Thursday, November 27, 2014

11 Thankful Thanksgiving Thoughts

In honor of Thanksgiving, here are a few thoughts on the beautiful virtue of gratitude.

"To receive a present handsomely and in a right spirit, even when you have none to give in return, is to give one in return."
-Leigh Hunt1

“Remembrance is the seed of gratitude which is the seed of generosity.” –Henry B. Eyring2

“And he who receiveth all things with thankfulness shall be made glorious; and the things of this earth shall be added unto him, even an hundred fold, yea, more.”             –Doctrine and Covenants 78:19

“Would you sell both your eyes for a billion dollars? What would you take for your two legs? Your hands? Your hearing? Your children? Your family? Add up your assets, and you will find that you won’t sell what you have for all the gold ever amassed by the Rockefellers, the Fords and the Morgans combined.”                             –Dale Carnegie3

“Let never day nor night unhallow'd pass, But still remember what the Lord hath done.”   
-William Shakespeare4

"I feel that we too often focus on the negative aspects of life, on what is bad. If we were more willing to see the good and the beautiful things that surround us, we would be able to transform our families. From there, we would change our next-door neighbors and then others who live in our neighborhood or city. We would be able to bring peace and love to our world, which hungers so much for these things." -Mother Teresa5

“There are two things to aim at in life: first, to get what you want; and, after that, to enjoy it. Only the wisest of mankind achieve the second.”                                               –Logan Pearsall Smith6

"Cultivate a spirit of thanksgiving for the blessing of life and for the marvelous gifts and privileges each of us enjoy...This is the beginning of wisdom. Walk with gratitude before him who is the giver of life and every good gift.” –Gordon B. Hinckley7

“What a wonderful life I’ve had! I only wish I’d realized it sooner.” 

"Regardless of our circumstances, each of us has much for which to be grateful if we will grateful if we will but pause and contemplate our blessings. This is a wonderful time to be on earth. While there is much that is wrong in the world today, there are many things that are right and good. There are marriages that make it, parents who love their children and sacrifice for them, friends who care about us and help us, teachers who teach. Our lives are blessed in countless ways." -Thomas S. Monson9

"And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me." -John 11:41

Happy Thanksgiving!

1. Covey, Stephen R., and David K. Hatch. Everyday Greatness: Inspiration for a Meaningful Life. Nashville, TN: Rutledge Hill, 2006. 178. Print.

2. Eyring, Henry B. "Remembrance and Gratitude." Ensign Nov. 1989. Web. <>.

3. Carnegie, Dale. How to Stop Worrying and Start Living. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1948. 147-48. Print.

4. Shakespeare, William, and Norman Sanders. Henry VI, Part II. London: Penguin, 1981. Print.

5. Teresa, and Carol Kelly-Gangi. Mother Teresa, Her Essential Wisdom. New York: Barnes & Noble, 2006. 44. Print.

6. Carnegie, Dale. How to Stop Worrying and Start Living. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1948. 150. Print.

7. Hinckley, Gordon B. ""With All Thy Getting, Get Understanding"" Ensign Aug. 1988. Web. <>.

8. Noel, Brook. Good Morning. Naperville: Source, 2008. 342. Print.

9. Monson, Thomas S. "The Divine Gift of Gratitude." Ensign Nov. 2010. Web. <>.

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