Get the kids to make Thanksgiving a special day with these Thanksgiving quotes.

Thanksgiving Day can be a great time to discuss family traditions and values with your children. Children love being able to help with Thanksgiving festivities, such as decorating the pumpkins and making cards or sitting down with their families for the meal.

These Thanksgiving quotes can be used to reinforce your values in an interactive and fun way. These can be used to decorate your Thanksgiving table, plan a treasure hunt or write each quote on paper for the kids to read aloud.

Linda G. Paulsen

 Ballad of the Mayflower

Hey, Ho, Dee-o, Dee-o! Plymouth Rock was the home of the Pilgrims; Hey, Ho!

Simple people, sturdy stock; Hey, Ho

They crossed the ocean to be free.

On bended knee, we thanked the Lord; Hey, Deep, Deep!


“A grateful heart is not only the highest virtue, but also the parent of all other virtues.”

William Wordsworth

“All that we see is full of blessings.”

John Fitzgerald Kennedy

“As we express gratitude, we should never forget that the greatest appreciation is not to speak words but to live by them.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

We are surrounded by flowers that bloom around our feet

So tender, so sweet, for tender grass

For song of bird and hum of bee

All things fair that we hear or see

We thank Thee, Father in Heaven!

Melody Beattie

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness and beauty of life. It makes what we already have enough and gives us more. It transforms denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity. It can transform a meal into an event, a home into a home, and a stranger into a friend. Gratitude helps us make sense of the past and brings us peace today. It also creates a vision for tomorrow.

Frank A. Clark

“If a man isn’t grateful for what he has, he won’t be likely to be thankful what he gets.”

Meister Eckhart

“If your only prayer in all of your life was to God, that would be enough.”

Cindy Margolis

My favourite meal is turkey and potatoes. Thanksgiving is my favourite. I can eat Thanksgiving every day of the year.

Courtland Milloy

“Nothing can buy the feeling of gratitude for family and friends.”

Bobby Jindal

“On Thanksgiving, I will stop and give thanks for my family’s safety and health, especially since I am aware that after the tragedies of this past year, there is a real possibility that they may not have been.”

Thornton Wilder

“We can only be called alive when our hearts are aware of our treasures.”

Harry A. Ironside

We would be less worried if we were more thankful. Thanksgiving is the enemy of discontentment and dissatisfaction.

George Canning

“When our perils have passed, will our gratitude sleep?”

John Greenleaf Whittier

Ah! Ah!

The care-worn man looks for his mother again when he is ready.

The worn matron smiles now, where the girl smiled before.

What moisturizes the eyes, and what brightens them?

What is rich and nostalgic about the past, like pumpkin pie?

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