quotations about ingratitude
The greatest kindness will not bind the ungrateful.
AESOP, "The Farmer and the Snake", Aesop's Fables
Nothing is a greater stranger to my breast, or a sin that my soul more abhors, than that black and detestable one, ingratitude.
GEORGE WASHINGTON, letter to Governor Dinwiddie, May 29, 1754
Ingratitude is a crime more despicable than revenge, which is only returning evil for evil, while ingratitude returns evil for good.
WILLIAM GEORGE JORDAN, Great Truths
Ingratitude is a nail which, driven into the tree of courtesy, causes it to wither.
BASILE, attributed, Day's Collacon
People who bite the hand that feeds them usually lick the boot that kicks them.
ERIC HOFFER, New York Times Magazine, April 25, 1971
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
Ingratitude! thou marble-hearted fiend,
More hideous, when thou show'st thee in a child,
Than the sea-monster!
WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, King Lear
If you don't think this is a thankless world, try picking out a hat for your wife.
EVAN ESAR, 20,000 Quips & Quotes
It is better to expose ourselves to ingratitude than to neglect our duty to the distressed.
JEAN DE LA BRUYÈRE, "Of the Affections", Les Caractères
An extraordinary haste to discharge an obligation is a sort of ingratitude.
FRANÇOIS DE LA ROCHEFOUCAULD, Moral Maxims
Ingratitude is always a kind of weakness. I have never known men of ability to be ungrateful.
JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE, The Maxims and Reflections of Goethe
Ingratitude calls forth reproaches, as gratitude brings fresh kindness.
MME. DE SEVIGNE, attributed, Day's Collacon
Gratitude is one of the greatest Christian virtues; ingratitude, one of the most vicious sins.
BILLY GRAHAM, Wisdom for Each Day
Ingratitude is monstrous; and for the multitude to be ungrateful, were to make a monster of the multitude.
WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, Coriolanus
Gratitude comes in a spectrum of colors, but Ingratitude is always black.
ANKALA V SUBBARAO, attributed, Compassionate Quotes
Ingratitude is the daughter of pride.
PETRONIUS, attributed, Day's Collacon
If we see gratitude as a moral duty, then ingratitude is a failure to live as duty requires. If, however, we see gratitude as a moral virtue, ingratitude reveals a flawed character. In either instance, ingratitude is a moral failure that we easily recognize and condemn. But although ingratitude is universally condemned, it is not the kind of moral failure that we usually punish. In fact, to punish a person for ingratitude would seem, in most cases, to be an overextension of law.
MARK T. MITCHELL, The Politics of Gratitude
The worst of ingratitude lies not in the ossified heart of him who commits it, but we find it in the effect it produces on him against whom it was committed. As water containing stony particles encrusts with them the ferns and mosses it drops on, so the human breast hardens under ingratitude, in proportion to its openness, and aptitude to receive impressions.
WALTER SAVAGE LANDOR, Imaginary Conversations
"Ingratitude" is the name which avatars of Narcissus give to the success of others.
JEAN LORRAIN, Monsieur De Phocas
Ingratitude dries up the fountain of all goodness.
RICHELIEU, attributed, Day's Collacon