If we had to pick the one thing we love most about Thanksgiving, it'd likely be—surprise, surprise!—the food. Just ask Ree Drummond: She's been to known to say that she enjoys her favorite Thanksgiving sides even more than the turkey!
But even though it's fun to pile plates high with mashed potatoes, we're well aware that this holiday is about more than just stuffing, cranberry sauce, and delicious Thanksgiving desserts. It's also one of the best and easiest times to express your sincere gratitude to friends, family, and loved ones, whether through Thanksgiving prayers, lines from your favorite Thanksgiving movies, or heartfelt sayings. That's why we're sharing this list of the best Thanksgiving quotes.
Each of these thoughtful words works just as well for a thoughtful dinnertime toast (with your favorite Thanksgiving wine, no less!) as it does for a Thanksgiving Instagram caption. Raise a glass to Maya Angelou's words that say, "When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed." Or, read a quote from Henry David Thoreau to the table: "I am grateful for what I am and have. My thanksgiving is perpetual."
Here's to counting your blessings with these special Thanksgiving sayings.
"Be present in all things and thankful for all things."
"No matter what the situation is...close your eyes and think of all the things in your life you could be grateful for right now."
"Thanksgiving dinners take 18 hours to prepare. They are consumed in 12 minutes. Half-times take 12 minutes. This is not a coincidence."
"I’m thankful for each and every day. We never know when time is up."
"The roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation for goodness."
"Thanks for this day, for all birds safe in their nests, for whatever this is, for life."
"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."
"You ought to be thankful a whole heaping lot, for the places and people you’re lucky you’re not!"
"I awoke this morning with devout thanksgiving for my friends, the old and the new."
"When you practice gratefulness, there is a sense of respect towards others."
"For me, every hour is grace. And I feel gratitude in my heart each time I can meet someone and look at his or her smile."
"I can’t cook a Thanksgiving dinner. All I can make is cold cereal and maybe toast."
"Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom."
"Gratitude is a quality similar to electricity: It must be produced and discharged and used up in order to exist at all."
"Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance."
"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."
"If you think about a Thanksgiving dinner, it’s really like making a large chicken."
"A new survey found that 80 percent of men claim they help cook Thanksgiving dinner. Which makes sense, when you hear them consider saying ‘that smells good’ to be helping."
"O Lord that lends me life, lend me a heart replete with thankfulness."
"I’m grateful for everything I have. I’m grateful for it all. I’m grateful for love most of all because I have a lot of it in my life."
"Always remember to smile and look at what you got in life."
"For my part, I am almost contented just now, and very thankful. Gratitude is a divine emotion: it fills the heart, but not to bursting; it warms it, but not to fever."
"There is something that happens when you are grateful: You continue to keep receiving blessings. So I will always be grateful."
"I pray to give thanks and to recognize all the good things that are in my life even during times of great change, confusion, and frustration."
"We must have a pie. Stress cannot exist in the presence of a pie."
"Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever."
"I live in the space of thankfulness—and for that, I have been rewarded a million times over."
"I've got plenty to be thankful for. I haven't got a great big yacht to sail from shore to shore... Still, I've got plenty to be thankful for."
"Got no checkbooks, got no banks, still I'd like to express my thanks. I got the sun in the morning and the moon at night."
"Gratitude bestows reverence, allowing us to encounter everyday epiphanies, those transcendent moments of awe that change forever how we experience life."