“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” – Oprah Winfrey. Here are 42 Awesome Family Thanksgiving Quotes.

Family Thanksgiving Quotes

1. “Now is no time to think of what you do not have. Think of what you can do with what there is.” – Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea

2. “My Thanksgiving is perpetual. It is surprising how contented one can be with nothing definite — only a sense of existence.” – Henry David Thoreau

3. “Family gathers to share good noise and good food. Gratitude abounds.” – Richelle E. Goodrich

4. “You can tell you ate too much for Thanksgiving when you have to let your bathrobe out.” – Jay Leno

5. “It’s not too much food. This is what we’ve been training for our whole lives. This is our destiny, this is our finest hour.” – Lorelai Gilmore

6. “Most turkeys taste better the day after; my mother’s tasted better the day before.” – Rita Rudner

7. “About 94 percent of Americans prepare and serve turkey at home and most people stick to a traditional menu for the main meal: turkey with cranberry sauce, mashed white potatoes with giblet gravy, candied sweet potatoes topped with marshmallows, a cooked green vegetable dish, relishes, and a pumpkin pie with whipped cream for dessert.” – Martin K. Gay

8. “Thanksgiving, after all, is a word of action.” – W.J. Cameron

9. “Turkey for the girls and Turkey for the boys. My favorite kind of pants are corduroys. Gobble gobble goo and Gobble gobble gickel. I wish turkey only cost a nickel. Oh, I love turkey on Thanksgiving. Happy Thanksgiving everybody!” – Adam Sandler

10. “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. Someone needs to tell the turkey, man, just be yourself.” – Mitch Hedberg

11. “Overeating at Thanksgiving is a case in point. It’s a national tradition.” – Eric Samuel Timm

Family Thanksgiving Quotes

12. “It’s like being at the kids’ table at Thanksgiving – you can put your elbows on it, you don’t have to talk politics… no matter how old I get, there’s always a part of me that’s sitting there.”– John Hughes

13. “The funny thing about Thanksgiving ,or any big meal, is that you spend 12 hours shopping for it then go home and cook, chop, braise and blanch. Then it’s gone in 20 minutes and everybody lies around sort of in a sugar coma and then it takes 4 hours to clean it up.” – Ted Allen

14. “It took me three weeks to stuff the turkey. I stuffed it through the beak.” – Phyllis Diller

15. “Thanksgiving Day comes, by statute, once a year; to the honest man it comes as frequently as the heart of gratitude will allow.” – Edward Sandford Martin

16. “We all can ‘act’ a certain way for a brief period of time, for instance, on Thanksgiving, who of us hasn’t had to ‘act’ like we just loved everyone at the table? This brief show of good behavior is not true character. Our character is who we are when no one is looking.” – Becky Van Volkinburg

17. “The Thanksgiving 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

18. “Thanksgiving was nothing more than a pilgrim-created obstacle in the way of Christmas; a dead bird in the street that forced a brief detour.”
– Augusten Burroughs

19. “A thought about Thanksgiving Day: Once, there was this day… this one day when… everyone realized they needed each other. ” – April Burns

20. “Thanksgiving is the holiday that encompasses all others. All of them, from Martin Luther King Day to Arbor Day to Christmas to Valentine’s Day, are in one way or another about being thankful.” – Jonathan Safran Foer

Family Thanksgiving Quotes

21. “Thanksgiving creates abundance.” – Ann Voskamp

22. “Once you start practicing being grateful and thankful for things, people, and events, you may notice that you start to attract more positive things, people, and events in your life.” – Stephanie Conkle

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

24. “Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go baste the turkey and hide the kitchen knives.” – Mrs. Pascal

25. “Here I am, 5 o’clock in the morning, stuffing bread crumbs up a dead bird’s butt.” – Rosanne

26. “I can’t cook a Thanksgiving dinner. All I can make is cold cereal and maybe toast.” – Charlie Brown

27. “The next day, eating a turkey sandwich with salt and mayonnaise, Rebecca decided Thanksgiving was the best holiday, although she had little to choose from: her family never celebrated Hanukkah but her father was militant about ignoring Christmas and insisted they spend December 25 eating Chinese takeout and going to the movies.” – Anna Quindlen

28. “So what do we do? We do what all families do. Grin, bear it, and pass the mashed potatoes.” – Heather Brewer

29. “Forever on Thanksgiving Day, the heart will find the pathway home.” – Wilbur D. Nesbit

30. “I love Thanksgiving because it is a holiday centered around food and family, two things that are of utmost importance to me.” – Marcus Samuelsson

Family Thanksgiving Quotes

31. “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

32. “Thanksgiving is so-called because we are all so thankful that it only comes once a year.” – P. J. O’Rourke

33. “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

34. “The thankful receiver bears a plentiful harvest.” – William Blake

35. “Thanksgiving, our eminent moral holiday, doesn’t have much for children. At its heart are conversation, food, drink, and fellowship – all perks of adulthood.” – Rosecrans Baldwin

36. “I suppose I will die never knowing what pumpkin pie tastes like when you have room for it.” – Robert Brault

37. “If you are really thankful, what do you do? You share.” – W. Clement Stone

38. “And though I ebb in worth, I’ll flow in thanks.” – John Taylor

39. “If you want to turn your life around, try thankfulness. It will change your life mightily.” – Gerald Good

40. “A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue but the parent of all the other virtues.” – Cicero

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

42. “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


Best Family Thanksgiving Quotes

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“He who thanks but with the lips Thanks but in part; The full, the true Thanksgiving Comes from the heart.” – J.A. Shedd
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“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.” – Theodore Roosevelt
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“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.” – Melody Beattie

Ian Warner

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I went from a broken leg to a 2012 Olympian. I have spent the last 15 years building positive habits as a track athlete and entrepreneur. I founded Habit Stacker and dedicated my life to helping people to develop winning habits. I have helped over 5,000 people...

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