Posted on 11/27/2019 at 04:30 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek
We’re kicking Thanksgiving off a few hours early on our reader newswire, with holiday-appropriate wisdom from famous writers.
And just as any good meal mixes the sweet and savory, we’ve embedded a few silly moments among the serious ones.
No matter how you celebrate it, we hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
“Be present in all things and thankful for all things.” — Maya Angelou
“Thanksgiving dinners take eighteen hours to prepare. They are consumed in twelve minutes. Half-times take twelve minutes. This is not coincidence.” — Erma Bombeck
“The thankful receiver bears a plentiful harvest.” — William Blake
“I thank you God for most this amazing day: for the leaping greenly spirits of the trees and a blue dream of sky.” ― E.E. Cummings
“Reflect upon your present blessings — of which every man has many — not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.” — Charles Dickens
“I awoke this morning with devout thanksgiving for my friends, the old and new.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson
“The turkey. The sweet potatoes. The stuffing. The pumpkin pie. Is there anything else we all can agree so vehemently about? I don’t think so.” — Nora Ephron
“Gratitude is a quality similar to electricity: it must be produced and discharged and used up in order to exist at all.” ― William Faulkner
“Thanksgiving is the meal we aspire for other meals to resemble.” — Jonathan Safran Foer
“I do not think of all the misery, but of the glory that remains. Go outside into the fields, nature and the sun, go out and seek happiness in yourself and in God. Think of the beauty that again and again discharges itself within and without you and be happy.” — Anne Frank
“To give thanks in solitude is enough. Thanksgiving has wings and goes where it must go. Your prayer knows much more about it than you do.” ― Victor Hugo (from Les Miserables)
“Showing gratitude is one of the simplest yet most powerful things humans can do for each other.” — Randy Pausch
“Small cheer and great welcome makes a merry feast.” ― William Shakespeare
“I am grateful for what I am and have. My thanksgiving is perpetual.” — Henry David Thoreau
“After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one's own relations.” ― Oscar Wilde (from A Woman of No Importance)