"As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them."
- John Fitzgerald Kennedy
"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
"Thanksgiving dinners take eighteen hours to prepare. They are consumed in twelve minutes. Half-times take twelve minutes. This is not coincidence."
- Erma Bombeck
"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
"Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving." - W.T. Purkiser
"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
"You say, 'If I had a little more, I should be very satisfied.' You make a mistake. If you are not content with what you have, you would not be satisfied if it were doubled."
- Charles Haddon Spurgeon
“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 Beecher
"Forever on Thanksgiving Day the heart will find the pathway home."
- Wilbur D. Nesbit
"There is one day that is ours. There is one day when all we Americans who are not self-made go back to the old home to eat saleratus biscuits and marvel how much nearer to the porch the old pump looks than it used to. Thanksgiving Day is the one day that is purely American."
- O. Henry
"We can always find something to be thankful for, no matter what may be the burden of our wants, or the special subject of our petitions."
- Albert Barnes
"I awoke this morning with devout thanksgiving for my friends, the old and new."
- Will Carleton
"Thanksgiving, after all, is a word of action."
- W.J. Cameron
“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
"Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise; be thankful unto him, and bless his name. For the Lord is good"
- Psalm 100:4, 5a
"Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving."
- W T Purkiser
"On Thanksgiving Day, we acknowledge our dependence."
- William Jennings Bryan
"True thanksgiving means that we need to thank God for what He has done for us, and not to tell Him what we have done for Him."
- George R. Hendrick
"The pilgrims made seven times more graves than huts…nevertheless, set aside a day of thanksgiving."
- H.W. Westermayer
"An optimist is a person who starts a new diet on Thanksgiving Day."
- Irv Kupcinet
"Nothing purchased can come close to the renewed sense of gratitude for having family and friends"
- Courtland Milloy
"Who does not thank for little will not thank for much."
- Estonian proverb
"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
"We give thanks for unknown blessings already on their way."
- Ritual Chant
"Heap high the board with plenteous cheer and gather to the feast, And toast the sturdy Pilgrim band whose courage never ceased."
- Alice W. Brotherton