It's a way to live.” - Attributed to Jacqueline Winspear

“Give thanks for unknown blessings already on their way.” - Native American Saying

“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

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

“God has two dwellings; one in heaven, and the other in a meek and thankful heart.” - Izaak Walton

“Nothing is more honorable than a grateful heart.” - Seneca

“All that we behold is full of blessings.” - William Wordsworth

“O Lord that lends me life, lend me a heart replete with thankfulness.” - William Shakespeare

“Hem your blessings with thankfulness so they don't unravel.” - Author Unknown

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Maria G. Valdez

Maria was born and raised in Dominican Republic, where she began her career in journalism covering human interest stories, entertainment, beauty and wellness for a national magazine. She moved to New York City to study Musical Theatre, but went back to journalism after graduating in an attempt of becoming the Latina Carrie Bradshaw. She has an unhealthy obsession with JLo and claims to be Sofia Vergara’s long-lost daughter, and has tried a crazy amount of treatments to keep looking young. She became a Zumba instructor for fun.