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
O Lord that lends me life,
Lend me a heart replete with thankfulness.
There is one day that is ours.
There is one day when all we Americans who are not self-made go back to the old home
to eat saleratus biscuits and marvel how much nearer to the porch the old pump looks than it used to.
Thanksgiving Day is the one day that is purely American.
~ O. Henry
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. ~E.P. Powell
Lord, ’tis Thy plenty-dropping hand
That soils my land,
And giv’st me for my bushel sowne
Twice ten for one.
All this, and better, Thou dost send
Me, to this end,
That I should render, for my part,
A thankful heart.
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
Ah! on Thanksgiving day….
When the care-wearied man seeks his mother once more,
And the worn matron smiles where the girl smiled before.
What moistens the lips and what brightens the eye?
What calls back the past, like the rich pumpkin pie?
~John Greenleaf Whittier
All that we behold is full of blessings.
A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue,
but the parent of all the other virtues.
I am grateful for what I am and have. My thanksgiving is perpetual.
~Henry David Thoreau
God has two dwellings; one in heaven, and the other in a meek and thankful heart.
Gratitude is the sign of noble souls.
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