Give Thanks


Thanksgiving is easily the most loved holiday in our family.  We refer to it as our “Thanksgiving Extravaganza”. Every year, we have added a new guest to our gathering.  We are now at 20 and somehow we have managed to all eat at one continuous table, which extends from the kitchen and curves into the family room. As we have a large family, we haven’t escaped our share of troubles and family drama.  The beauty of this holiday is that we all come together at the end of each year, take a deep breath having made it through all that life has thrown at us, and expressing our Thanks for all that we are grateful for. We especially appreciate the purity of Thanksgiving, it’s not a commercialized holiday. There’s no materialistic angle to it.  Its sole purpose is to get together with family and friends around the table, relax and share a moment of appreciation for all that we have received over the past year. Each member of our family from youngest to oldest takes a turn expressing what they are thankful for. While every day should be a thanksgiving, we are grateful that at least once per year we gather together and give our thanks.

How often do we remember to express our gratitude to our friends, family, and God? If you wish to express your deepest gratitude, these Thanksgiving quotes will be helpful.

Johannes A. Gaertner

To speak gratitude is courteous and pleasant, to enact gratitude is generous and noble, but to live gratitude is to touch Heaven.

William Law

Would you know who is the greatest saint in the world: It is not he who prays most or fasts most, it is not he who gives most alms or is most eminent for temperance, chastity or justice; but it is he who is always thankful to God, who wills everything that God wills, who receives everything as an instance of God’s goodness and has a heart always ready to praise God for it.

Melody Beattie

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 for tomorrow.

Frank A. Clark

If a fellow isn’t thankful for what he’s got, he isn’t likely to be thankful for what he’s going to get.

Fred De Witt Van Amburgh

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.

John Fitzgerald Kennedy

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.

Estonian Poverb

Who does not thank for little will not thank for much.

Ethel Watts Mumford

God gave us our relatives; thank God we can choose our friends.

  1. U. Westermayer

The Pilgrims made seven times more graves than huts. No Americans have been more impoverished than these who, nevertheless, set aside a day of thanksgiving.

Meister Eckhart

If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, ‘thank you,’ that would suffice.

Galatians 6:9

Do not get tired of doing what is good. Don’t get discouraged and give up, for we will reap a harvest of blessing at the appropriate time.

Thomas Aquinas

It would seem that the ingratitude, whereby a subsequent sin causes the return of sins previously forgiven, is a special sin. For, the giving of thanks belongs to counter passion, which is a necessary condition of justice. But justice is a special virtue. Therefore this ingratitude is a special sin. Thanksgiving is a special virtue. But ingratitude is opposed to thanksgiving. Therefore ingratitude is a special sin.

Albert Barnes

We can always find something to be thankful for, and there may be reasons why we ought to be thankful for even those dispensations which appear dark and frowning.

Henry Ward Beecher

The unthankful heart… discovers no mercies; but let the thankful heart sweep through the day and, as the magnet finds the iron, so it will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings!

William Faulkner

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

George Herbert

Thou that has given so much to me,

Give one thing more — a grateful heart;

Not thankful when it pleases me,

As if Thy blessings had spare days;

But such a heart, whose pulse may be

Thy praise.

Credit for quotations- Simran Khurana