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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
There is something noble in hearing myself ill spoken of when I am doing well.
- Alexander, the Great
Nothing more detestable does the earth produce than an ungrateful man.
- Decimus Magnus Ausonius
Earth produces nothing worse than an ungrateful man.
[Lat., Nil homine terra pejus ingrato creat.]
- Decimus Magnus Ausonius, Epigrams (CXL, 1)
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
A proud man is seldom a grateful man, for he never thinks he gets as much as he deserves.
- Henry Ward Beecher
He is greatest whose strength carries up the most hearts by the attraction of his own.
- Henry Ward Beecher
Men may be ungrateful, but the human race is not so.
- Marquis Stanislas Jean de Boufflers
If there be a crime of deeper dye than all the guilty train of human vices, it is ingratitude.
- Henry Brooke
He that forgets his friend is ungrateful to him; but he that forgets his Saviour is unmerciful to himself.
- John Bunyan
It is an old saying, and one of fearful and fathomless import, that we are forming characters for eternity. Forming characters! Whose? our own or others? Both--and in that momentous fact lies the peril and responsibility of our existence. Who is sufficient for the thought?
- Elihu Burritt
No human being can come into this world without increasing or diminishing the sum total of human happiness.
- Elihu Burritt
The wicked are always ungrateful.
- Cervantes (Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra)
Every man is a missionary, now and forever, for good or for evil, whether he intends or designs it or not.
- Thomas Chalmers
Brutes leave ingratitude to man.
- Charles Caleb Colton
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 (st. 4)
Ingratitude never so thoroughly pierces the human breast as when it proceeds from those in whose behalf we have been guilty of transgressions.
- Henry Fielding
Ingratitude is the abridgment of all baseness,--a fault never found unattended with other viciousness.
- Thomas Fuller (1)
Ingratitude's a weed of every clime,
It thrives too fast at first, but fades in time.
- Sir Samuel Garth,
Epistle to the Earl of Godolphin (l. 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
Nothing more surely cultivates and embellishes a man than association with refined and virtuous women.
- Rt. Hon. William Ewart Gladstone
Ingratitude is always a kind of weakness. I have never seen that clever men have been ungrateful.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
It is a maxim that no man was ever enslaved by influence while he was fit to be free.
- Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")
A man is very apt to complain of the ingratitude of those who have risen far above him.
- Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature"),
Boswell's Life of Johnson
The worse 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.
- Walter Savage Landor
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