Thanksgiving brings a lot of great things: family, friends, food, and football, the big four "f"s, just to name a few. But if all that prep work for the big day is starting to grate on you—or you're staring at your holiday Instagram caption, unsure of what to write—we've got you. These quotes will help you reflect on what truly matters (and maybe get in a laugh). Print out these empowering and inspiring Thanksgiving quotes and place on at each setting, or include them in gratitude cards for your guests.
"Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for."
"Even in the trials of life, if we have eyes to see them, we can find good things everywhere we look."
"Someone I loved once gave me a box full of darkness. It took me years to understand that this too, was a gift."
"Be present in all things and thankful for all things."
"An attitude of gratitude goes a long way when it comes to physical and emotional healing."
"Thanksgiving, man. Not a good day to be my pants."
"When you recognize that you will thrive not in spite of your losses and sorrows, but because of them, that you would not have chosen the things that happened in your life, but you are grateful for them, that you will hold the empty bowls eternally in your hands, but you also have the capacity to fill them? The word for that is healing."
"Cooking Tip: Wrap turkey leftovers in aluminum foil and throw them out."
"Look at the sky: That is for you. Look at each person's face as you pass them on the street: Those faces are for you. And the street itself, and the ground under the street, and the ball of fire underneath the ground: All these things are for you."
"Not what we say about our blessing, but how we use them, is the true measure of our Thanksgiving."
"Wear gratitude like a cloak and it will feed every corner of your life."
"Small cheer and great welcome makes a merry feast."
"Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity.... It turns problems into gifts, failures into success, the unexpected into perfect timing, and mistakes into important events. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow."
"When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around."
"Recognizing and leaning into the discomfort of vulnerability teaches us how to live with joy."
"Gratitude is a quality similar to electricity: It must be produced and discharged and used up in order to exist at all."
"I understood that knowledge was a dwarfing, obliterating, all-consuming thing, and to have it was to both be grateful and to suffer greatly."
"Gratitude is the inward feeling of kindness received. Thankfulness is the natural impulse to express that feeling."
"I have no idea how I got to be the one at the front of the classroom, the one who gets to be in charge of things. Most of the time, I feel like the kid who gets to sit at the adult table for the first time at Thanksgiving. I'm not sure which fork to use. My feet can't reach the floor."
"Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy. They are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom."
"Isn’t it lovely to, once in a while, feel small in the presence of your friend? Awed. Fortunate to experience nearness that calls upon space. Because there is trust too, in feeling small. The letting in that comes from letting go."
"'Thank you' is the best prayer that anyone could say."
"I don’t want my sadness to be othered from me just as I don’t want my happiness to be othered. They’re both mine. I made them… What if sadness is actually my most brutal teacher?"
"No duty is more urgent than that of returning thanks."
"Joy is the simplest form of gratitude."
"Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things."
"Hello, sun in my face. Hello you who made the morning and spread it over the fields... Watch, now, how I start the day in happiness, in kindness."
"Suddenly, so many things become so little when we realize how blessed and lucky we are."
"Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it."
"Be thankful for what you have. You'll end up having more."