A Plentitude of Thanksgiving through the Years
November 24, 2011, 7:57 am
Filed under: blessings, hospitality, humor, love, Parenting | Tags: , , , ,

Any words I can communicate about this day of thanks have already been said so well. Here are my favorite quotes from Thanksgiving in no particular order. We all have so much to be grateful for, me the most! Happy Thanksgiving!

An optimist is a person who starts a new diet on Thanksgiving Day.
Irv Kupcinet

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.
Konrad von Gesner

My cooking is so bad my kids thought Thanksgiving was to commemorate Pearl Harbor.
Phyllis Diller

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

Jim Gaffigan: “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?'”

Kevin James: “Thanksgiving, man. Not a good day to be my pants.”

“I would rather be able to appreciate things I cannot have than to have things I am not able to appreciate.” —Elbert Hubbard

“Gratitude consists of being more aware of what you have, than what you don’t.” –-Unknown

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

“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 was never meant to be shut up in a single day.” –Robert Caspar Lintner

“Thanksgiving like contentment is a learned attribute. The person who hasn’t learned to be content…lives with the delusion he deserves more or something better.” –Robert Flatt

”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.” Frank A. Clark

”When asked if my cup is half-full or half-empty my only response is that I am thankful I have a cup.” Sam Lefkowitz

Theodore Roosevelt 
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.

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

Alice W. Brotherton ~ 
Heap high the board with plenteous cheer and gather to the feast, And toast the sturdy Pilgrim band whose courage never ceased.

H. W. Westermayer
 ~ The pilgrims made seven times more graves than huts… nevertheless, set aside a day of thanksgiving.

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

Meister Eckhart ~ If the only prayer you said in your whole life was,”thank you,” that would suffice.

William Arthur Ward ~ Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.

Ritual Chant ~ We give thanks for unknown blessings already on their way.

Anonymous ~ Blessed are those that can give without remembering and receive without forgetting.

Anonymous ~ No duty is more urgent than that of returning thanks.

Nothing is more honorable than a grateful heart.

Gratitude is the sign of noble souls.


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