165 Thanksgiving Turkey Quotes To Inspire You

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The Most Famous Thanksgiving Turkey Quotes (Best in 2024)

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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 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

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

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

There is one day that is ours. Thanksgiving Day is the one day that is purely American. — O. Henry

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

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

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

Thanksgiving is worry's kryptonite. — Matt Chandler

Short Thanksgiving Turkey Quotes

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  • The thankful heart will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings. — Henry Ward Beecher
  • I love Thanksgiving turkey... It's the only time in Los Angeles that you see natural breasts. — Arnold Schwarzenegger
  • Nothing is more honorable than a grateful heart. — Seneca
  • Detente - isn't that what a farmer has with his turkey - until Thanksgiving? — Ronald Reagan
  • A two-pound turkey and a fifty-pound cranberry-that's Thanksgiving dinner at Three Mile Island. — Johnny Carson
  • A lot of Thanksgiving days have been ruined by not carving the turkey in the kitchen. — Kin Hubbard
  • A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue but the parent of all the other virtues. — Marcus Tullius Cicero
  • Coexistence: what the farmer does with the turkey - until Thanksgiving. — Mike Connolly
  • 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

Turkeys On Thanksgiving Quotes

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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

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

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

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

On Thanksgiving, you realize you're living in a modern world. Millions of turkeys baste themselves in millions of ovens that clean themselves. — George Carlin

'I'm sorry,' guys are always telling women, 'but I'm just not ready to make a commitment.' Guys are in a permanent state of nonreadiness. If guys were turkey breasts, you could put them in a 350-degree oven on July Fourth, and they still wouldn't be done in time for Thanksgiving. — Dave Barry

I think I'm going to give my baby her first food on Thanksgiving, make her some organic sweet potato. I'm very excited! It's going to be a big day and my husband is in charge of the turkey - he's the chef of the family! — Lily Aldridge

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 Day Quotes

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

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

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

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

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

Thanksgiving Traditions Quotes

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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

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

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

Thanksgiving Dinner Quotes

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thanksgiving is not just a warm, cozy holiday. It's not merely a time of recreation and relaxation and watching football all day. As we give thanks, we need to put our mind, soul and spirit into our thanks and into our praise. — Tony Evans

Thanksgiving Thanks 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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Gratitude is riches. Complaint is poverty. — Doris Day

The Spirit of prayer makes us so intimate with God that we scarcely pass through an experience before we speak to Him about it, either in supplication, in sighing, in pouring out our woes before Him, in fervent requests, or in thanksgiving and adoration. — Ole Hallesby

Thou who hast given so much to me, give me one more thing... a grateful heart! — George Herbert

To give thanks in solitude is enough. Thanksgiving has wings and goes where it must go. Your prayer knows much more about it than you do. — Victor Hugo

We would worry less if we praised more. Thanksgiving is the enemy of discontent and dissatisfaction. — Henry Allen Ironside

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

Every day is a day to be thankful. Life's abundance has no limit, and gratitude is what keeps that abundance flowing. In every circumstance there is something for which to be thankful. Even when there seems to be nothing else, there is hope. — Ralph Marston

The more we express our gratitude to God for our blessings, the more he will bring to our mind other blessings. The more we are aware of to be grateful for, the happier we become. — Ezra Taft Benson

O Lord that lends me life, Lend me a heart replete with thankfulness! — William Shakespeare

Turkey Day Quotes

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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

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. — Conrad Gessner

Germany and Turkey are two countries that need each other. As political leaders we will leave our offices one day, but our people will remain and have to get along with each other. So we shouldn’t give them negative messages. — Recep Tayyip Erdogan

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

Thanksgiving Day - Let all give humble, hearty, and sincere thanks, now, but the turkeys. In the island of Fiji they do not use turkeys, they use plumbers. It does not become you and me to sneer at Fiji. — Mark Twain

I felt overstuffed and dull and disappointed, the way I always do the day after Christmas, as if whatever it was the pine boughs and the candles and the silver and gilt-ribboned presents and the birch-log fires and the Christmas turkey and the carols at the piano promised never came to pass. — Sylvia Plath

I like football. I find its an exciting strategic game. Its a great way to avoid conversation with your family at Thanksgiving. — Craig Ferguson

I start the day with oatmeal with vanilla almond milk. If I don't, I'm dying by noon and eating everything in sight. On-set, I avoid crap and pack soup and salad. I cook pork chops or turkey tacos for dinner. — Kaley Cuoco

The turkey that President Obama will pardon this Thanksgiving is from California. The turkey said, "I don't need a pardon. I need a job.' — Conan O'Brien

A journey of four hundred and thirty miles can be made in any part of the United States, but in Turkey it takes as many days. — Ellsworth Huntington

Thanksgiving Family Quotes

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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

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

[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

My grandmother, grandfather, my mom - we've always been driven by laughter. It's what held us together. Thanksgivings, any kind of family get-together, we usually end up in tears. — Yelawolf

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

My idea of a perfect holiday is spending time with the family, waking up on Christmas morning or Thanksgiving morning, watching football all day, having the family come over, people you haven't seen... — Morris Chestnut

On Thanksgiving we do just everything except give thanks. We eat, we watch football, we have a good time with family. Almost nobody gives thanks to God at Thanksgiving, unless there's a short prayer before we eat. — Rick Warren

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

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

'Thank you' is the best prayer that anyone could say. — Alice Walker

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More Thanksgiving Turkey Quotes

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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

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

Here's a Thanksgiving tip. Generally, your turkey is not cooked enough if it passes you the cranberry sauce. — Joan Rivers

Boy meets girl. Boy marries girl. Boy and girl angst over which family they visit at Thanksgiving and which one in December and whether or not it's best to serve turkey or goose for the family feast. When first faced with the reality that the family you married into does things differently, the warmth of tradition can take on a chill. — Marge M. Kennedy

Any woman who votes for no-fault divorce is like a turkey voting for Thanksgiving. — Pat Robertson

We're having something a little different this year for Thanksgiving. Instead of a turkey, we're having a swan. You get more stuffing. — George Carlin

Thanksgiving day. Let us all give humble, hearty, and sincere thanks now, but the turkeys. — Mark Twain

The arrogance of the young is a direct result of not having known enough consequences. The turkey that every day greedily approaches the farmer who tosses him grain is not wrong. It is just that no one ever told him about Thanksgiving. — Harry Golden

The truth is the Super Bowl long ago became more than just a football game. It's part of our culture like turkey at Thanksgiving and lights at Christmas, and like those holidays beyond their meaning, a factor in our economy. — Bob Schieffer

Government shutdowns do not actually become what the term implies. Two-thirds of the government cannot shut down. We're only talking about the third of government that's discretionary spending, and even at that, nobody loses their jobs, and nobody loses their Thanksgiving turkey. The whole thing has resulted from the Republican Party thinking they bought the farm back in 1995. — Rush Limbaugh

Thanksgiving without tension is like a Thanksgiving without turkey. It can be done, but it is not the norm. — Mary Schmich

The Thanksgiving meal should not be treated as a grad school exam or an Olympic dive. Whatever you cook will be good enough - unless you make that Twinkie turkey stuffing we're suddenly hearing too much about. — Mary Schmich

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