Take this quiz and you’ll be thankful you did

By Nancy Wheeler | November 2, 2020

As Thanksgiving approaches in this most challenging of years, we might consider these famous words about thankfulness and gratitude. Can you identify the authors?

1. This American essayist and Transcendentalist said, “Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously.”

2. This author of “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” said, “Be present in all things and thankful for all things.”

3. This Greek philosopher said, “A grateful mind is a great mind which eventually attracts to itself great things.”

4. This American comedian and USO entertainer used “Thanks for the Memory” for his theme song.

5.  This Scottish author of “Kidnapped” said, “Keep your eyes open to your mercies. The man who forgets to be thankful has fallen asleep in life.”

6. Known for books like “The Shining,” he said, “Don’t let the sun go down without saying thank you to someone.”

7. This 35th President said, “We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives.”

8. Author of the bestselling “Gone With the Wind,” she said, “We take what we get and are thankful it’s no worse than it is.”

9. This country singer who sang “Always On My Mind” realized that “when I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around.”

10. This English Romantic poet who “wandered lonely as a cloud” said simply, “Rest and be thankful.”

11. This children’s author of more than 60 books quipped, “You ought to be thankful a whole heaping lot, for the places and people you’re lucky you’re not.”

12. Author of the “Anne of Green Gables” series, she wrote, “I’m so thankful for friendship. It beautifies life so much.”

13. This spiritual leader of the Tibetan people said, “When you practice gratefulness, there is a sense of respect towards others.”

14. This Shawnee warrior chief who joined with the British during the War of 1812 said, “If you see no reason to give thanks, the fault lies in yourself.”

15. This musician known as the Father of Rock and Roll said, “I’m thankful for each and every day. We never know when time is up.”






1. Ralph Waldo Emerson

2. Maya Angelou

3. Plato

4. Bob Hope

5. Robert Louis Stevenson

6. Stephen King

7. John F. Kennedy

8. Margaret Mitchell

9. Willie Nelson

10. William Wordsworth

11. Dr. Seuss (Ted Geisel)

12. Lucy Maude Montgomery

13. Dalai Lama

14. Tecumseh

15. Chuck Berry