Happy Thanksgiving! During this time and jolly holiday season, we are often asked what we are most grateful for, and to count our blessings. So, in honor of time spent with close friends and family, here are 10 Thanksgiving-themed quotes from some of the literary world’s most notable names.

1. “Small cheer and great welcome makes a merry feast.”

William Shakespeare

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2. “Gratitude is a quality similar to electricity: it must be produced and discharged and used up in order to exist at all.”

~ William Faulkner

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3. “Thanksgiving is the holiday that encompasses all others. All of them, from Martin Luther King Day to Arbor Day to Christmas to Valentine’s Day, are in one way or another about being thankful.”

~ Jonathan Safran Foer, Eating Animals

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4. “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

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5. “It never takes longer than a few minutes, when they get together, for everyone to revert to the state of nature, like a party marooned by a shipwreck. That’s what a family is. Also the storm at sea, the ship, and the unknown shore. And the hats and the whiskey stills that you make out of bamboo and coconuts. And the fire that you light to keep away the beasts.”

~ Michael Chabon, The Yiddish Policemen’s Union

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6. “I awoke this morning with devout thanksgiving for my friends, the old and new.”

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

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7. “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

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8. “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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9. “After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one’s own relations.”

~ Oscar Wilde, A Woman of No Importance

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10. “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

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