A few weeks before the fourth Thursday of November, Americans start their preparation for Thanksgiving Day. Our Thanksgiving quotes below encapsulate this special occasion filled with gratitude, food, tradition, and history.
Even if the amount of food preparation and traveling could cause stress, the people's dedication to this holiday is undeniable. In fact, in 2021, Statista surveyed Americans regarding their favorite holiday. Unsurprisingly, Thanksgiving bags the first place with a rating of 81%, beating Christmas Day by 4%.
Let our curated Thanksgiving quotes be your go-to resource to get yourself in the spirit for a wonderful Thanksgiving.
Related: For more for the season, you might also like our guide to a zero-waste Thanksgiving, packed with tips to celebrate with less waste.
Best Thanksgiving Quotes
There are Thanksgiving celebrations in the USA and countries like Germany, Canada, Japan, Netherlands, and Puerto Rico. Each has different origin stories, but all of them center around gratitude.
To show gratitude together as a family, Americans all over the country travel to their loved ones, resulting in long road traffic queues and busy airports. According to the American Automobile Association, the best time to book tickets for Thanksgiving is not one to two months earlier but less than a month before, excluding the Thanksgiving week itself.
So fill up with gratitude with our best Thanksgiving quotes as you travel to your family.
Thanksgiving Quotes To Show Gratefulness For The Past Year
Thanksgiving’s heritage focuses on being grateful for the past year's harvest and other blessings. It's undeniable that being thankful makes us feel good, and now research can back this. According to multiple studies by Robert Emmons and his colleagues2, expressing gratitude can provide better sleep, increased energy, and many more benefits.
Let's be grateful not just on Thanksgiving Day but every day, inspired by the Thanksgiving quotes to express gratefulness.
Hopeful Thanksgiving Quotes For The Coming Year
Thanksgiving should be about the past and present and the future, for we should not only be counting what we’re grateful for but also making them count. We don't know what tomorrow brings, but gratitude can help us overcome our challenges.
Whether the subject is children, students, or in a specific situation, multiple studies reveal a close relationship between gratitude and resilience1. So, if you are going through a problem, whip out your gratitude journal and start writing away, getting started with our list of journal prompts.
Read the Thanksgiving quotes below for another perspective on the festive occasion while getting in the holiday spirit.
Positive Thanksgiving Quotes To Utter Words Of Gratitude
“Be consistent in your dedication to showing your gratitude to others. Gratitude is a fuel, a medicine and spiritual and emotional nourishment”
~ Oscar Wilde
How many times have you said “thank you” in your whole life? In 2012, a national survey by the John Templeton Foundation concluded that Americans are grateful people but don't express it often. Results say that 90% of respondents are thankful for their immediate family. But only 49% of them regularly expressed gratitude to their parents and 76% to their children.
As Dalai Lama said, “The roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation for goodness.” So, after reading the Thanksgiving quotes below, try to turn these numbers up by saying thank you more often to everyone and making those blessings count. Let it be your natural impulse to express gratitude!
Quotes About Being Genuinely Thankful At Thanksgiving
Do you believe it's better to give than to receive? If yes, volunteering during Thanksgiving Day is the ideal way to get into the spirit of this occasion. You can sort and pack donated food, assist visiting families, deliver meals to the old and disabled, cook, and many more. So, after reading the Thanksgiving quotes below, head out to Feeding America and choose the nearest food banks near you. Let’s find ways to reciprocate the kindness received.
Related: You might also like our selection of giving back quotes, and for more on volunteering, check out the latest volunteering facts or read up on how to volunteer at a homeless shelter or plant trees.
Memorable Quotes About Thanksgiving Dinner
More than showing gratitude, Thanksgiving's next highlight is enjoying food. Every article, website, or show will always feature a twist on the typical turkey dinner or ways to revamp leftovers for the following days.
Americans love their Thanksgiving dinner so much that according to the Calorie Control Council, the average person consumes more than 4500 calories. Check out the Thanksgiving quotes below, perfect for sharing around the Thanksgiving table while appreciating the food bounty.
Thanksgiving Quotes Showing Fondness Of America
Part of the Thanksgiving meal tradition is breaking the turkey's wishbone or furcula, stabilizing them for flight. The wishbone tradition has simple rules: two people pull each side, and the one who has the larger piece gets a Thanksgiving wish.
Other traditions include New Yorkers lining the streets of Manhattan to watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, running a turkey trot, watching football games, or preparing for the Black Friday craze the next day.
Read the Thanksgiving quotes below to discover how fond Americans are of this occasion.
Noteworthy Thanksgiving Quotes By Authors And Poets
Most of the population's knowledge of Thanksgiving's origin is just one side of the story. It is from the perspective of English colonists who commemorated their peaceful encounter with the Native American tribes.
Unfortunately, that's not the whole story. Today, Native Americans celebrate the National Day of Mourning at the same time as Thanksgiving Day to honor their ancestors and educate people about the other side of the story. The whole month of November also recognizes Native American Heritage Month.
We all want to enjoy the occasion like the authors and poets below. Still, to read up more, head to First Nations Development Institute's knowledge center to explore more of the historical context after reading the Thanksgiving quotes below.
Short Thanksgiving Captions For Social Media
To end this article on a light note, we want to share some great content you can share on your social media accounts.
You will be amazed to discover world-breaking records related to Thanksgiving. In the baked goods category, Texas prepared a whopping 41,586 pounds of pecan pie, while Ohio had a pumpkin pie weighing in at 3,699 pounds. If you're in charge of carving the turkey, you can impress your dinner guests by trying to beat the fastest record of three minutes and 19.47 seconds.
If that interests you, search for other records and use them to entertain your family with more trivia during Thanksgiving dinner - they’ll surely love you for it. But first, use the Thanksgiving captions and even a few funny Thanksgiving quotes below to share sweet memories of food, friends, and family with the world. Thanksgiving is a wonderful thing.
And Happy Thanksgiving!
A few more Thanksgiving quotes
For me, every hour is grace. And I feel gratitude in my heart each time I can meet someone and look at his or her smile.
~ Soumi Sarkar
We should just be thankful for being together. I think that's what they mean by Thanksgiving, Charlie Brown.
~ Marcie, A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving
The thankful heart will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings.
~ Henry Ward Beecher
Dear Lord, I'm so grateful I'm still loved.
~ Vivien Leigh
Gratitude is a divine emotion: it fills the heart, but not to bursting; it warms it, but not to fever.
~ Charlotte Brontë
Good mashed potato is one of the great luxuries in life.
~ Lindsey Bareham
Vegetables are a must on a diet. I suggest carrot cake, zucchini bread and pumpkin pie.
~ Jim Davis
Scott, V., Verhees, M., De Raedt, R. et al. Gratitude: A Resilience Factor for More Securely Attached Children. J Child Fam Stud 30, 416–430 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10826-020-01853-8
Emmons, R. A., & McCullough, M. E. (Eds.). (2004). The psychology of gratitude. Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195150100.001.0001