If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, “thank you,” that would suffice.
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.
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 Thanksgiving
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
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
Thanksgiving Day comes, by statute,
once a year; to the honest man it comes as frequently as the heart of gratitude
~Edward Sandford Martin
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
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, “No One Diets on Thanksgiving,” 26 November 1981
<!–, in Forever, Erma: America’s Best-Loved Writing from America’s Favorite Humorist, 1996; CTO–>
Thanksgiving, after all, is a word of action.
He who thanks but with the lips
Thanks but in part;The full, the true
Thanksgiving comes from the heart.
Thanksgiving was never meant to be shut up in a
~Robert Caspar Lintner
For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food, for love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
Thanksgiving dinners take eighteen hours to prepare. They
are consumed in twelve minutes. Half-times take twelve minutes. This is not coincidence.