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While we usually like to take it easy on the #motivationalquotes, the stress of the holidays calls for some heavy-duty inspiration. Let these tidbits of wisdom from our favorite fictional and IRL minds soothe you when the turkey’s still frozen. (And don't forget to follow our Inspirational Quotes Pinterest board for more mood-boosting goodies.)

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1. “There is one day that is ours. Thanksgiving Day is the one day that is purely American.” - O. Henry 

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2. “I can’t cook a Thanksgiving dinner. All I can make is cold cereal and maybe toast.” - Charlie Brown, A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

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3. “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

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4. “Thanksgiving, man. Not a good day to be my pants.” - Kevin James

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5. “Gratitude can transform common days into Thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” - William Arthur Ward

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6. “You can’t have Thanksgiving without turkey. That's like Fourth of July without apple pie, or Friday with no two pizzas.” - Joey Tribbiani, Friends

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7. “A thought about Thanksgiving Day: Once, there was this day when...everyone realized they needed each other.” - April Burns, Pieces of April

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8. “Here’s a tip: Don’t cook Thanksgiving dinner for five people in 14 hours. Here’s another tip: Don’t ask a guy out on a first date on the least sexy holiday in America.” - Schmidt, New Girl

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9. “Be present in all things and thankful for all things.” - Maya Angelou

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10. “Vegetables are a must on a diet. I suggest carrot cake, zucchini bread and pumpkin pie.” - Jim Davis

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11. “The Thankstini: A fun ad delicious new novelty drink I invented. Cranberry juice, potato vodka and a bouillon cube. Tastes just like a turkey dinner.” - Barney Stinson, How I Met Your Mother

Thanksgiving Quote Seth Cohen from the OC

12. “Do you know what I dream about when I dream about Thanksgiving? I dream about eating so much deliciousness that all the blood rushes to my head and I pass out at the table. Please don’t deny me that.” - Seth Cohen, The O.C. 

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