We ought to give thanks for all fortune: if it is good, because it is good; if bad, because it works in us patience, humility, contempt of this world and the hope of our eternal country.
Reflect upon your present blessings of which every man has many - not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.
Houses of Congress have . . . requested me to recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging, with grateful hearts, the many signal favors of Almighty God.
I awoke this morning with devout thanksgiving for my friends, the old and the new.
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?
Gratitude is a quality similar to electricity: it must be produced and discharged and used up in order to exist at all.
O Lord that lends me life, Lend me a heart replete with thankfulness!
Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never, ever have enough.
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.
We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of Heaven; we have been preserved these many years in peace and prosperity; we have grown in numbers, wealth, and power as no other nation has ever grown.
My mother is such a lousy cook that Thanksgiving at her house is a time of sorrow.
An optimist is a person who starts a new diet on Thanksgiving Day.
Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.
Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more.
It must be an odd feeling to be thankful to nobody in particular. Christians in public institutions often see this odd thing happening on Thanksgiving Day. Everyone in the institution seems to be thankful 'in general.' It's very strange. It's a little like being married in general.
Reflect upon your present blessings
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!
Thanksgiving dinners take eighteen hours to prepare. They are consumed in twelve minutes. Half-times take twelve minutes. This is not coincidence.
I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought; and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.
As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.
It is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God.
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.
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.
We pray for the big things and forget to give thanks for the ordinary, small (and yet really not small) gifts.
Best of all is it to preserve everything in a pure, still heart, and let there be for every pulse a thanksgiving, and for every breath a song.
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