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November 21, 2012
Happy Thanksgiving Everyone
By Kevin Devlin

“A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all the other virtues.”                  (Cicero)

Thanksgiving is a day in which we gather together with family and friends to celebrate and give thanks for our good fortune in life. We look forward to the turkey, pies, football games and great conversation. However, it’s also a time to reflect on the blessings we have in life, to be grateful for all those we love and thankful for all that we enjoy on a daily basis.  

As we know, Thanksgiving is an American tradition and throughout the years has been commemorated and remembered in a variety of ways. Here’s a compilation of some of the most famous quotes regarding Thanksgiving from some of America’s most well-known citizens, as well as lesser-known personalities.

“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)

“Thanksgiving is nothing if not a glad and reverent lifting of the heart to God in honor and praise for his goodness.” (Robert Casper Lintner)

“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 s time for gratitude and new beginnings.” (J. Robert Moskin)

“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)

“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)

“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)

“Life without thankfulness is devoid of love and passion. Hope without thankfulness is lacking in fine perception. Faith without thankfulness lacks strength and fortitude. Every virtue divorced from thankfulness is maimed and limps along the spiritual road.” (John Henry Jowett)   

“It is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor.” (George Washington)

“Thanksgiving Day is a jewel, to set it in the hearts of honest men, but be careful that you do not take the day and leave out the gratitude.” (E.P. Powell)

“Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul.” (Henry Ward Beecher)

“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)

“Stand up on this Thanksgiving Day, stand up on 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.” (Phillip Brooks)   

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