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Thanksgiving Day Quotes For Students, Children

Thanksgiving is a holiday celebrated once a year on the fourth Thursday of November.

English people often declared a “Thanksgiving” when something good happened. The London Company had a “day of Thanksgiving” at Berkeley Hundred, Virginia in 1619 to celebrate their new colony.

In 1620 the Mayflower brought the Pilgrims to Massachusetts. They made their new home in what is now Plymouth, Massachusetts, 380 km northeast of what is now New York.

Many of the Pilgrims died during their first winter in North America. They were cold and did not have enough food. The following year, though, the Native Americans, who were from the Wampanoag tribe, helped them grow crops. At harvest time in the winter of 1621, they were very thankful that they had a good crop of food to eat during the coming winter. They thanked God and the Native Americans for teaching them how to grow the local foods.

They invited three of the Wampanoags who had helped them to their feast. They were Squanto, Samoset, and Chief Massasoit. The Wampanoags brought their families. This was over 90 people. There were so many people that the Pilgrims did not have enough food to make the meal, so the Wampanoags brought along their own food for the feast.

The Wampanoags brought turkey, duck, fish, deer, berries, squash, and cornbread. They also brought vegetables that they had farmed and shown the Pilgrims how to care for.

Thanksgiving Day Quotes For Students & Children

Thanksgiving Day Quotes in English

  • The Pilgrims made seven times more graves than huts. No Americans have been more impoverished than these who, nevertheless, set aside a day of thanksgiving. ~ H.U. Westermayer
  • If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, “thank you,” that would suffice. ~ Meister Eckhart
  • Thanksgiving Day is a jewel, to set in the hearts of honest men; but be careful that you do not take the day, and leave out the gratitude. ~ E.P. Powell
  • So once in every year we throng
    Upon a day apart,
    To praise the Lord with feast and song
    In thankfulness of heart. ~ Arthur Guiterman, The First Thanksgiving
  • As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. ~ John Fitzgerald Kennedy
  • Remember God’s bounty in the year. String the pearls of His favor. Hide the dark parts, except so far as they are breaking out in light! Give this one day to thanks, to joy, to gratitude! ~ Henry Ward Beecher
  • Thanksgiving Day comes, by statute, once a year; to the honest man it comes as frequently as the heart of gratitude will allow. ~ Edward Sandford Martin
  • Our rural ancestors, with little blest,
    Patient of labour when the end was rest,
    Indulged the day that housed their annual grain,
    With feasts, and off’rings, and a thankful strain. ~ Alexander Pope
  • What we’re really talking about is a wonderful day set aside on the fourth Thursday of November when no one diets. I mean, why else would they call it Thanksgiving? ~ Erma Bombeck, “No One Diets on Thanksgiving,” 26 November 1981
  • Thanksgiving, after all, is a word of action. ~ W.J. Cameron
  • He who thanks but with the lips
    Thanks but in part;
    The full, the true Thanksgiving
    Comes from the heart. ~ J.A. Shedd
  • Thanksgiving was never meant to be shut up in a single day. ~ Robert Caspar Lintner
  • For each new morning with its light,
    For rest and shelter of the night,
    For health and food, for love and friends,
    For everything Thy goodness sends. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Thanksgiving dinners take eighteen hours to prepare. They are consumed in twelve minutes. Half-times take twelve minutes. This is not coincidence. ~ Erma Bombeck
  • For flowers that bloom about our feet;
    For tender grass, so fresh, so sweet;
    For song of bird, and hum of bee;
    For all things fair we hear or see,
    Father in heaven, we thank Thee! ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • An optimist is a person who starts a new diet on Thanksgiving Day. ~ Irv Kupcinet
  • Thou hast given so much to me,
    Give one thing more, — a grateful heart;
    Not thankful when it pleaseth me,
    As if Thy blessings had spare days,
    But such a heart whose pulse may be Thy praise.
    ~ George Herbert
  • The unthankful heart… discovers no mercies; but let the thankful heart sweep through the day and, as the magnet finds the iron, so it will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings! ~ Henry Ward Beecher
  • Some hae meat and canna eat, –
    And some wad eat that want it;
    But we hae meat, and we can eat,
    Sae let the Lord be thankit. ~ Robert Burns
  • It has been an unchallengeable American doctrine that cranberry sauce, a pink goo with overtones of sugared tomatoes, is a delectable necessity of the Thanksgiving board and that turkey is uneatable without it. ~ Alistair Cooke
  • Ah! on Thanksgiving day…
    When the care-wearied man seeks his mother once more,
    And the worn matron smiles where the girl smiled before.
    What moistens the lips and what brightens the eye?
    What calls back the past, like the rich pumpkin pie? ~ John Greenleaf Whittier
  • Thanksgiving comes to us out of the prehistoric dimness, universal to all ages and all faiths. At whatever straws we must grasp, there is always a time for gratitude and new beginnings. ~ J. Robert Moskin
  • There is one day that is ours. There is one day when all we Americans who are not self-made go back to the old home to eat saleratus biscuits and marvel how much nearer to the porch the old pump looks than it used to. Thanksgiving Day is the one day that is purely American. ~ O. Henry
  • Let us remember that, as much has been given us, much will be expected from us, and that true homage comes from the heart as well as from the lips, and shows itself in deeds. ~ Theodore Roosevelt
  • We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures. ~ Thornton Wilder
  • Thanksgiving is the holiday of peace, the celebration of work and the simple life… a true folk-festival that speaks the poetry of the turn of the seasons, the beauty of seedtime and harvest, the ripe product of the year — and the deep, deep connection of all these things with God. ~ Ray Stannard Baker (David Grayson)
  • Heap high the board with plenteous cheer and gather to the feast,
    And toast the sturdy Pilgrim band whose courage never ceased. ~ Alice W. Brotherton
  • On Thanksgiving Day, all over America, families sit down to dinner at the same moment — halftime. ~ Author Unknown
  • Dear Lord; we beg but one boon more:
    Peace in the hearts of all men living,
    peace in the whole world this Thanksgiving. ~ Joseph Auslander
  • On Thanksgiving Day we acknowledge our dependence. ~ William Jennings Bryan
  • It is literally true, as the thankless say, that they have nothing to be thankful for. He who sits by the fire, thankless for the fire, is just as if he had no fire. Nothing is possessed save in appreciation, of which thankfulness is the indispensable ingredient. But a thankful heart hath a continual feast. ~ W.J. Cameron
  • Lord, ’tis Thy plenty-dropping hand
    That soils my land,
    And giv’st me for my bushel sowne
    Twice ten for one.
    All this, and better, Thou dost send
    Me, to this end,
    That I should render, for my part,
    A thankful heart. ~ Robert Herrick
  • Thanksgiving is America’s national chow-down feast, the one occasion each year when gluttony becomes a patriotic duty. ~ Michael Dresser
  • Forever on Thanksgiving Day
    The heart will find the pathway home. ~ Wilbur D. Nesbit
  • Grace isn’t a little prayer you chant before receiving a meal. It’s a way to live. ~ Attributed to Jacqueline Winspear
  • Give thanks for unknown blessings already on their way. ~ Native American Saying
  • To speak gratitude is courteous and pleasant, to enact gratitude is generous and noble, but to live gratitude is to touch Heaven. ~ Johannes A. Gaertner
  • A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all the other virtues. ~ Cicero
  • But see, in our open clearings, how golden the melons lie;
    Enrich them with sweets and spices, and give us the pumpkin-pie! ~ Margaret Junkin Preston
  • Coexistence: what the farmer does with the turkey — until Thanksgiving. ~ Mike Connolly
  • Thanksgiving is possible only for those who take time to remember; no one can give thanks who has a short memory. ~ Author Unknown
  • God has two dwellings; one in heaven, and the other in a meek and thankful heart. ~ Izaak Walton
  • I have strong doubts that the first Thanksgiving even remotely resembled the “history” I was told in second grade. But considering that (when it comes to holidays) mainstream America’s traditions tend to be over-eating, shopping, or getting drunk, I suppose it’s a miracle that the concept of giving thanks even surfaces at all. ~ Ellen Orleans
  • Thanksgiving, man. Not a good day to be my pants. ~ Kevin James
  • Perhaps it takes a purer faith to praise God for unrealized blessings than for those we once enjoyed or those we enjoy now. ~ A.W. Tozer
  • Stand up, on this Thanksgiving Day, stand upon your feet. Believe in man. Soberly and with clear eyes, believe in your own time and place. There is not, and there never has been a better time, or a better place to live in. ~ Phillips Brooks
  • Nothing is more honorable than a grateful heart. ~ Seneca
  • All that we behold is full of blessings. ~ William Wordsworth
  • For what I give, not what I take,
    For battle, not for victory,
    My prayer of thanks I make. ~ Odell Shepard
  • Happy We-Stole-Your-Land-and-Killed-Your-People Day! ~ Thanksgiving toast, from the movie Sweet November

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