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INGRATITUDE
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[ Also see Deceit Favors Gifts Gratitude Selfishness ]

Everybody takes pleasure in returning small obligations; many go so far as to knowledge moderate ones; but there is hardly any one who does not repay great obligations with ingratitude.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

Ingratitude is abhorred by God and man.
      - Sir Roger L'Estrange

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 Babington Macaulay

If I can put one touch of a rosy sunset into the life of any man or woman, I shall feel that I have worked with God.
      - George MacDonald

No life
  Can be pure in its purpose and strong in its strife,
    And all life not be purer and stronger thereby.
      - Owen Meredith (pseudonym of Edward Robert Bulwer Lytton, Lord Lytton)

Race and temperament go for much in influencing opinion.
      - Lady Sydney Morgan

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.
      - Lady Sydney Morgan

Do you know what is more hard to bear than the reverses of fortune? It is the baseness, the hideous ingratitude, of man.
      - Napoleon Bonaparte (Napoleon I)

The animal with long ears, after having drunk, gives a kick to the bucket.
      - Old Italian Saying

One great cause of our insensibility to the goodness of our Creator is the very extensiveness of His bounty.
      - William Paley, Archdeacon of Saragossa

You love a nothing when you love an ingrate.
  [Lat., Nihil amas, cum ingratum amas.]
      - Plautus (Titus Maccius Plautus), Persa
         (II, 2, 46)

Ingratitude dries up the fountain of all goodness.
      - Armand Jean du Plessis Duc de Richelieu

To be ungrateful is to be unnatural. The head may be thus guilty, not the heart.
      - Antoine de Rivarol, Comte de Rivarol

Man is, beyond dispute, the most excellent of created beings, and the vilest animal is a dog; but the sages agree that a grateful dog is better than an ungrateful man.
      - Moslih Eddin (Muslih-un-Din) Saadi (Sadi)

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.
  [Lat., Ingratus est, qui beneficium accepisse se negat, quod accepit: ingratus est, qui dissimulat; ingratus, qui non reddit; ingratissimus omnium, qui oblitus est.]
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca),
        De Beneficiis (III, 1)

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.
      - William Shakespeare, As You Like It
         (Amiens at II, vii)

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, Coriolanus
         (Third Citizen at II, ii)

This was the most unkindest cut of all;
  For when the noble Caesar saw him stab,
    Ingratitude, more strong than traitor's arms,
      Quite vanquished 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 Caesar fell.
      - William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar
         (Antony at III, ii)

Ingratitude! thou marble-hearted fiend,
  More hideous when thou show'st thee in a child
    Than the sea-monster.
      - William Shakespeare, King Lear
         (King Lear at I, iv)

All the stored vengeances of heaven fall
  On her ingrateful top!
      - William Shakespeare, King Lear
         (King Lear at II, iv)

What, wouldst thou have a serpent sting thee twice?
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Merchant of Venice
         (Shylock at IV, i)

I hate ingratitude more in a man
  Than lying, vainness, babbling, drunkenness,
    Or any taint of vie whose strong corruption
      Inhabits our frail blood.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Twelfth Night, or, What You Will
         (Viola at III, iv)

The career of a great man remains an enduring monument of human energy. The man dies and disappears, but his thoughts and acts survive, and leave an indelible stamp upon his race.
      - Samuel Smiles

Flints may be melted--we see it daily--but an ungrateful heart cannot; no, not by the strongest and the noblest flame.
      - Bishop Robert South

You may rest upon this as an unfailing truth, that there neither is, nor never was, any person remarkably ungrateful, who was not also insufferably proud. In a word, ingratitude is too base to return a kindness, too proud to regard it, much like the tops of mountains, barren indeed, but yet lofty; they produce nothing; they feed nobody; they clothe nobody; yet are high and stately, and look down upon all the world.
      - Bishop Robert South


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