It is therefore recommended… to set apart Thursday the eighteenth day of December next, for solemn thanksgiving and praise, that with one heart and one voice the good people may express the grateful feelings of their hearts and consecrate themselves to the service of their divine benefactor.
~ Samuel Adams, First Official Thanksgiving Proclamation
Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul.
~ Henry Ward Beecher
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
On Thanksgiving Day we acknowledge our dependence.
~ William Jennings Bryan
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
A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all the other virtues.
FORASMUCH as it is the indispensable Duty of all Men to adore the superintending Providence of Almighty God; to acknowledge with Gratitude their Obligation to him for benefits received, and to implore such farther Blessings as they stand in Need of… It is therefore recommended to the legislative or executive Powers of these United States, to set apart Thursday, the eighteenth Day of December next, for Solemn Thanksgiving and Praise…
~ Continental Congress 1777
He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.
Life without thankfulness is devoid of love and passion. Hope without thankfulness is lacking in fine perception. Faith without thankfulness lacks strength and fortitude. Every virtue divorced from thankfulness is maimed and limps along the spiritual road.
~ John Henry Jowett
Would you know who is the greatest saint in the world? . .. It is not he who prays most or fasts most. It is not he who gives the most money . . . but it is he who is always thankful to God, who will everything that God wills, and who receives everything as an instance of God’s goodness and has a heart always ready to praise God for it.
~ William Law
I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence…
~ Abraham Lincoln, 1863
Thanksgiving is nothing if not a glad and reverent lifting of the heart to God in honor and praise for His goodness.
~ Robert Casper Lintner
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
Praise is the best auxiliary to prayer; and he who most bears in mind what has been done for him by God will be most emboldened to supplicate fresh gifts from above.
~ Henry Melville
Thanksgiving is the antidote to sinful behaviour.
Who does not thank for little will not thank for much.
~ Estonian Proverb
Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving.
~ W. T. Purkiser
If I have enjoyed the hospitality of the Host of this universe, Who daily spreads a table in my sight, surely I cannot do less than acknowledge my dependence.
~ G. A. Johnston Ross
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
How wonderful it would be if we could help our children and grandchildren to learn thanksgiving at an early age. Thanksgiving opens the doors. It changes a child’s personality. A child is resentful, negative—or thankful. Thankful children want to give, they radiate happiness, they draw people.
~ Sir John Templeton
Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor, and whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me ‘to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanks-giving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God… ’
~ George Washington, 1789
The pilgrims made seven times more graves than huts… nevertheless, set aside a day of thanksgiving.
~ H. W. Westermayer
By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.
~ Bible, Hebrews 13:15
- Thanksgiving – select quotes
- Insufficiently Thankful
- Abraham Lincoln’s Declaration of Thanksgiving
- 1st National Proclamation of Thanksgiving
- A Thanksgiving Pop Quiz
- An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving
- A Thanksgiving Poem