11 Thanksgiving Quotes That Remind Us How Important It Is To Give Thanks This Holiday Season

Thanksgiving is a holiday where there is plenty to talk about — provided you can spare a few precious seconds in between forkfuls of whatever delicious side dish you're shoveling into your mouth to say a few words. It's a time to sit around the dinner table with your friends and family, the people you love the most, and declare out loud what it is you're thankful for this year — and every year, for that matter. It's a tried and true tradition that all families seem to practice in one way or another, and if these Thanksgiving quotes are anything to go by, there are plenty of ways to express your gratitude. Let these inspire you.

From John F. Kennedy's Thanksgiving proclamation to Johnny Carson reminding us in a hilarious way how important it is to connect with the ones we love, there's a quote here for just about everyone. So as you're prepping what it is you're going to say when it's your turn to give thanks (when I was little, I actually used to write things down ahead of time on notecards so as not to be caught off guard), here are a few choice words of wisdom to help guide you in the right direction. And remember — even though there may be more than one way to say "I'm thankful," the message is universal. Really, you can't mess this up.

"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

“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle." — Albert Einstein

"Thanksgiving, man. Not a good day to be my pants." — Kevin James

"When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around." — Willie Nelson

"Thanksgiving just gets me all warm and tingly and all kinds of wonderful inside." — Willard Scott

"Thanksgiving, after all, is a word of action." — W.J. Cameron

"As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them." — John F. Kennedy

"After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one's own relations." — Oscar Wilde

"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

"Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it." — William Arthur Ward

"Gratitude is when memory is stored in the heart and not in the mind." — Lionel Hampton

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