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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.
- John Dryden, Alexander's Feast (1697), Stanza 4.
- 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!
- All the stor'd vengeances of heaven fall
On her ungrateful top.
- What, would'st thou have a serpent sting thee twice?
- 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
- 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.
- Samuel Garth, Epistle to the Earl of Godolphin, line 27.
- 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.
- Thomas Gibbons, When Jesus Dwelt.
- 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.
- Edward Young, Busiris.