101 Thanksgiving Quotes,Toasts And Blessings To Share With Family And Friends

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The story of the first Thanksgiving is well-known. if still hotly debated, as the feast shared by the Pilgrims of Plymouth Colony and the Native People of the Wampanoag Nation to celebrate the autumn harvest of 1621.

As the legends (and historical records) have it, each welcomed, learned from, and accepted the other. That is forever the wonder of Thanksgiving. It is a time that reminds us to put aside our differences, even if only for long enough to sit for a meal with one another.

What is it that has the power to unite us all? The food is certainly alluring, but it's only one piece of a much larger, much more meaningful pie (pun absolutely intended).

The best Thanksgiving quotes sum it all up, as Thanksgiving is meant to remind us that, no matter what troubles may ail us, we must still recognize the good fortune we are blessed with to live in a nation of freedom and opportunity.

Some years we seem to be drowning in blessings, while during others we clinging to only a few. But either way, the fourth Thursday in November is a time to put our problems in perspective and remember what we do have to be thankful for.

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The impact of shared gratitude can be strong enough to help us all overcome our differences. So this Thanksgiving, ask yourself what you have to be truly grateful for, and what you could offer to your friends, family, neighbors and even strangers in return.

To get you started, we selected 101 Thanksgiving quotes, toasts and blessings to help you and your loved ones ring in the holiday season by giving sincere thanks.

Happy Thanksgiving Quotes

1. “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

Be thankful for your ability to give thanks.

2. "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 breeds blessings.

3. “What if today, we were just grateful for everything?” — Charlie Brown

Imagine that!

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

Spend you day focused on your deepest connections.

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

Turkey, chicken... what's the difference?

6. “A thought about Thanksgiving Day: Once, there was this day... this one day when... everyone realized they needed each other.” —​ April Burns

This day will bring us together.

7. “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

Be thankful and say it.

8. "America has developed a pie tradition unequivocally and unapologetically at the sweet end of the scale, and at no time is this better demonstrated than at Thanksgiving." — Janet Clarkson

Americans do love their pumpkin pie.

9. “Small cheer and great welcome makes a merry feast” — ​William Shakespeare, "The Comedy Of Errors"

Be grateful for what you have and appreciate the little things.

10. "An optimist is a person who starts a new diet on Thanksgiving Day." — ​Irv Kupcinet

Now is not the time to start your Winter diet.

11. "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

The little things you cherish.

12. "My fondest memories are generally the day after Thanksgiving. I get the total decorating Christmas itch." — Katharine McPhee

After Thanksgiving and Black Friday, it's time for Christmas!

13. "Give thanks not just on Thanksgiving Day, but every day of your life. Appreciate and never take for granted all that you have." — Catherine Pulsifer

Give thanks every day.

14. "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

It's about community.

15. “Thanksgiving is a time of togetherness and gratitude.” —​ Nigel Hamilton

Let's get together.

16. “He who thanks but with the lips Thanks but in part; The full, the true Thanksgiving Comes from the heart.” — ​J.A. Shedd

Remember true gratitude lives not in words, but in action.

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

Thanksgiving brings us home.

18, “My favorite part is introducing my kids to the excitement and electricity of the holiday season.” —​ Savannah Guthrie

Thanksgiving is the start of the most wonderful time of the year!

19. "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." — Jonathan Safran Foer

The best holiday of them all.

20. "The turkey. The sweet potatoes. The stuffing. The pumpkin pie. Is there anything else we all can agree so vehemently about? I don’t think so." — Nora Ephron

Food is the great unifier.

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Inspirational Thanksgiving Quotes

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

Tell someone how much you care.

22. “Thanksgiving is more than one dinner. Thanksgiving is a time of celebrating everything you love.” —​ Robin Kite

It's about the people, not the food.

23. “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

Do not let pride get in the way of being grateful.

24. "Thanksgiving is the holiday that encompasses all others.” — ​Jonathan Safran Foer

Thanksgiving is for everyday and every holiday.

25. “Thanks are the highest form of thought, and gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder” —​ G.K. Chesterton

Giving thanks is a display of intelligence.

26. "Thanksgiving was never meant to be shut up in a single day." — Robert Caspar Lintner

Thanksgiving should be a daily celebration.

27. "We all can ‘act’ a certain way for a brief period of time, for instance, on Thanksgiving, who of us hasn’t had to ‘act’ like we just loved everyone at the table? This brief show of good behavior is not true character. Our character is who we are when no one is looking." — Becky Van Volkinburg

Something important to remember about Thanksgiving.

28. "No one has ever become poor by giving." — Anne Frank

Keep this in mind.

29. “Now is not the time to think of what you do not have. Think of what you can do with what.” —​ Ernest Hemingway

This is a time to celebrate your blessings!

30. “Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.” —​ Melody Beattie

Gratitude is the key!

31. “The more you practice the art of thankfulness, the more you have to be thankful for.” —​ Norman Vincent Peale

The more you are thankful for, the more you'll be thankful for.

32. "If you want to turn your life around, try thankfulness. It will change your life mightily." — Gerald Good

Turn your life around one "thank you" at a time.

33. "An attitude of gratitude brings great things." — Yogi Bhajan

Make your life better with a little gratitude.

34. "You shouldn’t just give during Christmas and Thanksgiving you should be giving all the time." — Alcurtis Turner

Giving and thank year-round.

35. “Gratitude helps us see what is instead of what isn’t.” —​ Unknown

Gratitude helps us to see.

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

Give thanks to the people around you.

37. “Thanksgiving Day is a good day to recommit our energies to giving thanks and just giving.” — ​Amy Grant

Giving thanks is a commitment.

38. “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

Remember the spirit of Thanksgiving.

39. "An attitude of gratitude goes a long way when it comes to physical and emotional healing." — ​Jill Bolte Taylor

It rhymes to it's true.

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Funny Thanksgiving Quotes

40. "The thing I'm most thankful for right now is elastic waistbands." —​ Unknown

Give yourself the gift of yoga pants.

41. "Coexistence: what the farmer does with the turkey — until Thanksgiving." — Mike Connolly

Thanksgiving puts some words into a whole new light.

42. “Real ballplayers pass the stuffing by rolling it up in a ball and batting it across the table with a turkey leg.” — ​Tom Sawyers

Food fight!

43. "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 that annoy the hell out of us?" — Jim Gaffigan

Eating this much takes the sting out of the conversation.

44. “I suppose I will die never knowing what pumpkin pie tastes like when you have room for it.” —​ Robert Brault

The best part of Thanksgiving is the dessert.

45. “If there is a better way of showing thanks than eating a giant bird followed by pie, I’d like to see it.” — ​Jake Vig

Gluttony is the sincerest form of gratitude, right?

46. "What we're really talking about is a wonderful day set aside on the fourth Thursday of November when no one diets. I mean, why else would they call it Thanksgiving?" — ​Erma Bombeck

The only day of the year where there is no pressure to diet.

47. “I’m from Canada, so Thanksgiving to me is just Thursday with more food. And I’m thankful for that.” — ​Howie Mandel

If anything, be thankful for the food.

48. “Thanksgiving, man. Not a good day to be my pants.” — ​Kevin James

The best feeling is being full after Thanksgiving dinner with your favorite people.

49. "Here I am, 5 o’clock in the morning, stuffing bread crumbs up a dead bird’s butt." — Rosanne Barr

Do what you gotta do for the perfect Thanksgiving meal.

50. "Overeating at Thanksgiving is a case in point. It’s a national tradition." — Eric Samuel Timm

Thanksgiving traditions don't always have to be logical.

51. "The funny thing about Thanksgiving ,or any big meal, is that you spend 12 hours shopping for it then go home and cook, chop, braise and blanch. Then it’s gone in 20 minutes and everybody lies around sort of in a sugar coma and then it takes 4 hours to clean it up." — Ted Allen

The reality of Thanksgiving dinner.

52. "Cooking Tip: Wrap turkey leftovers in aluminum foil and throw them out." —​ Nicole Hollander

Not a great way to show your thankful, but I get it.

53. “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

Family is family, even if you can't stand each other.

54. “After a good dinner, one can forgive anyone. Even ones own relations.” —​ Oscar Wilde

A good cook can change the taste of resentment.

55. “I like football. I find its an exciting strategic game. It’s a great way to avoid conversation with your family at Thanksgiving.” —​ Craig Ferguson

Thanksgiving and football go together like mash potatoes and gravy.

56. “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

Had to be said.

57. “On this Thanksgiving Day good friends, good food, good wine, and good Spanx!” — ​Unknown

Keep it all together on thanksgiving.

58. "Thanksgiving is America's national chow-down feast, the one occasion each year when gluttony becomes a patriotic duty." — ​Michael Dresser

We are obligated by our proximity to the pilgrims to stuff our faces.

59. “You can tell you ate too much for Thanksgiving when you have to let your bathrobe out” — ​Jay Leno

That's one belt you cant add a notch to!

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Thanksgiving Quotes About Giving Thanks

60. “And though I ebb in worth, I’ll flow in thanks.” — ​John Taylor

Overflow your gratitude.

61. “Appreciation can change a day, even change a life. Your willingness to put it into words is all that is necessary.” —​ Margaret Cousins

If things aren't going right, find something to be thankful for.

62. “Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has plenty; not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.” —​ Charles Dickens

Focus on your gratitude, not your regret.

63. “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

A circle of gratitude!

64. “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

Thanksgiving is for celebrating the happiest parts of your life.

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

Thankfulness will bear other virtues.

66. “Be thankful for what you have. Your life no matter how bad you think it is, is someone else’s fairytale.” — ​Wale Ayeni

Your troubles are someone else's happy ending.

67. “Thanksgiving isn’t just a day, it’s a way we can live our lives everyday.” —​ Katrina Mayer

Thanksgiving is a lifestyle.

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68. "Give thanks for unknown blessings already on their way." — Native American Saying

You have no idea what is waiting for you right around the corner.

69. “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

If you are ungrateful for what you have you'll never get what you want.

70. “No duty is more urgent than that of returning of thanks” — ​James Allen

Give thanks, and give thanks back.

71. “Happiness comes when we stop complaining about the troubles we have and offer thanks for the troubles we don’t have.” — ​Thomas S. Monson

Remember to be thankful for the hardships you are spared.

72. “We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives.” — ​John F. Kennedy

No one should be too busy to give thanks.

73. "Thanksgiving Day comes, by statute, once a year; to the honest man it comes as frequently as the heart of gratitude will allow." — Edward Sandford Martin

Why only once a year?

74. "On Thanksgiving I will stop to give thanks that my family is safe and healthy, especially because I realize that, following the tragedies of this year, it is all too real a possibility that they might not have been." — Bobby Jindal

Not everyone is blessed in the same ways, all the time. So be thankful for now.

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Thanksgiving Blessings

75. "Be present in all things and thankful for all things." —​ Maya Angelou

76. “The cheerful heart has a continual feast.” —​ Proverbs 15:15

A happy heart will never hunger.

77. “Thank you is the best prayer that anyone can say. Thank you expresses extreme gratitude, humility and understanding.” —​ Alice Walker

Thank you, Amen.

78. "Our rural ancestors, with little blest, Patient of labour when the end was rest, Indulged the day that housed their annual grain, With feasts, and off’rings, and a thankful strain." — Alexander Pope

Where Thanksgiving day all began.

79. “Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them is the true measure of Thanksgiving.” — ​W. T. Parker

Put your blessings to good use.

80. "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

What it means to live in gratitude.

81. “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." — Henry David Thoreau

When Thanksgiving never ends.

82. “The thankful receiver bears a plentiful harvest.” — ​William Blake

Giving thanks bears fruitful gifts.

83. "Look at the sky: That is for you. Look at each person's face as you pass them on the street: Those faces are for you." —​ Miranda July

Remember why you're here with the people you love.

84. “On Thanksgiving Day we acknowledge our dependence.” —​ William Jennings Bryan

Be grateful for those who you rely on.

85. "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

There's always a time for new beginnings.

86. "I will praise God’s name in song and glorify Him with thanksgiving." — Psalm 69:30

Accept what you are given with thanks.

87. “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

Gratitude is reflected in our acts.

88. "Even in the trials of life, if we have eyes to see them, we can find good things everywhere we look." — ​Joanna Gaines

There is good.

89. "Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not. Remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for." —​ Epicurious

All you need is to give thanks for what you have.

90. “Thanksgiving creates abundance.” —​ Ann Voskamp

Thanksgiving bears more thanks, and more giving.

91. "When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around." — Willie Nelson

Count your blessings.

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Thanksgiving Toasts

92. "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"

We've been training our whole lives for this.

93. “May your stuffing be tasty. May your turkey plump, May your potatoes and gravy, have a nary lump. May your yams be delicious, And your pies take the prize, And may your Thanksgiving dinner stay off your thighs.” — ​Unknown

A prayer, for thanksgiving.

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

Don't forget to thank the host.

95. “But see, in our open clearings, how golden the melons lie; Enrich them with sweets and spices, and give us the pumpkin-pie!” — ​Margaret Junkin Preston

Give us Pumpkin Pie!

96. "For what I have received may the Lord make me truly thankful. And more truly for what I have not received." — Storm Jameson

There are gifts we never realize we have received.

97. “Give thanks for a little, and you will find a lot.” — ​Hausa Proverb

Remember to be thankful for even the little things.

98. "Now is no time to think of what you do not have. Think of what you can do with what there is." — Ernest Hemingway

There's no time like the present.

99. "Once you start practicing being grateful and thankful for things, people, and events, you may notice that you start to attract more positive things, people, and events in your life." — Stephanie Conkle

The Law of Attraction is powerful.

100. “Thanksgiving is a joyous invitation to shower the world with love and gratitude” — ​Amy Leigh Mercree

Send your thanks into the world.

101. "We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures." — Thornton Wilder

Pay attention to the good things in your life.

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Kaitlin Kaiser​ is a writer who covers astrology, pop culture and relationship topics.