Thanksgiving quotes we can apply to our lives every day

November 17, 2023

Quotes are some of my favorite things. Some of them I read or hear and they go in one ear and out the other. Then there are some that really resonate with me and help change my perspective about life. They are the ones I put to memory and are my “go to’s” when I need motivation, inspiration, or a change in outlook. With Thanksgiving around the corner, I wanted to share some quotes about gratitude, as well as other insightful quotes about living life to the fullest and being more appreciative for all that we have, even when the we are having a particularly tough time. I hope you find one or more here that resonate with you.

When asked if my cup is half-full or half-empty my only response is that I am thankful I have a cup.
~ Sam Lefkowitz ~

Be thankful for what you have. Your life is someone else’s fairy tale.
~ Wale Ayeni ~

The more you practice the art of thankfulness, the more you have to be thankful for.
~ Norman Vincent Peale ~

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite days of the year because it reminds us to give thanks and to count our blessings. Suddenly, so many things become so little when we realize how blessed and lucky we are.
~ Joyce Giraud ~

Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has plenty; not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.
~ Charles Dickens ~

Thanksgiving isn’t just a day. It’s a way we can live our lives every day.
~ Katrina Mayer ~

When you are grateful, fear disappears and abundance appears.
– Anthony Robbins –

We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives.
~ John F. Kennedy ~

The more we express thanks, the more gratitude we feel. The more gratitude we feel, the more we express thanks. It’s circular, and it leads to a happier life.
~ Steve Goodier ~

Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving.
– W.T. Purkiser –

“When eating fruit, remember the one who planted the tree.”
– Vietnamese Proverb –

When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.
~ Maya Angelou ~

A moment of gratitude makes a difference in your attitude.
~ Bruce Wilkinson ~

Thankfulness is measured by the number of words. Gratitude is measured by the nature of our actions.
~ David O. McKay ~

Make it a habit to tell people, ‘thank you.’ To express your appreciation sincerely and without the expectation of anything in return. Truly appreciate those around you, and you’ll soon find many others around you. Truly appreciate life, and you’ll find that you have more of it.
~ Ralph Marston ~

Let go of what has happened. Let go of what may come. Let go of what is happening now. Don’t try to figure anything out. Don’t try to make anything happen. Relax, right now, and rest.
~ Unknown ~

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

Vegetables are a must on a diet. I suggest carrot cake, zucchini bread and pumpkin pie.
~ Jim Davis ~

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.
~ Tecumseh ~

I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re doing something.
~ Neil Gaiman ~

“May your stuffing be tasty, may your turkey plump, may your potatoes and gravy have nary a lump. May your yams be delicious and your pies take the prize, and may your Thanksgiving dinner stay off your thighs!”
~ Unknown ~

I have written a lot of quotes over the years and have a page on my website
where they are all listed. Please click here to check them out.


Tom Seaman is a Certified Professional Life Coach in the area of health and wellness, and the author of 2 books: Diagnosis Dystonia: Navigating the Journey and Beyond Pain and Suffering: Adapting to Adversity and Life Challenges. He is also a motivational speaker, chronic pain and dystonia awareness advocate, health blogger, volunteer for the Dystonia Medical Research Foundation (DMRF) as a support group leader, and is a member and writer for Chronic Illness Bloggers NetworkThe Mighty, Brain and Life Magazine, and Patient Worthy. To learn more about Tom, get a copy of his books (also on Amazon), or schedule a free life coaching consult, visit Follow him on Twitter @Dystoniabook1 and Instagram.









8 responses to “Thanksgiving quotes we can apply to our lives every day”

  1. Kathy says:

    Thanks for the reminder to be thankful for what I do have. The Jim Davis quote about vegetables gave me a chuckle!

  2. Kelly Blankenship says:

    Great post, thanks Tom! You have the gift of encouragement, thank you for sharing it! Happy Thanksgiving!

    The Bible says, “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18) 💜

  3. Lynne w Yurgel says:

    Tom: You always seem to write something on a time when I really need it. My neck has been so painful all day today, rendering me pretty useless and I was moaning and not remembering all the good things in my life. as usual Thank you for the reminder. Happy Thanksgiving

    • Tom Seaman says:

      I am so sorry Lynne. I can relate, as I have had a bad back for 4 months after an injury in July with no real direction yet what I can do to help it. Today for me was a tough one als0 🙁

  4. Ruth says:

    I claim Sam Lefkowitz’s, “I have a cup!” I am Grateful for this perspective. I utilize the 1/2 full…1/2 empty analogy regularly..have done so for years. I never thought of this quote in this way…only as a constant Flux over the years, due to life challenges. Having this new thought process will help provide me with more of a balance of consistency and stability in my thinking and feeling…as does your favorite also, Tom, of “Let It Go!” I, as well as many, many others, Tom, are Grateful for You!!

    • Tom Seaman says:

      That cup quote is a great one. I like to say, I think the cup is the wrong Things that make you go hmmmmm….. Happy Thanksgiving Ruth!

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