Thanksgiving Quotes

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Thanksgiving Quotes

1. I’m thankful for every moment. – Al Green

2. Thanksgiving is a big one for our family. – Kevin Jonas

3. The thankful receiver bears a plentiful harvest. – William Blake

4. Thanksgiving, man. Not a good day to be my pants. – Kevin James

5. Thanksgiving is a time of togetherness and gratitude. – Nigel Hamilton

6. If you are really thankful, what do you do? You share. – W. Clement Stone

7. I’ve always had fond memories of cooking Thanksgiving. – Wylie Dufresne

8. Thanksgiving Day, the holiday, has a certain feeling to it. – The Ultimate Warrior

9. I never drank except a couple sips of wine at Thanksgiving. – Carol Alt

10. The earliest you can play Christmas music is on Thanksgiving. – Tinashe

11. It’s a bit of a sore spot, the Thanksgiving in Indian country. – Robbie Robertson

12. That’s one of the great things about Thanksgiving: Football’s on! – Michael Strahan

13. An optimist is a person who starts a new diet on Thanksgiving Day. – Irv Kupcinet

14. I am grateful for what I am and have. My thanksgiving is perpetual. – Henry David Thoreau

15. Some memories are unforgettable, remaining ever vivid and heartwarming! – Joseph B. Wirthlin

16. I remember back in the days my Mom didn’t have enough for Thanksgiving. – Jay Rock

17. I have nothing against turkey. We eat turkey for Thanksgiving in my house. – Marc Forgione

18. I love Halloween. I love Thanksgiving. I love Christmas. I love New Year’s. – Madelaine Petsch

19. I’m not from the States, so Thanksgiving, for me, was never a huge tradition. – Daniela Ruah

20. Thanksgiving just gets me all warm and tingly and all kinds of wonderful inside. – Willard Scott

21. I absolutely adore Thanksgiving. It’s the only holiday I insist on making myself. – Ina Garten

22. I grew up in Boston, and we’d have every Thanksgiving at my parents’ house there. – Maura Tierney

23. My cooking is so bad my kids thought Thanksgiving was to commemorate Pearl Harbor. – Phyllis Diller

24. If you think about a Thanksgiving dinner, it’s really like making a large chicken. – Ina Garten

25. Thank God for YouTube. Every Thanksgiving, I’m bombarded with ‘Turkey Lurkey Time.’ – Donna McKechnie

26. You can’t have a good Thanksgiving meal without a little bit of ketchup on the side. – Patrick Mahomes

27. Every Thanksgiving, for the most part in my life, I’ve come to Deerfield in Chicago. – Ben Feldman

28. A lot of Thanksgiving days have been ruined by not carving the turkey in the kitchen. – Kin Hubbard

29. I’m not a big turkey fan, but my husband loves it. Thanksgiving is his favorite meal. – Ruth Reichl

30. There is one day that is ours. Thanksgiving Day is the one day that is purely American. – O. Henry

31. North Carolina was where you could have Thanksgiving and feel like it was Thanksgiving. – David H. Murdock

32. Vegetables are a must on a diet. I suggest carrot cake, zucchini bread, and pumpkin pie. – Jim Davis

33. Thanksgiving Day is a good day to recommit our energies to giving thanks and just giving. – Amy Grant

34. Christmas is the antithesis of Thanksgiving. Christmas is pretty much a man-made holiday. – John Clayton

35. I’m vegetarian, but I love Thanksgiving dinner: faux turkey, stuffing and mashed potatoes. – Leigh Lezark

36. I love chicken. I would eat chicken fingers on Thanksgiving if it were socially acceptable. – Todd Barry

37. One Thanksgiving weekend, I had a lost weekend at a friend’s place with ‘Grand Theft Auto.’ – Paul Dini

38. It’s an honor to play in a Thanksgiving Day game and bring excitement to the entire country. – Matt LaFleur

39. Over and over I marvel at the blessings of my life: Each year has grown better than the last. – Lawrence Welk

40. I make a fabulous tofurkey for Thanksgiving. My Mexican-Italian family can’t tell the difference. – Christian Serratos

41. I’m from Canada, so Thanksgiving to me is just Thursday with more food. And I’m thankful for that. – Howie Mandel

42. Thanksgiving is a season that is very much in accord with the themes and teachings of Jesus Christ. – John Clayton

43. The act is unjustifiable that either begs for a blessing, or, having succeeded gives no thanksgiving. – Merle Shain

44. I think Thanksgiving is the perfect occasion to break open a buttery, oaky Chardonnay from California. – Gavin Newsom

45. Being an Ethiopian-born, Swedish-raised chef, there’s nothing traditional about my Thanksgiving spread. – Marcus Samuelsson

46. If a fellow isn’t thankful for what he’s got, he isn’t likely to be thankful for what he’s going to get. – Frank A. Clark

47. My fondest memories are generally the day after Thanksgiving. I get the total decorating Christmas itch. – Katharine McPhee

48. Even though we’re a week and a half away from Thanksgiving, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. – Richard Roeper

49. On Thanksgiving Night, 1942, when I was fifteen years old, white racists burned our house to the ground. – Coretta Scott King

50. I would love four children because I have a very small family, so I want those big Thanksgiving dinners. – Chrissy Teigen

51. Halloween is fun, but it wasn’t always my favorite holiday. I think Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. – Tobin Bell

52. For what I have received may the Lord make me truly thankful. And more truly for what I have not received. – Storm Jameson

53. It’s so warm now, and Thanksgiving came so early – is it just me, or does it not really feel like Ramadan? – David Letterman

54. It is now common knowledge that the average American gains 7 pounds between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. – Marilu Henner

55. Drink and be thankful to the host! What seems insignificant when you have it, is important when you need it. – Franz Grillparzer

56. Homemade stuffing is my favorite thing about Thanksgiving. I wish people served it more than just once a year. – Troy Gentile

57. I do think that Thanksgiving is a very nice holiday because it’s all about saying thank you; it’s being thankful. – Jacob Tremblay

58. Thanksgiving is one of my favorite American traditions. I quickly picked it up when I moved to the U.S. from Sweden. – Marcus Samuelsson

59. Not to sound too much like Christopher Guest in ‘Waiting for Guffman,’ but on Thanksgiving you’re putting on a show! – Ted Allen

60. I have a good house for hosting, so we had the barbecues, and some of the guys over for Thanksgiving, even Christmas. – Logan Mankins

61. If you think Independence Day is America’s defining holiday, think again. Thanksgiving deserves that title, hands-down. – Tony Snow

62. 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

63. Every other year, I spend Thanksgiving in England with Dave Clark from the Dave Clark Five and a bunch of other people. – Rick Nielsen

64. Pepper spray, a Taser, a suckling pig and a self-built motorized spit. It’s a perfect Thanksgiving, ‘MythBusters’-style. – Jamie Hyneman

65. Thanksgiving is America’s favourite holiday, and a brilliant piece of personal as well as patriotic calendrical invention. – Linda Colley

66. Berries have a lot of soluble fiber. That’s why they gel up when you’re making your Thanksgiving cranberry sauce, with the pectin. – Michael Greger

67. I love Thanksgiving because it’s a holiday that is centered around food and family, two things that are of utmost importance to me. – Marcus Samuelsson

68. My favorite meal is turkey and mashed potatoes. I love Thanksgiving, it’s just my favorite. I can have Thanksgiving all year round. – Cindy Margolis

69. As much as I love crisp, clean whites, there’s always a time for rich but balanced Chardonnays with oak, especially at Thanksgiving. – Gary Vaynerchuk

70. Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings. – William Arthur Ward

71. My mother loved entertaining, and I’ve followed suit, so we have big celebrations for New Year, Passover, Thanksgiving and birthdays. – Joan Rivers

72. 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

73. 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

74. Thanksgiving is probably my favorite holiday – it’s a day that’s American to the core and it’s a day that’s all about what and how we eat. – Marcus Samuelsson

75. I think most people have that crazy uncle they sit at Thanksgiving dinner with: someone they disagree with politically but love them anyway. – Alan Colmes

76. Best of all is it to preserve everything in a pure, still heart, and let there be for every pulse a thanksgiving, and for every breath a song. – Konrad von Gesner

77. As governor, when I visited our troops in Kuwait and Iraq, I served them Thanksgiving dinner. It was a small gesture compared to their sacrifice. – Jennifer Granholm

78. Thanksgiving dinners take eighteen hours to prepare. They are consumed in twelve minutes. Half-times take twelve minutes. This is not coincidence. – Erma Bombeck

79. Over the Thanksgiving holiday I took time to reflect on what is most important to me and realized I need to find a way to put the fun back into racing. – Kurt Busch

80. I give thanks to my Creator for this wonderful life where each of us has the opportunity to learn lessons we could not fully comprehend by any other means. – Joseph B. Wirthlin

81. Thanksgiving, our eminent moral holiday, doesn’t have much for children. At its heart are conversation, food, drink, and fellowship – all perks of adulthood. – Rosecrans Baldwin

82. In our family, mom and dad are Longhorns, our first two kids are Aggies and we’re hoping our last one is a Longhorn. It gives us family fun on Thanksgiving Day. – Bob Wells

83. Gratitude is the inward feeling of kindness received. Thankfulness is the natural impulse to express that feeling. Thanksgiving is the following of that impulse. – Henry Van Dyke

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84. What a marvelous resource soup is for the thrifty cook – it solves the ham-bone and lamb-bone problems, the everlasting Thanksgiving turkey, the extra vegetables. – Julia Child

85. Even if you are vegetarian, you do want to have a stuffing for Thanksgiving. The stuffing is not so much about the vegetables, but it’s very unique to the season. – Daniel Humm

86. Thanksgiving Day, we do a huge lunch. Big family, like, 60 people, we get together. Everybody brings a covered dish, everybody brings a dessert, and we go all out. – Chris Lane

87. I love Thanksgiving. In Canada, we don’t really have a lot of history with Thanksgiving, and it’s a holiday devoted to food, and that warms the cockles of my being. – Mackenzie Davis

88. It wasn’t the traditional cooking most people do. For me, as a young chef, Thanksgiving meant going to work in the kitchen at places like Gotham, JoJo and Jean-Georges. – Wylie Dufresne

89. The craft Emmys are kind of the kids’ table at Thanksgiving. You’re not really invited to the big dance. It’s still really, really exciting, and the statue still counts. – Hank Azaria

90. I celebrated Thanksgiving in an old-fashioned way. I invited everyone in my neighborhood to my house, we had an enormous feast, and then I killed them and took their land. – Jon Stewart

91. You can’t have Thanksgiving and not just be like, ‘All right, where’s the football.’ It’s been branded very, very well. You can’t have one without the other at this point. – Andy Grammer

92. There was a time, in the not so distant past, that if you didn’t have what you needed on Thanksgiving, you were pretty much going to have to wait until Friday. Not anymore! – Monica Johnson

93. In many ways, September feels like the busiest time of the year: The kids go back to school, work piles up after the summer’s dog days, and Thanksgiving is suddenly upon us. – Brene Brown

94. My whole problem is that all of my favorite things at Thanksgiving are the starches, and everyone is trying to go low-carb this year, even a green vegetable has carbs in it. – Ted Allen

95. I always love the soapy conflicts between somebody’s family of origin and their new family – ‘Do I have Thanksgiving at my husband’s parents’ house, or at my parents’ house?’ – Jill Soloway

96. Christmas is more stressful with present buying and making sure everyone gets included, but Thanksgiving is really not that. I don’t ever really get stressed out about the food. – Sandra Lee

97. My mother very rarely skipped a Thanksgiving turkey. And yet, none of them ever tasted quite the same, landing somewhere on a sliding scale of succulence. She’d try new methods. – Wesley Morris

98. Every Thanksgiving, we all write down three things we’re thankful for and put them in a hat. Then we pass the hat around the dinner table and everyone has to guess who wrote what! – Debby Ryan

99. Christians were instructed to serve others, and the thanksgiving was for the grace of God and the fact that God offered a way for man to return to a positive relationship with Him. – John Clayton

100. Pride slays thanksgiving, but a humble mind is the soil out of which thanks naturally grow. A proud man is seldom a grateful man, for he never thinks he gets as much as he deserves. – Henry Ward Beecher

101. At Thanksgiving, I always start at the top of my list and say I’m grateful for friends, family, and good health. Then I get more superficial… like being thankful for my Louboutins. – Christie Brinkley

102. What I love about Thanksgiving is that it’s purely about getting together with friends or family and enjoying food. It’s really for everybody, and it doesn’t matter where you’re from. – Daniel Humm

103. When people come to my act any time after Thanksgiving, I usually say, You shouldn’t be here. You should be shopping. Our economy depends on you! You should be out there buying stuff.’ – Lewis Black

104. Never fly to the U.S. the day before Thanksgiving or the weekend after because every airport is guaranteed to be crammed to bursting with people in transit to, or from, their home town. – Linda Colley

105. Christmas and Thanksgiving are the two days of the year where we know the spurs are going to stay off the boots because the family doesn’t have to work. It’s such a nice – and rare – treat! – Ree Drummond

106. There is no racial or ethnic involvement in Thanksgiving, and people who may be very distant from the Christian system can see the beauty and the positive spirit that comes from the holiday. – John Clayton

107. It’s like being at the kids’ table at Thanksgiving – you can put your elbows on it, you don’t have to talk politics… no matter how old I get, there’s always a part of me that’s sitting there. – John Hughes

108. I love Halloween, trick or treating and decorating the house. And I love Thanksgiving, because of the football and the fall weather. And of course, I love Christmas – that’s my favorite of all! – Joe Nichols

109. My mom makes something called green pie, which I thought was a delicacy that many people only had at Thanksgiving, but it turns out it was just Jell-O with whipped cream on it. And it’s delicious. – Bobby Moynihan

110. Always expect the unexpected. Right around Thanksgiving, when the new Alex Cross will be out. It’s called Four Blind Mice and it’s a pretty amazing story about several murders inside the military. – James Patterson

111. The more I come to recognize my story’s place in God’s grander Story, my once-bewildered questions are turning to psalms of thanksgiving at the wonder that I have been included in what He is doing. – Gloria Gaither

112. When my family was living in Tokyo, there was a year when we couldn’t go back to the States for Thanksgiving, and we went to Seoul. Mandu is a highly satisfying substitute for turkey and trimmings. – Min Jin Lee

113. I am originally from Florida. So Thanksgiving was always something I really looked forward to, because I got to travel back home every year and see everyone all at once, around one big happy table. – Troy Gentile

114. Trump lies when confronted with the truth, since any crack in his narcissism might spread like an Ebola of the soul, and he would deflate like one of Macy’s balloons on the Friday after Thanksgiving. – Richard Cohen

115. Thanksgiving is the only day of the year when most of the stores here are closed during the day and reopen after midnight. Even restaurants shut down for the holiday, except for the fast-food chains. – Sayed Kashua

116. Thanksgiving was always a favorite holiday for me. The preparation was fun! My grandma and I would walk to the butcher on Jamaica Avenue in Queens, order the bird, and buy all the fixings at the market. – Debi Mazar

117. We all have somebody that sits down at the Thanksgiving table and says the most outrageous things, and you’re doin’ the dishes with your sister, and you’re like, ‘Omigod, can you believe she said that?’ – Vicki Lawrence

118. My parents came from little, so they made a choice to give a lot: buying turkeys for homeless shelters at Thanksgiving, delivering meals to people in hospices, giving spare change to those asking for it. – Meghan Markle

119. Thanksgiving is one of my favorite days of the year because it reminds us to give thanks and to count our blessings. Suddenly, so many things become so little when we realize how blessed and lucky we are. – Joyce Giraud

120. We have 40 people over for Thanksgiving, 30 people for Easter lunch, 35 people on Christmas Eve. People tend to expect to spend their holidays with us, which is lovely and an expectation I carry with pride. – Sonya Walger

121. I miss both of my parents terribly every day, but especially as we approach Thanksgiving. We always came together as a family for that holiday, playing capture the flag and touch football and laughing a lot. – Mark Shriver

122. There are three things that people pick up on the instant they walk into your home on Thanksgiving. They will be able to feel the human energy. They’ll smell the food. And they will see, instantly, the table. – Danny Meyer

123. Agriculture is a business that has been up to its bib overalls in politics since the first Thanksgiving dinner kickback to the Indians for subsidizing Pilgrim maize production with fish head fertilizer grants. – P. J. O’Rourke

124. Throughout its history, the members of Shearith Israel have observed Thanksgiving by reciting in synagogue the same psalms of praise and gratitude sung by Jews all over the world on festive days like Hanukkah. – Meir Soloveichik

125. Christmas is a huge thing in my family. We usually start decorating the day after Thanksgiving. We spend Christmas Eve with one set of grandparents, and Christmas Day with the other grandparents and our family. – Samantha Isler

126. Black Friday is not another bad hair day in Wall Street. It’s the term used by American retailers to describe the day after the Thanksgiving Holiday, seen as the semi-official start of Christmas shopping season. – Evan Davis

127. It’s funny, I was talking to somebody who writes for a cop show, and he was saying how they aren’t allowed to acknowledge Christmas, Thanksgiving, Valentine’s Day, just because it has to be able to play forever. – Hannah Simone

128. I was a public aid recipient for about nine years as a kid, and this time of year was always tough sledding, so I just committed myself to doing something good for someone at Thanksgiving, and especially Christmas. – Jesse White

129. On Thanksgiving I will stop to give thanks that my family is safe and healthy, especially because I realize that, following the tragedies of this year, it is all too real a possibility that they might not have been. – Bobby Jindal

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130. If no one shopped on Thanksgiving Day, the stores wouldn’t open. End of story. I say we all take the pledge and stay home. Thanksgiving is a day to give thanks for what you have, not to save a few dollars to get more. – Regina Brett

131. I think I’m going to give my baby her first food on Thanksgiving, make her some organic sweet potato. I’m very excited! It’s going to be a big day and my husband is in charge of the turkey – he’s the chef of the family! – Lily Aldridge

132. Thanksgiving is America’s favorite holiday because it’s a time when we put aside our cares, much as the struggling Pilgrims did nearly four centuries ago, and eat a gut-busting meal without worrying about the ‘out years.’ – David Ignatius

133. Holiday binge-buying has deep roots in American culture: department stores have been associating turkey gluttony with its spending equivalent since they began sponsoring Thanksgiving Day parades in the early 20th century. – Adam Davidson

134. As a kid, I was always mad – just noticing the women at Thanksgiving, running around the kitchen, while the men were watching football. For one, I don’t want to cook, and for two, I hate football. I was stuck in the middle. – Beth Ditto

135. I am grateful to have my life back and for the friends and family who never gave up on me, for a God who was there when I was ready to find him. I am grateful for so much, that every day, one day at a time, is Thanksgiving. – Andrew Zimmern

136. When I was just starting out in the business, I used to love to watch Lorne Greene doing the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. I said right then, ‘That’s what I want to do someday,’ and it’s been one dream that has come true. – Willard Scott

137. The men and women in the Armed Forces, that’s what I always think about and what I teach my kids about. We’re getting ready to sit down at the table and have Thanksgiving, and there’s people that are not with their families. – Guy Fieri

138. The truth is the Super Bowl long ago became more than just a football game. It’s part of our culture like turkey at Thanksgiving and lights at Christmas, and like those holidays beyond their meaning, a factor in our economy. – Bob Schieffer

139. I don’t like turkey. I mean, I do. But I don’t like it on Thanksgiving. I don’t need it. There are about 20 other dishes that get put on a table or a counter or that stay warming on the stove that I’d rather eat than turkey. – Wesley Morris

140. Shopmas now begins on Thanksgiving Day. Apparently, escaping the families you cannot stand to spend another minute with on Thanksgiving Day to go buy them gifts is how some Americans show their affection for one another. Weird. – Barry Ritholtz

141. From too much love of living, From hope and fear set free, We thank with brief thanksgiving Whatever gods may be That no life lives for ever; That dead men rise up never; That even the weariest river Winds somewhere safe to sea. – Algernon Charles Swinburne

142. Under the new government of the Constitution, beginning in 1789, all of the peacetime measures were repeated: chaplains, prayers, memorials of Thanksgiving, the Northwest Ordinance, funding for the Christian education of Indians. – M. Stanton Evans

143. Thanksgiving is a time when the world gets to see just how blessed and how workable the Christian system is. The emphasis is not on giving or buying, but on being thankful and expressing that appreciation to God and to one another. – John Clayton

144. My son was born during my last semester in college. His due date was Thanksgiving, but he didn’t show up until finals week. I brought my books to the hospital and didn’t think anything of it. That is what a father is supposed to do. – LZ Granderson

145. One cannot rule out a blizzard in Minnesota after Labor Day, and so when I travel for Thanksgiving or any time in the fall, I am careful to fly into Des Moines instead of Minneapolis and then drive the 200 miles north to my hometown. – Hope Jahren

146. I’m a big cook and prefer to make meals at home when I can. I’m either cooking, or we’re going to a drive-through somewhere. I’m really proud of my homemade sweet potato pie. At Thanksgiving I make five of them because they go quick. – Chandra Wilson

147. I’d love to give my girls a traditional Thanksgiving with turkey and all that jazz, but we’ve raised them to love Tuscan food so much that they don’t care for it. My favorite is a nice polenta with beef stew and broccoli rabe on the side. – Debi Mazar

148. In deference to American traditions, my family put our oven to rare use at Thanksgiving during my childhood, with odd roast-turkey experiments involving sticky-rice stuffing or newfangled basting techniques that we read about in magazines. – Jennifer Lee

149. Since 1981, I’ve spent every Thanksgiving Day broadcasting a game, and it is one of my favorite days. You can say, ‘Woe is me, I never get to be part of the tradition,’ or you can say, ‘Heck, we’ve got our own tradition, and it’s pretty good.’ – John Madden

150. Every year around Christmas and Thanksgiving, I buy a bunch of toys for the sick children in the oncology center at the St. Louis Children’s Hospital. I really love giving back and putting a smile on their faces, especially during the holidays. – Devon Windsor

151. When I first sat down with my oncologist the day before Thanksgiving, and she told me I would need 8 rounds of chemo, one of my first questions admittedly was: ‘Will I lose my hair?’ It sounds shallow, I know, but it was a very scary image to me. – Amy Robach

152. I really don’t do much on the night of Thanksgiving other than bring the wine and carve the turkey. My contribution comes the day after, in the form of breakfast. I usually just forage through the leftovers for things that will go well with eggs. – Wylie Dufresne

153. Life is all about balance, and there are certain times of the year – birthday, anniversary, holidays – that are meant to be enjoyed without guilt. That being said, Thanksgiving is a meal – it’s not a Thanksgiving day, and it’s not a Thanksgiving week. – Harley Pasternak

154. Where I grew up, I could be a punk rocker and a jock. But in college, it became apparent that those two worlds didn’t mix. When I brought my guitar back to school after Thanksgiving break, a friend handed me his bass and said, ‘Listen to the Ramones.’ – Jeff Ament

155. My dad is a big Outlaw country guy – Johnny Cash, Johnny Horton, Waylon, Willie. He loves Elvis and turned me onto Elvis. He was always playing me stuff. He and I would sing and entertain the family. We’d have a little skit on Thanksgiving or whatever. – Frankie Ballard

156. From the beginning, the Continental Congress had official chaplains, prayers, and days of fasting and Thanksgiving. When sessions opened in 1774, fear was voiced that the religious diversity of the country would make it hard to choose a form of worship. – M. Stanton Evans

157. I like to decide the night before Thanksgiving that I’m gonna do it, and I’ll see what riff raff is around. Then I get that last-minute surge of energy. But if I had two weeks to plan, sometimes I wish I wasn’t doing it. But very seldom does that happen. – Amy Sedaris

158. I loved my mom so much because she had to work on a penny just to put food on the table… During the Depression in the United States, everybody had a tough time. And I was so hurt because she was crying that she didn’t have any food for us for Thanksgiving. – Tony Bennett

159. My interactions with my family members are all one-to-one. We don’t all get together for Thanksgiving dinner. But I can sit and tell any one of them about a conversation that I just had with the other one, and they’re all curious and interested and respectful. – Sean Astin

160. My restaurants are never opened on Thanksgiving; I want my staff to spend time with their family if they can. My feeling is, if I can’t figure out how to make money the rest of the year so that my workers can enjoy the holidays, then I don’t deserve to be an owner. – Michael Symon

161. I started acting in second grade – my first role was in the Thanksgiving play. I was the Indian chasing the turkey. All the other mom’s encouraged my mom to get me into acting after that. Also, when I saw ‘The Sound of Music’ at Music Circus, I knew I wanted to act. – Brie Larson

162. I don’t think any other holiday embraces the food of the Midwest quite like Thanksgiving. There’s roasted meat and mashed potatoes. But being here is also about heritage. Cleveland is really a giant melting pot – not only is my family a melting pot, but so is the city. – Michael Symon

163. You may have heard of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. There’s another day you might want to know about: Giving Tuesday. The idea is pretty straightforward. On the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, shoppers take a break from their gift-buying and donate what they can to charity. – Bill Gates

164. I keep saying this – and I keep putting it off because I get busy – but I keep saying one year I’m gonna tape our Thanksgiving dinner or, like, our Christmas dinner and maybe put it on my website just for people to see how funny it really is, how much fun it really, really is. – Tony Rock

165. On the morning of Thanksgiving, I would wake up to the home smelling of all good things, wafting upstairs to my room. I would set the table with the fancy silverware and china and hope that my parents and grandmother wouldn’t have the annual Thanksgiving fight about Richard Nixon. – Debi Mazar

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166. A week before Thanksgiving, my mother bought the turkey, frozen. Then she froze it some more. Then she let it thaw and cleaned it – and I mean really cleaned it, because nobody wanted a ‘dirty bird.’ She salt-and-peppered the turkey, buttered, paprika-ed, and nominally stuffed it. – Wesley Morris

167. Every year, I hear about Thanksgiving. Who do one give thanks to? … And who is giving thanks? What are they giving thanks for? For lots of poverty that’s on the earth and lots of war that is a-rumoring all over the earth? For lots of people who die daily and the crime that multiply? – Peter Tosh

168. It’s part of the American experience: We deal with mosquitoes in August, airport delays around Thanksgiving, expensive health care and the potential of being shot, at any time, by a semiautomatic weapon as we try to go about the most boring, precious, asinine aspects of our daily lives. – Monica Hesse

169. We’re getting ready to sit down at the table and have Thanksgiving, and there’s people that are not with their families. There are people that are in dangerous areas, putting their lives on the line to keep our country free, and I think that’s something we should all celebrate every day. – Guy Fieri

170. I was 23 when I learned how to cook; I grew up around the same time. It was precisely then that Thanksgiving started to mean something more. Growing up, Christmas was always about me, and eventually you, when I finally started to enjoy the giving part. But Thanksgiving is always about us. – Rosecrans Baldwin

171. I’ve been giving back since I was a teen, handing out turkeys at Thanksgiving and handing out toys at toys drives for Christmas. It’s very important to give back as a youth. It’s as simple as helping an old lady across the street or giving up your seat on the bus for someone who is pregnant. – Queen Latifah

172. I’ve spent a lot of Thanksgivings on the road with my band, so anytime that I can spend Thanksgiving with my family in a traditional aspect, eating sweet potatoes and cranberries and stuffing and all the trappings of Thanksgiving and then get on a treadmill the next day extra long, I’m happy. – Richie Sambora

173. My most memorable meal is every Thanksgiving. I love the food: the turkey and stuffing; the sweet potatoes and rice, which come from my mother’s Southern heritage; the mashed potatoes, which come from my wife’s Midwestern roots; the Campbell’s green-bean casserole; and of course, pumpkin pie. – Douglas Conant

174. Let’s say you go to a friend’s wedding, or Thanksgiving, or Halloween. It’d be great the next day to see what went on with your friends’ Thanksgiving weekend, or all the costumes they wore on Halloween, and be able to look back and see what they wore the year before, and the year before that. – Mike McCue

175. Most people think to make green bean casserole around Thanksgiving and Christmas, but honestly, I make this dish more during the summer, when green beans can be found fresh at the market. I think it is the perfect meal when served with crusty bread, a bountiful salad, and a cup or two of wine. – Damaris Phillips

176. I think that is a better thing than thanksgiving: thanks-living. How is this to be done? By a general cheerfulness of manner, by an obedience to the command of Him by whose mercy we live, by a perpetual, constant delighting of ourselves in the Lord, and by a submission of our desires to His will. – Charles Spurgeon

177. My birthday is always around Thanksgiving, and I always had to have turkey on my birthday. My mom was always, ‘Let’s celebrate your birthday on Thanksgiving.’ My other siblings got to have special dinners they liked. I resented turkey. For a long time, I hated turkey. I’ve kind of gotten over it. – Joey Chestnut

178. My tradition, as an adult, is to have an open-door policy on Thanksgiving. I always host, and I welcome absolutely anyone into my home. I think it’s really special. If people are going through hard times or not getting along well with their family, they flock to my house. And I’ll have my tree up! – Gena Lee Nolin

179. Lets talk about the holidays, more specifically, consumption during the holidays. If it’s true that ‘We are what we eat,’ most of us would be unrecognizable during the period that ranges from the night before Thanksgiving through that day in early January when everyone decides to return to the gym. – Rachel Nichols

180. I’m blessed to come from a family with five brothers. We’re all physical and athletic and like to work out, like to be outside, like to throw the ball around. We spent our entire childhoods on some kind of corner or in a field. We still do a Turkey Bowl every Thanksgiving. It gets competitive, man. Bloody. – Danny Pino

181. One of the best parts of Thanksgiving for me is re-watching some of the classic holiday blunders that have been depicted on television. I remember laughing uncontrollably on the set of ‘That Girl’ back in 1967 when we shot the episode, ‘Thanksgiving Comes But Once A Year, Hopefully’ during our second season. – Marlo Thomas

182. When we are filming, it often feels like we’re flying blind. As an actor, you have no idea if your choices are right or if they work. Some scenes feel like a complete Hail Mary. Imagine you’re blindfolded and cook a massive Thanksgiving feast with only new recipes – without getting to taste any of them along the way. – Lela Loren

183. When I was about nine years old, I announced to my mother that I was going to cook Thanksgiving dinner. And I went to the library and got this whole pile of books. I’d love to say it all turned out great. It didn’t. But, sort of, from that point on, whenever there was serious cooking at home, I was the one who did it. – Nathan Myhrvold

184. After church on the Sunday after Thanksgiving, my family would go chop down our Christmas tree. Once it was home and placed in its stand, Mom and I would painstakingly decorate our tree. It took hours to place the tinsel, string the lights, find the perfect spot for my favorite macaroni and felt ornaments from kindergarten. – Molly O’Keefe

185. Once, at Thanksgiving, a neighbor wandered in while my cousin Lisa worked on a turkey, shearing meat off its frame and sliding the steaming slices onto a big flowered plate. ‘Hey, that’s the man’s job,’ she yelped, in between slurps of her Big Gulp. No one even paused to acknowledge the comment; everyone just laughed and laughed. – Jenna Wortham

186. I am so excited this year getting to play the 85th Anniversary Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Everyone knows on Thanksgiving morning to get up, turn on the TV and watch the parade, so to be an actual participant is going to be fun and I’m looking forward to it. I am gonna have to put on my deer hunting gear, though, to stay warm! – Rodney Atkins

187. My mum, Helen, was hilarious. She had a tremendous sense of humour and was a great singer and tap dancer. For many years, she was the voice of Minnie Mouse in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. She would be in the float as it came along, singing whatever the Minnie Mouse song of the day was. She was a really big spirit in my life. – Billy Crystal

188. Something I didn’t even know was on my bucket list has been achieved. I have cooked Thanksgiving dinner with Martha Stewart. I vow to follow the gospel of her teachings and do my very best in the remarkably less glamorous kitchen of my own home… without the luxury of magically appearing prep bowls filled by a staff of sous chefs. – Jesse Tyler Ferguson

189. One of my most memorable Thanksgiving memories was probably the first year that me and my two brothers decided to start our annual eating contest. We ate throughout the whole day. We started that morning and weighed ourselves, and at the very end of the night, we weighed ourselves out. And all three of us equally gained five pounds. – Charles Kelley

190. I’ve seen terrorism close up, but I don’t live in a state of terror at all. I’m comfortable going to the Manhattan Thanksgiving Day Parade, the tree lighting at Rockefeller Center, Times Square on New Years Eve. For perspective, the world today is a safer place than it was during the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Berlin Airlift, World War II. – Douglas Brunt

191. I know, especially in my family, people’s feelings get hurt over the tiniest things. I’m sure that’s true in every family. But, for instance, one year, I came a little bit late to Thanksgiving, and I was supposed to bring a salad. And I just brought a bag of lettuce, and put it in a bowl. Five years later, I heard that my mom was incensed. – Jonathan Krisel

192. I was introduced to the Turducken in New Orleans. And it wasn’t Thanksgiving. Glenn at the Gourmet Butcher Block brought it by, and I had never heard of it or had seen one, and they put it in the booth, and it smelled so good that I had to taste it. And it was good. Then Thanksgiving came, and we got one in addition to the traditional turkey. – John Madden

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