“No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy. It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American People.”
So wrote President Abraham Lincoln, as he dedicated the last Thursday in November of 1864 to be a national ”day of thanksgiving and praise.” Prior to Lincoln’s proclamation, each state scheduled its own Thanksgiving holiday at different times, and many did not even have one.
Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday – hands down. Maybe it’s the closeness of family. Maybe it’s the food. Maybe it’s the calm before the storm that I like to fondly refer to as ”the silly season.” For whatever reason, it’s my favorite day of the year.
Here are 23 great and unique perspectives on thankfulness and gratitude. Whether you are celebrating the holiday this week in the U.S. or living somewhere else around the globe entirely, we wish you a peaceful and grateful rest of the week.
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“The more you express gratitude for what you have, the more things you’ll have to express gratitude for.” – Zig Ziglar
“Be thankful for what you have – you’ll end up having more. Concentrate on what you don’t have – you’ll never ever have enough.” – Oprah Winfrey
“If you see no reason to give thanks, the fault lies in yourself.” – Tecumseh
“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more.” – Melody Beattie
“When you are grateful – when you can see what you have – you unlock blessings to flow in your life.” – Suze Orman
“The unthankful heart discovers no mercies.” – Henry Ward Beecher
“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others.” – Marcus Tullius Cicero
“Talent is God-given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be thankful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful.” – John Wooden
“I feel really grateful to the people who encouraged me and helped me develop. Nobody can succeed on their own.” – Sheryl Sandberg
“Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving.” – W.T. Purkiser
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“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” – William Arthur Ward
“I am thankful for laughter, except when milk comes out of my nose.” – Woody Allen
“I’m thankful for serendipitous moments in my life, where things could’ve gone the other way.” – Rick Springfield
“I’ve permitted myself to learn and to fail with some regularity. That is probably the one thing I was given that I’m still grateful for.” – John Malkovich
“Thank God we’re living in a country where the sky’s the limit, the stores are open late and you can shop in bed thanks to television.” – Joan Rivers
“No duty is more urgent than that of returning thanks.” – James Allen
“I say grace. I’m a big believer in grace. I happen to believe in a God that made all the food and so I’m pretty grateful for that and I thank him for that. But I’m also thankful for the people that put the food on the table.” – Alton Brown
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“In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.” – Albert Schweitzer
“I’m just thankful for everything, all the blessings in my life, trying to stay that way. I think that’s the best way to start your day and finish your day. It keeps everything in perspective.” – Tim Tebow
“I wake up every morning literally with a smile on my face, grateful for another day I never thought I’d see.” – Dick Cheney
Happy Thanksgiving, everybody!
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Dale Marcouillier founded Integress Solutions in 2011 out of a desire to share basic success principles with others. You can email Dale directly at firstname.lastname@example.org