A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from November 23, 2016
“Thanksgiving is for those who take time to remember; no one can give thanks who has a short memory”

A thanksgiving saying credited to “anonymous” has been printed on many images:

“Thanksgiving is possible only for those who take time to remember; no one can give thanks who has a short memory.”

A similar saying—the second line is slightly different—was cited in a 1924 newspaper:

“Thanksgiving is possible only for those who take time to remember. No nation can give thanks that has a poor memory.”

“Thanksgiving is possible only for those who take time to remember” was cited by itself in a 1952 newspaper, and “No one can give thanks who has a short memory” was cited by itself in a 1965 newspaper. The full and exact combined saying has been popular since at least 2001.


22 November 1924, Manitowoc (WI) Herald-News, pg. 3, col. 2:
Thanksgiving is possible only for those who take time to remember. No nation can give thanks that has a poor memory.
(Mr. Lewis speaking at St. Paul’s Methodist church.—ed.)

22 November 1952, Evening World-Herald (Omaha, NE), pg. 5, col. 6:
“Thanksgiving is possible only for those who take time to remember.”
Read Psalm 100
THE FIRST LUTHERAN CHURCH

16 November 1956, The Journal-Tribune (Marysville, OH), pg. 10, col. 5:
Thanksgiving is possible only for those who take time to remember.

24 November 1965, Holland (MI) Evening Sentinel, “Wit and Wisdom,” pg. 4, col. 2:
No one can give thanks who has a short memory.

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29 September 2005, The Weekly Gleaner (Jamaica, NY), “Gleaner honours 46 long-serving workers,” pg. 11:
Rural News Co-ordinator Claude Mills, himself being honoured for 10 years of service, stole the show as he gave the vote of thanks on behalf of all the honourees.

“Thanksgiving is possible only for those who take time to remember. No one can give thanks who has a short memory, so today is a good day for all of us who have endured, and who have remembered the small mercies that we have been granted in this life,” he said to approving applause.

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Edited by Tanya Fox
Berne, IN: House of White Birches
2008
Pg. 96:
Thanksgiving is possible only for those who take time to remember; no one can give thanks who has a short memory.
-- author unknown

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Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityHolidays/Events/Parades • Wednesday, November 23, 2016 • Permalink