Family Quotes For Thanksgiving That Truly Embody The Meaning Of The Holiday

Food may often get all of the attention when thinking about Thanksgiving, but it shouldn't. As these 13 family quotes for Thanksgiving bring to the forefront, this November 24th is just as much about spending time with those who you are thankful for as it is gorging yourself on gravy, turkey, and mashed potatoes. In fact, it's much more about spending time with those who you are thankful for — namely, your family and friends (because really good friends are family), than it is about stuffing yourself.

Family is one of the most vital institutions to exist, if not the most important. It is the ultimate symbol of love, and often, self-sacrifice for the betterment of everyone. I know that your family makes you go a little bonkers sometimes (they always seem to know exactly what thing they can say to get you bubbling with anger, don't they?), and especially on a day like Thanksgiving, where you're spending most of the morning and early afternoon crammed together in the kitchen bossing each other around and giving orders. However, despite the unavoidable drama that comes with being a member of a family comes the joy, support, understanding, and empathy of it.

For those of us fortunate enough to be spending Thanksgiving with our families this year, make sure you count your blessings at the dinner table, because they'll be sitting all around you.

1. "You don't choose your family. They are God's gift to you, as you are to them." — Desmond Tutu

2. "The family is one of nature's masterpieces." — George Santayana

3. "Family is not an important thing. It's everything." — Michael J. Fox

4. "The love of family and the admiration of friends is much more important than wealth and privilege." — Charles Kuralt

5. "The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other's life." — Richard Bach

6. "I think togetherness is a very important ingredient to family life." — Barbara Bush

7. "In every conceivable manner, the family is link to our past, bridge to our future." — Alex Haley

8. "The only rock I know that stays steady, the only institution I know that works, is the family." — Lee Iacocca

9. "Family is the most important thing in the world." — Princess Diana

10. "My friends and family are my support system. They tell me what I need to hear, not what I want to hear and they are there for me in the good and bad times. Without them I have no idea where I would be and I know that their love for me is what's keeping my head above the water." — Kelly Clarkson

11. "My family is my strength and my weakness." — Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

12. "Family means no one gets left behind or forgotten." — David Ogden Stiers

13. "A happy family is but an earlier heaven." — George Bernard Shaw

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