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The Most Famous Thanksgiving Dinner Quotes (Best in 2024)

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Thanksgiving dinner's sad and thankless. Christmas dinner's dark and blue. When you stop and try to see it From the turkey's point of view. — Shel Silverstein

We're having a traditional Thanksgiving - turkey, mashed potatoes, hat buckles, smallpox, genocide, a blue corn moon, etc. — Bo Burnham

My favorite meal is turkey and mashed potatoes. I love Thanksgiving, it's just my favorite. I can have Thanksgiving all year round. — Cindy Margolis

Thanksgiving is worry's kryptonite. — Matt Chandler

Thanksgiving, man. Not a good day to be my pants. — Kevin James

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? — Erma Bombeck

Family dinners are more often than not an ordeal of nervous indigestion, preceded by hidden resentment and ennui and accompanied by psychosomatic jitters. — M. F. K. Fisher

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. — Johnny Carson

Dinner was made for eating, not for talking. — William Makepeace Thackeray

What greater blessing to give thanks for at a family gathering than the family and the gathering. — Robert Breault

Thanksgiving Family Quotes

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A dysfunctional family is any family with more than one person in it. — Mary Karr

Dining with one's friends and beloved family is certainly one of life's primal and most innocent delights, one that is both soul-satisfying and eternal. — Julia Child

Thanksgiving is the day when you turn to another family member and say, 'How long has Mom been drinking like this?' My Mom, after six Bloody Marys looks at the turkey and goes, 'Here, kitty, kitty.' — David Letterman

Nothing is more honorable than a grateful heart. — Seneca

Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings. — William Arthur Ward

Every virtue divorced from thankfulness is maimed and limps along the spiritual road. — John Henry Jowett

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

I don't think any other holiday embraces the food of the Midwest quite like Thanksgiving. There's roasted meat and mashed potatoes. But being here is also about heritage. Cleveland is really a giant melting pot - not only is my family a melting pot, but so is the city. — Michael Symon

[when asked about what he was most thankful about]: Being alive. After heart surgery, you dig that part. Breath, family and friends are just amazing. Just to have a second shot is pretty great! — Robin Williams

Faith without thankfulness lacks strength and fortitude. — John Henry Jowett

Thanksgiving Turkey Quotes

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Do you realize that if the pilgrims have been chasing bobcats instead of turkeys.. we'd all be eating pussy on Thanksgiving?! — Redd Foxx

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. — Johnny Carson

My favorite meal is turkey and mashed potatoes. I love Thanksgiving, it's just my favorite. I can have Thanksgiving all year round. — Cindy Margolis

We're having a traditional Thanksgiving - turkey, mashed potatoes, hat buckles, smallpox, genocide, a blue corn moon, etc. — Bo Burnham

Thanksgiving dinner's sad and thankless. Christmas dinner's dark and blue. When you stop and try to see it From the turkey's point of view. — Shel Silverstein

May your stuffing be tasty May your turkey plump, May your potatoes and gravy Have nary a lump. May your yams be delicious And your pies take the prize, And may your Thanksgiving dinner Stay off your thighs! — Grandpa Jones

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 without it. — Alistair Cooke

I hate turkeys. If you stand in the meat section at the grocery store long enough, you start to get mad at turkeys. There's turkey ham, turkey bologna, turkey pastrami. Some one needs to tell the turkey, 'man, just be yourself.' — Mitch Hedberg

Thanksgiving. It's like we didn't even try to come up with a tradition. The tradition is, we overeat. 'Hey, how about at Thanksgiving we just eat a lot?' 'But we do that every day!' 'Oh. What if we eat a lot with people that annoy the hell out of us?' — Jim Gaffigan

My most memorable meal is every Thanksgiving. I love the food: The turkey and stuffing; the sweet potatoes and rice, which come from my mother's Southern heritage; the mashed potatoes, which come from my wife's Midwestern roots; the Campbell's green bean casserole; and of course, pumpkin pie. — Douglas Conant

Thanksgiving Quotes

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Gratitude begins where my sense of entitlement ends. — Steven Furtick

We should look for someone to eat and drink with before looking for something to eat and drink. — Epicurus

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Reflect upon your present blessings — Charles Dickens

May your heart be an altar, from which the bright flame of unending thanksgiving ascends to heaven. — Mary Euphrasia Pelletier

We only enter into the full life if our faith gives thanks. Because how else do we accept His free gift of salvation if not with thanksgiving? Thanksgiving is the evidence of our acceptance of whatever He gives. Thanksgiving is the manifestation of our Yes! to His grace. — Ann Voskamp

Small cheer and great welcome makes a merry feast. — William Shakespeare

Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet, Lest we forget--lest we forget! — Rudyard Kipling

To be happy is easy enough if we give ourselves, forgive others, and live with thanksgiving, No self centered person, no ungrateful soul can ever be happy, much less make anyone else happy. Life is giving, not getting. — Joseph Fort Newton

I've ruined many Thanksgivings! — Joe Gatto

We should certainly count our blessings, but we should also make our blessings count. — Neal A. Maxwell

Thanksgiving Traditions Quotes

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It is a Constitution that morphs while you look at it like Plasticman.... That is contrary to our whole tradition, to in God we trust on the coins, to Thanksgiving proclamations, to (Congressional) chaplains, to tax exemption for places of worship, which has always existed in America. — Antonin Scalia

There are a lot of New York City Thanksgiving traditions. For example, a lot of New Yorkers don't buy the frozen Thanksgiving turkey. They prefer to buy the bird live and then push it in front of a subway train. — David Letterman

Why are we not grateful to God for filling our stockings with legs? — Gilbert K. Chesterton

I'd love to give my girls a traditional Thanksgiving with turkey and all that jazz, but we've raised them to love Tuscan food so much that they don't care for it. My favorite is a nice polenta with beef stew and broccoli rabe on the side. — Debi Mazar

Save a life this Thanksgiving, and join me in starting a new tradition by adopting a turkey instead of eating one through Farm Sanctuary's Adopt-A-Turkey Project. — Ellen DeGeneres

I've spent a lot of Thanksgivings on the road with my band, so anytime that I can spend Thanksgiving with my family in a traditional aspect, eating sweet potatoes and cranberries and stuffing and all the trappings of Thanksgiving and then get on a treadmill the next day extra long, I'm happy. — Richie Sambora

Thanksgiving, you know - Thanksgiving - it's like we didn't even try to come up with a tradition. The tradition is we overeat. — Jim Gaffigan

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite American traditions. I quickly picked it up when I moved to the U.S. from Sweden. — Marcus Samuelsson

Im not from the States, so Thanksgiving, for me, was never a huge tradition. — Daniela Ruah

In deference to American traditions, my family put our oven to rare use at Thanksgiving during my childhood, with odd roast-turkey experiments involving sticky-rice stuffing or newfangled basting techniques that we read about in magazines. — Jennifer Lee

Great Thanksgiving Quotes

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There is a calmness to a life lived in gratitude, a quiet joy. — Ralph Blum

Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance. — Eckhart Tolle

There is no such thing as gratitude unexpressed. If it is unexpressed, it is plain, old-fashioned ingratitude. — Robert Breault

All that we behold is full of blessings. — William Wordsworth

To educate yourself for the feeling of gratitude means to take nothing for granted. — Albert Schweitzer

Gratitude bestows reverence, allowing us to encounter everyday epiphanies. — John Milton

To be grateful is to recognize the love of God in everything. — Thomas Merton

When our perils are past, shall our gratitude sleep? — George Canning

Gratitude is a quality similar to electricity: it must be produced and discharged and used up in order to exist at all. — William Faulkner

All revival begins, and continues, in the prayer meeting. Some have also called prayer the "great fruit of revival." In times of revival, thousands may be found on their knees for hours, lifting up their heartfelt cries, with thanksgiving, to heaven. — Henry Blackaby

Thanksgiving Day Quotes

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Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving. — W. T. Purkiser

Some hae meat and canna eat, And some wad eat that want it, But we hae meat and we can eat, And sae the Lord be thankit. — Robert Burns

I do, therefore, invite my fellow citizens . . . to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens. — Abraham Lincoln

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We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude. — Cynthia Ozick

Appreciation can make a day, even change a life. Your willingness to put it into words is all that is necessary. — Margaret Cousins

You simply will not be the same person two months from now after consciously giving thanks each day for the abundance that exists in your life. And you will have set in motion an ancient spiritual law: the more you have and are grateful for, the more will be given you. — Sarah Ban Breathnach

Before you go out into the world, wash your face in the clear crystal of praise. Bury each yesterday in the fine linen and spices of thankfulness. — Charles Spurgeon

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Thanksgiving, man. Not a good day to be my pants. — Kevin James

First thing I do in the morning is give thanks to God for another day, and then turn to HLN News or ESPN to see what’s going on in the world. — Vivica Fox

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? — Erma Bombeck

Good Thanksgiving Quotes

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(Some people) have a wonderful capacity to appreciate again and again, freshly and naively, the basic goods of life, with awe, pleasure, wonder, and even ecstasy. — Abraham Maslow

Part of the power of song is that it is a beautiful expression of devotion...singing releases the pent-up joy and thanksgiving we feel because of God's grace and goodness. — Jack W. Hayford

Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving," and the words of John Fitzgerald Kennedy tell us that, "As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. — W. T. Purkiser

There are things you do because they feel right and they may make no sense and they may make no money and it may be the real reason we are here: to love each other and to eat each other's cooking and say it was good. — Brian Andreas

Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer. And let faith be the bridge you build to overcome evil and welcome good. — Maya Angelou

Almighty God, who hast given us this good land for our heritage; We humbly beseech Thee that we may always prove ourselves a people mindful of Thy favor and glad to do Thy will. — Franklin D. Roosevelt

... because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude. — Wallace D. Wattles

We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit. — Albert Schweitzer

I can choose to grateful when I am criticized, even when my heart still responds in bitterness. I can choose to speak about goodness and beauty, even when my inner eye still looks for someone to accuse or something to call ugly. — Henri Nouwen

It is therefore recommended... to set apart Thursday the eighteenth day of December next, for solemn thanksgiving and praise, that with one heart and one voice the good people may express the grateful feelings of their hearts and consecrate themselves to the service of their divine benefactor. — Samuel Adams

Friends Thanksgiving Quotes

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We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures. — Thornton Wilder

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Your friend is your field which you sow with love and reap with thanksgiving. — Kahlil Gibran

Your friend is your field which you sow with love and reap with thanksgiving. — Khalil Gibran

Think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flames within us. — Albert Schweitzer

Your friend is your needs answered. He is your field which you sow with love and reap with thanksgiving. And he is your board and your fireside. For you come to him with your hunger, and you seek him for peace. — Khalil Gibran

Perhaps it takes a purer faith to praise God for unrealized blessings than for those we once enjoyed or those we enjoy now. — Aiden Wilson Tozer

Since I was 15 years old I've never been able to spend Christmas, Halloween or Thanksgiving (with friends and family). This was the first time I was able to enjoy a Super Bowl. — Brendan Shanahan

I awoke this morning with devout thanksgiving for my friends, the old and new. — Ralph Waldo Emerson

Thanksgiving is a time for families and friends to gather together and express gratitude for all that we have been given, the freedoms we enjoy, and the loved ones who enrich our lives. We recognize that all of these blessings, and life itself, come not from the hand of man but from Almighty God. — George W. Bush

I make a special point of working on Thanksgiving Day. I have friends I go out with but I even make it plain to them. The standard reason for Thanksgiving doesn't mean nothing to me. — John Henrik Clarke

Turkeys On Thanksgiving Quotes

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The thankful heart will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings. — Henry Ward Beecher

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. — Phillips Brooks

A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue but the parent of all the other virtues. — Marcus Tullius Cicero

It was dramatic to watch my grandmother decapitate a turkey with an ax the day before Thanksgiving. Nowadays the expense of hiring grandmothers for the ax work would probably qualify all turkeys so honored with gourmet status. — Russell Baker

It took me three weeks to stuff the turkey. I stuffed it through the beak. — Phyllis Diller

Cooking Tip: Wrap turkey leftovers in aluminum foil and throw them out. — Nicole Hollander

Oh. What if we eat a lot with people that annoy the hell out of us? — Jim Gaffigan

When I was a kid in Indiana, we thought it would be fun to get a turkey a year ahead of time and feed it and so on for the following Thanksgiving. But by the time Thanksgiving came around, we sort of thought of the turkey as a pet, so we ate the dog. Only kidding. It was the cat! — David Letterman

Turkey: A large bird whose flesh, when eaten on certain religious anniversaries has the peculiar property of attesting piety and gratitude. — Ambrose Bierce

Every year I volunteer at a hospital on Thanksgiving, deep-frying turkeys in the children's burn unit. I do it just to see the looks on their little "faces." — Anthony Jeselnik

Thanksgiving Holiday Quotes

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Being home for the holidays is one of my happiest memories. — Lisa Manoban

Thanksgiving is the glue that helps to firmly attach your blessings to you. Without it, your blessings may be lost. — Enoch Adeboye

If you think Independence Day is America's defining holiday, think again. Thanksgiving deserves that title, hands-down. — Tony Snow

The act is unjustifiable that either begs for a blessing, or, having succeeded gives no thanksgiving. — Merle Shain

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, when the Indians said, "Well, this has been fun, but we know you have a long voyage back to England". — Jay Leno

Thanksgiving is a typically American holiday...The lavish meal is a symbol of the fact that abundant consumption is the result and reward of production. — Ayn Rand

Coexistence: what the farmer does with the turkey - until Thanksgiving. — Mike Connolly

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

On Thanksgiving Day we acknowledge our dependence. — William Jennings Bryan

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More Thanksgiving Dinner Quotes

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Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving. — W. T. Purkiser

May your stuffing be tasty May your turkey plump, May your potatoes and gravy Have nary a lump. May your yams be delicious And your pies take the prize, And may your Thanksgiving dinner Stay off your thighs! — Grandpa Jones

You know that just before that first Thanksgiving dinner there was one wise, old Native American woman saying, Don't feed them. If you feed them, they'll never leave. — Dylan Brody

‎You cannot correct an old person every time they say something offensive. You would never make it through Thanksgiving dinner! — Stephen Colbert

Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving," and the words of John Fitzgerald Kennedy tell us that, "As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. — W. T. Purkiser

I love Thanksgiving turkey... It's the only time in Los Angeles that you see natural breasts. — Arnold Schwarzenegger

Thanksgiving dinners take eighteen hours to prepare. They are consumed in twelve minutes. Half-times take twelve minutes. This is not coincidence. — Erma Bombeck

A two-pound turkey and a fifty-pound cranberry-that's Thanksgiving dinner at Three Mile Island. — Johnny Carson

A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue but the parent of all the other virtues. — Marcus Tullius Cicero

Spending so much time on the road, I get to fart all the time. Then when it's, like, Thanksgiving dinner and I'm sitting with my grandmother, I can't fart for, like, two hours. — Tom DeLonge

I love to eat. That's why I got so fat; I love to eat. If I don't walk away from a meal hurting, I didn't do it right. If I don't walk away from Thanksgiving dinner feeling like I've been turkey-f**ked in a gingerbread prison, I didn't do it right. — Greg Behrendt

I believe that one of the most damning things about our culture is the adage to never talk religion and politics. Because we don't model this discourse at the dinner table and at Thanksgiving, we don't know how to do it well and we're not teaching our children about the world and about how to discuss it. — Julianna Baggott

LINUS: Where are you going for Thanksgiving, Charlie Brown? CHARLIE: My father, my mother, Sally, and I are all going to my grandmothers for dinner. SALLY: Do you want to come too, Linus? We can hold hands under the table. LINUS: BLECH! — Charles M. Schulz

Prayer is like Thanksgiving dinner. It takes one hour to eat it and ten hours to prepare it. — Peter Kreeft

On Thanksgiving Day, all over America, families sit down to dinner at the same moment -- half- time. — Unknown

Agriculture is a business that has been up to its bib overalls in politics since the first Thanksgiving dinner kickback to the Indians for subsidizing Pilgrim maize production with fish head fertilizer grants. — P. J. O'Rourke

Thanksgiving is the most complicated meal you can think of. Every night, dinner is just pasta. It's just different shapes of pasta. — Jim Gaffigan

Thanksgiving is the day you don't know if you're invited for dinner or an intervention either way is going to be an ambush. — Felipe Esparza

I think for Thanksgiving particularly I've always, one of the fun things for me about doing a big dinner is having friends and family so we've always done that, and even through our other holidays like having a mix of friends and family, and if you don't have your family nearby, or it's tough for you, find a friend and go and eat with them. — Kate Walsh

Well, Thanksgiving we'll all gather at my house for dinner and we usually do Christmas at Beau's house. My mom is still feisty and kicking. She's 92. I saw her last night and she published a book at 90. It's a wonderful book called "You Caught Me Kissing" and it's basically love-poems that she wrote for my dad. It's more than that, it's a wonderful book. — Jeff Bridges

I would love four children because I have a very small family, so I want those big Thanksgiving dinners. — Chrissy Teigen

Yesterday, the Supreme Court spent over an hour listening to arguments on whether Obamacare is unconstitutional. Yeah, listening to arguments about Obamacare for an hour, or as most people call that, 'Thanksgiving Dinner.' — Jimmy Fallon

The concept of time, as it’s commonly understood by normal people with normal jobs and normal goddamn lives, doesn’t exist on the road. The nights spread out like the dark, godforsaken highways that distinguish them, and the days run together like Thanksgiving dinner smothered in gravy. You never really know where you are or what time it is, and the outside world starts to fade away. It’s cool. — Tiffanie DeBartolo

Our family holidays always include our animals. On Thanksgiving, we love to walk around our farm and visit with our rescued pigs, goats, horses, emus and many other rescued animals. We give them all special vegetables that day, and the whole family enjoys a vegetarian Thanksgiving dinner. We know that the animals are giving thanks that day, and we are also giving thanks for the joy they bring to our lives. — Noah Wyle

Thanksgiving began in 1621 when Native Americans sat down with a bunch of undocumented pilgrims. They had dinner and the pilgrims never left. — Jay Leno

Something I didn't even know was on my bucket list has been achieved. I have cooked Thanksgiving dinner with Martha Stewart. I vow to follow the gospel of her teachings and do my very best in the remarkably less glamorous kitchen of my own home... without the luxury of magically appearing prep bowls filled by a staff of sous chefs. — Jesse Tyler Ferguson

Bob wasn't precisely a friend to me but... I was used to him. In a way he was family, the mouthy, annoying, irritable cousin who was always insulting you but who was definitely at Thanksgiving dinner. I had never considered the possibility that one day he might be something else. — Jim Butcher

Thanksgiving dinner's sad and thankless. Christmas dinner's dark and blue. When you stop and try to see it From the turkey's point of view. Sunday dinner isn't sunny. Easter feasts are just bad luck. When you see it from the viewpoint of a chicken or a duck. Oh how I once loved tuna salad Pork and lobsters, lamb chops too Till I stopped and looked at dinner From the dinner's point of view. — Shel Silverstein

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