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70 Thanksgiving Quotes to Share With Your Family

70 Thanksgiving Quotes to Share With Your Family
70 Thanksgiving Quotes to Share With Your Family

When your family and friends gather round the Thanksgiving table this year, before you dig into that pumpkin pie, grab yourself a glass of wine and engage in the time-honored tradition of not only toasting your loved ones, but also sharing what you’re thankful for. These healing (and occasionally funny) Thanksgiving quotes, blessings, and sayings will remind everyone that besides football, turkey and all the fixins’, the true meaning of the holiday is gratitude. And, okay, did we mention pie? Oh, and these heartfelt quotes happen to make great Instagram captions, too if you find yourself posting a pic of your decadent spread. Need a good place to start? Of course, we’re a bit biased, but we love this reminder from Oprah: “Focusing on one thing that you are grateful for increases the energy of gratitude and rises the joy inside yourself.”

John Green

The Fault in Our Stars author John Green said in his YouTube channel in a video entitled Deserving, “I really believe that gratitude is the proper response for the absolute astonishment of getting to be alive, and aware, and an essential part of this crazy, sprawling story.”

Lorelai Gilmore

“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,” actress Lauren Graham said as Lorelai during a season six episode of Gilmore Girls.

RuPaul Charles

In a feature by W Magazine, drag queen and TV personality RuPaul said, “Fulfillment isn’t found over the rainbow—it’s found in the here and now. Today I define success by the fluidity with which I transcend emotional land mines and choose joy and gratitude instead.”

President John F. Kennedy

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them,” the former President of the United States said during his 1963 Thanksgiving Day Proclamation.

Margaret Atwood

The Handmaid’s Tale author Margaret Atwood wrote in her 2003 novel Oryx and Crake, “After everything that’s happened, how can the world still be so beautiful? Because it is.

Henry van Dyke

“Gratitude is the inward feeling of kindness received. Thankfulness is the natural impulse to express that feeling,” the American author wrote in his book Gratitude.

Elizabeth Smart

“Knowing it can always get worse, I try to be grateful for whatever good I have,” American child safety activist Elizabeth Smart wrote in her harrowing memoir My Story.

William Shakespeare

“Small cheer and great welcome makes a merry feast,” Shakespeare wrote in The Comedy of Errors.

Stephen King

“This is how we go on: one day a time, one meal at a time, one pain at a time, one breath at a time,” prolific horror novelist Stephen King said in his New York Times bestseller Bag of Bones.

Ruth Reichl

“A great meal is an experience that nourishes more than your body,” the American chef and former Editor-in-Chief of Gourmet Magazine, wrote in her book Delicious!.

Alberto Álvaro Ríos

Academic and author Alberto Álvaro Ríos said in his poem “When Giving Is All We Have,” “We give because someone gave to us. / We give because nobody gave to us. / We give because giving has changed us. / We give because giving could have changed us.”

Denise Coates

“The more grateful we feel, the more things we receive to feel grateful for. The more loved we feel, the more love we receive. The more beautiful we feel, the more attractive we become,” Denise Coates wrote in her self- help book Feel It Real!: A Guided Approach to Bringing the Law of Attraction into Your Life.

Charles Dickens

“Reflect upon your present blessings—of which every man has many—not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some,” the author and social critic wrote in his book A Christmas Carol and Other Christmas Writings.

Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali, who was widely celebrated as one of the greatest boxers of all time, wrote in his autobiography The Soul Of A Butterfly, “I am grateful for all my victories, but I am especially grateful for my losses, because they only made me work harder.

Arianna Huffington

“Living in a state of gratitude is the gateway to grace,” Huffington shared on Twitter in 2014.

Pete Wilson

“The grateful heart is not developed in a single moment; it is the result of a thousand choices,” Pete Wilson, who is a pastor at a Nashville, Tennessee church, wrote in his book Let Hope in: 4 Choices That Will Change Your Life Forever.

Willie Nelson

“When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around,” the singer and songwriter wrote in The Tao of Willie: A Guide to the Happiness in Your Heart.

Sarah Winman

“She was always like that: grateful for life itself. Her glass was not only half full, it was gold plated with a permanent refill,” British author and actress Sarah Winman wrote in her 2011 novel When God Was a Rabbit.

Deepak Chopra

“Gratitude opens the door, the power, the wisdom, the creativity of the universe. You open the door through gratitude,” Chopra shared with Oprah during his Manifesting Grace Through Gratitude Meditation Experience.

Robert Holden

British author and psychologist Robert Holden wrote about gratitude in his book based on his happiness program, Be Happy: Release the Power of Happiness in You. In it, he wrote “The real gift of gratitude is that the more grateful you are, the more present you become.”


“That’s the gift of gratitude: In order to feel it, your ego has to take a backseat,” Oprah wrote in the December 2013 issue of O, the Oprah Magazine.

Joe Vitale

“Once you feel grateful, you are in an energy that can create miracles,” spiritual teacher Joe Vitale wrote in his 2005 book, The Attractor Factor: 5 Easy Steps for Creating Wealth (or Anything Else) from the Inside Out.

Mindy Kalin

“Gratitude is the closest thing to beauty manifested in an emotion,” Kaling wrote in her 2015 New York Times bestseller Why Not Me?

Wallace Wattles

“The grateful mind is constantly fixed upon the best. Therefore it tends to become the best. It takes the form or character of the best, and will receive the best,” American writer Wallace D. Wattles, part of the New Thought movement during the 19th century, wrote in his book Financial Success Through Creative Thought: Or, The Science of Getting Rich.

David O. McKay

“Thankfulness is the beginning of gratitude. Gratitude is the completion of thankfulness. Thankfulness may consist merely of words. Gratitude is shown in acts,” the author wrote in his 1957 book Pathways to Happiness.

Willard Scott

TV personality Willard Scott wrote, “Thanksgiving just gets me all warm and tingly and all kinds of wonderful inside” in his book America Is My Neighborhood.

Ellen DeGeneres

“Gratitude is looking on the brighter side of life, even if it means hurting your eyes,” DeGeneres wrote in her 2003 book The Funny Thing Is….

David Steindl-Rast

American Catholic monk David Steindl-Rast wrote in his 1984 book Gratefulness, the Heart of Prayer: An Approach to Life in Fullness, “The greatest gift one can give is thanksgiving. In giving gifts, we give what we can spare, but in giving thanks we give ourselves.

Oprah Winfrey

“Focusing on one thing that you are grateful for increases the energy of gratitude and rises the joy inside yourself,” Winfrey said on Oprah’s Life Class in 2011.

Iyanla Vanzant

“Abundance is a direct reflection of your preparation to live abundantly. People who are ready for abundance keep their heads up, their eyes open and give thanks for everything they get,” inspirational speaker, life coach and TV personality Iyanla Vanzant wrote in her book Acts of Faith: Meditations For People of Color.

Elizabeth Gilbert

“In the end, though, maybe we must all give up trying to pay back the people in this world who sustain our lives. In the end, maybe it’s wiser to surrender before the miraculous scope of human generosity and to just keep saying thank you, forever and sincerely, for as long as we have voices,” Gilbert wrote in her 2006 New York Times bestselling book: Eat, Pray, Love.

Sarah Ban Breathnach

Author Sarah Ban Breathnach wrote in her #1 New York Times bestselling book, Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy, “Take another look at your life. Give thanks. Accept your circumstances. Give thanks. Count your blessings. Give thanks. Show up for each day’s meditation. Be willing to give the basic tools a fair chance. They can help you find your way.”

Jonathan Safran Foer

“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,” the American novelist wrote in his 2010 book Eating Animals.

P.C. Cast

In her novel Goddess Of The Sea, romance author P.C. Cast wrote, “What if the beauty around us is meant as a reminder for the many gifts we have been given and our need to give thanks to them?”

Dr. Seuss

In the book Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are? the renowned children’s book author Dr. Seuss wrote “You oughta be thankful, a whole heaping lot, For the places and people you’re lucky you’re not!”

Rhonda Byrne

Rhonda Byrne wrote in the self-help book The Secret, “When you give thanks as though you have already received what you want, you are emitting a powerful signal to the Universe.”

Richelle E. Goodrich

“Gratitude paints little smiley faces on everything it touches,” the author wrote in her book Smile Anyway.

Louise Hay

“The Universe loves a grateful person. The more you thank Life, the more Life will give you to be thankful for,” motivational author Louise Hay wrote in her book Empowering Women: Every Woman’s Guide to Successful Living.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

“I am thankful for small mercies. I compared notes with one of my friends who expect everything of the universe, and is disappointed when anything is less than the best, and I found that I begin at the other extreme, expecting nothing, and am always full of thanks for moderate good,” American essayist and philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote in a book of his collected works.

Mattie Stepanek

“If you have enough breath to complain about anything, you have more than enough reason to give thanks about something,” young American poet Mattie Stepanek, who published 7 books of essays and poems before he died at 14 ,wrote in his book Reflections of a Peacemaker: A Portrait Through Heartsongs.

Eckhart Tolle

“Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance,” the spiritual author wrote in his book A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose.

Benjamin W. Bass

“Life is strange, beautiful, and terrifying… and I am thankful for every minute of it that I have had. I am thankful for every minute yet to come,” author Benjamin W. Bass wrote in his novel Alone In The Light.

Benjamin Franklin

U.S. Founding Father Benjamin Franklin wrote “Take one thing with another, and the World is a pretty good sort of a World; and ’tis our Duty to make the best of it and be thankful” in a recorded letter in 1766.

L.A. Fiore

Author L.A. Fiore wrote in her romance novel Collecting the Pieces, “Something so simple, but it’s important to take the time out from living and just appreciate what you’ve got right in front of you.”

John Ortberg

“Gratitude is the ability to experience life as a gift. It liberates us from the prison of self-preoccupation,” the evangelical Christian author wrote in his book When the Game Is Over, It All Goes Back in the Box.


In her 2014 book What I Know For Sure, Lady O of O wrote, “Being grateful all the time isn’t easy. But it’s when you feel least thankful that you are most in need of what gratitude can give you: perspective. Gratitude can transform any situation. It alters your vibration, moving you from negative energy to positive. It’s the quickest, easiest, most powerful way to effect change in your life—this I know for sure.”


“I started out giving thanks for small things, and the more thankful I became, the more my bounty increased,” Lady O of O said in her third published book, What I Know For Sure.

Richelle E. Goodrich

Richelle E. Goodrich wrote in her book of short stories Slaying Dragons: Quotes, Poetry, & a few Short Stories for Every Day of the Year, “It is easy to say I am thankful for the sweet and beautiful things in life: flower gardens, ice cream cones, diamond rings, dances under moonlight, children’s laughter, birdsongs, and the like. The challenge is recognizing things of value in the dark, sour, uglier parts of life. But if you look hard enough, you will find that even tough times offer pearls worthy of gratitude.”

Ernest Hemingway

“Now is no time to think of what you do not have. Think of what you can do with what there is,” Hemingway wrote in The Old Man and the Sea.

James Whitcomb Riley

Author and children’s poet James Whitcomb Riley wrote in his poem entitled “Thanksgiving,” “Let us be thankful—not only because / Since last our universal thanks were told / We have grown greater in the world’s applause, / And fortune’s newer smiles surpass the old.”

Melody Beattie

Self help author Melody Beattie wrote “Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow,” in her book The Language of Letting Go: A Meditation Book and Journal for Daily Reflections.

Steve Maraboli

“Be consistent in your dedication to showing your gratitude to others. Gratitude is a fuel, a medicine, and spiritual and emotional nourishment,” the motivational speaker wrote in his book Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience.

William Shakespeare

“O Lord that lends me life, Lend me a heart replete with thankfulness,” prominent English playwright William Shakespeare wrote in the play Henry VI.

President Bill Clinton

“Sharing in God’s blessings is at the heart of Thanksgiving and at the core of the American spirit,” the former President of the United States said during his 2000 Thanksgiving Proclamation.

Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr

“Some people grumble that roses have thorns; I am grateful that thorns have roses,” French critic Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr wrote in Lettres écrites de mon jardin, which translates to Letters written from my garden in 1855.

Eckhart Tolle

“Acknowledging the good that is already in your life is the foundation for all abundance,” the spiritual teacher wrote on Twitter.

William Blake

English poet and painter William Blake wrote during the Romantic Age, “The thankful receiver bears a plentiful harvest” in a book of his selected poetry and prose.

Joanna Gaines

“Even in the trials of life, if we have eyes to see them, we can find good things everywhere we look,” the co-host of Fixer Upper wrote on her blog Magnolia.

Robert Louis Stevenson

Scottish novelist Robert Louis Stevenson, the creator of Treasure Island and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde wrote in a book of his collected works, “You seem to me to be a pretty lucky young man; keep your eyes open to your mercies. That part of piety is eternal; and the man who forgets to be grateful has fallen asleep in life.”

Thomas Goodwin

“The most thankful person is the most fully human,” the theologian and preacher wrote in his book What Happens When I Pray.

Bellamy Young

Scandal actress Bellamy Young told Us Weekly what she’s most thankful for in 2017: “I’m most thankful for, that in spite of the fact that things look dark a lot of the time, there are increasing number of conversations about loving each other and including each other and finding ways to do that.”

Kevin James

“Thanksgiving, man! Not a good day to be my pants,” the actor and comedian said during an episode of The King of Queens.

Michelle Obama

Former First Lady Michelle Obama and New York Times Bestselling author of Becoming shared what it’s like during quarantine amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and said “When times are bad, having each other, having your health, we can do with a lot less…And I think that’s an important lesson I want my kids to understand as they get out there in the world. Be grateful for what you have and be ready to share it when the time comes.”

Jefferson Bethke

“Thankfulness is the quickest path to joy,” the author wrote in his book Jesus > Religion: Why He Is So Much Better Than Trying Harder, Doing More, and Being Good Enough.

Paulo Coelho

The Alchemist author Paulo Coelho wrote in his novel Eleven Minutes, “I’ve realized that sometimes you get no second chance and that it’s best to accept the gifts the world offers you.

President George W. Bush

“All across America, we gather this week with the people we love to give thanks to God for the blessings in our lives,” the former President of the United States said during his 2004 Thanksgiving Proclamation.

Sheryl Sandberg

“Counting your blessings increases them. People who take the time to focus on the things they are grateful for are happier and healthier,” the Facebook Chief Operating Officer told Virginia Tech’s 2017 graduating class during her commencement address.

Maya Angelou

“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,” the poet wrote in her 2006 book Celebrations: Rituals of Peace and Prayer.

L.M. Montgomery

“I’m so thankful for friendship. It beautifies life so much,” Canadian author L.M. Montgomery said in his well-known series Anne of Green Gables.

Oscar Wilde

“After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one’s own relations,” the Irish playwright wrote in A Woman of No Importance.

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