Ungrateful Sayings and Quotes

We’re taught to be appreciative of what we have—to be grateful for both the big and little comforts. However for some of us, having enough simply isn’t enough. Below you’ll find a collection of wise and insightful quotes about being ungrateful.

Ungrateful people breed negativity. No one gets any pleasure from giving to an ungrateful person. When you show appreciation, the object of your attention blossoms and flourishes. Paul McCabe
He that forgets his friend is ungrateful to him; but he that forgets his Savior is unmerciful to himself. John Bunyan
The man who is ungrateful is often less to blame than his benefactor. Francois de la Rochefoucauld
Ingratitude is always a kind of weakness. I have never known men of ability to be ungrateful. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
An ungrateful man is like a hog under a tree eating acorns, but never looking up to see where they come from. Timothy Dexter
Ungratefulness is worse than a cancer; it eats away at your soul; blinding your heart and eyes to the beauty and miracles that are all around us each day in our lives. Geraldine Vermaak
He that's ungrateful has no guilt but one; All other crimes may pass for virtues in him. Edward Young
He that calls a man ungrateful sums up all the veil that a man can be guilty of. Jonathan Swift
But feelings can't be ignored, no matter how unjust or ungrateful they seem. Anne Frank
A man may be ungrateful, but the human race is not so. John Milton
A grateful person is rich in contentment. An ungrateful person suffers in the poverty of endless discontentment. David A. Bednar
Every time I appoint someone to a vacant position, I make a hundred unhappy and one ungrateful. Louis XIV
One ungrateful person does an injury to all needy people. Publilius Syrus
A complaining tongue reveals an ungrateful heart. William Arthur Ward
To be ungrateful is to be unnatural. The head may be thus guilty, not the heart. Antoine Rivarol
There is no greater difference between men than between grateful and ungrateful people. R.H. Blyth
I believe the best definition of man is the ungrateful biped. Fyodor Dostoyevsky
The children of the revolution are always ungrateful, and the revolution must be grateful that it is so. Ursula K. Le Guin
A grateful dog is better than an ungrateful man. Saadi
Never let ungrateful remarks prevent you from doing what you feel is right and good. Let God be your judge. Terry Mark
You'll never see a happy ungrateful person. Zig Ziglar
The wicked are always ungrateful. Miguel de Cervantes
Some natures are so sour and ungrateful that they are never to be obliged. Roger L'Estrange
The saddest of all hearts is one without gratitude. Tom Krause
Sadness is so ungrateful. Han Suyin
Ungrateful people forget what they are not grateful for. Ana Monnar
Earth produces nothing worse than an ungrateful man. Decimius Magnus Ausonius
Ingratitude is monstrous; and for the multitude to be ungrateful, were to make a monster of the multitude. Shakespeare
Flints may be melted— we see it daily— but an ungrateful heart cannot be; not by the strongest and noblest flame. South
How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is to have a thankless child. Shakespeare