Thanksgiving Quotes of Gratitude and Happiness

The word “Thanksgiving” comes from an ancient portmanteau of “giving” and “thanks.” That’s what we learned with our bachelor’s of language arts, anyway. But you don’t need fancy book learning to know that it’s a time of year when we stop to reflect on the things we’re grateful for.

But what if you can’t find the right words to express those feelings of gratitude? Borrow them! We’ve rounded up a bunch of top-notch Thanksgiving quotes to help you say what you wanna say. Find one (or a few) that you like, then share that sentiment by making cards, social posts, or whatever you please with our designer-crafted templates. They’re anxiously waiting for you to grace them with your design whims and wisdom, and they’ll help you flaunt a good-looking attitude of gratitude in record time.

General gratitude quotes

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From the sentimental to the irreverent, get gratitudinous with one of these all-purpose thankful tidbits.

“It’s not happy people who are thankful. It’s thankful people who are happy.”

“What if you woke up today with only the things you thanked God for yesterday?”

“Just remember: it could always get worse.” -Yiddish folktale

“Let’s rock this day with love.”

Poetry and literature quotes

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Craving a fancier way to express your thanks? You can’t go wrong with a little literature. These poetic and literary quotes are some of our favorites for sharing your gratitude.

“Piglet had noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude.” -A.A. Milne

“Whenever sorrow comes, be kind to it. For God has placed a pearl in sorrow’s hand.” -Rumi

“Gratitude — is not the mention

Of a Tenderness,

But its still appreciation

Out of Plumb of Speech.”

-Emily Dickinson

“let us gather in a flourishing way

en la luz y en la carne of our heart to toil

tranquilos in fields of blossoms

juntos to stretch los brazos”

-Juan Felipe Herrera

Historical figure quotes

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Sometimes somebody else said it best. Honor a favorite historical figure by sharing their words with family and friends.

“This is a wonderful day. I’ve never seen this one before.” -Maya Angelou

“Silent gratitude isn’t much use to anyone.”  -Gladys Bronwyn Stern

“You say grace before meals. All right. But I say grace before the concert and the opera, and grace before the play and pantomime, and grace before I open a book, and grace before sketching, painting, swimming, fencing, boxing, walking, playing, dancing and grace before I dip the pen in the ink.”—G. K. Chesterton

“We are all more blind to what we have than to what we have not.” -Audre Lorde

Honorable mention: fake historical quotes

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Quote investigators have roundly debunked these attributions … but they’re so good we couldn’t pass them up. After all, gratitude is a feeling, and feelings don’t respond to cold logical things like “who said what,” right?

“We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.” -Almost Certainly Not Abraham Lincoln

“You make a living by what you get; you make a life by what you give.” -Paraphrased from Winston Churchill

“The more you are in a state of gratitude, the more you will attract things to be grateful for.” -Nope, Not Walt Disney

“You have no cause for anything but gratitude and joy.” -The Buddha, Really? Nah.

Adding Thanksgiving quotes to templates

Ready for a Thanksgiving project that’s easy as a store-bought pumpkin pie? Here’s how to display your favorite Thanksgiving quotes with PicMonkey’s templates:

  1. On our homepage, open Templates by hovering over the Design button.

  2. Pick a template that speaks to you. (We chose Palmetto for this example.)

  3. Find or invent a favorite quotation about gratitude.

  4. Select the template’s text using our Layers palette and swap in your Thanksgiving quote! You can also change the template’s fonts, colors, background, and graphics.

  5. Save your Thanksgiving quote design to Hub, in case you want to make changes later. You can also export it to your computer.

For a step-by-step look at how to customize our templates, check out our video tutorial.

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Elisa Chavez

Elisa Chavez is a content writer here at PicMonkey, where she hopes to change the world one dinosaur selfie at a time. She is also a nationally ranked slam poet, champion shopper, and doting dog mama.