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Ingratitude Quotes, Sayings, Proverbs...
and ungracious quotes!

"Why is it no one ever sent me yet
One perfect limousine, do you suppose?
Ah no, it's always just my luck to get
One perfect rose."
Dorothy Parker (1893-1967), American writer, poet & critic
There is a huge body of quotes about being thankful and feeling gratitude, but there are also a good number of quotes and sayings about the polar opposite – ingratitude, thanklessness and being ungrateful.
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In addition, there are several frankly ungracious quotes from those who appear to have considered gratitude a weakness! Here is a selection of ungracious & unthankful quotations & sayings for you to savor!

Ingratitude Quotes & Sayings

Ingratitude is the essence of vileness.
Immanuel Kant (1724-1804), German philosopher

Most people return small favors, acknowledge medium ones and repay greater ones – with ingratitude.
Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790), American statesman, politician, author, scientist and inventor, and one of the founding fathers of the United States

Ingratitude to man is ingratitude to God.
Samuel ibn Naghrela (993-~1056), Jewish scholar & poet

We do not quite forgive a giver. The hand that feeds us is in some danger of being bitten.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), American philosophical writer & poet

I have learned silence from the talkative, tolerance from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet, strange, I am ungrateful to those teachers.
Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931), Lebanese-American writer, poet & artist

We often fancy that we suffer from ingratitude, while in reality we suffer from self-love.
Walter Savage Landor (1775-1864), English writer & poet

Gratitude is the least of virtues; ingratitude the worst of vices.
French Proverb

Ungratefulness is the very poison of manhood.
Sir Philip Sidney (1554-1586), English poet, courtier & soldier

When our perils are past, shall our gratitude sleep?
George Canning (1770-1827), British Prime Minister

Ingratitude is always a kind of weakness. I have never seen clever men be ungrateful.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832), German writer, philosopher & scientist

Learn to appreciate what you have, before time makes you appreciate what you had. Author unknown

More Quotes about Thanklessness and Ingratitude

Remember that not to be happy is not to be grateful.
Attributed to Elizabeth Carter

Who does not thank for little will not thank for much.
Estonian Proverb

Nothing more detestable does the earth produce than an ungrateful man.
Ausonius (~310 – ~395), Roman poet

The unthankful heart... discovers no mercies.
Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887), American priest & social reformer

A thankful person is thankful under all circumstances. A complaining soul complains even if he lives in paradise.
Bahá'u'lláh (1817-1892), founder of the Bahá'í Faith

How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is to have a thankless child.
William Shakespeare (~1565-1616), English playwright & poet. From: King Lear, Act I, Scene 4

We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.
Cynthia Ozick (b. 1928), American writer

Many people who order their lives rightly in all other ways are kept in poverty by their lack of gratitude.
Wallace Wattles (1860-1911), American author

Only a stomach that rarely feels hungry scorns common things.
Horace (65-8 BC), Roman poet

What a miserable thing life is: you're living in clover, only the clover isn't good enough.
Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956), German playwright & poet

More Ingratitude Quotations

Next to ingratitude the most painful thing to bear is gratitude.
Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887), American priest & social reformer

Too great haste to repay an obligation is a kind of ingratitude.
François de La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer

Ingratitude is monstrous.
William Shakespeare (~1564-1616), English playwright & poet. From: Coriolanus, Act II, Scene 3

Maybe the only thing worse than having to give gratitude constantly is having to accept it.
William Faulkner (1897-1962), American writer & Nobel laureate

The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables us to count our blessings.
Eric Hoffer (1902-1983), American writer

Gratitude is a burden, and every burden is made to be shaken off.
Denis Diderot (1713-1784), French philosopher & author

Revenge is profitable, gratitude is expensive.
Edward Gibbon (1737-1794), English historian

I remember those happy days and often wish I could speak into the ears of the dead the gratitude which was due to them in life and so ill-returned.
Gwyn Thomas (1913-1981), Welsh author & poet

Don't it always seem to go
That you don't know what you've got
Til it's gone

Gwyn Thomas (1913-1981), Welsh author & poet

Thanksgiving is a special virtue. But ingratitude is opposed to thanksgiving. Therefore ingratitude is a special sin.
Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274), Italian priest, philosopher & theologian

Learn to appreciate what you have, before time makes you appreciate what you had.
Author unknown

Gratitude – the meanest and most sniveling attribute in the world.
Dorothy Parker (1893-1967), American writer, poet & critic

Gratitude is a sickness suffered by dogs.
Joseph Stalin (1879-1953), Leader of the Soviet Union