November is the kick-off season for holiday public speaking. Get ready with a few toasts, short speeches, and remarks that you can use when you're with family, friends, and colleagues.

  1. Practice. Remember, the more you practice, the more eloquent you'll be. And the shorter your comments, the more people will appreciate them.
  2. Borrow from someone else. When you don't know what to say, it's good to repeat what someone else has said. Memorize a quote (we've got 20 here to kick start your search), open with it, and then use it as a jumping-off point for your own sentiments.
  3. Add facts. Search out some biographical information about the attributed author of your quote. Weave a fact or two about that person's life into your remarks. It will make the quote more meaningful to the listeners, and it will add dimension.
  4. Extend with an anecdote. Now, flesh out your toast with a brief personal story or appropriate anecdote. Don't overdo it. You only need a few sentences to give the quote context. Link it to your hosts, the gathering, or a general sentiment.

Here are some great quotes to get you started:

  1. For me, every hour is grace. And I feel gratitude in my heart each time I can meet someone and look at his or her smile.
    - Elie Wiesel
  2. I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.
    - Gilbert K. Chesterton
  3. Joy is the simplest form of gratitude.
    - Karl Barth
  4. Social scientists have found that the fastest way to feel happiness is to practice gratitude.
    - Chip Conley
  5. I think I run my strongest when I run with joy, with gratitude, with focus, with grace.
    - Kristin Armstrong
  6. 'Thank you' is the best prayer that anyone could say. I say that one a lot. Thank you expresses extreme gratitude, humility, understanding.
    - Alice Walker
  7. When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light, for your life, for your strength. Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason to give thanks, the fault lies in yourself.
    - Tecumseh
  8. Gratitude is the sign of noble souls.
    - Aesop
  9. When it comes to life the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude.
    - Gilbert K. Chesterton
  10. When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around.
    - Willie Nelson
  11. A single grateful thought toward heaven is the most perfect prayer.
    - Gotthold Ephraim Lessing
  12. 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
  13. My wife, whenever I'd go off to work and I'd be kind of anxious, she'd say, 'Remember, have fun.' Oh, I forgot, thanks for the reminder. Because sometimes we do forget. We take it all too seriously and there's a lot of joy to be had wherever you are.
    - Jeff Bridges
  14. The unthankful heart discovers no mercies; but the thankful heart will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings.
    - Henry Ward Beecher
  15. Gratitude means to recognize the good in your life, be thankful for whatever you have, some people may not even have one of those things you consider precious to you (love, family, friends etc). Each day give thanks for the gift of life. You are blessed.
    - Pablo
  16. Mamma says gratitude helps us to see what is there instead of what isn't.
    - Annette Bridges
  17. We should live every day like people who have just been rescued from the moon.
    - Thch Nht Hnh
  18. As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.
    - John F. Kennedy
  19. Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.
    - William Arthur Ward
  20. Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving.
    - W.T. Purkiser