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Ingratitude is the lack of gratidute, thanklessness for the things for which one should be thankful.


  • Deserted, at his utmost need,
    By those his former bounty fed;
    On the bare earth exposed he lies,
    With not a friend to close his eyes.
  • People who bite the hand that feeds them usually lick the boot that kicks them.
    • Eric Hoffer, "Thoughts of Eric Hoffer, Including: 'Absolute Faith Corrupts Absolutely,'" The New York Times Magazine (April 25, 1971), p. 52.
  • A man is very apt to complain of the ingratitude of those who have risen far above him.
  • Blow, blow, thou winter wind,
    Thou art not so unkind
    As man's ingratitude:
    Thy tooth is not so keen,
    Because thou art not seen,
    Although thy breath be rude.
  • Ingratitude is monstrous; and for the multitude to be ingrateful, were to make a monster of the multitude.
  • This was the most unkindest cut of all;
    For when the noble Cæsar saw him stab,
    Ingratitude, more strong than traitor's arms,
    Quite vanquish'd him; then burst his mighty heart;
    And, in his mantle muffling, up his face,
    Even at the base of Pompey's statue,
    Which all the while ran blood, great Cæsar fell.
  • Ingratitude! thou marble-hearted fiend,
    More hideous, when thou show'st thee in a child,
    Than the sea-monster!
  • I hate ingratitude more in a man,
    Than lying, vainness, babbling, drunkenness,
    Or any taint of vice.
  • We learn the most from fools ... yet we pay them back with the worst ingratitude.
    • Nassim Nicholas Taleb, The Bed of Procrustes: Philosophical and Practical Aphorisms (2010) Being a Philosopher and Managing to Remain One, p. 85.

Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations[edit]

Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 393-94.
  • Nil homine terra pejus ingrato creat.
    • Earth produces nothing worse than an ungrateful man.
    • Ausonius, Epigrams, CXL. 1.
  • Ingratitude's a weed of every clime,
    It thrives too fast at first, but fades in time.
  • That man may last, but never lives,
    Who much receives, but nothing gives;
    Whom none can love, whom none can thank,
    Creation's blot, creation's blank.
  • Nihil amas, cum ingratum amas.
    • You love a nothing when you love an ingrate.
    • Plautus, Persa, II. 2. 46.
  • Ingratus est, qui beneficium accepisse se negat, quod accepit: ingratus est, qui dissimulat; ingratus, qui non reddit; ingratissimus omnium, qui oblitus est.
    • He is ungrateful who denies that he has received a kindness which has been bestowed upon him; he is ungrateful who conceals it; he is ungrateful who makes no return for it; most ungrateful of all is he who forgets it.
    • Seneca the Younger, De Beneficiis, III. 1.
  • Ingratus unus miseris omnibus nocet.
    • One ungrateful man does an injury to all who are in suffering.
    • Syrus, Maxims.
  • He that's ungrateful, has no guilt but one;
    All other crimes may pass for virtues in him.

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