Most everyone knows Thanksgiving is a time to be grateful, but not everyone has the words to express their gratitude. To help celebrate, here are some quotes, courtesy of Brainy Quotes, Legacy.com and Forbes.

1.“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

2. “We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives.” –John F. Kennedy

3. “Some people grumble that roses have thorns; I am grateful that thorns have roses.” –Alphonse Karr

4. “I am grateful for what I am and have. My thanksgiving is perpetual. . . . O how I laugh when I think of my vague indefinite riches. No run on my bank can drain it, for my wealth is not possession but enjoyment.”  –Henry David Thoreau

5. “Small cheer and great welcome makes a merry feast.”  –William Shakespeare

6. “Pride slays thanksgiving, but a humble mind is the soil out of which thanks naturally grow. A proud man is seldom a grateful man, for he never thinks he gets as much as he deserves.” –Henry Ward Beecher

7. “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

8. “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

9. “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

10. “Perhaps no custom reveals our character as a Nation so clearly as our celebration of Thanksgiving Day.”  –Ronald Reagan

11. “An optimist is a person who starts a new diet on Thanksgiving Day.” –Irv Kupcinet

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

13. “Be thankful for what you have. Your life, no matter how bad you think it is, is someone else's fairy tale.” –Wale Ayeni

14. “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

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

16. “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!” –Henry Ward Beecher

17. “Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.” –Marcus Tullius Cicero

18. “I celebrated Thanksgiving in an old-fashioned way. I invited everyone in my neighborhood to my house, we had an enormous feast, and then I killed them and took their land.” –Jon Stewart

19. “Sharing in God’s blessings is at the heart of Thanksgiving and at the core of the American spirit.” –President Bill Clinton

20. “Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson

21. “They do not love, that do not show their love.” –William Shakespeare

22. “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

23. “Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has plenty; not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.” – Charles Dickens

24. “Thanksgiving dinners take 18 hours to prepare. They are consumed in 12 minutes. Halftimes take 12 minutes. This is not coincidence.” –Erma Bombeck

25. “There is one day that is ours. Thanksgiving Day is the one day that is purely American.” –O. Henry

26. “Appreciation can change a day, even change a life. Your willingness to put it into words is all that is necessary.” – Margaret Cousins

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

28. “The roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation for goodness.” –Dalai Lama

29. “When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around.” –Willie Nelson

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