As I sit down to a Thanksgiving meal with friends this year, I am thankful for friends who help me feel at home in my new town. I am thankful for the wonderful home that my husband found for us to live. I am thankful for a husband who is loving and supportive. And I am thankful for a God that watches over us and is always there for us.
Those are just some of the things I am thankful for in my life. Here's some more famous people and their thoughts on giving thanks and being grateful.
“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
"Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never, ever have enough." Oprah Winfrey
"Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has plenty; not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some." Charles Dickens
"We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures." Thornton Wilder
“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
"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
"I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought; and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder." G.K. Chesterton
"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
“We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.” Thornton Wilder
“Gratitude is a quality similar to electricity: it must be produced and discharged and used up in order to exist at all.” William Faulkner
“Most human beings have an almost infinite capacity for taking things for granted.” Aldous Huxley
“When eating bamboo sprouts, remember the man who planted them. “Chinese Proverb
“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
“Give thanks for unknown blessings already on their way.” Native American Saying