If you’re struggling for conversation around the dinner table or just really want to make sure your children understand why we celebrate Thanksgiving – and why so many cultures around the world set aside a day for gratitude – here are some quotes from around the world about Thanksgiving Day and the importance of giving thanks (and a few food-related proverbs!).
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
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
On Thanksgiving Day we acknowledge our dependence. William Jennings Bryan
Give thanks for unknown blessings already on their way. Native American proverb
A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all the other virtues. Cicero
If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies in yourself. Native American proverb
Who does not thank for little will not thank for much. Estonian proverb
After lunch, rest; after dinner walk a mile. Arab proverb
A guest sees more in an hour than the host in a year. Polish proverb
Fear less, hope more,
Eat less, chew more,
talk less, say more,
Hate less, love more,
And all good things will be yours.