• The observance of Thanksgiving Day-as a function-has become general of late years. The Thankfulness is not so general. This is natural. Two-thirds of the nation have always had hard luck and a hard time during the year, and this has a calming effect upon their enthusiasm.

    Mark Twain (2015). “Following the Equator: "A Journey Around the World"”, p.170, eKitap Projesi