Lord, ’tis Thy plenty-dropping hand
That soils my land,
And giv’st me for my bushel sowne
Twice ten for one.
All this, and better, Thou dost send
Me, to this end,
That I should render, for my part,
A thankful heart.
We can always find something to be thankful for, and there may be reasons why we ought to be thankful for even those dispensations which appear dark and frowning. ~Albert Barnes
Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it. ~William Arthur Ward
God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today. Have you used one to say "thank you?" ~William A. Ward
If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, "thank you," that would suffice. ~Meister Eckhart
For, after all, put it as we may to ourselves, we are all of us from birth to death guests at a table which we did not spread. The sun, the earth, love, friends, our very breath are parts of the banquet…. Shall we think of the day as a chance to come nearer to our Host, and to find out something of Him who has fed us so long? ~Rebecca Harding DavisCOE
An optimist is a person who starts a new diet on Thanksgiving Day. ~Irv Kupcinet in Kup’s Column
Thanksgiving dinners take eighteen hours to prepare. They are consumed in twelve minutes. Half-times take twelve minutes. This is not coincidence. ~Erma BombeckPCR
When our perils are past, shall our gratitude sleep? ~George Canning
Coexistence: what the farmer does with the turkey – until Thanksgiving. ~Mike Connolly
Thanksgiving, after all, is a word of action. ~W.J. CameronCOE
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, The First ThanksgivingMCTO
Give thanks for unknown blessings already on their way. ~Native American Saying
For hearts that are kindly, with virtue and peace, and not seeking blindly a hoard to increase; for those who are grieving o’er life’s sordid plan; for souls still believing in heaven and man; for homes that are lowly with love at the board; for things that are holy, I thank thee, O Lord! ~Walt MasonCOE
Thanksgiving, man. Not a good day to be my pants. ~Kevin James
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 BrooksCOE
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
And though I ebb in worth, I’ll flow in thanks. ~John TaylorCOE
But whether we have less or more,
Always thank we God therefor.
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
It has been an unchallengeable American doctrine that cranberry sauce, a pink goo with overtones of sugared tomatoes, is a delectable necessity of the Thanksgiving board and that turkey is uneatable without it. ~Alistair Cooke
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
Thanksgiving was never meant to be shut up in a single day. ~Robert Caspar Lintner
Forever on Thanksgiving Day
The heart will find the pathway home.
~Wilbur D. NesbitCOE
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 BeecherCOE
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.
Thanksgiving is so called because we are all so thankful that it only comes once a year. ~P. J. O’Rourke
On Thanksgiving Day we acknowledge our dependence. ~William Jennings BryanCOE
The unthankful heart… discovers no mercies; but let the thankful heart sweep through the day and, as the magnet finds the iron, so it will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings! ~Henry Ward Beecher
Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow. ~Melody Beattie
I suppose I will die never knowing what pumpkin pie tastes like when you have room for it. ~Robert Brault, www.robertbrault.com
On Thanksgiving Day, all over America, families sit down to dinner at the same moment – halftime. ~Author Unknown
Hem your blessings with thankfulness so they don’t unravel. ~Author Unknown
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 (David Grayson)COE
Happy We-Stole-Your-Land-and-Killed-Your-People Day! ~Thanksgiving toast, from the movie Sweet November
Got no check books, got no banks. Still I’d like to express my thanks – I got the sun in the morning and the moon at night. ~Irving Berlin
All that we behold is full of blessings. ~William Wordsworth
O Lord that lends me life,
Lend me a heart replete with thankfulness.