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60 Best Thanksgiving Quotes to Express Thanks and Gratitude

Share these uplifting and inspirational Thanksgiving quotes to perfectly sum up your feelings and sentiments.

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Thanksgiving Quote by Nigel HamiltonRD.com, Getty ImagesRD.com, Getty Images

Thanksgiving quotes that capture the meaning of the season

Thanksgiving is a time of year to gather with loved ones and enjoy a lovely meal together. It’s also a time to reflect on the things you’re most grateful and how important it is to express your gratitude. If you’re not sure how to express yourself, don’t worry; these meaningful Thanksgiving quotes will do the trick.

These uplifting quotes capture the true meaning of the holiday; a time of giving thanks, feeling grateful, and enjoying time spent with friends and family. Share them (along with some funny Thanksgiving quotes) around the table to show how much this holiday means to you. Then, share these Thanksgiving blessings and Thanksgiving poems to keep the festivities going.

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Thanksgiving Quote by Al GreenRD.com, Getty Images

“I’m thankful for every moment.”—Al Green. This quote would also make a great Thanksgiving Instagram caption.

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Thanksgiving Quote by Ralph Waldo EmersonRD.com, Getty Images

“I awoke this morning with devout thanksgiving for my friends, the old and the new.”—Ralph Waldo Emerson. Expressing gratitude towards your friends can be a new Thanksgiving tradition to start! 

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Thanksgiving Quote by Tony SnowRD.com, Getty Images

“If you think Independence Day is America’s defining holiday, think again. Thanksgiving deserves that title, hands-down.”—Tony Snow. Check out these Thanksgiving jokes if you want to serve a side of humor at dinner.

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Thanksgiving Quote by Henry Van DykeRD.com, Getty Images

“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. How many of these Thanksgiving riddles can you solve?

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Thanksgiving Quote by Amy GrantRD.com, Getty Images

“Thanksgiving Day is a good day to recommit our energies to giving thanks and just giving.”—Amy Grant. Learn more about the history of Thanksgiving and why we celebrate it.

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Thanksgiving Quote by W. Clement StoneRD.com, Getty Images

“If you are really thankful, what do you do? You share.”—W. Clement Stone. Here are some key reasons to be grateful this Thanksgiving.

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Thanksgiving Quote by Franz GrillparzerRD.com, Getty Images

“Drink and be thankful to the host! What seems insignificant when you have it, is important when you need it.”—Franz Grillparzer. Don’t miss these Friendsgiving ideas that will help you host a great Friendsgiving dinner.

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Thanksgiving Quote by John F. KennedyRD.com, Getty Images

“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. Don’t forget to break out these pieces of Thanksgiving trivia to really impress your dinner guests.

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Thanksgiving Quote by Friedrich KoenigRD.com, Getty Images

“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.”—Friedrich Koenig

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Thanksgiving Quote by Daniel HummRD.com, Getty Images

“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

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Thanksgiving Quote Willie NelsonRD.com, Getty Images

“When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around.”—Willie Nelson

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Thanksgiving Quote by Steve GoodierRD.com, Getty Images

“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

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Thanksgiving Quote by Charles DickensRD.com, Getty Images

“Reflect upon your present blessings.”—Charles Dickens

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Thanksgiving Quote by Marcus SamuelssonRD.com, Getty Images

“I love Thanksgiving because it’s a holiday that is centered around food and family, two things that are of utmost importance to me.”—Marcus Samuelsson

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Thanksgiving Quote by Marcel ProustRD.com, Getty Images

“Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”—Marcel Proust

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Thanksgiving Quote by Ann VoskampRD.com, Getty Images

“Thanksgiving creates abundance.”—Ann Voskamp

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Thanksgiving Quote by William Arthur WardRD.com, Getty Images

“God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today. Have you used one to say ‘thank you?'”—William Arthur Ward

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Thanksgiving Quote by Melody BeattieRD.com, Getty Images

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

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Thanksgiving Quote by Harry A. IronsideRD.com, Getty Images

“We would worry less if we praised more. Thanksgiving is the enemy of discontent and dissatisfaction.”—Harry A. Ironside

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Thanksgiving Quote by Oprah WinfreyRD.com, Getty Images

“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

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Thanksgiving Quote by Nigel HamiltonRD.com, Getty ImagesRD.com, Getty Images

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

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Thanksgiving Quote by Gilbert K. ChestertonRD.com, Getty Images

“Thanks are the highest form of thought.”—Gilbert K. Chesterton

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Thanksgiving Quote by Anne FrankRD.com, Getty Images

“No one has ever become poor by giving.”—Anne Frank

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Thanksgiving Quote by Lawrence WelkRD.com, Getty Images

“Over and over I marvel at the blessings of my life: Each year has grown better than the last.”—Lawrence Welk

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Thanksgiving Quote by O. HenryRD.com, Getty Images

“There is one day that is ours. Thanksgiving Day is the one day that is purely American.”—O. Henry

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Thanksgiving Quote by W.T. PurkiserRD.com, Getty Images

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

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Thanksgiving Quote by Victor HugoRD.com, Getty Images

“To give thanks in solitude is enough. Thanksgiving has wings and goes where it must go. Your prayer knows much more about it than you do.”—Victor Hugo

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Thanksgiving Quote by Willard ScottRD.com, Getty Images

“Thanksgiving just gets me all warm and tingly and all kinds of wonderful inside.”—Willard Scott

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Thanksgiving Quote by Melody BeattieRD.com, Getty Images

“Gratitude can turn a meal into a feast.”—Melody Beattie

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Thanksgiving Quote by Henry Ward BeecherRD.com, Getty Images

“The thankful heart will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings.”—Henry Ward Beecher

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Thanksgiving Quote by Yogi BhajanRD.com, Getty Images

“An attitude of gratitude brings great things.”—Yogi Bhajan

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Thanksgiving Quote by James AllenRD.com, Getty Images

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

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Thanksgiving Quote by Dalai LamaRD.com, Getty Images

“The roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation for goodness.”—Dalai Lama

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Thanksgiving Quote by Phillips BrooksRD.com, Getty Images

“Stand up, on this Thanksgiving Day, stand upon your feet. Believe in man. Soberly and with clear eyes, believe in your own time and place. There is not, and there never has been a better time, or a better place to live in.”—Phillips Brooks

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Thanksgiving Quote by Frank A. ClarkRD.com, Getty Images

“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

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Thanksgiving Quote by W.J. CameronRD.com, Getty Images

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

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Thanksgiving Quote by AesopRD.com, Getty Images

“Gratitude is the sign of noble souls.”—Aesop

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Thanksgiving Quote by Seneca the YoungerRD.com, Getty Images

“Nothing is more honorable than a grateful heart.”—Seneca the Younger

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Thanksgiving Quote by Vivien LeighRD.com, Getty Images

“Dear Lord, I’m so grateful I’m still loved.”—Vivien Leigh

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Thanksgiving Quote by Margaret CousinsRD.com, Getty Images

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

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Thanksgiving Quote by Marcus Tullius CiceroRD.com, Getty Images

“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others.”—Marcus Tullius Cicero

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Thanksgiving Quote by Joyce MeyerRD.com, Getty Images

“There’s no happier person than a truly thankful, content person.”—Joyce Meyer

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Thanksgiving Quote by Maya AngelouRD.com, Getty Images

“Be present in all things and thankful for all things.”—Maya Angelou

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Thanksgiving Quote by Ron PerlmanRD.com, Getty Images

“I’m thankful to be breathing, on this side of the grass. Whatever comes, comes.”—Ron Perlman

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Thanksgiving Quote by Jacob TremblayRD.com, Getty Images

“I do think that Thanksgiving is a very nice holiday because it’s all about saying thank you; it’s being thankful.”—Jacob Tremblay

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Thanksgiving Quote by E.P. PowellRD.com, Getty Images

“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

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Thanksgiving Quote by Linda ColleyRD.com, Getty Images

“Thanksgiving is America’s favourite holiday, and a brilliant piece of personal as well as patriotic calendrical invention.”—Linda Colley

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Thanksgiving Quote by Jon PardiRD.com, Getty Images

“I’m just thankful I’m surrounded by good people.”—Jon Pardi

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Thanksgiving Quote by Reba McEntireRD.com, Getty Images

“I have a lot to be thankful for. I am healthy, happy and I am loved.”—Reba McEntire

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Thanksgiving Quote by Catherine PulsiferRD.com, Getty Images

“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

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Thanksgiving Quote by Ernest HemingwayRD.com, Getty Images

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

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Thanksgiving Quote by Norman Vincent PealeRD.com, Getty Images

“A basic law: the more you practice the art of thankfulness, the more you have to be thankful for”—Norman Vincent Peale

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Thanksgiving Quote by Neal A. MaxwellRD.com, Getty Images

“We should certainly count our blessings, but we should also make our blessings count.”—Neal A. Maxwell

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Thanksgiving Quote by Cynthia OzickRD.com, Getty Images

“We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.”—Cynthia Ozick

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Thanksgiving Quote by George Bernard ShawRD.com, Getty Images

“There is no sincerer love than the love of food.”—George Bernard Shaw

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Thanksgiving Quote by Conrad GessnerRD.com, Getty Images

“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.”—Conrad Gessner

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Thanksgiving Quote by Thornton WilderRD.com, Getty Images

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

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Thanksgiving Quote by Theodor RooseveltRD.com, Getty Images

“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

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Thanksgiving Quote by Bethany HamiltonRD.com, Getty Images

“Strive to find things to be thankful for, and just look for the good in who you are!”—Bethany Hamilton

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Thanksgiving Quote by John G. SheddRD.com, Getty Images

“He who thanks but with the lips. Thanks but in part; the full, the true Thanksgiving comes from the heart.”—John G. Shedd

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