Wordy Wednesday: Thanksgiving

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Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.

– William Arthur Ward

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

There is one day that is ours. Thanksgiving Day is the one day that is purely American.

– O. Henry

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

– Erma Bombeck

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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

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

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

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

– Storm Jameson

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

– Franz Grillparzer

An optimist is a person who starts a new diet on Thanksgiving Day.

– Irv Kupcinet

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

– Katharine McPhee

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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