Reading is a favorite hobby of mine, and I’ve developed a habit of collecting quotes whenever I find one that particularly resonates with me. In honor of Thanksgiving, I wanted to select some of my favorites to share with you—and I had many to choose from.
I decided to narrow my list to quotes about gratitude and thankfulness; about kindness and giving to others; and also about motivation—because for many of us, it’s been a tough year, and we could use a little encouragement.
Best wishes to you and your families and friends! Happy Thanksgiving!
“How do you say ‘thank you’ for sunshine or health… for clear days or gentle rains… for happiness, joy, or love? You say it by sharing what you have. You say it by making the world a better place in which to live.”
— Thomas D. Willhite
“Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing.”
— Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray
“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.
It turns what we have into enough, and more.
It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity.
It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. It turns problems into gifts, failures into successes, the unexpected into perfect timing, and mistakes into important events.
It can turn an existence into a real life, and disconnected situations into important and beneficial lessons. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.”
— Melody Beattie
“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”
— Marcel Proust
“Thank you is the best prayer that anyone could say. I say that one a lot. Thank you expresses extreme gratitude, humility, understanding.”
— Alice Walker
“‘It goes without saying,’
It just goes without saying,
most of the time
and we go
not noticing the oak or the ash.
The marks in the leaves are the same.
no one is saying anyway.
But what if it went with saying.
‘It goes with saying.’
And we might say,
— Liz Danzico
“When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light, for your life, for your strength. Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason to give thanks, the fault lies in yourself.”
“Your friend is your needs answered. He is your field which you sow with love and reap with thanksgiving.”
— Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet
“Happiness is letting go of what you think your life is supposed to look like and celebrating it for everything it is.”
— Mandy Hale
“Some people are always grumbling because roses have thorns; I am thankful that thorns have roses.”
— Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr
“This food is the gift of the whole universe—the earth, the sky, and much hard work. May we live in a way that makes us worthy to receive it.”
— Thich Nhat Hanh, traditional Buddhist teaching
“If I can stop one heart from breaking,
I shall not live in vain;
If I can ease one life the aching,
Or cool one pain,
Or help one fainting robin
Unto his nest again,
I shall not live in vain.”
— Emily Dickinson
“To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know that even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.”
— Ralph Waldo Emerson
“If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.”
— Booker T. Washington
“One’s life has value so long as one attributes value to the life of others, by means of love, friendship, indignation, and compassion.”
— Simone De Beauvoir
“Having a soft heart in a cruel world is courage, not weakness.”
— Katherine Henson
“The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.”
— Oscar Wilde
“I think that we can’t go around measuring our goodness by what we don’t do—by what we deny ourselves, what we resist, and who we exclude. I think we’ve got to measure goodness by what we embrace, what we create, and who we include.”
— Robert Nelson Jacobs, Chocolat screenplay
“You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.”
— Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.”
— Albert Einstein
“If I am worth anything later, I am worth something now. For wheat is wheat, even if people think it is grass in the beginning.”
— Vincent Van Gogh
“You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment. Fools stand on their island of opportunities and look toward another land. There is no other land; there is no other life but this.”
— Henry David Thoreau
“Perhaps, then, there is something to his advice that I should cease looking back so much, that I should adopt a more positive outlook and try to make the best of what remains of my day. After all, what can we ever gain in forever looking back and blaming ourselves if our lives have not turned out quite as we might have wished?”
— Kazuo Ishiguro, Remains of the Day
“Tho’ much is taken, much abides; and tho’
We are not now that strength which in old days
Moved earth and heaven, that which we are, we are;
One equal temper of heroic hearts,
Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.”
— Alfred, Lord Tennyson, Ulysses
“For what it’s worth… it’s never too late, or in my case too early, to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit. Start whenever you want. You can change or stay the same. There are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people who have a different point of view. I hope you live a life you’re proud of, and if you’re not, I hope you have the courage to start all over again.”
— Eric Roth, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button screenplay
Catherine has a degree in English literature and a passion for all things marketing. As Digital Specialist, her focus is on web design, search engine optimization, social media, online presence management, and project coordination.