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Thanksgiving Quotes, Quotes about Thanksgiving Day, Sayings, Poems,
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|God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today.
Have you used one to say "thank you?"
William A. Ward
Gratitude is the sign of noble souls.
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
Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present
and not giving it.
William Arthur Ward
Thou hast given so much to me,
Give one thing more, - a grateful heart;
Not thankful when it pleaseth me,
As if Thy blessings had spare days,
But such a heart whose pulse may be Thy praise.
You say, 'If I had a little more, I should be very satisfied.'
You make a mistake. If you are not content with what you have,
you would not be satisfied if it were doubled.
Charles Haddon Spurgeon
Gratitude is not a spiritual or moral dessert which we may take
or push away according to the whims of the moment, and in either
case without material consequences. Gratitude is the very bread
and meat of spiritual and moral health, individually and collectively.
What was the seed of disintegration that corrupted the heart
of the ancient world beyond the point of divine remedy...? What
was it but ingratitude?
Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts
with praise; be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
For the Lord is good.
God is pleased with no music below so much as with the thanksgiving
songs of relieved widows and supported orphans; of rejoicing,
comforted, and thankful persons.
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?
Some hae meat and canna eat, -
And some wad eat that want it;
But we hae meat, and we can eat,
Sae let the Lord be thankit.
Turkey: A large bird whose flesh, when eaten on certain religious
anniversaries has the peculiar property of attesting piety and
The Devil's Dictionary.
It has been an unchallengeable American doctrine that cranberry
sauce, a pink goo with overtones of sugared tomatoes, is a delectable
necessity of the Thanksgiving board and that turkey is uneatable
Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have
into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos
to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast,
a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes
sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision
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
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.
Thanksgiving comes to us out of the prehistoric dimness, universal
to all ages and all faiths. At whatever straws we must grasp,
there is always a time for gratitude and new beginnings.
J. Robert Moskin
Let us remember that, as much has been given us, much will be
expected from us, and that true homage comes from the heart
as well as from the lips, and shows itself in deeds.
We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts
are conscious of our treasures.
Thanksgiving is the holiday of peace, the celebration of work
and the simple life... a true folk-festival that speaks the
poetry of the turn of the seasons, the beauty of seedtime and
harvest, the ripe product of the year - and the deep, deep connection
of all these things with God.
Ray Stannard Baker (David Grayson)
Heap high the board with plenteous cheer and gather to the feast,
And toast the sturdy Pilgrim band whose courage never ceased.
Alice W. Brotherton
Dear Lord; we beg but one boon more:
Peace in the hearts of all men living,
peace in the whole world this Thanksgiving.
On Thanksgiving Day we acknowledge our dependence.
William Jennings Bryan
It is literally true, as the thankless say, that they have nothing
to be thankful for. He who sits by the fire, thankless for the
fire, is just as if he had no fire. Nothing is possessed save
in appreciation, of which thankfulness is the indispensable
ingredient. But a thankful heart hath a continual feast.
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.
Thanksgiving is America's national chow-down feast, the one
occasion each year when gluttony becomes a patriotic duty.
Forever on Thanksgiving Day
The heart will find the pathway home.
Wilbur D. Nesbit
Thanksgiving is nothing if not a glad and reverent lifting of
the heart to God in honor and praise for His goodness.
Robert Casper Lintner
To speak gratitude is courteous and pleasant, to enact gratitude
is generous and noble, but to live gratitude is to touch Heaven.
Johannes A. Gaertner
But see, in our open clearings, how golden the melons lie;
Enrich them with sweets and spices, and give us the pumpkin-pie!
Margaret Junkin Preston
Stand up, on this Thanksgiving Day, stand upon your feet. Believe
in man. Soberly and with clear eyes, believe in your own time
and place. There is not, and there never has been a better time,
or a better place to live in.
O Lord that lends me life,
Lend me a heart replete with thankfulness.
When our perils are past, shall our gratitude sleep?
None is more impoverished than the one who has no gratitude.
Gratitude is a currency that we can mint for ourselves, and
spend without fear of bankruptcy.
Fred De Witt Van Amburgh
If I have enjoyed the hospitality of the Host of this universe,
Who daily spreads a table in my sight, surely I cannot do less
than acknowledge my dependence.
G.A. Johnston Ross
Thanksgiving-day, I fear,
If one the solemn truth must touch,
Is celebrated, not so much
To thank the Lord for blessing o'er,
As for the sake of getting more!
Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is
the true measure of our thanksgiving.
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