Illustrated Thanksgiving Quotations

Carolyn’s Online Magazine




The year has turned its circle,

The seasons come and go.

The harvest all is gathered in

And chilly north winds blow.

Orchards have shared their treasures,

The fields, their yellow grain,

So open wide the doorway,

Thanksgiving comes again.

— J.A. Shedd   

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, Eating Animals


In 1863, Abraham Lincoln declared two Thanksgivings. One was held in August. The second, held in November, was to give thanks for the nation’s blessings. This fall celebration caught on and has been a tradition ever since. —Linda Bozzo, Corny Thanksgiving Jokes to Tickle Your Funny Bone (NOTE: I wasn’t able to verify this fact. If you can verify or deny the validity of the statement please leave information in the comment box at the end of this article. Thank you.)

It has seemed to me fit and proper that God should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged, as with one heart and one voice, by the whole American people.  I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November as a day of Thanksgiving and praise to our beneficent Father Who dwelleth in the heavens. —A. Lincoln, October 3, 1863

Dinnig area at 1790s Compass Inn, Laughlintown PA

1790s: Compass Inn, Laughlintown, PA


So once in every year we throng

Upon a day apart,

To praise the Lord with feast and song

In thankfulness of heart.

—Arthur Guiterman.

 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

Thanksgiving is a posture of both mind and heart where we recognize how terribly fortunate we are, and how much we’ve been blessed despite the fact that we probably haven’t been the blessing that we should have been. —Craig D. Lounsbrough

Harvest is done...

Harvest is done…

Thanksgiving Alphabet

T … Turkeys, table-spreads, being together,

H … Happiness and homes to protect us from all weather,

A … Aunts and uncles, a reunion in Fall,

N … Nieces and nephews, family members all.

K … Kind-hearted kin coming over for dinner,

S … Surely you’ll have fun, but you won’t get thinner,

G … Gourds and pumpkins, mouths open wide,

I … Indians and Pilgrims we remember with pride,

V … Very special times-there could even be snow,

I … Imagine what it was like at Plymouth long ago,

N … Never forget how the settlers led the way,

G … Giving thanks and blessing this special day.


Pat Roy (in pink on lt) and others attended a story telling seminar

Pat Roy (in pink on lt) and others attended a story telling seminar

Gratitude can transform common days into Thanksgiving, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings. —William Arthur Ward

The moment we become grateful, we actually begin to ascend spiritually into the presence of God. —The psalmist wrote

If you are grateful for everything, then whatever you have is enough._—J. Baadsgaard

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


Parade float by Turrill Turkey farm in Laughlintown, PA

Parade float by Turrill Turkey farm in Laughlintown, PA

Thanksgiving is America’s national chow-down feast, the one occasion each year when gluttony becomes a patriotic duty. —Michael Dresser

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, “No One Diets on Thanksgiving,” 26 November 1981

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



I like football. I find it’s an exciting strategic game. Its a great way to avoid conversation with your family at Thanksgiving.―Craig Ferguson


Be thankful for what you have. Your life, no matter how bad you think it is, is someone else’s fairy tale. ―Wale Ayeni

For what I have received may the Lord make me truly thankful. And more truly for what I have not received, —Storm Jameson

Be grateful for the life of those who mass up challenges on the paths to your fulfillment. At least they taught you self-defense! —Israelmore Ayivor, The Great Hand Book of Quotes

In this season of thanksgiving, I’m equally grateful to the people who said NO. I didn’t see it then, I see it now. Thank you! —Assegid Habtewold, The 9 Cardinal Building Blocks

I am most thankful for what I don’t have, for had my life’s wish list been filled in the manner I had chosen I would be steeped in meaningless trinkets verses bathed in God’s treasures. —Craig D. Lounsbrough, An Intimate Collision

Counting one thousand gifts means counting the hard things — otherwise I’ve miscounted.  —Ann Voskamp, One Thousand Gifts Devotional

Brighten the corner where you are. You don’t blame God for placing you in a dark corner… You rather have to thank him for giving you the light to make it bright!  —Israelmore Ayivor, Leaders’ Watchwords


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Thanksgiving dinners take eighteen hours to prepare. They are consumed in twelve minutes. Half-times take twelve minutes. This is not coincidence.  —Erma Bombeck My mother is such a lousy cook that Thanksgiving at her house is a time of sorrow. —Rita Rudner

Gluttony and surfeiting are no proper occasions for thanksgiving. —Charles Lamb

America has developed a pie tradition unequivocally and unapologetically at the sweet end of the scale, and at no time is this better demonstrated than at Thanksgiving. —Janet Clarkson, Pie: A Global History

Do not wait until Thanksgiving to enjoy turkey with your loved ones. —Charmaine J. Forde



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

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

Wait, we cannot break bread with you. You have taken the land which is rightfully ours. Years from now my people will be forced to live in mobile homes on reservations. Your people will wear cardigans, and drink highballs. We will sell our bracelets by the road sides, and you will play golf, and eat hot h’ors d’ourves. My people will have pain and degradation. Your people will have stick shifts. The gods of my tribe have spoken. They said do not trust the pilgrims, especially Sarah Miller. And for all of these reasons I have decided to scalp you and burn your village to the ground. —Paul Rudnick

“I always think it’s funny when Indians celebrate Thanksgiving. I mean, sure, the Indians and Pilgrims were best friends during the first Thanksgiving, but a few years later, the Pilgrims were shooting Indians. So I’m never quite sure why we eat Turkey like everybody else. —Sherman Alexie, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

Over the river...

Over the river…

Thanksgiving is beyond the turkey and the feast, It teaches us to find reasons to smile and bond with our loved ones! Have a happy and gratitude-filled Thanksgiving.


About carolyncholland

In several if my nine lives I have been a medical lab technician and a human service worker specializing in child day care, adoptions and family abuse. Currently I am a photo/journalist/writer working on a novel and a short story. My general writings can be viewed at My novel site is
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