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Ingratitude Quotes by Henry Ward Beecher, Philip Neri, Pierre Corneille, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Charles Dickens, Timothy Noah and many others.

Despondency is ingratitude; hope is God’s worship.
Henry Ward Beecher
In sickness we ought to ask God to give us patience, because it often happens, that when a man gets well, he not only does not do the good he proposed to do when he was sick, but he multiplies his sins and his ingratitude.
Philip Neri
One doesn’t wish to see those to whom one owes so much.
Pierre Corneille
Shower on him every blessing, drown him in a sea of happiness, give him economic prosperity such that he should have nothing else to do but sleep, eat cakes, and busy himself with the continuation of the species, and even then, out of sheer ingratitude, sheer spite, man would play you some nasty trick.
Fyodor Dostoevsky
Heaven knows we need never be ashamed of our tears, for they are rain upon the blinding dust of earth, overlying our hard hearts. I was better after I had cried, than before–more sorry, more aware of my own ingratitude, more gentle.
Charles Dickens
The federal government does not trample in jackboots those with whom it does business. It wraps them in cotton batting and, when they express ingratitude, apologizes profusely.
Timothy Noah
I believe ingratitude is the original sin. I believe if Adam and Eve had been grateful for the garden of Eden they had, they would not have been so focused on the one tree they didn’t have.
Max Lucado
The story of the Jews in the Bible is replete with incidents of their ingratitude to God for His gifts to them: incidents that just as repeatedly merit and receive punishment.
Elliott Abrams
The immemorial ingratitude of rulers and commonwealths is proverbial. Especially common is ingratitude to Israel – the People that has achieved so much of eternal worth, but has rarely succeeded in winning gratitude.
Joseph Hertz
Blow, blow, thou winter wind Thou art not so unkind, As man’s ingratitude.
William Shakespeare
Race and temperament go for much in influencing opinion.
Sydney, Lady Morgan
Every director bites the hand that lays the golden egg.
Samuel Goldwyn
Though I may not be a king in my future life, so much the better: I shall nevertheless live an active life and, on top of it, earn less ingratitude.
Frederick The Great
That’s the trouble with directors. Always biting the hand that lays the golden egg.
Samuel Goldwyn
The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables us to count our blessings.
Eric Hoffer
We often fancy that we suffer from ingratitude, while in reality we suffer from self-love.
Walter Savage Landor
He that’s ungrateful has no guilt but one; All other crimes may pass for virtues in him.
Edward Young
Ingratitude is the essence of vileness.
Immanuel Kant
It’s good to remind yourself that you’re lucky to be working at all. It’s very easy to get into the mindset of ingratitude and I battle with it all the time.
Rufus Sewell
If we are devoted to the cause of humanity, we shall soon be crushed and broken-hearted, for we shall often meet with more ingratitude from men than we would from a dog; but if our motive is love to God, no ingratitude can hinder us from serving our fellow men.
Oswald Chambers
We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.
Cynthia Ozick
We learn the most from fools … yet we pay them back with the worst ingratitude.
Nassim Nicholas Taleb
True generosity means accepting ingratitude.
Coco Chanel
Ingratitude is monstrous; and for the multitude to be ingrateful were to make a monster of the multitude; of which we being members, should bring ourselves to be monstrous members.
William Shakespeare
In all things preserve integrity; and the consciousness of your own uprightness will alleviate the toil of business, soften the hardness of ill-success and disappointments, and give you a humble confidence before God, when the ingratitude of people, or the iniquity of the times may rob you of other rewards.
Babe Paley
The heart of Jesus is compassionate and understanding. It has felt the sting of ingratitude, and when my heart suffers from that same offense, I can turn to him, and he understands my feelings.
Mother Angelica
To be ungrateful is to be unnatural. The head may be thus guilty, not the heart.
Antoine Rivarol
Would Shakespeare and Raleigh have done their best, would that galaxy have shone so bright in the heavens had there been no Elizabeth on the throne?
Amos Bronson Alcott
When our perils are past, shall our gratitude sleep?
George Canning
The greatest kindness will not bind the ungrateful.
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
A wretched child Is he who does not return his parents’ care.
Today I offer a prayer of forgiveness:
forgive the pettiness of my ingratitude…
the absence of profound thankfulness.
Mary Anne Radmacher
I hate ingratitude more in a man than lying, vainness, babbling, drunkenness, or any taint of vice whose strong corruption inhabits our frail blood”.
William Shakespeare
The true sin against the Holy Ghost is ingratitude.
Elizabeth I
Our [people’s] very saving is associated with our gratitude. Which follows: if our fall in the garden was ingratitude, then salvation must be intimately related to giving of thanks.
Ann Voskamp
The beautiful souls of the world have an art of saintly alchemy, by which bitterness is converted into kindness, the gall of human experience into gentleness, ingratitude into benefits, insults into pardon.
Henri Frederic Amiel
Expressed gratitude encourages further giving; ingratitude drains vitality out of the spirit of generosity.
Michael Josephson
He that forgets his friend is ungrateful to him; but he that forgets his Saviour is unmerciful to himself.
John Bunyan
How sharper than a serpent’s tooth it is to have a thankless child!
William Shakespeare
Ingratitude is a nail which, driven into the tree of courtesy, causes it to wither; it is a broken channel, by which the foundations of the affections are undermined; and a lump of soot, which, falling into the dish of friendship, destroys its scent and flavor.
Giambattista Basile
Brutes leave ingratitude to man.
Charles Caleb Colton
I am conquered less by fortune than by the egotism and ingratitude of my companions in arms.
Napoleon Bonaparte
Ingratitude is amongst them a capital crime, as we read it to have been in some other countries: for they reason thus; that whoever makes ill-returns to his benefactor, must needs be a common enemy to the rest of the mankind, from where he has received no obligations and therefore such man is not fit to live.
Jonathan Swift
Gratitude gives birth to gratitude and ingratitude creates more ingratitude.
Mokichi Okada
Everyone takes pleasure in returning small obligations, many people acknowledge moderate ones; but there are only a scarce few who do not pay great ones with ingratitude.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld
The failure to return thanks for definite blessings received is a manifestation of ingratitude that grieves Jesus Christ.
R. A. Torrey
Four things are destroyed by the other fours: kindness by ingratitude, strength (of government) by crime, power by power and human love by arrogance.
Khwaja Abdullah Ansari
Friendship is the medicine for all misfortune; but ingratitude dries up the fountain of all goodness.
Cardinal Richelieu
Josef Stalin once said that ‘Gratitude is a sickness suffered by dogs.’ Let us correct this: Ingratitude is a horrible disease belongs to the callous rocks! A grateful dog is a being much more developed than an ungrateful man!
Mehmet Murat Ildan
Three enemies of personal peace: regret over yesterday’s mistakes, anxiety over tomorrow’s problems, and ingratitude for today’s blessings.
William Arthur Ward
Let us not complain against men because otheir rudeness, their ingratitude, their injustice, their arrogance, their love oself, their forgetfulness oothers. They are so made. Such is their nature.
Jean de la Bruyere
Most human beings have an almost infinite capacity for taking things for granted.
Aldous Huxley
Do not feel badly if your kindness is rewarded with ingratitude; it is better to fall from your dream clouds than from a third-story window.
Machado de Assis
Oh, that way madness lies; let me shun that.
William Shakespeare
A heat full of coldness, a sweet full of bitterness, a pain full of pleasantness, which maketh thoughts have eyes and hearts ears, bred by desire, nursed by delight, weaned by jealousy, kill’d by dissembling, buried by ingratitude, and this is love.
John Lyly
ingratitude is the necessary consequence of receiving favors of which we are ashamed.
Letitia Elizabeth Landon
Ingratitude is the soul’s enemy… Ingratitude is a burning wind that dries up the source of love, the dew of mercy, the streams of grace.
Bernard of Clairvaux
Ingratitude to man is ingratitude to God.
Samuel ibn Naghrillah
Satan’s sin becomes the first sin of all humanity: the sin of ingratitude. Adam and Eve are, simply, painfully ungrateful for what God gave.
Ann Voskamp
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
With so many thousand joys, is it not black ingratitude to call the world a place of sorrow and torment?
Jean Paul
ORPHAN, n. A living person whom death has deprived of the power of filial ingratitude . . .
Ambrose Bierce
Ingratitude’ is the name which avatars of Narcissus give to the success of others.
Jean Lorrain
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
It is better to expose ourselves to ingratitude than to neglect our duty to the distressed.
Jean de la Bruyere
He who bestows something great receives no gratitude; for in accepting it the recipient has already been weighed down too much.
Friedrich Nietzsche
The influence of woman will ever be exercised directly in all good or evil. Give her, then, such light as she is capable of receiving.
Sydney, Lady Morgan
We fancy we suffer from ingratitude, while in reality we suffer from self-love.
Walter Savage Landor
Assuredly, Loving Souls, you should go to God with all humility and respect, humbling yourselves in His presence, especially when you remember your past ingratitude and sins.
Alphonsus Liguori
Time hath, my lord, a wallet at his back
Wherein he puts alms for oblivion,
A great-sized monster of ingratitudes:
Those scraps are good deeds past, which are devour’d
As fast as they are made, forgot as soon as done.
William Shakespeare
Ingratitude is abhorred by God and man.
Roger L’Estrange
Ingratitude is surely the chief of the intellectual sins of man. He takes his political benefits for granted, just as he takes the skies and the seasons for granted.
Gilbert K. Chesterton
Most people return small favors, acknowledge medium ones and repay greater ones – with ingratitude.
Benjamin Franklin
Earth produces nothing worse than an ungrateful man.
Decimius Magnus Ausonius
We set ourselves to bite the hand that feeds us.
Edmund Burke
The memory of benefits is a frail defence against ingratitude.
Leonardo da Vinci
If we want to find happiness, let’s stop thinking about gratitude or ingratitude and give for the inner joy of giving.
Dale Carnegie
Ingratitude is monstrous.
William Shakespeare
The ingratitude of the world can never deprive us of the conscious happiness of having acted with humanity ourselves.
Oliver Goldsmith
If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and man.
Mark Twain
It is a maxim that no man was ever enslaved by influence while he was fit to be free.
Samuel Johnson
Next to ingratitude the most painful thing to bear is gratitude.
Henry Ward Beecher
Even though many people prove to be ungrateful, do not let that stop you from benefiting others-for not only is beneficence in itself a noble and almost divine quality, it may also happen that while you practice it, you will encounter someone so grateful that he will make up for all the others’ ingratitude.
Francesco Guicciardini
The worthless and offensive members of society, whose existence is a social pest, invariably think themselves the most ill-used people alive, and never get over their astonishment at the ingratitude and selfishness of their contemporaries.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
We should shun ingratitude, and live daily in the heavenly atmosphere of thankful love.
Charles Spurgeon
We must succumb to the general influence of the times. No man can be of the tenth century, if he would; be must be a man of the nineteenth century.
Thomas B. Macaulay
There is so much to love and to admire in this life that it is an act of ingratitude not to be happy and content in this existence.
Lin Yutang